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Lipari is a beautiful island and where we stopped was very picturesque with lovely streets and lots of shops, bars etc We then went on to Vulcano where we wandered and had lunch didn't try the mud baths though they looked like fun. Franco our guide was very informative throughout the trip and readily made himself available to answer the groups questions. Would definetly recommend.
What can you say other than WOW about this trip? Volcano's, black sand beaches, sulfur baths, and of course Italian food along with a boat ride. It was delightful. We loved Taormina anyway, it was almost our favorite place, (sorry Florence is still top of the list). There is no place like Taormina though and the views are incredible. We could see lava flowing from Mt. Etna from our patio. WOW!
This tour is worth the money. The information provided was insightful and the restaurant chosen for lunch was nice.
We had a great time on both islands it was worth the money we spend the tour leader was very helpful and he speaks good English and he gave us enough information of both islands too.
We really enjoyed this tour! When visiting Lipari the taxi tour around the island is essential. The tour costs 10 Euros and lasts about 75 minutes! It had incredible views as the taxi had photo stops along the way. The only downside was on our stop at Vulcano. There simply was not enough time if someone wanted to hike up to the crater. We were told the hike was 50 minutes to the top. After a brief introduction by the guide to the island, we had 1hour and 40 minutes to hike up, take in the views and pictures, and then hike back down. The risk was not worth missing the boat so we reluctantly never tackled it as it was too rushed.
Elizabeth M S
My hotel was about 100 metres from the Taormina bus station so it was very convenient to be able to catch the bus to and from the boat as an inclusion to the days outing. It was a most enjoyable day.
A very pleasant day. The trip around Lipari was worthwhile but this meant we could not see around Lipari town which would also have been worthwhile. We would have preferred more time on Lipari and less time on Vulcano though the latter was enjoyed too.
Great tour. The circle additional cost tour was great a necessity really but not enough time to do that and have a little look around the city itself as we were on the bus. The vulcano trip was great with free time to do as we liked. Just a note that if you want to go into the mud baths DONT wear your best swimmers or your jewellery as they will get damaged.
Nice trip, well coordinated. Not sure I would advise visiting Lipari, there is not too much to see on this island, and you need a form of transport to visit. Vulcano was great! Climbing the volcano, doing a mud bath, and going to the beach are all in walking distance, wish there was more time here!
When you reach Lipari, there are many taxis offering a 1 and a half hour trip tour around the island.
I thought it was very worth the money, try to assemble a group of at least 4 people to lower the individual cost. Look for Giovanni from the company Pit Stop, he is a very nice chap and speaks good english.
The trip to Lipari and Vulcano was interesting. I enjoyed the taxi-tour of Lipari and the breath-taking scenery on all sides. It was a relaxing day visiting these 2 islands and the captain of the Aeolean Princess made some detours to show us some amazing formations around the islands.
Excellent day out, the islands are a must see. Would have benefited from more detail about the day's activities and schedule but apart from the it was a great day out. The islands are stunning and a must see. We did our own activities on both islands instead of sticking with the tour group.
Really good day. The boat to the islands was quite packed and the journey to/from fairly long but we weren't disappointed when we got there. Lipari was beautiful, whilst Vulcano was a little basic and smelly but had a great black sandy beach.
The boat or ferry ride over to the islands is crowded and again you feel like cattle being herded into a cattle liner. Most people didn't have a place to sit down if they wanted to be outside. Lipari is fairly crowded but has great shopping and restaurants. Vulcano is quite smelly with the sulphur from the volcano but you can swim at the beach for an hour which is quite nice
Well organized transport, nice bus and boat. Very good use of time.
only problem was guide was hard to find and stay with off boat at lipari.
Very well organised and enjoyable. Lipari was delightful. Would have preferred more time there and less in Vulcano's Portr di Levante - which was tacky and unpleasant
Good tour overall. Run by SAS. I probably would have taken the more expensive Aeolian Island trip if I had to do it over again. Not much to do in Lipari. Lots of gift shops. Not much historical to see on the walk.
This was a very interesting and comfortably paced tour that explored a unique area of Italy. The tour took us to two islands Vulcano and Lipari which have rather distinct difference in their population patterns while sharing a common geological origin. Franco, our guide, was very competent in informing us about the area and the various attractions we could visit. I would emphasize that the tour is designed to give the individual maximum time to explore the town and areas of the islands on your own. The obvious advantage of the tour is that it manages the transportation logistics in a competent manner while informing you of key attractions and points of interest to explore at your pace.
Our second trip in our 2 days - better dressed for all contingencies this time! First stop was Lipari - and we could have stayed there all day!! This island is a terrific place for an extended holiday,particularly as getting to the other islands by ferry is much easier! Volcano was interesting to see, but not a place for us. Both islands being closer to Milazzo, the boat was much bigger and so much more comfortable - the snack food was fresh and the coffee was good - did enjoy our Molinari sambucca with our last cup on the way back!! The two tours we took were an excellent way to get a look at the Aeolian Islands for first-timers to Sicily,particularly as we had started from Palermo travelling for 3 weeks anticlockwise as far as Taormina.
not enough information was given during the tour, prabebly because he had to speak 3 languages
Although well organized, I would not recommend using your precious time on this all day trip.
Not enough time in Lipari to really explore the island. Vulcano was a huge disappointment.
VERY long day, didn't like having to pick upand drop off different groups of people at other hotels or bus stops. Added 2 extra hours to the day. Didn't like having to listen to everything the guide said in 5 different languages. Didn't enjoy the additional tour of Lipari by bus, some pretty views but not much else. We are glad we went on this tour but wouldn't recommend it to anyone or do it again..
This was the trip I was looking forward to most during my stay in Taormina, Sicily but I was quite disappointed with the overall trip and specifically the guide. I was travelling alone so was quite keen to engage with the tour guide and learn as much about the Islands history as possible.
Understandably, there were quite a few nationalities on the tour so the guide needed to translate everything said in three languages. I believe that although English may have been understood by a lot more of the group, it was not the majority nationality, so the guide decided to limit what was communicated in English. Whenever I asked a question, I found her to be quite short, dismissive and unfriendly!
Also, she was quite keen to make the group go off on their own during the time on the islands.
Lipari, was quite quaint and pleasant enough but Vulcano was very primitive and the smell of Sulphur was quite intoxicating at times. There is a large beach cafe opposite the mud baths which appeared very popular. I decided to have my lunch there and was so disappointed as the food was absolutely appalling.
To give a fair overall review, I think I was unlucky with my experience with my visit to the islands and maybe with a different tour guide and better choice of restaurant, the trip may have been more enjoyable!