Volcanoes Tour and the Etna coast

8 days and 7 nights tour, with departure from Catania, 100% customizable to fit. You will discover Aeolian Islands volcanoes and the Etna mountain, the highest volcan in Europe.

Volcanoes Tour and the Etna coast – Detailed program

Day 1: Catania – Milazzo – Stromboli (hotel in Stromboli)

Volcanoes Tour provides self arrival in Catania airport and private transfer towards Milazzo to take the hidrofoil and reach Stromboli. Hotel accomodation located on the seafront a few minutes away on foot by the arrival harbour. Late afternoon boat excursion to admire the wonderful show of the so called “sciara del fuoco”: incandescent lava trails flooding down the slope down to the sea…! Back to Stromboli, time for dinner and overnight in your hotel.

Day 2: Panarea & Stromboli (hotel in Stromboli)

After breakfast in hotel the day will be dedicated to discover Panarea with a lovely boat excursion! You will stop in Calajunco bay famous for its crystalline blue waters and for the promontory of Capo Milazzese on which are the remains of a prehistoric village of the Bronze Age. Proceeding on you will discover the wonderful Zimmari bay where it is located the longest beach of the island. A little further you will find the islets of Basiluzzo, Spinazzola, Dattilo, Lisca Bianca, Lisca Nera, Bottaro and the rocks of Panarelli and Formiche: they create a small and unique archipelago between Lipari and Stromboli which is very nice to discover…
Arrived at San Pietro harbour you will have time to enjoy a walk around and savour the bauties and the magical views this Islands offers and to relax in one of the coffee bars on the seaside promenade sipping a fresh lemonade or a Martini. Back to Stromboli. In the afternoon guided private excursion to the volcan. You will cross the sides of the volcan up to 400 meters in order to observe the Strombolian activity. During the excursion (about 5 hours – 8 kilometers) geological, historical and naturalistic information will be provided. The time of departure depends on time of sunset. Free dinner and overnight in your hotel.

Day 3: Vulcano (hotel in Vulcano)

Your Aeolian Islands volcanoes tour continues. After breakfast departure with direct hidrofoil towards Vulcano. Arrival and check-in at the hotel. The island is composed of four volcanoes and its geological structure offers spectacular volcanic landsapes caracterized by huge lava rocks set in the crystal clear waters of Sicily and long beaches of black sand. It is typical enjoying hot sea water baths inside natural pools of boiling mud: real open-air baths. You will love them! Here in Vulcano the natural environment is almost completely untouched. There is only a small village called Porto di Levante. In the afternoon, assisted by a volcanological guide you will discover the islands’ volcanoes! You will walk along a path lined by green brooms and a sandy black soil made from ashes and lapilli. During the ascent you will be fascinated by the amazing view of Vucanello, the Saraceno Mount, Porto di Levante, Porto di Ponente and Lipari island! Reaching the top you will find the fumaroles and you will feel a strong smell of sulfur; on the top you will finally see the mouth of the great crater! It will be possible making the tour of the crater wearing masks to avoid inhaling sulfur-laden gases. Back to your hotel and overnight.

Day 4: Lipari – Salina (hotel in Vulcano)

After breakfast in hotel, the day will be dedicated to enjoy a boat trip along of the most beautiful coves of Lipari and Salina. The first stop to enjoy both the landscape as well as a relaxing swim will be at the Cave della pomice (pumice quarries). Proceeding on, you will coast the charming Acquacalda bay to finally reach Salina. The first stop will be in S. Marina di Salina where you will be able to visit the most important municipality of the island and the splendid homonymous little church with its ancient pieces of faience! You will have to enjoy shopping and to buy local products such as capers and the delicious dessert wine “Malvasia”. Back again on boat, you will stop for a second swim in the stunning bay of Pollara, become famous thanks to the awarded Italian movie “The postman” starred by Massimo Troisi. You will then stop in Lingua, a lovely fishermen village where you will have time to visit the Salt Lake which gave name to the island, or if you prefer, have a rest in one of the lovely coffee bar along the main street of the city centre. For lunch break, we suggest you a stop at the famous Alfredo bar to taste its typical “pani cunzatu” and its delicious granita. On the way back you will visit the most romantic coves of Lipari and enjoy a swim in the beach of Vinci, facing the Faraglioni. Back to Vulcano in the afternoon, free time for dinner and overnight in hotel.

Day 5: Vulcano (hotel in Vulcano)

Your tour among the fascinating volcanoes of Aeolian archipelago continues with the visit of Vulcano island! The day will start by skirting Vulcanello, along the bay where the lava has created fantastic figures in the striking Valley of Monsters! Leaving on the right the Faraglioni and the Grotta degli Angeli, you will admire the active volcano and the Black Sand Bay, renowned for its long volcanic sand beach. You will then continue until the Grotta del Cavallo, near which is the Venus Pool with its crystal waters. You will continue sailing along the island until Gelso, a small village almost uninhabited where you will stop for a swim. Lastly, you will reach Levante harbour, where you will be greeted by the acrid smell of sulfur. There, you will have time for a tour around the village, a swim in the pool of sludge or in the geotermic pools. For those who desire, there will be an opportunity to climb up the crater! The climb is 1 km long and it offers a breathtaking view of the islands and the crater itself, optional and on your own without a guide. Return to hotel the afternoon. Free time for dinner and overnight in hotel.

Day 6: Milazzo – Taormina (hotel in Taormina)

After breakfast transfer to the harbour to take the hydrofoil to Milazzo. Private transfer to Taormina. Check-in in hotel and day at leisure!
We suggest you to relax by the sea at Isola Bella — one of the most enchanting beaches in Sicily – and enjoy the colors and scents of its Mediterranean vegetation… a perfect mix of tropical plants and local flora! In the afternoon you can enjoy Taormina city centre visiting its historical monuments, or doing shopping buying some of the local handicraft products. Dinner and overnight in hotel. If you have the opportunity we recommend you to see a show in the wonderful Greek Theatre: you can not miss it!

Day 7: Etna Off Road & Alcantara Gorges (hotel in Taormina)

Last day of your Sicilian volcanoes tour. Live a unique experience on the Etna mountain, the highest – 3370 mt – and active volcano in Europe and Unesco World Heritage Site! Enjoy its amazing landscapes with a 4×4 off road guided excursion: dirt tracks, lava flow caves where you go down with the help of ropes and helmets; the unforgettable views over the Sartorius mountains…. Pick-up at your hotel with a Land Rover Defender all-terrain vehicle (6 seats + the driver). After free time for lunch the tour will proceeds towards the Alcantara Gorges. Its a real canyon carved from the clear waters of the alcantara river, which takes origine on the Etna mountain- at 1250 mt high – to arrive winding inside a deep gorge carved into the rock. You will ride along the initial part of the path to the valley between small lakes and water falls. There is a small beach at the entrance of the gorges, where during summer it is possible to enjoy a swim in the fresh waters of the river. Back to your hotel and overnight.

Day 8: Catania

After breakfast, according to your flight departure, private transfer to the airport and end of our services. Ciao Sicilia!

100% customizable itinerary and services

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Rate per person in double room from

€ 1.290,00

The rates include
  • 2 overnights in Hotel Ossidiana 3* – Stromboli
  • 3 overnights Hotel Eros 4* – Vulcano mare
  • 2 overnights Hotel Baia Azzurra 3* – Taormina mare
  • BB Treatment
  • Private transfer APT CTA – Porto di Milazzo
  • Private transfer Porto di Milazzo – Taormina
  • Private transfer Taormina – APT CTA
  • Direct hidrofoils: Milazzo/Stromboli + Stromboli/Vulcano + Vulcano/Milazzo
  • Dimsi Assistance 7/7 days
  • VAT
  • Experiences/activities:
    – 2h La Sciara del Fuoco by night excursion
    – HD Panarea boat excursion
    – Trekking and guided climbing to the Stromboli
    – Lipari – Salina boat excursion
    – HD Vulcano boat excursion
    – Etna & alcantara Gorges off Road 4×4 Jeep private excursion
The rates do not include
  • Hotel city taxes
  • Flights
  • All entrances as per programme (to be paid on the spot)
  • Anything not specified under “The rates include”
  • Supplements (HB e sea view room) on request

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