(Photo from the 2013 trip)
Would you like to hike up the biggest and most active volcano in Europe, visit Catania known as the “black pearl of the Mediterranean sea”, sail along the lava coast and see one of most beautiful towns in Italy, Taormina? You should join us for our trip to Sicily. Not only you will be taken there by a Sicilian native, Danilo, but also as it is the second time we are running this trip, we have now perfected all the details. :)
(Photo from the 2013 trip)
Etna volcano, towering above Catania, Sicily's second largest city, has one of the world's longest documented records of historical volcanism, dating back to 1500 BC. Historical lava flows of basaltic composition cover much of the surface of this massive volcano, whose edifice is the highest and most voluminous in Italy.
(Photo from the 2013 trip)
THE PLACE WHERE WE WILL BE STAYING
THE SAILING TRIP AND TAORMINA
HIKING UP THE ETNA VOLCANO
· 3 nights accommodation + breakfasts
· Most transfers (for details please check the plan of the trip)
· Guided excursion trip to Etna + packed lunch + cable car
· Sailing boat trip + light lunch with local products.
What’s NOT included:
· Drinks (excluding those during the breakfast and lunches)
· Taxi from Catania
Full details in the plan of the trip.
The cost: £310 early bird fee, if paid in full by the end of July. If paid in full in August the price will raise to £330 and if paid in full in September it will raise to £350.
Deposit: of £50 (+paypal fees) needs to be paid on RSVP to secure your place. Please note, until the deposit is paid your place is not confirmed.
The final payments: have to be in my account two weeks before the trip the latest. Please put this date in your diary now as no reminders will be sent and if you have not paid by then you will be removed from the trip and your deposit will not be refunded. Bank account details to pay the balance can be found here: http://www.meetup.com/Curious-Kat-Adventure-Club/pages/Bank_account/. Please make sure you account for the paypal fees in your calculations (so the £2 on top of £50 deposit should not be deducted from the reminder of the payment)
Go on https://www.alitalia.com and select London City Airport as departure and Catania Fontanarossa as Arrival and the dates 12/09/2014 outbound and 15/09/2014 Inbound.
** Outbound ~ London City - Catania Fontanarossa.
Date of departure 12/09/2014 at 10:30 - Arrival at 16:55
** Inbound ~ London City - Catania Fontanarossa.
Date of departure 15/09/2014 at 14:15 - Arrival at 18:40
TOTAL £147.49 - Prices all inclusive, check-in baggage and snack onboard
Accommodation: Bungalows, 4 people per bungalow (2 per room).
IMPORTANT: By signing up to this trip you have agreed to the following disclaimer:
'While safety is our top priority and although we never take unnecessary risks, we do recognise that any outdoor activity/trip involves a danger of personal injury or death. Remember that you should be aware of and accept these risks as you are responsible for your own safety and you should not undertake anything beyond your abilities. It is also your responsibility to be correctly equipped for the weather and activity you have chosen to participate in.' The organiser only facilitates the group, and doesn't take responsibility for your safety during the trip.
You also confirm that you will be responsible for your own insurance and make sure that it is at an appropriate level for this trip and activities you will be participating in (if in doubt, check with your insurance provider).
Detailed Plan of the trip (subject to change)
Day 1 - (Friday, 12th Sep)
10.15. Meet up at the gate (after the check in and security check) and departure at 10.45.
10:45 - 16:55. Alitalia flight from London City Airport to Catania (via Roma Fiumicino) (not included)
16:55 - 17:25. Getting through security and picking up luggage.
17:25 - 17:45. Meeting at the exit from the secure zone. I will be wearing a T-shirt with group's logo at the back.
17:45 - 18:15. Transfer to the Villaggio Turistico Europeo, a camping with bungalows located on the sandy beach of Catania (transfer included)
18:15 - 19:30. Time to check in and refresh
19:30 - 21:30. Dinner at the Villaggio Turistico Europeo (not included)
22:00 till late. After dinner chill out on the beach and possibly to go out for drinks to the beach club, but please bear in mind that we will have an early start the next day.
Day 2 - (Saturday, 13th Sep)
8.00 - 9:00 Breakfast at the camping (included)
9.00 - 9:30 Departure from the Villaggio Europeo with a private minibus to the harbour of Catania (transfer included)
9:30 - 14:00 Catania harbour to Acitrezza by sailing boat - Visiting natural caves, the Riviera of Cyclopes ,the Norman castle of Aci Castello, swimming, snorkelling and light lunch included on board (all included)
14:30 - 15:30 Transfer from Acitrezza to Taormina by minibus (included)
15:30 - 17:45 Free time visiting Taormina where you will be able to visit town, the cathedral and the beautiful and well preserved Greco-Roman theatre
18:00 - 19:30 Taormina to Catania by minibus (included)
19:30 – onward. Free time in Catania. Dinner and visit of the city centre (Dinner and return to camping not included - taxi or local bus paid individually).
Day 3 - (Sunday, 14th Sep)
7:30 - 8:00 Breakfast (included)
8:00 - 9:00 Transfer to the Etna by minibus arriving at Rifugio Sapienza (1935m).(included)
09:00 - 17:00 Etna Hiking. From Rifugio Sapienza we will take the cable car up to about 2500 m and then hiking up to 3350 m where we will walk along the rim of the Central Crater enjoying the view of its deepness and the fantastic landscape around the volcano (guide, cable car and lunch included)
17:30 - 18:30 Transfer to Catania by minibus (included)
19:30 - 23:00 Dinner in the camping and free time (Dinner not included)
Day 4 - (Monday, 15th Sept)
8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast (included) & Check out
9:00 - 9:30 Transfer from camping to Catania city centre by minibus.(included)
09:30 - 12:00 Visit Catania street market/fish market (Lunch not included).
· 12:00 - 12:30 Transfer to Catania airport by minibus. (included)
· 14:15 - 18:40 Flying back to London City airport (flights not included)
· MountEtnagetsUNESCOWorld Heritage status
ETNA – current activity
> Etna Observatory (the National Institute that monitors the volcanic and seismic activity in Sicily):
> Volcanic activity
> Seismic activity (link in Italian)
Please note that unless the trip is cancelled the payments are non-refundable as the costs need to be paid in advance. However you may be able to sell your place to your friends or other group members if you follow this procedure;http://www.meetup.com/Curious-Kat-Adventure-Club/pages/What_to_do_if_you_can_no_longer_attend_an_event/.
Please note that in order to keep the costs low, the trips are set up in such a way that they can be fully managed online. The descriptions are very detailed and try to answer all your questions and you will find additional information in pages section of the website. Please only email us if your query is not answered in the event's description andplease only call us in case of emergency. I'm afraid we will not be able to get back to you if your query is answered above as with over 60 events coming almost 4,000 members and current volume of emails, this would require hiring admin support and setting up a call centre, which as you can imagine would increase the costs of the events considerably. Please help us provide excellent trips at fantastic value for you and keep your emails to the minimum. Please make sure you read the event's description before contacting us.
Getting there and back:
If you are taking a taxi to our event, you try 'bounce' app. They are 40% cheaper than black cabs and if you use a referral code CURIOUS KAT you will be getting £10 credit straight away. Note that the code needs to be inserted at the moment of signing up, just after registering the bank card.
Please note this event is organised by Curious Kat's Adventure Club and to secure your place you have to join it via this link:http://www.meetup.com/Curious-Kat-Adventure-Club/events/173276852/ . Please note that only once you RSVP and pay the paypal fee on the main site your place will be confirmed.