Private Self-Guided Walking Tour on Eastern Sicily Coastline
7 days/6 nights or 6 days/5 nights
Meander through the hidden corners of Taormina, Castelmola, Siracusa and Noto
Explore Mt. Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe
Discover the amazing nature beauties of Vendicari Nature Reserve and the Fluvial Park of Alcantara River
Taste the flavors of the great Mediterranean cuisine and heady Sicilian wines
Day 1 – Vendicari & Noto
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.Your overnight stay is in a peaceful village located on Mount Etna slope.
Length of walk: 7 or 12,5 Km.
Trek difficulty: level: easy
Day 2 – Mount Etna Adventure
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. A stroll on the slope of this volcano is a thrilling experience and you can get much more from it taking advantage of the knowledge of our qualified guide. 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. Your welcoming inn tonight, is located on the northern edge of Mount Etna. Medieval design, narrow streets and stunning views of the vulcano characterize this small and peaceful small town. Overnight in Castiglione di Sicilia
Length of walk: distance depends on the trail you agree with your guide.
Trek difficulty: from easy to moderate. It depends on the trail chosen.
Day 3 – Castiglione & the Alcantara Fluvial Park
Leaving Castiglione, your route takes you 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. A luxury country resort, surrounded by olive trees, vineyards and citrus groves welcomes you for the night. Overnight in Mitogio (Valley of Alcantara River)
Length of walk: 9,5 or 10,5 or 12 km (distance depends on your choice)
Trek difficulty level: easy to moderate. It depends on the trail chosen.
Day 4 – Monte Venere & Castelmola
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. The medieval hilltop town of Castelmola, perched on a mountain-peak as a natural balcony above Taormina and already in the circuit of the most beautiful villages in Italy, is the final destination of today’s walk. Overnight in Castelmola
Length of walk: from a minimum of 8,5 to 14,3 km (distance depends on the starting point you choose).
Trek difficulty level: easy to moderate
Day 5 – Taormina
Today’s route, first leads you through the narrow and cobbled streets of this scenic village that floats 529 above the sea level When visiting Castelmola, don’t miss the chance to taste some delicious local products, such as the almond wine, whose inventor is believed to be the owner of the historic Caffè San Giorgio. Starting from the lovely 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 one of Italy’s most amazing spots and a classic sight you won’t want to miss. Overnight in Taormina.
Length of walk: 6,5 or 8 km or more (distance depends on your choices)
Trek difficulty level: easy with possible moderate options.
Final Day – Homeward Bound
We can help you with a private transfer to Catania airport.
It is calculated per person according to the number of participants. With more participants than two people the price lowers gradually.
Over 14 years old, same price as adults. (it is applied a 20% off to guys aged 12-14, who travel with at least two full paying adults and whether they be able to cover the daily distances).
We are Sicily specialist based “on the site” and know our homeland intimately. Our prices are much more affordable than others offered by operators outside Sicily. For exact price calculation, please, send us inquiry via e-mail
o six night accommodations with ensuite facilities;
o breakfast each day;
o one dinner;
o four walking routes;
o one guided walk
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 pre/post-tour travel arrangement
o a tour rep to oversee your tour.
o lunches and beverages;
o personal purchases such as laundry, phone calls, frigobar items etc..
o anything not specifically included in “Inclusions”.
We strongly recommend you to be covered by a good travel insurance. Customers should be in possession of own their travel insurance, with protection for the full duration of the vacation, in respect of medical expenses, injury, death, repatriation as well as cancellation and curtailment. This is mandatory for all clients who travel with us, except the case you sign a declaration which releases Easy Sicily of any responsibility.