Geography study trips to Sicily
The stunning island of Sicily never fails to impress travellers with its amazing diversity of landscapes and culture. With one of the world’s most active Volcanos, Sicily is a great destination for a geography study trip. What a better way of learning volcanology, tectonic plates and natural hazards than trekking on Mount Etna or taking the ferry to Vulcano Island with knowledgeable and enthusiastic experts.
A study trip to Sicily will bring geography to life and inspire your students. It’s a perfect place to learn and understand how local people are managing natural hazards.
The mixture of human and physical geography, incredible scenery and Italian charm make this the perfect trip for any budding Geographer.
What to do on a geography study trip to Sicily
There are so many activities for students to explore in Sicily. Here we have just a few excursions we can include in a bespoke itinerary.
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In addition, you can also fill your days with the following:
- Island hopping including ferry to Lipari Island and Stromboli Island The most populated and largest of the Aeolian Islands, Although not active today its volcanic origins are manifested via its thermal springs and fumaroles.
- Guided trek to the summit on Stromboli Island Out of all Aeolian Islands Stromboli is the one with the most dramatic landscape. It is a great day trip from Italy’s mainland. An ancient and active volcano with incredible views from the top of the summit, the unique atmosphere of this island attracts not only tourists but also filmmakers!
- A visit to Catania Old Town Catania is the second-largest city in Sicily. The city was destroyed on multiple occasions by volcanic eruptions and by the earthquake. Interesting fact; the material used to rebuild the city was lava, making it a truly unique place to visit.
Our educational travel experts have spent considerable time crafting a selection of ready-made itineraries for your Geography Study trip to Sicily, which you will find below. However, we can also create a tailored itinerary to meet the educational needs of your group.DAY 1
Arrival to Sicily. On your way from the airport you will stop at the picturesque resort Giardini Naxos for a lunch break and an opportunity to learn about coastal systems. Later this afternoon you will visit famous Alcantara Gorge to learn about the river systems and processes leading to creation of these stunning gorge formations. At the end of day settle down into your lovely 4* hotel located on the coast in Mascali area.
Today you will get yourself out to the Volcano Island by hydrofoil. Your English-speaking guide will take you on a trek to Gran Cratere summit where you can enjoy your packed lunch and breath-taking views. After the trek you can relax in the local mud puddles. Evening at leisure to enjoy hotel’s surroundings, relax by the pool or take a walk and taste local ice creams.
Today you will embark on an exciting trek to Mount Etna Nord. Your English-speaking guide will take you on a journey through lava fields up to the summit explaining the volcanic activities and their consequences. Your afternoon will be spent in gorgeous and vibrant town of Taormina. You might want to visit a Greek Theatre while you are there! At the end of the day you’ll learn how to make an authentic Italian pizza by attending a pizza making class and yes you will eat your own creations!
Your morning will start with a visit to a beautiful Island of Ortygia. The whole city with its many historical landmarks has become an UNESCO world heritage site in 2005. You might want to have a quick lunch break in Catania Old Town before your late afternoon flight to London Gatwick Airport. Upon arrival board the coach and transfer back to the school.
Direct flights from various airports in the UK to Catania Airport in Sicily take approximately 3 hours.
Where to Stay
Hotel Solemar is located in Sant’Alessio Siculo, directly on the sea and a few steps from the enchanting castle of Capo Sant’Alessio.
Atlantis Palace Hotel is located on the seafront of Fondachello di Mascali (Sant’Anna), on the east coast of Sicily, from where you can enjoy a spectacular view of Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe.
When to Visit Sicily?
The best time to visit Sicily is from May to June or September to October. These late spring and early fall months offer pleasant temperatures which are ideal for sightseeing, climbing and trekking the craters.