Volcanoes of Italy - the Grand Tour
- 15-days study & walking tour from Vesuvius to Etna -
|Dates||Status||Price p.p. (€)||SRS (*)||participants|
|17-31 Oct 2014||space available||3590 € ?||450 € ?||6-12||Booking inquiry|
|Oct 2015||space available||3590 € ?||450 € ?||6-12||Booking inquiry|
|(*) Single room supplement|
Prices for tours at custom dates: on request
- 14 nights accommodation in double room (upper mid-range category)
- Most meals (breakfast + lunch snack + full dinner menu incl. wine, beer, coffee etc. in reasonable amounts)
- All transports and excursions as described
- Entry fees to museums, volcanoes, archaeological sites etc. as described
- Volcanologist guide from our team
- Travel to Naples and from Catania
- Single room supplement: 580 Euro.
- Extra meals (usually light lunch snacks) and drinks not mentioned as included in program
Discounts:Returning customers receive 5% (or 8% - if you have been on at least 3 trips with us) discount on the base tour price.
Group booking discount: If at least 4 people together book this trip, 5% (additional) discount is given, combineable to a maximum of 10%.
If you choose to pay via bank deposit, we offer you 2% discount.
Good general physical condition and preferably some hiking experience are required. The times spent on individual excursions range from 1 to up to ca. 6-8 hours including breaks etc. (variable, depending on weather, possibility to observe activity etc.). Most hikes are fairly easy, with climbing efforts between 100-400 m and total walking times under 3 hours, with the exception of the (optional) climb to Stromboli's summit (on day 6, if it can be undertaken), where around 900m altitude have to be climbed, and perhaps (depending on its activity) the climb to Etna's summit (or to the site of the present eruption as of Nov. 2004) which can take up to 3-4 hours or more of total walking, depending on the necessary itinerary. The latter excursions can be considered as optional and can be shortened by all or part of the group (possibility to split up, see program for details).
People with asthma or other breathing problems should contact their medical doctor and inform us.
Travel arrangements to Naples and from Catania are not included in the tour package, in order to give everybody the best chance to plan his/her trip according his preferences. Naples is easily reached by plane or train (e.g. from Rome airport or other cities). When the tour ends in Catania on Sicily, a connecting flight to the departure airport (e.g. Naples, Rome, Milan) can be easily booked for you at low additional cost. The tour can be ideally combined with a preceding or extension program in Italy, including e.g. visiting cities like Rome, Florence or spending more time on Sicily or one of the islands. We will be happy to make suggestions and can help you with such travel arrangements, as well as assist you with your international travel to Italy.
Throughout the trip, the accommodation comfort (4 nights in Naples, 1 on the ferry in cabins, 3 nights on Stromboli, 2 nights on Lipari, 3 nights on Etna and one in the historic center of Catania) is maximized in terms of choosing optimum locations, good overall standard, and in particular the ambiance.
All hotels are relatively small, clean and friendly, family-run places. In Naples, our hotel (with a cozy roof terrace) is in the lively heart of the old city, giving the opportunity to immerse immediately into this unique city, that lives not only with Vesuvius, but has its own volcano in its soul.
On Stromboli, the hotel is built into the black lava cliff with small sandy beaches in between. Our rooms have a shady terrace directly overlooking the sea facing Strombolichio. In Lipari, the hotel sits on top of the 10 meter sea cliff near to the old fishing harbor. Its comfortable rooms overlook a fantastic garden full of Mediterranean scents above the sea and there is both direct sea access and a swimming pool next to a bar terrace.
On Etna, our hotel is located uniquely at the base of the upper flank of Etna, at 1900 m elevation high above the city of Catania and next to the eruptive sites of the 2001 eruptions, now fully restructured and equipped with all facilities including a wellness area with sauna, whirlpool and massage facilities.
For complete groups (tourist groups, school classes, hobby geologist groups, etc...) and individuals with specific interests (e.g. geological excursions, filming etc.), any tailor-made geologic program can be arranged at custum dates. If you are interested, please contact us directly at: info(AT)volcanodiscovery.com.
Preceding / additional days:
Southern Italy and in particular Sicily with their incredibly rich cultural and natural background have so much to offer that it is impossible to list all. As well, this tour could be a perfect starting point on a longer trip. Whether you want to spend some more time relaxing on a beach, enjoy the up-class resort ambience of Taormina, or be active,- the choice is yours. We will be happy to give you some suggestions if needed.