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Geography School Trip to Sicily


5 days from £645pp

based on 47 students travelling with 5 teachers (free places

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and is situated where the African tectonic plate is subducting beneath the Eurasian plate. This area has some fantastic attractions and excursions for geography students to explore, from the mud pools of Vulcano, to Europe’s giant, Mount Etna.

Day by day your students will have the opportunity to see some of the world’s most active volcanoes, discover ancient Greek ruins and taste incredible food all within a great value itinerary.


What's included

  • Return flights from London Gatwick
  • Hold luggage
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Full board basis
  • Activities as per itinerary:
There was a wow moment every day. The pupils were challenged and rewarded by climbing Vulcano and the River Trekking. It widened their horizons personally and geographically.
Mr Parker, Amery Hill School
Day 1

Arrive in Sicily and visit Cyclops Riviera

After seeing the beautiful Mediterranean and Ionian seas out of the airplane window on your approach to Catania, your students will be bursting to get closer to the blue waters.

Your trip begins with the crash of waves and salty sea air on the dramatic coastline of the Cyclops Riviera. There are cliffs, caves, arches and stumps for your students to study and these coastal formations also have a unique mythological history, which your guide will explain during your visit.

Day 2

Alcantara Gorge, Taormina and Pizza Making

Visit the Alcantara Gorge, the canyon formed by an eruption from Mount Etna. The 50m walls of the canyon are lined with basalt columns hinting to their volcanic story. These clear waters are popular with locals who enjoy swimming in the waters of this unspoiled landscape.

Your Sicily tour continues with the historic site of Taormina, a must-see place to visit, especially for the view of Etna in the distance.

End your day with pizza making, a delicious way to round off a quintessentially Italian day.

Day 3

Mount Etna - Southern Flank Hike and Lava Cave 'Cassone'

Students will begin their ascent of Mount Etna via the cable car, where they will see brilliant panoramas of Catania below. The cable car will take them 2500m of the 3,000m mountain and the rest of the journey will be taken by 4×4 drive.

The 4x4s will zigzag up the black tephra to reach the summit of the volcano where your guide will begin your tour.

You’ll see Etna from a different angle in your next activity, a hike on Etna’s Southern Flank. Led by an experienced guide your group will learn about the history of the volcano and see first-hand how the lava flows have scarred the landscape and provided unique environments for various flora and fauna.

To round off your Etna experience your group will also enter Cassone lava cave, donned in hard hats and head torches.

Day 4

Aeolian Island of Vulcano – Crater Hike and Vulcano Mud Baths

The Aeolian islands are a volcanic archipelago north of Sicily. One of our favourite islands to visit is Vulcano. The island is named after the Roman God Vulcan and subsequently gave volcanoes their name.

The crater of Vulcano is distinctive because of its yellow sulphur crystals which litter the landscape and coat the rim of fumaroles.

Students can hike to the Gran Cratere, where they will also have a stunning view over the other Aeolian islands and blue Tyrrhenian Sea.

No visit to Vulcano is complete without a visit to the popular local hot spot, the mud baths. The mud is geothermally heated and is said to soften your skin.

Day 5

Transfer to Airport - Fly from Catania to UK

Wave goodbye to Sicily until your next trip!

Trip Notes:

This school trip price has been based on a group of 47 Students + 5 Teachers travelling in March 2020.

As with all our itineraries there is a whole range of excursions and additions to include or exclude from your itinerary so to get the most accurate price for your group size and departure time, speak to a travel specialist for a no obligation quote.

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