November 25, 2015
ON SICILY OLD TRAVELERS’ FOOTSTEPS
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Self-guided Trekking on the Eastern Sicily Seabord
7 days / 6 nights
This tour is a perfect balance between nature beauties and archaeological gems of Sicily, a land once home of the ancient Greeks. The tour starts from the southernmost nature reserve in Europe and ends in the worldwide famous Taormina crossing Siracusa, Noto, the majestic volcano Etna, the lush valley of the Alcantara and the medieval streets of Castelmola.
o Meander through the hidden corners of Taormina, Castelmola, Siracusa and Noto
o Explore Mt. Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe
o Discover the amazing nature beauties of Vendicari Nature Reserve and the Fluvial Park of Alcantara River
o Taste the flavors of the great Mediterranean cuisine and heady Sicilian wines
Arrival Day Upon your arrival to Catania airport, you will be transferred to Noto area by your tour rep. He will provide you with road book, maps, emergency mobile phone, a considerable amount of information and all you need for your tour’s approach. On the way, according to your scheduled flight time, we will drop you off in Siracusa for the first of your walks. The best-preserved Greek archaeological treasures of this town is a must for any visitor in Sicily.
Route distance: depends on you.
Difficulty level: easy
Day 1 Further down, this morning walk takes you to the most southeastern point of the European continent. The Vendicari Nature Reserve is a wonderful stretch of wild coastline, sanctuary to resident and migratory birds, and encompasses three separate marshes and a number of unspoilt beaches. A Swabian Tower and an abandoned tuna-processing plant dominate the coast landscape. Bird watching and sea bathing are permitted her, so be prepared. In the afternoon you’ll take a walk on the splendid baroque town of Noto, with its lovely golden limestone buildings. Noto boasts one of most beautiful historic centres of Sicily and its main street, is an elegant walkway flanked by harmonic Baroque style churches and palaces.
Route distance: depends on you.
Difficulty level: easy
Day 2 This day is fully dedicated to the Mt. Etna region. Today’s private hike is guided, just because the trails here are not marked so, it could be dangerous to go on your own. The guide can modify the route according to your physically fitness and taste, by choosing among the wide range of trails that Mt. Etna can offer to its visitors .
Route distance: it depends on the trail you agree with your guide.
Difficulty level: from easy to moderate. It depends on the trail chosen
Day 3 Today, you walk along a lovely trail immersed in the lush vegetation of the Alcantara River banks. The water with its erosive action created a series of very small lakes splashed with rapids and waterfalls, locally called Gurne. Further along, the river waters wedge into narrow and deep gorges characterised by its weirdly symmetrical rock formations formed when the hot lava flow hit the icy water and splintered the basalt into lava prisms. Amazingly, the gorges also marks the divide between Peloritani and Nebrodi Mountains with the volcano Etna.
Route distances: 9,5 or 10,5 or 12 km, on your choice
Difficulty level: easy to moderate. It depends on the trail chosen.
Day 4 A great route is in store for you this morning. Leaving the Alcantara Valley on your back, the trail takes you to the top of Monte Venere with a massive panoramic view over the majestic peak of Mount Etna, Nebrodi and Peloritani Mountains. The view from Monte Venere is breathtaking and stretching across the east coast and, further down, with eye-popping views over Castelmola and Taormina’s rooftops.
Route distances: from a minimum of 8,5 to 14,3 km
Difficulty level: easy to moderate
Day 5 Starting from the lovely hilltop town of Castelmola a downhill route with sweeping views over the Gulf of Naxos and Mt Etna, takes you to Isola Bella and Mazzarò’s beaches, passing first by the Saraceni pathway and then along the Fishermen’s pathway. A wander through the enchanting tangle of back streets and ancient ruins of Taormina with the truly majestic Greek Theatre suspended between sea and sky with Mt Etna, as its backdrop, is a classic sight you won’t want to miss.
Route distances 6,5 or 8 km or more (distance depends on your choices)
Difficulty level: easy with possible moderate options.
Final Day – Homeward We can help you with a private transfer to Catania airport.
o six night accommodations with ensuite facilities;
o breakfast each day;
o one dinner;
o five walking routes;
o all land transfers by private vehicle;
o detailed maps and daily routes descriptions;
o a descriptive guide of the various sites to see;
o a cell phone for emergencies;
o inn-to-inn luggage transfer
o a tour rep to oversee your tour
Airfare, lunches, beverages, tips, personal purchases such as laundry, phone calls, frigobar items etc.. Anything not specifically included above
– Validity of the tour: April-June / September-November
– Availability: this tour is on demand and can start at any day of the week. Time needed to confirm availability, 48 hours.
– Minimum of participants: 2 people
– Price: is calculated on BB basis and double room occupancy, at 3 star hotel or at a higher level.
– Meals provided: all breakfasts and one dinner. Packed lunch and beverages can be provided where there’s no chance to find food shops along the daily routes. (useful information like this above are set out on the road book)
– On Mount Etna, the excursion is guided for logistical and safety reasons.
– A tour rep will welcome you at the airport, provide you all the information and support items needed. He will also give an overview of the daily routes, showing how the tour works.