Italy

Southern Italy: Amalfi, Vulcano & Sicily

  • Overview
    Starts at

    $4890PP

    Duration

    11 days

    Activity

    Level 3

    Meals

    9 breakfast, 8 lunch, 8 dinner

    Travel along the stunning Amalfi Coast to view steep cliffs, sheltered coves, and quaint towns on this family vacation in Italy. This active but easy walking holiday takes your family to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites and four active volcanoes. You’ll gain a real sense of Italian culture, with family activities that include kayaking, boat rides, and meeting locals!

    Hike Up Volcanoes

    Hike on several of Italy’s famous volcanoes including Europe’s largest and most active volcano, Mt. Etna, and perhaps the most infamous, Mt. Vesuvius.

    Discover the Ruins of Pompeii

    The once bustling city of Pompeii was quickly reduced to ruin by an explosion of nearby volcano, Mt. Vesuvius, but the ash was able to preserve the city making it an incredible point in history, frozen in time for us to explore.

    Drive Down the Amalfi Coast

    Travel down the Amalfi Coast to see the towns of Naples and Amalfi and explore the nearby sites of Pompeii and the island of Capri.

    Island Hop Around the Aeolian Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Kayak off of the coast of Vulcano and hike on the island of Stromboli to experience these natural wonders in an active and unique way.

    Explore Sicily

    While on Sicily, hike on Mt. Etna, explore the town of Catania, meet with the GAPA Youth Association, and eat some of the most succulent treats that you’ll ever try.

  • Itinerary

    Day 1

    Fly to Italy


    Days 2-5

    Amalfi

    Kayak Excursion

    Young explorers will love kayaking past beaches, into sea caves and under natural rock arches on this adventurous water excursion.

    Ascend Mt. Vesuvius

    Hike back in time to the top of Mt. Vesuvius, best known for its eruption in 79 A.D. that led to the destruction of Pompeii. We can stand atop its cone and get incredible and impressive views of Naples below.

    Embark on a Guided Visit of Pompeii

    Your kids’ history lessons will come to life with a visit to Pompeii, a town that was frozen in time by the 79 A.D. Mount Vesuvius eruption and left untouched until it was discovered in the 18th century.

    Explore Capri

    Explore the glamourous island of Capri from lemon groves and fragrant bougainvillea to Roman ruins and the Natural Arch, a collapsed grotto, to see some of the most picturesque sites in Capri.


    Day 5

    Messina

    Dinner in a Pizzeria

    There is a reason Italy is known for its pizza. Decide for yourself if it is the crust, the sauce, or the simplicity of toppings that makes it so delicious!


    Days 6-8

    Vulcano

    Ascend Fossa di Vulcano

    Climb to the top of Vulcano’s most popular attraction, Fossa di Vulcano, a dormant crater rising more than 1,200 feet.

    Kayak Excursion Around Vulcano

    Paddle a sea kayak in the calm waters around the small island of Vulcano, known for its wealth of hot springs, mud baths and black-sand beaches.

    Pizza Making and Wine Tasting

    Enjoy great Sicilian wines during a tasting at a local winery. While you taste the fine wines, the kids will enjoy making their own pizza for dinner.

    Hike to Sciara del Fuoco

    Hike the Sciara del Fuoco as the sun sets and the view becomes its most spectacular.


    Days 9-10

    Sicily

    Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

    Stop in a typical pasticceria and discover the variety of Sicilian pastries. Our host will show some of the secrets of the wonderful and most famous Sicilian delicacies as cannoli, cassata, pasta reale, cornetti and more.

    Friends Across Borders (FAB)

    Gather in San Cristoforo, Catania’s vibrant old quarter, to meet the volunteers, kids and families of GAPA (“Youngs Absolutely for Action”), a nonprofit organization promoting youth leisure activities and supporting the school. Get a chance to talk and play with children, and discover the economics and conditions of Sicilian life.

    Walking Discovery of Catania

    Enjoy a guided exploration of this beautiful ancient city filled with Baroque squares and architecture.

    Hike Mt. Etna

    Take an easy walk on the slopes of Europe’s highest active volcano. Cinder cones and extinct craters are found on the desolate landscape of this upper part of Etna. From high on the mountain we’ll see a wonderful panorama of the eastern coast of Sicily!


    Day 11

    Depart / Arrive home


  • Dates & Prices

    2018 Dates


    06/23-07/03

    Adult $4890PP
    Teen $4890PP
    Child $4690PP

    07/13-07/23

    Adult $4990PP
    Teen $4990PP
    Child $4790PP

    08/03-08/13

    Adult $5090PP
    Teen $5090PP
    Child $4890PP

    Additional Info

    Smart Traveler Advantages

    Book a trip 9 months ahead of the day that you want to leave and get free flight insurance, free cancellation insurance, and a GoPro Hero Session!

    Triple Discount

    $300 for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults

    Alumni Discount 

    If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.

    Price Includes

    All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bilingual guide throughout, all meals, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle, Comprehensive Travel Insurance.

  • Hotels

    Hotel Minori Palace

    Just a few feet from the sea is the gorgeous and wonderful Minori Palace. The hotel has kept much of its original architecture while still staying up to date with modern design. This is a truly “new classic” style of Italian hotel. The rooms are spacious and elegant with soundproof walls, a TV, and Wi-Fi. The staff is friendly and attentive and the location is perfect, right in the middle of town and steps from the beach. This hotel will have everything that your family needs to feel safe and comfortable while enjoying an adventure on the Amalfi Coast.

    TTTLines

    TTTLines operates a tourist ferry service between Naples and Catania, offering comfortable overnight accommodations in cabins with private en suite bathrooms. An onboard bar and restaurant are available for guests’ convenience. Navigation time is approximately 12 hours, depending on weather, port operations and cargo needs.

    Hotel Eros

    The result of a marriage between an old villa with features of a fisherman’s house, Hotel Eros overlooks the enchanting bay of Levante with views of the volcano. Its 25 air-conditioned rooms feature private patios. Grab a drink from the poolside bar and take a dip in the glistening pool, relax on the rooftop terrace, or enjoy a massage or facial in the spa.

    Grand Hotel Baia Verde

    The best feature of the Grand Baia Verde is the view. Situated high up on a cliff and overlooking the water, it will be hard to find a better view anywhere on the island! The rooms are spacious, comfortable, fully renovated, and equipped with air conditioning. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi, a bar and lounge area, a restaurant, a spa, and a fitness center. While out on the terrace you can hear the sea splashing against the rocks and into coves to create a natural ambiance that only adds to the magic of Sicily.

    Thomson Family Adventures will attempt to adhere to this itinerary and its hotels as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or availability) may necessitate changes in the accommodations.

  • Why Thomson

    Smart Traveler Advantages

    Book your trip 9 months in advance and get access to all of the advantages that come with being a smart traveler from free flight insurance and trip cancellation to a brand new GoPro.

    Guaranteed Departures

    No matter what happens, once your family books a trip you’re going.

    Guides

    Be accompanied for your entire trip by an expert local in-country guide who will know all of the ins and outs of the adventure and destination.

    Small Groups

    With a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.

    Travel Insurance

    Every Thomson Family Adventures trip comes with travel insurance for your entire family at no extra cost.