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From Milazzo: Panarea and Stromboli Boat Trip by Night

1. From Milazzo: Panarea and Stromboli Boat Trip by Night

Experience the glitz and glamour of the Aeolian Islands on this full-day tour. Departing from Milazzo, sail to Panarea, the smallest of the islands. Soak up the glamorous atmosphere of the island, favored by VIPs, as you stroll around the narrow streets of its historic center. Afterward, pay a visit to the prehistoric village of Capo Milazzese, where you can learn more about Panarea's ancient origins. You must also visit Cala Junco Bay, a spectacular beach in the shape of an amphitheater that is ideal for underwater swimming. Finally, relax on the sandy beach of Cala degli Zimmari before continuing your journey. Having left Panarea, sail through the picturesque inlets which form a micro-archipelago between Lipari and the island of Stromboli, your next stop. Enjoy some free time to discover this island, which is home to one of the most active volcanoes in the world, at your own pace. Visit Saint Vincent’s Square, named after the church dedicated to the same Saint, and the house in which Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman lived during the shooting of the film "Stromboli terra di Dio" (Stromboli land of God). As the sun sets over the island, enjoy panoramic views of the port and volcanoes from the main square. Watch as the fire of the eruptions and the dark sky clash with each other providing ever-changing colorful creations in the Sciara del Fuoco, which will be visible from the sea during the return journey.

From Lipari: Panarea and Stromboli Boat Excursion

2. From Lipari: Panarea and Stromboli Boat Excursion

Spend the day on a memorable boat excursion through the Aeolian Islands. Enjoy the afternoon and evening exploring quaint villages and seeing stunning landscapes of the Mediterranean. Meet in Lipari and aboard your boat to begin your excursion through the Aeolian Islands. Have impressive views as you go along the pumice quarries and Monte Rosa. Head towards the island of Panarea, the smallest of the Aeolian islands. Admire the beautiful bay of Cala Junco before docking and have some free time to wander around the village. After time on Panarea, resume your boat excursion along Basiluzzo, the largest islet of Panarea, and the village of Ginostra before reaching the port of Stromboli. Arrive in Stromboli and be overwhelmed by the wild colors of nature. From the green scrub of the Mediterranean to the black volcanic landscape, from the blue frame of the sea to the white architecture of the island, the imagery of the island is one you won't forget. Have some free time to visit Stromboli and when the sun goes down, cruise around the islet of Strombolicchio. At dusk have your breath taken away as the active volcano magnifies its natural sounds in the dark of the evening.  Go along the Sciara del Fuoco before returning to Lipari.

Lipari: Vulcano, Panarea and Stromboli Boat Tour

3. Lipari: Vulcano, Panarea and Stromboli Boat Tour

In the morning you will set the route to the island of Vulcano, where, aboard the boat, you will coast and admire the Grotta del Cavallo and the famous Pool of Venus. Then dock at Porto di Levante and visit the village of Vulcano, the thermal mud lake and the beach of the hot sulphurous waters. Then, embark to visit Panarea. From the boat, you can admire the splendid bay of Cala Junco. After the visit, continue sailing towards Basiluzzo, the largest islet, and then reach Stromboli. At sunset, leave for a tour of Strombolicchio, while you drink a good glass of local Malvasia. Witness the spectacular eruptions of Stromboli and then return to Lipari.

From Tropea: Full Day Lipari, Panarea, & Stromboli Boat Trip

4. From Tropea: Full Day Lipari, Panarea, & Stromboli Boat Trip

Go on a trip to Lipari, Panarea, and Stromboli by speedboat. Hop on board in Tropea and enjoy the ride to the various islands, taking in the sites at each stop. Get a taste for Aeolian life and see typical streets, shops, and nature.  Begin by meeting your guide at the Port of Tropea in the morning. After a short boat ride, arrive at your first stop in Lipari, the biggest, most populated of the islands. Visit the Basilica of San Bartolomeo and the Castle of Lipari.  Have the option to go on a boat tour of the area for an additional cost. Next, continue on to San Pietro, Panarea. Explore the island for a few hours, passing through the winding streets full of shops, clubs, and restaurants. Pass by Capo Milazzese and the famous beach of Cala Junco. Visit the charming village of San Vincenzo and discover more traditional restaurants and shops. Come face to face with Mount Stromboli, said to be one of the most active volcanoes on earth, where small explosions can be felt every half an hour. Head back to the boat and circumnavigate Strombolicchio. Stop under the volcano to admire the Sciara Del Fuoco. As night falls and the evening approaches, return to Tropea on the boat.

From Taormina: Chic Panarea and Stromboli Day Tour

5. From Taormina: Chic Panarea and Stromboli Day Tour

Take a tour of Stromboli and Panarea, both belonging to the Aeolian Archipelago. Enjoy this unique chance to see volcanic eruptions and learn the history of these ancient islands. On a private motorboat equipped with toilets and bar, arrive at Panarea onto Calajunco Bay and the small Zimmari Beach. Take in the quiet beauty of these stunning beaches as you explore the second smallest of the islands. Meander along its winding streets and gravel beaches, taking in the perfect Sicilian backdrop.  Sail around the rocks in front of Panarea and then proceed to Stromboli, home to one of Italy’s 3 active volcanoes. Constantly active, you will be able to see the eruptions from the sea and the many viewing points on the island. This spectacular phenomenon has given the island the nickname 'Lighthouse of the Mediterranean'. After looking over the small village of Ginostra from the sea, you have the chance to explore the historical center of San Vincenzo until sunset. Back on board guests sail out to sea to watch the dramatic eruptions of the Sciara del Fuoco, fire slide, against the night’s sky. 

From Tropea: Panarea and Stromboli Islands Boat Tour

6. From Tropea: Panarea and Stromboli Islands Boat Tour

Take an insightful adventure to two unique Aeolian Islands as you travel by boat from Tropea. Discover the quaint streets and shops of Panarea's historic center and stop at the active volcano on Stromboli, then explore the exotic black sand beaches and the local village. Depart from the port of Tropea and navigate toward Panarea while taking in the open ocean views. Disembark at San Pietro and explore the town's center. Walk through ancient streets filled with stores and restaurants, and reach the small Church of San Pietro, the island's patron. If you'd like to see even more of the island, you can take a cab over to the prehistoric village of Capo Malattese and the famous beach of Cala Junco, just a few minutes away. Alternatively, book an extra tour to the uninhabited local coves and islets. Leave Panarea behind and head over to Stromboli for an exciting visit to the active volcano with black sand beaches. Reach the charming village of San Vincenzo, and enjoy some free time before hopping back on board to watch the sunset over the volcano's Sciara del Fuoco.

From Tropea: Stromboli, Panarea, Lipari Guided Day Tour

7. From Tropea: Stromboli, Panarea, Lipari Guided Day Tour

The Aeolian Islands are natural wonders to be discovered and the best way to do it is undoubtedly by boat. Take part in a mini-cruise to the Aeolian Islands to get an overview of these splendid islands, each one different from the others, and in just one day, you will be able to grasp the peculiarities of each island. Wind and sun have forged the character and identity of the islanders. A sea still full of fish and clean, caves and very high cliffs, stacks, and beaches with fine black sand, solfataras and mountains of white pumice, and all the charm of the island's environments. Despite the vicissitudes of history and the changes imposed by the modern world, this identity has survived with its customs and traditions. The archipelago of the Aeolian Islands, north of the Sicilian coast, in the province of Messina, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. Seven islands of volcanic origin some of which there is still a fair amount of volcanic activity. The largest island is Lipari, followed by Salina. The smallest, Panarea, is also the most exclusive island, preferred by VIPs. Stromboli, thanks to the intense volcanic activity of "Iddu" has seen a strong increase in tourism in recent years. Vulcano remains a very popular island both for the spa and for the tourist attractions. Finally, Filicudi and Alicudi, west of the archipelago and close to Palermo, are the islands for lovers of nature and tranquility. Alicudi does not circulate vehicles and is characterized by a wild and uncontaminated territory, ideal for a perfect Sicilian mix of beach holidays and trekking.

From Capo d'Orlando: 7-Day Aeolian Islands Private Cruise

8. From Capo d'Orlando: 7-Day Aeolian Islands Private Cruise

Once on board, you will begin your adventure to the island of Vulcano, where, surrounded by a beach of volcanic origin and unmistakable black color, you can dive into the deep blue sea, enjoying a wonderful sunset. The second stop will be Stromboli, home of the most active of European volcanoes, where you can decide how to spend your day, simply visiting the village or making the ascent to the crater, at a height of about 900 meters. Later, you will head towards the smallest of the Aeolian Islands, Panarea, precisely in the beautiful setting of Basiluzzo, where you can take a relaxing bath and delight in the flavors of Aeolian cuisine, and then head towards the prehistoric village of Cala Junco, one of the most beautiful bays of the entire Aeolian archipelago. Moving towards Filicudi, in addition to visiting one of the most pristine islands of the archipelago, you can observe the beautiful constellations and stay overnight near the famous village of Pecorini a Mare, a characteristic fishing village of the island. Reached the center of the archipelago, you will reach the island of Salina, characterized by the presence of numerous wineries, ready to welcome you and make you taste their products. Last stop will be Lipari, the largest island of the archipelago, where you can stroll through the streets and picturesque views, and taste the typical products of the place, and then rest before departure.

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What people are saying about Panarea

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 327 reviews

In the top!! Discovery of several Aeolian islands in a single day: Vulcano where you stay 1h30, Panarea also around 1h30 and 3h in Stromboli: it's really ideal!! All this between cutting short swims at sea from the boat! And obviously the joy of seeing several jets of lava at night on the Stromboli: frankly a tour to do!! Only problem. The visit entirely in Italian, no translation but really no big deal from my point of view ^^

Beautiful experience! The tour starts at 10 am with return trip from Lipari and ends around 10 pm. Stops on all three islands are scheduled for about 1 hour and a half / 2 hours as well as two bathroom breaks. At sunset under Stromboli a glass of coffee from Malvasia is served. The staff were absolutely polite and professional. I highly recommend the activity.

Fantastic experience. We loved every minute. Beautiful boat, plenty of space for everyone, loved that it was in Italian, swam in a blue grotto, visited gorgeous Panarea and Stromboli, all perfectly times for dinner in Stromboli and to watch the lava at sunset. Brilliant !!!

Great activity to discover Panarea and stromboli if you don't plan to stay long at the Aeolian Islands. Time passes quite quickly on the islands, so do not plan a hike. The return with the sunset and the eruptions of the volcano are just spectacular.

Everything went as planned, we had a great experience and highly recommend it