Hiking Mt. Vesuvius, Mt. Etna, and the Aeolian Islands

Hiking Italy’s Volcano Trails

Italy

11 Days

From $6,395

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    Overview

    Our adventure in Italy's south—the mezzogiorno—with its palm-fringed bays, shimmering aquamarine seas, seaside villages, and mouth-watering cuisine, is framed by a sublime setting: the dramatic volcano-isles of Stromboli, Vulcano, Lipari, and tiny Panarea, as well as magnificent Mt. Etna. After a hike on the crater rim of Mt. Vesuvius and a visit to ancient Pompeii, we ferry to the Aeolian Islands, believed by the ancient Greeks to be the home of Aeolus, the king of the winds. Conditions permitting, our hikes bring us to the summits of Stromboli and Vulcano (from which all volcanoes get their name), while coastal walks on Panarea and Lipari reward us with Roman ruins and vivid views of the blue Mediterranean. The surreal moonscapes of Mt. Etna (10,500'), dominating the Sicilian skyline, are the memorable backdrop for our final hikes. We end our journey in lovely Taormina, with its breathtaking panoramas of sea and sky.

    Arrive: Naples, Italy

    Depart: Catania, Italy

    Highlights

    • Hike to the summit of Mt. Etna, highest volcano in Europe
    • Summit hikes on the dramatic volcanoes of Stromboli and Vulcano
    • Explore the stunning Aeolian Islands, surrounded by azure seas
    • Taormina, an enchanting hilltown with a preserved Greek theater

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      After gathering in Naples, we head to the archaeological site of Cumae, famed for its evocative Cave of the Cumean Sybil, a mysterious place of long, trapezoidal galleries cut out of solid rock. The next day we hike around the far rim of Mt. Vesuvius, with a look into the abyss of its volcanic caldera, then head to the fascinating remains of legendary Pompeii, engulfed—and preserved—by Vesuvius' ash. We enjoy a delicious pizza dinner in the city in which it was born, then board the overnight ferry bound for Stromboli in the Aeolian Islands.
      Our ferry arrives at dramatic Stromboli, a volcano-island that achieved its modern fame when Italian director Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman filmed Stromboli here in 1949. We take a sunset hike to the summit of its perfect cone—the ideal time to observe fiery displays against the night sky. Taking the hydrofoil to Panarea, we hike along the island's rugged cliffs, then boat to the sublime island of Lipari.
      On Lipari we hike a spectacular coastal path to the old Roman thermal baths at San Calogero, with glorious views of Vulcano Island and other rock formations rising straight out of the blue Aeolian Sea. The next day we ferry to Vulcano, from which all volcanoes get their name, and hike to the top of the volcano itself.
      Ferrying to the Sicilian mainland, we hike on the north face of Mt. Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. We view craters of the Monte Pizzillo area, which date from Etna's 19th century explosion, then end our hike at the “Bocche del 2002,” the mouth of the huge lava flow of 2002. The following day we take a 4WD vehicle up to 9,000 feet, then hike to the summit at 11,000 feet. The views are incredible!
      At the base of Etna, we hike above the spectacular Alcantara Gorge, a 100-foot-deep lava flow that has been water-carved into fantastic formations to create an amazing natural wonder. Our relaxing grand finale finds us in enchanting Taormina. From the town's spectacular Greek theater, Mt. Etna dominates a view little altered since the theater was built in the 3rd century BC. We depart via Catania on Day 11.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      $600 due at time of reservation
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
      • Accommodations in small inns, hotels, and a ferry
      • All meals included except 1 lunch and 2 dinners as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
      • All transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Hotel Palazzo Alabardieri

      Naples, Italy

      Day 1 (1 night)

      Set on a pedestrian side street just a few blocks from the waterfront and close to historical sites, restaurants, and high-end fashion shops, the Palazzo Alabardieri offers a warm ambiance and a relaxing place to stay in the bustling city of Naples. Guest rooms in this former palazzo are quiet,...

      Overnight Public Ferry

      Naples-Stromboli, Italy

      Day 2 (1 night)

      To get to Stromboli from Naples, we take an overnight public transportation ferry. We reserve the best-available staterooms with private baths; they are comfortable but basic. On the plus side: the view of Stromboli's fiery explosions in the dark (we get there early in the morning) are dramatic and unforgettable.

      La Sirenetta Park Hotel

      Stromboli, Italy

      Day 3 (1 night)

      This family-run hotel is in an idyllic location, at the edge of the village and right across the street from a black sand beach. Guest rooms are simple but have an airy feeling and views of the sea. There is a beautiful saltwater pool with spectacular views of Strombolicchio,...

      Grand Hotel Arciduca

      Lipari, Italy

      Days 4-6 (3 nights)

      We stay three nights in Lipari, a relatively large town that can get quite lively. Our hotel is located in a quiet neighborhood away from the noise and traffic, above one of the two harbors and within walking distance of everything. The hotel has been recently renovated and has a...

      Shalai Resort

      Linguaglossa, Italy

      Days 7-8 (2 nights)

      This small elegant hotel (just 13 rooms) lies in Linguaglossa, an off the beaten track Sicilian town on the slopes of Mt. Etna. A renovated 19th century building, it blends old world charm with contemporary style. A small “wellness” center features a Jacuzzi, sauna, and spa treatments. The restaurant offers...

      Ashbee Hotel

      Taormina, Italy

      Days 9-10 (2 nights)

      The 25-room Ashbee is a renovated private villa built in 1907 by Charles Robert Ashbee, a renowned Arts & Crafts architect. It has a sublime location—perched on a cliff above the sea. Guestrooms vary in size but all are elegant and comfortable, with private terraces opening onto tranquil gardens. The...

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated a Level 4 (Moderate to Strenuous) according to our trip grading system. You will need to be comfortable hiking 8 miles a day, being on your feet for up to 6 hours a day, and hiking on uneven surfaces including downhill over loose scree. You will also need to be able to keep up with the moderate but steady pace of the group, as with the exception of a couple days, there are no alternative hiking options available. Summitting any of the volcanoes, especially Mt. Etna, is never a given, due to the unpredictability of weather and volcanic activity. We do our best to provide you with these opportunities, but ask that you have a flexible attitude in case of inclement weather or volcanic conditions. Please keep in mind our trip offers ample equally fascinating activities!

      Average Hiking Day
      • 4-5 miles
      • 4 hours
      • 1,100-1,300 feet gain/loss
      Challenge Day
      • Day 8: 8.5 miles, 8 hours, 1,550 feet gain, and 4,900 feet loss; alternative option of 5 miles, 4 hours, and 1,550 feet gain/loss
      Review Trip Level Details
      While the length of our hikes is not exceptionally long, there are steep ascents and descents. Much of our hiking is on volcanic terrain which can be rough with patches of soft ash, sharp rock, and ridges and pockets of lava flows that can make footing tricky. Mount Etna is at about 11,000 feet and can be the most challenging. The possibility of reaching its summit (and the summits of some of the other volcanoes) is very dependent on weather and volcanic activity.
      The weather in southern Italy and Sicily in late spring and early fall is usually very pleasant, with temperatures in the 70s°F and 80s°F during the day, and in the 60s°F at night. Cool breezes, strong winds, and showers can occur at any time, and it can get very cold on Mt. Etna—there's even a possibility of encountering snow on the trails in April.
      We spend most of our nights in small, picturesque inns, full of Italian charm and ambiance. All hotels are chosen for their history and central location. Since they are often in historic buildings, the rooms are not always of uniform or international size. Our leaders do their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. We will also spend one night aboard an overnight public ferry, and while we reserve the best available rooms with ensuite baths, the rooms are very small and basic. Single rooms can be requested but are not always available, due to the limited space in the hotels. If you prefer a single room, please make your request as early as possible.
      Most lunches are at local restaurants, with a few served picnic-style during our hikes. Dinners are at restaurants in town. We have an opportunity to sample a variety of Italian specialties, including fresh fish, pasta, and couscous. Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but many restaurants in Sicily do open until 7:30pm, so the evening meal will be at 7:30pm at the earliest.
      For most of the trip, our van will transport the group's luggage, so you only need to carry a daypack for items you need for the day (rain gear, sweater, camera, water bottle, etc.). Trip members are always free to skip a day's hike and travel to the next destination in the support vehicle (or remain at the hotel if we are not transferring that day). We will be taking an overnight ferry at the beginning of the trip, so you will need to be able to transport your luggage.

      Client Testimonials

      "It was a fantastic itinerary! We started with Vesuvius and it allowed for an easy trek. And then it got progressively more challenging with each volcano. The changing of hotels every 2 days was wonderful."

      Angie P.

      Woodbridge, Ontario

      "We loved this trip and seeing the different types of volcanoes and experiencing the variety of southern Italy, especially through its cuisine. The hike up Stromboli was a special highlight. We fell in love with southern Italy, especially the Aeolian Islands."

      Carol and Jim B.

      Kensington, MD

      "I think I have been on 12 or so trips with you guys and this might be the best ever—guides were great, hiking five volcanoes was something not to be missed, food and wine and coffee unbelievable!"

      Craig K.

      Sewickley, PA

      "A marvelous tour of active volcanoes at one of the hearts of western civilization, with an eye to how people have related to these wonders and hazards through time!"

      Donna A.

      Golden, CO

      "It was an amazing trip. Such a wide variety of experiences—every day was different and just kept getting better."

      Gretchen Y.

      Sedona, AZ

      "This is a great trip. One high point was watching lava explosions at night on Stromboli. Stunning! Another was walking through Pompeii with our guide bringing it to life in our imaginations."

      Jamey H.

      Newton, MA

      "What a marvelous trip! By far the most enjoyable adventure because of the many activities planned day after day. From sea to towns to mountains, there was never a dull moment. Apart from that, our guides were always on point in anticipation of our needs, interests, and questions. The trip showed me a side of Italy that I never knew existed. I have been to Italy more than half a dozen times, but I never knew that Sicily and the Aeolian a Islands were so intoxicatingly beautiful."

      Josie V.

      Woodbridge, Ontario

      "This trip was spectacular. The itinerary, the food, the accommodations, the guides—all were top notch. Looking forward to future trips!"

      Liz P.

      Toronto, Ontario

      "This was a great adventure and I loved hiking on the volcanoes! I was concerned about the overnight ferry, but it was fun and the accommodations were good. The cooking class was a lot of fun—everyone enjoyed it and got involved. I am very happy that I got to visit the Aeolian Islands, which I wouldn't have heard about if not for this trip."

      Melissa M.

      Kihei, HI

      "Please keep this destination! It's a truly amazing experience. Having three guides allowed for each of us to have a unique experience."

      Pam M.

      Lake Forest, IL

      "Fantastic trip, wonderful hikes, terrific food, great guides. We will continue to use WT for many trips in the future."

      Thomas Y.

      Sedona, AZ

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      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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Our morning drive brings us to the foothills of Mt. Etna, with superb views of the peak en route. At 11,000 feet, Mount Etna is the highest active volcano in Europe and one of the world&apos;s largest volcanoes. Etna and many villages surrounding it have been protected as national park since 1987. This majestic volcano is over 500 square miles at its base and dominates much of Sicily&apos;s eastern half.\r\n\r\nWith our local Etna guides, we head up to 8,000 feet on the mountain. Our hike explores the north face of Etna, bringing us to the old craters in the Monte Pizzillo areas from the 19th century explosion. We hike among impressive lava formations and tunnels that we can enter and observe from inside. Much of our hike is on rough volcanic terrain and over sculpted lava flows. Our hike ends at the &ldquo;Bocche del 2002,&rdquo; the mouth of the huge lava flow of 2002. In the late afternoon, we reach our hotel near Etna&apos;s slopes. 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An alternate, shorter (3-4 hours) hike takes us to the central crater without crossing the rough lava terrain. (Please note: our exact hiking itinerary is dependent on local weather conditions and level of volcanic activity at the time.) We return to our hotel in the late afternoon for a rest before dinner.\r\nHiking Details (Option 1): 8.5 miles, 8 hours, 1,550 feet ascent, 4,900 feet descent\r\n(Option 2): 5 miles, 3-4 hours, 1,550 feet ascent\/descent","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":9,"DayTo":9,"Headline":"Alcantara Gorge Hike \/ Taormina","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"At the base of Etna this morning, we hike above the spectacular Alcantara Gorge, a 100-foot-deep lava flow that has been water-carved into fantastic formations to create an amazing natural wonder. The views are fantastic. We can descend the gorge, taking time to jump into pools and slide down natural water slides (this part of the hike is weather-dependent and entirely optional), or hike through citrus groves as we follow the river. Departing the gorge, we head to the enchanting town of Taormina, set high above two sweeping bays. Taormina is a delight and one of Sicily&apos;s most picturesque settings, with its main street lined with 15th to 19th-century palazzi. Dinner is on your own this evening so you can choose from one of the town&apos;s many restaurants. Your Trip Leader will be happy to make recommendations, depending on how fancy or local you wish to go.\r\nHiking Details (Option 1): 3.5 miles, 2 hours, 700 feet descent\r\n(Option 2): 1.5 miles, 1 hour, 300 feet descent","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":10,"DayTo":10,"Headline":"Taormina","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"With balconies overflowing with flowers and breathtaking panoramas of sea and sky, Taormina charms its visitors. From the town&apos;s spectacular Greek theater, Mt. Etna dominates a view little altered since the theater was built in the 3rd century BC. This morning, we enjoy a walking tour around town. After lunch on your own, the afternoon is free for independent exploration, shopping, or swimming at the hotel pool. We gather for a festive Farewell Dinner tonight.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":11,"DayTo":11,"Headline":"Depart","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Morning transfer to the airport (1.5 hours) at Catania, Sicily, for departure on homeward-bound flights.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":1,"DayTo":2,"Headline":"Naples \/ Pompeii \/ Overnight Ferry","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"After gathering in Naples, we head to the archaeological site of Cumae, famed for its evocative Cave of the Cumean Sybil, a mysterious place of long, trapezoidal galleries cut out of solid rock. The next day we hike around the far rim of Mt. Vesuvius, with a look into the abyss of its volcanic caldera, then head to the fascinating remains of legendary Pompeii, engulfed&mdash;and preserved&mdash;by Vesuvius&apos; ash. We enjoy a delicious pizza dinner in the city in which it was born, then board the overnight ferry bound for Stromboli in the Aeolian Islands.","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":3,"DayTo":4,"Headline":"Stromboli Island \/ Panarea Island \/ Lipari Island","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Our ferry arrives at dramatic Stromboli, a volcano-island that achieved its modern fame when Italian director Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman filmed Stromboli here in 1949. We take a sunset hike to the summit of its perfect cone&mdash;the ideal time to observe fiery displays against the night sky. Taking the hydrofoil to Panarea, we hike along the island&apos;s rugged cliffs, then boat to the sublime island of Lipari.","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":5,"DayTo":6,"Headline":"Lipari \/ Vulcano","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"On Lipari we hike a spectacular coastal path to the old Roman thermal baths at San Calogero, with glorious views of Vulcano Island and other rock formations rising straight out of the blue Aeolian Sea. 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His love for nature led him to found an agricultural co-op with friends in the 1970s, and a decade later, he started his own farm in the hills north of Florence, where he now lives with his wife and two daughters. \"Food is one of my strongest interests. I think the understanding of a different culture can come through the palate.\" Outside of Tuscany, one of Stefano's favorite places is Sardinia \"for its spectacular, wild landscape and deep Mediterranean roots.\" When not leading trips for us, Stefano grows organic vegetables, keeps bees, and raises Cinta Senese, the traditional small boars of the Siena region He has restored two old houses on his property, one of which is now an agriturismo accommodation","BioLong":"Stefano Baldi has spent most of his life living in the beautiful rural countryside of Tuscany, except for a few years in Florence as a student. His love for nature led him to found an agricultural co-op with friends in the 1970s, and a decade later, he started his own farm in the hills north of Florence, where he now lives with his wife and two daughters. \"Food is one of my strongest interests. I think the understanding of a different culture can come through the palate.\" Outside of Tuscany, one of Stefano's favorite places is Sardinia \"for its spectacular, wild landscape and deep Mediterranean roots.\" When not leading trips for us, Stefano grows organic vegetables, keeps bees, and raises Cinta Senese, the traditional small boars of the Siena region He has restored two old houses on his property, one of which is now an agriturismo accommodation"},{"GuideID":850669,"First_Name":"Sebastiano","Last_Name":"Leone","BioShort":"Sebastiano Leone knows that traveling is always better when you&apos;re being led by your senses, whether it's on a cultural exploration in Sicily, where he knows all the local hotspots and best places to savor authentic local cuisine and wines, or in the alpine regions on a hike amid beautiful mountains. His love for people and nature make him an excellent Trip Leader and wonderful travel companion. When not guiding, Sebastiano works for the Sicilian government on environmental projects and lives in Siracusa with his family.","BioLong":"Sebastiano Leone knows that traveling is always better when you&apos;re being led by your senses, whether it's on a cultural exploration in Sicily, where he knows all the local hotspots and best places to savor authentic local cuisine and wines, or in the alpine regions on a hike amid beautiful mountains. His love for people and nature make him an excellent Trip Leader and wonderful travel companion. When not guiding, Sebastiano works for the Sicilian government on environmental projects and lives in Siracusa with his wife and two daughters."},{"GuideID":850536,"First_Name":"Leila","Last_Name":"Thompson","BioShort":"With a solid repertoire of outdoor skills including rock climbing, river guiding, and mountaineering, Leila Thompson surely lives the life of an adventurer. Since the early 1990s, she has led trips for us in Nepal, India, Tibet, Republic of Georgia, Canada, and Europe, and shows no sign of stopping. &ldquo;One of the most wonderful things about guiding for me is starting a trip with a group of strangers and finishing with a group of friends,&rdquo; she says. Through travel, she has fulfilled some of her passions such as environmental stewardship and engaging in the local culture of each place. Leila is conversant in German, Nepali, and French. When she is not guiding, Leila works as a nurse at the local hospital in Bend, Oregon, where she lives with her husband (and fellow WT guide) Sean Morrissey, and enjoys cycling, hiking, climbing, skiing, and her latest sports addiction&mdash;pickleball.","BioLong":"With a solid repertoire of outdoor skills including rock climbing, river guiding, and mountaineering, Leila Thompson surely lives the life of an adventurer. Since the early 1990s, she has led trips for us in Nepal, India, Tibet, Republic of Georgia, Canada, and Europe, and shows no sign of stopping. &ldquo;One of the most wonderful things about guiding for me is starting a trip with a group of strangers and finishing with a group of friends,&rdquo; she says. Through travel, she has fulfilled some of her passions such as environmental stewardship and engaging in the local culture of each place. Leila is conversant in German, Nepali, and French. When she is not guiding, Leila works as a nurse at the local hospital in Bend, Oregon, where she lives with her husband (and fellow WT guide) Sean Morrissey, and enjoys cycling, hiking, climbing, skiing, and her latest sports addiction&mdash;pickleball."},{"GuideID":850725,"First_Name":"Daniel","Last_Name":"Windham","BioShort":"Daniel Windham, born in Georgia's foothills, discovered his passion for the mountains at an early age while backpacking on the Appalachian Trail. After moving to northern Italy, becoming a mountain guide, and running a mountain hut with his Italian wife, he returned (via a couple of years in Costa Rica) to his roots, enjoying the outdoor life with his family. Having climbed and guided on some of the highest peaks in the Himalayas and the Americas (notably Mt. Rainier), Dan continues to guide on Aconcagua (Argentina) and for Wilderness Travel in the Alps. He is also an Appalachian Trail Ambassador, which involves regularly running an 89-mile stretch of the trail, as well as community involvement. His goal is to \"give back to the wilderness a little of what it has given me.&rdquo; Dan speaks English, Spanish, and Italian, and continues his interests in wilderness medicine and cooking.","BioLong":"Daniel Windham, born in Georgia's foothills, discovered his passion for the mountains at an early age while backpacking on the Appalachian Trail. After moving to northern Italy, becoming a mountain guide, and running a mountain hut with his Italian wife, he returned (via a couple of years in Costa Rica) to his roots, enjoying the outdoor life with his family. Having climbed and guided on some of the highest peaks in the Himalayas and the Americas (notably Mt. Rainier), Dan continues to guide on Aconcagua (Argentina) and for Wilderness Travel in the Alps. He is also an Appalachian Trail Ambassador, which involves regularly running an 89-mile stretch of the trail, as well as community involvement. His goal is to \"give back to the wilderness a little of what it has given me.&rdquo; Dan speaks English, Spanish, and Italian, and continues his interests in wilderness medicine and cooking."}],"guestreviews":[{"GuestNames":"Angie P.","GuestLocation":"Woodbridge, Ontario","GuestReview":"It was a fantastic itinerary! We started with Vesuvius and it allowed for an easy trek. And then it got progressively more challenging with each volcano. The changing of hotels every 2 days was wonderful."},{"GuestNames":"Carol and Jim B.","GuestLocation":"Kensington, MD","GuestReview":"We loved this trip and seeing the different types of volcanoes and experiencing the variety of southern Italy, especially through its cuisine. The hike up Stromboli was a special highlight. We fell in love with southern Italy, especially the Aeolian Islands."},{"GuestNames":"Craig K.","GuestLocation":"Sewickley, PA","GuestReview":"I think I have been on 12 or so trips with you guys and this might be the best ever&#8212;guides were great, hiking five volcanoes was something not to be missed, food and wine and coffee unbelievable!"},{"GuestNames":"Donna A.","GuestLocation":"Golden, CO","GuestReview":"A marvelous tour of active volcanoes at one of the hearts of western civilization, with an eye to how people have related to these wonders and hazards through time!"},{"GuestNames":"Gretchen Y.","GuestLocation":"Sedona, AZ","GuestReview":"It was an amazing trip. Such a wide variety of experiences&#8212;every day was different and just kept getting better."},{"GuestNames":"Jamey H.","GuestLocation":"Newton, MA","GuestReview":"This is a great trip. One high point was watching lava explosions at night on Stromboli. Stunning! Another was walking through Pompeii with our guide bringing it to life in our imaginations."},{"GuestNames":"Josie V.","GuestLocation":"Woodbridge, Ontario","GuestReview":"What a marvelous trip! By far the most enjoyable adventure because of the many activities planned day after day. From sea to towns to mountains, there was never a dull moment. Apart from that, our guides were always on point in anticipation of our needs, interests, and questions. The trip showed me a side of Italy that I never knew existed. I have been to Italy more than half a dozen times, but I never knew that Sicily and the Aeolian a Islands were so intoxicatingly beautiful."},{"GuestNames":"Liz P.","GuestLocation":"Toronto, Ontario","GuestReview":"This trip was spectacular. The itinerary, the food, the accommodations, the guides&#8212;all were top notch. Looking forward to future trips!"},{"GuestNames":"Melissa M.","GuestLocation":"Kihei, HI","GuestReview":"This was a great adventure and I loved hiking on the volcanoes! I was concerned about the overnight ferry, but it was fun and the accommodations were good. The cooking class was a lot of fun&#8212;everyone enjoyed&#160;it and got involved. I am very happy that I got to visit the Aeolian Islands, which I wouldn't have heard about if not for this trip."},{"GuestNames":"Pam M.","GuestLocation":"Lake Forest, IL","GuestReview":"Please keep this destination! It's a truly amazing experience. Having three guides allowed for each of us to have a unique experience."},{"GuestNames":"Thomas Y.","GuestLocation":"Sedona, AZ","GuestReview":"Fantastic trip, wonderful hikes, terrific food, great guides. 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If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us on this trip.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">www.wildernesstravel.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. 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If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. 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Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.borrowlenses.com\/\">borrowlenses.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. 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While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. 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