Geography tour to Sicily by air: 4 days, 3 nights

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Geography tour to Sicily by air: 4 days, 3 nights

From magnificent Mount Etna to the impressive rock formations of the Alcantara Gorges, Sicily has plenty to offer young geographers. This tour will certainly enthuse your students along with providing them with lasting learning experiences. We will tailor-make your tour to suit your curriculum needs - contact our specialist Travel Advisors to discuss the possibilities!

Suggested itinerary

  • Day one
  • Travel to Sicily
  • Evening at leisure
  • Day two
  • Mount Etna full day excursion
  • Evening at leisure
  • Day three
  • Tindari & Strait of Messina
  • OR
  • Lipari & Vulcano
  • Evening at leisure
  • Day four
  • Return to UK

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Geography tour to Sicily by air: 4 days, 3 nights

  • Cyclops Riviera

    Subject/age range: Geography, 11+

    What you’ll experience:

    The Cyclops Riviera is a stretch of coastline north of Catania leading from Aci Castello to Acireale. This beautiful part of Sicily is surrounded by myth and legends about the huge rocks protruding from the sea. According to one myth, Polyphemus, the giant son of Poseidon and one of the Cyclopes, threw these boulders in the sea to express his rage against Ulysses.

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    Some of the rocks are up to 70 metres high.

    Allow: Half a day

  • Lipari

    Subject/age range: Geography, 11+

    What you’ll experience:

    Geologists agree that Lipari was created by a succession of four volcanic movements. The last recorded eruptions occurred in the fifth century CE when airborne pumice, together with volcanic ash, covered the Roman villages of the island. The volcanoes are considered active with steaming fumaroles and hydrothermal activity which can still be seen. 

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    As a result of its volcanic origin, the island is covered with pumice and obsidian. Pumice mining is a large industry on the island with pumice from Lipari shipped worldwide.

    Allow: Half a day

  • Vulcano

    Subject/age range: Geography, 11+

    What you’ll experience:

    Vulcano is a small volcanic island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, about 25km north of Sicily and the southernmost of the eight Aeolian Islands.

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    The volcanic activity in the region is largely the result of the northward-moving African Plate meeting the Eurasian Plate. There are three volcanic centres on the island.

    Allow: 2-3 hours

  • Strait of Messina

    Subject/age range: Geography, 11+

    What you’ll experience:

    The Strait of Messina is a narrow passage between the eastern tip of Sicily and the southern tip of Italy. The currents and chemistry have created a unique ecosystem to explore.

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    This is a one off chance to explore an ecosystem affected by the physical and human geography of the area.

    Allow: 3 hours

  • Tindari

    Subject/age range: Geography, 11+

    What you’ll experience:

    Tindari is a small coastal town situated on a rocky hill (Capo Tindari). Its strategic location has ancient sites and the Sanctuary of the Black Madonna. You will have the opportunity to examine the impact of tourism on such a small location and other issues related to human geography.

    Select says:

    This is an interesting Italian village with much to offer groups to learn from.

    Allow: 3 hours

  • Alcantara Gorges

    Subject/age range: Geography, 11+

    What you’ll experience:

    Alcantara River Park, including the Alcantara River and the Alcantara gorges, was created when the river was blocked by a lava flow. The lava formed huge basalt columns and over time the river eroded them to form the gorges.

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    This is a picturesque and fascinating place in which to explore with much to study. It is interesting for students to imagine the forces and time needed to create the gorges.

    Allow: 3 hours

  • Mount Etna

    Subject/age range: Geography, 11+

    What you’ll experience:

    A visit to Mount Etna gives a rare opportunity to get close to an active volcano. A local expert guide will discuss volcanic processes and landforms with examples on site. You will walk to 2000m above sea level – a walk of moderate difficulty - to view craters. You also have the opportunity to explore lava–flow caverns that formed during past eruptions.

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    How often do you get to stand so close the heart of the Earth? Molten lava, new land, tremendous views and the chance to learn at the site of the topic being studied.

    Allow: 5 hours

Geography tour to Sicily by air: 4 days, 3 nights

Learning areas:

KS3
• Human geography relating to: population and urbanisation; economic activity in the primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary sectors
• Understand how human and physical processes interact to influence, and change landscapes, environments and the climate; and how human activity relies on effective functioning of natural systems

KS4
AQA 8035
• Challenge of Natural Hazards
• Living World
• Urban Issues & Challenges
• The changing economic world
• Challenge of Resource Management
• Geographical Skills

Edexcel A 1GA0
• Changing Cities
• Resource Management
• Ecosystems, Biodiversity & Management
• Geographical Skills

Edexcel B 1GB0
• Challenge of Urbanising World
• People and the Biospheres
• Hazardous earth
• Geographical Skills

OCR J383
• People of the Planet
• Ecosystems of the Planet
• Environmental Threats to the Planet
• Geographical Skills

OCR J384
• Global Hazards
• Distinctive Landscapes
• Sustaining Ecosystems
• Urban Futures
• Resource Reliance
• Geographical Skills

WJEC
• Tectonic Landscapes and Hazards
• Coastal Hazards and their Management
• Weather, Climate and Ecosystems
• Development and Resource Issues
• Environmental Challenges
• Fieldwork Enquiry

SQA
• Physical Environments
• Human Environments
• Global Issues

CCEA
• The Dynamic Landscape
• The Restless Earth
• Managing Our Resources

KS5
AQA 7037
• Water and Carbon Cycles
• Coastal Systems & landscapes
• Hazards
• Ecosystems under Stress
• Changing Places
• Contemporary Urban Environments
• Population and the Environment
• Geographical Skills

Edexcel 9GE0
• Tectonic Processes & Hazards
• Landscape Systems, Processes & Change
• Coastal Landscapes & Change
• Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
• Shaping Places
• Geographical Skills

OCR H481
• Landscape Systems
• Earth’s Life Support Systems
• Changing Spaces : Making Places
• Exploring Oceans
• Hazardous earth
• Geographical Skills

WJEC
• Changing Landscapes
• Tectonic Hazards
• Global Systems
• 21st Century Challenges
• Geographical skills

SQA
• Physical Environments
• Human Environments
• Global Issues

CCEA
• Physical Geography
• Human Geography
• Physical Processes, Landforms and Management
• Processes and Issues in Human Geography

Geography tour to Sicily by air: 4 days, 3 nights

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    Hotel Baia degli Dei

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    Location: Giardini Naxos

    Capacity: 47 rooms

    Located by the sea in the beautiful Bay of Recanati, Giardini Naxos, just a few kilometres from Taormina. You can see Mount Etna from the hotel (the highest volcano in Europe) and the Mediterranean Sea.

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