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Aeolian Islands - Italy

Insider tip: Discover the Aeolian Islands

Highlights

  • Vacation on the paradise islands of Lipari, Salina, and Stromboli

  • Spectacular sites: Stromboli is home to the most active volcano in Europe

  • Black sand beaches at the UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Regional delicacies and typical southern Italian flair

  • Includes breakfast, transfer, and ferry crossings

Description

The Dolce Vita lifestyle will captivate you during this eight-day island hopping tour. Discover picturesque villages and some of the most beautiful landscapes in Italy. Visit three picturesque islands of the Aeolian Islands: Lipari, Stromboli, and Salina. Each island has a distinct personality: Salina surprises with luscious nature, Lipari has a lively atmosphere with typical Italian flair, and Stromboli impresses with its lava breathing volcano.

Destination

Europe

Aeolian Islands

Today you will arrive at Catania Airport where a representative of our partner agency will greet you at arrivals. Together you will drive to the port of Milazzo, where you will take the ferry towards the Aeolian Islands.

Your first destination is Lipari. After about 60 minutes, you will reach the largest island of the archipelago and check-in after a short drive to Hotel Tritone. The rest of the day is at your disposal. Stroll through the winding streets and enjoy the first creamy cappuccino of your vacation. On a walk to the marina, which is picturesquely situated between two bays, you can end the evening with a glass of red wine in a cozy bar or in one of the first-class restaurants, such as La Nassa or Filippino. Do you feel that pure Southern Italian flair? An eventful and unforgettable holiday awaits you!

Three nights at Hotel Tritone*** with breakfast in a Classic Garden View, Lipari, Aeolian Islands

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Today you will get to know Lipari, also known as "the gentle one." Explore the 15th-century cathedral and look for past vestiges in the Archaeological Museum, one of the most important in Italy.

The Corso Via Vittorio Emanuele street is closed in the evenings for the daily "passeggiata;" the evening stroll on the boulevard, when both tourists and locals can freely walk around.

Just a few minutes away from the boulevard, it's quieter: charming cafes and romantic places hide behind walls and gardens. Discover these hidden treasures!

How about a different sightseeing tour today? Rent a scooter (optional) and drive to the most beautiful vantage point of the island: Belvedere Quattrocchi. We hope that you have charged your camera because you can capture the incredibly unique view of the adjacent cliffs. You can see the picturesque bays and the beautiful beach of Valle Muria from a different perspective.

In the evening, we recommend a delectable meal in a regional restaurant and watching the hustle and bustle of the large piazza at the harbor Marina Corta. Countless cafes and bars await you here. Enjoy the warm evening temperatures, and look forward to tomorrow, when you will discover the volcanic island, Stromboli.

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After breakfast at your hotel, continue to the island of Stromboli by motorboat. Due to the numerous white houses and the blue accents in between, the environment almost looks Greek.

With a little luck, you will also experience the power of the volcano when you feel a slight trembling or rumble beneath your feet. In the northeast of the island, you can see the famous Sciara del Fuoco and the lava and glowing rocks that fall into the sea - an unforgettable natural spectacle!

Insider tip: In the evening, take a night drive to Europe's only active volcano and watch the glow of the lava at night.

Two nights at La Sirenetta**** with breakfast in a Double Classic, Stromboli, Aeolian Islands

Today's plans are up to you! You can relax and let your mind wander. Did you know that Stromboli has some of the most beautiful black sand beaches in the archipelago?

Or how about another adventure? Put on your hiking boots, grab your backpack, and climb the active volcano! Experience first-hand how the lush green landscape turns into a rough and barren volcanic landscape during the ascent (optional). Once at the top, an unforgettable firework of nature awaits you.

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After two exciting days on Stromboli, you will continue to Salina: vineyards, olive trees, and caper fields as far as the eye can see. The vegetation-rich island is unique to the Aeolian Islands, so the locals are proud of their home island. They say that the island will eternally captivate anyone who has ever set foot on it.

The mesmerizing landscapes are full of flora and fauna and you can even explore the nature reserve on foot. The sweet Malvasia wine, well known far beyond Salina's borders, is cultivated here and tastes excellent here since it’s fresh from its source. Don't miss this delicious experience!

Two nights at Borgo di Mare with breakfast in a standard double room, Salina, Aeolian Islands

Today, indulge in a journey of discovery through the picturesque capital of Salina, relax on the beach, or hike across the green island. You can also travel everywhere by minibus. Stroll around and enjoy the Italian flair.

Enjoy your last day on the Aeolian Islands before returning to Sicily on the ferry and embarking on your return flight. We hope you will return home with countless memories.

If you want to extend your vacation, we are happy to help!

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Hotel Tritone****, Lipari, Aeolian Islands (Three nights)

This Mediterranean-style hotel nestles in beautifully landscaped gardens. Experience a haven of peace: a wellness center with various soothing massages and qualified therapists is at your disposal. Here you can relax and unwind. Another highlight is the inviting outdoor pool with warm thermal water. The beach and city center are just a few minutes' walks away.

The elegantly designed rooms pay great attention to detail and have a private bathroom with bathtub or shower, hairdryer, air conditioning, safe and minibar. Each unit also has a private balcony or patio.

Enjoy regional and international delicacies at the in-house restaurant and end the evening with a refreshing drink at the bar.

La Sirenetta****, Stromboli, Aeolian Islands (Two nights)

Within walking distance of the coast is La Sirenetta: an exclusive hotel in a lush Mediterranean garden. The harbor and the city center are about 540 yards away. Each of the 50 modern en suite rooms comes equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, telephone, safe, and hairdryer.

The hotel also has a gourmet restaurant serving fresh fish dishes and the most exquisite Italian delicacies, as well as an outdoor swimming pool where guests can relax. Soak up the sun and admire the view from the rooftop terrace. The hotel also offers a tennis court, a gym, and a diving center.

Borgo di Mare****, Salina, Aeolian Islands (Two nights)

Restored in the Lipari architectural style, the hotel is in the idyllic village of Lingua, with a beautiful view of the lighthouse and the small Lingua Lake, a resting place for migrating birds and flamingos. The hotel's beach is only about ten minutes away on foot. The hotel has a restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine, as well as a bar with sea views and selected cocktails. You can also find a large garden with a pavilion and a charming sun terrace on the hotel grounds. The island's harbor, shops, bars, and restaurants are in the immediate vicinity.

Each of the 24 rooms, spread over five buildings are tastefully furnished and has a private bathroom, hairdryer, and air conditioning. Other amenities include free Internet access, a plasma TV with satellite channels, and a telephone, a minibar, and safe.

Duration of the trip: 8 Days / 7 Nights

Including

  • 7 nights in the mentioned accommodations or similar

    • 3 nights at Hotel Tritone with breakfast in the Classic Garden View room on Lipari

    • 2 nights at La Sirenetta with breakfast in a Double Classic room on Stromboli

    • 2 nights at Borgo di Mare with breakfast in a standard room on Salina

  • Ferry crossing Milazzo - Lipari

  • Ferry crossing Lipari - Stromboli

  • Ferry crossing Stromboli - Salina

  • Ferry crossing Salina - Milazzo

  • Transfer from the port - hotel - port on Lipari, Stromboli, and Salina

  • Transfer from/to Catania Airport

  • The starting price is valid during the travel period 10/17/20 - 10/20/20

Excluding

  • International flights

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the scope of services

  • Excursions (visits, admissions, etc.)

  • Tips and personal expenses

  • Travel insurance

  • Luggage during the ferry crossings (approx. € 2 per piece of luggage)

  • Tourism tax (to be paid on site)

Services & Notes

  • We reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary and accommodation (subject to availability)

  • Other room categories are available (e.g., superior, deluxe, suite) upon request

  • Arrival possible every day

  • For collective transfers (airport-port-airport), there can be a waiting time of up to an hour

  • During the travel period 06/01/20 - 09/30/20, the last collective transfer from Milazzo Port to Catania Airport leaves at 5:00 PM / 5:15 PM

  • During the travel period 10/01/20 - 10/31/20, the last collective transfer from Milazzo Port to Catania Airport leaves at 3:15 PM / 3:30 PM

  • For trips before 8 AM and after 3:15 PM / 3:30 PM or 5:00 PM / 5:15 PM (depending on the travel period), the cost of a VIP transfer will be charged

  • The meeting point for all collective transfers from Catania Airport is at the entrance of the “Bar Sicilia,” in the arrival hall of the airport terminal

  • The meeting point for all group transfers from the port of Milazzo is at the entrance to the office of the ferry company TARNAV

  • All sea passages between the islands with scheduled boats (speed boat or car ferry)

  • Connections between the islands can change at short notice due to technical difficulties or unfavorable sea and weather conditions

  • We reserve the right to make changes to the program, such as moving to another island due to bad weather conditions

  • During the ferry crossings, only one hand baggage is free of charge, each additional piece of luggage for a surcharge of approx. 2,-€ (to be paid on site)

  • In the event of late arrivals or early departures, flight delays or poor sea conditions, an overnight stay in Milazzo/Sicily may be necessary

  • The round trip only takes place during the travel period 04/01/20 - 10/31/20

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