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LUXURY SAILING AROUND THE AEOLIAN ISLANDS WITH 'KAIROS'
Discover the beauty of the Sicilian coast and the Lipari Islands from the sea – in the footsteps of the Greek King Odysseus. From the ancient cosmopolitan city of Syracuse via Mount Etna and Taormina to the Lipari islands.
Single Berth in Twin Cabin with en-suite: £2500
Board Type: All Inclusive:
* LUXURY ENSUITE CABINS
* SUNSHINE SAILING
* 5* PROFESSIONAL CREW
* ANCIENT HISTORY
* ISLAND HOPPING
SYRACUSE & AEOLIAN ISLANDS
The city of Syracuse is a fascinating place to begin your skippered sailing holiday on board Kairos. Dating back some 2,700 years, this coastal city is known for its ancient ruins amphitheatres, monuments, archaeological sites and architecture, and was also the birthplace of the famous mathematician Archimedes.
Once settled aboard Kairos, set sail up the Sicilian coast, passing Etna Nature Reserve, where the magnificent volcano of Mount Etna looms high in the clouds. Anchor at the hilltop town of Taormina, where the cliff drops dramatically into the waters edge forming cliff side villages in picturesque coves. Taormina is also home to the Teatro Antico di Taormina, an ancient Greco-Roman theatre that is still used to this day and is well worth a visit.
On from Taormina sees Kairos sail through the Strait of Messina, known to be the home of the fascinating mirage of Fata Morgana and natural whirlpool linked to the Greek legends of Scylla and Charybdis. The currents of the Strait create a wonderful marine ecosystem and it is also known to be a key location for the migration of over 300 bird species.
Once through the strait, bear west toward the beautiful Aeolian Islands, a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. These volcanic islands of the Tyrrhenian Sea off the north coast of Sicily are characterised by wild, unspoilt nature. According to Greek legend, the god of the wind, Aeolus, once lived here.
From rolling green hills to seething craters, you will find a wide variety of unique natural landscapes spread across the seven main islands. In 2000 the archipelago of the Aeolian Islands was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Regular volcanic eruptions of the Stromboli offer a true natural spectacle, and the volcanic mountains and Mediterranean landscapes are a true hiking paradise.
Although the island of Lipari has approx. 5000 residents, you will find yourself in a typical Sicilian village. With one of the most beautiful archaeological museums in Italy and a picturesque old town with many small shops that are perfect for an afternoon stroll.
Known as the Green islands, Salina was “rebuilt’ in the 1970’s as an agricultural mainstay. There are numerous vineyards, the dessert wine – Malvasia delle Lipari and, of course, the capers, which are considered to be some of the best in the world. Hikers can walk to the highest peak of the archipelago through a beautiful pine and chestnut forests.
The smell of sulphur lingers in the air as soon as you arrive onto the island of Vulcano. Until the 19th century, sulphur and alum were mined only a few meters from the quay. Today, souvenir shops, spas, hotels and bars line the harbour and for those that want to, you can wallow in the Sulphur mud. The highlight of this islands is certainly the two hour crater hike through the yellow Sulphur fumaroles.
Since ancient times the Stromboli volcano has been an orientation point for seafarers at night. The Stromboli erupts every 15-20 minutes and is a spectacular sight. Depending on the magma levels in the chimney, the lava fountains are thrown several hundred meters above the crater rim.