THE AEOLIAN ISLANDS…ITALY’S AZURE JEWELS

september 14 to 20, 2019

THE AEOLIAN ISLANDS…ITALY’S AZURE JEWELS

September 14 to 20, 2019

Salina, Panarea & Stromboli

Daily Itinerary
Pricing

Highlights

  • Taormina, Sicilian paradise
  • Island of Salina – Beautiful, quaint island jewel
  • Private panoramic boat tour around Salina
  • Charming hamlet of Malfa
  • Salina winery tour with private tasting and dinner
  • Lovely village of Lingua, where you can taste the world’s best granita
  • Cliffside village of Pollara, witness the Aeolian Islands’ most spectacular sunset
  • Charming and fashionable Island of Panarea
  • Island of Stromboli, home to one of the world’s most active volcanoes
  • “Sciara del Fuoco”…Stromboli’s fiery lava eruptions
  • Special spaghettata dinner at sea
  • Ancient city of Catania - UNESCO Heritage Site

Overview

Rising out of the azure seas off Sicily’s northeastern coast, the UNESCO protected Aeolian Islands are a magical string of Mediterranean island jewels. These stunning volcanic islands are a wonder for their natural beauty and uniquely less-traveled place and pace. The tour starts at Taormina…called the true gem of Sicily…with its ancient and infinite loveliness situated under the shadow of Mt. Etna. From there we travel by hydrofoil to Salina to begin our Aeolian immersion.

Salina is an unspoiled Mediterranean island paradise featuring picturesque villages, imposing volcanic cones and a traditional lifestyle. We will experience Salina from many perspectives, on beautiful walks, on a winding, panoramic coach ride and a private boat tour around the island. We’ll spend time in the main town of Santa Marina Salina, the charming hamlet of Malfa, the delicious Lingua, boasting the local specialty, of granita & brioche, at the renowned da Alfredo and a visit to the incomparable village of Pollara. Considered to have perhaps the prettiest Aeolian Island vistas, Pollara is where many scenes of the acclaimed film Il Postino (The Postman) were filmed. Our time in Salina will also feature a winery tour (and private dinner) where they create magnificent sweet Malvasian wine, made with the local grapes and created nowhere else on earth.

From Salina we will make excursions to fashionable Panarea, the smallest of the Aeolian Islands, and sparsely populated Stromboli, with its awe-inspiring active volcano, lava eruptions and black-sand beaches. There are no roads, cars or pollution on Panarea, which has become an offbeat, ultra-chic destination for the most discerning travelers. On Stromboli we’ll visit ancient Greco-Roman ruins and the quaint village of San Vincenzo with its famous church. The real highlight of Stromboli will happen at night though; not only will we be dining at sea, but we’ll also witness the “sciara del fuoco”, the island’s fiery lava eruptions, an Aeolian experience like no other.

Aeolian Islands - Day by Day Itinerary

Departure from the United States

Friday, September 13, 2019

Day 1 -  Welcome to Taormina

Saturday, September 14

Morning: Arrival at Catania. Private transfer to wonderful Taormina, described by Goethe as “a corner of paradise”.

Afternoon: Check-in at your Taormina hotel.

Evening: Welcome Dinner in an elegant Taormina restaurant.

Day 2 - Taormina-Island of Salina

Sunday, September 15

Morning: Departure from Taormina to Milazzo. Stroll through Milazzo with our fabulous native guide Tommaso Pante, the Aeolian Islands and Sicily’s premier guide.

Afternoon: Light lunch in Milazzo. After lunch we’ll board the hydrofoil from Milazzo to the beautiful, quaint island of Salina, one of the seven Aeolian Islands off the north coast of Sicily. Check-in for 4 nights at your Salina hotel. Orientation walk of the charming hamlet of Malfa.

Evening: Special Group Dinner at hotel.

Day 3 - Island of Salina

Monday, September 16

Morning: Panoramic excursion by bus of the Island of Salina. Visit the village of Malfa and continue to Lingua to see the sunbathed salt pans and taste the best granita e brioche at “da Alfredo”.

Afternoon: Visit Santa Marina Salina, the main town of the island and enjoy free time for lunch and shopping. Return to the hotel to relax or continue exploring more of Salina.

Evening: Departure for the town of Pollara, renowned for the Aeolian Islands’ most beautiful sunset. Dinner on your own.

Day 4 - Island of Panarea-Island of Stromboli

Tuesday, September 17

Morning: Full Day Private Boat Excursion. 11AM departure by private boat from the port of Malfa to the smallest of the Aeolian Islands, the very charming and fashionable Island of Panarea. Orientation walk of Panarea with local guide, Tommaso.

Afternoon: Free time for lunch followed by departure to the Island of Stromboli. Visit the natural wonder of Stromboli, home to one of the world’s most active volcanoes.  Tour includes the Church of San Vincenzo, where Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini shot the movie “Stromboli”.

Evening: Continue boat excursion around the Island of Stromboli to marvel at the “Sciara del Fuoco”, the island’s fiery lava eruptions. Dine at sea, featuring local culinary specialty, “Spaghettata”.

Day 5 - Island of Salina

Wednesday, September 18

Morning: At leisure. Enjoy the hotel’s spa, the wonderful swimming pool or the beautiful beach at Baia Punta Scario and continue exploring the village of Malfa.

Afternoon: Free time for lunch. After lunch embark on a private boat tour of the Island of Salina  (approx. 2 h) with free time to swim in the Mediterranean Sea.

Evening: Special visit to a Salina winery with private wine tasting and dinner.

Day 6 - Salina-Catania

Thursday, September 19

Morning: Hydrofoil from Salina to Milazzo.

Afternoon: Free time for lunch. Departure for Catania, Sicily’s second largest city after Palermo. 4 PM arrival in Catania. Check-in at your Catania hotel. Orientation Walk of Catania with local guide, Tommaso and free time for exploring & shopping.

Evening: Farewell dinner.

Day 7 - Private transfer to Catania airport - End of tour

Friday, September 20

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Aeolian Islands Tour - Pricing

Your tour price includes:

  • Hotel accommodations for 6 nights in 4-5 star hotels as follows:
    • 1 night in Taormina - Room with sea view
    • 4 nights in Salina - Aeolian Islands - Deluxe room with sea view
    • 1 night Catania
  • Licensed Tour Guide & Tour Manager Tommaso Pante for the entire trip
  • Service of your host, Giovanna Chiti, founder of Discover my Italy
  • Meals as follows:
    • Breakfast daily
    • Welcome dinner in Taormina
    • Light lunch in Milazzo
    • Dinner in Salina
    • “Spaghettata” dinner of private boat
    • Dinner at winery on the Island of Salina
    • Farewell Dinner in Catania
  • Special activities:
    • Private boat excursion to the Island of Salina
  • Round trip hydrofoil from Milazzo to the Island of Salina
  • Hotel Luggage handling
  • Gratuities for drivers and boat captain
  • All local Taxes

Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Catania Airport Transfers
  • Meals unless listed
  • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry, etc
  • Gratuities for Tour Director-Guide, Tommaso Pante
  • Travel Insurance (strongly recommended)

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Tour Cost based on double occupancy

7 day/6 nights Aeolian Islands Tour............................................... $4,595

Single Supplement ........................................................................+ $1,675

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All aspects of the tour will be coordinated by Giovanna Chiti of Discover my Italy.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  Handling of luggage on hydrofoil to and from Salina is your responsibility (please pack lightly!).

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