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Private Yacht Cruise in Sicily and the Aeolian Islands

Famously known as the “Seven Pearls of the Mediterranean” , and named after Eolo, the ancient Greek god of wind, the Aeolian Islands are a magical archipelago dotted around the northern coast of Sicily.

These seven volcanic islands rise from the clear waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, showcasing their breathtaking beauty and rich natural resources, which have secured them a place on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Swimming in crystal-clear waters, witnessing a volcano eruption, enjoying lively nightlife, savoring local cuisine, or immersing yourself in culture and rich history are just a couple of reasons you should tick a private cruise in Sicily and the Aeolian Islands off your travel bucket list.

10 Reasons why you should go on a Private Cruise in Sicily and around the Aeolian Islands

Boats anchored off the island of Lipari, Aeolian Islands
Boats near the cliffs of Lipari, Aeolian Islands
  1. Island-Hopping: Explore the Aeolian Islands by hopping from one island to another while enjoying the comfort of your own private boat.
  2. Archaeological Sites: Take a step back in history and discover ancient archaeological sites. Discover the ruins of the city of Lipari and visit the prehistoric caves in Filicudi.
  3. Volcano Hikes: Climbing to the top of Vulcano's volcano crater should be on your to-do list! A strong smell of sulfur indeed accompanies you to the top of the crater together with columns of gas and smoke seething from the ground.
  4. Nightlife: Enjoy the outdoor DJ terrace, dance the night away, and enjoy the vibrant and exclusive nightlife at Hotel Raya in Panarea.
  5. Visit Charming Villages: Explore charming coastal areas like St. Pietro or Lipari, where every village offers something different. The essence of the Mediterranean is palpable everywhere you look.
  6. Wine Tasting: Enjoy an afternoon sampling local wines at the wineries of Salina, renowned for its high-quality Malvasia wines.
  7. Witness a Volcanic Eruption: Marvel at the “Sciara di Fuoco”, a lava flow from the Stromboli volcano into the sea, and experience the unrivalled views from your own private yacht. A once-in-a-lifetime experience!
  8. Sicilian Cuisine: Indulge in traditional Sicilian cuisine, including fresh seafood and homemade wine at local restaurants.
  9. Learn Aeolian History: Wander the streets of the old town of Lipari and visit its impressive walled acropolis.
  10. Swim in Crystal-Clear Waters: Take a break and relax by swimming in the crystal-clear waters of Pumice Beach or Pollara Beach.

One-week itinerary for a Private Cruise in Sicily and the Aeolian Islands

Map of itinerary of private cruise in Sicily and the Aeolian Islands
7 Days Itinerary for Private Yacht Cruise in Sicily and the Aeolian Islands

Note: The dots indicate the estimated spot where the boat would spend the night.

Please note: The itinerary that we suggest is merely for inspiration when planning your private cruise in the Aeolian Islands. It's not a fixed itinerary, and you can tailor your itinerary to your own preference.


Vulcano, a Natural Spa of the Aeolian Islands

A 360 view of Vulcano's fumaroles and the Aeolian Islands.
Vulcano's Fumaroles

Vulcano is an island where Mother Nature displays all her beauty. It's famous for its black sandy beaches, volcanic vents, and rejuvenating natural mud baths and hot springs. If you have a sense of adventure, you'll be delighted by what this island has to offer.

Things to do

  • Hike to the top of the volcano's crater and while taking in the breathtaking views, witness the unique spectacle of steam rising from the earth.
  • Relax and unwind on your private boat in the tranquil waters of Gelso Bay.
  • Experience a natural spa session with therapeutic benefits but be warned, mud baths can be somewhat smelly, courtesy of Mother Nature.

Panarea, the Chicest Destination across the Aeolian Islands

Cruising through Sicily and the Aeolian Islands: St. Pietro.
Streets of St. Pietro, Panarea

Panarea may be the smallest of the Aeolian Islands, but it has earned a reputation as the most fashionable. It's a haven for wealthy and famous visitors, blending high-end shops and restaurants seamlessly with the island's simplicity. This tiny island is a real gem!

Things to do

  • Only accessible by private boat, snorkel among the bubbling waters of Lisca Bianca.
  • Enjoy dinner and experience the vibrant nightlife at the exclusive Hotel Raya.
  • Take a leisurely stroll through the charming streets of St. Pietro.

Stromboli, Home to Iddu

Boats observing the eruption of Stromboli volcano, Aeolian Islands.
Iddu, the active volcano of Stromboli

Stromboli Island is possibly the most spectacular in the Aeolian archipelago. Rising almost 1,000 meters high is Iddu and spitting out lava flares every few minutes, the volcano remains active to this day! This breathtaking spectacle will leave you in awe and make your private cruise through Sicily and around the Aeolian Islands a memory of a lifetime.

Things to do

  • Embrace your adventurous side and climb to the volcano's summit to witness the magma beneath you.
  • Explore its rugged coast, black sandy beaches, and charming villages.
  • Witness the ”Sciara di Fuoco”, the lava flowing into the sea, from the 
unmatched views of your private boat.

A Private Cruise around the Aeolian Archipelago: Salina Island

Yacht vacation in the Aeolian Islands, Cala Pollara.
Cala Pollara, Salina Island

Unlike its sister islands, Lipari, Stromboli, and Vulcano, Salina emerges from the sea as a colorful green landscape. Lush green hills, pristine forests, and vineyards that produce delicious local Malvasia wine are just a few reasons why you should visit Salina Island. It is often described as a feast for the senses.

Enjoy a picturesque sunset in the crystal-clear waters of Cala Pollara or take a leisurely stroll through the fishing village of Santa Maria di Marina. You’ll wish your boat vacation in the Aeolian Islands would never come to an end.

Things to do

  • Soak in the peaceful atmosphere of Santa Maria di Marina.
  • Experience the Mediterranean landscape by visiting the vineyards and topping it off with a tasting of their famous Malvasia wine.
  • Swim in the crystal-clear waters of beautiful Cala Pollara.

The Quiet and Tranquil Filicudi Island

Sunset in Filicudi from the sea.
Sunset in Filicudi (Aeolian Islands)

Of the seven Aeolian islands, Filicudi and its closest neighbour Alicudi offer something a little different from the others. Filicudi and Alicudi are the two most remote islands in the Aeolian archipelago. Off the beaten track, arriving on Filicudi, it's impossible to not feel the great sense of peace that this island provides. Filicudi is the perfect place for anyone looking to disconnect from daily routine and connect with the island's authentic vibes. Upon arrival, the locals genuinely greet you with Sicilian warmth.

Pecorini Mare is a small, secluded fishing village, but it truly exudes charm. Along its waterfront, just a couple of steps from the water, you'll find the terrace of the La Sirena restaurant, where it feels as time has stood still for 70 years. It's the perfect spot to indulge in authentic Sicilian cuisine.

Things to do

  • Discover the local history by visiting the prehistoric village at Cabo Graciano.
  • Snorkel around the impressive rock formation known as “La Canna”.
  • Enjoy an authentic Sicilian dinner, including fresh fish and local Malvasia wine, at La Sirena. Mouth-watering!

Lipari, the Heart of the Aeolian Islands

Private cruise yachts in Sicily and the Aeolian Islands anchored in the port of Lipari.
Old Town of Lipari - Aeolian Islands

Lipari, the home of Aeolus, is the main island among the seven in the archipelago and a must-stop during your private cruise through Sicily and the Aeolian Islands. Although the most populated, the island maintains an untouched and pristine character. With its picturesque harbour, cobblestone streets, and pastel-colored buildings, it captivates everyone who visits. Swimming in and around the turquoise waters, exploring its ancient fortress, and savoring its exquisite local cuisine, you will leave a piece of your heart in this Mediterranean gem.

Things to do

  • Take a dip at Pomice Beach, famous for its turquoise waters that complement the white pumice stone.
  • Discover Lipari's rich history by wandering the streets of its old town, guarded by its impressive walled acropolis.
  • For passionate foodies, embark on a culinary adventure and explore the lively bars and restaurants located in Marina Corta.

Capo D’Orlando, the Gateway to the Aeolian Islands

Turquoise waters of Pomice Beach in the Aeolian Islands (Sicily)
Crystal-clear waters of Pumice Beach - Lipari - Photo instagram: @annadp.o8

As your boat vacation in the Aeolian Islands is nearing to an end, let your captain anchor for a refreshing swim first thing in the morning near the famous sea cliffs of Lipari: Petra Lunga and Petra Menalda. These impressive rocks sculpted by wind and waves create a picture-perfect scene.

Feel the sea breeze in your hair as your boat sails toward its final destination in Capo d’Orlando. Once there, you'll have time for one last swim in Sicilian waters, relax in the sun on the deck, and reminisce about the unforgettable moments from your private cruise through Sicily and the Aeolian Islands that will stay with you forever.

Things to do

  • Relax and soak up the sun on your boat's deck while your crew pampers you with cocktails.
  • Snorkel near the sea cliffs of Lipari.
  • Ascend to the viewpoint at Capo d’Orlando. Your reward will be stunning views of Sicily and the Aeolian Islands that will leave you in awe.

Private Cruise in the Aeolian Islands and Sicily: Useful Information

Duration: 1 week (8 days / 7 nights).
Embarking: Capo d’Orlando / Portorosa / Milazzo
Disembarking: Capo d’Orlando / Portorosa / Milazzo
Nearest Airports: International Airports of Palermo / Catania
How to Reach the Marina: Palermo Airport is about 170km from Capo d’Orlando, approximately a 2-hour drive. Catania Airport is about 190km from Capo d’Orlando, approximately a 2-hour 30 drive. Private transfers and taxis are available.
Best time to travel to Sicily and the Aeolian Islands: May to October. We particularly recommend travelling in the month of June or September.
Expected Climate in Sicily and the Aeolian Islands: Expect typical Mediterranean climate in this region, with warmth and sunshine from late spring to late autumn. Winters are mild and relatively rainy, with temperatures rarely dropping below 13 degrees Celsius. During June and September, the average temperatures range from 18°C to 30°C, while in July and August, temperatures usually range from 22°C to 34°C, and occasionally can reach up to 40°C. The water temperature varies between 21°C and 28°C. The summer and early autumn months are ideal conditions for enjoying a cruise in the area due to the warm and pleasant weather.

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