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Sailing Aeolian Islands

Think of a luxury catamaran as your very own on-the-water retreat for you and your friends or your family.

Go island hopping the amazing Aeolian Islands, seven volcanic islands off Sicily scattered in the blue of the Mediterranean sea.

YOUR BOAT

Our fleet of fully equipped brand news boats, max 2 years age, features Lagoon 46, Lagoon 50 Lagoon 52, ranging from 40’ to 65’, with 3 to 5 guest cabins plus crew cabins and accommodating 6 to 10 guests maximum.

We generally use these top-notch catamarans to give you excellent sailing performances and  unparalleled comfort, plenty of space to chill on the sunbathing areas and unwind on the wide stern area or the dinette eating and chatting with your friends. Or set sail on highly performing monohulls if you’re looking more for that sense of wind and waves.

On our Luxury Crewed Charters we include all the extras to give you a pampering experience.

Bed linen & Pillow selection, Bath Towels, Bathrobes, Ortigia Courtesy Kit, Beach Towels, Hair-dryers, Illy coffee machine, Wi-Fi, SUP, Dinghy & Outboard Engine, Essential provisioning, Delivery service for provisioning, Final Cleaning. All boats are equipped with Generator, Inverter, Air Conditioning and Water Maker.

Crew always includes Skipper + Hostess. Some boats may include Skipper + Hostess + Chef

YOUR PARTY

Who you’ll sail with is a crucial point

Set sail with your FAMILY for an unforgettable sailing adventure. Spend 8 days exploring, splashing in blue waters, snorkeling, diving and kayaking. Pack a torch for the most exciting hike to Stromboli volcano; pack your kid’s toy dinosaurs for the lunar landscapes of the Gran Cratere and don’t forget your teens’ underwater camera to go snorkeling with the marine biologists who monitor the cetaceans and dolphins of the archipelago and provide first aid to the sea turtles.

Make your BACHELOR or BACHELORETTE party memorable with a Mediterranean sailing holiday. We’ll take care of everything from putting the champagne on ice to SUP’s for everyone.

Live the most romantic HONEYMOON aboard a luxury catamaran. Stunning blue cobalt waters, active volcanoes to climb at sunset, granita and brioche for breakfast brought on board by your hostess and candlelit dinners watching the lava flows falling from the volcano like fire waterfalls in the dark sea. Gourmet restaurants, local vibes and nights lit up by the stars.    

Take your OLD FRIENDS on a fun filled sailing experience. From kayaking to grottos and thermal caves with turquoise water to climbing active volcanoes at sunset, and sunbathing on the deck while your captain takes you to soaking in the local vibes at night and sip Malvasia. As a famous saying goes, get dressed we’re going on an adventure.

Large group of friends or many families ? Set sail together in your own PRIVATE FLOTILLA. Your group. Your way. We’ll tailor the ultimate flotilla holiday to you.

YOUR OWN TAILORED ITINERARY

You’ll have a trip fully customised to you and your group’s needs and interests. Follow where the wind takes you and choose among a wealth of nature-based activities to try as you sail from island to island. You’ll have a set itinerary as much detailed in advance as you wish and the freedom to change as far as possible your sailing adventure along the way. Your skipper, of course, will make the final call for your safety. 

Below is an example of a multi-activity adventure sailing cruise, perfect if you like being active outdoors not just lying on deck sunbathing, but with plenty of time for that too.

NOTE

We’ve operated many sailing holidays at the Aeolian islands and designed several itineraries also thanks to our first-hand experiences over the years and we know that sometimes we have to make digressions and changes on the day’s itinerary which actually make each trip unique. 

This is a sailing holiday, and as always it is very much depending on the weather.

In addition typically all our Aeolian cruising are also fantastic multi-adventure holidays that includes hiking active volcanoes for istance. Again, very much subject to the whims of nature. That’s why they’re so special.

We were once on our way from Salina to Panarea for a cool aperitif and we came across a sea turtle floating and stuck in a plastic box with a hook in its mouth. We rescued it and took it right away to Lipari’s rescue centre. It was fantastic and nobody regretted the aperitif in Panarea. 

DAY BY DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY OF A MULTI-ACTVITY ADVENTURE SAILING CRUISE

Embark on a sailing adventure packed with lots of activities on the islands and time sunbathing and chilling on deck as well. You’ll hike active volcanoes and go swimming and snorkeling in turquoise waters. You’ll kayak grottos and thermal caves and soak in the local vibe at night. Go really local with us and get around the islands with the people who live there. Dine on the freshest food ever in small family-run restaurants and on unexpected private terraces.

Sat DAY 1 VULCANO – 15 nautic miles

Welcome on board! Your crew will meet you in the early afternoon and, after a trip briefing, sail out to Vulcano island. The ancients believed that this island was the chimney of the fire god Vulcan’s workshop and the moment you set foot on it, it becomes clear that this is indeed a setting fit for a god. Unspoilt nature, black sand, smoky fumaroles, therapeutic mud baths and hot springs.

Kick off your adventure with an easy guided hike to the Gran Cratere at sunset. A lunar landscape of smoking holes and yellow sulphur awaits you on top. And what a view! all the Aeolian Islands in a row rising out of the blue of the sea. Dine on board tonight and go for a walk along the marina where shops, restaurants and bars come alive at evening.

Sun DAY 2 LIPARI – 6 nautic miles

Wake up to the sunshine and spend the day swimming, snorkeling and especially kayaking. You’ll paddle to grottos and thermal caves with turquoise water, pass the fumaroles (volcanic activity) bubbling in the water and natural pools.

Head to the Faraglioni for a swim, before making your way to Lipari Island. Go ashore to taste the Malvasia watching the sunset on the terrace of a gorgeous winery. Dine at restaurant and soak in the local vibe. Who doesn’t love the islands’ vibe in the summer evenings? Not dressed up, relaxed and checking out the local bars.

Mon DAY 3 PANAREA – 9 nautic miles

Don’t miss a swim in the turquoise waters of the Cave di Pomice before heading off to Panarea, the party island. The smallest of the Aeolian Islands is packed with beauty, white-washed houses, glamour and wildness. Panarea is famed to be the jet-set island but if you are after its more authentic soul just take one of thepaths that go out of the centre.

Tonight treat yourselves to a bit of partying with local cult restaurants, aperitifs, boat parties and summer nightlife.

Tue DAY 4 STROMBOLI – 12 nautic miles

We promised beauty and wildness and today you’ll go for some fantastic swimming. And if you are more into diving, well it’s your time! Your diving instructor and award-winning underwater photographer will take you “where the land ends”. There are so many dive opportunities here including vertical walls, ship-wrecks, grottos and caves where sea turtles, moreys and lobsters are little disturbed by the presence of divers.

This is only the beginning of day 4. You’ll set sail to Stromboli and embark on the most exciting hike of this active volcano. We call it “Iddu” meaning “he” in Sicilian. Following your local exeprt guide, you’ll start climbing up at sundown to see the Sciara di Fuoco at night when it is dark and the bright red of the lava strikes against the darkness of the surroundings. You’ll hear the “voice” of the volcano and possibly, depending on the activity, the stones rolling down from the top straight into the deep blue sea.

The itinerary and the excursion depend heavily on the activity of the volcano. Another wonderful option is to watch from your boat the unique show of the lava flows falling from the volcano and looking like fire waterfalls in the dark sea.

Wed DAY 5 FILICUDI – 20 nautic miles to Salina + 10 to Filicudi

Soak up the sun and chill on the deck while sailing west to the remote Filicudi. You’ll be met at the quaint port of Pecorini by our wonderful local cicerone, a Sicilian lucky enough to call this Mediterranean paradise home.


Filicudi is a rocky unspoilt island, peppered with prickly pears and flowering capers growing out of every crag and where life has a rhythm of its own.

Take a scenic walk to the cape where people here meet for a frugal aperitif and watch the stunning sunset as the sun goes behind Alicudi. Bring a torch for your way back, Filicudi nights are lit up by the stars. Later on dine on the terrace by the sea of a local friend. 

Thr DAY 6 SALINA – 13 nautic miles

Divers get ready for another terrific dive. To all the others who prefer to have their feet on the ground, go for a wonderful hike. Your guide knows every single trail, easy or impervious, on this island and as you walk along the paths that climb up and connect scattered remote houses, you’ll stop and taste freshly picked capers, homemade preserves and pesto.

Lunch in a private home on freshly caught fish and set sail with the feeling that you want to come back and spend at least one entire month on this incredible island.

The next port of call will be Salina. Our Man in Salina, the one and only you have to know on the island will be waiting for you at the dock. Riding your own scooter you will get around the island. Cross country areas and Malvasia vineyards, climb narrow streets with their whitewashed houses and taste the Malvasia “vera” as the perfect sun-downer.

Fri DAY 7 LIPARI-MILAZZO – 6 nautic miles to Lipari + 20 to Milazzo

Today breakfast is at Alfredo’s. Granita and brioche, the best in all the Aeolian Islands. People from the other islands and the expert sailors of these waters come to Salina just for the granita at Alfredo’s. We set sail to Lipari for our last swim stop and back to base.  

The present itinerary is just an example to give you an idea of what your customised trip may look like. Get in touch to design together your very own trip to Sicily.

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when to go

Jun-Sep

transport style

Private Driver / Self-drive

length

7 nights

with WHOM

Family/Friends/Honeymoon/Bachelor/Bachelorette

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LUXURY CATAMARAN

Our fleet of fully equipped brand news boats, max 2 years age, features Lagoon 46, Lagoon 50 Lagoon 52, ranging from 40’ to 65’, with 3 to 5 guest cabins plus crew cabins and accommodating 6 to 10 guests maximum. On our Luxury Crewed Charters we include all the extras to give you a pampering experience. Bed linen & Pillow selection, Bath Towels, Bathrobes, Ortigia Courtesy Kit, Beach Towels, Hair-dryers, Illy coffee machine, Wi-Fi, SUP, Dinghy & Outboard Engine, Essential provisioning, Delivery service for provisioning, Final Cleaning. All boats are equipped with Generator, Inverter, Air Conditioning and Water Maker. Crew always includes Skipper + Hostess. Some boats may include Skipper + Hostess + Chef

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About SAILING & ADVENTURE Way of Travel

Whether you want to set sail with your family for a multi-activity sailing adventure to the Aeolian Islands or you’re on a 4-day escape packed with stunning treks, lunar landscapes, and delicious dinners washed down with Etna's natural wines at the end of exciting days, get in touch to design the adventure just perfect for you and your party.

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