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  • Italy: The Aeolian Islands Extension
Overview

Go beyond Sicily to explore this beautiful volcanic archipelago

The seven islands that make up the Aeolian archipelago are known for their rocky coastlines, black sand beaches, thermal springs, fertile hillsides, and active volcanoes. These islands are often over-looked in favor of Sicily by most travelers, but with the extension, you’ll enjoy the best of both!

Join us on a 5-day hiking adventure to explore the otherworldly landscapes and historic Mediterranean villages of three islands — Stromboli, Lipari, and Vulcano — before returning to Catania for a final celebration of our time in Sicily. Take some time to discover the charming towns at your own pace mixed with guided activities for more in-depth experiences.

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Itinerary &
Accommodations

Itinerary & Accommodations

Day 1

Stromboli

  • Activity Overview: Walking on dirt paths
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Activity Length: 2 hours

After breakfast on Day 8 of our Sicily tour, those continuing the adventure to the Aeolian Islands take a private transfer to Milazzo. Here, we board a hydrofoil ferry and set off for a 2-hour ride to the island of Stromboli, known for its volcano and dramatic landscape. Upon arrival, we check in to our seaside hotel.

Our journey begins at sunset with an easy walk and exploration of the western side of the island, where we hike about one hour each way to the viewpoint of the Sciara del Fuoco — the blackened lava scars from eruptions down Stromboli's northern flank. During active periods, explosions occur approximately every 20 minutes, and particularly strong eruptions spew red-hot rocks that tumble into the sea. This evening, we enjoy dinner together at a restaurant in town.

Accommodations

Hotel Miramare
Stromboli, Italy

May departure: Family-owned and operated since 1928, the Hotel Miramare is beautifully-located on the black beach of Ficogrande, with panoramic views of azure water.

Hotel Villaggio Stromboli
Stromboli, Italy

October departure: Built in 1949, the Hotel Villagio Stromboli is oceanfront and located between two lava flows. The hotel is located near the port and has three large terraces, as well as an onsite restaurant.

Day 2

Exploring Stromboli

  • Activity Overview: Optional boat tour, afternoon hiking
  • Activity Level: Moderate hike, approximately 2,900’ of elevation gain and loss
  • Activity Length: 2-3-hour boatride, 5 hours hiking

We have two options for this morning. One is to enjoy a few hours at your leisure, simply relaxing or walking on the beautiful black sand beach of Ficogrande. For those interested in joining an excursion, we can arrange an optional small boat tour for $55 per person (subject to change based on the current rate of exchange), which lasts 2-3 hours and circles the island, stopping in front of scenic villages and a lighthouse.

The early afternoon is free to relax and enjoy a leisurely lunch independently before we before meet for a guided sunset hike to the top of Stromboli. This hike lasts approximately five hours total, including stops to rest, take in the views, and enjoy a picnic dinner. A viewpoint above allows for safe viewing of volcanic activity and eruptions, which is particularly magical to see at dusk against a darkening sky. Please note: This is a moderate hike, as we are ascending and descending approximately 2900 ft. There are some steep sections, and the trail can be covered with a layer of sand and volcanic ash

Accommodations

Hotel Miramare
Stromboli, Italy

May departure: Family-owned and operated since 1928, the Hotel Miramare is beautifully-located on the black beach of Ficogrande, with panoramic views of azure water.

Hotel Villaggio Stromboli
Stromboli, Italy

October departure: Built in 1949, the Hotel Villagio Stromboli is oceanfront and located between two lava flows. The hotel is located near the port and has three large terraces, as well as an onsite restaurant.

Day 3

Explore Lipari

  • Activity Overview: Hiking
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Activity Length: 2-3 hours

We begin today with a hydrofoil ride of just over an hour to the largest island, Lipari. An easy 2-3 hour hike takes us along the south side of the island, where we reach a viewpoint from which we can see the island of Vulcano in the distance.

In the afternoon, we head into town and explore the main village. Here, we visit Lipari Castle and the Archeological Museum, where we'll see ruins dating to Neolithic times, a cathedral, and exhibits of artifacts dating as far back as the 5th century BCE. Highlights include remnants from an ancient shipwreck and the world's largest collection of miniature Greek theater masks.

This evening, we will dine together in town.

Accommodations

Hotel Mea
Lipari, Italy

May departure: Located on the lively island of Lipari, the Hotel Mea is situated above the coast with lovely sea views, an onsite restaurant, and infinity pool, and is walking distance to the center of town.

Hotel Bougainville
Lipari, Italy

October departure: Enjoy the Mediterranean stylings of this well-located hotel with easy access to the port and Lipari Castle. Amenities include an outdoor pool and an onsite restaurant and bar.

Day 4

Hike to Vulcano

  • Activity Overview: Hiking
  • Activity Level: Easy to moderate
  • Activity Length: 3 hours

A 10-minute boat transport takes us to Vulcano this morning, known for its black beaches and thermal springs. We'll set off on a 3-hour hike to the center crater, where we may be able to see fumarole eruptions. Once on top, we can walk the entirety of the rim for spectacular views of the crater below, the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, the cliffs of Lipari, and other islands off in the distance.

We transfer back to Milazzo by hydrofoil (about 40 minutes) and have a private overland transfer to Catania (about 1.5 hours). Upon arrival, we have time to freshen up and perhaps explore town before a final celebratory dinner together this evening.

Accommodations

Katane Palace Hotel
Catania, Italy

May & October departure: Conveniently located in the heart of historic Catania, the Katane Palace Hotel boasts an onsite restaurant, a lovely courtyard, friendly staff, and spacious, clean rooms.

Day 5

Departure

After breakfast, you can transfer to nearby Catania Airport for international flights home, or continue with independent travel. Taxis are readily available from the hotel, or we can arrange a private transfer (at an additional expense) on your behalf.

Please note that this is a typical itinerary, and actual activities may vary due to weather conditions, local events, and to allow serendipity to play a hand in your experience. Accommodations are as outlined in the itinerary, although we reserve the right to change these or the order visited should the need arise.

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Dates &
Prices

Dates And Prices

2019
Trip Length

5 Days

Trip Dates

Oct 6-10, 2019

2019 Land Cost

$2,295 Per Person


Single Supplement

$300

See single supplement policy below.

What's Included

  • Expert Leadership
  • All activities as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as indiciated in the itinerary
  • All accommodations
  • All on-tour transportation
  • All gratuities except those for your guide and driver, which are at your discretion
  • Explorers Club savings on your next scheduled, small-group trip (conditions apply)
Single Supplement Policy

Accommodations (hotels, tents, cruise cabins) are based on double occupancy. A single supplement is paid by participants who specifically request single accommodations, subject to availability. If you reserve at least 120 days prior to departure, you may be eligible for a reduced or free single supplement.* This is generally limited to the first one or two solo travelers to reserve, and the reduction is outlined in the pricing for each trip. Please note, free or reduced single supplements are not combinable with other offers or promotions.

If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate of the same gender. If you reserve at least 120 days ahead and a roommate is not available, you will only be charged a “forced” single supplement in the amount of 50% of the standard single supplement* (unless otherwise noted in the detailed itinerary). Single accommodations are limited so you are encouraged to reserve early!

*This may not apply to certain trips with unique accommodation arrangements. Please see specific trip information for more details.

What To
Expect

What To Expect

Physical Activity

Boundless Journeys' trips are designed for energetic and flexible individuals who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. This extension is rated 2, easy to moderate, on a scale of 1-5 (with 5 being the most strenuous). It features walks of varying length and difficulty that average 2-5 hours per day.

Meeting Point

After breakfast on Day 8 of our Sicily tour, those joining us in the Aeolian Islands take a private transfer to Milazzo.

Departure Point

After breakfast, you can transfer to nearby Catania Airport for international flights home, or continue with independent travel.

Most Convenient Airport for Departure:
Catania Airport, Catania, Italy (airport code CTA)

Weather

The climate on the Aeolian Islands is typically Mediterranean, with hot summers and short, mild winters. The weather in late spring and early fall is usually very pleasant, with daytime temperatures that range from low 60s to upper 80s, and the 50s and 60s at night. While these months are not in Italy's "rainy season" there can be cool breezes or showers at any time. Please come prepared to walk rain or shine. We will always walk unless weather conditions make it dangerous to do so.

$2,295 / person* *airfare not included
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  • Departure Dates: Oct 6-10, 2019
Activity Level 2 Easy to Moderate

Easy to moderate walking and hiking, 2-5 hours per day.

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  • Group Size: 2-16 Guests

Make it Your Own!

This trip can be your own adventure by taking over one of our scheduled dates, or we can request a fresh one.

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