Family Holiday Sicily - Volcanic Islands Explorer
Italy, Family, 8 days - from £825 (land only) - from €1,160 (land only) - from $1,350 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the airport in Catania. KE Land Only package services begin with a single, timed group transfer from Catania Airport to Milazzo, and onwards by hydrofoil to Lipari. We check into our apartments, and have some time to enjoy the beach before dinner.
Day 2: This morning we have an easy 3 hour walk on the northern side of the island, discovering the pumice quarries. In the afternoon we have free time to explore Lipari or swim and relax at the beach at Canneto. Today we also visit a restaurant where they will show us the art of pizza making and tossing the dough.
Day 3: After breakfast we take the hydrofoil (10 mins) to the island of Vulcano, famous for its black beaches and thermal springs. We walk to the crater (approx 3 hours, 400m of ascent). Returning to the coast we have time for some swimming and a visit to the hot springs. In the late afternoon we take the hydrofoil back to Lipari.
Day 4: A free day to relax at the beach, or to take a hydrofoil and visit the near island of Salina. It is also interesting to walk around the historical centre of Lipari. Overnight in Lipari.
Day 5: This morning we take the hydrofoil to the island of Stromboli, one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean. Stomboli volcano has been erupting every 15 minutes for at least the last 2000 years. We make an easy walk to "Sciara del Fuoco" ("Stream of fire") a big horseshoe-shaped depression that runs from the summit down to the sea before return by hydrofoil to Lipari.
Day 6: We take the hydrofoil back to the port of Milazzo on Sicily where we transfer to our hotel in Catania below Mount Etna.
Day 7: From Catania we take a public bus to take us up to Mount Etna at the height of 1900 metres. Here have an easy walk on the slopes of Europe highest active volcano. Returning to Catania we enjoy a celebration dinner.
Day 8: After breakfast there is a transfer by public bus to Catania Airport, where KE Land Only package services end.