The Aeolian Islands, a gorgeous volcanic archipelago off the Northern Coast of Sicily, are renowned for offering a relaxed and luxurious retreat to rich and famous Italians, while also being home to some fascinating archaeological sites from the ancient cultures of Southern Italy. Strung out in two intersecting lines, with a handful of their fellow islands always visible on the wide horizons, they create one of the most perfect areas for gulet cruising in all of Italy, and one of the most varied set of island experiences that can be enjoyed in just a week of glorious cruising.
Although they lie tantalisingly close to each other, each island has its own vibrant identity, and offers something unique and enticing to the discerning traveller. From the spectacular food and wines of verdant Salina to the soaring majesty of Stromboli, with its smoking crater, lovely hiking trails and ever-present promise of fiery lava flows reaching down to the sea. From the feeling of peaceful isolation on sparsely populated Filicudi, with its beautifully-located Bronze-age village, to the famed hedonism of gorgeous Panarea, with its lovely flower-lined paths and renowned night-life. Each of these islands offers a distinctive experience and adventure, brought together with exceptional meals, wine, swimming and cruising throughout.
Most travellers to these islands crowd on and off the speeding hydrofoils that ply these waters, dragging their luggage along the crowded jetties while searching for their€commodation for the night. You will cruise in stately splendour, watching with a glass or a book in hand as the islands pass slowly by; swimming in the beautiful clear waters of a succession of gorgeous coves and bays, while your ever-attentive crew prepare the table for a delicious meal. To view these islands in this way is to partake in the very best that they have to offer, day after perfect day.
Your host and tour leader is the wonderful Dr. Michael Metcalfe, who for many years was Assistant Professor in Ancient History at The Mediterranean Center for Arts and Sciences in Sicily. A specialist in deciphering ancient inscriptions, he is the editor of the Blue Guide to Sicily and co-editor of the Blue Guide to the Aegean Islands. He looks forward to welcoming you.
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