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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.
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
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
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!