Sunday morning to Saturday morning
ABOUT YOUR SAILING COLLECTIVE JOURNEY
Your journey will be crewed by a captain and chef who are not only trained professionals but explorers at heart. With diverse backgrounds as sailors, travelers, artists, gastronomes and academics, Sailing Collective crew members offer a wealth of information and life experience to every journey. Your crew will work with you to build a customized day to day itinerary tailored to your group needs, interests, and desired activities.
Option 1: Lagoon 420 premier 2018 Catamaran 3 private cabins w/ private heads + crew cabin
Option 2: Lagoon 45 premier plus 2018 Catamaran 3 private cabins w/ private heads + crew cabin
Option 3: Saba 50 premier plus 2018 Catamaran 3 private cabins w/ private heads + crew cabin
Included in the Collective Package:
• Private Collective Sailing Collective captain and chef (for some of the best food of your life)
• Travel support to help guide you on your journey
• Onboard family style meals with 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners and snacks
• Marina fees and dockage
• Boat incidentals including fuel, water, bedding, towels, etc.
• And of course 7 days of unabashed adventure and epic memories...
50% due at booking, remaining balance due 90 days prior to departure
Please review cancellation, change, and insurance policy on the booking page before booking!
Aeolian Islands journey will take place on a number of up to 55' modern design sailboats with up to 5 cabins per boat. Each boat will be skippered and crewed by Sailing Collective member captains who will take care of the itinerary and keep you safe as we sail throughout the Aeolian Islands for the week. A sailing vacation with the Sailing Collective is a unique and exhilarating new way to travel. With a mix of sailing and land adventures, a sailing vacation is an alternative way of seeing secluded locations with a new perspective. Throughout the week, we experience the dynamic and famous black-sand beaches, smoldering craters, rocky coastlines, and age old local villages in the most unique and versatile method. Anchor or take refuge on a pier in a local village during the evening, we get to explore all the seven islands with the comfort of our own sailboat.
Sailing Collective will provision your journey with local foods and produce. Cooking Aboard: Your Sailing Collective chef is incredibly talented and can handle the group's needs with ease. We are all about participation and learning, so if you'd like to help, just ask and we'll get you involved! Collective groups may choose to dine out more times than scheduled if the group or individuals choose.
Dietary Restrictions: Important to notify your Sailing Collective representative of any dietary restrictions ahead of time and fill out details in Guest Form
The early Greeks called this place the islands of wind and fire, with active smouldering volcanoes and a dark and dramatic rocky landscape, these seven small islands north of Sicily stir up remarkable vigor with memories that stay with you for a lifetime. The Aeolian archipelago (islands) were designated as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2000, since then, vacationers from all walks of earth have been experiencing what the locals have treasured for thousands of years. A Sailing Collective journey takes us to each of these dramatic jet-set playground on our own itinerary and leisure.
We start our sailing journey at Marina di Portorosa in the town of Tonnarella. Marina di Portorosa is central in town, when arriving, make your way to the main marina office to find out where the Sailing Collective boats are in the marina. You will see a banner on our boats with your fellow passengers, captain and crew waiting your arrival.
Meeting time at the marina is between 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, please notify your captain if you cannot arrive until later. Upon arrival, the front desk at the marina will show you where the Sailing Collective boats are, look for the Sailing Collective banner on the sailboats, your captain and crew will be waiting your arrival. After everyone arrives and settle in abroad, we dine ashore for our first outing of the journey. Note, the evening of Day 1 and the morning of Day 2, passengers should purchase alcohol and beverages for the week as well as any last minute personal provisioning.
Catania Airport to Tonnarella and Marina di Portorosa takes roughly 3 hours and there are a variety of ways to get to Marina di Portorosa. We recommend arriving in at Catania, Sicily no later than the morning of Day 1 to allow time to get to Marina di Portorosa in Tonnarella. For groups, private vans and taxis can be arranged for approximately 200 EUR divided amongs your group. Other methods are bus, train, or rental car. We recommend using the travel site ROME2RIO for travel recommendations.
Please ensure your passport is valid for the period of travel and for six months after you return. Your passport name must match the name on the flight ticket otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid.
It is the responsibility of each individual to ensure relevant visas are obtained where necessary. The Sailing Collective cannot be held responsible for refusal of entry or travel due to lack of visas. If you are in any doubt please contact your Embassy for full details.
Collapsible bags in place of large rigid suitcases are advised for ease of transport on and off the boat.Loading and unloading from the dingy can be a wet activity, a pair of shoes such as flip flops that you can get wet if we are landing on a beach.
During days on the water, you’ll want to be wearing light and comfortable clothing. As the vast majority of your time will be spent outside, prepare for elements - bring a light rain coat just in case, a hat to shield yourself from the sun, and a set of warm clothing. Throughout the week we may dine out at a nice restaurant, so bring gear that you’ll look nice in and suits your style. Loading and unloading from the dingy can be a wet activity, a pair of shoes that you can get wet is recommended.
We start our journey at Marina di Portorosa in the town of Tonnarella. There are many hotels in the area for guests arriving or staying after the journey. Marina di Portorosa is in the municipality of Furnari with hotels and facilities at the marina. The approximately taxi transfer time from the Catania Airport to Marina di Portorosa is 2 hours and we recommend making arrangements in advance and carpool with fellow passengers to avoid high cost. Alternative bus and train routs also available. We recommend Rome2Rio travel mapping for further details.
At the centre of the archipelago, Lipari has been inhabited for some 6000 years or so. The island was settled in the 4th millennium BC by Sicily’s first known inhabitants, the Stentillenians, who developed a flourishing economy based on obsidian, a glassy volcanic rock. Commerce subsequently attracted the Greeks, who used the islands as ports on the east–west trade route. Today’s trade is still flourishing, with a bustling and historic main street flanked by shops, restaurants and bars. Overlooking the colourful snake of day-trippers is a grande dame of a castle, once plundered by pirates such as Barbarossa (or Redbeard), who was eager to get his hands on Lipari’s lucrative obsidian and pumice mines. Read more: lonelyplanet.com
In a stark contrast to Vulcano’s barren landscape, Salina’s twin craters of Monte dei Porri and Monte Fossa delle Felci are lushly wooded, a result of the numerous freshwater springs on the island. Wildflowers, thick yellow gorse bushes and serried ranks of vines carpet the hillsides in vibrant colors and cool greens, while its high coastal cliffs plunge towards dramatic beaches. Read more: lonelyplanet.com/italy/sicily
Tiny Panarea is just 3km long and 2km wide and feels like a Greek island with its adobe-style whitewashed houses. Exclusive and expensive, it is the smallest and most fashionable of the Aeolians, attracting the international trust-fund babes and Milanese fashionistas for a little taste of dolce far niente (sweet nothing). In the summer, luxury yachts fill the tiny harbor while flocks of day-trippers dock at San Pietro, where you will find most of the expensive accommodation. Read more: lonelyplanet.com/italy/sicily
Stromboli’s perfect triangle of a volcano juts dramatically out of the sea. It is the only island whose smouldering cone is permanently active, thus attracting experts and amateurs alike, like moths to a massive flame. Volcanic activity has scarred and blackened one side of the island, while the eastern side is untamed, ruggedly green and dotted with low-rise whitewashed houses. A youngster among the Aeolians, Stromboli was formed a mere 40,000 years ago and its gases continue to send up an almost constant spray of liquid magma. The most recent volcanic eruptions took place in February 2007 when two new craters opened on the volcano’s summit, producing two scalding lava flows. Although seismic activity, including rock falls, continued for several days, fortunately no mass evacuation was deemed necessary. Read more: lonelyplanet.com/italy/sicily
Vulcano is a memorable island, not least because of the vile smell of sulphurous gases. Once you escape the drab and dated tourist centre, Porto di Levante, there is a tranquil, unspoilt quality to the landscape, and a refreshing lack of souvenir shops selling (yet more) black-lava trinkets. Following the well-marked trail to the looming Fossa di Vulcano, the landscape gives way to rural simplicity with allotments, birdsong and a surprising amount of greenery. The island is worshipped by Italians for its therapeutic mud baths and hot springs, and its black beaches and weird steaming landscape make for an interesting day trip. Read more: lonelyplanet.com/italy/sicily
The Lagoon 42 is the sublime successor to the best selling 421.Italian design legends Nauta have created stunning curved wood finishes which deliver supreme elegance and outstanding functionality. Defined by sleek curves and a ground breaking single level cockpit… this boat offers limitless possibilities for an enviable on water lifestyle.
The Lagoon 450 has everything you could want in a cruising boat: Incredible performance under sail, wide open deck space for lounging, and an incomparable comfort in the saloon and the cabins. The wide hulls of Lagoon 450 offer comfortable cabins with larger floor space than other catamarans of the size. An airy saloon contains an open concept modern galley (kitchen) and comfortable seating all with stunning panoramic visibility of the natural beauty that you came for. The aft deck is covered by a hard top bimini so that there is always plenty of breezy shaded space for lounging when you are taking a break from the sun drenched foredeck. Up front the netted "trampoline" between the hulls is the ultimate place to enjoy this boat under sail with the sun beaming down and the water rushing below you.
The Saba 50 has enormous living areas making it ideal for extended cruising ventures and entertaining family and friends. The spacious saloon is accessed via an extra-wide entry door that seamlessly integrates the indoor and outdoor spaces, and features new skylights plus a spectacular panoramic window that encases the saloon and provides exceptional views and natural light. The L-shaped galley overlooks the saloon and cockpit, and boasts an abundance of storage space, a 190 litre fridge with draws, and is adjacent to the convenient forward-facing chart table. The Saba 50 has been designed with multiple relaxation areas including a luxurious 12.4m2 upper lounge deck that is equipped with a chaise lounge and two sunbathing decks. The generous cockpit features a large lounge, extra sofa, dining table for 12 guests, and there is also an option for a huge sunbathing lounge on the fore deck.
Explore photos from our past journeys