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Island Hopping Active Family Holiday in Sicily, Italy

Italy
3 reviews
Multi Activity
Family
LEISURELY LEISURELY

Family holiday based on the Aeolian Islands and Sicily with volcanoes, water, walks and adventure

Trip Code: FSV
Minimum child age: 8
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Island Hopping Active Family Holiday in Sicily, Italy

8+

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Highlights
  • Swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding opportunities on this active family holiday in Italy
  • Walk on Mount Etna and see the active volcano of Stromboli in the dark
  • Make a pizza and enjoy an optional high ropes course at the adventure park
  • Great ferry/hyrdrofoil rides across the warm, blue, shimmering sea to the islands

At a Glance
  • Group Size 5 to 15
  • 7 days with a mixture of water activities / swimming / short walks and volcanoes!
  • SWIMMING: Most days in the sea
  • Join In Catania

Accommodation & Meals
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 5 Lunches
  • 4 Dinners
  • 7 nights Hotel
Overview

This active family holiday is a week of island hopping, water fun, short walks and hands-on geography lessons. From Sicily, we transfer by hydrofoil to the island of Lipari for 4 nights. On Lipari we enjoy a coastal walk with fabulous views over the shimmering seas and islands and have fun making pizzas at a local restaurant. Every day there is opportunity for swimming in the sea, and also we can kayak or do some paddle boarding on our free day off the island of Vulcano.

Our third island is Stromboli, classified as one of the most beautiful, we see the ‘stream of fire’, the smoke and lava which flows from of this ever-active volcano. An afternoon and early evening boat trip with swimming stops allows us to experience the lava flow in the dark.

Our holidays ends on mainland Sicily, with a stay at the foot of the smouldering Mount Etna. We walk on this famous volcano and learn of its history before and optional visit to the nearby adventure park. With lots to see and do, and plenty of water time for the children, this holiday is in a word...... fantastico!

Is this holiday for you?

Suitable for children from 8yrs old This active holiday in Italy is packed with swimming, optional kayaking or paddle boarding, ferry/hyrdrofoil trips and walks with fabulous views over the islands and the sea. The volcanoes give us an outstanding insight into plate tectonic – a real geography lesson. There are 2 short half-day walks which will be around of 3 - 4 hours. All the walks are on goo …

Suitable for children from 8yrs old This active holiday in Italy is packed with swimming, optional kayaking or paddle boarding, ferry/hyrdrofoil trips and walks with fabulous views over the islands and the sea. The volcanoes give us an outstanding insight into plate tectonic – a real geography lesson. There are 2 short half-day walks which will be around of 3 - 4 hours. All the walks are on good paths and at a leisurely pace. We travel by hydrofoil, ferry or tour boat around the islands and private transfers on the mainland. The optional kayaking or paddle boarding is suitable for beginners and you must be able to swim to participate although buoyancy aids are provided. There is plenty of opportunities to swim in the sea during this holiday.

Why KE?

A proper island hopping holiday! In contrast to other Sicily holidays we visit the Aeolian Islands making use of the ferries, making for a true Mediterranean experience. We see the volcanoes of Stromboli (in the dark!) and Etna as well as enjoy the sea and watersports.

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Itinerary

Our holiday starts at the hotel in Catania. A single timed is provided from Catania Airport. We will arrive in time for dinner at a local restaurant for the first night of our Italian holiday.

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The Italian city of Catania, in the shadow of Mt Etna, has a great fish market which we visit this morning. We then travel up to Milazzo, the gateway to the Aeolian Islands, on Sicily's northern coast (2hrs). We take the hydrofoil to Lipari which takes around 1 hr. Here we check into our accommodation near Canneto beach for the next 4 nights. We have the rest of the afternoon to settle into our accommodation and check out the pebbly beach. Café's along the beach front and road will be able to supply endless refreshments for children and adults alike.

Swimming: In the sea

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This morning we have a lovely 2-3hr hour walk on the south coast of our island, Lipari. We start from the town of Marina Corta and walk through the classic Sicilian narrow tree-lined streets, with characteristic cafes. Out of town a quiet road takes us to the start of the footpath. This path winds above the coastline passing villas and gardens with views of the shimmering Mediterranean. We see prickly pear cactus and smell the distinctive thyme. We arrive at Punta Caprazza, the most southerly point of Lipari after about 1.5 hrs. Here we have great views of Vulcano Island and the strait in between. We ascend to the volcano observation centre and if it is open we can have a look before continuing back to Lipari on the road. We have pretty views of the village and the harbour on our return.

After lunch we have some free time to explore Lipari town or for swimming and relaxing at the beach. Later we visit a local restaurant where the chef will show us the art of pizza making and tossing the dough!

Swimming: In the sea

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Ascent

200 M

Descent

200 M

Time

3 hours walking

A lovely free day to take part in optional activities (not included) with your family. We recommend the kayaking or paddle boarding from Vulcano. We can take the 10 min hydrofoil over to the island and then have a half-day trip out in the kayaks. It's a magical way to enjoy the area and see it from a different angle. With the warm seas, sun and beautiful volcanic islands this is a splendid experience. Swimming will certainly be involved! These water activities are suitable for children and beginners.

Swimming: In the sea

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This is a glorious day. We have a late start this morning before setting off on our boat trip for the rest of the day. Our boat travels along the coast to the Cave di Pomice (pumice) and then heads across the sea to the small island of Panarea with it's beautiful sandy bays. We stop at the port and can a walk or swim. Returning to the boat we travel through the azure waters passing the rocky islets around Basiluzzo.

With the cone-shaped volcano island of Stromboli coming into view it will reveal the days volcanic activity. Stromboli Volcano has been erupting every 15 minutes or so for at least the last 2000 years. There is almost always smoke and small eruptions with incandescent material being ejected, and sometimes significant lava flow. We spend the rest of the afternoon here, looking around or having a swim from one of the black beaches. We can have an early dinner in one of the cafes or restaurants. At dusk we board our boat again and travel around to the "Sciara del Fuoco" ("Stream of fire"), which is the area the lava flows down from the crater to the sea. In the dark we can best see the fiery colours of the lava. That floor really is lava! We can now understand the reasons for it's nickname 'the Lighthouse of the Mediterranean'. A live geography lesson that children and adults alike won't forget. After some time we return to Lipari, arriving at back around 9pm.

Swimming: In the sea

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Saying goodbye to the islands we take the hydrofoil back to the port of Milazzo on Sicily. Here we climb aboard our vehicle and set off for our next volcano, Etna. We stop for lunch and also a refreshing visit of the beautiful canyon forged by the Alcantara River. This spectacular gorge has amazing hexagon columns of ancient lava were it was cooled quickly by the cold river water. This beautiful geological feature is fascinating and a real contrast to what we have so far. If we are feeling brave we can wade through the icy, cold, clear waters.

We then continue to our accommodation, which is located in on the slopes of Mount Etna. This is a 'posh' refuge, which refers to itself as a hotel. No dormitories, just en-suite rooms ideal for families. It has an excellent restaurant and pizzeria. It is located at the bottom of the cable car up Etna, meaning, after arrival, no drives on winding roads.

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This morning we walk up and onto the slopes of Europe's highest active volcano. Cinder cones and extinct craters are a feature of the desolate landscape. From the mountain, we have wonderful vistas of the eastern coast of Sicily. The walk will take approximately 3 hours during which we will climb & descend around 250 metres. There are some wonderful views of the southern coast of Sicily.

Depending on weather conditions and the volcano's activity, it might be possible to walk to the summit area of Etna (3350m), additional cost payable locally (approx. €85). This would be guided by a specialist volcano guide. The round trip takes approximately 5hrs and includes the cable car and a 4WD vehicle up to 2900m and then a walk to the crater.

Time depending we have an optional (not included) visit to the nearby Adventure Park - EtnAvventura, which has a myriad of different high rope courses for all ages and abilities.

We transfer back to Catania for our final night.

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Ascent

250 M

Descent

250 M

Time

3 hours walking

Your holiday ends after breafkast. A single transfer is provided to Catania Airport (1hr 30mins).

If your flight is later in the day you may wish to visit EtnaLand - large aqua and amusement park just 30 mins from the airport. We can arrange private transfers if you wish to participate in this optional excursion.

Please note: Due to the nature of active volcanoes, there are times when we are required to make alternations to the itinerary.

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Essential Information

We've compiled some of our Frequently Asked Questions to help you learn more about this amazing trip.

  • An experienced English-speaking local guide
  • Single timed Catania Airport transfers
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All ferry/hydrofoil journey's between the islands as per the itinerary
  • Pizza making and dough tossing demo
  • Accommodation as described
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan

  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for local staff
  • Optional excursions/activities
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.


TRAVEL TO YOUR DESTINATION

If flying from the UK there are low cost airlines available to the start and from the end of your holiday.

To benefit from full financial protection, ease your holiday planning, and avoid dealing with airlines, we can book scheduled flights from the UK as part of a flight inclusive package. Scheduled flights are usually more expensive that low cost alternatives, however potentially less stressful if your flight is cancelled or delayed. If you book flights through KE Adventure Travel we will offset the carbon of your flight.

The group will meet at the hotel in Catania.

A single transfer from Catania Airport to the group hotel is provided in the afternoon of Day 1 of the Land Only itinerary.

On the last day of the Land Only itinerary, there will be a single transfer to Catania Airport for flights departing in the afternoon.

Anyone may join the group transfers by prior arrangement. Travelling as a group or on public transport saves energy. If this is not practical, we can provide private transfers at an additional cost.

Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners are included.

Water is drinkable from the taps on this holiday. Please fill your personal bottles for your day in the morning. We do not encourage the purchasing of single use plastic bottles.

Breakfasts at the accommodation will consist of tea and coffee, cereals, bread, jam etc. For the lunches included, the group will have packed lunches or maybe stop at a café. Dinner is taken at small local restaurants, which gives us a chance to sample traditional Sicilian food, as well as pizzas and pastas.

Whilst we can cater for vegetarians, albeit sometimes with a more limited choice, we cannot always provide special diets.  Due to the nature of some of the trips that we operate and the countries in which we operate them, it can be very hard (and sometimes impossible) to cater for a wide range of dietary choices and you may have to supplement your diet with food/snacks from home.  If you have specific dietary requirements please do speak to our sales team and they will be able to advise you whether or not we will be able to offer your specific choice.  Please note that we are unable to provide separate menus and cannot accept liability for any problems arising from special dietary requirements or intolerances.

During this holiday we have 2 nights at a hotel in Catania (on arrival and prior to departure). This small family run hotel is well located in the historical centre of Catania.

We have 4 nights on the island of Lipari, in the seaside resort of Canneto. Canneto has a black pebbly beach and family friendly. We stay in an apartment or 'residence'. These simple apartments have a little kitchenette, bathroom and some have a patio or terrace. The rooms will either have a sea or mountain view. Families of upto 5 will be in each apartment.

We have 1 night in an accommodation on the slopes of Mt Etna. This is a 'posh' refuge, which refers to itself as a hotel. No dormitories, just en-suite rooms ideal for families. It has an excellent restaurant and pizzeria. It is located at the bottom of the cable car up Etna, meaning, after arrival, no drives on winding roads.

All accommodation is of a three-star quality and has local Sicilian style and character. Accommodation is subject to change.

In the one hotel night children under the age of 12yrs will usually share rooms with their grownups. This might be a twin, triple or quad room, a double with an extra bed, or multiple rooms depending on the number of family members. If you are travelling with children over the age of 12yrs, you might be in sharing twin/multi-bed rooms or separate rooms.

Please talk to us about your requirements and we will do everything to ensure that you are happy with your rooming allocation.

The group will be led by a professional and qualified tour leader.

Approximately €250 per person (or equivalent in US dollars or Euros) should be allowed for tips, soft drinks, snacks, non-included meals and miscellaneous expenses. Alcoholic drinks, souvenirs and optional activities are additional so you may wish to budget for these.

There will be the opportunity to change money on arrival at the airport and your local leader will advise the best places to change money en-route. Additionally, you will be able to get cash from bank ATMs in many of the towns that we will visit. Credit cards are useful and it is a good idea to carry one in case of emergency.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY COSTS:

Please note that these prices are correct at time of writing, but are subject to change without warning. All prices are in EUR. Optional activities taken outside the KE holiday are at your own risk.

  • Kayaking or paddle boarding on Vulcano: €45 per person + hydrofoil of around €15, per person 
  • Additional Mt Etna guided summit walk: €85 per person (weather and volcanic activity dependent)
  • EtnAvventure (Adventure Park): Entrance fee from €10 per person + transfers of approximately €40 depending on group size
  • Etnaland (Aqua park and amusement park): Entrance fee from €25 per person + transfers from €180 per vehicle, depending on group size

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your leader and local team. Tipping is entirely voluntary and should be dependent on good service. We recommend that you decide levels of tipping and give any tips as a group rather than from individual group members.

For this holiday you should take one piece of luggage and a daypack. Luggage with wheels is useful for this holiday. For international flights please check your baggage allowance with your airline.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

Europe

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)

  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For the latest details on visiting countries within the EU or the European Economic Area (EEA), please check the UK Government website

The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required, and you should have at least 2 blank pages for each country that you visit.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Please ensure that you check for the latest advice before travel. For the most up to date information on entry requirements, please visit the UK Government website.

If you have a severe allergy please inform the KE office before you travel. We will do all we can to help, but we cannot guarantee an allergy free environment on KE trips. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as 'adrenaline auto-injectors' are not carried as standard by KE leaders and staff. You should inform your leader on arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

Vaccinations

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations.

GHIC / Medical cover

UK residents should carry a free Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment when you're visiting an EU country or Switzerland. This is not a substitute for medical travel insurance which is vital when travelling overseas.

The currency for part or all of this holiday is the Euro.

In May, June and October we can expect daytime temperatures of around 25°C, dropping at night to 15°C. We are unlikely to experience any rain, as Sicily enjoys a favourable Mediterranean climate. During July and August you can expect hotter temperatures to 30°C and occasionally above.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's ‘Travel Aware campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas. The 'Travel Aware' website provides a single, authoritative source of advice for all kinds of travellers and we recommend that prior to travel, all KE clients visit the official UK Government website at travelaware.campaign.gov.uk and read the FCDO Travel Advice for their chosen destination. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCDO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCDO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

KE do not encourage the use of single use plastic items. We are ensuring that our agents all over the world are working together to reduce the problem and educate those around them. We are leading by example in our KE office by reducing our plastic use.

We welcome all family dynamics and we will try to accommodate you in the roomings of your choice. The only stipulation for joining a family group holiday is that 1 party member is 17yrs or under, and they are accompanied by an adult. An average group size is around 10 members in total. Further general information and FAQ's are available here: KE Family Adventure Holidays general information.

It is an essential condition of joining a holiday with KE Adventure Travel that you have a valid travel insurance policy to cover the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation.  When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

For appropriate insurance cover we recommend Campbell Irvine Direct.  Please go to our Travel Insurance page for further information and to get a quote.

Please note that a paper copy of your travel insurance is required if you are travelling to Huaraz and the Huayhuash region.

Please try to keep the weight of your baggage to a minimum. See the ‘baggage allowance’ section for further details.

YOU SHOULD BRING THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

  • Walking shoes / trainers
  • Aqua shoe / Teva-style sandals (some type of wet-shoe) for kayaking, wading through the canyon and pebbly beaches
  • Lightweight walking trousers / shorts / skirt
  • T-shirts and / or casual shirts
  • Loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirt with collar (for sun protection)
  • Socks & Underwear
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat (not needed in Jul/Aug)
  • Sunglasses
  • Daypack 25-30 litres (depending on how much of the kids' stuff you want to carry)
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Insect repellent
  • Water bottles (approx 2 litre per person) (we encourage re-filling water bottles rather than single use plastic)
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Swimwear
  • Swim towel
  • Torch and batteries
  • Basic First Aid Kit. Including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE OPTIONAL:

  • Camera
  • Rash vest
  • Goggles for the kids, snorkel & mask
  • Flip-flops
  • Reusable cloth bag for shopping (to avoid plastic bags)

NOTE:

All specialist equipment required for the activities on this holiday are provided.

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Reviews

5 out of 5 from 3 reviews

A brilliant family holiday! ★★★★★

A great trip, the first time for 10 and 12 year old boys on such an expedition. Set up perfectly on Day 1 with a hike up to the top of Mount Vulcana, brilliant boat trip and walk around Stromboli (saw 3 lava eruptions from the boat) and the hike to the top of Etna was simply amazing. The sea swimming was perfect and plenty of chances to cool down in the beautiful warm waters of the Med. Quite chilly at the top of Etna, fleeces were very much needed. Pack light if at all possible as there are a c ouple of transfers where you need to carry baggage quite a distance. Overall, a simply fantastic trip.
By Adventure from Cirencester | 04 September 2017

Stunning scenery, volcanic eruptions and scrumptious Sicilian cuisine ★★★★★

Our family of 4 (children aged 9 and 11) enjoyed a great week on this activity to the Aeolian Islands of the North Eastern coast of Sicily and climbing Mt Etna. From start to finish it was well organised and led by an excellent local guide (Saro) who made sure everyone enjoyed themselves. We did a number of walks up volcanoes and along spectacular coastlines which were 3-4 hrs in duration and manageable for all. Particular highlights were a sunset boat trip to view lava eruptions from the active volcano on Stromboli, excellent local food and wine and a guided ascent to the top of Mt Etna. There was also plenty of time to relax on the beach and swim in the warm sea. I would highly recommend the trip for adventurous families with kids of a similar age to ours who are okay with hiking.
By Andrew from York | 29 August 2017

An amazing encounter with the sights, sounds and smells of volcanoes ★★★★★

This is an incredible holiday in a beautiful part of the world with a tremendous range of volcanic scenery and activity, delicious food and wonderful cities. It was made even better by fantastic weather, calm seas and coincided with increased activity of Stromboli. Rosario our guide was very helpful and reassuring despite not having lead a family trip before. Once he had realised that children need to know exactly what they are doing all the time, there was less anxiety in the group. He arranged for our family to climb Stromboli on the free day - quite a slog in hot weather, but well worth it to gaze down into the heart of the volcanic craters at sunset and see glowing lava flung into the air with a colossal boom. We then had to descend in the dark and finally got back to the hotel after boat and taxi rides at quarter past midnight (hence not included in the itinerary). Rosario also lead extra walks for anyone that was interested on Lipari, Panarea, Taormina and Catania and arranged for us all to see Stromboli erupt at night from the sea on a private boat, rather than take the earlier hydrofoil. He also knew exactly where to find the best ice creams! May is definitely a great time to visit - sunny, but not too hot nor crowded, the sea is warm enough to swim and snorkel in, and there are lots of wild flowers and butterflies. We couldn't understand why it was recommended to take gloves and a woolly hat...until we visited Etna. It was 3 degrees and hailing at one point with a cold wind, but the walk from the top of the cable car was unmissable. We even stood on a very recent lava flow and picked up rocks which were still as hot as jacket potatoes. This trip definitely crams in more than you could possibly manage in the same time if doing it on your own, and if you don't feel like going on a walk, you don't have to do it, but have a lazy day on the beach instead. The accommodation was comfortable with the whole family of four in one room rather than split between two doubles on separate floors as we have encountered with other similar holiday providers. Highly recommended, but it would be sensible to have a reasonable level of fitness.
By Grahame from South Molton | 08 June 2017

Traveller Reviews
5 out of 5 from 3 reviews

A brilliant family holiday!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
A great trip, the first time for 10 and 12 year old boys on such an expedition. Set up perfectly on Day 1 with a hike up to the top of Mount Vulcana, brilliant boat trip and walk around Stromboli (saw 3 lava eruptions from the boat) and the hike to the top of Etna was simply amazing. The sea swimming was perfect and plenty of chances to cool down in the beautiful warm waters of the Med. Quite chilly at the top of Etna, fleeces were very much needed. Pack light if at all possible as there are a c ouple of transfers where you need to carry baggage quite a distance. Overall, a simply fantastic trip.
By Adventure from Cirencester | 04 September 2017

Stunning scenery, volcanic eruptions and scrumptious Sicilian cuisine
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Our family of 4 (children aged 9 and 11) enjoyed a great week on this activity to the Aeolian Islands of the North Eastern coast of Sicily and climbing Mt Etna. From start to finish it was well organised and led by an excellent local guide (Saro) who made sure everyone enjoyed themselves. We did a number of walks up volcanoes and along spectacular coastlines which were 3-4 hrs in duration and manageable for all. Particular highlights were a sunset boat trip to view lava eruptions from the active volcano on Stromboli, excellent local food and wine and a guided ascent to the top of Mt Etna. There was also plenty of time to relax on the beach and swim in the warm sea. I would highly recommend the trip for adventurous families with kids of a similar age to ours who are okay with hiking.
By Andrew from York | 29 August 2017

An amazing encounter with the sights, sounds and smells of volcanoes
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This is an incredible holiday in a beautiful part of the world with a tremendous range of volcanic scenery and activity, delicious food and wonderful cities. It was made even better by fantastic weather, calm seas and coincided with increased activity of Stromboli. Rosario our guide was very helpful and reassuring despite not having lead a family trip before. Once he had realised that children need to know exactly what they are doing all the time, there was less anxiety in the group. He arranged for our family to climb Stromboli on the free day - quite a slog in hot weather, but well worth it to gaze down into the heart of the volcanic craters at sunset and see glowing lava flung into the air with a colossal boom. We then had to descend in the dark and finally got back to the hotel after boat and taxi rides at quarter past midnight (hence not included in the itinerary). Rosario also lead extra walks for anyone that was interested on Lipari, Panarea, Taormina and Catania and arranged for us all to see Stromboli erupt at night from the sea on a private boat, rather than take the earlier hydrofoil. He also knew exactly where to find the best ice creams! May is definitely a great time to visit - sunny, but not too hot nor crowded, the sea is warm enough to swim and snorkel in, and there are lots of wild flowers and butterflies. We couldn't understand why it was recommended to take gloves and a woolly hat...until we visited Etna. It was 3 degrees and hailing at one point with a cold wind, but the walk from the top of the cable car was unmissable. We even stood on a very recent lava flow and picked up rocks which were still as hot as jacket potatoes. This trip definitely crams in more than you could possibly manage in the same time if doing it on your own, and if you don't feel like going on a walk, you don't have to do it, but have a lazy day on the beach instead. The accommodation was comfortable with the whole family of four in one room rather than split between two doubles on separate floors as we have encountered with other similar holiday providers. Highly recommended, but it would be sensible to have a reasonable level of fitness.
By Grahame from South Molton | 08 June 2017

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