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Aeolian Islands Day Trip from Taormina: Lipari and Vulcano

Taormina, Italy
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See the stunning Aeolian Archipelago on this day trip to the islands of Vulcano and Lipari from Taormina. Take a motorboat across the turquoise waters to the UNESCO-listed chain of volcanic islands. Enjoy free time to explore, kicking back with a mud bath in Vulcano, cooling off with a swim in the Tyrrhenian Sea or checking out the Lipari Archaeological Museum for a bit of island history. Your day concludes with transportation back to Taormina.
  • Day trip to the UNESCO-listed Aeolian Archipelago from Taormina
  • Travel between Sicily and the Aeolian Islands by motorboat
  • Sightsee independently on Lipari, the largest of the archipelago’s islands
  • Explore Lipari Old Town or visit Lipari Archeological Museum, if you wish
  • Relax at leisure on Vulcano, either visiting the mud baths or sunbathing on a beach
Begin your day trip in Taormina, where you’ll meet up with your guide and hop aboard your coach. Drive north before switching to a motorboat at the Port of Milazzo. Set out on the water toward Lipari, learning about the volcanic island’s history and pumice production as you go.

Enjoy some free time to explore at your own speed when you arrive. Take a walk around the Old Town, or stop by the Lipari Archeological Museum (own expense), brimming with in-depth displays on the local marine life and volcanoes, as well as the history of the Aeolian Archipelago.

Pause to purchase lunch before journeying to the island of Vulcano by boat. Aside from the three steaming volcanoes you'll find there, Vulcano’s main attraction is its mud baths. Consider paying a relaxing visit to one of them, or use the time to spread out on the beach and swim in the Tyrrhenian’s warm waters.

On the return boat ride to Sicily, take a spin around the island’s coastline, passing the Faraglioni Rocks and the Grotta del Cavallo (horse cave).

Your day trip will conclude with a coach ride back to your original departure point in Taormina.
Pass By:  
Capo di Milazzo
Reach Milazzo and bord on the motorboat
Stop At:  
Possibility to visit the museum in Lipari
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Reach Vulcano and spend free time on the island
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included

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Great Tour Guide, Too much travel time
, Sep 2019
Our tour guide was very sweet and lively. Bus driver was great. Boats were fine. Nothing to complain about, this was exactly as advertised. Unfortunately a big bulk of this tour is travel time to the islands. Get picked up at Taormina by 7 and you're at Mazzaro by 830.. you're at the first island by around 10.. then same thing on the way back.. Unfortunately nearly half of the excursion is dedicated to bus and boat (although the boat is nice to be on, especially sitting outside). Recommendations: Do the bus tour of Lipari if youre unfamiliar with the island. When at Vulcano, do the mud baths first, so you can wash yourself off for the rest of the time in the ocean. I did the sulfur bath 5 days ago and I still smell a little! lol. Also bring some water to wash your feet after the beach, as their black sand sticks pretty badly. Nevertheless, the price is right if you want to visit these islands are you're already near Taormina. The cost to drive to Mazzaro, park at Mazzaro, then the cost of the ferry.. this makes it worthwhile. You're just stuck with their timeframes.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Hello, we thank you for sharing, we do not understand the fact you complain about long travel and transportation, while Sicily is very big and that is a fact, and then you advise to catch the bus in Lipari for having a tour of the island. We find it a bit a countersense! Sorry for our note. Next time we suggest you to choose a shorter distance. All the best, Guest Relations Manager SAT Group
Lipari tour from Taormina
, Sep 2019
Would have liked a bit more time on Lipari and less on Vulcano. Taxi tour on Lipari was very enjoyable.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Hello carmela..., it is a matter of tastes, most of the customers love to relax longer time in Vulcano. Thanks for sharing in any case. Warm regards from Taormina. Guest Relations Manager SAT Group
It is less expensive to take this...
, May 2018
It is less expensive to take this tour than to get transport up to the Messina port, ferry, ferry between islands, etc. The islands are unmissable, especially on Lipari where there is a lot to see. However, they do not use a private motorboat, it is just a ferry that is VERY crowded. All in all, this tour is probably the most convenient way to get to the Islands.
Loved the islands of Lepari and...
, Jun 2017
Loved the islands of Lepari and Vulcano. We were picked up at a bus stop near our hotel, and then driven about 2 hours to the port picking up people along the route until we had a full bus. The boat trip was beautiful- sea was so blue! We stopped at a few scenic places for photo opportunities. Plenty of time allotted at both islands. We did the mud baths. They did not smell nearly as bad as I thought they would. Went into the sea near plumes of hot geysers. Incredibly warm! Do it!
I found this trip not to be up to...
Ian Graeme W
, Jun 2017
I found this trip not to be up to the standard that we have come to expect from Victor. First at the collection point they were 20 minutes late in collecting us and secondly we understood for information provided by you that we would sail around Stromboli to see the active volcano in the evening this did not happen.
Pick up at 7.00 am from a hotel very...
Raymond B
, May 2017
Pick up at 7.00 am from a hotel very close by 50m from our hotel the lovely Baia delle Sirene at Via Nazionale. Relaxing tour with lovely scenery and a smooth boat ride. Tour instructed us to be early at port if you want to find a place upstairs as this tour is a crowd puller. The trip to port is about 11/2hrs. Not much to do at both islands but Lipari has much more history and places to visit. I did not do lunch at Lipari but at Vulcano as I was not interested in the stinky mud baths. Excellent lunch at Da Vincenzino especially their spaghetti vincenzino. The Mercedes 12 seater which drove us to port and back was very uncomfortable as it springs a lot at the back seats. Every bump would respond on your back. Otherwise enjoyable day out.
Good reliable transport and...
, May 2017
Good reliable transport and interesting Guide who had a heavy bias towards the German language! The trip was a relaxing break from the busy life of Taormina. Lipari has a pretty town, interesting to wander the streets. Vulcano has less to offer in that respect and you need to plan the time there either in the mud pool, on the beach/ having a swim or having a longer uphill walk if you are not to be bored. A long day but good value for money.
When we arrived on Vulcano, Santo...
Peter E
, Apr 2017
When we arrived on Vulcano, Santo SAT tours guide told us that there was NOT enough time to hike to the top of the volcano crater and be back in time for our boat departure. One disappointed member of the tour party questioned Santo's advice, but Santo repeated in no uncertain terms that there was insufficient time to hike to the top of the crater. Santo then led us to a non-descript restaurant and told us that lunch was on the terrace, which of course was not included in the tour. We ignored the push towards lunch at the guide's chosen restaurant and wandered the area. Finally we decided to walk to the volcano and hike as far up as far as we could, time permitting. As we got higher, we were horrified to see many others from our boat but not in our tour group already most of the way back down! Many of these people did not look particularly fit. No one in our group would have had difficulty in reaching the top. We would have had plenty of time to hike to the top of the crater and make the boat departure, but now it was too late for us. One seldom has the opportunity to climb to the top of a volcano crater. On the boat, we heard happy people discussing their experience at the top and saw their pictures. But we missed our chance because of very strange advice from our guide. You pay to go on a tour so you can trust and benefit from good advice from the guide. In this case, we received bad advice and were let down.
Loved this tour. Both islands are...
, Feb 2017
Loved this tour. Both islands are beautiful. Lipari is very picturesque with its beautiful streets and building. Vulcano mud lake was a great experience
I can highly recommend this trip...
, Nov 2016
I can highly recommend this trip. Picked the coach up at Taormina which took as to the port. Had plenty of time to explore both islands. When we got to Vulcano we were shown the mud baths ... bit to smelly for my liking!

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