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From Palermo to Etna, the earth of Sicily

Memorable hike into the heart of Sicily

Catania
Cefalu Cathedral
Etna
Nebrodi Park
Nebrodi
Palermo Cathedral
Randazzo
Sicilian Landscape
of Sicily, Madonie, Nebrodi and the magnificent Mount Etna. Beyond the immersion into the green wildlife of this area, this journey will allow you to discover some ancient and beautiful Sicilian medieval villages, nestled on perched reliefs. The visits to the ancient cities of Palermo and Cefalù will complete this magnificent trip. Culture, volcanology and hospitality are the keywords of this circuit.

Highlights:
- The biggest nature reserves of Sicily and Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe
- Immersion in the real Sicilian culture
- Simple accommodation with typical warm local hospitalit
Day 1: Palermo
Arrival at Palermo Airport and public transfer to the city centre. According to your arrival time, discover the city and its historic centre full of Norman, Arabic and Byzantine remains. Dinner and night at the hotel. 

Day 2: Cefalù - MadoniePark (2hrs walking, +250m - 250m)
In the morning, transfer to the unique town of Cefalù and free time to visit its historic centre, built around a magnificent Norman cathedral. Hike to the top of the so called "Rocca", from where you will have a breath-taking view over the town and the northern coast. In the afternoon, private transfer to Castelbuono: check into your hotel, at the foot of the Madonie Mountains. Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3: Pizzo Carbonara (6hrs walking, +890m - 890m)
Beautiful hiking day up to Pizzo Carbonara, 1979 metres above sea level, the highest point of this part of Sicily. We will walk through wide green meadows and dirt tracks, forests of broad-leaved trees and evergreen conifer. From the summit, we will enjoy a magnificent view of the entire area. Back to the hotel, dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Nebrodi Park (4hrs walking, +400m - 400m)
Transfer to the area of the Nebrodi Mountains Park, to the medieval village of Longi. Hike in the park of Nebrodi, where lakes and forests, green hills and many freshwater springs build a fairy tale-like painting. At the end of the day, overnight stay and dinner in Longi.

Day 5: Longi - Rocche del Crasto (5hrs walking, +450m - 500m)
Our discovery experience of the Nebrodi Park is far from coming to an end. Hike to reach the amazing natural site "Rocche del Crasto", 1315 metres above sea level. These limestone mountains have irregular profiles and steep and cracked forms. Dinner and at overnight stay in Longi.

Day 6: Alcantara – Etna (2hrs walking, +260m - 260m)
In the morning, private transfer to the wonderful Alcantara gorges Park. Take a walk in this volcanic canyon with chilly waters constantly flowing to reach the sea. We will then follow a nice trail at the foot of the volcano to discover the recent lava flows and the unique ecosystem of the nature reserve of Etna. Dinner and overnight at 1900m altitude.

Day 7: Etna – Catania (7hrs walking, +750m - 750m)
The day is devoted to the ascent to the summit of Mount Etna. We take a cable cabin up to 2600 metres above sea level and continue our ascent to the main crater of Etna, to reach 3350 metres. What a moon-like scenario! Black rocks, volcanic dust, ashes and the scoria ejected from the numerous eruptive craters and fractures all around. At the end of the excursion, transfer to Catania. Overnight stay here. 

Day 8: Transfer to Catania airport.
After breakfast, free time and then private transfer to Catania airport.
Accommodation:
- 1 night in hotel***at Palermo
- 2 nights in a mountain hut or hotel at Madonie Park
- 2 nights in a hotel at Nebrodi Park
- 1 night at a hotel*** or mountain hut on Etna
- 1 night in hotel***at Catania

Included:
- All transfers by public bus, private minibuses
- 7 nights' accommodation in hotel*** and B&B on half board basis
- All dinners (except day 7) and packed lunches
- English speaking guide throughout

Not included:
- All beverages
- Lunches on day 1 and day 8
- Dinner on day 7
- Cable and certified volcano guide to climb to Etna's summit craters

Trips Note


Destination: 
Sicily
Travel Style: 
Guided walking holiday
Interest:
Volcanoes, Alpine Landscape
Duration:
8 days / 7 nights
Departures:
 Mar Apr May Jun Jul Sep Oct 
Group size:
from 4 to 15 people
Airport:
Palermo
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