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Aeolian Archipelago

Lipari to Salina - Example 8 Day Tour
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The Aeolian Islands are a fascinating volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Sicily and are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site. On this 8-day tour, explore the beautiful towns of Lipari, Vulcano, Panarea, Stromboli, Filicudi, and Salina. Experience nature and culture, and see the traditional village with its white houses and Aeolian architecture. Visit the beautiful Panarea and Stromboli islands on a boat excursion from Tropea, Tour local wineries and vineyards, and enjoy lunch with a tasting of local wines and food stalls from the local market. Enjoy your free time with the chance to walk along charming streets or swim at the seafront's black sand beaches. Take in the dramatic scene of the volcanic activity on the hills while admiring the picturesque sea views.
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  • Discover two beautiful Aeolian islands, Lipari and Salina
  • Visit a local winery and take a stroll through the vineyard
  • Enjoy a scenic hike and rock formations in Vulcano
  • Admire the fantastic beaches and marine reserves of Cala Junco
  • Stroll through the beautiful streets of Stromboli
  • Enjoy your free time relaxing on the beaches of Salina
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Activity Level: Relaxed

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Day 1: Arrive in Catania | Milazzo | Lipari

Upon arrival at Catania airport, private transfer to Milazzo and boarding a ferry boat to Lipari. Settle into your room, and take some time to relax and wash away the jet lag. In the afternoon, take a guided tour of a local winery and set out for a short walk in the vineyard, waiting for the sunset while toasting in the beautiful natural surroundings.

Day 2: Lipari

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
This morning meet your local guide and set out for a walking tour of the main island of the Archipelago and visit the Archaeological Museum, which hosts exceptional pre-historic, Greek, and Roman remains that have been excavated on the islands and also found on the submerged wrecks. After lunch at leisure, meet your hiking guide and get ready for an easy walk on the south part of the island. The path runs along a still unspoiled part of the island. From the geophysics observatory, a splendid view can be admired of Vulcano and its craters, A Praia I Vinci, and I Faragghiuna. Head back to the hotel and unwind with a seafood dinner tonight.

Day 3: Vulcano

After breakfast, meet your local guide and reach the island of Vulcano by ferry boat. Set up on an easy hike (40 minutes) to reach its tip and enjoy the amazing views of the archipelago from here. After lunch at a local restaurant, explore the island by private car/minivan and discover the Valley of the Monsters, characterized by very peculiar rock formations dating back to the eruption of 183 B.C. Return to Lipari for an evening at leisure.

Day 4: Panarea | Stromboli

After a leisurely morning, get ready for an afternoon boat excursion to Panarea and Stromboli. Disembark in Panarea and take a leisurely walk on this small island. You can consider swimming in the marine nature reserve of Cala Junco or hiking up the stone path to prehistoric ruins located on the cliffs of P.ta Milazzese for a stunning view. Continue to Stromboli and stroll through the narrow streets up to the town square with a nice view of the black sandy beach and coastline. Dine tonight at a local restaurant. On the way back to Lipari, reach the Sciara del Fuoco to witness from the sea, between a glass of Malvasia and typical biscuits offered by the captain, the suggestive spectacle of the eruption of this magnificent Volcano.

Day 5: Salina

After breakfast, check out in the hotel and take a ferry to Salina. Salina is the second largest Aeolian island and deserves an entire day to visit; note the immense disparity in its topology and the beautiful fern forest (la Fossa delle Felci) sitting high on a precipice, astounding for its staggering drop to the beaches below. After a leisurely walk, reach a local winery to explore the Heroic Vineyards of The Aeolian Islands, followed by a tasting session of different wines. Have lunch at Alfredo's restaurant with savory bread called cunzatu, and then try the most delicious granita on the island. Later this afternoon, check into your hotel and dine on your tonight.

Day 6: Filicudi

After breakfast, travel to the North-West side of the island of Salina and anchor in the enchanting bay of Pollara beach, made famous by the movie Il Postino. It is a place of rare beauty, thanks to the sheer cliffs enclosed by the natural rock arch of Punta Perciato and the Balate and the ancient fisherman's shelters set in the rock. Sail towards the northeast coast of the island of Filicudi: primordial, quiet, and informal.

The rugged and overwhelming cliffs plunge into a sea, and the unimaginable crystalline color of the water offers fantastic dives with a naturalistic and archaeological route. Take some time to explore the island at your own pace and continue to the belvedere. Enjoy a sunset of indescribable beauty on the scenery of the Canna and its stacks, then descend to the village of Pecorini, the southwest side of the island. Do not miss the appointment with an aperitif before heading back to Salina for dinner.

Day 7: Salina

Allow yourself a whole day to unwind and independently explore the island. Though Pollara is undoubtedly a magnificent beach, there are other Salina beaches that are also worth seeing, including Scario, Santa Marina, and Rinella. You can think about going to one of them instead of Pollara. Simply unmissable. Alternatively, you may want to explore the tiny village of Malfa, located on the northern coast of the island. Its white houses are surrounded along the slope that reaches the sea. A small beach embellishes the village. And the eighteenth-century church of Sant’Anna preserves numerous paintings and sculptures.

Day 8: Milazzo | Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
After one last leisurely breakfast, take a ferry boat to Milazzo and then a private transfer to Catania Airport (CTA) for return flights.


Hotel Mea Lipari

Swimming Pool Area
Hotel Mea Lipari
Hotel Mea Lipari

Hotel L'Ariana Isole Eolie

Hotel L'Ariana Isole Eolie
La Grotta Restaurant
Restorante La Grotta

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  • 6 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner
  • 8 Nights Accommodations
  • 6 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Roundtrip Public Ferry Tickets from Lipari to Vulcano
  • Entrance Fee: Archaeological Museum in Lipari
  • Water, soft drinks, wine or beer, and standard coffee or tea service
  • Wine tasting at a local winery in Lipari and Salina
  • Professional local English speaking Guide during your tour
  • Half-day Private Boat Excursion to Stromboli
  • Shared Night Boat Excursion to Sciara del Fuoco
  • Porterage at all accommodation and all city taxes
  • Full-day Private Boat Excursion to Filicudi
  • Public ferry ticket from Milazzo to Lipari, Stromboli to Lipari, Lipari to Salina, and Salina to Milazzo
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  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)


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