VolcanoDiscovery walking & study tours: volcano classics

Group on Anak Krakatau volcano
Group on Anak Krakatau volcano
Boat tour in the Santorini caldera
Boat tour in the Santorini caldera
Our signature tours for small groups - discover volcanoes and volcanic areas from close with an expert in their field! these tours have been the backbone of VolcanoDiscovery (the earlier name of our company) since 2004 or even before (Santorini: since 1997!). They are guided by our team volcanologists, many of them by founder volcanologist Dr. Tom Pfeiffer. These tours are our most popular and have a broad mix of activities and interests from photography, walking, study travel, nature & culture.

Our classic tours:

Остров Санторини (Греция)
Fascination Volcano - geologic walking & study tour on Santorini Island, Greece
8 (9) days study and walking tour on Santorini, Greece
8 / 9 ???? - Умеренный
1050 EUR (8d.) / 1175 EUR (9d.)
не запланированные даты в настоящее время
This walking tour for a small group (6-12 participants) explores the fascinating natural and cultural history of the volcanic island of Santorini. The program is a series of excursions with focus on Santorini's outstanding, text-book quality volcanic and geologic features, as well as its natural beauty and cultural history. more info
Острова Эола + вулкан Этна (Италия)От Стромболи к Этне
Mountains of Fire - From Stromboli to Etna
9-дневный тур с вулканологом на Стромболи, Этну, Липари, Вулкано
9 дней / 8 ночей - Easy to Moderate
2780 € $£¥
8-16 мая 2021
22-30 мая 2021
Вместе с одним из наших опытным гидом-вулконологом вы откроете для себя такие известные и активные вулканы как Этна на Сицилии, Эолианические острова Вулкано, Липари и Стромболи. Этот маршрут сочетает в себе захватывающие прогулки, интересные экскурсии, отдых на островах в очаровательных гостиницах и отличную средиземноморскую кухню. more info
Southern Italy
Italy's volcanoes - the Grand Tour: wlaking & study tour to Southern Italy's volcanoes
14-дневный исследования и пешеходная экскурсия с Везувия на Этну
14 days (13 nights) - Easy to Moderate
3590 € $£¥
28 мая - 11 июн 2021
8-22 окт 2021
Southern Italy is the birthplace of volcanology, where volcanoes are deeply rooted in history and culture.
With one of our expert guides, visit Vesuvius and Pompeii, the Eolian Islands and giant Etna. Easy to moderate hikes and excursions by land and see bring you face to face with Europe's most fascinating volcanoes more info
Big Island, Hawaiʻi (USA)
Kilauea Volcano Special - 4-6 days geologic tour to observe and understand Kilauea volcano on Hawai'i
volcano tour to watch the ongoing eruption of Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i
5-7 days / 4-6 nights - Различная (от средней до сложной)
$ 2950 €£¥
Индивидуальные и групповые даты

NOTICE: Since 4 May 2018 Kilauea started a new eruption in the East Rift Zone which is still ongoing but off-limits to visitors. Simultaneous crater collapse and explosions at the volcano's summit have resulted in the closure of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. We can therefore not offer any Kilauea expeditions at this moment, and it is impossible to predict many months in advance when we will be able to again organise tours on Kilauea.
But we are monitoring the situation closely and as soon as visiting conditions are reasonable, we plan to resume our tours. If you are interested in this Kilauea adventure, you can always send us a message by filling in the request form, or contact us directly through tours@volcanodiscovery.com!
(Updated 9 June 2018)

The primary purpose of this expedition is to enable a small group to spend several days on and near the active volcano of Kilauea, Hawaii, to observe volcanic activity and study volcanic/ geologic features: active lava lakes and lava flows. We will spend several full days to approach the active areas repeatedly by land, sea and from the air, depending on circumstances.

The best times will usually be in the afternoons/evenings, at night and early mornings (best light for photography), while we have the mid-days to relax, perhaps go for a swim etc. Options to get close to lava include on foot (longer hikes required), by sea (if lava enters the ocean, we can charter a boat conditions allowing) and by air (helicopter flights).
This Volcano Special tour is aimed at people who are looking to photograph or film, learn about or simply enjoy witnessing a spectacular volcanic eruption from close. more info
Ява(Индонезия)
From Krakatau to Bali tour
Фото 16-дневный семинар тур вулканов на острове Ява, Индонезия
16 days - Easy to Moderate
2950 € $£¥
Индивидуальные и групповые даты
1-16 ноя 2020
18 мая - 2 июн 2021
6-21 июн 2021
The 2-weeks easy study and photography workshop tour crosses Java from West to East and ends on Bali. Its itinerary and focus are optimized in order to provide excellent conditions and locations for photography. Your guide is one of the best available in Indonesia with excellent knowledge of locations, people and photographer's needs. If you are new to photography of volcanoes and landscapes, this is the chance to learn and improve your own photograpy!

The program allows generously for sufficient time to explore the most interesting landscapes of Java and its volcanoes in depth: Krakatoa and Papandayan in West Java, Merapi in Central Java, and the Tengger caldera, Bromo, Semeru and Ijen volcanoes in East Java.

Even if you are not a photographer, you will get an unforgettable and competent introduction to Java's multicolored landscapes, people and their culture.

This tour combines easy to moderate excursions with a portion of luxury. You travel to some of Java’s most fascinating landscapes and meet its friendly people and their colorful culture.

Last but not least, an adventurous camp on Krakatau's tropical beach, as well as Indonesia’s delicious cuisine will round out the trip.

The tour can be combined with a flexible add-on program on Bali, where you and your guide decide which areas you are visiting, based on your preferences. There is no predefined program: after more than 2 weeks, you have become a close team and since the groups are always small, the best recipe for a great extension is to stay completely flexible and decide on the spot where to go and what to visit. Please inquire with us for details how to book this trip with an flexible extension on Bali (or elsewhere, of course). more info
Пустыня Данакли (Эфиопия)
Desert, salt and volcanoes - expedition to the Danakil desert and its volcanoes
14 days expedition to Erta Ale volcano and Dallol hydrothermal field (Danakil desert, Ethiopia)
14 days / 13 nights - Умеренный
$ 4530 €£¥
14-27 ноя 2020
13-26 ноя 2021
Experience one of the geologically most active areas on the planet! The Danakil desert is famous for Erta Ale, one of the world´s few active volcanoes constantly hosting a boiling lava lake and the surreal landscapes of colors, salt, geysers andsprings at the hydrothermal fields of Dallol.

See the dramatic change of environment when the jeep expedition starts in Addis Ababa (at 2355 m), and gradually descents into the Danakil depression, passing through Awash National Park before reaching the banks of Afrera salt lake (at - 100 m). The journey continues as we climb Erta Ale shield volcano and spend 3 full days and nights exploring the volcano´s caldera. We then set up camp at the Afar village of Hamed Ela and have 2 full days to discover the hydrothermal area of Dallol and Assale salt lake, including the centuries-old ritual of salt cutting. Finally explore the UNESCO world heritage site of the rock hewn churches of Lalibela.

We have been organising tours to the Danakil since early 2007 and hence have expertise in arranging such expeditions. Our highly competent Ethiopian main guide and volcanologist Enku and his friendly team will safely take you through the desert in 4x4 jeeps. The sometimes Spartan character of living conditions in the Danakil are partially compensated by the large variety of meals freshly prepared by our cook! more info
DR Congo
Nyiragongo's lava lake and the mountain gorillas: expedition
8-days expedition to Nyiragongo volcano & mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park
8 days / 7 nights - Moderate to Challenging
$ 3950 €£¥
24-31 янв 2021
21-28 фев 2021
21-28 июн 2021
An adventurous trip to The Virunga National Park, DR Congo with a special deal to spend 2 NIGHTS on the crater rim of Nyiragongo volcano (normally, only one is allowed!)! In addition, the lava lake has been particular active with frequent, dramatic overflows lately, so it's a great time to visit!
The heart of this adventurous expedition is two nights camping on the rim of the giant summit caldera of Nyiragongo volcano, above its violently active lava lake which is the word´s largest!
Second highlight is a trek through dense rainforest to observe a family of mountain gorillas, endangered primates which found a safe heaven in Virunga National Park.
The itinerary furthermore includes a visit of the volcano observatory and Goma city, where life goes on from the ashes of the destruction caused by Nyiragongo´s 2002 eruption, and beautiful and varied scenery during the drives through western Rwanda and to the start of the volcano hike and gorilla tracking.
An excellent local guide who gladly provides insight into the regions history and local culture, the company of a Goma observatory volcanologist during the time spent on Nyiragongo, friendly people, good accommodation and tasty food make this trip complete! more info
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