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From Stromboli to Etna

- Discover the volcanoes of Stromboli, Lipari, Vulcano and Etna with an expert! -

"Hey, Tom! Thanks again for a really terrific trip. I think I can easily say that it was the most memorable trip of my life! If you ever need anyone else to give a recommendation, feel free to call on me." (Steve L., Chicago)
Observing volcanic activity from Stromboli´s summit
Observing volcanic activity from Stromboli´s summit
Descending along Etna´s steep ash slopes into the Valle del Bove
Descending along Etna´s steep ash slopes into the Valle del Bove
Tour itinerary: Catania (1n) - Vulcano (1n) - Stromboli (3n) - Lipari - Etna (3n)
Tour itinerary: Catania (1n) - Vulcano (1n) - Stromboli (3n) - Lipari - Etna (3n)
Fumaroles and sulphur deposits on the rim of Vulcano's La Fossa crater
Fumaroles and sulphur deposits on the rim of Vulcano's La Fossa crater
Boat trip around Stromboli island
Boat trip around Stromboli island
Etna in eruption, lights of Catania in the background
Etna in eruption, lights of Catania in the background
Historically used and traded obsidian at Lipari Island
Historically used and traded obsidian at Lipari Island
Stromboli island with the volcano´s summit and black sand beaches
Stromboli island with the volcano´s summit and black sand beaches
Photographing Voragine, one of Etna´s summit craters
Photographing Voragine, one of Etna´s summit craters
Observing a lava flow on Etna
Observing a lava flow on Etna
A classic among our volcano adventures, this tour takes you to some of the most active and interesting volcanoes in the world: Etna, the giant ever-changing volcano that dominates Sicily; Vulcano, in the Ancients' belief home to Vulcanus, God of Fire; Lipari with its spectacular obsidian and pumice deposits; and Stromboli, "Lighthouse of the Tyrrhenian Sea", the permanently active volcano that gave its name to the Strombolian type of volcanic eruptions
  • Active volcanoes Etna and Stromboli
  • Travel in a small international group
  • Good balance between physical effort and relaxation
  • Expert volcanologist tour guide
  • Delicious south-Italian food and wine
  • Nice beaches and great accommodation
  • Varying scenery and beautiful landscapes

Itinerary 9 days

Day 1: Arrival in Catania, Sicily
Arrival at and pick-up from Catania airport, transfer to a hotel in the old city center
Acc.: hotel**** in the old town of Catania (D)
Day 2: Transfer to Vulcano island and La Fossa crater
Boat transfer to Vulcano island to visit the warm fumaroles on the beach, climb the volcano´s active La Fossa crater and optional swimming in the volcanic mud pools.
Acc.: Beach hotel*** on Vulcano Island (B, D)
Day 3: Transfer to Stromboli and hike to Sciara del Fuoco
Morning transfer by boat from Vulcano to Stromboli, evening hike to the Sciara del Fuoco viewpoint
Acc.: Beach hotel on Stromboli *** (B, D)
Day 4: Climb to Stromboli's summit and close range eruption viewing
Free morning before we set off on a late afternoon climb to Stromboli's summit with active craters. One hour of eruption viewing around sunset before nighttime descend.
Acc.: as before (Stromboli) (B)
Day 5: Boat trip around Stromboli island
Morning boat trip around the island and visit of the village Ginostra and lunch. Afternoon and evening free to relax and/or undertake an additional climb to the summit craters, hike to the Sciara del Fuoco,...
Acc.: as before (Stromboli) (B, L)
Day 6: Lipari island - history, obsidian flow and pumice deposits
Transfer to Lipari island and visit of the castle and archaeological museum followed by a hike to the obsidian and pumice deposits and afternoon transfer to Etna
Acc.: Mountain hotel*** on Etna (B, D)
Day 7: Excursion to Etna's summit craters
Full day excursion on the summit region of Mt Etna to observe its smoking craters, volcanic phenomena and moonlike landscapes (weather and volcanic activity permitting)
Acc.: Acc: as before (Etna) (B, D)
Day 8: Etna excursion to the Valle del Bove
Second full day excursion on Mt Etna which focuses on a spectacular hike into the giant Valle del Bove depression on the volcano´s SE flank.
Acc.: as before (Etna) (B, D)
Day 9: Tranfer to Catania - end of tour
Transfer from Etna to Catania and end of tour with drop off at the airport or own extension program
Acc.: none (B)
Note:
Due to weather conditions and volcanic activity, the exact itinerary might vary slightly.
Tour code: ITA_EST
Tour type: Walking & study tour: active volcanoes - geology & volcanism - nature & culture
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Group size: 4-8
Duration: 9 days / 8 nights

Dates:

5-13 May 2018
12-20 May 2018
19-27 May 2018
9-17 Jun 2018
6-14 Oct 2018
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Price (p.p.): 2580 €  ? 

Included:

  • Accommodation in double (twin) bed room in good to excellent hotels (***-****)
  • Half-board (except on the day we climb to Stromboli´s summit), usually dinner menu (including water and table wine or beer, coffee in reasonable amounts)
  • All transports and excursions as described in the program
  • Entry fees to museums, volcanoes, archaeological sites etc. as described
  • Fully authorized local mountain guides for Etna and Stromboli
  • Experienced volcanologist from our team as tour guide (Dr. Tom Pfeiffer or Dr. Marco Fulle)

Tour guide:

Since we started organising this tour in 2002 it has been guided either by volcanologist Dr. Tom Pfeiffer or astronomer Dr. Marco Fulle. These long-term friends are volcano photographers who frequently traveled to Etna, Stromboli and many other volcanoes when they erupted over the past two decades. They both know Etna and the Eolian Islands very well - including the best local restaurants and nicest hikes!

Arrival info:

The tour starts and ends in Catania, Sicily´s second largest city, which is easily reached by plane or train from Rome or other large Italian cities. Travel arrangements to and from Catania are not included in the tour package in order to give everybody maximum flexibility to plan his/her trip. Please let us know if you like any assistance with your international travel to Italy and/or Catania - we will be happy to help.

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