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Lipari, Aeolian Islands, Italy

Aeolian Island Hopping

8-day tailor-made self-guided tour from £1,925 pp incl. flights


Short description

Venture to the Aeolian Islands to view active volcanoes, crystal waters and lush vineyards


  • Explore this magical cluster of volcanic islands off Sicily’s northeastern coast
  • Take a night boat to watch lava erupt from Stromboli’s broad central volcano into the sea
  • Try a wine-tasting tour of Salina’s famed vineyards, and admire the picturesque setting of Il Postino

In Brief

  • 3 Nights Lipari
  • 2 Nights Stromboli
  • 2 Nights Salina


Recommended for:
Beach | Off the beaten track | Relaxation

Experience your own piece of paradise, as this itinerary brings you to the magical Aeolian Islands. Located off Sicily's northeastern coast, this itinerary begins in Lipari, the largest of the seven islands. Get attuned to island-hopping life, visiting the busy port and pastel-coloured seafront set against a typical Mediterranean landscape. The next stop, Stromboli, is sure to entertain nature lovers with its dramatic volcanic silhouettes and black sand beaches. Then end in Salina, home to lush landscapes and the famous Malvasia wines.

Day by day itinerary

Days 1-3

Fly to Catania and take a private transfer to Milazzo for your first hydrofoil service to Lipari, the largest of the Aeolian Islands. Lipari is 17 nautical miles (one hour) away from the Sicilian mainland.

The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the main town of this group of seven islands listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site since 2000 for their “outstanding record of volcanic island-building and destruction, and ongoing volcanic phenomena.” Over the next two days we recommend a visit to Saint Bartholomew Cathedral, the archeological museum, the vineyards of Tenuta Castellano, the coral beach at Cannot and of course the smoking crater of neighbouring Vulcano.

Stay: Hotel Tritone, Lipari, Aeolian Islands 

Meals: B

Days 4-5

Transfer to the harbour and depart via reserved hydrofoil to Stromboli, the only island with a large active volcano. The island consists of three small villages surrounded by palm trees, olive groves and citrus trees where small dark-sand beaches are succeeded by rocky spurs.

Molten lava can be seen erupting on the slope of the Sciara di Fuoco. The sight at night is magnificent and is possible to go by boat and watch the lava descending into the sea.

Stay: La Sirenetta Park Hotel, Stromboli, Aeolian Islands

Meals: B

Days 6-7

Salina is the second-largest island in the archipelago, formed by twin volcanic cones and the saddle between them. It is a cosy green oasis, and produces excellent wine. It was also the setting for the Oscar-winning film Il Postino, a fictionalised (and transplanted) account of an episode in the life of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.

Stay: Capofaro Resort, Salina, Aeolian Islands

Day 8

After breakfast, take the hydrofoil back to Milazzo, before transferring to Catania airport for your flight back home.

Meals: B



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior Deluxe

8-day tailor-made self-guided tour
from £1,925 pp incl. flights


Apr / May / Jun / Oct

from £1,925 pp. incl. flights

Jul / Sep

from £2,255 pp. incl. flights


from £2,665 pp. incl. flights

Valid for travel: Apr to October 


  • Return flights to Catania, Sicily
  • Hydrofoils between Catania airport and the Islands
  • Hydrofoil service from Milazzo Pier to Lipari
  • 3 nights accommodation on Lipari on a BB basis
  • Hydrofoil service from Lipari to Stromboli
  • 2 nights accommodation on Stromboli on a BB basis
  • Hydrofoil service from Stromboli to Salina
  • 2 nights accommodation on Salina on a BB basis
  • Transfers between harbour and hotels in Salina
  • Hydrofoil to Milazzo and private transfer to Catania airport

Hotel Tritone, Lipari and Hotel La Sirenetta, Stromboli do not offer shuttle transfers, so local taxis must be used to/from ports

Upgrades to higher room types, and half board are available - please ask your Wexas consultant for details

Fancy spending more time exploring?, why not combine with a Vulcano, and a stay at the Therasia Resort, or combine with a stay on Sicily before flying home – contact us for details

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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