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Volcano Adventure

  • Sep 27, 2013 · 6:00 AM
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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).

Accommodation: Bungalows.

 

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

Departure: 09:00

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

Departure: 10:00

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

Departure: 21:05

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEWS

 

ETNA – current activity

  • Etna Observatory (the National Institute that monitors the volcanic and seismic activity in Sicily):

Volcanic activity

Seismic activity (link in Italian)

 

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  • Hugh

    Have uploaded "a mere" 180 of my best selected photos to my Flickr account - http://www.flickr.com/photos/96120062@N04/sets/72157636161878595/ - When I get a chance I'll add a handful of the more unique ones here too

    October 3, 2013

  • Ric

    Great group of people, great hosts, great fun.

    October 2, 2013

  • Souganthy

    Hey Kat guess you guys had a fantastic time. Sooooo sorry I could not make these dates but hope to next year?

    October 1, 2013

    • Kat

      Yes! We will put it up soon! :)

      October 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Photos here https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151860255759523.1073741832.624529522&type=1&l=df179a8561

    BTW special thanks to Dani/Hugh/Richard for not letting me drown in Alcantra :P

    October 1, 2013

  • Mehdi

    Great weekend. Thanks to Kat, Danilo, the driver and the mountain guides. The highlight for me was arriving at the crater at the top, it was almost surreal to see such array of colours after all that grey landscape. The descent was also fun. I was impressed by the mountain guides. They told us stories about the place, made sure the group stayed together, made breaks at the right times and talked us through their planned route. Always a pleasure to hear Italians talking, such a beautiful and expressive accent. Would love to go back and know more the Sicilian people. Looking forward to the next one.

    2 · September 30, 2013

  • Hugh

    A great weekend in the sun, on the beach, by the crater and down the canyon. Thanks for organising Danilo and Kat. Great to see everyone

    2 · September 30, 2013

  • Biscoito

    Highly recommend if this comes round again. A really fun filled weekend.

    September 30, 2013

  • Kimberley P.

    I had a fantastic time! Thanks to Danilo and Kat for a great weekend.

    September 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was such an amazing Trip, great company. Thanks Dani and Kat for their efforts.

    1 · September 30, 2013

  • Axelle

    Thank you Danilo (and Curious Kat's) for a great weekend. If you get round to organizing a skiing trip in Sicily I will definitely be up for it. Hope everyone got home safe x

    1 · September 30, 2013

  • Tim M.

    Excellent weekend and excellent company.

    1 · September 30, 2013

  • Larissa F.

    Thanks so much danilo and Kat and also the mountain guides for such a terrific trip and an unforgettable experience on etnas summit. Great gang to hang out with! Thoroughly enjoyable.

    1 · September 30, 2013

  • Kat

    Hi guys, photos are now available, please feel free to tag yourselves: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.663949710291196.1073741938.517940911558744&type=1&l=306b81da96

    1 · September 30, 2013

  • Kat

    Excellent effort Danilo! Fantastic trip, beautiful views, unforgettable experiences! Thank you all for the great company!

    September 30, 2013

  • Gaby

    Fabulous trip, hope u all got back safely. Xx

    1 · September 30, 2013

  • Pauline

    Here to track the Volcano News. Like to go and visit lava flow again. Esp to see lava flow and hike the lava tubes.

    http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano_watching/
    http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/etna/trekking/grottadelgelo.html
    http://www.ct.ingv.it/en/

    Thks f the Etna hike & body rafting!

    September 30, 2013

  • Dilip

    Fab trip. Thanks to Kat and Danilo for great organisation. Great group of people to share a weekend with.

    1 · September 30, 2013

  • Kat

    Guys, I will be wearing a top with a logo at the back, you can look for me at the gate or on the plane. Also please call Danilo in the first instant, as my phone doesn't do too well in roaming, but in case you would like to try mine, the number is 07832297917.
    I will only be available once at the gate as will be rushing around before! :)

    September 26, 2013

  • Larissa F.

    Hey all. Looking fwd to seeing everyone tomrrow. Danilo have we got a meeting point at Palermo airport?

    September 26, 2013

    • Larissa F.

      Great. I've already done the doodle. See u very soon!

      September 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Is there a contact number in case I am lost ?

      September 26, 2013

  • Biscoito

    Im most likely getting a coach from Stratford station. Anyone else doing the same?

    September 23, 2013

  • Chiara

    Hello guys, sorry I can't make it as I joined. The group a couple of days ago! However, I am from Acireale, a city. Really close to Catania. My suggestions are to try the grañita with brioche for breakfast at the bar in front of piazza Bellini it is really worth it! And also, if you have time in the morning, go to the fish market, it is behind the Duomo square (beware of pickpockets though) and really characteristic to see. Have fun! :))

    September 10, 2013

    • Chiara

      Ops sorry didn't read very well the whole schedule! Well that sounds a really nice plan! I love the castle in Acicastello! There should be also a very kind tourist guide there, he is half a poet too but I'm not sure if he speaks English! Anyway, enjoy enjoy enjoy a thousand of times and if I can help somehow let me know :)

      September 10, 2013

  • Dara

    Hi all, hope you all make it to this trip. However if threr is any cancelation please let me know. 07850894431. Cheers

    September 2, 2013

    • Dara

      Hi Danilo, thanks and see you in the future

      September 4, 2013

    • Dara

      Pauline,please call me[masked]

      September 4, 2013

  • Dilip

    Hi, what is the full price of this trip now ?

    August 14, 2013

    • Hugh

      From the description above it looks to be Deposit £50 (+PayPal fees) - Balance £240 (Bank Transfer). But you are leaving it a little late as Kat really wanted to finalise accomodation etc last week. Perhaps e-mail her quickly today as she's off to the Lakes this weekend > > [masked]

      August 14, 2013

    • Curious K.

      Thank you Hugh. Dilip, yes, I'm off to the lakes tomorrow, but if you pay in full today we can definitely add you.

      August 14, 2013

  • Hugh

    Flight out is now £30.99 - Flight back Euro 88.49

    August 14, 2013

  • Dilip

    I may like to stay on in Sicily to explore the island more. Is where we are going a good base for the island generally or am I better off making my way to another part of the island ?

    August 14, 2013

    • Pauline

      I'm going to Stromboli, see message below.

      August 14, 2013

    • Hugh

      Sicily is not too large (about 250km by 150km). If you fancy going East - Palermo, Trapani, Marsala, Selinunte, Agrigento - hiring a car would be an option - there are some fabulous Greek (yes) temples to see, some in ruins, some only part built. I moved from town to town taking trains/buses and getting the occasional lift from the local police.

      1 · August 14, 2013

  • Dilip

    Thanks Pauline but I was thinking more of exploring Sicily than visiting another island

    August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to join in .. Do I pay the deposit or the full amount now ?

    August 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi I have paid into your account , Kat. pls confirm

      August 12, 2013

    • Kimberley P.

      Hi Kat, just sent you my paypal details

      August 13, 2013

  • Biscoito

    Hi! This looks amazing. Is it too late to book on?

    August 12, 2013

    • Biscoito

      Okay i'll do the transfer later when i get home :) £290 is that correct?

      August 12, 2013

    • Biscoito

      Im now paid for and all booked - I cannot change my RSVP though as i paid in full rather than deposit first

      August 12, 2013

  • Gaby

    That went wrong, but see you there x

    August 2, 2013

  • Gaby

    Have paid to Kat's account.

    August 2, 2013

  • Gaby

    Have paid to Kat's account.

    August 2, 2013

  • Elana M.

    Hi, just paid the balance for the trip (YAY). Really looking forward to it. Just have to book the airfare. Is it possible to arrive earlier/leave later provided I'm at the designated pickup at the appropriate time? Would like a day or two at either end (possibly) to explore further. Elana

    July 29, 2013

  • Kimberley P.

    Hi, just committed myself to this trip all fully paid :) Looking forward to it.

    July 29, 2013

  • kate

    Hi organizer - just wondering do i have the option to miss day 3 and just hang out on the beach or in town to see things in sicilly - is that possible - or is this not possible because the transport is taking everyone to the airport ? please let me know = thanks kate

    July 23, 2013

    • kate

      i can follow the rest of the group and really want to climb etna mountain but really dont like water sports which is on day 3. would prefer to go to nearby museum, historical buildings, or sit on the beach - is that possible ? thanks kate

      July 25, 2013

    • kate

      is that possible ? please let me know ...

      July 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi what level of swimming is required for body rafting .. And I've never done it before . Sounds like an awesome trip would love to join .

    July 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Please can you throw some light into what kind of gear I would need ? I'm new to this :D

      July 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Gotcha !!

      July 22, 2013

  • Souganthy

    Hi guys any recommendations for cheap accomodation near the airport as the flight departs and arrives in the early hours. I may need to stay there overnight before the flight. Also how many hours will we be walking on the volcano on saturday and is this a very strenuous walk? I am reasonably fit but not used to strenuous climbing. If this is average to moderate will join in.

    July 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds excellent, Kat, but for me it would be a step (or three) too far. Have a great time :)

    June 30, 2013

  • peter

    Sorry! Can't make this one.. Have a good time!!! P

    June 25, 2013

  • Christelle C

    I'm really sorry but won't be able to make it after all. Enjoy!

    June 25, 2013

  • Elana M.

    Have paid my deposit and will pay balance in the next week or so.

    June 24, 2013

  • Pauline

    Since we are there, might as well visit 2 volcanoes to increase chance to see live lava flow.

    Anyone interested to go to Stromboli active volcanoe before or after Mt Etna?

    List of which volcanoes are currently active
    http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/erupting_volcanoes.html

    June 24, 2013

  • Asha

    I cannot do these dates as I am already away at the end of September. Have fun!

    June 19, 2013

  • Farah

    more details maybe? but love the idea !

    June 10, 2013

    • Kat

      As soon as I work them out I will post them and email everyone on the list. So if you RSVP you will be first one to know.

      June 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    depending on further details

    May 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Kat, do you do any week-end meet , steve x

    May 18, 2013

    • Kat

      what do you mean? All of the trips are on weekends?

      May 18, 2013

  • MARIA

    What a pity, I can't make it. May be next time. I'll be looking...

    May 11, 2013

  • GayleJ

    Can't make the date now as will be in Cornwall

    May 3, 2013

  • Monika P

    I will be in Sicily, exploring Mount Etna and everything else first two weeks of October with friends.

    May 2, 2013

  • Caroline

    Also interested

    April 28, 2013

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