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Sailing the Magical Aeolian Islands

8 Days from £1,599

​Known as 'the Pearls of the Mediterranean', the UNESCO-protected Aeolian Islands offer stunning coastline, unique landscapes and two active volcanoes. These natural wonders go hand in hand with gastronomic delights on this unforgettable cruise to five of the islands aboard a traditional gulet.

Departure from: Sep 2019 - Sep 2020

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • Return flights from Gatwick with easyJet or British Airways
  • 7 nights in a double-bed or twin-bed cabin on a traditional gulet boat
  • 18 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Exclusively chartered by Travelsphere 
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • The services of a Cruise Manager
ALL BREAKFASTS
CRUISE
MAX 15 GROUP SIZE

Included holiday highlights

  • Unforgettable sailing to five islands aboard a traditional gulet​
  • Discover the ‘Sulphur Island’ of Vulcano
  • A chance to see the ‘Trail of Fire’ created by the majestic Stromboli volcano
  • Explore Panarea island
  • Enjoy a taste of life in Salina, famous for its wine
  • Explore Lipari, the largest island
  • Discover Stromboli

Your Itinerary

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Day 1 UK/Catania

​Depart on your scheduled flight to Catania. On arrival, enjoy a stroll in the beautiful city of Taormina before we transfer you to Capo d'Orlando late afternoon. This is where you'll board your gulet, a traditional Turkish motor yacht crafted from wood.
After time to settle into your cabin, enjoy a welcome cocktail and find out more about your cruise at a special presentation. You'll then set sail across the cobalt-blue sea to Vulcano – one of the seven inhabited volcanic Aeolian Islands off the northern shore of Sicily. ​

Day 2 Vulcano

Your exploration begins in Vulcano, which is dominated by an active volcano. It's also known as the 'Sulphur Island' and is celebrated for its therapeutic mud baths and hot springs. Why not wallow in the bubbling sulphurous waters or simply relax on the dramatic black-sand beach. 
Then you'll sail along the famous Grotta del Cavallo, one of the largest in Sicily. Why not enjoy a swim close to the Piscina di Venere, or 'bathing pool of Venus', a natural rock-fringed pool. This evening is free for you to dine in a restaurant of your choice in Vulcano.​

Day 3 Panarea

​You'll spend the morning cruising around Panarea, the smallest and most fashionable island in the archipelago, with its large rocky ridges at Basiluzzo and Lisca Bianca. Maybe rent one of the electric cars and visit the magnificent Cala Junco cove, with its rock-strewn beach and aquamarine waters. From here you could walk to the nearby prehistoric village, which was only discovered in the 1940s and houses 20 small huts thought to date back centuries. 
In the afternoon, stroll around the island's shops and perhaps pick up some locally-made souvenirs. ​

Day 4 Stromboli

Today you have some free time to discover Stromboli's small village. In its central square you'll find the pretty Church of San Vincenzo and a terrace offering panoramic views of the volcano.
Then you'll cruise around the island to Strombolicchio, a rock off the coast with a lighthouse on its summit. In the evening you'll dine on board the gulet and later your entertainment comes in the form of Stromboli's 'trail of fire'. With a bit of luck you should be able to admire the majesty of this true wonder of nature with its continuous eruptions. 

Day 5 Salina

​Today we cruise to the island of Salina, the greenest of the 'Seven Sisters', known for its famous sweet Malvasia wine, which is exported all over the world. We'll visit the beautiful bay of Pollara, where the opening scene of the award-winning 1994 movie 'Il Postino' was filmed. You could even take a coach journey to the pretty village of Lingua with its whitewashed houses, where you can visit Alfredo's Bar for a granita. 

Day 6 Lipari

​Your destination today is Lipari, the capital of the archipelago. You'll have the chance to spend some time at the famous Spiaggia Bianca and during free time in the old town centre, perhaps visit the Cathedral of San Bartolo and the archaeological museum, which contains finds from all over the islands, including a collection of Greek theatrical masks. Alternatively, you may prefer to browse the shops. This evening has been left free for you to enjoy dinner in one of Lipari's restaurants.

Day 7 Lipari & Capo d'Orlando

Today you'll head to the faraglioni, impressive rock formations lying off the coast, and stop at the beautiful pebble beach of Valle Muria. Lined with colourful volcanic rocks and lapped by crystal-clear waters, it's a great place for a swim.​

Day 8 Catania/UK

​Enjoy breakfast before disembarking your gulet. We'll then transfer you to the airport for your return flight to the UK.


Please note: The menu on board will be fixed and based on fish dishes.
Embarkation taxes are not included, and €55 per person will be paid locally.
The itinerary may change according to sea and weather conditions.
You will sail aboard a gulet, not a conventional cruise ship, therefore facilities are different to those found on a larger ship. Most moorings are at anchor, requiring access to a motorised rubber dinghy, reached by climbing over the side of the boat. It may also be necessary to use a small tender to enjoy some swims featured in the itinerary. We want you to get the most from your holiday with us, so please be advised that this tour requires a good degree of physical fitness and is not suitable for anyone with limited mobility.


Accommodation

Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.

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Day 1 - 7 :

Gulet Cruiser
You will stay on board a traditional wooden Gulet. Exclusively chartered by Travelsphere this traditional Gulet is made entirely of pine and mahogany, this motor yacht has just six cabins with double beds. Onboard amenities include a sundeck and elegant lounge. Cabins have en suite facilitates, air conditioning and safe. Please note that ship images shown may not be the exact Gulet


Dates and Prices

You have chosen to arrange your own flights and transfers and meet us at your first hotel. Please see essential information for full terms and conditions.

 
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SAT 06 JUN 20

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,699

£1,599

Available

Outbound
Norwegian Air Shuttle

Saturday 06 June 2020

Departs

06:20 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

10:25 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Operated by

Norwegian Air Shuttle

Inbound
Norwegian Air Shuttle - DY

Saturday 13 June 2020

Departs

11:10 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

13:25 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Norwegian Air Shuttle

SAT 20 JUN 20

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,699

Available

Outbound
Norwegian Air Shuttle

Saturday 20 June 2020

Departs

06:20 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

10:25 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Operated by

Norwegian Air Shuttle

Inbound
Norwegian Air Shuttle - DY

Saturday 27 June 2020

Departs

11:10 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

13:25 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Norwegian Air Shuttle

SAT 05 SEP 20

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,749

£1,649

Available

Outbound
Norwegian Air Shuttle

Saturday 05 September 2020

Departs

06:20 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

10:25 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Operated by

Norwegian Air Shuttle

Inbound
Norwegian Air Shuttle - DY

Saturday 12 September 2020

Departs

11:10 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

13:25 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Norwegian Air Shuttle

SAT 12 SEP 20

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,749

£1,649

Available

Outbound
Norwegian Air Shuttle

Saturday 12 September 2020

Departs

06:20 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

10:25 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Operated by

Norwegian Air Shuttle

Inbound
Norwegian Air Shuttle - DY

Saturday 19 September 2020

Departs

11:10 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

13:25 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Norwegian Air Shuttle

SAT 14 SEP 19

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,749

SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT

Outbound
Norwegian Air Shuttle

Saturday 14 September 2019

Departs

06:20 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

10:25 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Operated by

Norwegian Air Shuttle

Inbound
Norwegian Air Shuttle - DY

Saturday 21 September 2019

Departs

13:15 Catania (Fontanarossa)

Arrives

15:25 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Norwegian Air Shuttle

Prices are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.