1 Week Aeolian Islands Tour
7 Days Touring Aeolian Islands Itinerary
Our week-long Aeolian Islands itinerary offers an unparalleled experience of natural beauty, history, and culture.
Beginning with a ferry to Lipari located off the northeastern coast of Sicily, Italy, this tour will take you on a journey to explore some of the most breathtaking islands in the archipelago, including Lipari, Vulcano, and Stromboli. During your week-long adventure, you’ll have the opportunity to hike the active volcano of Stromboli, indulge in local seafood cuisine, visit ancient archaeological sites, and relax on picturesque beaches.
The tour will also include visits to charming fishing villages, as well as guided tours of the islands’ unique fauna and flora. Come discover why the Aeolian Islands have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Day 1: Exploring Lipari On A Guided Tour
Lipari is the largest of the Aeolian Islands and has been inhabited since prehistoric times, reflected in its many archaeological sites, including the remains of ancient Greek and Roman settlements.
On a private tour of Lipari, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the charming town of Lipari, with its narrow streets, colorful houses, and lively piazzas. You can also visit the Cathedral of St. Bartolomeo, a beautiful baroque church with a panoramic terrace offering views of the island and sea.
Another must-see attraction on Lipari is the Aeolian Archaeological Museum, which houses an impressive collection of artifacts from the island’s past, including pottery, stone tools, and mosaics. Additionally, you can take a hike or take a guided tour to see Lipari’s many natural wonders, including the Cave of the Wind, a stunning natural cave with crystal-clear waters and colorful rock formations, and the Punta Castagna, a viewpoint that offers an amazing panorama of the island and the sea.
One of the most popular activities is to visit the Pumice Quarries, a historic site where for centuries pumice was extracted and exported.
For those looking for a more relaxing experience, Lipari’s beaches offer crystal-clear waters and stunning scenery, perfect for swimming and sunbathing. All in all, Lipari is an island full of contrasts, history, nature, and culture, that is well worth a visit.
Day 2: Day Trip From Lipari To Vulcano
Your day begins by leaving the port of Lipari and you make your way toward the island of Vulcano by Ferry.
Vulcano is one of the Aeolian Islands, known for its unique geological features and scenic landscapes. On a guided day tour of the island, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the island’s volcanic landscape, including the crater of Vulcano, an active volcano, and the fumaroles, where you can see and smell the volcanic steam.
One of the highlights of the tour is taking a hike to the top of the volcano, from where you can admire the stunning views of the island and the sea. The trail is quite challenging, but the experienced guides will lead you safely to the summit. From the summit, you will also see other Aeolian islands and on a clear day the views of Sicily, so the tour is worth it even if the weather is not clear.
Another popular activity on the island is to visit the mud baths, where you can relax in the warm, mineral-rich mud, known for its therapeutic properties. And one of the most famous beaches on Vulcano is called “Black beach” where you can swim and sunbathe, enjoying the black volcanic sand and crystal clear waters.
If you’re interested in history, you can also visit the remains of ancient Roman thermal baths and the Sanctuary of Vulcan, an ancient temple dedicated to the god of fire. And for those interested in the local culture, you can also take a stroll around the island’s charming villages, where you can see traditional houses and taste local specialties.
In the evening depart by Ferry to return to Lipari for the evening.
Day 3: Day Trip To Filicudi & Alicudi
Filicudi and Alicudi are two of the smaller, lesser-known islands of the Aeolian archipelago, but they offer some of the most breathtaking landscapes and unspoiled natural beauty of all the Aeolian Islands.
Filicudi, which is known for its natural beauty, features a network of hiking paths that lead to hidden caves and scenic viewpoints, where you can admire the breathtaking landscapes of the island. The tour guide will take you to the Pecorini a mare, a viewpoint from where you can see the whole island.
Alicudi is the smallest and the westernmost of the Aeolian Islands and is known for its remoteness and unspoiled charm. The island is car-free and there are no roads or cars, only pathways it’s a great destination for those looking for a peaceful and undisturbed holiday. here you’ll have the chance to take a hike to the top of the island where you can see the stunning panoramic views of the sea and the other islands.
Both Filicudi and Alicudi are perfect for those looking to experience the true beauty of the Aeolian Islands, away from the crowds. The guided tour will give you an insight into the island’s culture, history, and way of life.
Day 4: Private Cooking Class in Lipari
Experience the authentic flavors of Sicilian cuisine with a cooking class on the island of Lipari.
Led by a local, English-speaking professional chef, you will learn how to prepare traditional delicacies such as homemade pasta or pizza, eggplant parmigiana, gelato, and cannoli using fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
Start your class by visiting a local food market with the chef, who will guide you in selecting the best seasonal products. Then, you will be transported to the chef’s picturesque Aeolian home, complete with a Mediterranean garden and sea view, where you will begin your cooking journey.
Once you have finished cooking, you will sit down and enjoy the meal you have prepared, paired with locally produced wine.
Day 5: Hiking To The Stromboli Crater
A full-day trip to Stromboli from Lipari is an adventure that will take you to one of the most active volcanoes in the world. The journey starts with a ferry ride from Lipari to Stromboli, which takes about an hour and a half. Once you arrive on the island, you’ll be greeted by stunning views of the volcano, which dominates the landscape.
The main activity of the day is hiking to the crater of Stromboli, also known as the “sciara del fuoco” which is a moderate-difficulty hike that takes about 3-4 hours round trip.
The hike takes you along a path that winds its way up the volcano, through a landscape of black volcanic sand and ash. As you make your way to the summit, you’ll have the opportunity to see the volcano’s various craters and vents and experience the heat and power of the volcano up close.
The guide will explain the geology and the vulcanology of the island, giving you a deeper understanding of the island’s natural beauty. Once you reach the summit, you’ll be able to see the volcano’s active crater, where you can see the lava glowing and sometimes even hear the explosions of the volcano.
After the hike, you can relax on the beach and enjoy the crystal-clear waters, or explore the charming village of Stromboli. You can also visit the Chiesa di San Vincenzo which is the oldest church on the island, dating back to the 17th century, and offers panoramic views of the island.
Day 6: Day Trip To Panarea
The full-day trip to Panarea starts with a ferry ride from Lipari, which takes about an hour. Once you arrive at the island, you’ll be greeted by stunning views of the sea and the island’s white houses and narrow streets.
One of the main activities on Panarea is to explore the island on foot. You can take a walk around the island’s charming villages, such as Ditella, a picturesque village with narrow streets and traditional houses, and San Pietro, a seaside village with a lighthouse and a stunning view over the island. You will also have the chance to see the remains of ancient Roman and pre-Roman settlements that dot the island.
Panarea is also known for its beautiful beaches, such as Cala Junco and Lisca Bianca, which are perfect for swimming and sunbathing, and make for the perfect day of relaxation before your Aeolian Islands tour comes to a close tomorrow.
Before returning to Lipari take a boat tour around the island, where you can see the crystal-clear waters, and some of the most exclusive and beautiful villas on the island and on the way.
Finally, if you have time, you can also visit the Panarea Archeological Museum which houses a collection of artifacts from the island’s past including pottery and ancient tools.
Day 7: Return To The Mainland or Sicily
Depending on where your next destination lies, we can arrange for a transfer back to Sicily, mainland Italy, or directly to the airport.
Contact Our Team About A Tour of The Aeolian Islands
Our one-week itinerary of the Aeolian islands has been designed for you to experience the most beautiful and interesting spots in Lipari, Vulcano, Filicudi, and Alicudi, as well as the unforgettable opportunity to witness the active volcano at Stromboli and the charming serenity of Panarea.
If you’re interested in creating a customized version of this itinerary, please don’t hesitate to contact our specialist tour planners for more information.
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