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A dramatic sailing holiday among the volcanic Aeolian Islands off the northeast coast of Sicily.

What a dramatic destination for your sailing holiday! The Aeolian Islands lie 25 miles off the northeast coast of Sicily. This volcanic chain of seven islands is named after the wind god, Aeolus. Some of the islands have a rich history dating back to Ancient Greece, others are sparsely populated.

Today the Aeolian Islands are a favourite destination for Italian celebrities. On your yacht charter holiday be sure to visit Stromboli, the island Dolce & Gabbana call home. As the sun sets, giant flames and molten rock spray from Stromboli’s crater like special effects in a Hollywood blockbuster. Vulcano also has a volcano that belches sulphurous smoke.

This is a popular sailing holiday destination with harbours and anchorages sheltered from the prevailing summer winds. The food is excellent and local people are very hospitable.

Sicily Yacht Charter

  • Overview
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    Filicudi Island

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    Lipari Harbour

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    Enjoy fresh local produce

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    Stromboli

    Sailing holidays in Sicily

    • Daily flights to Palermo
    • Enjoy a nightime light display as molten rock sprays from Stromboli
    • Average distances of 23nm/day
    • Level 2 sailing
    • Average summer temperatures of 24-28 degrees
    • Can be affected by the stronger Mistral winds in August
    • Sail through the infamous Aeolian islands with their rich history
    • Marinas can be expensive, some up to €150
    • Anchor in the bays to avoid marina fees if you prefer
    • Flexible start and finish dates possible
  • 1 Wk Itinerary

    Suggested 1 week sailing itinerary from Portorosa

    DAY 1 : Portorosa

    Portorosa is on the north coast, an ideal starting point for sailing to the Aeolian islands.

    DAY 2 : Vulcano (29nm)

    Rugged and barren, with lava eroded into fantastic shapes by the wind. There are therapeutic mud baths ashore.

    DAY 3 : Stromboli (27nm)

    The only active volcano in the area, Stomboli is over 300 feet high and is visible for miles. The spectacular eruptive phenomena which can be admired from the sea! At night the red flow from the lava flow on the northwest coast is most impressive.

    DAY 4 : Filicudi (33nm)

    Unspoilt and undeveloped, with stunning snorkelling and diving.

    DAY 5 : Salina (12nm)

    One of the first national parks that was created in Sicily – it’s a peaceful island with all its original beauty.

    DAY 6 : Lipari (10nm)

    The main and most populated island with a busy harbour. The port is small and busy. An excellent Aeolean museum exhibits remains from prehistoric through Phoenician, Greek, Carthaginian, Roman Byzantine, Norman and Spanish.

    DAY 7 : Portorosa (35nm)

    Sicily 1 week sailing holiday itinerary

  • Sailing Conditions

    Sailing conditions in Sicily

    Sicily has ideal conditions for a sailing holiday. The normal summer winds are from the north-west average Force 4, occasionally from the west. Stronger mistral winds can blow in August, lasting 1-2 days. Summer temperatures average 24-28ºC.

    We have rated this destination a 'Level 2' (levels info) and you will need RYA Day Skipper or ICC qualification for bareboat charters in Sicily.

    You can see all of the bases we offer in Italy along with the level ratings here so that you can find the most suitable destination for you. If you are at all unsure about a destination then please get in touch and our sales team will be more than happy to make their recommendations for you.

  • Getting There

    Getting There

    Flights to Palermo

    Bonded for your financial protection under ATOL 3016EasyJet have flights from Gatwick to Palermo. With daily flights you can add on a few days for a city break in Palermo before or after your charter.

    Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights. If you would prefer a flight-inclusive holiday then Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016.

    Transfers

    The transfer time to Portorosa is approximately 2 hours by car or 3 hours by train.

"We spent a week in the company of Robert the skipper and Veronica the hostess on board Icarus sailing the north Ionian islands. Their hospitality was second to none, Roberts knowledge of the islands is amazing and Veronica laid on wonderful food and took care of our every need. The yacht is immaculate and very comfortable. The week went far too quick. We visited some amazing places and ate at some great restaurants. It was our perfect holiday experiencing something different every day. We hope to return again and would highly recommend."

Crewed Yacht Icarus 2018 - K.S.

Sicily Yacht Charter prices

Fleet 1 from Portorosa Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2023 Prices Extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

2023 GB£ per yachtDufour 360 Liberty(2020)Dufour 382 GL - 3 cab.(2017)Dufour 412 GL(2020)
Dates3 cabins/1WC3 cabins/1WC3 cabins/2WC
13-19 May191019102295
20-26 May205720572467
27 May-02 Jun241924192905
03-09 Jun260026003124
10-16 Jun267626763210
17-23 Jun274827483295
24-30 Jun288128813452
01-07 Jul324332433890
08-14 Jul368636864424
15-21 Jul368636864424
22-28 Jul401440144814
29 Jul-04 Aug463846385567
05-11 Aug463846385567
12-18 Aug463846385567
19-25 Aug361436144338
26 Aug-01 Sep317631763810
02-08 Sep317631763810
09-15 Sep301930193624
16-22 Sep282928293395
23-29 Sep252925293033

Fleet 2 from Portorosa Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2023 Prices, extra 3% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details 20-27 May27 May-10 Jun10 Jun-08 Jul08-15 Jul15-29 Jul29 Jul-19 Aug19-26 Aug26 Aug-23 Sep23 Sep-31 Dec
Model / layout Year Cabins WC
Bavaria Cruiser 37201631186219712190246527383833246521901752

Fleet 1 from Portorosa Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2023 Prices Extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

2023 GB£ per yachtDufour 460 GL - 5 cab.(2019)Dufour 512 GL - 4 cab.(2017)Oceanis 48 - 5 cab.(2018)
Dates5 cabins/3WC4 cabins/3WC5 cabins/3WC
13-19 May332937293329
20-26 May358640143586
27 May-02 Jun391043813910
03-09 Jun408145714081
10-16 Jun437649004376
17-23 Jun466752294667
24-30 Jun490554904905
01-07 Jul551061675510
08-14 Jul595268435952
15-21 Jul595268435952
22-28 Jul660075906600
29 Jul-04 Aug763887867638
05-11 Aug763887867638
12-18 Aug763887867638
19-25 Aug583865385838
26 Aug-01 Sep512457385124
02-08 Sep512457385124
09-15 Sep487654624876
16-22 Sep457151194571
23-29 Sep407645674076

Fleet 2 from Portorosa Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2023 Prices, extra 3% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details 20-27 May27 May-10 Jun10 Jun-08 Jul08-15 Jul15-29 Jul29 Jul-19 Aug19-26 Aug26 Aug-23 Sep23 Sep-31 Dec
Model / layout Year Cabins WC
Bavaria Cruiser 46201943306731764052416244906024416240522738
Sun Odyssey 519202153428647625714619063818762619057143905
Bavaria Cruiser 51 .201853394343814600492953677448492946003450
Dufour 430202242276230483619390542865238390536192571
Oceanis 45201942264628103603416244906352409536032371
Oceanis 51.1201963449050385914646265718981657159144162

Fleet 1 from Portorosa Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2023 Prices Extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

2023 GB£ per yachtLagoon 40 - 4 + 2 cab(2019)
Dates4 cabins/2WC
13-19 May4214
20-26 May4748
27 May-02 Jun5457
03-09 Jun5962
10-16 Jun6319
17-23 Jun6833
24-30 Jun7176
01-07 Jul8514
08-14 Jul9371
15-21 Jul9371
22-28 Jul9948
29 Jul-04 Aug11086
05-11 Aug11086
12-18 Aug11086
19-25 Aug8314
26 Aug-01 Sep7195
02-08 Sep7195
09-15 Sep6924
16-22 Sep6581
23-29 Sep4562

Fleet 2 from Portorosa Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2023 Prices, extra 3% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details 20-27 May27 May-10 Jun10 Jun-08 Jul08-15 Jul15-29 Jul29 Jul-19 Aug19-26 Aug26 Aug-23 Sep23 Sep-31 Dec
Model / layout Year Cabins WC
Lagoon 380 S2201742342938104476504856197429504844763143
Bali 4.32019444929547662437886865210405788662434271
Bali 4.6 A/C - WM- Gen202254 4+171437810857195241047612381952485716667
Lagoon 42 (4+2) A/C - WM- Gen2020444929547662437886865210405788662434271

Fleet 1 from Portorosa

FREE outboard on yachts 50'+

YACHT SECURITY:

Refundable deposit €2500 - €9000. Non refundable deposit on request.
COMPULSORY EXTRAS:

End cleaning; Monohulls up to 38' €150, 39'-45' €180, 46'-49' €215, 50' and above €240

End cleaning: Catamarans up to 40' €235, 41'-45' €255, 46'-49' €280 50' and above €310

Starter pack and handling fees; €45
Fuel used (fill up on return)
Optional extras (i.e. SUP's etc) available on request.
SKIPPER: €1610/week + food and drink + own cabin. Cats 48' & over €1890 + food and drink + own cabin

Fleet 2 from Portorosa

YACHT SECURITY:

Refundable deposit €2500- €6000
COMPULSORY EXTRAS:
End cleaning (includes 2 gas cylinders): Monohulls - €140 up to 43', €160 44-51', €180 52' and above. Catamarans - €200-€280.
Fuel used (fill up on return)
Optional extras (i.e Outboard, SUP's etc) available on request.


Sailing Qualifications

To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). For charters in Greece, you must now have the ICC certificate. You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.

For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.

RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.

For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.

If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?

Sailing Levels

Level 1

Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.

Level 2

Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.

Level 3

Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.