Walking in the Aeolian Islands

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We have been operating tours to the wonderful Aeolian Islands off the coast of Sicily for some 15 years now, and our tour manager and local expert there has been advocating a walking tour for many of these. In 2015, this became a reality and has been a great success over the past couple of years receiving some wonderful reviews from past walkers. 

This tour offers the perfect combination of walking and leisurely sightseeing. With walks on four days including exploration of Lipari, a walk up to the great crater on Vulcano and a stroll with time for swimming and lunch on the beautiful island of Panarea. Two further days are free for personal relaxation or exploration. 

Please note that walking boots are essential and clients should be in good health. Guided walks are rated easy to medium, covering 10 to 12 kilometres a day.


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Accommodation

The Rocce Azzurre Hotel (2017 departures) 
The friendly, family-run three-star Rocce Azzurre Hotel enjoys a wonderful location overlooking the sea yet only a few minutes pleasant walk from the charming old town of Lipari. The walk is about 400 metres up a slight hill and there is no other way to get from the port to the hotel (though baggage is taken in a minivan). This walk has to be undertaken to join all the excursions to other islands.

Facilities at this typically Sicilian hotel include terrace and restaurant with spectacular sea views, attractive and charming public areas including bar and indoor dining area and sunbathing/swimming platform. Rooms are comfortable and spotlessly maintained with private shower, TV and telephone. Many have sea-view and/or balcony, bookable at a reasonable supplement.

Rocce Azzurre Hotel Website

OUR VIEW ON THE HOTEL
We have been sending clients here for more than a decade and Adriano and his staff consistently offer a very warm, friendly welcome. The bar terrace and restaurant directly overlook the sea and offer a lovely Mediterranean atmosphere. Rooms are well maintained and comfortable and many offer a sea view and/or balcony which is worth the upgrade. 

Baia Portinenti Hotel (2018 departures)
Located right next door to the Rocce Azzurre Hotel, the four-star Baia Portinenti is in a very quiet area of Lipari and only a short walk away from the port. The hotel provides a lovely setting for your stay with gardens, jacuzzi and solarium on the panoramic rooftop. Bedrooms are all apartment style equipped with all modern amenties including private bathroom, TV, telephone, air-conditioning, minibar and small kitchenette. All rooms offer a balcony with the option to upgrade to a room with a garden view or partial sea view for a small supplement. The hotel does not have a restaurant so all evening meals will be taken at the Rocce Azzurre Hotel next door. 

OUR VIEW ON THE HOTEL 
As per the Rocce Azzurre Hotel the Baia Portinenti is located up a slight hill and you will need to walk about 400 metres uphill to reach it. Bags will be taken to the hotel by small minivan. The walk from the port to the hotel must be undertaken to join all excursions to other islands. The Baia Portinenti offers comfortable simple rooms with the added bonus of a small kitchenette that can be very useful throughout your stay. 

Baia Portinenti Hotel Website


NB
: Borth hotels are a pleasant 10-15 minute walk from the port - downhill one way and up the other and there is no other way to get from the port to the hotel as the lane is not suitable for traffic.

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FLIGHTS
Please note that all flight times are provisional and subject to airline schedules and changes.

HEALTH & INSURANCE – EHIC CARD
Please note that EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) only allows access to the same state-provided healthcare as a resident of the EU country they are temporarily visiting. It is NOT an alternative to travel insurance and will not provide the same level of cover as a travel insurance policy. The EHIC will not cover any private medical healthcare or the cost of things such as repatriation to the UK or lost or stolen property. It is also important to note that each country’s healthcare system is slightly different, so the EHIC might not cover everything that would be generally free on the NHS. On the EHIC application website,  there is a section called Access to Healthcare Abroad which clarifies all the conditions and inclusions.

Places of Interest

Please see the detailed itinerary for full details

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Destinations
  • Europe
  • London
  • Mount Etna
  • Porto
  • Lipari
  • Italy
Tour Types
  • Seniors
  • Air Tours
  • Walking
  • 50 plus
Departure Points
  • Gatwick

Day 1: Fly from London Gatwick to Catania. On arrival, transfer by coach to Milazzo (approx. 2 hours) and onwards by ferry to Lipari (approx. 1 hour 30 mins) before a short, steep walk (approx. 1km) to the hotel.

Day 2: Lipari – Monte Rosa. Our day begins with a walking tour of Lipari, "the hub of the Aeolian Islands", to experience the slow pace of life. We pass through paved cobbled streets in the old part of the town, still home to fishermen, to the Diana quarter to see the Greek/Roman necropolis; then onto the Marina di Porto Salvo which takes us to the summit of Monte Rosa, 293m. From here there are beautiful views on Panarea and Stromboli Islands and to the “pomice” hills. Return to Lipari Town Centre and walk along the main shopping street, descending to Marina Corta, the fishermen’s square, beautifully set in a small bay where a typical lunch awaits us. This afternoon will be at leisure.

Day 3: Lipari – Caolino - St Calogero Spa.
 We travel by bus to the village of Quattropani, the first settlement on the Island of Lipari dating back to the beginning of the 4th Millennium BC, where our walk begins to the kaolin quarries at Caolino. The path descends, crossing spectacular canyons with sheer multi-coloured rock-faces through a pathway with precipitous drops down to the sea, crossing olive groves and other remote areas, with typical Mediterranean flowers and the rare dwarf palm. We then walk up to St. Calogero Spa, a thermal baths dating from the 4th c. BC, before taking the old stone mule-track which gradually goes up, crossing olive groves, to the vineyard village of Pianoconte where we have a rural lunch with Giovanni’s wine. Travel back to Lipari by bus.

Day 4: Free day to relax. Today is free for you to do as you wish or you can join an organized boat trip to the Islands of Salina, Alicudi and Filicudi.

Day 5: Vulcano Great Crater.
Today we travel to the nearby island of Vulcano by boat for a walk up to the Gran Cratere. From the port at Vulcano we walk along the road to the starting point of the path to the crater. The climb, easy at first, continues with bends among high red rocks, curious pink clay corridors modelled by rainwater and broom plants. As we climb, the air is heavy with the stench of nearby fumarole, surrounded by yellow sulphur deposits. At 240m we reach the edge of a lunar rock desert strewn with “volcanic bomb” stones and marvellous views of the neighbouring islands. We finally climb to the Gran Cratere, enveloped in steamy-looking vapours and overpowering sulphurous gas released by gashes in the rim. From the top there are spectacular views of Mount Etna and the Sicilian mainland. After the descent back to the village of Vulcano, time is given to have lunch and to try the “mud bath”, or swim in the sulphur blue sea water, before taking the boat back to Lipari.

Day 6: Panarea and Stromboli.
Today’s walk takes us to the beautiful island of Panarea, the smallest of the Aeolian Islands, a short sea crossing from Lipari. On arrival, we walk to the dark gold sandy beach of Zimmari and the magnificent bay of Cala Junco, at the foot of a promontory topped by the foundations of Bronze Age huts dated back to 1450 BC. There will be time for swimming before having a typical Panarea lunch in one of the island’s restaurants. After lunch you can wander in the pretty villages of St Peter and Ditella before joining an organised boat trip to the island of Stromboli. Here you can visit the village of St Vincent for free time for dinner, before sailing out for a viewpoint of the Sciara del Fuoco, where the lava flow creates, almost daily, a spectacular natural firework display, before returning to Lipari with arrival at around 10pm.

Day 7: 
Free today to further explore Lipari.

Day 8: Transfer by ferry back to Milazzo and onward to Catania airport by coach for your return flight to London Gatwick.

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 15 passengers. 

Please note that walking boots are essential and clients should be in good health. Guided walks are rated easy to medium, covering 10 to 12 kilometres a day.

INCLUDED

  • Return flights from London Gatwick to Catania including applicable taxes
  • Seven nights’ accommodation on dinner (choice at each course), bed and breakfast basis at the three-star Rocce Azzurre Hotel (2017 departures) or four-star Baia Portinenti Hotel (2018 departures), based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Transfers by coach and ferry from the airport to your hotel
  • Full walking itinerary led by Tullio Scurria
  • Three lunches/brunches
  • Tour manager throughout 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Single room supplement 
  • Room upgrades
  • Holiday insurance 
  • Meals other than those stated 
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls 
  • Porterage and gratuities 

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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