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ROMANCE OF THE AEOLIAN ISLANDS

Experience the Southern Italy lifestyle with a private tour! Distinctive and delightful, with crystalline seas, pretty countryside and endless sunshine, Calabria is a land of natural beauty, warm hospitality and amazing food and wine. A unique, much-loved southern region. Dramatic mountains, Byzantine rock-hewn churches, sunbaked olive groves, stunning Romanesque architecture and some of Italy’s best beaches are tempting more and more visitors to the exciting little-known regions.Calabria has an otherworldly landscape of tremendous mountain ranges, dark forested valleys and villages so melded with the rock face that they seem to have grown there. Its extensive coastline bears the marks of many conquering invaders: the Normans, the Spanish, the Turks, the Swabians and the Greeks. Yet, despite its diverse influences, Basilicata has its own distinct and authentic identity.

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…

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HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUSIONS: 5 DAYS/4 NIGHTS
  • Guaranteed departure travel: small, friendly group limited to 12/14 participants only!
  • Visit a MALVASIA WINERY in SALINA
  • LOCAL ARTISAN FOODS-Indulge in almond wine, pistachio cake and the sweetest strawberries
  • Enchanting VULCANO ISLAND with its YELLOW SULPHUROUS BATHS and VOLCANIC CRATERS
  • Walk on the volcanic AEOLIAN ISLANDS of Sicily, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Explore PANAREA ISLAND-home to many of the rich and famous.
  • Picture perfect mountain vistas, winding narrow streets, pristine beaches and coves.
  • Discover LIPARI with its archaeological museum and Greek Acropolis
  • Beautiful and natural SALINA ISLAND, a delight to explore
  • Exceptional Secret Italia tour leader and city guides as per itinerary
  • Main Sicilian archaeological sites entrances are included
  • Included group airport transfers from/to Palermo airport or train station
  • Our regional meals: All breakfasts, 3 street food experiences, 3 dinners, all lunches (main meals include regional wine, mineral water,espresso coffee or tea only
  • Activity level: Light/Moderate
  • Terms & conditions/Single supplement: (View Here) and FAQ View Here)
  • Trip Interruption and 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

 

DAY 1: WELCOME TO SICILY & THE AEOLIAN ISLANDS

This morning you’ll take a ferry to the island of LIPARI, the largest and most developed of the Aeolians, 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 a charming hotel located a short walk from the town center. Dinner is included this evening in a local restaurant.Overnight in LIPARI

Day 2: ENCHANTING LIPARI

Lipari town is spread out under the imposing castle rock, the ancient Greek acropolis, and along the bay 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 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 the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM which displays finds from the islands’ long history, including tools and pottery left behind by Neolithic inhabitants. The museum is also famous for its terracotta Greek theater masks and figurines of dancers and actors, the world’s largest such collection.Transfer by private driver to Lipari’s iconic WINERY and discover indigenous grape varieties of Malvasia delle Lipari and Carricante, paired with a lunch featuring local food.The rest of the day on your own for more discoveries.Overnight in LIPARI

Day 3: PANAREA & STROMBOLI

After breakfast, we board our boat to PANAREA,renowned for its stylish lifestyle.We visit the small town and take a walk in the narrow streets of the island.We then continue to STROMBOLI, the black island and one of the most active volcanoes in the world that usually erupts every 20 minutes.Enjoy free time to visit the town with its little streets, traditional shops and scenery of the 1940’s Roberto Rossellini film before our journey back to Lipari for your evening at leisure. Overnight in LIPARI

Day 4 : BOAT TRIP TO LAID-BACK SALINA ISLAND

Visit 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 film ‘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.On arrival, you will be touring the island by Aeolian APE CALESSINO (approx. 2hrs) and visiting a local farm to taste local products including capers, cheese and bruschetta paired with their excellent wines.The remainder of the day is at leisure.Tonight we’ll celebrate you with a farewell dinner at one of the typical regional restaurants. Overnight in LIPARI

DAY 5 : ARRIVEDERCI AEOLIAN ISLANDS

Enjoy an included private transfer to Palermo airport.

TOUR DATES & PRICING

2024 TOUR PRICE: On request                     SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: On request  Currency Converter   

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

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SICILY

SICILYSicily-An island touching different worlds Sicily 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 Read more