The Trip

Next spring, travel and hike in Italy with Carleton Professor of Geology (and gourmand) Clint Cowan ’83 and expert local guides. Southern Italy has active and dormant volcanoes, picturesque land- and seascapes, charming coastal cities and towns, fascinating archaeological sites and, of course, renowned cuisine.

Stay in distinctive, four-star hotels, perfect for unwinding after a day’s hiking, exploring, and dining. On this well-paced tour you will spend four nights in Naples, one on a comfortable ferry from Naples to Lipari, three on the island of Panarea, and two in Taormina, Sicily.

An expert trip manager handles all the logistics, so you can relax, enjoy, and learn. On each of the seven hikes, an extra guide will allow us to split into two groups, so that you can choose either a longer or shorter excursion. Plus, an art historian will accompany a few of the cultural excursions.

This trip is limited to just 16 participants.


Faculty Leader

Clint Cowan ’83 received his Ph.D. from Queen’s University (Ontario) and has taught Geology at Carleton since 1997. He has led student geology field trips to some of the world’s most volcanically active places, including New Zealand and Hawaii. He has also led several Carleton Alumni Adventure hiking trips to Scotland’s Orkney and Shetland Islands, Scotland’s Inner and Outer Hebrides, and Newfoundland. Before coming to Carleton, Clint worked for five years at Shell Research in The Hague, where his assignments included projects with energy company Agip at several field sites in Italy.


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Abbreviated Itinerary

Sunday, May 12, 2019: Depart home for Naples, Italy
Monday, May 13: Arrive in Naples | Private transfer to hotel | Welcome dinner
Tuesday, May 14: Naples walking tour | Spaccanapoli | San Carlo Theater | Undergrounds of Naples
Wednesday, May 15: Pompeii | Mt. Vesuvius winery visit | Vesuvius National Park
3-hour, 3-mile hike (600 feet up and down) OR 4-hour, 5-mile hike (1,120 feet up and down)
Thursday, May 16: The Amalfi Coast | Villa Rufolo | Agerola | Positano | Naples
3-hour, 3-mile hike (165 feet up and 860 down) OR 4-hour, 5-mile hike (165 feet up and 1,210 down)
Friday, May 17: Capri | Villa Jovis | Naples | Overnight ferry to Lipari
5-hour, 7-mile hike (1,470 feet up and down) OR 5-hour, 9-mile hike (1,470 feet up and down)
Saturday, May 18: Lipari | Archaeological Museum | Vulcano | Panarea
2-hour, 2-mile hike (1,610 feet up and down)  OR 2-hour, 3-mile hike (1,650 feet up and down)

Sunday, May 19: Panarea | Salina | Hike to Hauner Winery | Panarea
3-hour, 3-mile hike (900 feet up and down) OR 4-hour, 6-mile hike (2,170 up and 3,150 feet down)
Monday, May 20: Stromboli
4-hour, 5-mile hike (1,310 up and down) OR 6-hour, 9-mile hike (2,950 feet up and down)
Tuesday, May 21: Milazzo, Sicily | Taormina walking tour
Wednesday, May 22: Mt. Etna | Wine tasting | Farewell dinner
2.5-hour, 3-mile hike (850 up and down) OR  4-hour, 6-mile hike (2,625 feet up and down)
Thursday, May 23:  Private transfer to Catania airport | Fly home


Pricing (Per Person)

Double Occupancy (15-16 participants)        $7,195
Double Occupancy (12-14 participants)        $7,345
Single Supplement (limited availability)        $1,665
Single room supplement will be charged when requested or required (limited availability).
With fewer than 12 participants, a small group surcharge may be applied.


Additional Information

To make a reservation or for more information please call 800-811-7244 or email Carleton College Alumni Adventures.

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