Two Sicilian fishermen with the mount Etna in the background, Sicily, Italy
Cherry tomatos and salami
People on hike up the Monte Saraceno mountain on Vulcano with a view of blooming spring meadows and the sea.
Four people hiking on Backroads' trip.
Aeolian Islands, the special island of PANAREA: prehistoric village of Villaggio Preistorico on the beautiful promontory of Capo Milazzese
Shopkeeper in Catania central market, Sicily, Italy.
Wine being poured into glasses
Mosaic of a tiger, Roman villa of Tellaro, Noto, Sicily, Italy, Europe
Big yellow lemons on a green tree. Sicily
Megalith Argimusco Highland and Etna volcano Snowy, Sicily
Monti Sartorius
Capers of Salina Island - Aeolian Islands
View from Vulcano island to Aeolian islands at sunset.
Weathered wooden sign with yellow text in Malabotta Wood, Sicily
Boats at Marina Corta in Lipari town, Aeolian Islands, Italy
Hand holding soil
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Sicily & the Aeolian Islands Walking & Hiking Tour

Southern Italy's Volcanoes, Ancient Cultures & Sun-Warmed Beaches

Couples, Friends & Solos

6 days 5 nights

Activity Level: 1-3

Premiere Hotels

From: $5,499 - $5,599 pp dbl occ

($1,000 for sgl occ)

According to legend, three mythological nymphs created Sicily. And what a land they made. Whitewashed towns cling to cliffs high above the sea. Tendrils of hot steam drift above volcanic rocks. Trees and wildflowers embellish the green hillsides. And just off the coast, discover the magic of the Aeolian Islands. However it came to be, this place is spectacular.

Italy Sicily and the Aeolian Islands Walking and Hiking Tour
Italy Sicily and the Aeolian Islands Walking and Hiking Tour


Start/End Catania

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.


  • Voyage from Sicily's dramatic Mount Etna to a string of enchanting islands in the Aeolian archipelago
  • Elevate your journey with wine tastings and incomparably fresh cuisine, a tasty byproduct of the country's rich volcanic soil
  • Hike across varied and exotic terrain—lush vineyards, expansive coastal cliffs and ancient black lava fields
  • Rest your head at luxurious seaside resorts where Michelin-starred food and jaw-dropping views are only moments away


Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Trek through the Malabotta woods and venture past enchanting forested areas | Gaze at Rocche dell'Argimusco, an imposing megalithic rock site nicknamed the Sicilian Stonehenge | Hike through the three ecological zones of Mount Etna, a dramatic World Heritage site and Europe’s tallest active volcano | Savor fresh pasta, ample citrus fruits and light Mediterranean-style dishes at a classic Italian rifugio.

Exterior view of Villa Neri
Villa Neri
| Premiere Hotel

Chic and modern but with a traditional sensibility, this boutique resort overlooks Sicily's picturesque vineyards, olive groves and oak forests. (pool, spa)

Days 3-6

Board a ferry to Vulcano—the southernmost of the seven Aeolian Islands | Traverse rocky paths up an active volcano crater | Sample fresh Italian cheeses | Try capers on the island of Salina, said to produce the best in the world | Sip some of the area's finest red and white wines | Visit the Archaeological Museum and an ancient castle on the stunning island of Lipari | Hike coastal trails through the smallest Aeolian island, Panarea, with the shadow of Stromboli overlooking your steps | Dive and swim in the bubbling waters of Solfatara Lisca Bianca | Dine at our hotel’s delectable Michelin-starred restaurant.

Exterior View of Therasia Resort Sea & Spa
Therasia Resort Sea & Spa
Isola di Vulcano
| Premiere Hotel

Situated on the tip of Vulcano, this hotel's impeccably designed suites, imaginative cuisine and seaside massages are as much of a highlight as its peach-colored sunsets. (pool, spa) 

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Activity Level: 1-3

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

The terrain on this trip is varied and hilly; it includes cobblestone and paved walkways, well-groomed trails and some rocky mountain paths, particularly around Mount Etna.

Daily Route Options

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 600 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles | 900 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 700 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles | 700 ft. gain
Level 2 | 6 miles | 800 ft. gain
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 3 miles | 900 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Level 3 | 5 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 4 miles | 1600 ft. gain
Level 3 | 5 miles | 2000 ft. gain
Level 3 | 7 miles | 3000 ft. gain
Lipari Visit & Castle Tour (1 hour)
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 4 miles | 900 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Level 2 | 6 miles | 1300 ft. gain
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 300 ft. gain

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, all lunches, 4 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

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