Guided Walking on Sicily

Sicily - the Foothills of Etna

Code: SYLCL

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Food & drink
  • Hills & moorland
  • History

Level

  • Easy
  • Hard
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Difficulty indicator

Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £774.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

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Journey with us to eastern Sicily and enjoy wonderful walks in the foothills of mighty Mount Etna, combined with warm Sicilian hospitality and great Italian food. Our family-run partner hotel in the pretty town of Zafferana Etnea, known as ‘Honey City’, enjoys delightful sea and mountain views.

Holiday Highlights

  • Stay at the family-run Esperia Palace and enjoy Sicilian cuisine in their atmospheric restaurant
  • Walk on the slopes of mighty Mount Etna and over the lava flows from past eruptions
  • Relax in the hotel’s grounds and stroll into the traditional town of Zafferana Etnea, with its far-reaching views
  • Uncover Sicily’s picture-postcard medieval villages on walks in green landscapes

Price includes

  • A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day
  • All transport to and from walks
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays’ leaders
  • Return flights from the UK and hotel transfers on ‘with flight’ holidays
  • 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half Board – continental buffet breakfast and 3-course evening meal

Accommodation

The 4-star Esperia Palace Hotel nestles in the foothills between Mount Etna and the Ionian Sea on the edge of the resort town of Zafferana Etnea, also known as the honey city.

This modern family-run hotel has a great location that offers spectacular views and has lush gardens that you walk through every evening to the hotel's restaurant. 

Bedrooms

In this hotel there are 42 well-appointed, comfortable  en-suite bedrooms, with balcony/terrace, air conditioning, TV, radio, telephone, Wi-Fi, room safe, and hairdryer.  

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Facilities

The hotel has a heated indoor pool with whirlpool, a gym, a spa/wellness centre that offers treatments at an extra cost with Turkish bath and sauna.  Outside there is another swimming pool set on a panoramic terrace with far-reaching views.  There are extensive gardens in which to relax. 

There is also a small bar.

 

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Food

Holidays on Sicily are Half Board with continental breakfast and 3-course evening meal.

Breakfast: This is a self-service buffet taken in the breakfast room next to the hotel bar.  

Evening meal: All the evening meals are served in the Parco dei Principi Restaurant, which is in a splendid 19th-century villa located in the hotel gardens.  The restaurant  serves an array of wonderful Sicilian cuisine. Vegetarian and special diets are catered for; we ask you to take a few moments to talk with the management on arrival.  

Picnic lunch: Ingredients for a packed lunch can be bought from local shops or it may be possible to eat in a local café.  Your leader will advise you of these options.

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Evening

The friendly atmosphere of our Guided Walking holiday continues into the evening.

Enjoy a glass of wine and listen to your leaders explaining the next day's walks.  After dinner, relax in the bar and chat with your fellow guests or take a walk through the hotel gardens.  The leaders will be checking for any local events going on nearby.

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Itinerary

Our experienced leaders offer the choice of two different walks each day. Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness.

We provide flexible holidays. Choose easier walking one day and harder the next or just explore independently or relax around the resort.

Our leaders are friendly and welcoming making your holiday fun and sociable.

Our walking programme from Zafferana Etnea allows us to take in the wonderfully varied landscapes of eastern Sicily, from traversing the volcanic landscapes on the slopes of Etna to walking between medieval hilltop villages, such as Francavilla and Castiglioni, and exploring rich green agricultural landscapes.

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easyEasier walks: 5 to 8 miles (8-13km) on good, but occasionally rough paths, with some rocky sections. Up to 1,500ft (420m) of ascent in a day.

 

HF Holidays walks grade 4 hardHarder walks: 6 to 11 miles (9.5-17km) on rougher volcanic terrain, with some rocky sections. Up to 2,300ft (750m) of ascent in a day.

 

On your free day you may wish to relax at the hotel and its surroundings, join a cable car excursion to the top of Mount Etna or journey to Taormina with its famous Roman amphitheatre. A day sightseeing in the ancient city of Syracuse may also be possible.

Please note that the itinerary outlined is provisional and could be subject to change. A finalised itinerary will be available at the resort and every evening your leaders will talk to you about the next day’s walks.

 

Local area

There are a number of local shops within a short walking distance of the hotel where you can obtain the basic necessities, ingredients for a packed lunch and plenty of gift shopping.

Travel

‘With flight’ holidays

For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.

We offer flights from Gatwick and Manchester (regional flight supplement £80) to Catania, Sicily.

If you book a ‘with flight’ holiday with us, we automatically include transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer to Zafferana Etnea takes approx 50 minutes.

Independent travellers

All our overseas holidays can also be booked without a flight. This is ideal if you are travelling from overseas, or prefer to make your own arrangements from your local airport. If you choose this option the transfer to the hotel is not included.

We can help you to reach the hotel in the following ways:

HF Holidays’ transfer coach from Catania Airport. These are timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights (see dates & prices tab for provisional flight times). Cost per single journey is £31. Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach under any circumstance. 

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
16 Apr 2017 SYLCL - Guided Walking Sicily
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 16 Apr 2017, 6:25 a.m.
  • Arrive: 16 Apr 2017, 10:25 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Catania Fontana Rossa

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 23 Apr 2017, 11 a.m.
  • Arrive: 23 Apr 2017, 1:15 p.m.
  • Depart from: Catania Fontana Rossa
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £999.00 £974.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 - will end off pp - ends 10 October Book Now
16 Apr 2017 SYLCL - Guided Walking Sicily 7 £799.00 £774.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 - will end off pp - ends 10 October Book Now
23 Apr 2017 SYLCL - Guided Walking Sicily
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 23 Apr 2017, 6:25 a.m.
  • Arrive: 23 Apr 2017, 10:25 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Catania Fontana Rossa

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 30 Apr 2017, 11 a.m.
  • Arrive: 30 Apr 2017, 1:15 p.m.
  • Depart from: Catania Fontana Rossa
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £999.00 £974.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 - will end off pp - ends 10 October Book Now
23 Apr 2017 SYLCL - Guided Walking Sicily 7 £799.00 £774.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 - will end off pp - ends 10 October Book Now
30 Apr 2017 SYLCL - Guided Walking Sicily
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 30 Apr 2017, 6:25 a.m.
  • Arrive: 30 Apr 2017, 10:25 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Catania Fontana Rossa

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 7 May 2017, 11 a.m.
  • Arrive: 7 May 2017, 1:15 p.m.
  • Depart from: Catania Fontana Rossa
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £999.00 £974.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 - will end off pp - ends 10 October Book Now
30 Apr 2017 SYLCL - Guided Walking Sicily 7 £799.00 £774.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 - will end off pp - ends 10 October Book Now
7 May 2017 SYLCL - Guided Walking Sicily
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 7 May 2017, 6:25 a.m.
  • Arrive: 7 May 2017, 10:25 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Catania Fontana Rossa

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 14 May 2017, 11 a.m.
  • Arrive: 14 May 2017, 1:15 p.m.
  • Depart from: Catania Fontana Rossa
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £999.00 £974.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 - will end off pp - ends 10 October Book Now
7 May 2017 SYLCL - Guided Walking Sicily
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 7 May 2017, 6:20 a.m.
  • Arrive: 7 May 2017, 10:40 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Catania Fontana Rossa

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 14 May 2017, 11:15 a.m.
  • Arrive: 14 May 2017, 1:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: Catania Fontana Rossa
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £999.00 £974.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 - will end off pp - ends 10 October Book Now
7 May 2017 SYLCL - Guided Walking Sicily 7 £799.00 £774.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 - will end off pp - ends 10 October Book Now
14 May 2017 SYLCL - Guided Walking Sicily
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 14 May 2017, 6:25 a.m.
  • Arrive: 14 May 2017, 10:25 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Catania Fontana Rossa

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 21 May 2017, 11 a.m.
  • Arrive: 21 May 2017, 1:15 p.m.
  • Depart from: Catania Fontana Rossa
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £999.00 £974.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 - will end off pp - ends 10 October Book Now
14 May 2017 SYLCL - Guided Walking Sicily 7 £799.00 £774.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 - will end off pp - ends 10 October Book Now
21 May 2017 SYLCL - Guided Walking Sicily
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 21 May 2017, 6:25 a.m.
  • Arrive: 21 May 2017, 10:25 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Catania Fontana Rossa

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 28 May 2017, 11 a.m.
  • Arrive: 28 May 2017, 1:15 p.m.
  • Depart from: Catania Fontana Rossa
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £999.00 £974.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 - will end off pp - ends 10 October Book Now
21 May 2017 SYLCL - Guided Walking Sicily 7 £799.00 £774.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 - will end off pp - ends 10 October Book Now
28 May 2017 SYLCL - Guided Walking Sicily
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 28 May 2017, 6:25 a.m.
  • Arrive: 28 May 2017, 10:25 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Catania Fontana Rossa

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 4 Jun 2017, 11 a.m.
  • Arrive: 4 Jun 2017, 1:15 p.m.
  • Depart from: Catania Fontana Rossa
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £999.00 £974.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 - will end off pp - ends 10 October Book Now
28 May 2017 SYLCL - Guided Walking Sicily 7 £799.00 £774.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 - will end off pp - ends 10 October Book Now
10 Sep 2017 SYLCL - Guided Walking Sicily
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 10 Sep 2017, 6:25 a.m.
  • Arrive: 10 Sep 2017, 10:25 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Catania Fontana Rossa

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 17 Sep 2017, 11 a.m.
  • Arrive: 17 Sep 2017, 1:15 p.m.
  • Depart from: Catania Fontana Rossa
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £999.00 £974.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 - will end off pp - ends 10 October Book Now
10 Sep 2017 SYLCL - Guided Walking Sicily
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 10 Sep 2017, 6:20 a.m.
  • Arrive: 10 Sep 2017, 10:40 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Catania Fontana Rossa

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 17 Sep 2017, 11:15 a.m.
  • Arrive: 17 Sep 2017, 1:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: Catania Fontana Rossa
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £999.00 £974.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 - will end off pp - ends 10 October Book Now
10 Sep 2017 SYLCL - Guided Walking Sicily 7 £799.00 £774.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 - will end off pp - ends 10 October Book Now
17 Sep 2017 SYLCL - Guided Walking Sicily
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 17 Sep 2017, 6:25 a.m.
  • Arrive: 17 Sep 2017, 10:25 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Catania Fontana Rossa

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 24 Sep 2017, 11 a.m.
  • Arrive: 24 Sep 2017, 1:15 p.m.
  • Depart from: Catania Fontana Rossa
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £999.00 £974.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 - will end off pp - ends 10 October Book Now
17 Sep 2017 SYLCL - Guided Walking Sicily 7 £799.00 £774.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 - will end off pp - ends 10 October Book Now
24 Sep 2017 SYLCL - Guided Walking Sicily
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 24 Sep 2017, 6:25 a.m.
  • Arrive: 24 Sep 2017, 10:25 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Catania Fontana Rossa

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 1 Oct 2017, 11 a.m.
  • Arrive: 1 Oct 2017, 1:15 p.m.
  • Depart from: Catania Fontana Rossa
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £999.00 £974.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 - will end off pp - ends 10 October Book Now
24 Sep 2017 SYLCL - Guided Walking Sicily 7 £799.00 £774.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 - will end off pp - ends 10 October Book Now
1 Oct 2017 SYLCL - Guided Walking Sicily
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 1 Oct 2017, 6:25 a.m.
  • Arrive: 1 Oct 2017, 10:25 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Catania Fontana Rossa

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 8 Oct 2017, 11 a.m.
  • Arrive: 8 Oct 2017, 1:15 p.m.
  • Depart from: Catania Fontana Rossa
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £999.00 £974.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 - will end off pp - ends 10 October Book Now
1 Oct 2017 SYLCL - Guided Walking Sicily 7 £799.00 £774.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 - will end off pp - ends 10 October Book Now
8 Oct 2017 SYLCL - Guided Walking Sicily
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 8 Oct 2017, 6:25 a.m.
  • Arrive: 8 Oct 2017, 10:25 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Catania Fontana Rossa

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 15 Oct 2017, 11 a.m.
  • Arrive: 15 Oct 2017, 1:15 p.m.
  • Depart from: Catania Fontana Rossa
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £999.00 £974.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 - will end off pp - ends 10 October Book Now
8 Oct 2017 SYLCL - Guided Walking Sicily 7 £799.00 £774.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 - will end off pp - ends 10 October Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Double room for sole occupancy: £28 per night
  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person