Once you arrive at Palermo Airport, take a short scenic drive to your private luxury yacht, where your crew will welcome you on board with some refreshments. Explore Palermo, Sicily’s capital, with its wide bay underneath a limestone bulk of Monte Pelligrino, or Piazza Bellini. You can take a trip up to Monreale for a mesmerizing panoramic view of Conca d’Oro. Spend the evening wining and dining under the stars, or opt for a decadent meal at The Grand Hotel Igiea.
After a refreshing dip in the turquoise waters, cruise for around three hours to the tiny captivating volcanic island of Ustica, jus 3.3 square miles big! Secluded and tranquil, it homes spectacular seabeds, numerous grottos along the coast, and a town with quaint restaurants, cafes, and archeological museums. Snorkel and scuba dive to your heart’s content, exploring reg gorgonian and rainbow colored sponges. As sunset falls, why not visit have an evening cruise to Lipari and the Aeolian Islands.
Wake up to the smallest island of the archipelago, Panarea, where natural springs and mud baths reside. The Aeolian islands is filled with natural gems like Panarea, such as the tranquil beaches of Saline, or the cliff-top meadows of Lipari. In Lipari find the some famous diving spots, guided by the La Gorgonia diving center. The evening calls for a sail towards Stromboli, and have an unforgettable view of the active volcano. If you’re lucky, you’ll see an eruption, seeing the night sky light up, and having your breath taken away.
Enjoy an extremely tranquil and reclusive day as you cruise the solitude of the Aeolian Islands. Break out your luxury yacht’s water toys, swim, snorkel, dive and fish. Anchor near remote bays and beach comb or sun bathe, and enjoy a delectable fresh lunch starring the fish you caught earlier! Lipari’s narrow streets are worth a post lunch stroll, only to return to your yacht for a wonderful sunset with the islands as your back drop.
Have a rejuvenating morning swim in the crystal clear cool waters, and enjoy a fulfilling breakfast. A two hour sail back to the Sicilian coast to the Portoroas Marina. Here you will find lush vegetation surrounding a swimming pool, a beautiful white sand beach and a shopping center. Catch up on some fashionable shopping, or indulge in the many boutiques offering cultural art and food. Retire at sunset to your yacht for a night anchorage in a secluded area, under the stars.
As sunrise greets you, set sail for five hours to Taormina, in the northeast. Appreciate the sights passing by you as your approach the city which stands on cliffs overlooking the magnificent eastern coast. The cobbles strets, piazzas, boutiques and outdoor cafes will excite you as you meander towards the famed Greek theatre here. Mesmerizing Mount Etna sits in the back drop of this island, which you can also explore, as its just a stone’s throw away. Why not indulge in come authentic Sicilian cuisine in one of the many restaurants here.
Rise early and enjoy a two hour ride over the port of Messina, which is embedded with great history, from the days of Ulysses. Nearby, Torre Faro, a quaint fishing village homes a special local species of fish called the ‘Fossa dei Sugarelli’, a dark blue cylindrical shaped fish. Check out the lighthouse overlooking the village, or explore the further out from the coast where large amber jacks can be caught at Capo Peloro.
Indulge in a last refreshing swim and round of water toys in the morning. Enjoy a slow breakfast on your yacht as you sail to Cantina for disembarkation. Once you’ve arrived at the port, bid your private luxury yacht and crew a fond farewell, and take with you the evergreen memories of Sicily. Hope to return to a fantastic luxury yacht vacation soon.
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