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The Aeolian Islands tour offers daily swim distances longer than most of our trips and is based around a group of volcanic islands lying off Sicily’s north coast. The rugged landscape with steep cliffs, deep caverns, black sand and submarine volcanoes offer a truly unique swimming experience.
Accessible by boat from the port of Milazzo, the 7 islands making up the archipelago are beautifully wild and rocky, and some have active volcanoes, including Stromboli and Vulcano, the island on which we are based. The islands feature some of the best swim locations in the Mediterranean.
Because the swim distances are longer on this trip, we suggest the Aeolian Islands is better suited to SwimTrekkers who are confident undertaking exposed open water crossings and those interested in a more challenging trip with longer daily swims. Having said that, you can always miss out some of the crossings or jump onto the escort boat if you want to take a rest any time.
Fully guided tour with full safety escort for the number of days specified in the tour summary, swim guiding, technique analysis, accommodation, breakfast and lunch.
What's not included?
Hotel Mari del Sud, Vulcano
7pm on Day 1
You can always jump onto the escort boat at any stage
N.B. The itinerary may vary depending on weather
While so far the swimming has been superb and the trips have gone really well there have been a higher number of jellyfish encountered then previous years in Vulcano.
As a result of this we would recommend that all swimmers are prepared for the possibility of Jellyfish during our September trips to Sicily.
Long sleeve rash vests and wetsuits will offer some protection from jellyfish, so to maximise your enjoyment of the trip we will have a stock of these in location which you can use should you so wish. Alternatively you may wish to bring something out with you.
These temperatures are indicative only and can change on a daily basis
Equipment to bring along with you
In addition to “normal” daily clothes, you will need to bring the following:
*Try to bring 1 clear lens and 1 tinted lens for different light conditions
Swim Hats, Flippers, Rash vests and Wetsuits
Please note that SwimTrek will supply swim hats. If you think you will want to use a wetsuit, flippers or a rash vest, we recommend you bring these with you in order to maximise your enjoyment of the trip.
Up to a maximum of 15 people, with 2 swimming guides, local boat pilot and 2 motorised boat escorts. Groups are based on speed and ability.
The nearest international airport to the Aeolian Islands is Catania. You can also fly to Palermo, although it is a longer transfer.
Flights into Catania (www.catania-airport.com)
From Catania airport, there is a shuttle service to Milazzo port which takes about 2 hours at a cost of €25 (from 01/04/2014) to €35 (01/10/2014). For full details including up to date timetables please refer to this web page: www.eoliebooking.com - Please note you need to travel to Milazzo port, NOT Messina port.
Flights into Palermo (www.gesap.it)
From Palermo Airport, a regular shuttle train runs to Palermo Centrale. Journey time is just under an hour, and tickets cost €4.50. There is a train at approximately 13:00 from Palermo Centrale which arrives into Milazzo at approximately 16:10. Full details on train times can be found at: www.lefrecce.it
Ferries from Milazzo to Vulcano
During the summer, ferries leave from Milazzo to Vulcano regularly throughout the day until around 7pm. The journey takes roughly 45 minutes and costs approximately €17. For up to date timetables please visit www.siremar.it or www.usticalines.it
We stay at the 4* Mari del Sud Reosrt, which overlooks the water on the northwest side of Vulcano, with views towards the islands of Lipari, Salina, Filicudi and Alicudi. Accommodation is based on twin-share and en-suite facilities. Single Supplement availability is limited.
All breakfasts and lunches are included. Dinners are not included as this gives the ability to choose when, where and with whom you would like to dine.
You should bring extra money with you to cover such items as entertainment, dinner, souvenirs, etc. The local currency is the Euro (€). The average price of a 2 course dinner on Vulcano is €25-€30.
Passports and Visas
You require a full passport, that should be valid for 6 months beyond the expected length of stay. You should check if you require a visa. Most nationalities including EU, US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens do not require a visa to enter Italy. Visa regulations do change. Please check!
There are no essential vaccination requirements for Italy, but you should ensure that your tetanus and polio are up to date.
Francesco is a passionate swimmer, an experienced and professional guide and has swum the coastlines of all 44 of the Sicilian islands in an epic 13 year feat.