SailSterling, a luxury sailing tour operator, has launched its new exclusive catamaran tour to the Aeolian Islands, including visits to two of the region’s finest vineyards.
With the first departure on 28 August 2021 from Capo d’Orlando Marinao on the North Sicilian coast and running for five consecutive weeks, guests will set sail in a flotilla of five state-of-the-art catamarans, each replete with a local chef, professional skipper and hostess.
On a seven-day journey guests will take in the spectacular volcanic islands of Vulcano and Stromboli, the UNESCO World Heritage island of Salina and the glamorous islands of Lipari and Panarea. All-inclusive prices start from £3,880 per person.
SailSterling’s immersive itinerary has been crafted personally by the founders, through their knowledge and visits to the area. The tour features two exclusive private vineyard visits Tasca d’Almerita on the island of Salina and Tentua di Castellaro on the island of Lapari.
Dating back to 1830, eight generations of the Tasca d’Almerita family have cared for and cultivated land in Sicily and have become such a leading force in the global wine industry that they have recently been named 2019 European Winery of the year by Wine Enthusiast. The organic wines of Tenuta di Castellaro are born from the selection of the healthiest and oldest native vines of the Aeolian Islands (in particular Corinto Nero and Malvasia delle Lipari), producing exquisite blends. Both vineyards adhere to the highest standards of sustainable winemaking and guests will learn of the influence of the wind, volcanic ash and the sea on the creation of these wines.
This exclusive sailing and wine experience balances guided tours and private dinners, with simple line-of-sight navigation and plenty of down time to explore the wonders of the Aeolian Islands.
Commenting on the new tour co-founder Richard Osei stated; “We are delighted to be launching the Wine and Catamaran Tour, which represents the culmination of twelve months’ research, field work and fine-tuning. We have worked hand-in-hand with our Sicilian partners at the distinguished island vineyards, with the imaginative local chefs on board and with our hard-working crew”.
“Our main challenge was transforming a recreational boating holiday into a luxury experience. With the launch of the Wine and Catamaran Tour, we have managed to do just that! Thanks to the natural wonders of the volcanoes, the sea, the wind and the wine, we believe our Wine and Catamaran Tour provides a truly unique eco-friendly and luxury holiday experience. The Aeolian Islands are perfect for solo travellers, couples and groups of friends and family”, added co-founder Kiran Fothergill.
SailSterling Prices start from £3,880 per person based on two sharing a cabin on a Lagoon 42 Catamaran and includes six nights’ accommodation on board the Catamaran, skipper, on board hostess and chef, minimum of half board with a combination of restaurant and on board meals, wide selection of still and sparkling wines and soft drinks, two vineyard trips and other shore activities throughout the week. Flights to Sicily and transfers to and from Capo d’Orlando marina in Sicily are not included but the team at SailSterling can assist and advise on these aspects of the tour.