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Sicily's Aeolian Islands 8-day Bike & Boat Tour
You will be enchanted by this spectacular cruise among the extraordinary Aeolian islands. On board of a Caique, a traditional fishing boat, you will 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 then to Panarea, with its large rocky ridges. On the background you will admire the continuous explosive activity of the volcano Stromboli. You will then head towards Salina, where you cannot miss to taste a typical “granita”! Finally you will enjoy a round tour on the charming island of Lipari. Be ready to experience a truly active journey intended to combine navigation and relax with cycling and walking tours, to enjoy the wonders of the Aeolian Islands, also known as the pearls of Sicily.
The terrain is from plain to hilly, with a daily positive difference in height from 0 to 600 mt. The caique is moored at night and typically sets sail after breakfast, meeting up with the guests in the afternoon. Some parts of the itinerary are undertaken by caique.
The Caique is equipped with:
6 Standard Double cabins of approx. 8 m2.
Vegetarian meals are available, but please indicate this at the reservation. An additional charge of 50 EUR per person will be applied to provide lactose or gluten-free meals. In all other allergy or intolerance cases we will check the possibility of catering for it. In some cases an additional charge may apply.
Bike rental: bike 90 EUR or e-bike 195 EUR, bike helmet 15 EUR
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Individual arrival and meeting at 3.30 p.m. at Catania airport, where you will be transferred to Milazzo harbour. Embarkation is at 6 p.m. at the Marina di Nettuno in Milazzo. Accommodation on board, welcome drink, dinner and presentation of the programme. Overnight in the harbour of Milazzo.
Milazzo 15km cycling
Today you will cycle towards Capo Milazzo, where you will 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. Overnight in the harbour of Milazzo.
Vulcano 20km cycling
The Caique Sundial will start navigating towards the island of Vulcano, the so called “Sulphur Island”, where you will discover by bike the hinterland of the island towards Piano Grillo, an ideal place to admire an amazing landscape. Then you will have free time in the afternoon. Some suggestions: you can walk up to the crater of the volcano, you can have a mud bath in the sulphur beach of the island or you can swim among underwater fumaroles. Overnight in the harbour of Vulcano.
Panarea – Stromboli 3.5hrs walking
After breakfast you will head towards Panarea. You will stop for a swim close to the little islands of Lisca Bianca, Bottara and Dattilo, where the volcanic activity is still clearly visible. Once in Panarea, the smallest of the Aeolian Islands, you will have lunch at anchor in a nice bay. Then the Caique Sundial will navigate towards Stromboli, with a superb view over the Sciara del Fuoco, the famous talus scree of Stromboli. In the late afternoon, the programme foresees a walking trip up to 400m above sea level, to admire the volcanic explosions at dusk. Then you will have your picnic dinner in a nice panoramic point. Overnight in roadstead (sheltered anchorage) in Stromboli.
Stromboli – Panarea 2.5hrs walking – Salina
After breakfast you will navigate back towards Panarea. You will stop at anchor in the bay of Porto San Pietro, where you will enjoy a nice walk to visit the little village of Panarea, Drautto beach and its prehistoric village. Then you will have your picnic lunch at Cala Junco and go back on board. Afterwards you will head towards the island of Salina, where you will visit a local shop and taste several local products. Free dinner and overnight in the harbour of Salina.
Salina 20km cycling – Lipari
You will start cycling directly in Salina
from Santa Marina, on the east coast, you will reach Pollara, a panoramic point on the west coast, where you will visit the lake of Lingua and Pollara, with the possibility to taste a very good “granita”. Back on board, the Caique Sundial will navigate up to Lipari, where you can stroll around its nice and charming village. Overnight in the harbour of Lipari.
Lipari 25km cycling
After breakfast you will enjoy a wonderful coast to coast by bike. Starting from the hamlet of Lipari, you will pass along the beautiful village and beach of Canneto. You will have your picnic lunch at the panoramic point of Quattrocchi and then go back to the historical centre, rich in shops and restaurants. Back on board, the Caique Sundial will navigate up to Milazzo. Free dinner and overnight in the harbour of Milazzo.
Check-out at 9am after breakfast and collective transfer to Catania airport. Arrival in Catania airport at around 12noon.
Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. The captain and the guide reserve the right to make alterations to the itinerary, depending on wind, sea and weather conditions or organizational requirements. This is not a sailing trip. The ship is a motor vessel, it has sails but the navigation is powered by engines.
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