Tour description

AEOLIAN ISLANDS SMALL GROUP TOUR

The seven Aeolian Islands can be found across the Tyrrhenian Sea, just off the North Eastern coast of Sicily. Island lovers will be drawn to these glittering shores, each with its own unique character and breathtaking beauty.Believed to have been home to the mythological Greek Gods of wind and fire, the untamed forces of nature still abound here whilst other islands have been tempered and tamed by their inhabitants.

Discover vibrant Vulcano with its lively nightlife; the introverted and solitary Salina, whose lush vineyards and fruits create its distinctive sweet dessert wine; the hidden sea caves and remote lunar like landscapes of Filicudi and Alicudi and the fine black sands and bubbling hot springs of Porto Lavante beach.Be humbled by the brooding beauty of Stromboli’s active volcano and admire a fire-strewn sky as molten lava erupts by night.From the largest island of Lipari with its fortified city and Franciscan convent to the smallest jewel of Panarea, with its western flank plunging steeply to the sea; this archipelago is a mixture of sublime mountains, sub-tropical fragrant gardens, sapphire skies, stunning seascapes and crystal clear coastal waters.

We have a real passion for the Aeolian Islands and look forward to sharing it with you! Trust the locals…


SMALL GROUP TOUR HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUSIONS: 5 DAYS/4 NIGHTS

  • Guaranteed departures small group tour: Small, intimate group of only 14/16 (average of 14) participants only !!
  • More than 10 included sightseeing tours & cultural experiences
  • Walk on the volcanic AEOLIAN ISLANDS of Sicily, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • AEOLIAN PARADISE-Escape to these mythic islands for spectacular swimming
  • LOCAL ARTISAN FOODS-Indulge in almond wine, pistachio cake and the sweetest strawberries
  • Visit UNESCO AEOLIAN ISLANDS
  • Discover LIPARI and its ARCHAEOLOGICAL TREASURES
  • Enchanting VULCANO ISLAND with its YELLOW SULPHUROUS BATHS and VOLCANIC CRATERS
  • Boat trip to SALINA ISLAND, the highest and greenest,topped by symmetrical volcanoes
  • Visit a MALVASIA WINERY in SALINA
  • Explore PANAREA ISLAND
  • Visit popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Local Tour Manager, experienced to accompany you throughout your journey
  • Tour city guides included
  • Transportation on tour, via private air-conditioned Mercedes car or 9/19 seats motorcoach
  • All transfers while overseas, baggage transfers & porterage are included
  • Included gratuity for all city guides as per itinerary
  • No hidden extras
  • We strongly recommend arriving a day or more prior to tour start
  • Culinary inclusions:breakfasts, 2 foodie experiences, 2 dinner, 3 lunches, (main meals include local wine, mineral water, espresso coffee or tea only)
  • We strongly recommend arriving a day or more prior to the beginning of the tour.
  • Our unique Hotels: LIPARI ISLAND “GRAND HOTEL ARCIDUCA” or similar 
  • The tour will begin on Day 1 from Taormina or Catania airport and end with group morning transfer to Catania airport and train station on Day 5
  • Activity level: Good/Moderate
  • Terms & conditions/Single supplement: (View here) & FAQ (View here)
  • Trip interruption & cancellation insurance is not included. We highly recommend Travelex-insurance.com to protect your vacation
  • Purchase of European Travel & Health Insurance is strongly recommended.
DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

SCENIC BEAUTY OF THE AEOLIAN ISLANDS TRAVEL ITINERARY 

TOUR LIMITED TO 14/16 PARTICIPANTS FROM CATANIA TO CATANIA

Day 1:WELCOME TO THE AEOLIAN ISLANDS

Early private transfer from Taormina or Catania airport where you’ll be met by your driver and travel to north to MILAZZO and sail to the volcanic archipelago of the AEOLIAN ISLANDS,a little piece of paradise. Along the way, we stop at VOLCANO ISLAND, with its yellow sulphurous baths and volcanic craters.You will have here free time with options that include hiking to the Gran Crater, a therapeutic mud bath fuelled by the Islands famous hot springs, or simply relax at the beach.Continue to the LIPARI ISLAND,the largest and most developed of the Aeolians,staying at the charming “GRAND HOTEL ARCIDUCA” or similar, located a short walk from the town center.In the evening, meet your tour director for a welcome drink in a local bar followed by dinner in a local restaurant.Overnight in LIPARI

Day 2: ENCHANTING LIPARI & WINERY WITH LUNCH

LIPARI town is spread out under the imposing Castle rock, the ancient Greek acropolis, and along the bays of Marina Corta and Marina Lunga, to the north and south. Its volcanic origin is evident in the Muria Valley, with its red rocks,and on the north-east coast,covered by a vast flow of pumice,which hides Roman ruins of the 4th century AD.This morning a local expert will shed light on the main archaeological site of LIPARI, an island inhabited  for some 6000 years and settled in the 4th millennium BC by Sicily’s first known inhabitants, the Stentillenians who developed a flourishing economy, based on obsidian, a glassy volcanic rock.We have included today a visit to Lipari’s ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM which displays finds from the islands’ long history,including tools and pottery left behind by Neolithic inhabitants-the museum is famous for its terracotta Greek theater masks and figurines of dancers and actors,the world’s largest such collection.Continue to to the hills to visit a spectacular WINERY overlooking the straight between Lipari and Salina. A light meal will be served in the vineyard, accompanied by a wine tasting.Enjoy the rest of the day on your own for more discoveries.Overnight in LIPARI

Day 3: BOAT TRIP TO SALINA ISLAND

After breakfast,a 25 minute boat hop from Lipari will take to laid-back SALINA ,with its luscious vegetation, hosting 400 different types of plants and where grapes, olives and capers are cultivated.The island is the filming location for Italy’s popular move ‘Il Postino’ or The Postman, but what sets the island apart is the wonderful clear water, beautiful beaches and quaint town skirted with palm trees and wide promenades.The famous Aeolian capers grow plentifully here,as do the grapes used for making MALVASIA WINE. After an included lunch in one of the best local restaurants, we’ll return to Lipari on time to enjoy “the dolce vita”.This evening has been left free for you to enjoy dinner in one of Lipari’s restaurants. Overnight stay in LIPARI

Day 4: PANAREA ISLAND

In the morning,Overnight stay in LIPARI

Day 5: ARRIVEDERCI

Group morning transfers to Catania airport and train station.

TOUR DATES & PRICING

2021 TOUR PRICE:  € 2,200      SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: € 300       Currency converter

Price is per person based on double room occupancy for 5 days/4 nights

SICILY

SICILYSicily is full of beguiling contrasts. The untamed west vies with the flawless Greek classicism of the east and every Mediterranean civilization has passed by, bequeathing marvels fit for the gods and a rich gastronomic heritage.Palermo has bustling markets and grand architecture. Sample fish couscous and the typically Sicilian atmosphere of  Palermo’s riviera. Erice is Read more

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