4 independent reviews for Family activity holiday to Sicily, Etna to Isola Bella

Reviews for Family activity holiday to Sicily, Etna to Isola Bella

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review 28 Aug 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Everything was great about the holiday. We were very well looked after by our amazing guides Ivano and Vera. Ivano is so knowledgeable on the geology and the flora and fauna of Sciliy and was attentive to all guests. He is pasionate about his country and his enthusasim and care made the holiday a real treat. Of the activities the body rafting got all us adults out of our comfort zone. The kids found it exhilarating and after the descent wanted to go up the gorge again. I personaly found I was trying things I thought I would never be able to do and Ivano and his team were amazing in enabling us to find our inner strength and have a go. If you felt you couldn't do something, then it was absolutely fine and you could meet the group later. The cycling was amazing with fabulous views and sea kayaking was a great way to start the adventure holiday. We met wonderful people on the holiday and all the children from all the families got on and helped us to have some wonderful memories.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Bring your own snorkelling equipment as the snorkelling by the hotel is excellent and you can get some practice in before the snorkelling trip. It may be worth doing a bit of swimming before you go to bbuild your confidence too.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Some things did as Ivano took us to some remote restaurants where all the produce was produced by the restauranteurs. Ivano is a qualified guide for Mount Etna and could show the effects of climate change on Mount Etna. Local operators were used for all the trips and Ivano and Vera are Scilian and from that area.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent ! A holiday where we have wonderful memories and stories and made new friends.

review 21 Aug 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Body rafting

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Book it, you won't regret it!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Probably a 9/10!

review 19 Aug 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

For the children - body rafting and walking on Etna. For the adults - visiting villages that we would never have found without the excellent leadersí local knowledge.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

The walk up Etna is not cold to the point that trousers and fleeces are needed.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Tap water in Sicily is not drinkable and so we got through a lot of plastic bottles during the week. The group was transported in three 4x4s, which didnít feel very environmentally friendly either. However, as we visited several places during the week, our holiday definitely benefited local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

We had a wonderful time - thank you!

review 14 Jul 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The activities.....body water rafting.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Keep away from arathena Rocks and Taormina Park Hotels and don't book accommodation in Naxios, much better to stay in Taormina. Give the snorkeling activity a miss, the 2 people manning the boat could have been better. I would highly recommend booking the Ivano and Vera.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

No. The hotels did nothing to reduce environmental impact or support conservation. However, I guess our holiday did benefit the locals as all of the support staff on the ground, led by Ivano and Vera our local representatives used local staff and facilities for the sport activities and meals they arranged. The accommodation lack of environmental issues were out of Ivano's & Vera's control.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

If one excludes the accommodation, 9/10, but taking accommodation into account 4/10. It is a minor point, but I would the lunch, when included in the holiday package to be better, rather than just fruit and sandwichs on 2 of the 3 occasions lunch was included. But, Ivano and Vera made the best of it. I wouLd give Ivano & vera 5 stars for their help, support and all the arrangements, the activities. But with the accommodation included the overall holiday I would give 3 stars (not Ivano & vera fault).

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