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Sicily, the Aeolian archipelago

Discover the islands of volcanic origin

Milazzo
Catania airport

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Milazzo
Catania airport

Let yourself be enchanted by this spectacular cruise in the heart of the Mediterranean sea. You will discover the pearls of Sicily, the extraordinary Aeolian islands, in a new and different way. During this week, on board of a caicco, you will discover these islands of volcanic origin, today part of the Unesco World Heritage.

Welcome on board, 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.

Starting from Milazzo, you will reach the island of Vulcano, where you will first experience the volcano activities. Navigating on wonderful crystalline water, the journey continues to Panarea, with its large rocky ridges of Basiluzzo and Lisca Bianca. Then, we will enjoy one of the amazing highlights of this holiday, the “Sciara del Fuoco”, an unforgettable natural show. On the background the continuous and rhythmic explosive activity of the Vulcan Stromboli, or “Iddu” (“Him”) how the locals call him. We will then head towards Salina, where you do not have to forget to have a “granita” at Alfredo’s! Finally we will enjoy a circular tour on the charming island of Lipari, whose village is full of nice restaurants and shops.

  • Type of tour Guided
  • Level 4
  • Duration 8 days
  • Distance 20 km, average per day (4 cycling days
  • Island of Vulcano
  • the natural show "Sciara del Fuoco"
  • Island of Lipari

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

Saturday: Arrival in Milazzo

Embarkation at 18.00 at the Marina di Nettuno in Milazzo (Me). Accommodation on board, welcome drink, dinner and presentation of the program. Night in the port of Milazzo.

Day 2

Sunday: Milazzo, round tour

14KM

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

Monday: Vulcano

18KM

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. Free time in the afternoon. 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 mt), you can have a mud bath in the sulphur beach of the island, you can swing among underwater fumaroles. Dinner on board and overnight in port in Vulcano.

Day 4

Tuesday: Panarea and Stromboli, 3h30 walking tour

After breakfast navigation towards Panarea. We will stop for a swim close to the little islands of Lisca Bianca, Bottara and Dattilo, where the volcanic activity is still clearly visible and vapours rise up through the cracks between the rocks. Once arrived in Panarea, the smallest of the Aeolian Islands, lunch break at anchor in a nice bay. Navigation towards Stromboli with a superb view on the Sciara del Fuoco. In the late afternoon, walking trip till 400m. above sea level, to admire the volcanic explosions at dusk. Pic nic dinner in a nice panoramic point. Return on board, overnight in roadstead in Stromboli.

Day 5

Wednesday: Stromboli - Panarea - Salina, 2h30 walking tour, flat

Breakfast on board and navigation towards Panarea. We stop at anchor in the bay of Porto San Pietro. Nice relaxed walk in the morning to visit the little village of Panarea, the Drautto beach and the prehistoric village. Picnic lunch at Cala Junco and return on board. Navigation up the Island of Salina with a break for a swim. Disembarkation in Salina and visit to a local shop, with a chance to taste several local products. Return on board, dinner and night in port in Salina.

Day 6

Thursday: Salina - Lipari

22KM

Departure from the port and great cycling trip 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. Visit of the lake of Lingua and Pollara, with the possibility to taste the very good “granita” of Alfredo. Return on board and navigation until Lipari. You can stroll around the nice and charming village of Lipari, with several shops and good restaurants. You are free for dinner. Overnight in the port of Lipari.

Day 7

Friday: Lipari - Milazzo

25KM

After breakfast we will start a fantastic coast to coast by bike. Starting from the village of Lipari, we will pass along the beautiful village and beach of Canneto. We will reach the pumice quarries and the nice beach of Acquacalda (a swim is possible). Picnic lunch at the panoramic point of Quattrocchi and return back to the historical centre rich in shops and restaurants. Return to the caique. Navigation up to Milazzo. Dinner on board and overnight in port.

Day 8

Saturday: Milazzo

End of the tour at 9 AM, after breakfast.

Travel Dates

Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
5/18/2019 - 5/25/2019 Available Milazzo Caique Sundial Comfort Plus Book now
5/25/2019 - 6/1/2019 Available Milazzo Caique Sundial Comfort Plus Book now
6/1/2019 - 6/8/2019 Available Milazzo Caique Sundial Comfort Plus Book now
6/15/2019 - 6/22/2019 Available Milazzo Caique Sundial Comfort Plus Book now
6/22/2019 - 6/29/2019 Available Milazzo Caique Sundial Comfort Plus Book now
8/31/2019 - 9/7/2019 Available Milazzo Caique Sundial Comfort Plus Book now
9/7/2019 - 9/14/2019 Available Milazzo Caique Sundial Comfort Plus Book now
9/14/2019 - 9/21/2019 Available Milazzo Caique Sundial Comfort Plus Book now
9/28/2019 - 10/5/2019 Available Milazzo Caique Sundial Comfort Plus Book now
10/5/2019 - 10/12/2019 Available Milazzo Caique Sundial Comfort Plus Book now

Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
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Caique Sundial Double cabin € 2570,- 0 0
Caique Sundial Single cabin € 1980,- 0 0
Other rates: 0 0
Caique Sundial Port charges, mandatory (to be paid in advance) p.p. € 60,- 0 0

Rent a bike

Image Name Type Price per week
24-speed City bike 24-speed City bike Aluminium city bike €80
E-bike E-bike €170

Included

  • Transfer to and from Catania airport on day 1 and day 8
  • Accommodation in double cabin with private facilities
  • Sheets and towels (1 change per week)
  • 6 Nights in port and 1 night in road stead.
  • Full board from the dinner of day 1 to the breakfast of day 8 (picnic lunches or lunch on board) except one dinner in Lipari
  • Water during meals (1/2 lt bottled water per person for picnic lunches and water jars on the table at dinner)
  • Italian/English speaking guide

Not included

  • Reservation costs € 20,- per booking
  • Bike rental
  • Drinks
  • 1 dinner in Lipari
  • Entrance fees (museums, parks, monuments…)
  • Extras
  • Everything not included in “Included”

Special details

  • This tour will be operated by our local partner.
  • Please take good notice of our Terms & Conditions.
  • The program is subject to change without notice.
  • If the minimum number of participants required for a trip is not met (4 participants), we reserve the right to cancel it. The decision about whether the trip will take place or not will be made as early as possible, 21 days before the beginning of the trip at the latest. In case of trip cancellation, the payments you have made for the only tour will be fully refunded. There can be no additional claims made against us.
  • Vegetarian meals are available, but please indicate this at the reservation. An additional charge of 50 € 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.
  • The captain and the guide reserve the right to make alterations to the itinerary, depending on wind, sea and weather conditions or organizational requirements.
  • We wish to specify that this is not a sailing trip. The ship is a motor vessel, it has sails but the navigation is powered by engines.
  • During the nights of the tour the boat will be docked in the port during 6 nights. The remaining night the ship will stay anchored in road stead. The road stead 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 road steads offer shelter from storms, winds and currents, and are frequently used for naval bases.
    Exclusively in exceptional cases (unfavorable meteorological and/or sea conditions), for safety reasons, the ship must return in the port also during the night that is scheduled in road stead.
    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).

Arrival information


By plane

Catania airport; several flights from different countries with Easyjet, Vueling, Ryanair or Air One and Alitalia.

After arrival in Catania airport, transfer to the embarkation point (included in the tour price).

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Frequently asked questions

  • What biking level is the Aeolian archipalo tour?

    Terrain: from plain to hilly, with a daily positive difference in height from 0 to 600 mt.
    The daily stage is 15/25 km only and there is all the time to do the bike tour and to cycle with tranquility all along the itinerary. However, this tour is recommended to people who have a good experience in biking tours. Not suitable for children under 12 years old. Not suitable for beginners.

  • Do you accommodate for special diets?

    Must be notified when booking, but at the latest until 14 days before arrival. Diets which need a special preparation or special ingredients can only be offered in limited form. We will do our best to meet your needs, but we also ask for your understanding as due to limited logistic possibilities on a barge we are not able to prepare complete specialized menus.
    In case of Celiac; gluten free diet; vegan meals there is an additional charge of € 50, – per week. On some tours there also is an additional charge of  € 50, – for lactose-free meals.

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Price starting from € 1285,- * * There are no extra's included in this price

Accommodations

Caique Sundial
Caique Sundial

About the Sundial

This Turkish caique was built in the shipyard Vedat Sungul of Bodrum in Turkey, using the ancient art of the Turks shipwrights still in use. The solid structure in pine and mahogany woods makes the navigation really comfortable.
The caique has been completely renovated in 2012.

Cabin plan

It gathers 6 double cabins (double beds) and can accommodate up to 12 people.
All cabins are equipped with private services with hot and cold water and shower and a little wardrobe with enough space to place bags and luggage (please exclude rigid luggage).

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.

The catering on board is an excellent combination of fresh seafood and vegetables, pasta and meat all with the scent of the Mediterranean herbs. 

  • Offical name Sundial
  • Length 24.5 m
  • Width 6.25 m
  • Capacity 12 persons

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