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Sicily + Aeolian Islands 8-Day Bike and Boat Tour (Level 2)

  • 8days
  • Italy

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8 Day Guided Boat and Bike Tour in Sicily and Aeolian Islands

Be enchanted by this spectacular cruise among the extraordinary Aeolian islands. On board a charming caique – a traditional fishing boat – you’ll discover these volcanic islands, today part of the UNESCO World Heritage list. Starting from Milazzo on the north-east coast of Sicily, your first stop will be the island of Vulcano. The journey continues to Panarea, with its large rocky ridges. In the background you’ll admire the continuous explosive activity of the Stromboli volcano. We then head to Salina, where you can’t miss tasting a typical Sicilian granita! Finally, enjoy a tour around the charming island of Lipari.

Get ready to experience a truly active journey combining exploration with relaxation. On our cycling and walking tours, you’ll enjoy the wonders of the Aeolian Islands, also known as the “pearls of Sicily.”

Highlights: 

  • The heart of the Mediterranean Sea
  • Visit 5 Aeolian Islands
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage landscapes
  • Boat with max. 12 passengers

Tour Character: Level 2

Quite easy tours, mostly flat terrain. You can also choose to cycle the cycling tours individually with the help of the Ride with GPS app and our cycling map (available on board).

Your Accomodation:

In between cycling and walking excursions, you’ll cruise along with the ship, which travels to a new destination every day. You’ll dine, sleep and eat breakfast on board. You’ll receive a packed lunch every day to take along the way. It’s also possible to spend a day on board if you like. There are rental bikes on board. The caique gathers 4 double cabins (approx. 8 m2) and 2 smaller double cabins (approx. 7 m2). All cabins are equipped with private facilities with hot and cold water and shower, a small wardrobe and traditional portholes, which can be opened. Bed size is 1,95 x 1,20 m.

The whole caique is furbished with air conditioning and comfortable inner spaces such as the spacious dinette. The guests can also relax on comfortable beach mattresses on the large solarium deck, enjoying the sound of the sea. The stern deck has a wide and elegant lounge. There is free wi-fi in the common areas (when docked in a harbor). The catering on board is an excellent combination of fresh seafood and vegetables, pasta and meat all with the scent of the Mediterranean herbs.

Included in the Tour:

  • 8 days/7 nights
  • Collective bus transfer to and from Catania airport on arrival (at 3.30 pm) and departure day (at 9 am, arrival at airport around 12-noon). Please let us know in advance if you want to use this transfer, if so we need your flight details and mobile phone number
  • 7 x breakfast
  • Packed lunches
  • 6 x dinner
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Welcome drink
  • 1/2 lt bottled water per person for lunch and water jars on the table at dinner)
  • Airconditioning in the cabin
  • Bed linen and towels (1 change of towels per week)
  • Daily cleaning of the cabin
  • Rental helmet
  • Digital tour information
  • English-speaking tour leader
  • Fully-guided cycling and walking tours
  • Use of a waterproof pannier bag
  • Harbor charges
  • Wifi (only in the harbors)

Not included: 

  • Transfers to/from Catania Airport, Sicily
  • 1 dinner
  • Rental bicycle or E-Bike
  • Entrance fees & excursions (museum, parks, monuments)
  • Parking fees
  • Other transfers
  • Drinks on board
  • Personal (travel) insurances
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)

If you would like to rent a Bike (125 EUR) or E-Bike (235 EUR), please contacts [email protected] when booking

Notes:

  • Optional Extension program 4d/3n: € 599 p.p. (bookable as from 2 persons)
    • Included: all city taxes; 24-hour local assistance; 3 nights in hotels with breakfast; rental bicycle; transfers with mini van as scheduled.
    • Excluded: all lunches and dinners; personal expenses; tips for tour leader and driver; rental E-Bike (supplement € 120 per E-Bike)
  • Cycling route distances in the travel program are approximate.
  • If you prefer not to cycle on a particular day, you’re welcome to stay and relax on board.
  • The tour itinerary and route are subject to possible changes due to nautical, technical or meteorological reasons, or other unforeseen events.
  • A detailed cycling map and a GPS app are available for guests who wish to cycle individually and at their own pace. The tour guide is always available via cell phone in case of questions, breakdowns or emergencies.
  • Departures Saturdays 

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  • Day 1

    Embarkation: Milazzo

    Individual arrival and meeting at 3.30 pm at Catania airport, where you’ll be transferred to Milazzo harbor. Embarkation is at 6 pm at the Marina di Nettuno in Milazzo. Get to know your crew and accommodation on board, and enjoy a welcome drink, dinner and presentation of the program. Overnight in the harbor of Milazzo.

  • Day 2

    Milazzo (Approx. 15 km/9.4 mi.)

    Today you’ll cycle towards Capo Milazzo, where you’ll have the chance to bathe in the wonderful “Venus Pool”, a protected natural sea pool. Once back in Milazzo, you can visit the castle and its ancient hamlet. We’ll stay the night in the harbor of Milazzo.

  • Day 3

    Milazzo – Vulcano Island | Vulcano, roundtrip (Approx. 20 km/12.7 mi.)

    Today your caique Sundial will start navigating towards the island of Vulcano, the so-called “Sulphur Island,” where by bike you’ll explore the island’s hinterland around Piano Grillo, an ideal place to admire an amazing landscape. Then enjoy free time in the afternoon, with plenty of interesting suggestions: walk up to the crater of the volcano, take a mud bath at the island’s sulphur beach, or you can even swim among underwater fumaroles (volcanic vents). Overnight in the harbor of Vulcano.

  • Day 4

    Vulcano – Panarea – Stromboli (3h30 walking)

    After breakfast we head towards Panarea, stopping for a swim close to the little islands of Lisca Bianca, Bottara and Dattilo, where volcanic activity is still clearly visible. Once in Panarea, the smallest of the Aeolian Islands, you’ll have lunch at anchor in a picturesque bay. Then the caique, Sundial, will navigate towards Stromboli, with a superb view over the Sciara del Fuoco, Stromboli’s famous talus scree, which sometimes still features lava flows. In the late afternoon, we’ll take a walking trip up to 400mt (1312 ft) above sea level to admire the volcanic activity at dusk. Then we’ll enjoy a picnic dinner at a scenic panoramic viewpoint. Tonight we’ll stay in a sheltered anchorage at Stromboli.

  • Day 5

    Stromboli – Panarea (2h30 walking) | Panarea – Salina

    After breakfast, we’ll navigate back towards Panarea. After dropping anchor in the bay of Porto San Pietro, we’ll enjoy a pleasant walk to visit the little village of Panarea, as well as Drautto Beach and its prehistoric village. We’ll stop for a picnic lunch at Cala Junco and then return back on board. Afterwards, we’ll head towards the island of Salina, where you can visit a local shop and sample local products. Overnight in the harbor of Salina.

  • Day 6

    Salina (Approx. 20 km/12.7 mi.) | Salina – Lipari

    Today, you’ll start cycling directly on the island of Salina. From Santa Marina on the east coast, you’ll ride to Pollara, a panoramic point on the west coast, where you’ll visit the lake of Lingua. In Pollara you can try a delicious, refreshing granita. Back on board, the Sundial will navigate to the island of Lipari, where you can stroll around its charming village. Overnight in the harbor of Lipari.

  • Day 7

    Lipari (Approx. 25 km/16 mi.) | Lipari – Milazzo

    After breakfast, you’ll experience a wonderful coast-to-coast bike ride. Starting from the hamlet of Lipari, you’ll pass by the beautiful village and beach of Canneto. Stop for your picnic lunch at the panoramic point at Quattrocchi and then return to Lipari’s historical center, rich in shops and restaurants. Back on board, Sundial will navigate to Milazzo. Enjoy your last dinner at one of Milazzo’s many restaurants and overnight in the harbor of Milazzo.

  • Day 8

    Disembarkation: Milazzo

    Check-out at 9am after breakfast and collective transfer to Catania airport. Arrival in Catania airport will be around 12 midday.

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Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
Sep 14 2024 Sep 21 2024 12 Single rooms 0€
Double rooms 2,399€
Sep 21 2024 Sep 28 2024 12 Single rooms 0€
Double rooms 2,099€
Sep 28 2024 Oct 05 2024 12 Single rooms 0€
Double rooms 2,399€
Oct 05 2024 Oct 12 2024 12 Single rooms 0€
Double rooms 2,399€
Oct 12 2024 Oct 19 2024 12 Single rooms 0€
Double rooms 2,399€

Car rental in Italy

If you would like to drive yourself before or after your tour, ask us for a quote on any brand new Renault, Peugeot or Citroen vehicle for driving in Europe.

Pick up your vehicle from most capital cities in Europe and return it to your drop off destination. Top insurance cover. Email [email protected] for a competitive quote

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