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Sicily and the Aeolian IslandsAuthor: LSKahn (More Trip Reviews by LSKahn)
Date of Trip: May 2005
Having said all of this, I did know what I was getting into and was glad to have had the experience, but we really spent too much time on the boat. Looking back on it, I would have preferred more land time. However, it was just great not to have to move hotels all the time and the whole idea of the sailboat was just grand. The hotel moved with you. On balance, I am glad I took this trip, but, if I took another elderhostel cruise sometime, I would look for a boat with larger cabins and a bit more place for personal space.
If you are interested in elderhostel, they do have all sorts of trips -- and something for everyone. I particularly have enjoyed the active outdoor experiences in the US where you get the more active seniors. Please note that most people on the trips that are NOT labeled as "active outdoor" tend to be well over 55. As someone just a "tad" over 55, however, I always find some people to hang with no matter what their age. Many times the oldest person on the trip is the one with the most spunk. There is no telling.
By the way, if you wanted to go to the Aeolian Islands by yourself, you could easily base yourself in Lipari for a week and take boats between the islands. Another great place as a base would be Cefalu, which is a very cute town on the Sicilian mainland.
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