Feel overwhelmed by the exceptional biodiversity of Sicilian unspoiled nature

Discover the enchanting Baroque, enjoy the most remote parts of the island

Be fascinated feeling the intense force of active volcanoes

NATURE

Wild nature

and Volcanoes

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SHARED ITINERARY

LIMITED TO 6 GUESTS

WHEN

1-11 October 2021

[11 days-10 nights]

PRICE PER PERSON

From

6.450 €

WHAT

Be surprised by the exceptional biodiversity of Nature in Sicily. Hike through the profound caves covered by luxuriant vegetation. Swim in a deep freshwater plunge pool. Visit the most remote landscapes of the centre of the island and feel overwhelmed by the beauty of the intense blue sea when joining the Aeolian Islands. Stromboli will captivate you with its constant, fascinating, eruptions. Culminating the itinerary, the majestic Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe where you will enjoy the wildest part of the volcano and the spectacular vineyards.

ACTIVITIES

  • Teatro dei Pupi (traditional puppets show)

  • Wine tasting in Noto area

  • Hike Cava Carosello and Pantalica

  • Visit at almonds and lemon farm

  • Off-road trip by 4x4

  • Visit at sulphur mines

  • Boat trip to see Sciara del Fuoco of Stromboli

  • Hike on Stromboli and Vulcano (Aeolian islands)

  • Hike on Etna Volcano

  • Wine tasting at Etna winery

WHERE

An 11-days (10-nights) itinerary to discover the south-east, the centre of Sicily, and the Aeolian islands. Discover the off-the-beaten-path towns of Enna and Piazza Armerina, baroque towns of Siracusa, Noto and Palazzolo Acreide (all World Heritage sites). Hike along the coast of Vendicari, through Cava Carosello and Asinaro Valley and prehistoric Pantalica and Anapo Valley. Hike volcanoes Stromboli, Vulcano and Etna.

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY 

Day 1 - Arrival in Sicily | meeting in Syracuse


The meeting point is at your hotel set in Ortygia (Siracusa) at 3 pm. After checking in and the welcome meeting, we will attend the Teatro dei Pupi show. After, you will enjoy a guided tour of Ortygia, the romantic old town of Syracuse, and a dinner with the group.




Day 2 - Hike Vendicari | wine tasting | Noto


Today you will visit the Natural Reserve of Vendicari, south of Syracuse. You will have an easy hike along the coast from the beach of Eloro to the Tonnara of Vendicari. Prepare your swimwear because it will be impossible to resist swimming in the crystalline water. After the hike and relaxing at the beach, be prepared for a lunch and wine tasting at a local winery. Before going back to Syracuse, you will visit Noto, the capital of Hyblean Baroque. There you will also taste the best pastries at a pastry shop awarded one of the best in Italy. Back in Ortygia you will be free to decide where to have your dinner.




Day 3 - Noto Antica | Cava Carosello hike | Almond farm | Palazzolo Acreide


In the morning you will travel through the Noto countryside in the direction of Noto Antica, the original location of Noto, on the top of Monte Alveria. After a visit of the ruins your hike will start through Cava del Carosello and along the Asinaro River. You will have a stop at one of the plunge pools to refresh in its clear water. Then you will arrive at a farm where an authentic lunch is prepared and served for you. You will feel warmly welcomed by the genuine hospitality of the farmers. You will visit the farm, where Mandorla di Noto -a Slow Food presidium- is cultivated and learn about local cultivations. After lunch you will travel to Palazzolo Acreide, where you will check in at your hotel. You will feel the rhythm of authentic Sicilian life by exploring the town. Then you can have dinner at one of the numerous genuine restaurants, as Palazzolo is a reference in the area for excellent food.




Day 4 - Pantalica hike | Akrai | Palazzolo Acreide


In the morning you will be transferred to the wonderful necropolis of Pantalica and the Anapo River. After exploring the breathtaking natural reserve with your guide, you will enjoy lunch at a local agriturismo. In the afternoon you will visit the Akrai with the beautiful Greek theatre. Then you will have a free evening in Palazzolo.




Day 5 - Buscemi | Cheesetasting | Caltagirone | Enna


Today you will leave the Hyblean area to reach the centre of the island. On the way to Enna you will stop at Buscemi, an antique mountain village where you will follow an ethnographic itinerary, led by the director of the Museum who promoted it, 30 years ago. The first ecomuseum in Sicily where you will discover the traditional crafts in their original locations: the smith’s shop, the carpenter’s shop, the traditional weaving materials, the antique wine making room. An incredible cross section of Sicilian traditional arts & crafts. You will then go to a cheese maker in the outskirts of Buccheri, where you will have your lunch based on a gorgeous cheese tasting together with other typical food. You will then have another stop at Caltagirone where your guide will show you the highlights of the capital of ceramics. You will arrive in the late afternoon at the Agriturismo where you will be restored by dinner.




Day 6 - Off-road trip | Sulphur Mine | Enna


Today our local guide will pick you up for an off-road trip with a 4x4. You will first visit the Pupi Ballerini, or Enchanted Rocks of the Rossomanno forest. Then you will have an exhaustive tour of the sulphur mine of Floristella, where you will learn about the dramatic history of the mines in central Sicily. A traditional lunch will be served at a local Agriturismo. Then you will visit the remote Castello di Pietratagliata, from where you will have incredible views of Sicily. You will then visit Enna, with an easy walk in the town centre. Dinner in Enna.




Day 7 - Milazzo | Stromboli | guided visit


In the morning you will be transferred to Milazzo, where the hydrofoil for the Eolian Islands departs. After a quick lunch at Milazzo, you will board the hydrofoil to reach Stromboli. You will check-in at your hotel. After a short guided visit, you will have a free afternoon where you can go to the beach, stay at a bar tasting a lemon granita or just enjoy the relaxing view of the blue sea. You can decide where to have dinner.




Day 8 - Stromboli volcano hike | Night boat trip Sciara del Fuoco


In the morning your guide will accompany you on a hike on the volcano from where you will have breathtaking views of the sea and the other islands. You will enjoy a picnic lunch and hike back to the village. After a free time in the afternoon, you will have an early dinner at a local restaurant so as to go after on a boat trip, at night, to see the Sciara del Fuoco, on the northern face of the island, a breathtaking view of the lava flowing.




Day 9 - Vulcano Island | hike or mud bath | Etna


Early in the morning you will take the hydrofoil to Vulcano Island where you will have a nice breakfast at a local bar before your hike to the top of Vulcano. If you prefer, you can stay at the mud baths or visit the village. After your lunch you will go back to Milazzo and from there you will reach your hotel on the slopes of Etna. There you will have a rest and you will have dinner at a nearby village.




Day 10 - Etna hike | Wine tasting | Farewell Dinner


The hike will start at 1700 metres of altitude, in the magnificent centuries-old Ragabo pine forest. The first stretch through the forest will show you an unusual aspect of the volcano. The chameleonic landscape changes when you pass by the majestic lava flows. From the pine forest to the lava flows and then the high mountain vegetation: astragalus siculus, saponaria and beech trees. At 2000 metres altitude the side crater of Monte Nero, which appeared during the 2002-2003 eruption. In front, the summits, and then around you, the extinct craters of 1879. In the distance, the spectacular view of Monti Peloritani and the Alcantara valley. The lunch will be a picnic in the forest. Back at your hotel you will enjoy a visit of the vineyard, the antique winery and an exquisite dinner paired with wine from the estate.




Day 11 - End of the journey | Transfer to Catania Airport


In the morning you will be transferred to Catania airport. If your flight departs in the afternoon, a guided visit of Catania is possible.





WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Hand-selected unique boutique hotels 

 

  • English Speaking Local Licensed Guides and Cultural Experts. Naturalistic Guide for Hike.

 

  • Full Breakfasts Daily; Selected Meals Mentioned as per Itinerary, Including Beverage 

 

  • All Transfers, Trips and Excursions with Private Driver and Air-Conditioned Van (included Departure Airport Transfer)

  • All Listed Activities, Visits, Workshops, Gastronomic Experiences, Winetasting, Boat trip, Entrance Fees, City Taxes, Gratuities Except for Tour Leader

  • Guaranteed Departure with Four Guests

  • Emotional Sicily Welcome Pack 

  • 24/7 Assistance

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED 

  • International roundtrip airfare

  • Transportation to the meeting point on first day

  • Meals and beverage not mentioned in the itinerary 

  • Hotel incidentals (room service, laundry service, bar tabs)

  • Travel insurance

PRICE PER PERSON

6.450 €

1-11 October 2021

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SHARED ITINERARY

LIMITED TO 6 GUESTS

based on double occupancy

(2 sharing)

1000 €

supplement single occupancy

NATURE

Wild nature and

volcanoes

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