an Aeolian archipelago adventure! 

Join us for an unforgettable experience trekking through Sicily and the Aeolian Islands – climb Mount Etna and witness active volcanic eruptions – 14th to 20st October 2018

Last year’s trek took us to Italy and the response we received was simple tremendous. Thanks to the support and participation of over 30 people we raised more than €100,000, which will be used to help support the build and development of our new palliative care facilities in Harold’s Cross. Our thanks to all those who got involved (whether fundraising or donating).

One comment we had was how much the participants enjoyed seeing  Vesuvius. Well, this year we’re going one better… we’re getting ready to embark upon our most daring expedition yet – a geological masterpiece of a trip: a chance to visit not one but two active volcanoes up close.

The island to the south of Italy in the Aeolian Sea are home to some of Europe’s finest active volcanoes, including Mount Etna (the largest in Europe) and Stromboli (the most active in Europe); we will be visiting both these under the careful guidance of specialist volcanologists. We will be witnessing impressive geological structures forged by the awesome forces of nature; we will visit beaches of black sand and crystal-clear waters, bathe in hot springs and mud baths; we will visit ancient archaeological sites (Greek tombs and Theatres, and a prehistoric village); and we will enjoy the wonderful Italian cuisine as we bask in the heat and soak up the spectacular ambiance.

… we will of course also be walking! Three to six hours each day to be precise, so bring your walking boots!


This promises to be a truly spectacular trip and we’re anticipating high numbers of participants. Our recommendation is to sign up early to ensure your place (and so you can start fundraising as soon as possible). The ask is the same as last year: we need you to raise a minimum sponsorship donation of  €3,000 in return for which we can promise you the experience of a lifetime, with transfers, accommodation, food, guides all included so all you need to do is bring your walking boots and a positive attitude to have some great fun while raising some vital funds for Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services.

To help you along the way, once again this year we will be offering you a €200 discount from your total for every referred participant that takes part. Don’t forget  – the Fundraising Team here in the Hospice will be on-hand to support your efforts through social media, the production of letters, poster and flyers, and the provision of bag-pack / collection opportunities wherever we can. We’re also full of ideas on how you can raise funds. Of note the top revenue-producing ideas last year were as follows:

  • pub quiz
  • Raffle
  • Gof Classic
  • ebay sales
  •  car boot sales


We look forward to having you join our trek to Sicily this year.

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Route (TBC)
Catani in Sicily – Mount Etna – Alcantara River – Taormina – Milazzo – Lipari (by boat) – Vulcano (by ferry) – Lipari (by hydrofoil) – Stromboli – Catania

Saturday 13th of October – Saturday 20th October 2018

7 nights – 5 days walking

5/6 hours per day in hot sun on dusty or stony stracks, with uphill walking on days 5 and 7

Walking level
Easy to Medium
Please note – If you have breathing difficulties you may get some discomfort in suphurous areas; if this is the case an alternative itinerary can be arranged for you on these days of the trek

€3,000 (including €300 non-refundable deposit)
Single room supplement €200 (limited number of rooms)

Advocate Discount

For every additional person that you encourage to join our group, we’ll reduce your fundraising target by €200, so if you have 5 buddies that want to join you in Italy later this Autumn that’s a whole €1000 off your target.


More Info

See below more details about the Sicily Trek 2018:

Itinerary [+]

Day 1

Day 2


Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

  • The tour ends in Catania after breakfast today. Coach transfer to Airport.
Hotels [+]



Prices Includes [+]

• Airport transfers

• 7 nights Hotel
• 1 warm lunch (day 7)
• city taxes
• Private transfers, public transport & entrance fees
• group transfer from
• excursion: Mt Etna
• specialist volcano guide (day 4)
• transfer
• boat (day 7)
• Private English speaking tour leader for 8 dayss