Sailing and hiking aeolian isles
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Sailing and Hiking in the Aeolian Islands

8 days

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Spend eight magical days sailing and hiking through Italy’s Aeolian Islands

Discover the magic of the Aeolian Islands in one of the best ways possible: sailing onboard a gulet! The gulet, a wooden sailing vessel, and its captain will transport you around the Tyrrhenian Sea, stopping at 5 of the 7 islands that comprise the Aeolian archipelago.

Embarking from the northern coast of Sicily, you’ll first navigate towards Vulcano, home to a magnificent landscape of fumaroles, craters, and crystallized sulphur. Over the following few days, you’ll see an array of Mediterranean vegetation on Lipari, Salina, and Panarea, from rocky shores and hidden coves to lush trails on the “green” island of the group. Ancient wonders await you on hikes to some impressive places like the Stromboli volcano, and historical ruins.

Full of treasures, this tour will delight you each day as you sail through this enchanting archipelago. And on top of all the adventurous excursions, you get to spend your free time relaxing on board! Life at sea plus hiking the remote wilderness of the Aeolian Islands? Yes, please!

Highlights of the Sailing and Hiking in the Aeolian Islands

Live like an explorer as you sail on a wooden yacht known as a Gulet, exploring the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Anchor next to each island for epic views of volcanoes and Mediterranean flora.
Explore each island stop on foot and hike to the summit of the Stromboli volcano.
Relax onboard the gulet and stop en route for some refreshing swimming in crystal clear water.

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Sailing and Hiking in the Aeolian Islands Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Set Sail from Milazzo

Arrive in the airport in Catania and receive transportation to Milazzo, the beautiful port town where you’ll embark on the gulet for the week. Your guide will brief you on boat safety rules and give you an overview of the week. Enjoy your first night on the ship as you take off from the dock. All aboard!
Overnight Location: Cabin onboard the gulet
Distance: None
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 Hike on Vulcano Island

Enjoy breakfast on board as you sail towards the first of the Aeolian Islands you’ll visit on this tour: Vulcano. Before lunch, you have free time to experience the therapeutic benefits of natural mud baths or walk along the black-sand beaches next to the Tyrrhenian Sea. Fuel up on board, then disembark to summit the Cratere della Fossa to discover its fascinating volcanic geography with fumaroles and crystallized sulphur formations. Relax on the gulet for dinner and rest.
Overnight Location: Cabin onboard the gulet
Distance: 3 hours, 390 m of ascent, 390 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Explore Panarea Island

Spend about 2.5 hours on the sea as you sail towards Panarea in the morning. Once anchored, you’ll disembark to wander the island where you can stop at the stunning Calajunco beach and later admire the ruins of an ancient village. In your free time, feel free to jump in and swim! All meals onboard the gulet, and return to get a good night’s sleep for tomorrow’s hike.
Overnight Location: Cabin onboard the gulet
Distance: 2.5 hours, 50 m of ascent, 50 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Summit Stromboli Volcano

Are you interested in hiking to the top of the largest volcano in the Aeolian Islands? Well, you’re in luck! About 2 hours after departing from Panarea, the ship arrives at the shores of Stromboli. Spend a bit of free time getting acquainted with the village then meet your group to begin the ascent of Stromboli.* A moderately challenging hike brings you to the top, at which point you can witness the volcano’s explosive activity up close—it erupts with lava several times an hour. Enjoy a picnic dinner before embarking for the night.

*The hike to Stromboli is optional. If you prefer, or if hiking Stromboli is prohibited at the time of your tour, you can hike to the Sciara del Fuoco for a comparable vista.
Overnight Location: Cabin onboard the gulet
Distance: 5.5 hours, 900 m of ascent, 900 m of descent
alternative: 3 hours, 290 m of ascent, 290 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Spend time on Salina Island

Head towards Salina today with a long sailing time of about 5 hours. You’ll have the opportunity to dive into the sea in one of the most beautiful bays on this island. You’ll notice right away how green Salina is thanks to its lush and varied flora. Step off the boat in search of Salina’s local products like malvasia, a sweet wine, and salty capers. Have your meals onboard and cozy up in your cabin for the night.
Overnight Location: Cabin onboard the gulet
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Hike Monte delle Felci on Salina

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Val di Chiesa as the starting point for today’s hike. Among the vineyards on the island, you’ll find many ancient wonders and sanctuaries. Take an optional hike to Monte Fossa delle Felci for some unparalleled panoramas overlooking the small fishing village of Malfa. In the afternoon, you can swim at leisure and the group will have a packed lunch.
Overnight Location: Cabin onboard the gulet
Distance: 4.5 hours, 650 m of ascent, 650 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 Explore Lipari

The last island you’ll visit on this tour, Lipari, is home to Punta Crapazza—a point that offers magnificent views and breathtaking landscapes. Return to the gulet for lunch and departure to Milazzo. Ask your captain to stop somewhere for one last swim in the cobalt sea!
Overnight Location: Cabin onboard the gulet
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Ciao

After your final breakfast in Milazzo with your group, receive transportation to either the airport in Catania or Palermo. Say ciao to your new friends as you head off with plenty of memories.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Sailing and Hiking in the Aeolian Islands Tour Price and Dates

This guided sailing tour in the Aeolian Islands is always run as a private tour for your group only and the price depends on the season.

Prices below are for the entire boat rental, which fits up to 12 people, and depend on the date of the tour:

  • March 7th to May 30th: $11,650 USD per Boat ($975 USD/person)
  • May 30th to July 4th: $13,875 USD per Boat (€$1,175 USD/person)
  • July 4th to August 1st: $16,075 USD per Boat ($1,350 USD/person)
  • August 1st to August 22nd: $17,950 USD per Boat ($1,525 USD/person)
  • August 22nd to August 29th: $16,075 USD per Boat ($1,350 USD/person)
  • August 29th to September 26th: $13,875 USD per Boat ($1,175 USD/person)
  • September 26th to October 31st: $11,825 USD per Boat ($975 USD/person)
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Accommodation on Sailing the Aeolian Islands

This tour is based on a gulet, which is a wooden sailing vessel. There are 6 double occupancy rooms available, so when you book the entire boat with your group, you decide how to organize the sleeping arrangements.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
On this tour, you book the whole boat with 6 double rooms (not individual rooms), so it’s up to you how you decide to share them.

Accommodation on Standard Tour

Night 1-7

Cabin onboard gulet

Experience life at sea onboard a wooden sailing vessel. The cabins are equipped with either a double bed or two twin beds and a bathroom.

What’s included in the Sailing and Hiking in the Aeolian Islands Tour?

Meals

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 6 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 7 nights on board the gulet are included.

Transportation during the Tour

Transport for you and your luggage is included throughout the tour. Airport transfers from and to Catania Airport are included too (one per whole group).

Also Included

  • Services of captain, sailor, hostess and cook (except during the free time)
  • Tour leader throughout the tour
  • Water during the meals
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Fuel for 4 hours daily navigation
  • Air conditioning from 19:30 to 23:00 daily
  • Daily room and public areas cleaning
  • Wi-fi

Not included

  • Guide in Stromboli (€28 EUR per person)
  • Mooring tax (€60 EUR per person)
  • Beverages outside of meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not stated as “Included”
  • Optional excursions
  • Tips for the crew

Optional Extras

  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Air conditioning during the night

Frequently Asked Questions about Sailing and Hiking in the Aeolian Islands

Since 2005, Mediterranea Trekking has offered excellent trekking, biking, and sailing tours in Sicily. The tour operator employs an experienced team of licensed and professional guides. Mediterranea Trekking maintains sustainable practices to lessen its impact on the environment and provide guests with an eco-friendly experience. 

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 1 / 5. Being fit is recommended for some of the activities, such as the hike to Stromboli, but overall, this tour is very flexible and suitable for most fitness levels. Daily hiking objectives can be modified to suit the group.

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