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23 Aug - 5 Sep 2017: Volcano Special: Ibu - Dukono - Lokon - Halmahera (Indonesia)
5-20 Sep 2017: From Krakatau to Bali - Java (Indonesia)
16-23 Sep 2017: Pearl of the Aegean - Santorini - Santorini Island, Greece
20-24 Sep 2017: Sinabung Volcano Special - Sumatra (Indonesia)
20-25 Sep 2017: Sinabung Volcano Special - Sumatra (Indonesia)
23-28 Sep 2017: Aegean's Hidden Gem: Isle of Milos - Milos Island (Greece)
1-16 Oct 2017: From Krakatau to Bali - Java (Indonesia)
7-14 Oct 2017: Pearl of the Aegean - Santorini - Santorini Island, Greece
13-27 Oct 2017: Volcanoes of Italy - the Grand Tour - Southern Italy
16-19 Oct 2017: Indonesia Specials - Java-Komodo-Bali (Indonesia)
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VolcanoDiscovery tours: volcano classics

Group on Anak Krakatau volcano
Group on Anak Krakatau volcano
Boat tour in the Santorini caldera
Boat tour in the Santorini caldera
Our signature tours for small groups - discover volcanoes and volcanic areas from close with an expert in their field! these tours have been the backbone of VolcanoDiscovery (the earlier name of our company) since 2004 or even before (Santorini: since 1997!). They are guided by our team volcanologists, many of them by founder volcanologist Dr. Tom Pfeiffer. These tours are our most popular and have a broad mix of activities and interests from photography, walking, study travel, nature & culture.

Our classic tours:

Santorini Island (Greece): Fascination Volcano
(8 (9) days study and walking tour on Santorini, Greece)
Fascination Volcano - geologic walking & study tour on Santorini Island, Greece
Duration: 8 / 9 days Tour type: Walking & study tour: geology & volcanism - nature & culture - archaeology Difficulty Moderate
Price p.p.: 1450 €  ? 
Dates:
5-12(13) May 2018
30 Sep - 6 Oct 2018
This walking tour for a small group (6-12 participants) explores the fascinating natural and cultural history of the volcanic island of Santorini. The program is a series of excursions with focus on Santorini's outstanding, text-book quality volcanic and geologic features, as well as its natural beauty and cultural history. ...more info

Eolian Islands + Etna volcano (Italy): From Stromboli to Etna
(discover the volcanoes of Stromboli, Lipari, Vulcano and Etna with a local expert)
Mountains of Fire - Stromboli to Etna tour
Duration: 9 days / 8 nights Tour type: Walking & study tour: active volcanoes - geology & volcanism - nature & culture Difficulty Easy-Moderate
Price p.p.: 2580 €  ? 
Dates:
30 Sep - 8 Oct 2017
5-13 May 2018
12-20 May 2018
Together with one of our expert volcanologists you will discover some of Italy's most famous and active volcanoes: Mt Etna on Sicily and the Aeolian Islands of Vulcano, Lipari and Stromboli. This itinerary combines exciting hikes, interesting excursions and island relaxation with excellent Mediterranean food and superb accommodation. ...more info

(15-days study & walking tour from Vesuvius to Etna)
Volcanoes of Italy - the Grand Tour: explore the active volcanic regions of Southern Italy
Duration: 15 days (14 nights) Tour type: Walking & study tour: active volcanoes - nature & culture - archaeology Difficulty Easy-Moderate
Price p.p.: 3590 €  ? 
Dates:
13-27 Oct 2017
12-26 Oct 2018
11-25 Oct 2019
Southern Italy is the birthplace of the relatively young science of volcanology and a place where volcanoes are deeply rooted in history and culture. Guided by our volcanologist expert of Southern Italy you will visit Vesuvius and the Phlegrean fields as well as Pompeii and Herculaneum, the Eolian Islands of Stromboli, Vulcano and Lipari and thoroughly explore Mt Etna. Easy to moderate hikes and excursions by land and see bring you face to face with Europe's most fascinating volcanoes! ...more info

Big Island, Hawaiʻi: Kilauea Volcano Special
(volcano tour to watch the ongoing eruption of Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i)
Kilauea Volcano Special - 4 days geologic tour to observe and understand Kilauea volcano on Hawai'i
Duration: 5-7 days / 4-6 nights Tour type: Volcano expedition: active volcanoes - geology & volcanism Difficulty Custom (variable)
Price p.p.: $ 2950  ? 
Dates:
Custom and group dates
14-20 Dec 2017
21-27 Dec 2017
31 Mar - 6 Apr 2018
After a pause of almost 3 years, lava flows are again flowing into the sea and accessible in the coastal area of the Hawai'i National Park. Additionally, there are two spectacular lava lakes active.
This is a unique opportunity to witness volcanic activity from close!

The primary purpose of this expedition is to enable a small group to spend several days on and near the active volcano of Kilauea, Hawaii, to observe volcanic activity and study volcanic/ geologic features: active lava lakes and lava flows. We will spend several full days to approach the active areas repeatedly by land, sea and from the air, depending on circumstances.
The best times will usually be in the afternoons/evenings, at night and early mornings (best light for photography), while we have the mid-days to relax, perhaps go for a swim etc. Options to get close to lava include on foot (longer hikes required), by sea (if lava enters the ocean, we can charter a boat conditions allowing) and by air (helicopter flights).
This Volcano Special tour is aimed at people who are looking to photograph or film, learn about or simply enjoy witnessing a spectacular volcanic eruption from close. ...more info

Java (Indonesia): From Krakatau to Bali
(16-days photo workshop tour to the volcanoes on Java, Indonesia)
From Krakatau to Bali tour
Duration: 16 days / 15 nights Tour type: Photography tour: active volcanoes - nature & culture Difficulty Easy-Moderate
Price p.p.: 3690 €  ? 
Dates:
Custom and group dates
5-20 Sep 2017
1-16 Oct 2017
4-19 May 2018
The 2-weeks easy study and photography workshop tour crosses Java from West to East and ends on Bali. Its itinerary and focus are optimized in order to provide excellent conditions and locations for photography. Your guide is one of the best available in Indonesia with excellent knowledge of locations, people and photographer's needs. If you are new to photography of volcanoes and landscapes, this is the chance to learn and improve your own photograpy!

The program allows generously for sufficient time to explore the most interesting landscapes of Java and its volcanoes in depth: Krakatoa and Papandayan in West Java, Merapi in Central Java, and the Tengger caldera, Bromo, Semeru and Ijen volcanoes in East Java.

Even if you are not a photographer, you will get an unforgettable and competent introduction to Java's multicolored landscapes, people and their culture.

This tour combines easy to moderate excursions with a portion of luxury. You travel to some of Java’s most fascinating landscapes and meet its friendly people and their colorful culture.

Last but not least, an adventurous camp on Krakatau's tropical beach, as well as Indonesia’s delicious cuisine will round out the trip. ...more info

Danakil desert (Ethiopia): Desert, salt and volcanoes
(expedition to Erta Ale volcano and Dallol hydrothermal field (Danakil desert, Ethiopia))
Desert, salt and volcanoes - expedition to the Danakil desert and its volcanoes
Duration: 14 days / 13 nights Tour type: Expedition: active volcanoes - photography - adventure Difficulty Moderate
Price p.p.: $ 4860  ? 
Dates:
18 Nov - 1 Dec 2017
23 Dec 17 - 5 Jan 2018
13-26 Jan 2018
Experience one of the geologically most active areas on the planet! The Danakil desert is famous for Erta Ale, one of the world´s few active volcanoes constantly hosting a boiling lava lake and the surreal landscapes of colors, salt, geysers andsprings at the hydrothermal fields of Dallol.

See the dramatic change of environment when the jeep expedition starts in Addis Ababa (at 2355 m), and gradually descents into the Danakil depression, passing through Awash National Park before reaching the banks of Afrera salt lake (at - 100 m). The journey continues as we climb Erta Ale shield volcano and spend 3 full days and nights exploring the volcano´s caldera. We then set up camp at the Afar village of Hamed Ela and have 2 full days to discover the hydrothermal area of Dallol and Assale salt lake, including the centuries-old ritual of salt cutting. Finally explore the UNESCO world heritage site of the rock hewn churches of Lalibela.

We have been organising tours to the Danakil since early 2007 and hence have expertise in arranging such expeditions. Our highly competent Ethiopian main guide and volcanologist Enku and his friendly team will safely take you through the desert in 4x4 jeeps. The sometimes Spartan character of living conditions in the Danakil are partially compensated by the large variety of meals freshly prepared by our cook! ...more info

(8-days expedition to Nyiragongo volcano & mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park)
Nyiragongo's lava lake and the mountain gorillas: expedition
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights Tour type: Volcano expedition: adventure - photography - wildlife Difficulty Moderate-Challenging
Price p.p.: $ 3950  ? 
Dates:
3-10 Sep 2017
2-9 Dec 2017
30 Dec 17 - 6 Jan 2018
Note: After a pause of 2 years, the Virunga National Park opened again in November 2014 and has since been successful in offering travelers the opportunity to explore Nyiragongo´s lava lake and meet the mountain gorillas in safety, as well as protecting the park´s endangered wildlife and creating a more stable climate across the region! More info: www.virunga.org

The heart of this adventurous expedition is three nights camping on the rim of the giant summit caldera of Nyiragongo volcano, above its violently active lava lake which is the word´s largest! Second highlight is a trek through dense rainforest to observe a family of mountain gorillas, endangered primates which found a safe heaven in Virunga National Park. The itinerary furthermore includes a visit of the volcano observatory and Goma city, where life goes on from the ashes of the destruction caused by Nyiragongo´s 2002 eruption, and beautiful and varied scenery during the drives through western Rwanda and to the start of the volcano hike and gorilla tracking. An excellent local guide who gladly provides insight into the regions history and local culture, the company of a Goma observatory volcanologist during the time spent on Nyiragongo, friendly people, good accommodation and tasty food make this trip complete! ...more info
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