Sicily has never been a top destination for British tourists however that’s what we love most about it! This off the radar set of islands known as the Aeolians are the perfect place to escape from it all and soak up some truly Italian culture. What’s more, where else could you anchor your yacht and watch a live volcano at the same time.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site really does have some incredibly dramatic and breath-taking scenery to explore and from a boat you can see so much more! In one week you can start from any of our three bases, Palermo, Sant Agata or Portorosa and make your way round all the volcanic islands, taking in Italy’s famed culinary delights and relaxing in a different bay every day.
In the summer months the wind and weather on the northern and western side of Sicily is typically Mediterranean. The prevailing wind is a North Westerly with an average of a force 3 to 4.
Upon arriving at the base you will be met by the charter company who will check you in and show you to your boat, after a quick briefing it's then over to you, time to relax! Both Palermo and Sant Agata are great places to spend your first night, with plenty of shops and restaurants you can provision for your first days sail get ready for the week ahead.
On your first day why not head over to Vulcano in the Aeolian Islands. This island has plenty to see and do, if you're feeling adventurous you could climb the Fossa di Vulcano or if you fancy relaxing there lots of hot springs and mud baths too.
For the rest of the week why not spend your days hopping from volcanic island to volcanic island.
From Vulcano to Panarea is about a 15 mile sail and here you'll find fashionistas and jet setters all looking to unwind in the pretty white washed towns.
After this, why not head to Stromboli, the northernmost island in the Aeolian. Stromboli is a live volcano, so watch out!
From Stromboli we advise stopping off and spending a night each in Salina, Filicudi and Alicudi. It is no more than a 10 mile sail between each island. Salina is completely different to all the other islands because of all its fresh water springs meaning its landscapes stands out against the other volcanic islands.
Filicudi and Alicudi are two tiny islands each with only one small quaint town. They are perfect places to enjoy some Italian cuisine in truly Italian restaurants.
Sadly it's time to head back to base and most charter companies like you to be back in the marina between 4-6pm on your final night.
The sail back to Palermo is slightly longer than to our other bases so please bear this in mind on your last day. This will allow you plenty of time to pack and prepare the boat to hand back and squeeze in one last Italian feast!
Below is an indication of the yachts that will sail on this flotilla. Please call us on 020 8459 8787 to check live availability.
Our Shore to Sail holidays are a combination of a one or two week flotilla sailing holiday with another relaxing week or two ashore.
These holidays will appeal to those who enjoy sailing but have family or friends who are not quite so enthusiastic about sailing - a compromise can now be made!
Most people opt for a week of sailing followed by a week of winding down on shore. However it is entirely up to you to do what you want to do (and when!)
Choose from studios or apartments beside the sea at the Iris Hotel, Stena, near Nidri. Or, really pamper yourself at the Salvator Villas and Spa Hotel in Parga, which also has a selection of two-bedroom villas with private pools.
We also have a brand new, exclusive villa available which is nestled in the olive groves on the hill above Sivota Bay on Lefkas Island.
We have no doubt at all that our flotilla sailing gang will really score a few points with the non sailors of the family by bringing them here! The combination of one of our yachts and a room here is about as good as it gets!
For 20 years, our flotillas have been enjoying the wonderful food from the 'Castello Restaurant' in Parga. Spiros and his six sons have now expanded their programme in Parga with a fabulous boutique complex of rooms, apartments and villas called the Salva…
The Iris Hotel is one of our accommodation options in the South Ionian, ideally suited for a shore based week before or after one of our Lefkas or Ithaka flotillas, or one of our two week flotillas which finishes in the South Ionian.
A 'beside the sea' base for your shore based week on Lefkas …