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Mountains of Fire - Stromboli to Etna

- walking & study tour with a volcanologist to Etna, Vulcano, Lipari and Stromboli -

"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 - Taormina (1n) - Vulcano (1n) - Stromboli (3n) - Lipari - Etna (3)
Tour itinerary: Catania - Taormina (1n) - Vulcano (1n) - Stromboli (3n) - Lipari - Etna (3)
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
On this classic among our volcano tours, we visit some of the most active and most 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 last, but not least Stromboli,- the "Lighthouse of the Tyrrhenian Sea", the permanently active volcano that gave a whole type of eruptions its name.
  • Attivo attività vulcanica sull'Etna e Stromboli
  • Dimensione del piccolo gruppo
  • Spiagge e alloggi
  • Buoni livelli di sforzo e rilassamento
  • Delicious south-Italian food and wine
  • Prsence d'un volcanologue

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.

Arrival info:

Travel arrangements to and from Catania are not included in the tour package, in order to give everybody the best chance to plan his/her trip according his preferences. Catania is easily reached by plane or train (e.g. from Rome airport or other cities). We will be happy to make suggestions and can help you with such travel arrangements, as well as assist you with your international travel to Italy.

Tour code: ITA_EST
Tour type: A piedi: vulcani attivi - geologia - nature & culture
Difficoltà: Easy-Moderate
Group size: 4-8
Durata: 9 days (8 nights)

Date:

12-20 Oct 2019
11-19 Apr 2020
2-10 May 2020
9-17 May 2020
16-24 May 2020
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Prezzo (p.p.): 2780 €  ? 

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)
  • Tutti i trasporti ed escursioni come da programma
  • Le quote di iscrizione a musei, siti archeologici, vulcani, ecc, come descritto
  • Fully authorized local mountain guides for Etna and Stromboli
  • Experienced volcanologist from our team as tour guide (Dr. Tom Pfeiffer, Dr. Marco Fulle, or Yashmin Chebli)

Tour guide:

Since we started organizing this tour in 2002 it has been guided mainly by volcanologist Dr. Tom Pfeiffer or astronomer Dr. Marco Fulle, and occasionally by geologist Yashmin Chebli from the VolcanoDiscovery team, who many will know from our volcano expeditions in Vanuatu and on Hawaii.
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!
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