Crystal-clear sea, wild nature, and an extraordinary landscape made of volcanoes: welcome to the Aeolian Islands in Italy!

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Crystal-clear sea, wild nature, and an extraordinary landscape made of volcanoes: welcome to the Aeolian Islands in Italy!

This 10 days tour will bring you to the marvellous Tyrrhenian Sea in the South of Italy, on the archipelago of the Aeolian Islands, seven volcanic islands emerging placidly from the blue sea near the region of Sicily.
You will experience the most authentic Mediterranean beauty, culture and cuisine, born from a millenary history where Arabic, Norman, Sicilian and Spanish heritages are mixed.

You will participate in culinary workshops and tastings of traditional dishes with exclusive Sicilian products, admire the local fauna (like griffins and royal eagles), relax in the natural thermal and mud pools, and visit historical museums.

Your destinations will be:

  • Capo d'Orlando: a lively town with plenty of beaches, and the perfect starting point for visiting the Aeolian Islands. It's rich in Roman ruins.
  • Alcara Li Fusi: nestled on a rocky hill on the slopes of the mountain Rocche del Crasto, this ancient town has Greek roots. 
  • Lipari: this charming island has traces of ancient Greek and Spanish buildings, as well as incredible pumice and obsidian quarries.
  • Vulcano: its name derives from the ancient Roman-Greek god "Haephestus" or "Volcano". This island has a huge volcano, which produces therepeutic muds and thermal springs.
  • Salina: the greenest and lushest of the seven islands, Salina is formed by 6 ancient volcanoes. It's famous for the production of the wine Malvasia.
  • Panarea: it's the most sophisticated and fashionable island, dotted with luxurious yachts. Its white houses with embellished terraces remind the viewer of a Greek island.
  • Stromboli: another island home to a volcano, it's an exciting place to visit, thanks to the restless rumble of the earth.
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Trip summary

  • Travel style Group departure
  • Departure Palermo
  • End Palermo
  • Countries
    • Italy
  • City
    • Nebrodi Park
    • Lipari
    • Vulcano
    • Salina
    • Panarea
    • Milazzo
  • Theme Sea and beaches
  • Accommodation Standard
  • Flight Excluded
  • Guide Included
  • The tour has met our standards

Detailed itinerary

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  • 1
    Airport - Capo d'Orlando
    Day 1 Transfer by car

    Transfer from Palermo or Catania airport to Capo d'Orlando. Hotel accommodation in the reserved rooms. Excursion on request to visit Villa Piccolo di Calanovella and its Park. Welcome drink and briefing followed by welcome dinner.

    Visited places:
    • Palermo
  • 2
    Capo d'Orlando – Lipari
    Day 2

    After breakfast at the hotel, excursion to Alcara Li Fusi and birdwatching activities at the Rocche del Crasto to observe the royal eagles and the griffins, a species of vulture recently reintroduced. Visit to the "La Tana delle idee” center, walk through the alleys of the village to visit a workshop that produces "Pizzare" with ancient hand looms. Panoramic view of the territory to admire the woods of the Nebrodi Park. Typical mountain tasting with musical animation. Return to Capo d'Orlando, dinner at a partner restaurant and overnight stay.

    Visited places:
    • Nebrodi Park
  • 3
    Alcara Li Fusi - Capo d'Orlando
    Day 3

    Breakfast at the hotel, excursion to visit an agro-zootechnical farm that breeds the Nero Siciliano, a bred of domestic pig from Sicily. Lunch at the farm based on typical local products such as excellent cold cuts from the Nero Siciliano. Return to Capo d’Orlando, free evening to visit the town and dinner on own at a partner restaurant. Overnight stay.

    Visited places:
    • Nebrodi Park
  • 4
    Capo d'Orlando - excursion on the Nebrodi Mountains
    Day 4

    Off-road excursion along the hiking trail on the Nebrodi Ridge: from Portella Gazzana (Longi) to Portella Femmina Morta (Cesarò) through the thick beech woods of the Nebrodi Park, to admire the Biviere and the Maulazzo lake, at the base of Monte Soro. Typical lunch in mountain shelter ("Arrusti e mangia”, Sicilian barbecue). Return in the evening, free dinner and overnight.

    Visited places:
    • Nebrodi Park
  • 5
    Visit to the Isle of Lipari
    Day 5

    After breakfast, transfer to Milazzo for embarkation by hydrofoil to Isola di Lipari, one of the seven volcanic islands of the Aeolian archipelago. Transfer to the hotel and accommodation in the reserved rooms. Reinforced welcome aperitif in the hotel. In the afternoon visit of the archaeological area and its Museum with one of the most important prehistoric and classical collection in Europe. Dinner in restaurant and overnight.

    Visited places:
    • Nebrodi Park
    • Lipari
  • 6
    Lipari - Vulcano - Lipari
    Day 6

    After breakfast transfer to Vulcano island. You can take a bath in the mud and in the natural pool of warm sea water. Free lunch. In the afternoon you can go trekking to Vulcano's crater, or relax on Vulcano's black sands beach. Return to Lipari island for dinner and overnight.

    Visited places:
    • Lipari
    • Vulcano
  • 7
    Lipari - Salina
    Day 7 Transfer by bus

    After breakfast, navigation to Salina and, on arrival, transfer by bus to the district of Lingua to visit the village, the Ethno-anthropological and Archaeological Museums. The tour continues by bus towards the inner part of the island to the Valdichiesa locality to visit the Malvasia vineyards and a dried tomato farm, producing a typical variety of tomato cultivated without being watered. After the visit there will be an experiential activity with guided tasting of the renowned Aeolian salad in a typical terrace, representing the heart of the life of the islanders. Transfer to the hotel and check in. Free afternoon to rest and dinner at a local restaurant.

    Visited places:
    • Lipari
    • Salina
  • 8
    Salina
    Day 8 Transfer by bus

    Breakfast, free morning to enjoy the sea and relax. There is the possibility of watching the movie "The Postman”. In the afternoon transfer by bus to the famous village of Pollara, with the possibility of descending to the sea to discover the ancient fishing village and the places where the film "Il Postino”, staring Massimo Troisi, was filmed. Visit of a caper farm. Happy hour will be followed by admiring a spectacular sunset, considered among the most beautiful in Italy, with the sun disappearing on the horizon of the islands of Alicudi and Filicudi. Return to the hotel and overnight.

    Visited places:
    • Salina
  • 9
    1Salina - excursions to Panarea and Stromboli - return to Salina
    Day 9

    Breakfast. Full day excursion to Panarea and Stromboli with the possibility of bathing. The "Diva delle Eolie” (The Diva of all the Aeolian Islands) is precisely Panarea: the smallest but also the most mundane. On this island you can admire the traces of a prehistoric village dating back to 1400 BC. with the remains of 23 prehistoric huts. Box lunch and dinner facing the "Sciara del Fuoco”, ("stream of fire") a big horseshoe-shaped depression that receives the eruption of the extraordinary volcano, one of the most active of the earth, perpetually restless. Its voice can be heard with a roar anticipating explosions and sometimes effusions: a show that only Stromboli can provide! Return to the hotel in the late evening (??a che ora???) and overnight.

    Visited places:
    • Salina
    • Panarea
    • Stromboli
  • 10
    Transfer through Milazzo to Airport
    Day 10

    Breakfast and transfer to the port. Boarding in hydrofoil to Milazzo. Upon arrival transfer to Palermo / Catania airport and return to the destinations of origin.

    Visited places:
    • Salina
    • Milazzo
    • Palermo
  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes
    • Transfers to and from Palermo/Catania airport shared with other travelers and for all trips as scheduled in the program.
    • 4* hotels with breakfast in a double room
    • 7 dinners including drinks, as scheduled (water and wine)
    • 6 lunches including drinks, as scheduled (water and wine)
    • Off-road excursion
    • Hydrofoils to and from the Aeolian Islands
    • Entrance fees to the Museums as scheduled
    • Cooking experience as scheduled
    • Excursion by boat to Panarea and Stromboli
    • Tour escort for the entire duration of the trip
    • authorized local guides in the sites as scheduled
    • Civil liability insurance .
    Price does not include
    • Air flight and baggage allowance as provided by the airline.
    • Single room supplement
    • Excursion to Villa Piccolo and trekking to Vulcano crater
    • Tips: we recommend $ 10 per day per participant for the guide and $ 5 per day per participant for the driver.

    Additional services not included: travel protection plan for cancellation, coverage for lost or delayed luggage, airfare or medical expenses; individual transfers; pre & post extension

    *Tours and fees to be confirmed upon reaching the minimum number of 6 participants. 

    We reserve the right to make changes according to weather and weather conditions