Let yourself be enchanted by this spectacular bike and boat tour in Sicily in the heart of the Mediterranean sea. Comprised of a number of satellite islands and archipelagos, Sicily, though part of Italy, seems a world apart. Conquered and influenced by one invader after another, it has emerged with a unique and distinct blended culture.
On this adventure, onboard a traditional Turkish Caïque, by bike and boat, you will explore the extraordinary Aeolian Islands, a volcanic archipelago, comprised of the "seven sisters"; seven inhabited islands that are now part of the Unesco World Heritage List.
The volcanic origins have left a dramatic legacy of black-sand beaches, smoldering craters, and splintered, rocky coastlines with breathtaking views. The myths and legends live on. It was here that Dionysus discovered the vine and Hephaestus forged thunderbolts from Etna's molten lava. Aeolus, the God of the Winds, lived here, and Ulysses battled the monstrous Polyphemus and his companions, the followers of Vulcano, God of the Fire!
This is not a passive exploration by any means, but a truly active journey, combining boating and cycling tours deep into the wonders of the Aeolian Islands.
- Creeks of Vulcano
- Cave of the Cavallo
- Pool of Venere
- Valle Muria beach and Stacks Menalda (only reachable by boat)
- Sciara del Fuoco
- Panarea's rocky ridges
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Day 1: Arrival in Milazzo
Day 2: Milazzo, 9 mi. (15 km)
Day 3: Vulcano, 12 mi. (20 km)
Day 4: Panarea and Stromboli, 3.5 hours of walking
Day 5: Stromboli – Panarea (2.5 hours of walking) – Salina
Day 6: Salina - Lipari, 12 mi. (20 km)
Day 7: Lipari, 16 mi. (25 km)
Day 8: Departure
The captain and the guide reserve the right to make alterations to the itinerary, depending on wind, sea and weather conditions or organizational requirements before and/or during your holiday. This is not a sailing trip.
Day 1: Arrival
The closest airport to your tour start in Milazzo is the Catania Airport from which there is a collective transfer at 3:30 pm to the Milazz harbor. Plan your airfare accordingly and please note that transfers are only available on embarkation and disembarkation days. Embarkation on the Sundial will start at 6 pm at the Marina di Nettuno in Milazzo. Following a complimentary beverage, dinner will follow and presentation of the program. Night in the port of Milazzo.
Day 2: Milazzo, 9 mi. (15 km)
By bike you head to Capo Milazzo (Milazzo Cape), the thin peninsula on the northeastern part of the island which extends into the Tyrrhenian Sea. Here there will be the possibility of bathing in the wonderful “Venus Pool”, a protected natural sea pool at the very end of the cape. Upon your return to Milazzo, you can visit the castle and its ancient bourg. Dinner onboard and overnight in the port of Milazzo
Elevation: +/- 100 m
Day 3: Vulcano, 12 mi. (20 km)
While you enjoy your morning meal, the boat will begin navigation towards the island of Vulcano, the “Sulphur Island”. By bike you can explore the hinterland of the island towards Piano Grillo, the ideal place to admire an amazing panorama. The afternoon provides plenty of free time. The following are suggested activities to discover the volcanic activity of the island: walk up to the crater of the volcano (400 m.), experience a mud bath in the sulfur beach of the island, or swim among underwater fumaroles. Dinner on board and overnight in port in Vulcano.
Elevation: +/- 400 m
Day 4: Panarea and Stromboli, 3 h 30 min. walking
As the ship navigates towards Panarea, you first will stop for a swim close to the little islands of Lisca Bianca, Bottara, and Dattilo. The volcanic activity is still clearly visible and vapors rise up through the cracks between the rocks. Once you've arrived in Panarea, the smallest of the Aeolian Islands, you stop for a lunch break at anchor in a nice bay. Navigation towards Stromboli with a superb view on the Sciara del Fuoco. In the late afternoon, you can take a walking tour (about 400 m) above sea level to admire the volcanic explosions at dusk. Dinner tonight is a picnic that offers nice panoramic views. Return on board, overnight in roadstead in Stromboli.
Elevation: +/- 400 m
Day 5: Stromboli – Panarea (2 h 30 min. walking) – Salina
After breakfast you will navigate back towards Panarea, stopping to drop anchor in the bay of Porto San Pietro, where you can enjoy a nice walk through the little village of Panarea, Drautto beach, and its prehistoric village. You will have your picnic lunch at Cala Junco and then board your vessel once again, sailing towards the island of Salina. Here you will visit a local shop and taste several local products. Dinner is on your own this evening and overnight in the harbor of Salina.
Day 6: Salina, 12 mi. (20 km cycling) – Lipari
You will start cycling directly in Salina from Santa Marina, on the east coast, reaching Pollara, a panoramic point on the west coast. Here you can 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 meander through the charming village. Overnight in the harbor of Lipari.
Elevation: +/-300 m
Day 7: Lipari, 16 mi. (25 km) +/- 600 m
You start your day with a fantastic coast to coast ride by bike. Starting in the village of Lipari, you pass through the beautiful village and beach of Canneto. Arriving at the pumice quarries and the nice beach of Acquacalda, a refreshing swim will be welcomed. After a picnic lunch at the panoramic point of Quattrocchi, you pedal back to the historical center with many shops and restaurants to visit. After your return on board the boat navigates to Milazzo. Dinner is on your own this evening.
Day 8: Departure
Disembarkation at 9 am after breakfast. You will be offered a collective group transfer to Catania Airport with arrival at approximately 12 pm.
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Standard Class Boat
The Sundial is a standard class Turkish Caique, constructed of pine and mahogany in the Vedat Sungul Shipyard in Bodrum, Turkey, using the ancient art of Turkish shipbuilding still in use. The boat has a spacious dinette, large solarium with comfortable beach mattresses, and on the stern deck, a wide and elegant lounge. Catering on board is an excellent combination of fresh seafood and vegetables, pasta and meat, seasoned with Mediterranean herbs. Read More
- Accommodation for 7 nights on board the Sundialv (6 nights in port and one night in roadstead)
- Breakfasts, packed or onboard lunches, & 5 dinners
- 1/2 liter bottle of water for lunch and water provided during dinner
- 24-speed city touring bike rental equipped with handbrakes, lock, large rear pannier bag, handlebar bag or map holder, repair kit, and water bottle
- English speaking tour guide
- Arrival day group transfer from Catania Airport to the boat at 3:30 pm (Day 1), embarkation at 6 pm
- Departure day group transfer from boat to Catania Airport at 9 am, arriving at the airport around 12 pm (Day 8)
- WiFi (only available in common areas. If you are dependent on a constant, strong, fast, and reliable WiFi please consider a a personal hot spot.
- Port Fees
What’s Not Included
- 1 dinner in Salina and 1 dinner in Milazzo
- Entrance fees
- Addtional harbor charges if the ship cannot anchor in roadstead on Day 4
- Bicycle protection
- Travel Insurance
Dates & Pricing
Dates & Pricing
August 29, September 5, September 12, September 19, and September 26, 2020
Cabin Type Double $ 2473 £ 1364 $ 2,326 € 1465 $ 2656 kr 15876 $ 1,738 Single $ 3630 £ 2001 $ 3,414 € 2150 $ 3897 kr 23299 $ 2,551
Standard season: May 15, May 22, May 29, June 5, & June 12, 2021
High season: August 28, September 4, September 11, September 18, & September 25, 2021
Minimum of 6 guests to confirm a departure
Cabin Type Standard Season High Season Double $ 2533 £ 1396 $ 2,382 € 1500 $ 2719 kr 16255 $ 1,780 $ 2701 £ 1489 $ 2,541 € 1600 $ 2900 kr 17339 $ 1,898 Single $ 3714 £ 2048 $ 3,493 € 2200 $ 3988 kr 23841 $ 2,610 $ 3883 £ 2141 $ 3,652 € 2300 $ 4169 kr 24925 $ 2,729
Electric bike rental: $ 152 £ 84 $ 143 € 90 $ 163 kr 975 $ 107
Dietary requirements surcharge: $ 84 £ 47 $ 79 € 50 $ 91 kr 542 $ 59
Helmet rental: $ 25 £ 14 $ 24 € 15 $ 27 kr 163 $ 18
Electric bike rental: $ 177 £ 98 $ 167 € 105 $ 190 kr 1138 $ 125
Special diet (gluten-free, lactose-free, vegetarian, & vegan: $ 84 £ 47 $ 79 € 50 $ 91 kr 542 $ 59
Skill Level — Easy–Moderate
Rating a tour is one of the most difficult things we do. One person’s moderate will be another’s difficult. After reviewing our client’s feedback, we are rating this tour moderate to difficult on a regular touring bike and easy to moderate on an electric bike. The total cycling distance is 80 km over 4 cycling days. Total elevation gain on this tour is 1400 mt. The terrain ranges from flat to hilly and expect to climb between 0 to 600 mt. each day. The route takes place on 50% tarmac roads and 50% unpaved. Please refer to each day’s details for daily distances and climbs.
The closest ariport to your tour start in Milazzo is Catania Airport (CTA)
Arrival and departure airport transfers are included in your tour price. The arrival transfer is at 3:30 pm to Milazzo Harbor. Departure transfer will arrive to the airport at approximately 12 noon. Please plan your airfare accordingly. Included transfers are only available on embarkation and disembarkation days.
Please check local conditions before your arrival! This tour is organized during the time of year when it is the most pleasant for active warm weather itineraries. Catania can be quite warm during peak summer months but May through early June and end of August through September, the temperatures are on average are pleasantly warm, perfect for swimming, biking, hiking, and lounging on deck!
We strongly recommend bringing a headlight with you for the Stromboli volcano day trip. If you don’t have one, you can rent it on site for €2.
During the tour, the boat will be docked in the port for 6 nights. The remaining night the ship will stay anchored in roadstead. Roadstead is a place outside the harbor where the ship can lie at anchor. It is an enclosed area with an opening to the sea. Natural roadsteads offer shelter from storms, winds, and currents, and are frequently used for naval bases. Sometimes, in exceptional cases (unfavorable meteorological and/or sea conditions), for safety reasons, the ship must return to the port during the night that it is scheduled in roadstead. Only and exclusively, in this case, the clients will be asked to pay the relative price for the stay in the port. This amount, variable from port to port, will be divided among all the participants of the tour and will be paid directly on site (approximately from €20 to 50 per person per night, subject to changes.
Important to know
It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure that you are in compliance with the country or countries you plan to visit. This includes and is not limited to passport validity, visa requirements and acquisition, & blank passport pages required for your destination (s), etc.
US citizens: A good website to research the requirements of the Schengen Agreement and entry into other countries is travel.state.gov.
Non-EU and EU residents: Please research the requirements of your country of residence for international travel and your destination country or countries.
*Important note: Please check on the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) status as once implemented, this will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.
This tour is run by Girolibero.
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We do not inflate tour prices.
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