Sailing the Magical Aeolian Islands

From £1,849.00
Duration 8 Days
Departures from Jun 2020 - Sep 2020
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From £1,849.00
Duration 8 Days
Departures from Jun 2020 - Sep 2020
Tour Overview

​Known as 'the Pearls of the Mediterranean', the UNESCO-protected Aeolian Islands offer stunning coastline, unique landscapes and two active volcanoes. Set sail aboard your gulet, a traditional Turkish motor yacht, and enjoy this leisurely cruise with plenty of freshly caught seafood and opportunities for secluded swims and discovering hidden bays. Cross the cobalt-blue sea to Vulcano, celebrated for its therapeutic mud baths and hot springs which you can enjoy before heading to the famous Grotta del Cavallo, Sicily’s largest cave. Spend a morning cruising around Panarea, the smallest and most fashionable island in the archipelago, discover Stromboli's small village and the pretty Church of San Vincenzo, then cruise to the island of Salina, the greenest of the 'Seven Sisters', known for its sweet Malvasia wine. You’ll also explore the Old Town of Lipari and marvel at the white-sand beach of Spiaggia Bianca and the beautiful pebble beach of Valle Muria. 

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Your Holiday Includes

  • Return flights from Gatwick with Norwegian Air
  • 7 nights in a double or twin cabin on a traditional gulet boat exclusively chartered for Travelsphere
  • 18 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners and welcome drink
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • The services of a Cruise Manager
  • Small group – maximum group size of 15

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 
  • Discover Stromboli​ 
  • Enjoy a taste of life in Salina, famous for its wine 
  • Explore Lipari, the largest island​​​

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Catania

​Depart on your scheduled flight to Catania. On arrival we will transfer you to the pretty Sicilian town of Capo d'Orlando. 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. ​

Sailing in a gulet is a truly memorable experience, giving you the chance to sample a menu based around locally caught fish and take things at a slower pace. You can also make your own adventures, wading ashore on beaches, having been transported there by one of our outboard motor-equipped dinghies reached by climbing over the side of the boat. Or, simply take a secluded swim. Finally, whatever else you do, don't forget the chance to watch the sun set over the sea.

 

Meals included: D

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 to the Grotta del Cavallo, one of the largest caves in Sicily. Why not enjoy a swim at 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.​

Meals included: B,L

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. ​

Meals included: B,L,D

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.

Meals included: B,L,D

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. 

Meals included: B,L,D

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.

Meals included: B,L

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.​

Meals included: B,L,D

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.

Meals included: B

Additional Information

​Please note: The menu on board will be fixed and based on fish dishes.

Embarkation taxes of approximately €55 per person are not included in the price of your holiday and 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.

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  1. Favourite Moment

    Enjoy exceptional views and freshly caught fish as you sail from island to island on your seven night cruise aboard a traditional wooden Turkish gulet.

Accommodation

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

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Prices shown are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room with private facilities unless otherwise stated. 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.