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“Disappointing ”

Tarnav Minicrociere Isole Eolie
Ranked #6 of 15 Tours in Milazzo
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Owner description: A wide choice of itineraries enable you to discover the most interesting places of the Aeolian Islands. With our modern and comfortable ships, you can visit the most fascinating places you can only reach by sea. Choose your Daily Minicruise and discover the beautiful flora and fauna of the most charming islands of the Mediterranean. Departures from the port of Milazzo.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

We were at the cruise to Panera and Stromboli, the stops at the harbors were to long but the end of the day was the biggest disappointment after all the people waited to see the show of the mountain after dark nothing happened and suddenly the boat start to rush back, all the rest of the ships stayed there , they told us that the mountain wouldn’t show his Magic’s but half an hour earlier they told us to look.
Shame of you!

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank yobar41
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Reviewed 24 September 2017

We did the Vulcano, Panarea and Stromboli trip on the 16th. It was pretty full. They had a good system with wristbands and a board telling you when the next pick up / departure was. We didn't know we would be on one ship (some standing) with several groups which then split up, so visited Lipari twice to drop off / pick up, but that didn't take too long, just added to the length of the day. Vulcano coach tour to see the amazing views was great, highly recommended. Panarea was ok on foot, as was Stromboli. The crew had a problem getting us off and picking up as there was a 8-10' swell. But they took care and helped us on or off. We all saw Stromboli after dark, as they spent over 40 minutes milling back and forwards for both sides to see. We were impressed. Oh - they DO have toilets on both boats we were on and did offer spaghetti in the evening for E10 but we didn't see anyone eat and hasd brought sufficient for the day. They had commentary in Italian, Englsh and French, a little hard to hear due to engine and people chatting.

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank verneEngland
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Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

We took recently two of the tours advertized by TARNAV - first Panarea and Stromboli and next day Lipari and Volcano.
The first tour srtarts at 11am and ends around 10 pm. It has to be on the west-side of Stromboli after sundown to let you see lava and explosions on Stromboli by night - but it offer you a modicum of explanations barely audible but in several languages - no written brochures (most of the travelers ca read!) and let you wander around in the confined space of Panarea port for over 3 hours and in Stromboli for another 2.5 hours.
The second Lipari-Volcano leaves you il Lipari for 3 hours (that you can spend in the town but brings you then to the Volcano for a beach stay of 3 hours without the option of an earlier return boat (we just paid out of pocket a fast return trip with another company). The guiding stories were poor as well.
On the positive side it is worth mentioning that the vesel captains make a special effort to have the sights visible to all travellers by rotating the boat.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank julo972
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Reviewed 12 September 2017

+ courteous staff at reservations office
+ sailors and captain going the extra mile to help out when needed
+ timely departures
+ On-board guide giving information on the islands

- Overcrowded vessel
- heavily propped towards industrializing the tourism niece in the Eolian islands: it's a stark contrast with the islands' quaint, laid back lifestyle
- Stampede when boarding in order to get the best seats - NOT a nice thing when having young kids

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank creml001
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Reviewed 20 August 2017

3 weeks ago my husband and I used this company to visit the Aeolian islands of Lipari and Volcano. Due to depart at 9am, we joined other people to board, it was a bit of a scramble, we all wanted the best seats!!! If you like to sit on deck the Aeolian Princess only had a few seats, so we stood up. The planned journey was to visit Lipari first, then Vulcano but we had to make a short stop at Vulcano, to drop off some tourists having a 'sleep-over', and then go on to Lipari. This is a beautiful island, plenty to keep you occupied for the allowed two hours. Then it's back on the boat, boarding was an absolute shambles, pushing and shoving, trying to keep close to my husband, hated it. Very lucky to get one of the few seats on the front of the boat. Pleasantly surprised by the short tour of some interest points of interest on the way to Vulcano, the commentary was very good, excellent knowledge and English. However, having to spend three hours here was so boring. Not a great deal to do, unless you plan to sit on the beach, obviously it's black sand, or cover yourself with smelly mud! After an hour we were stuck for something to do but wait. In my opinion this would have been a much better and less disappointing day if the times on each island had been reversed.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank CDH1963
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