Family Sicily - Volcanic Islands Explorer
Italy, Family, 8 days - from £895 (land only) - from €1,075 (land only) - from $1,475 (land only)
- Centre based family fun on the Aeolian Islands
- Swimming and beach fun in Italy
- Pizza making and dough tossing fun!
- Volcano walks and information centre visits
- Gentle walking on the islands around Sicily
Often referred to as the 'Seven Sisters', the volcanic Aeolian Islands are scattered across the blue Tyrrhenian Sea, north of Sicily. The biggest island of Lipari is our base for this family explorer holiday. We have a week of island hopping and fun, using hydrofoils and ferries to visit several of the neighbouring islands. We enjoy a couple of easy coastal walks on Lipari and make the hike up to the crater rim on Vulcano, an island famous throughout Sicily for its black sand beaches. Here, we can also visit the sea-level hot springs and mud pools and have plenty of time for a swim before returning to Lipari. We then take the hydrofoil to Stromboli, one of the most beautiful islands in the Med, with its white houses splashed with scarlet bougainvillea. On Stromboli, we take an easy walk to the 'stream of fire' to witness the smoke and lava flows of this ever-active volcano which has 'erupted' every 15 minutes since records began. Our volcanic explorer ends in mainland Sicily, with a stay at the foot of smouldering Mount Etna and as a fitting fanale to our Sicilian family holiday, we climb to a magnificent viewpoint on the slopes of this actiive volcano for a wonderful panorama of the northern coast of Sicily. With lots to see and do and some free time for the kids to enjoy the beach this holiday is in a word...... fantastico!
Is this holiday for you?
This is relaxing centre-based family walking holiday, exploring the volcanoes and coastlines of the islands of Sicily. During the week's holiday the group will make day excursions from their base on Lipari's Canneto beach. There are 4 days of walks which will mostly be of 3 - 4 hours with a final longer walk of 5 - 6 hours on Mount Etna. All the walks are at a moderate grade and conducted at a leisurely pace suitable for children aged 8 years and over with previous hiking experience. On 3 of these days the group will travel by hydrofoil to various islands including Stromboli. There is ample time during the holiday to enjoy the beach and also a free day for families to make their own explorations or excursions.