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From Palermo to Etna, the earth of Sicily

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Memorable hike into the heart of Sicily
The crossing from Palermo to Catania offers magnificent hikes in the most beautiful regional parks and nature reserves of Sicily, Madonie, Nebrodi and the magnificent Mount Etna. Beyond the immersion into the green wildlife of this area, this journey will allow you to discover some ancient and beautiful Sicilian medieval villages, nestled on perched reliefs. The visits to the ancient cities of Palermo and Cefalù will complete this magnificent trip. Culture, volcanology and hospitality are the keywords of this circuit.

- The biggest nature reserves of Sicily and Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe
- Immersion in the real Sicilian culture
- Simple accommodation with typical warm local hospitality

Daily itinerary


Duomo di PalermoDay 1: Palermo
Arrival at Palermo and transfer to the city centre. According to your arrival times, discover the city and its historic centre full of Norman, Arabic and Byzantine remains. Dinner and night in hotel. Meals (-/-/D)structure-separateur-horizontal-dot
Jour2 Cefalu Cathedral Mariane LopezDay 2: Cefalù - MadoniePark (2hrs walking, +250m - 250m)
In the morning, transfer to the unique town of Cefalù and free time to visit its historic centre, built around a magnificent Norman cathedral. Walk to the "Rocca", an enormous rock overlooking the sea, dominating the city. In the afternoon, transfer to Castelbuono and check in to a very comfortable hut at the foot of the massif of Madonie. Dinner and overnight in the hut. Meals (B/L/D)structure-separateur-horizontal-dot
Jour3 Sicilian Landscape Marianne LopezDay 3: Pizzo Carbonara (6hrs walking, +890m - 890m)
Beautiful hiking day up to Pizzo Carbonara, 1979 metres above sea level, the highest point of this part of Sicily. We will walk through wide green meadows and pebble tracks, forests of broad-leaved trees and evergreen conifer. From the summit, we will enjoy a magnificent panorama of the entire area. Walk back to our hut, dinner and overnight. Meals (B/L/D)structure-separateur-horizontal-dot
Jour4 nebrodiDay 4: Nebrodi Park (4hrs walking, +400m - 400m)
Transfer to Nebrodi Park and settle at the medieval village of Longi. Hike in the park of Nebrodi, where lakes and forests, green hills and many fresh water springs give a fairy tale-like painting. Headback to our hut and dinner and at overnight in apartments.Meals (B/L/D)structure-separateur-horizontal-dot
Jour5 Parco dei Nebrodi - Rocche del Crasto03Day 5: Longi - Rocche del Crasto (5hrs walking, +450m - 500m)
We continue our discovery of the Nebrodi Park. Hike to the amazing "Rocche del Crasto", 1315 metres above sea level. These limestone mountains, with a dolomite pre-eminence, have irregular profiles and steep and cracked forms. Dinner and at overnight in apartments. Meals (B/L/D)structure-separateur-horizontal-dot
Jour6 randazzoDay 6: Randazzo – Etna (2hrs walking, +260m - 260m)
In the morning, transfer to the wonderful Alcantara gorges. Walk inside this renowned volcanic formation where chill water flows to the sea all year long. We will follow a nice trail at the foot of the volcano to discover the recent lava flows and the unique ecosystem of the nature reserve of Etna. Dinner and overnight in mountain chalet. Meals (B/L/D)structure-separateur-horizontal-dot
Jour7 etnaDay 7: Etna – Catania (7hrs walking, +750m - 750m)
The day is dedicated to the ascent of Etna. We take a cable up to 2600 metres above sea level and continue our ascent to the main crater of Etna, at 3350 metres. What a lunar-like place! Everywhere there is blackish rock, volcanic dust, ashes and the scoria, ejected from the numerous eruptive craters or fractures all around. Break on the top area and descent by foot or by cable to the chalet, our starting point. Transfer to Catania. Dinner not included and at overnight in hotel. Meals (B/L/-)

jour8 CataniaDay 8: Transfer to Catania airport. Meals (B/-/-)

Note: B (breakfast); L (lunch); D (dinner)

Grade: moderate, 4 to 6 hours walking each day. A hilly-to-steep terrain with large dirt roads, mule tracks and wooden paths. A prior hiking experience is recommended

- 1 night in hotel***at Palermo
- 2 nights in mountain hut at Madonie Park
- 2 nights in apartments at Nebrodi Park
- 1 night in chalet at north Etna
- 1 night in hotel***at Catania

Equipment: trekking shoes, trekking socks, trekking t-shirt, warm shell, wind and water proof jacket, hat and gloves, bathing suit, sun glasses and sun cream, daily backpack (min. 30 liters), trekking poles advised.

Getting there: The destination airport is Palermo. We will set a meeting time with the guide at Palermo airport for the transfers on day 1. For clients arriving not at the set meeting time, we cannot guarantee a transfer. In this instance clients have to make their own way to the first hotel, at their own expenses (taxi cost about €40 from Palermo airport to the hotel). At the end of the trip,only one transfer from hotel to Catania airport is guaranteed, according to the flight schedule.

Supplements Price per person
Departure in July + €35
Departure in August + €70

- All transfers by public bus, private minibuses
- 7 nights' accommodation in hotel*** and B&B on half board basis
- All dinners (except day 7) and packed lunches
- English speaking guide throughout
- Cable and certified volcano guide to climb to Etna's summit craters

Not included:
- All beverages
- Lunches on day 1 and day 8
- Dinner on day 7

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Location Sicily

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Trips note: MOTSICS4TG

Destination: Sicily
Travel Style: guided walking holiday
Interest: Volcanoes, Alpine Landscape
Comfort: Standard
Grade: Moderate
Duration: 8 days/7 nights
Departures: J F M A M J J A S O N D
Group size: from 4 to 15 people
Airport: Palermo et Catania
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