Volcanic Island Hopping
5-day Aeolian Island Hopping Experience - Italy
This is island hopping with a difference. Feel a rush of adrenaline as the volcano erupts and, in the evening, the spouting lava stands out against the dark sky. If Stromboli stays relatively inactive, you can climb up to the rim and look down into the crater. On the island of Vulcano you’ll take it easier, sinking into the thermal mud baths and relaxing on black, volcanic sand beaches.
- Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
- 4 x breakfast
- Ferry tickets
Your day-by-day itinerary
Arrival Vulcano, Aeolian Islands
You’ll depart Milazzo in Sicily, the starting point for island hopping in the Aeolian Islands, on an afternoon ferry so you don’t have to rush. After about an hour of sailing, with a short stopover on Lipari Island, you will arrive at Vulcano. Upon arrival, you will be picked up at the port and taken to your hotel. Check into your small-scale B&B with a swimming pool and just a five-minute walk from the centre of the village ensuring views out to the volcano’s peak.
It’s now time to relax and unwind in natural surroundings, as Vulcano is known for its geothermically heated mud and sulphur baths. It takes some getting used to the unmistakable sulphur smell, but after a while you won’t notice it anymore and you’ll slowly sink into the bath and completely switch off. The rest of the day you can continue to relax at your hotel or on one of the black sand beaches. Alternatively, opt for a kayak tour around the base of the imposing volcano.
Boat to Stromboli
Today you’ll hop over your next island, Stromboli. After two hours, the black lava beaches and wooden fishing boats of Stromboli come into view and on arrival someone will be waiting for you to take you to your accommodation. The next few nights you will stay in a guesthouse about fifteen minutes’ walk from the harbour. If you want to enjoy the active volcano in the evening, eat at L’Osservatorio. From the terrace you have a good view of the lava spewing volcano in the distance.
You’ll need another big breakfast this morning, as it time for some hiking, the best way to experience the Stromboli volcano. The volcano can be quite unpredictable, and it is not always safe to make the trek to the crater, so there is nothing organised but if the conditions allow it then it’s an unforgettable experience. The trip can be a little tiring, but the view of the setting sun quickly makes you forget your tiredness. Once at the top, at a safe distance from the crater, wait patiently for the eruptions and there is a good chance that you will see lava spouting upwards like a firework.
Time to leave the smaller islands and return to the godfather, Sicily. From Stromboli it is about three hours sailing to Milazzo, where you can continue your adventure.
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