Conscious walking in the Aeolian Islands: from Stromboli to Vulcano

Duration : 8 days

Italy, Aeolian Islands

Level : pretty good walkers

from 1540 € / p. from 7 to 12 persons

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Description

Discover the Aeolian archipelago, volcanic islands (active volcanoes Stromboli and Vulcano) bathed in an emerald sea.

Walking in conscious walking and boat crossings alternate in these landscapes worthy of the Iliad.

On the program: approach to vulcanology, swimming, Sicilian atmosphere.

Visit the islands of Lipari, Salina, Vulcano, Panarea, Stromboli, each with its specificity and character.

Program

D1: Catania.
Arrival at Catania airport in Sicily. Transfer by bus to Milazzo. If arriving late, overnight on Milazzo. Otherwise, boarding alisafi (fast boat) to the island of Lipari. Transfer to accommodation in Caneto. First contact, typical welcome drink, presentation of the stay.

D2: Lipari, pumice and obsidian.
Hiking on the island of Lipari, in the drains of obsidian (black volcanic glass) and pumice (old quarries) flowing into the azure sea. Panorama on the archipelago from Monte Pilato. Back to Caneto.
Elevation: climb 150m, descent 150m, duration: 4h30.

D3: Vulcano and its mud baths!
Access by private boat to the island of Vulcano, ascent (250m) and comments on one of the most dangerous volcanoes in Italy (like Vesuvius) despite its apparent tranquility. Passage in the sulfur fumaroles and crater tower with panoramic views of the archipelago. Descent on the coast and swimming in mud baths (good for the skin) and the sea of ​​boiling water (underground volcanic activity). Back along the coast by boat with swimming in the pool of Venus.
Elevation: climb 250m, descent 250m, duration: 4h.

D4: Stromboli, an active volcano!
3 hours crossing across the islands to Stromboli and overnight for the hotel at the foot of the volcano. Meal and swimming by the sea and relax, before the climb in the late afternoon of Stromboli with a local guide. Presentation of the volcano and its history, then natural sight of sound and light! Night descent into the ashes of the volcano with the headlamp! Unforgettable !
Elevation: climb 700m, descent 700m, duration: 4h30.

D5: Panarea.
Return by boat around noon on Lipari with a stop for half a day on the island of Panarea, St Tropez of the Aeolian islands, but which has hidden beauties accessible only on foot: cove of Junco, true paradise for the bathing and the diving with its transparent waters and its sandy beach. Old Mycenaean village in ruins overlooking the sea. Return to Lipari by boat, then Caneto by bus.
Elevation: climb 50m, descent 50m, duration: 2h30.

D6: Salina, the wooded island.
Crossing aliscafi to the island of Salina at the port of Rinella. Transfer by bus to the pass then climb in one of the few forests of the archipelago, very wooded island. Panorama from the summit (942m) on the islands of Filicudi and Alicudi and Stromboli (on a clear day view of Mount Etna in Sicily). Descent to Pollara and the famous site where was shot the film "El Postino", (The Postman, with Philippe Noiret). Grand site in an old crater invaded by the sea, capers cultures. Swimming possible in the natural harbor, on the rocks of bright yellow tuff. Back in the evening on Lipari, then Caneto.
Elevation: climb 450m, descent 450m, duration: 4h30.

D7: Lipari and its kaolinite quarries.
Transfer by bus on the western part of the island to discover the old kaolinite mines, passing through old fumaroles and rocks of all colors, looking for gypsum in old castings: transparent rocks like glass but very friable. Back by the ancient Etruscan and Roman baths with hot springs. Return on Lipari by bus and typical Aeolian meal in the evening in the center of Lipari, with the Italian animation of the streets on Friday evening.
Elevation: climb 100m, descent 250m, duration: 4h.

D8: Back.
Return on Catania via Milazzo by boat then mini bus.
Return flight to France.

The program can be modified according to the climatic conditions of the moment, the technical criteria or the physical condition of the participants. The guide remains the only judge of the program that can be adapted because of security requirements.

The price includes

  • Flights
  • Accommodation with breakfasts
  • Picnics
  • Evening meals in the accommodation or in the restaurant
  • <liv>Welcome drink
  • All transfers: boats, buses, and mini-buses (airport / Milazzo A / R) during the stay
  • Visits to Vulcano and access to the mud baths
  • Local guide for the ascent of Stromboli
  • Double supervision with:
    • Danilo, hiking guide, conscious and Afghan walking
    • Elisabeth, French guide living in Lipari for over 20 years and specialist in the region<liv></liv>
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The price does not include

  • Transfers from your home at the airport
  • Optional visit of the museum in Lipari
  • Lunch on the 1st and 8th day at the airport according to flight schedules
  • Drinks

Accommodation

  • Double rooms in an inn with a very family atmosphere in the village of Caneto on the island of Lipari, with patio and hot water pool (6 nights)
  • One night in Stromboli in a small hotel
Next departures :

No scheduled departure, bu you can contact me to book your dates.

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