Sailing the Aeolian Islands, Sicily
Week of a lifetime. Cruising the deep blue Mediterranean Sea. Seven islands with fascinating archaeological sites and precious tiny towns. Three delicious meals daily—fresh vegetables from family gardens; fish caught that morning; granita, arancini, local delicacies, and the best Sicilian wines.
This special sailing adventure is meant for a group of 8 friends. The luxury catamaran has four cabins, each with a double bed and private bathroom. (Ask for boat specifications.) The following is just a sample itinerary. You can discuss your plan with the skipper and tour leader. Depending on the winds, weather, and port mooring arrangements, the route can be changed in many ways.
Tour Price: Starting from $3,999
Tour price includes:
- Airport transfers
- 6 nights on a Lagoon 450 built 2015 Luxury Catamaran with a comfortable tender
- The catamaran includes four air-conditioned double cabins, each with private bath and shower
- English speaking chef / tour leader
- 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 7 dinners. All wine, beer and alcohol included.
- Bed / Bath set (sheet, hands towels, face towels, bath towels, bath robes)
- Daily regional wine tastings on board
- Guided visits to 5, 6, or 7 islands; flexible itinerary
- Entrance fees to archaeological museum and Greek Acropolis on Lipari
- All tips and taxes
- Boat and tender fuel and cleaning
- Port moorings
Sailing the Aeolian Islands, Sicily Itinerary
We depart the United States, flying overnight to Catania, Sicily.
Day 1: Your adventure begins in the port town of Milazzo, northeast Sicily, an hour and a half drive from Catania. Meet your skipper and tour leader/chef/host of the Opera Prima. Settle into your cabins and sip welcome aboard cocktails. Help the chef shop for groceries in the charming town of Milazzo, then enjoy a welcome dinner on board.
Days 2-7: There are many possibilities for different routes, depending on your interests, the winds, and mooring arrangements. The seven Aeolian Islands await you:
Lipari: The largest of the 7 islands, inhabited since the Neolithic Age. Has exceptional archaeological finds at the Archaeological Museum inside the Castle of Lipari. A lively town full of shops and restaurants. Around the island are many grottos, coves, and beautiful beaches to explore with our tender.
Vulcano: Named for its still-smoking volcano, which you can hike up for amazing views.
Salina: Beautiful and natural, a delight to explore.
Panarea: Home to many of the rich and famous. Picture perfect mountain vistas, winding narrow streets, pristine beaches and coves.
Filicudi and Alicudi: Wild, untouched, lush, peaceful. Surreal wonderful rock formations to swim around.
Stromboli: Home to Europe’s most active volcano that still emits spectacular and frequent lava displays. Seaside medieval villages, quaint white houses, serene coves and beaches.
Day 8: After a final breakfast and sad goodbyes, head to Catania for your return flight.
Boat details: Lagoon 450 Catamaran, 13.96 X 7.84 m., 4 cabins, each with a double bed and private bathroom.
Milazzo is a delightful port town on Sicily’s northwest coast. You may want to come a couple of days early to enjoy its lively atmosphere, beautiful harbor, many wonderful seafood restaurants, shops, and lovely beaches.
Our tour leader / host / chef/ sommelier Vincenzo explains the program. Each night we will have a lesson in a specialty cocktail for happy hour.
Each morning after our sail, we stop at a beautiful spot for some swimming, paddle boarding, and then lunch
Lipari’s Archeological Museum contains prehistoric ruins and artifacts dating back to the 4th century B.C.
Each evening we enjoy a gorgeous sunset while we sip cocktails and let Vincenzo serenade us with traditional Italian songs