Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Private

Aeolian Paradise Tour (4 days)

Essence of Sicily

Milazzo, Italy To Milazzo, Italy

Valid for Departures: 01 Apr 2019 - 31 Oct 2019


Day 1
Lipari, Italy
Milazzo, Italy
Luxury boat None

Milazzo or Taormina to Vulcano

Departure from Milazzo or Taormina and embark to the beautiful island of Vulcano with your private yacht.

Vulcano is the first island you meet coming from Milazzo, just 12 miles away. Near the port you are struck, both by the beauty of the place, and by the acrid smell of sulphur which fills the air. This phenomenon, which you soon get used to, is due to the ‘fumaroles’, the venting of steam, sulphur and carbon dioxide at a high temperature from the crater or from cracks in the ground. The fumaroles are a reminder that the volcano is still active. The island takes its name from the considerable volcanic activity that has taken place over thousands of years. Along with Stromboli, it is the only volcano still active in the archipelago, and the youngest (90,000 years compared with the 100,000 years of Stromboli). Vulcano is an island of wilderness: the clear waters of the sea, hot springs and mud where fumaroles vent and spew sulfur dioxide, black sand, and a center for health and beauty. During the daily excursion you will discover some of the most beautiful beaches of the island like Gelso Beach, dominated by a very evocative lighthouse. After this first stop you will reach the famous Spiaggia dell’asino. A spectacular cove of black sand on a volcanic island and crystalline water of a pristine sea. Black soil and the faraway fire of volcanoes, producing quiet hissing sounds.

A beach that you can’t miss are the “Piscinedi Venus”, The cove Mastro Minico & Cala del Formaggio

Breathtaking unfrequented beaches, divided by lava promontories which stick out into the sea.

After the daily excursion you will reach at sunset at the Port of Lipari, head quartier during your stay. Enjoy the evening at leisure on the island.

Day 2
Lipari, Italy
Luxury boat None

Lipari Island

The second day is dedicated to the visit of Lipari that is the largest of the Aeolian islands. Lipari as a rugged volcanic soil, tuff, obsidian and pumice, and is characterized by coast dirupate, backed by stacks. Malvasia wine comes from vineyards on the island and is the most sought after by tourists. Lipari is famous for its pumice and its white sand beaches.

You will start the day with the visit of Punta Castagna characterized by pumice quarries. You will also navigate direction the arc of Pietralunga, The black sands of the bay of Vallemura and Cala Fico. An excursion into the Liparian’s hidden beaches is the must of the day. You will return back to the harbor of Lipari in order to enjoy the rest of the day and the evening in the most glamorous place in the Aeolian island .

Day 3
Lipari, Italy
Luxury boat None

Panarea Island and Stromboli

After lunch you will leave the harbor direction Panarea, the oldest island of the Aeolian Island. What makes Panarea unique are many elements: the scents of the Mediterranean, the clear air without pollution, the Aeolian architecture intact is not marred by poles and wires. The rest is done by the sea, in many places near the coast, takes tropical colours and transparencies. After reaching the coastline you will have the opportunity to visit Dattilo and Lisca Bianca,a natural spectacle. After your first stop your excursion will continue to St. Pietro and the Cave Palomba, Basiluzzo and Bottaro with bubbles of sulphurous water. The bay of Cala Junco is a must to visit in Panarea, it is the famous natural swimming pool on the island, characterized by crystal-clear water and enclosed in the rocks of the headland of Punta Milazzese.

After you will navigate to the island of Stromboli for an unforgettable on board culinary experience while assisting to the Sciara del fuoco, the area where the lava flows of the Stromboli volcano still pass.

The Island of Stromboli is a high bluff broken in to small beaches with black sand alternating between caves and inlets. The white Mediterranean houses, the green from palm and olive trees and citrus trees all rest on a baron but fascinating volcanic cone, in the middle of an intense blue sea. This is the black pearl that has always attracted people looking for uncontaminated nature and total relax. In the night you can see bright red eruptions also on board. You will admire The Lighthouse of Strombolicchio, the Sands black Ficogrande, composed of volcanic black sand and pebbles and is washed by a sea of deep blue. Punta Lena with a grey granite coast where the waters that bathe become blue colour cobalt, will be your next stop. A last stop before assisting to the volcano eruption will be The pools of Ginostra located in the South West side of the island, only accessible by sea, the rocks surrounding the air of the breakwater forming natural pools that give the sea a colour ranging from emerald green to Indigo, a real spectacle for diving enthusiasts.

Finally enjoy a spectacular aperitif and charming dinner with breathtaking view to the Sciara del Fuoco. Enjoy your last night on board and disembark on the next day in Milazzo or Taromina.

Day 4
Milazzo, Italy
Lipari, Italy
None None

After Breakfast you will navigate back to Milazzo or Taormina.

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Essence of Sicily Virtuoso Amenities

Complimentary Meet & Greet Service at the Airport

Welcome Package including tipical Sicilian products: homemade jams, biscuits, natural hand cream and soaps, a bottle of extra virgin olive oil, Sicilian cookbook

Welcome cocktail at hotel and bottle of wine and local biscuits in the room

Available services during the excursions: Onboard Water, Snacks and refreshing towels, Wi-Fi

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Discover in a 3 days tour the magnificent seven pearls of Sicily, home of Aeolus God of Wind that from these islands unleashed the fury. In these wild places, mythological legends and ancestral landscapes merge into scenarios with colors unmatched.

Quick view to the program:

day 1: Departure from Milazzo or Taormina and route for Vulcano Island

day 2: Lipari Island

day 3: Panarea Island and Stromboli Island

day 4: Return to Milazzo or Taormina

About Us

Essence of Sicily is a boutique DMC offering luxury and unique experiences in Sicily and Aeolian Islands to suit any individual or group. Our customized luxury tours are chosen to offer a balance of Sicilian history, culture and cuisine, bringing you all the best that the beautiful island has to offer. All of our tours go above and beyond the normal remits – with private guides, private transfers and a personalized service, tailoring the experience exclusively for our clients. We pride ourselves on the connections we have on the island, ensuring we can offer proven quality from start to finish.

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By: mb

Reviewed on: 14 Jun 2018

Essence of Italy was fantastic! Their guides were wonderful and very carefully selected for each city and site we visited. The local team was very prompt when we needed their help to coordinate with one of our hotels and they communicated well with our Departure Lounge Travel Advisor back in the US.
Travel Advisor:  Kim Shraibati
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By: Cheryl

Reviewed on: 16 Aug 2018

Our tour of Mount Etna, helicopter ride and tour of the Valley of Temples were incredible! We highly recommend all of our tours.
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Hires
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By: Familyfun

Reviewed on: 05 Oct 2018

All was great with all of the hotels where we stayed. They were perfect - location and accommodations and food. The tour guides were fabulous, and their recommendations for meals, etc. were great! The drivers were excellent. Only complaint was that one event was not as promised, and if we had been given accurate information, we would not have done it.
Travel Advisor:  Lynne Adams