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Highlights of the Aeolian Islands

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Discover the wonders of the 5 unspoiled Aeolian Islands and enjoy dipping in the surrounding crystal-clear waters during this exciting 8-day journey from Palermo.
Italy
Cultural
Private Escorted Tours

Highlights

Discover Lipari, Vulcano, Panarea & Stromboli and Salina islands

One Freedom of Choice Days activities

Overnight stay in one the most renowned destinations in Sicily: Taormina

Taste Aeolian culinary specialty such as "Pane cunzato in Lingua"

Unique experiences await you on the volcanic archipelago of the Tyrrhenian Sea. You will be arriving into Palermo Airport, then take a private transfer to your hotel. Short stay in Palermo to explore the beautiful Sicilian Capital and its sorroundings such as Monreale and Cefalu'. Continue, then to Milazzo and board ferry and set sail to the beautiful island of Lipari. Enjoy a welcome dinner in a local restaurant.

Join boat excursions to the islands of Vulcano, Panarea, Stromboli and Salina to see breathtaking views of the bay and to visit small yet charming villages, including Pollara, which was built on the remains of an ancient crater. For a bucket list-worthy experience, you can hike up a volcano to see a crater or swim in energising sulphur mud baths. Proceed to Taormina for the last night of this itinerary and be astonished by the luxurious boutiques, the Teatro Antico,the breathtaking view over Jonio sea and Mount Etna. End of the service at Catania Airport.

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Included

2 nights in Palermo at Hotel Palazzo Sitano or similar
4 nights in Lipari at Hotel a’Pinnata or similar
1 night in Taormina at Hotel Villa Diodoro or similar
Arrival private transfer from Palermo airport to Hotel in Palermo
Transfer from Cefalu' to Milazzo by private car
Hydrofoil from Milazzo to Lipari and return
Hydrofoil from Lipari to Salina and return
Private Transfer from Milazzo to Taormina hotel
Departure private transfer from Taormina to Catania airport
Daily Breakfast
7 Meals included: 1 welcome dinner at the hotel, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Guided Visit of Palermo by private car
Street food experience/tour in Palermo
Guided Visit in Monreale, Cefalù
Minicruise Lipari and Vulcano by private not exclusively boat
Minicruise Panarea and Stromboli by private not exclusively boat
Tour of Salina with tasting of "pane cunzato in Lingua" and "capperi in Pollara"
Short Guided walking tour of Taormina
Porterage service at hotels
Freedom of Choice Days

Freedom of Choice

For this package we have included Freedom of Choice days in the itinerary. Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day.

Pre-select one tour on the following days:

  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 2

​Expand the itinerary below for more details.

Excluded

  • International airfares and taxes
  • Domestic airfares and taxes, unless otherwise specified in our holiday package
  • Visa expenses, processing and issuance fees
  • Meals other than as specified in our holiday package
  • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.),
  • Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, hotel, restaurant or boat staff, etc.
  • Or any other travel expense that has not been included in our holiday package
Day 1
Palermo Airport→ Palermo

Meet your driver at the Arrival of Palermo Airport and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner at your hotel.

Overnight stay in Palermo at 4* Palazzo Sitano or similar.

Dinner
Palermo Airport→ Palermo
Cathedral of Palermo
Day 2
Palermo

After breakfast, the morning is dedicated to the visit of  Palermo with local guide: walking in the pedestrian area of the historical centre of Palermo, one of the largest in Europe; with Martorana Church, Piazza Bellini, Piazza Pretoria, “I Quattro Canti di Città - the four corners”, making a pleasant walking along Corso Vittorio Emanuele, the ancient “Cassaro”, Piazza Bologni the Cathedral (internal visit) and the outside of Norman Palace. You will have the chance to taste Palermo’s street food at a typical local market.

In the afternoon, enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options:

  • A sight of Palermo from Roofs and Terraces: Palermo’s skyline is amazing especially when it is kissed by the sun. Terraces and and walkways along the parapets were exceptional observation posts to control and protect the area but also to enjoy the most important religious events. This is a walking tour along the historical centre with stops on the tops of beautiful buildings. You will discover the history and the most theatrical beauty of Palermo. It includes a final tasting time in one of the most elegant terraces of Palermo
     
  • Palermo from Underground: Palermo shows its beauty in the sunlight, but hides an intriguing underground world made of crypts, long tunnels for channelling water, air-raid shelters and secret passages theatre of the movements of a sect whose real existence, still shrouded in mystery, becomes the protagonist of a successful novel published in the early twentieth century “I Beati Paoli”. The tour, between history and mystery, offers a visit to the crypt of the Cathedral, those of San Matteo and the Cocchieri and finally the famous Catacombs of the Capuchins, reachable by private transport, to discover the secrets of the mummification process. A journey past splendid sarcophagi and mummies in a surprisingly state of  preservation.

 In the evening, enjoy a dinner at Seven Restaurant Rooftop Garden.

Overnight stay in Palermo at 4* Palazzo Sitano.

Breakfast, Dinner
Palermo
Palermo
Day 3
Palermo→ Monreale→ Cefalu→ Lipari

After breakfast, depart for Monreale and visit the Cathedral, one of the most beautiful monuments of the world with its Moorish architecture, housing very fine mosaics representing a complete cycle of the Old and New Testaments. Then proceed to Cefalù. Visit the Cathedral,the medieval lavatory and walking along the beautiful coastal town with a wonderful sand beach. In Cefalu', you will have lunch in a stunning restaurant by the sea.

 In the afternoon, transfer to Milazzo pier and embark the public hydrofoil to Lipari. Upon arrival at Lipari, transfer to the hotel and enjoy a welcome dinner.

Overnight stay on Lipari Island at 4* Hotel a' Pinnata or similar.

 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Palermo→ Monreale→ Cefalu→ Lipari
Cathedral of Monreale
Day 4
Lipari→ Vulcano→Lipari

After breakfast, take part to a full day tour with lunch included by boat of Lipari and Vulcano islands. Leave from the port of Marina Corta and pass through the faraglioni before arriving in Vulcano island. There you will do a tour around the island, admiring the sea and several grottos. Time at leisure in Vulcano to spend at your leisure, enjoy a bath in the black sand beach, or climb up the volcano or experience the thermal bath. Lunch at restaurant or on board. Return to your hotel and the rest of the evening is at your leisure (dinner not included).

Overnight stay on Lipari Island at 4* Hotel a Pinnata or similar.

Breakfast, Lunch
Lipari→ Vulcano→Lipari
Vulcano isle
Day 5
Lipari→ Panarea & Stromboli→Lipari

In the morning, visit Lipari and the archaeological museum that offers an important collection of prehistoric artifacts and an interesting  section entirely dedicated to the volcanic activity, with the explanation of several kinds of volcanic stones created by the volcanic eruptions, like as the pumice stone and the ossidiana stone.

Free time for lunch and then, in the  early afternoon embark on a minicruise for Stromboli, passing by the small isle of Panarea for a brief visit. In Stromboli, you will have dinner on board with the typical “maccheronatra eoliana” (pasta). In the evening, the boat will stop in the sea to admire the “Sciara di fuoco”  an expulsion of lava created by the night eruptions of the volcano. Return to Lipari approx around 22.30 hours.

Overnight stay on Lipari Island at 4* Hotel a' Pinnata or similar.

 

Breakfast, Dinner
Lipari→ Panarea & Stromboli→Lipari
Day 6
Lipari→ Salina→Lipari

After breakfast, depart for a full day of Salina island. Take the hydrofoil from Lipari to Salina, upon arrival there will be a guide waiting for you for a visit of the island by private car. During the excursion you'll sample a typical product of Salina island "pane cunzato in Lingua" and try in Pollara some "capperi and cucunci" (local plants).  At the end of the day, return to Lipari by Hydrofoil.

Overnight stay on Lipari Island at 4* Hotel a' Pinnata or similar.

Breakfast, Lunch
Lipari→ Salina→Lipari
Day 7
Lipari→ Milazzo→Taormina

After Breakfast, take a transfer to the pier and embark the hydrofoil to Milazzo. Transfer to Taormina by a private car. You will enjoy lunch at your own expense.
In the afternoon visit Taormina, the most famous Sicilian town, called the pearl of Mediterranean Sea: the Greek theatre, the Cathedral, Palazzo Corvaja, walking along the tiny street and admiring the view of the sea and the volcano Etna. Dinner at pizzeria with pizza menu.

Overnight in Taormina at 4* Hotel Villa Diodoro or Similar.

Breakfast, Dinner
Lipari→ Milazzo→Taormina
Taormina
Day 8
Taormina → Catania Airport

Breakfast and private transfer to Catania airport. End of services.

Breakfast
Taormina → Catania Airport
Taormina

Additional information

Official language
Italian
Local currency
EURO
Private Escorted Tour

These packages are much more intimate and include a private guide/driver that will be with you throughout the duration of your stay.

Highlights of the Aeolian Islands

8 days
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Palermo Airport
Catania Airport
Cultural
Private Escorted Tours
01 April 2022 - 20 December 2022

Hotel options

Hotel Palazzo Sitano
Hotel Palazzo Sitano

Palermo
Located in the historical centre of Palermo, within walking distance to some of the city's most beautiful monuments, Palazzo Sitano is an entirely renovated historical residence with a twist of modern interior design, creating a fascinating contrast. Featuring a lovely internal courtyard, this hotel proves to be an elegant and comfortable accommodation for its customers.

Hotel A' Pinnata
Hotel A' Pinnata

Lipari
Hotel A 'Pinnata
has an ideal position to enjoy the view of the entire eastern coast of the island. 
The sumptuos furnishings and the use of typically Aeolian and Mediterranean colors give the hotel a unique splendor, improved by rooms equipped with every comfort. Its flawless position also gives the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive view of the bay of Porto Pignataro.

Hotel Villa Diodoro
Hotel Villa Diodoro

Taormina
Hotel Villa Diodoro
 is a wonderful property located just a few steps from the idyllic town of Taormina. It boasts a beautiful pool area looking out over Mount Etna and the Bay of Naxos. 

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Excluded:

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Blackout dates may apply during festive season.

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