Sicily has it all: Greek temples better preserved than most of the Greece ones, Fenician ruins, Norman forteresses and baroque churches testify of layers of civilisation. Then there is the luxuriant landscape: the sea is superb, but high and rugged mountains crowd its skyline and sheer cliffs drop directly into the bluest water.
Activity Level: Easy / Moderate | Daily Mileage: 4 – 8 mi | Daily Walking: 2 – 5 hr
Duration: 8 Days – 7 Nights
Day 1 & 2 – Scopello – Zingaro Park
transfer from Palermo airport to Scopello, a tiny village at the entrance of the Zingaro park, one of the best protected areas of Sicily. A sea as clear as a mirror, small coves of white sand, sheer cliffs dropping into the sea and an old “Tonnara” which is the place where tuna fish used to be brought after being killed to be prepared for.
Day 3 – Segesta
Leave the seaside and hike through a fertile vally with luscious vegetation to reach Segesta; there is no describing the beauty of the place: the imposing building of the temple, its golden stones shining in the sun, nestled among soft hills rolling toward a sea as blue as saffire. A magic moment and certainly one of the highlights of the tour.
Day 4 – Eolie
Catch the boat to Salina(from Palermo or Milazzo, depending on the season) a small group of islands which include Stromboli one of few active volcanos.
the largest of the Eolian islands after Lipari and the only one which has a rich and fertile interland. This is the best island for hiking, it also offers nice accomodations away from the most touristic island. Transfer to the hotel and leisure time for beach and swimming.
Hike in Salina. We alternate a climb among vineyards with a leisurly ridge hike; a steep descent to a beach walk ending with a swim in a crystal clear bay.
Wine tasting available in the local wineries
Day 6 – Vulcano island
We take a boat to the next island which offer the ilarious possibility of a mud bath. The island mud is known to be excellent for your skin and in some misterious way also for your general health. A bath in the mud is in any case a lot of fun after a day hike to the top of the dead, but stil fuming Volcano.
Day 7 – Stromboli
It is one of the few continously erupting vulcanos in Europe and a walk on its slopes is a tiring but unforgettable experience. The stark lava beds against the very esmerald greens of the vegetation and the bluest sea make a striking contrast. In the dark the eruption seems like a giant firework.
Day 8 – end of our service
We catch a boat to Milazzo then a bus to Catania airport.
Extra day – Etna, the highest vulcano!
Along the northeastern coast of Sicily lays the highest active volcano in western Europe outside Iceland
It is possible to hike on its slope and reach the crater with a certified guide. Taormina is also worth spending a day, surfing the boutiques or visiting the Roman theatre.
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