Yacht & Company Profiles
M/Y Starfire: Seven-Day Charter From Palermo to Catania
We invite you to spend seven days of luxurious relaxation aboard the magnificent Starfire
Feb. 5, 2006 12:00 PM
Day 3: The Aeolian Islands, (cont.)
During the evening hours, we will have the option to sail over to Stromboli, the “Black Giant,” which is one of the few constantly active volcanoes in the world; the view from the sea is most unforgettable! We just may glimpse the volcanic eruptions lighting up the night sky.
Tonight, we anchor overnight near one of these enchanting islands.
Day 4: The Aeolian Islands (Day II)
We will spend the entire day cruising the Aeolian Islands. Today, you could opt to take advantage of more scuba diving opportunities, or we may sail to nearby Vulcano, studded with fantastic lava formations.
We may choose to spend the afternoon anchored in a remote bay near the island of Lipari, where you can relax, sunbathe, and take a light lunch. Take advantage of some of the numerous water sports offered on Starfire. Your crew will delight in taking you out water skiing or wake boarding! There is also ample opportunity for fishing.
Lipari is the largest of the Aeolian Islands, and it will invite you to its pumice beaches. If you wish to explore Lipari, take a tender ashore to enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Meander through the narrow streets or pause in a local pastry shop.
Tonight, we will anchor out once again near the island of Lipari and prepare to head on to Portorosa in the morning.
Enjoy your final evening of solitude out amidst these remote treasures of the Mediterranean.
Day 5: Portorosa
After breakfast this morning, we will depart for a 2-hour cruise back to the Sicilian Coast, where Sicily’s most modern and efficient marina awaits us. Welcome to bustling Portorosa, a fashionable tourist harbor located on the northeast coast near Milazzo.
Besides a splendid swimming pool surrounded by green vegetation, a wide beach, and an efficient shopping center, Portorosa offers a great base for getting out and exploring the surrounding areas. Perhaps we will set out for a small fishing or diving expedition.
Day 6: Historic Taormina
We will depart Portorosa early this morning for a 5-hour cruise around the northeast coast of Sicily towards Taormina, a city that clings to the cliffs high above the eastern coast.
We will drop anchor just off the island. If you’d like, spend the afternoon in picturesque Taormina, built on terraces cascading down to the sea. During a walking tour, pass cobblestone piazzas, elegant shops, and outdoor cafes en route to the Greek theater.
Appreciate the ingenuity of the Greeks who created the spectacular theater with a beautiful natural backdrop of Mt. Etna in the distance.
Day 6: Historic Taormina, (cont.)
Spend the day enjoying this beautiful resort town at your own pace. Stroll along Taormina’s Corso Umberto (central street) for excellent shopping choices. Alternatively, take an optional excursion to Mount Etna; although, it is also nice to enjoy it from afar. This active volcano is very present and visible even from the sea.
This evening, enjoy authentic Sicilian cuisine in one of the many restaurants in Taormina, or dine on board ship this evening and reflect on the day’s sites by relaxing under the stars.
Day 7: Messina
This morning, we will head out for a 2-hour hop over to the port of Messina. The setting for Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” Messina has much to offer in the way of history. Its dramatic, boulder- filled harbor has challenged navigators since the days of Ulysses.
The Strait of Messina also offers opportunities for fishing and hosts many different types of fish with a good gastronomical reputation.
Near the Torre Faro, a small fishing village overlooked by a lighthouse, you can find the “Fossa dei sugarelli” – a dark blue, cylindrical shaped fish only found off the Sicilian coasts.
Many other varieties of fish can be found around Messina, including tuna, moon fish, red picarel, and grey mullet. Far out off the coast of Capo Peloro, large amber jacks are caught with a fishing line.
End your final day aboard Starfire with a wonderful Sicilian meal and nighttime celebration.
Day 8: Catania (Noon drop off)
This morning, we continue our tour of the Sicilian coast with a 4-hour cruise to our final destination:
Catania. As your journey aboard Starfire comes to an end, you can be certain that you have enjoyed the definitive Sicilian coastal experience.