Aeolian Islands escape

Regions

Aeolian Islands

Starting Point

Catania, Palermo

Best time to travel

All yea

Recommended Length

3 - 5 days

Minimum Age*

Adventure Getaway

Activity Level **

4/5

With it's endless coastline, sandy beaches along deep blue water and mountainous terrain shaped by active volcanoes, the Mediterranean island of Sicily is a wonderful destination for a getaway full of adventure.
The Aeolian Islands off the Northern coast of Sicily are a wonderful gem to explore if you are looking for a getaway in stunning scenery surrounded by active volcanoes and deep blue sea. Fill your days with outdoor adventures and immersive experiences including hiking up the active volcano of Stromboli at sunset, exploring the craters and thermally heated waters surrounding Vulcano islands and indulging in Sicilian cuisine with a wine tasting at sunset on Lipari.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

✓ sunset hike to the peak of the always active Stromboli Mountain
✓ sunset wine tasting on Lipari Island
✓ hiking tours on volcanic grounds in spectacular mountain and sea scenery
✓ snorkeling in the geothermal waters off Vulcano Island

 

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TOUR OVERVIEW

Day 1 - arrival - Stromboli night hike - overnight on Stromboli
Day 2 - transfer to Lipari - time at leisure - sunset wine tasting - overnight on Lipari
Day 3 - hiking on Vulcano - snorkeling in the geothermal waters of Vulcano - overnight on Lipari
Day 4 - departure

 

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL AND TRANSFER TO STROMBOLI
Welcome to Sicily. Depending on your time of arrival you will transfer to Stromboli by ferry after your arrival, if arrival time does not allow for a transfer on the same day, we will add an extra night on mainland Sicily and your itinerary will start on day 2.
Stromboli is the farthest and most active of the Aeolian Islands off the northeastern Sicilian coast. Explore the small town in the afternoon before heading off on a fantastic evening hike to the top of the active Stromboli volcano. You will arrive to the volcano's peak by sunset, just on time to witness theconstant small eruption of red hot lava from the volcano in the dark. A truly unforgettable and once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Overnight on Stromboli.

DAY 2 - LIPARI ISLAND - SUNSET WINE TASTING
After breakfast, you will transfer from Stromboli to Lipari, the largest of the Aeolian Islands. You will have the day at leisure to enjoy the lively marina, visit the castle overlooking the village or visit the scenic viewpoint Belvedere Quattrocchi for the best views over Lipari and the neighboring Vulcano Island. An unforgettable wine tasting with fantastic panoramic views over the islands is awaiting you to finish the day at sunset.
Overnight on Lipari.

DAY 3 - HIKING ON VULCANO ISLAND AND SNORKELING IN THE HOT SEA
Today's trip will take you to the neighboring island of Vulcano, characterized by its smoking volcanic crater and sulfurous fumes rising to the surface. Spend the day climbing the crater and strolling over black beaches before discovering the amazing underwater scenery on a snorkeling adventure in the crystal clear, naturally heated waters that can be found all around the island.
Overnight on Lipari.

DAY 4 - DEPARTURE
You will say goodbye to the beautiful Aeolian Islands and make your way back home.

 

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SERVICES INCLUDED

 

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- accommodation in good standard middle-class hotels, quintas and/or guesthouses
- private care hire for the entire trip
- activities, visits and tours as outlined, with a certified, English speaking guide where desired/required
- all taxes and insurances for the activities
- expert travel planning, trip preparation and 24/7 on-tour support

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TRAVEL TIPS

When to travel
It is possible to visit Sicily all year long, but the best times to travel are May, June, September and October. Summer is lovely, but it can get very hot over July and August and the seaside resorts and towns can become crowded.
While the weather is quite changeable and sometimes rainy in spring, the summer months are arid and temperatures can go as high as 34 degrees. Once the temperatures fall in autumn, the rainy period begins. Temperatures fall further over the winter months, but apart from the higher areas, most of Sicily hardly ever experiences temperatures below freezing.
The northern and particularly the northeastern parts of Sicily get the most rain over the year, which is mainly down to the more mountainous terrain. Thunderstorms and heavy rainfall during the warm summer months are common, especially in the areas East of Mount Etna. The flatter plains in the southern and southwestern part of Sicily get relatively little rainfall throughout the year.

How to travel
The international airports in Sicily are Trapani in the west, Palermo in the northwest, Catania in the east and Ragusa in the southeast of the island. International connections within Europe are good and Sicily is served by all major and some regional European airlines. Direct long-haul connections from outside Europe are rare, in this case it is easiest to connect in mainland Italy like Milan or Rome.
It is possible to take flights from mainland Sicily to the island of Pantelleria from Trapani or Palermo.
The other islands can be reached by ferry. The hydrofoils for the Aeolian Islands leave from Milazzo to Lipari, from where it is then possible to connect to the other islands. As connections are not always frequent and perfectly timed, you should plan the whole day for traveling if you plan to connect from Lipari to another island. The Egadi islands can be reached by hydrofoils from Trapani. Sailings take place frequently over the day and the trip takes less than one hour.
Sicily has a good network of motorways and national roads, making it easy and fast to get around. Infrastructure tends to be a bit more remote in the south, center and mountainous areas. Toll is required on the A18 and A20 motorways.

Travelling with children
Travelling in Sicily with children is easy and Sicilians love children. Hotels, restaurants and bars are eager to accommodate families and children. Menus don’t usually serve a dedicated kids menu, but offer smaller or half portions.
Siesta plays an important way of life in Sicily and shops close between 1 and 5pm. Dinner time in Sicily is usually not before 9pm and especially over the summer months kids are out and about until midnight.
Not all activities are suitable for small children, but Sicily has plenty to offer if you are looking for a fulfilling trip for the whole family. Kids will love to explore the cobbled ancient streets of the historic towns, will be fascinated by the volcanic heritage and of course love the outstanding Sicilian food. The sandy beaches in the south are perfect for a couple of relaxing days and farms and agri-tourism accommodation especially cater for families and offer activities centered around nature and the outdoors.

What to bring
If you are travelling to Sicily between May and September, prepare for warm, sunny and dry days, so light summer clothes, light shoes, swimming gear, sun lotion, sunglasses and sun cover should all make it into your luggage. For those heading to Sicily's mountains and volcanoes, steady hiking boots, a headlight/torch, warm jumper and a rain and windproof jacket are advisable. Also mosquitos tend to annoy people over the summer months, so an insect repellent will do no harm. Some of the churches and religious buildings require covered shoulders, so bring a scarf or t-shirt.
While casual leisure wear is totally fine during the day, you should pack a nice outfit for going out in the evenings. There is no dress-code in most bars or restaurants, but clubs might be a different story. Sicilians like to dress to impress at nighttime, so unless you want to stand out, you might want to do the same.

 

For more practical travel advise and general information on visiting Sicily, please follow the link below.

 

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* The minimum age is based on the overall tour, some activities can require a higher minimum age, this will be advised at proposal stage. While not all activities are suitable for very small children, we are happy to tailor the tour to meet your specific wishes and needs.

**  The activity level is based on the amount of tours and activities included (1 - few tours and activities with a lot of free time, 5 - a lot of tours and activities with little free time). The activity level does not reflect the difficulty of the activities or tours included. Itineraries can be tailored to match the preferred level of activity.

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