11 daysActivity Level
ActiveActive trips revolve around multi-sport activities that keep your family outside and having fun! Your family will spend more time interacting with the elements and exploring than sitting on a beach or inside of a museum. These activities are not always physically demanding but they can be and do require a basic level of fitness.
9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners
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!
Recommended Age: 10+
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.
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.
Extension: Spend Time in Rome
Visit the Spanish Steps, the Colosseum, and the Sistine Chapel.
Fly to Italy
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 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.
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!
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.
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!
Depart / Arrive home
Dates & Prices
03/21-03/31Adult $4890Teen $4890Child $4690
03/28-04/07Adult $4890Teen $4890Child $4690
04/06-04/16Adult $5090Teen $5090Child $4890
06/22-07/02Adult $5140Teen $5140Child $4990
07/18-07/28Adult $5290Teen $5290Child $5090
08/08-08/18Adult $5540Teen $5540Child $5340
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$300 for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults.
If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.
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All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bilingual guide throughout, all meals, and Ambottled water & snacks in the vehicle.
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.
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