Set Sail with the wooden Tallship Florette - the last of her kind - and start sailing from her home waters in Malta, travelling north along the coast of Sicily, through Messina Straights and towards the unique archipelago of the Unesco-protected Aeolian Islands.
With years of experience in organizing excursions and sail training this year we have decided to offer something really special - an exclusive youth program.
You will be one of 22 students from all walks of life which are looking for adventure and "that something different". We will be providing you with a unique opportunity to travel and meet like minded youths that want a bit of an adventure. Team building, leadership, personal growth and reponsibility will all be part of the fun.
With the life changing events that have occured in our world, we believe that we could all use a bit of excitement and freedom.
The highlight of our expedition will be the seven Aeolian islands, including Lipari, Vulcano, Salina, Panarea & Stromboli - a little piece of paradise, a magical outdoor playground.
Take a stroll through the old town of Lipari, experience the charm of Panarea and hike the nature reserve of Salina. Enjoy the creative "Cucina Eoliana" and explore the 6000-year-old culture of these islands. Swim and snorkel in secluded bays with crystal clear water and dark beaches made of fine, black lava sand.
Marvel at the most active volcano in Europe. Explore Stromboli on an adventurous night hike. Climb Vulcano slumbering in the sulfur steam and then enjoy a healing bath in the sulfur mud.
We have invited 3 guides, professionals in their fields, to join us on this voyage and organize exciting excursions.
On shore Peter Amann - a famous tour guide, travel journalist and avid lover of Sicily and its surrounding islands - will give you an insight into the secrets and history of the islands, showing you their most important hotspots as well the better hidden but beautiful places that give these islands such unique character. Peter is the author of twenty acclaimed guide books and has spent an equivalent of over seven years travelling around Sicily and exploring the Aeolian islands. With great joy he will share his knowledge about these magical places and he's excited to be a part of this adventure with you.
Once reached the island of Lipari, another friend of Peter, Pietro Lo Cascio, will take his place onboard and lead you on a journey into the stunning nature reserves of the Aeolian islands, where you'll discover the wonderful miracles of untouched nature. He is a conservation biologist, naturalist guide and founder of Nesos - a non-profit organization dedicated to the enhancement of the islands and insular ecosystems. He has published about 200 papers in scientific journals as well as several books including a guide to the biodiversity of the Aeolian Archipelago. Currently he is the vice-president of the Sicilian Society of Natural Sciences and member of the initiative PIM, an international ONG for the conservation of Mediterranean small islands.
Below the water Dr. Im Sandra Agius Darmanin, a marine biologist and Senior lecturer of the Malta University, will guide you on snorkel excursions and teach you all about the beauty of the Mediterranean as well as the impact we humans have made on it. With her you will visit the wildlife turtle sanctuary and meet the local marine biologists who protect the marine nature of the island. We will do our part in helping them and organize a beach clean-up during our time there.
2021 Expedition INFO & Aplication PDF here