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Sicily and the Aeolian Archipelago

Italy Bike + Barge Tours

Bike and Boat in Sicily!

  • 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, on board 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!

    Highlights include but not limited to:

    • 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

    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.

    Looking for a different flavor? Check out our full list of bike and boat tours in Italy here.

  • 2020

    Double bed cabin: $ 2638 £ 1319 $ 2,278 1465 $ 2713 kr 16334 $ 1,614

    Single cabin: $ 3871 £ 1936 $ 3,342 2150 $ 3982 kr 23971 $ 2,368

    extra options

    Electric bike rental: $ 162 £ 81 $ 140 90 $ 167 kr 1003 $ 99

    Dietary requirements surcharge:  $ 90 £ 45 $ 78 50 $ 93 kr 557 $ 55

    Helmet rental: $ 27 £ 14 $ 23 15 $ 28 kr 167 $ 17

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    A non-refundable admin fee of 20 Euros per person is included in the deposit amount.

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    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Catania Airport

    Local Travel

    Collective transfer at 3:30 pm to Milazzo Harbor at Catania airport. Plan your airfare accordingly and due note that transfers are only available on embarkation and disembarkation days.


    Please check local conditions before your arrival! A good website to research weather in the area of travel is Here you can view average daily high/low temperatures, average rainfall during your time of travel, and more!


    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 in 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.


    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) 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.

Skill Level

Easy to moderate (on an electric bike) guided bike and boat tour with average daily distances between 15 and 35 km. Change in elevation between 0 and 600 m per day.

Please note: This tour is rated "Easy-Moderate" with an electric bike option and "Moderate-Difficult" (depending on conditioning) for regular bike option.

Where You’ll Stay

Aboard the Turkish Caïque, the Sundial. Turkish caiques are constructed of solid wood and differ from the "gulet" because the foremast is higher than the stern.Though this is traditionally a sailing vessel, the sails will not be relied upon for wind power but the motor will always be utilized.

What’s Included

  • 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)
  • Accommodations for 7 nights (6 nights in port and one night in roadstead)
  • Breakfasts, packed or onboard lunches, 5 dinners
  • 24-speed bike rental equipped with handbrakes, lock, large rear pannier bag, handlebar bag or map holder, repair kit, and water bottle
  • Tour guide
  • Sheets and towels (1 change per week)
  • Port Fees

What’s Not Included

TourBike + Boat
Length8 days
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Tour Dates


Saturdays: May 16, May 23, May 30, June 6, June 13, August 29, September 5, September 12, September 19, and September 26, 2020

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Sicily and the Aeolian Archipelago Map

Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: Milazzo, 9 mi. (14 km) +/- 100 m
Day 3: Vulcano, 12 mi. (20 km) +/- 400 m
Day 4: Panarea and Stromboli, 3 h 30 min. walking, +/- 400 m
Day 5: Stromboli – Panarea (2 h 30 min. walking, flat) – Salina 
Day 6: Salina, 12 mi. (20 km cycling), +/-300 m – Lipari 
Day 7: Lipari, 16 mi. (25 km) +/- 600 m
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. 

Day 1: Arrival
Individual arrival at Catania Airport from which there is a collective transfer at 3:30 pm to Milazzo Harbor at Catania airport. Plan your airfare accordingly and please note that transfers are only available on embarkation and disembarkation days. Embarkation will be on the Sundial at 6:00 pm at the Marina di Nettuno in Milazzo (Me). After settling in, you will enjoy a complimentary drink. Dinner will follow and presentation of the program. Night in the port of Milazzo. 

Day 2: Milazzo, 9 mi. (14 km).  +/- 100 m
Departure by bike to reach Capo Milazzo (Milazzo Cape). Possibility of bathing in the wonderful “Venus Pool”, a protected natural sea pool at the very end of the cape. Return to Milazzo and possibility of visiting the Castle and its ancient bourg. Return to the Marina of Milazzo, dinner and night in port. 

Day 3: Vulcano, 12 mi. (20 km). +/- 400 m
Breakfast and navigation towards the island of Vulcano, the “Sulphur Island”. Today you will discover by bike the hinterland of the island towards Piano Grillo, ideal place to admire an amazing panorama. The afternoon provides plenty of free time. We suggest one of the following activities to discover the volcanic activity of the island: you can walk up to the crater of the volcano (400 m.), you can have a mud bath in the sulfur beach of the island, or you can swing among underwater fumaroles. Dinner on board and overnight in port in Vulcano. 

Day 4: Panarea and Stromboli, 3 h 30 min. walking. +/- 400 m
After breakfast, the ship navigates towards Panarea and 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, 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. 

Day 5: Stromboli – Panarea (2 h 30 min. walking, flat) – Salina 
After breakfast on board, you will have free time in the morning to visit the little village of Panarea, the Drautto beach, and the prehistoric village. Lunch will be enjoyed on board as the boat navigates up to the Island of Salina. Disembark in Salina and visit a local wine shop where you'll have the opportunity to taste several products. Dinner tonight is on your own. Overnight will be in the port of Salina.

Day 6: Salina, 12 mi. (20 km cycling), +/-300 m. – Lipari 
Depart from the port of Salina and cycle on the biggest island of the Aeolian Archipelago. From Santa Marina on the East Coast, you will reach Pollara, a panoramic point on the western coast. Also on the agenda is a visit to the lake of Lingua and Pollara, with the possibility to taste the very good “granita” of Alfredo. Return on board and the boat navigates to Lipari. Overnight in the port of Lipari. 

Day 7: Lipari, 16 mi. (25 km) +/- 600 m
After breakfast, you begin a fantastic coast to coast by bike. Starting in the village of Lipari, you pass along the beautiful village and beach of Canneto. Reach the pumice quarries and the nice beach of Acquacalda (a swim is possible). After a picnic lunch at the panoramic point of Quattrocchi, return back to the historical center with many shops and restaurants to visit. After your return on board the boat takes you to Milazzo. Dinner is on your own this evening.

Day 8: Departure
Disembark at 9 am, after which there is a collective transfer to Catania airport. Arrival at the airport at approximately 12 pm.

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Tour Reviews

  • Grace L. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    This was the first trip to Europe for my daughter and myself. It turned out to be a wonderful college graduation present for her, and a great way to dive into retirement for me. The company was excellent and varied. Our guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating. The food and staff was excellent. I hope I will get a chance to do this again with the rest of my family.

    Boat: Sundial

  • David M. 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    My grades given to this trip show my displeasure with several items encountered while on our trip. First, the pickup at the airport was bungled by "Pepe" our guide. He did not have a sign for us to recognize the tour! It was a miracle he finally found us. The boat was laid out well, the crew was very pleasant, however none of the 3 crew members spoke fluent english (necessary for the Americans, Canadians, Dutch, and German passengers). My major complaint was regarding the cabin Air Conditioning. The captain only turned on the AC from 6PM to Midnight. In August, the temperature was in the mid 80's - too hot to sleep in an enclosed cabin after midnight! I would discourage any potential guest not to take this trip unless the captain changes his AC rules and provides cooling throughout the night!
    The food was OK with little variation from day to day but the last "onshore meal" at a local restaurant was inedible!! Skip the restaurant meal and eat onboard Read more… (not a current option) or give the guests an upscale restaurant or eliminate the meal altogether and each guest is on their own for the last supper.

    • Jehiel 4 years ago     Staff

      Hi David,
      Since our return from this trip, changes have been made to the difficulty rating as well as the tour page and travel documents to better represent the tour. We are also working with our local partner to make improvements based on your input. Thanks for sharing this feedback. It was very nice meeting you and Susan!

  • Ross D. 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The Aeolian Archipelago Trip was sold as easy/moderate and as a result there were several people that probably should not have been there. As a consequence the guide was indecisive most days how to deal with the itinerary and as a consequence kept adjusting and shortening the rides. As for my wife and I we traveled all the way from Canada to enjoy the boat, scenery and riding as a total experience.

    Because of the constant changing of the daily itinerary and shortened rides we became somewhat dissatisfied with the total experience.

    • Jehiel 4 years ago     Staff

      Hello Ross,
      Thanks for sharing this feedback. As a result, we have changed the rating and recommended the ebike option less experienced riders. We have also been in contact with our local partner to ensure the itenerary is presented in full and is followed.
      I had a great time meeting you and Donna on this trip and hope to help you plan your next one!

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Sundial Italy Standard Class Boat The Sundial is a comfort 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.