Sicily, hiking paradise
8 days - east Sicily
Between natural parks and UNESCO
For those who love nature and want to know the Sicilian territory, in good company and industry professionals who will help you learn all the secrets of Sicily hidden among forests, reserves and natural parks immersing themselves in the Sicilian culture.
We will see some typical markets
The regional parks
Taormina, the pearl of mediterranean
Castiglione di Sicilia
The Sicilian baroque
VENDICARI RESERVE - CAVE D'ISPICA - PANTALICA - RAGUSA - ETNA - TAORMINA - NOTO - SIRACUSE
Day 01. Benvenuti in Sicilia
Arrival, in Catania and transfer in Noto - Syracuse area, depending on arrival you can take a walk through Noto.
Day 02. WWF nature reserve of Vendicari and visit of Noto
After breakfast, hike through Vendicari, its varied habitats that change from rocky shores to gentle sandy beaches, from Sunti lagoons to the seawater bream, and from the Mediterranean scrub to the swamps, give numerous animals an ideal habitat. Therefore, Vendicari is one of the most important nature reserves in Sicily and one of the most important bird sanctuaries in the Mediterranean on the train route between Europe and Africa. Beach walk on dune paths, sandy beaches and wooden boardwalks. The route can vary from 4, 6, 8 and 16 KM and from 2 hours to 5 hours. Nearby is the Roman Villa del Tellaro that may be visited, entrance € 6.00. Then drive to Noto, which has been a World Heritage Site since 2002. Numerous are the sights of this city, the Palazzo Ducezio, the Duomo, the small theater Vittorio Emanuele, the Campanile the San Carlo church and much more. Dinner and overnight in Noto area.
Day 03. Cave D'ispica - Modica - Ragusa - Ibla.
We start our hike in Contrada Pietre Nere along the canyon dug by the small river "Hyspia". Here you can see numerous caves, which date back to the second millennium BC. were used to the present. A unique landscape enriched by necropolises, caves, the nature and discoverer's delights makes the hearts beat faster. The hike can be extended from 6, 8 to 13 KM. Then drive to Modica and walk through the beautiful Baroque city, also famous for its chocolate patisseries which are numerous in the downtown area. In the afternoon we reach Ragusa Ibla and walk through the old town of Ibla to the church of San Giorgio. Dinner and overnight in Noto area.
Day 04. Pantalica and Syracuse
After breakfast drive via Sortino to Ferla in the Ible Mountains. On the way, we will stop to buy supplies for a picnic that we will take in the middle of the day in Pantalica. Unique gorges created by the Anapo over the millennia in the limestone mountains. We walk along the Anapo river of the former narrow-gauge railway. The small river lakes in the middle of the high canyon walls impress us more than 5000 graves from the Younger Stone Age that arouse curiosity in us to the then inhabitant of the area. The hikes in Pantalica are at the discretion of the tour guide, these can vary from 6, 8 to 12 KM. Continue to Syracuse here to visit the archaeological area and see; the largest Greek theater of antiquity, the temple of Apollo, the Roman gymnasium and the Doric temple of Athena, living past at every turn. In the Paradiso quarry is the "ear of Dionysius". Here the tyrant should have trapped prisoners to overhear their conversations. Continue to Ortigia the old town and see the DOM, the Arethusa Spring and the Temple of Apollo. In time for dinner you are back at the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Noto room.
Day 05. Etna
Etna summit region to about 3000 M. For
Demanding hikers: estimated time 5 hours +500 M - 1200 m. KM 13
Today's excursion will take you to Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. The mighty, 3,300 m high Etna is a geological challenge with its ongoing activity. Without a doubt, the fiery spectacle is one of the most breathtaking natural spectacles on our planet. In close succession, the black-gray lava fields of the younger eruptions alternate with the lush gardens and palm groves that were created on the fertile ashes of the older eruptions. The bus goes up to a height of 2,000 m. The Silvestri craters look like a moonscape. We take the gondola to about 2600 m altitude and begin the hike to the summit region. Attention! For those who are less active, optional driving on Jeep can be chosen. For the H / R is a difference (surcharge) of about € 30.00 to numbers.
Day 06. Alcatara Gorge - Castiglione di Sicilia
After breakfast we reach Floresta (1250M) in the northern side of Etna in the Nebroden Park, here originates the Alcantara River which flows near Giardini Naxos. From here begins a beautiful hike along the riverbed to Randazzo (we can also do this walk with 6, 8 or 11 KM) We will visit Castiglione di Sicilia with a magnificent view over the entire valley.
Here is the wine route of Etna may be planned here a wine tasting.
Price about 8.00 to 15.00 Euro with a small snack
Day 07. Taormina
The day is dedicated to Taormina, famous for its beautiful location on Monte Tauro and the mild climate. You will visit the Greco-Roman theater there and then have time for a stroll through the enchanting streets of the old town. In the late afternoon you drive to your hotel in room Etna - Taormina, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 08. Arrivederci Sicilia
Depending on the time of departure, transfer to Catania Airport.
Min 14 partecipants max 24
Albaincoming h24 support
Transfer Catania Airport - Hotel in Syracuse area
Transfer Hotel in Etna area - Catania Airport
Program as described above
With modern and fully air condition coaches (Gran Turismo)
English speaking tour guide for all the tour
7 nights in good hotels 3 or 4 *
Accommodation in double room standard with bath or shower / WC / TV / hair dryer /
7 X half board (extended breakfast + 3 course dinner without drinks).
7 X Rich breakfast buffet
Taxes in both hotels
Tour Operator Liability Insurance with Europ Ass
Taxes and tour operators Liability insurance
Everything was not included in the price
Single room supplement € 120.00
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