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Aeolian Islands' Magical Cruise

Europe
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Board Basis: Mixed Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TTRAFIAI

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air

​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.

​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.

PRICE FROM ? £1389 per person
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What's Included

  • Return flights from Gatwick with Norwegian Air
  • 7 nights in a double-bed cabin on a traditional gulet boat
  • 18 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners and unlimited tea and coffee on board
  • Exclusively chartered by Travelsphere 
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • The services of a Cruise Manager
  • Welcome drink
  • Small group – maximum group size of 12
  • 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's island

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Itinerary

  • DAY 1 UK/Milazzo
  • ​Depart on your scheduled flight to Catania. On arrival, enjoy a stroll in the beautiful city of Taormina before transferring to the pretty Sicilian town of Milazzo in the 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 – and dinner will be served on board this evening.​​
  • DAY 2 Vulcano
  • ​After breakfast, 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.  This afternoon you'll sail along the famous Grotta del Cavallo, one of the largest in Sicily. Why not enjoy a swim in the Piscina di Venere, or 'bathing pool of Venus', a natural rock-fringed pool which you can access from the boat. This evening is free for you to dine in a restaurant of your choice in Vulcano.​
  • DAY 3 Stromboli
  • ​This morning you have free time to discover Stromboli's small village. In its central square you'll find the pretty Church of San Vincenzo and a panoramic terrace offering views of the volcano. In the afternoon you'll cruise around the island to Strombolicchio, a rock off the coast with a lighthouse on its summit. A swim in the crystalline waters, a favourite haunt of scuba divers, is a must. In the evening you'll dine in comfort on board your gulet while 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 4 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 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 and stop in the pretty village of Lingua with its whitewashed houses, where you can visit Alfredo's Bar for a granita – choose from a huge range of flavours of this delicious dessert. 
  • DAY 6 Lipari
  • ​Your destination today is Lipari, the capital of the archipelago. During a free morning 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 around the shops. This afternoon 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. This evening has been left free for you to enjoy dinner in one of Lipari's restaurants.
  • DAY 7 Lipari & Vulcano
  • ​You'll spend today cruising between the islands of Lipari and Vulcano. You'll pass by the famous Spiaggia Bianca or 'white beach', named at the time when the island's pumice mines were active and the white dust mixed with the sand. Your cruise continues to Vulcano, passing the western side of the island to reach the baia dell'Asino or 'donkey's bay'. As you soak up the scenery, your skilled onboard chef will prepare typical regional dishes and explain all about Aeolian cooking, which focuses on fresh fish, capers, peppers and tomatoes.​
  • DAY 8 Milazzo/UK
  • ​Enjoy breakfast before disembarking your gulet and transferring to the airport for your return flight to the UK. ​
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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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Optional Excursions

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Further Information

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