Sicily is an island that defies time. It is mysterious and intense and breath-taking, with lush, volcanic mountains and endless stretches of dramatic coastline.  The backdrop to scores of Greek mythology, it is home to a treasure trove of architectural antiquity, and its volatile history of foreign take-over adds intriguing dimensions to its complex culture.  To explore Sicily and the Aeolian islands is to travel back in time and immerse yourself in a legendary landscape. Begin with two nights in Taormina, a glamorous, cobble-stoned town perched high above the Ionian Sea. Sitting in the imposing Greek amphitheatre, take in the magnificent views of the cobalt waters below and Mount Etna smoking in the distance.  Then from the port at Milazzo, set out on a 7-night sail though the UNESCO-protected Aeolian islands on your 3-bedroom luxurious bridge-deck catamaran.  There is no better way to capture the romance of old world Italy than to explore the picturesque ports of these off-beat islands.  Take to panoramic hiking trails, visit the vineyards of Malvasia, climb the crater of Stromboli and swim off hidden coves.  All the while your crew will pamper you with fine food and every luxury, every time you step aboard.

Dates: May - October, 2016

Price starts from €8,935 per person based on 2 people with exclusive use of the catamaran in low season

Price starts from €5,300 per person based on 4 people with exclusive use of the catamaran in low season

Price starts from €4,090 per person based on 6 people with exclusive use of the catamaran in low season

Trip Highlights:

  • Private transfers from Catania Airport to Taormina, Milazzo Port and return in an air conditioned vehicle
  • Privately guided tour of Taormina and the Greek Theatre, with visits tailored to your interests
  • Exclusive use of a private, fully-crewed bridge-deck catamaran
  • On board chef preparing fine Sicilian and Italian cuisine, using all the fresh ingredients of island markets
  • Stops on Lipari, Panarea, Strombli, Vulcano, and Salina with a chance to explore the ancient harbours
  • Guided visits to historic sites and museums, and guided hikes on volcanic trails
  • Sailing at your own pace; you can stop and swim anywhere you like, on secluded beaches and open sea
  • Chance to snorkel, dive and kayak in remote areas
  • Accompaniment of your hosts and local experts, Francesco & Melissa Candiani

Inclusions:

  • Airport transfers from Catania to Taormina and return from Milazzo
  • 2 nights accommodation in a luxury boutique hotel in Taormina including breakfast (based on double occupancy)
  • Privately guided tour of Taormina and the Greek Theatre
  • Private transfer from Taormina to Milazzo Port
  • 7 nights on board a fully-crewed catamaran, on a private basis
  • 3 meals daily on board or in favourite island restaurants, with an on-board bar of local & international wine, beer, spirits and juices
  • Mooring and marina fees on stopover islands, fuel for boat and tenders
  • Kayaking, paddle-boarding, snorkelling, wake-boarding, & water-ski all available from the catamaran
  • Entrance at Aeolian Island Archaeological Museum
  • Full linen, towels and cleaning of the vessel
  • All taxes

Call or e-mail us for more information or to reserve your spot, at tripdesign@quenchtravel.com, or 416 366 2777