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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 Sant'Agata

    DAY 1 : Sant’Agata di Militello

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

    DAY 2 : Vulcano (26nm)

    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 : Sant’Agata di Militello (29nm)

    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. Transfer time to Sant'Agata & Portorosa is 3 hours by train.

    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

    Booking your transfers from the airport to the base and vice versa could not be easier! Hoppa Transfers offer shuttles, express shuttles, minibus, private taxi and luxury private transfers depending on your needs. They serve over 7500 cities and resorts, via more than 700 airports, ports and train stations. For peace of mind, pre-book your airport transfer today. The transfer time to Sant'Agata and Portorosa is approximately 2 hours.


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Sicily Yacht Charter prices

Yachts from Sant'Agata di Militello Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details Before 26 May
After 22 Sep
26 May-23 Jun
1 - 22 Sep
23 Jun-4 Aug
18 Aug-1 Sep
4 - 18 Aug
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

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Yachts from Sant'Agata di Militello Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details Before 26 May
After 22 Sep
26 May-23 Jun
1 - 22 Sep
23 Jun-4 Aug
18 Aug-1 Sep
4 - 18 Aug
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

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

5% OFF second week

Yacht details Up to 12 May
After 29 Sep
12 May - 02 Jun 02 Jun - 14 Jul
8-29 Sep
14 Jul - 04 Aug
25 Aug - 08 Sep
04-25 Aug
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

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Yachts from Sant'Agata di Militello Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details Before 26 May
After 22 Sep
26 May-23 Jun
1 - 22 Sep
23 Jun-4 Aug
18 Aug-1 Sep
4 - 18 Aug
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

2018-2018-IT-BB-Kir-Sicily/4

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

5% OFF second week

Yacht details Up to 12 May
After 29 Sep
12 May - 02 Jun 02 Jun - 14 Jul
8-29 Sep
14 Jul - 04 Aug
25 Aug - 08 Sep
04-25 Aug
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

2018-IT-BB-Sic/4

Yachts from Sant'Agata di Militello Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details Before 26 May
After 22 Sep
26 May-23 Jun
1 - 22 Sep
23 Jun-4 Aug
18 Aug-1 Sep
4 - 18 Aug
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

2018-2018-IT-BB-Kir-Sicily/6

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

5% OFF second week

Yacht details Up to 12 May
After 29 Sep
12 May - 02 Jun 02 Jun - 14 Jul
8-29 Sep
14 Jul - 04 Aug
25 Aug - 08 Sep
04-25 Aug
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

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Yachts based at Sant'Agata di Militello

INCLUDED:
FREE outboard on yachts 50'+
Extras payable on embarkation:
YACHT SECURITY:
Refundable deposit €2000 up to 41', €3000 from 41' & catamarans OR Non refundable insurance €25/day
EXTRAS:
Service pack €170 for 2-3 cabin yachts, €190 for 4 cabin yachts & cats under 42', €200 for 5 cabin yachts & cats 42'+ (includes end cleaning, bedding & towels).
Fuel used (fill up on return)
Optional extras (i.e Outboard, SUP's etc) available on request.
SKIPPER: €1295/week + food and drink + own cabin

Yachts based at Portorosa

YACHT SECURITY:

Refundable deposit €2500- €3500
EXTRAS:
End cleaning €120 up to 43', €140 44-51', €160 cats. Cooking Gas €15
Fuel used (fill up on return)
Optional extras (i.e Outboard, SUP's etc) available on request.

SKIPPER: €1050/week + food and drink + own cabin

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). 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.