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

2. 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 and plazas, restaurants, shops, and unspoiled nature. Return to Tropea in the evening. Begin by meeting your guide at the Port of Tropea in the morning. After a short boat ride, arrive at your first stop, Lipari, the biggest, most populated of the islands. Visit the Basilica of San Bartolomeo and the Castle of Lipari. Opt 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 the prehistoric village of Capo Milazzese and the famous beach of Cala Junco. Make your next island stop Stromboli. Visit the charming village of San Vincenzo, and discover more traditional restaurants and shops. Pay a visit to the active volcano Mount Stromboli, said to be one of the most active volcanoes on earth and where small explosions can be felt every half an hour. Head back to the boat and circumnavigate Strombolicchio and stop under the volcano to admire the Sciara Del Fuoco. As night falls and the evening approaches, get taken back to Tropea on the boat.

From Tropea: Stromboli, Lipari, Vulcano Guided Day Tour

3. From Tropea: Stromboli, Lipari, Vulcano Guided Day Tour

Set sail from Tropea on a guided day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Aeolian Islands of Stromboli, Lipari, and Vulcano. Explore stunning black sand beaches, swim in the shadow of Mount Stromboli, stroll through charming old towns, and discover picturesque sea views. Start your adventure from the Port of Tropea and meet your friendly guide and group for the day. Cruise on the Tyrrhenian Sea for two hours until you see the Aeolian Island of Stromboli's beautiful coastline on the horizon. Set foot on Stromboli and discover the traditional village of San Vincenzo with white houses and Aeolian architecture. Enjoy your free time with the chance to walk along charming streets, admire Mount Stromboli, or go swimming at the seafront's black sand beaches. Cruise to Lipari, the largest of the islands with so much to discover. Go sightseeing at the Acropolis and Lipari Cathedral or listen to the peaceful sounds of the ocean at Marina Corta and Marina Lunga. If you're looking for tradition, head to the historic center. Travel just a few hundred meters south to the island of Vulcano. Admire the jets of steam from the volcano said to be the mythological home of Hephaestus and trek along the volcanic trail to be blown away by the views from the crater.

Favignana and Levanzo Mini-Cruise

4. Favignana and Levanzo Mini-Cruise

After meeting in the Port of Trapani in Via Ammiraglio Staiti, Marinella quay you will board your boat and depart Trapani at 9:30 AM. At 10:15 AM you will arrive at the island of Favignana where you will enjoy a 2-hour stop off giving you time to explore Favignana before beginning your coastal tour. On your coastal tour, you will head north-east along the eastern side of the island reaching the famous Cala Rossa, Bue Marino, and Cala Azzurra. Depending on the weather conditions and tidal current you may be able to stop and enjoy a swim. As you continue on route to Levanzo, enjoy a traditional lunch of pasta with Trapanese pesto onboard and take in the amazing views. At 3:05 PM you will arrive at Levanzo for a 1-hour stop off to explore. From the port of Levanzo, you can see the enchanting view of the Mediterranean village, the only inhabited zone on the island. After a 1-hour your tour will continue to the famous Faraglioni, one of the most spectacular views of the island, cruising along the coastline. At 5:15 PM you will depart back towards Trapani arriving back in the port at 6:00 PM bringing your day of coastal exploration to an end.

Taormina: Boat Cruise with Swimming and Aperitif

5. Taormina: Boat Cruise with Swimming and Aperitif

Cruise through the beautiful waters along the coast of Taormina. See the Bay of Giardini Naxos, the entire Gulf of the first Sicilian Greek Colony, and beautiful coves along the coast of Taormina. Swim in warm crystal clear waters and enjoy fresh fruit and an aperitif on this daytime boat tour. Board a typical Sicilian launch boat and set out on this coastal boat tour for a trip full of beautiful sights, fun, relaxation and music. Start the tour from the Bay of Giardini Naxos, and admire the scenery as the boat skirts the entire gulf of the first Sicilian Greek colony. Discover enchanting places along the way, like the magnificent natural coves of Taormina. Enjoy stops on the tour and take the opportunity to dive into the crystalline emerald green waters while tasting fresh fruit accompanied by an aperitif.

Aeolian Islands: Active Volcano Tour

6. Aeolian Islands: Active Volcano Tour

Experience a full-day tour of the Aeolian Islands, which form one of the most active geological structures in the Mediterranean area. The Archipelago of the Aeolian Islands consists of seven exquisite islands off the coast of Sicily - Lipari, Panarea, Vulcano, Stromboli, Salina, Alicudi, and Filicudi - in addition to smaller islets and giant boulders. They all emerge from an uncontaminated sea, created by still-active volcanoes (Stromboli and Vulcano), and blessed by a savage beauty. The Islands, the destination for tens of thousands of tourists annually, are part of the Province of Messina. Departing from Milazzo, sail to Vulcano and stop for 4 hours on the white and black beaches and climb the crater of Vulcano. Then depart from Vulcano to Panarea, the smallest of the islands. Soak up the beautiful atmosphere of the island 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. Visiting Cala Junco Bay is a must - a spectacular beach shaped like an amphitheater ideal for underwater swimming. Finally, relax on the sandy beach of Cala degli Zimmari before continuing your journey. Sail through the picturesque inlets which form a micro-archipelago between Lipari and the island of Stromboli, your next stop. Visit Saint Vincent’s Square 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.

From Lipari: Panarea and Stromboli Boat Excursion

7. 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.

From Trapani: Favignana and Levanzo Boat Tour with Lunch

8. From Trapani: Favignana and Levanzo Boat Tour with Lunch

Set off on a yacht from Trapani for a day touring on the water with a brief stop on Favignana island. Find secluded beaches and coves among the Aegadean Islands for swimming or snorkeling. Stop in the town of Favignana for a taste of regional cuisine before boating to Levanza.  Start the tour at the Port of Trapani. Cross over the sea to the island of Favignana and cruise around the coast. Discover hidden inlets where you’ll snorkel in the clear waters of the Mediterranean or swim in a refreshing creek.  Towards lunch time, pull into port at the town of Favignana. Wander around the narrow streets and plazas to appreciate its character and charm. The Castello San Giacomo and the Palazzo Florio showcase the island’s long history. Join the activity provider for a tasting of local cuisine.  Once done on Favignana, make way over to Levanzo Island. Enjoy panoramic vistas from the boat. See if you can spot a cove to stop in for a swim. Spend the late afternoon and early evening in the water or relaxing before heading back to Trapani.

From Taormina: Chic Panarea and Stromboli Day Tour

9. 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. 

Trapani: Favignana and Levanzo Islands Boat Shuttle

10. Trapani: Favignana and Levanzo Islands Boat Shuttle

Meet in the port of Trapani and board the boat, then start the 40-minute journey to Favignana Island. En route, Captain Massimo, a local expert and native of the Aegadian Islands, will provide an introduction about the small islands you can see from the boat. The boat will then circumnavigate Favignana Island, passing by the coves of Cala Azzurra, Cala Rossa, Scalo Cavallo, and Punta San Nicola, on the way to the port of Favignana. You will then be dropped at the port in Favignana to enjoy 4 hours of free time on the island. Explore the charming village, hike around the island, or simply relax and dine in the local restaurant. Then, board the boat that will continue from Favignana to Levanzo. Relax and enjoy the amazing views on the 20-minute journey. You will have 2 hours of free time to explore Levanzo at your own pace. It is recommended to walk to the white and turquoise beach houses, and to the nearby coves of Cala Fredda and Cala Minnula. You will then board the boat for the return journey to Trapani.

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Overall rating

3.7 / 5

based on 12 reviews

It was a great experience, less tiring than I thought. It is a great tour to get an idea of the beauties of the Aeolian Islands. The only precaution: you should enter the program with the indicative times of the various stops in order to understand in advance how much time you have available for each island. For us the departure from Tropea was at 7:45 am and we had a 1 hour and 30 stop on Vulcano and Stromboli and 2 hours and 30 to Lipari where we had time to have lunch and take a quick tour in the center. The ship was very comfortable and very clean, with a well-stocked and inexpensive bar inside. The staff were very kind. All well done! Congratulations, thanks for the great experience!

Punctual and precise. Ground and on-board staff very helpful and courteous. The interlocutor was also very kind on the phone. The motor ship (Stromboli Express) was in perfect order and cleanliness. I would do the tour again, but alas, maybe next year. Gennaro D'Amato.

Beautiful experience, the tour through the islands of Favignana and Levanzo. Kudos to the captain and crew for the prepared lunch I absolutely recommend to do.

A superb day of discoveries: Stromboli, Lipari, Vulcano. Time on each island adapted to the format of the day, I recommend

Beautiful. Recommended. Unique experience. Excellent service.