Spend time in the Aeolian islands, located off the north eastern coast of Sicily in Southern Italy. Featuring stunning cobalt sea, windswept mountains and part of a huge 200km volcanic ridge lying between the smoking stack of Mt Etna and the threatening mass of Vesuvius above Naples, the Aeolians are the European Holy Grail for island-lovers. Collectively, the seven islands exhibit a unique range of volcanic characteristics, which earned them a place on UNESCO's World Heritage list in 2000. Enjoy island hoping, exploring the islands with their fishermen villages, great natural beauty, coves, beaches and more and choose from private chartered and skippered sail boat or motorboats to get around or hop on one of the regular ferries which commute between the islands (or do a mix of all 3!). Stay in authentic island properties which speak to the history of this magical place and enjoy the wonderful Mediterranean cuisine and local malsavia wine. If you are looking for azure waters, stunning coastlines, fabulous beaches, great food and wine and somewhere special to lay your head at the end of each days adventure then look no further...
A welcome package with your vouchers, a city map, train tickets (if relevant) and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Relax on the private transfer between Catania and Milazzo today. Take in the views as you travel on the coastal highway on Sicily's eastern coast, passing through the outskirts of Taormina en route.The journey should take approximately 1hour and 45 minutes.
Take the ferry today from Milazzo on the "mainland' of Sicily and take in the views as you make your way to Vulcano, one of the Aeolian islands today. There are frequent departures throughout the day, typically one every hour for most of the day, and the duration ranges from 45 minutes to approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, depending on the particualr ferry. Please note that porterage is not included so you will be responsible for looking after your own luggage. Please let your Sales Advisor know if you are interested in exploring the idea of having a private charter to take you from Milazzo to Vulcano as this can be arranged in advance upon request.
Take a private port transfer in Vulcano today.
Enjoy a half day, 4hr private tour discovering the island of Vulcano in the company of a local driver and English speaking guide in one of the island's taxis. (No luxury chauffeur services available on the island). Places of potential interest include the Big Crater, The Small Crater of Vulcanello near Monster valley, the hot springs and mud path pools, Capo Grillo, the countryside of Vulcano piano, the village of Vulcano Gelso, the mountain of Montye Aria which can be hiked up, and the black sand and cold water beaches. Feel free to discover the island and visit the places of personal interest during your half day tour.
Entirely renovated in 2009, the Garden Hotel (4*) is a unique hotel of Vulcano! The property enjoys an unbeatable position on Vulcano island, surrounded by a marvellous Mediterranean garden, only 100 metres away from the Ponente beach and from the centre of Vulcano Porto. The property is elegantly furnished and offers all modern comforts, such as computer with Internet access in the hall, fax service at the reception, breakfast room, reading and TV room with bar service, and private parking area. From the hotel one can enjoy a magnificent view over the Bay, the island of Lipari, and the “Faraglione”. The 37 rooms are equipped with modern amenities, and the property boasts a large terrace shaded by a picturesque pergola, where traditional Sicilian cuisine is served. With its typical Aeolian style, over two floors, the hotel offers a comfortable environment for those seeking a vacation of pure relaxation.
Explore Vulcano island today by sea as you enjoy a private charter sailboat excursion for the day (7hrs). This Island is an active crater therefore the smell of sulphur is typical and there are a number of hot springs on the island. Indeed, many people come to this island to cure themselves against all sort of health issues. Enjoy the day as you take in the views of the island by sea. Since the boat is privately chartered you can take things at your own pace - drop anchor and have a swim if the mood takes you, go ashore for a walk on the beach - the nearby beaches of Cala Formaggio and Praia Longa to the south of this beach are lovely. One stretch of coastline of incomparable beauty is the one that runs from Porto di Ponente as far as Capo Secco, with a series of spectacular inlets and promontories. An option would be to pass by a grotto called the Grotta del Cavallo, which is located after the Testa Grossa promontory, and is navigable by smaller boats. As you continue your tour of the island, you will see the slopes of the primordial volcano, the lighthouse and a few houses in the area of the disused landing-stage at Gelso. Should you make your return south of Porto di Levante, you'd pass by the volcanic crater on your way. Immediately to the north of Porto di Levante, the sea water is warmed by smaller fumaroles (Acque Calde) that are located along the coast at a depth of up to a few metres. In the immediate hinterland area, there are the famous thermal springs, where you can bathe in a mixture of sea water and mud at any time of year and any time of day or night. (includes skipper, fuel, lunch such as pasta, salad, ham, sandwiches, fish or meat and beverages and entrance to mud bath).
Leave the island of Vulcano today in the comfort of a privately chartered, skippered sailboat and make your way to the neighbouring island of Lipari, also part of the Aeolian islands. Stop off at a number of pretty beaches such as White beach (spiagge bianche) and the little town of Acquacalda en route. Other beaches that you could potentially stop at include Spiaggia Vinci, I Faraglioni di Lipari, Valle Muria, Spiagge Bianche (white beaches-pumice sand) and Pomiciazzo. In Lipari the most beautiful and exciting stretch of coastline is on the most rugged side of the island, from Quattropani when you are on land, but it is even more spectacular when seen from the sea. The enchanting view begins as soon as you have gone past the channel (500 metres wide) between the islands of Lipari and Vulcano. As you round Punta Crapazza you will see the little beach at Vinci and the crags of Pietra Lunga and Pietra Menalda (the lipari’s faraglioni). Next comes the promontory of Perciato, whose layered rocks have been perforated by the motion of the sea. Then there are Pietracacata and the rocks of Le Formiche. The rocky coastline continues unbroken as far as the beaches of Acquacalda and the piece of coastline marked by the pumice quarrying industry. Leave the cargo docks behind you and travel back towards Lipari, going around Capo Monterosa, where the woodland is currently being restored.
You will be transferred from Lipari port to your hotel by private vehicle and driver.
Explore the historical centre of Lipari in the company of a local driver with taxi (no luxury vehicles available on the island). See the Cathedral of San Bartholomew - a very nice example of Sicilian Baroque and take a pleasant stroll through town.
Meet up with your private English speaking guide at the Archaeological Museum of the Aeolian Islands who will bring you around the museum. This fabulous museum is one of the very best museums in Sicily, tracing the volcanic and human history of the Aeolian Islands. It is divided into three sections: an archaeological section devoted to artefact's from the Neolithic period and Bronze Age to the Roman era; a classical section with finds from Lipari’s necropolis (including the most complete collection of sensational miniature Greek theatrical masks in the world); and a section on vulcanology and finds from the other islands.
After your private guided tour of the museum, bid farewell to your guide and continue onwards with your private driver to discover the pumice quarries. Of course scenic views of the surrounding islands during your tour are a given! (includes entrance to museum).
Villa Meligunis (4*) is an historic villa of the 1700s, pleasantly restored and transformed into a comfortable and prestigious four-star hotel, situated in the heart of the fishermen’s quarter and near the picturesque port of Marina Corta - part of the ancient town of Lipari. Surrounded by quaint fishermen’s houses, tiny lane ways and small piazzas and distant from the urban traffic, the Hotel, with its antique furniture and fine art works, offers a quiet, welcoming and relaxing ambiance.The 32 rooms are tastefully furnished to provide a comfortable stay, and most rooms have balconies or sun terraces with views to the sea or the historic Acropolis of Lipari. The roof terraces of the Hotel, where the swimming pool and restaurant are situated, enjoy magnificent views of the sea and the ancient Acropolis-Castello of Lipari. The Hotel also provides two bars, laundry service, room service, secretary services, photocopying, fax, Internet and email.
You will be transferred from your hotel to Lipari port by private vehicle and driver.
Explore the islands of Lipari, Panarea and Stromboli today all in the comfort of your privately chartered sailboat. Start the day with a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Lipari, without any doubt one of the most beautiful and rich of the Mediterranean. Take a stroll through town and take in the Sicilian baroque splendour of the Cathedral of Saint Bartholomew. See the pumice quarries and take in the views of the neighbouring islands before continuing by motorboat to Panarea.
Board your private sailboat and make your way towards Panarea to discover the prehistorical Village of Capo Milazzese and the famous Cala Junco where you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the azure waters. After a delicious lunch on board, continue on to Stromboli, the most active volcano on these islands. Take in a visit of the village and on the way back the boat will stop in front of the “Sciara del Fuco” the side from where explosions are visible from the sea.
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Board the ferry for the short crossing from Lipari island to Salina island. There are numberous departures throughout the day and crossing duration is either approxiamately 25 minutes or 50 minutes, depending on the particular ferry. Please note that as a foot passenger, you will be responsible for your own luggage.
Upon your arrival into Salina, you'll be met by a private driver who will transfer you to your hotel.
The Signum Hotel (4*), a charming Hotel on the Island of Salina, in the Aeolian archipelago, was born of the painstaking renovation of an old country hamlet surrounded by greenery, just a few steps from the sea. Bright and airy, with original pieces of period furniture and elegant fabrics, each of the hotel’s thirty guestrooms has a style of its own which envelops guests as they relax with views overlooking the gardens or the sea. Panoramic terraces are the perfect spot to enjoy sipping a glass of wine or a refreshing drink from the cocktail-bar, or tasting the authentic dishes prepared by the Signum’s restaurant. The wellness centre at the Signum SPA Salus per Aquam features natural hot springs which feed the outdoor wellness area with circulation-stimulating wading pools, a large whirlpool bath, pools and a steam-stove in a ‘tholos’. The Tholos is a replica of an antique Mycenaean stove found at the hot springs in San Calogero on the island of Lipari, Europe’s oldest example of thermal baths.
The beautiful island of Salina offers the perfect place for a quite excursion in contact with nature. Enjoy a two hour private guided tour of the island in the company of an English speaking guide and local driver. Take a stroll along Via Risorgimento where you can feel the traditional way of life of the Sicilians. Afterwards, you can take in the views as you are driven along a panoramic road offering many views of the jagged coastline. Pass the village of Malfa before arriving at Pollara which is considered to be one of the most attractive and atmospheric stretches of coast on the Aeolian Islands. It was here that parts of the film "Il Postino" (The Postman) were made (remember the scene with the meeting between Neruda (Philippe Noiret) and the postman (Massimo Troisi)? - it was here that it was filmed). On the way back to Santa Marina Salina you'll have the opportunity to taste the famous "Malvasia delle Lipari" which is a strong, sweet, golden wine made from grapes that have been left to wither on the wine before being picked.
In the afternoon, enjoy some time on your own to relax.
Take a short private transfer between your hotel and the port today in time for your departure from the island.
Take a ferry from Salina island to Milazzo on Sicily's "mainland". There are various departures typically throughout the day and ferry crossings are between 1hour 25mins and 3hours 20 minutes approximately, depending on the ferry, and route through the island of Lipari.
Relax on the private transfer between Milazzo and Catania today. Take in the views as you travel southwards. The journey should take approximately 1hour and 45 minutes.
The Excelsior Grand Hotel (5*) in the heart of the beautiful Sicilian city of Catania welcomes guests from all over the world to relax and enjoy plentiful facilities, top quality silver service and above all, the magical delights of the stunning historical city center of Catania. Located in the city centre, the large and masterfully designed hotel resort offers absolute relaxation, fantastic southern Italian cuisine and a world of history and culture right on your doorstep! The 176 guestrooms are decorated with a mix of antique and contemporary styles in warm colours; all have wireless Internet connections. Excelsior Grand Hotel’s Zagare restaurant overlooks the courtyard garden, and guests can indulge in a Turkish bath in the wellness centre during their stay.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Italy for the most up to date visa information.
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