Please join us for this adventure packed trip to Sicily. We will be trekking to the Etna Volcano, body rafting in the mystical Alcantara Gorge and enjoying the famous beaches of Mondello and Cefalu. Organised by Danilo, born and bred Sicilian this will be an unforgettable weekend.
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.
Alcantara Gorge is a unique spectacle. High as 50 feet, is a veritable canyon originated from ancient lava flows crossed the center from the icy waters of the Alcantara River.
An ancient legend says that Vulcan, the Volcano God loved the goddess Venus, and to show his love kept the waters of the Alcantara heated where Venus loved to bathe. But one fine day, the idyll and the tragic love came to an end and Vulcan, in a moment of rage and madness, made the waters of this ancient happy alcove cold and icy so as to punish Venus for her betrayal. Since then, it is said that the basin of the Goddess returns virility to the men and virginity to the women who dive into its cool waters.
The cost: £250 early bird fee, if paid in full by the end of June. If paid in full in July the price will raise to £270 and if paid in full in August it will raise to £290.
To secure your place please pay the deposit of £50 (+paypal fees) on RSVP. Alternatively you can pay it directly into my account. For instructions on how to pay, please follow this link:http://www.meetup.com/Curious-Kat-Adventure-Club/pages/Bank_account/. The reminder of the money needs to be paid into the account as otherwise paypal charges are incurred.
What’s included:2 nights accommodation, 2 breakfasts, transport in Sicily, guided excursion trip to Etna, Alcantara trek/body rafting (depending on levels of water). Flights are not included.
Flights: Ryanair, 6:15am from Stansted Airport to Palermo (arrive at 10:15am) cost at the moment: £28.85. Returning from Comiso Airport at 21:05, landing at Stansted at 23:25, currently at Euro 73.99 (updated on 24/07/2013).
Detailed Plan of the trip (may still be amended)
DAY 1: travel and beach
Departure: Stansted Airport - 06:15
Landing: Palermo Airport - 10:15
Palermo departure (by minibus): 11:30
STOP 1 : Mondello
Arriving at 12:00
Departing at 15:00
STOP 2: Cefalu
Arriving at 16:00
Departing at 17:00
Arriving at Catania 19:00
Free time in the evening: dinner in the hostel, going out for dinner or after dinner
DAY 2: Etna excursion trip and trekking
Etna excursion trip & Trekking
Return to hostel 18:00
Barbecue dinner on the beach: 20:00
DAY 3: Alcantara Trekking / Body Rafting and back to London
Arrival Alcantara Park: 11:00
12:00 Trekking /River Trekking / River Body Rafting (click here to see photos)
Departure Alcantara: 14:00
Meal at 15:00
Departure to Airport: 16:30
Arriving at the Airport in Comiso: 18:00
Landing in London Stansted: 23:25
IMPORTANT: By taking part in this meet-up you agree to the following disclaimer: I acknowledge that body rafting, swimming, hiking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. My decision to voluntarily participate in these activities is an informed decision and I am aware of and shall accept such risks. I agree to be responsible for my own actions and involvement in these activities.
Please note that the activities are inherently dependent on the weather and if it is unsafe or impossible to do them, we will seek replacement activities.
ETNA – current activity
- Etna Observatory (the National Institute that monitors the volcanic and seismic activity in Sicily):
Seismic activity (link in Italian)