Sicily "Volcanic" Photo tour
For people who loves trekking, photography and the pure Nature! This is a trip that mixes the pleasures to hike on 3 active volcanoes (Vulcano, Stromboli and Etna) and the relax to go swimming along the wonderful beaches of these splendid islands. An unusual journey to discover the most amazing and charming spots to bring home some unique and memorable shots of your vacation. The Aeolian Islands are 7 fascinating sisters, rich of history and legends. Every island is different and each one has his own peculiarity. You’ll be amazed by the strong power of these lands plenty of contrast and by their vivid colours: the black sand beaches and the all-white pumice quarries, the powerful volcanic eruptions with their lava flows, and the gentle rocking of the sea. At the end, we will trek Mt. Etna, listed in UNESCO world heritage. It’s the largest active volcano in Europe (3350 mt.) with amazing landscapes, dominating all eastern Sicily coast.
- Taking pictures and walking on the top of three active volcanoes: Vulcano, Stromboli and Etna
- Snorkelling along the beaches and relax yourself in the mud bath at the Aeolian Islands, UNESCO world heritage
- Sun, sea and the Mediterranean cuisine!
Arrival in Catania airport. Welcome and private transfer to Milazzo harbour (1h30). Hydrofoil to Vulcano island. Check-in at the family run apartment. 1st photo walk at sunset: we'll go through the small Vulcano village toward the black sand beach (west bay), where you will have a splendid view of the primordial big caldera. Dinner and overnight stay in Vulcano. Meals (-/-/D)
At sunrise 2nd photo walk: toward the bubbling thermal springs and underwater fumaroles. We'll go back to the hotel for breakfast. Photo selection and common discussion. In the late afternoon we have our 3rd photo walk: sunset up to Vulcano's crater. You could enjoy this wonderful experience, walking through the yellow "fumaroles". It looks like going back into the times, to the beginning of the earth. Back to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay in Vulcano. Meals (B/-/D)
This morning we will catch the hydrofoil to Lipari island (15min). Check-in at the hotel (or family run apartment). the morning , selection and review of yours shots and free time to visit the historical centre and the archaeological museum. In the afternoon we'll catch the public bus to the south coast and from there we start an easy hike toward Punta Caprazza and the Observatory from where you'll have an amazing view toward Vulcano island and the "faraglioni" (volcanic rocks in the middle of the sea). From there we are starting our way home toward the little village of Marina Corta, a typical fisherman village that maintains a scenography square close to the sea, under the big ancient Lipari's Rock. 4 th photo walk: shots in Marina Corta at sunset when "the blue hour" makes it even more magical. Dinner and overnight stay in Lipari. Meals (B/-/D)
Hydrofoil to Stromboli island (1h). This s a very particular island, fascinating and wild! It's one of the three active volcanoes in Italy and it has a quite regular activity. Named "Iddu" from his habitants (that means "He"), the Volcano is the protagonist of village's life. Arrival at the hotel and check-in. Then, free time to relax yourself along the beach and swim in the Mediterranean sea. In the afternoon 5th photo walk: we will trek up to the summit of Stromboli to closely observe the spectacular lava fountains. It'll be an unforgettable experience. The climbing effort to the top will be rewarded by the beautiful scenery. (Picnic dinner). Back to the hotel and overnight stay in Stromboli. Meals (B/-/D)
After breakfast, photo selection and common discussion. Then you have free time to relax and enjoy the wonderful black beaches od Stromboli or try the Sicilian "granita". In the afternoon 5th photo walk: at sunset,walk through the smalls villages of Ficogrande and Piscità with their whitewashed houses and the narrow sun- bleached streets. It's really awesome to see them at sunset, while the sun paints the houses in orange colours. Free dinner tonight and overnight stay in Stromboli. Meals (B/-/-)
Today, late in the morning we will take a hydrofoil from Stromboli to Milazzo (2h), then a private transfer from Milazzo harbour to the southern side of Mt Etna (2h) the largest active volcano in Europe! You will be amazed by its lunar landscapes. Check-in at the hotel at 1900 mt of altitude. At sunset we have our 6th photo walk: toward the "Silvestri Craters", two inactive craters formed as a result of the Mount Etna eruption of 1892. Dinner and overnight stay at the Rifugio Sapienza hotel, Etna south. Meals (B/-/D)
At sunrise 7th photo walk: enjoy the soft colors of "the mountain" and the wonderful view over Sicilian east Coast. Breakfast at the hotel. Then full day to discover Mt.Etna. Excursion till 2100 meters on the southern side of Etna. We'll discover the edge of the "Bove Valley" a huge "caldera" formed from a collapse of the ancient volcano. The rivers of black lava and the lunar landscape that slowly open to your eyes will amaze you. Walk back to our hotel. Private transfer from Mt. Etna to the hotel in Catania. Overnight stay in Catania city . Meals (B/L/D)
*Option excursion to the central craters: depending on the weather conditions and the volcano activity it will be possible to climb to the summit of the central craters (3350 mt.), guided by a mountain escort with cableway and 4WD vehicle up to 2900 mt. then trek to the top. From there we walk back or by cableway to the hotel (price: 85 euros per person)..
Day 8: Departure
After breakfast, last photo selection and common discussion (optional), transfer to the airport. Meals (B/-/-)
Meals note: B (Breakfast); L (lunch); D (dinner)
Note: this program can be modified in the event of adverse weather conditions and/or volcano activity. During the excursions on the volcanoes, your guide reserves the right to decide whether or not to climb to the craters according to safety measures, the weather and also the physical condition of the trekkers. Mandala Tour is not responsible in case of impossibility to reach the summit of the volcanoes.
Grade: moderate, 3 to 5 hours walking each day. Some steep path. The typology of the paths are: large dirt
road, mule track. A prior hiking experience is advisable.
Equipment: good and solid trekking shoes, wind and water proof jacket, hat and gloves, head torch with
batteries, bathing suit, sun glasses and sun cream, trekking poles and gators for volcanic ash path, gourde de 1
liter minimum. A rucksack (15/30 litres) for your trekking day.
Photographic Equipment: body SLR or compact digital camera, wide-angle lens, telephoto lens, laptop (for selecting
images) and tripod.
Getting there: The destination airport is Catania. We will set a meeting time with the guide at the airport for the
transfers on day 1 to Milazzo harbour. For clients arriving not at the set meeting time, we cannot guarantee a
transfer. In this instance clients have to make their own way to the first hotel (in volcano island) at their own
expenses (taxi to MIlazzo plus hydrofoil to Vulcano island cost about 150€ from Catania).
2 night – residence*** in Vulcano
1 night – hotel*** or apartments*** in Lipari
2 night – hotel*** in Stromboli
2 night – hotel*** on Etna
Supplements price per person
Departures on July or August 30 €
Single Room Supplement 140 €
- All the transfers by bus and ferries
- Bed and breakfast accommodation in hotels or apartments
- 6 dinners and 1 lunch (pic nic on the Etna)
- Hiking guide, speaking English, passionate of photography
- Excursion with Volcano Guide at Stromboli (group of max 20 people)
- All kind of beverages and personal items
- All lunches (expect 10 € per lunch) excluding that one of day 7
- Dinner on day 5 and day 8
- Option Etna Summit 85€ (Cable car and 4WD vehicles since 2.900 mt+ Volcano guide to climb Mt Etna)
- Tourist taxes
- Everything is not written in "included".
Mount Etna: Facts About Volcano's Eruptions