• Travelcode: 172

    Sicily and the Aeolian Archipelago by Bike + Boat

    Islandhopping and Southern Italian Dolce Vita

    • Let yourself be enchanted by this spectacular bike and boat tour in Sicily in the heart of the Mediterranean sea. On board a traditional Turkish Caïque, by bike and boat, you will explore the extraordinary volcanic archipelago of the Unesco-protected Aeolian Islands, a little piece of paradise rising out of the cobalt-blue sea. Experience the charming laid-back island vibe of Lipari, Stromboli and Vulcano entertain nature lovers with awe-inspiring volcanic shenanigans and black-sand beaches.

      Tour profile / Level 2-3

      From plain to hilly terrain, with a daily positive difference in height from 0 to 600 mt. The daily stages are between 15 and 35 km. The tour is recommend for cyclists with a middle experience in taking part in cycling tours and with a good condition. Not recommended for children under the age of 12 years (teens with a high enthusiasm) and not suitable for beginners. 

      Day 1: Milazzo (Messina)

      Meeting at 15.30 at Catania airport. Collective transfer to Milazzo harbour. 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: Roundtrip Milazzo, approx.14 km

      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, approx. 18 km

      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: Walking tour on Stromboli

      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 400 m above sea level, to admire the volcanic explosions at dusk. Duration of the walking tour approx. 2,5 hours. Picnic dinner in a nice panoramic roadstead in Stromboli.

      Day 5: Walking tour on Panarea

      Breakfast on board and navigation towards Panarea. We stop at anchor in the bay of Porto San Pietro. Nice relaxed walk in the morning visit the little village of Panarea, the Drautto beach and the prehistoric village. Duration of the tour approx. 2,5 hours. 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: Salina-Lipari, approx. 22 km

      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. Dinner on board and overnight in the port of Lipari.

      Day 7: Lipari, approx. 25 km

      After breakfast we will start a fantastic coast to coast tour 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: Marina di Milazzo

      Individual departure. Disembarkation at 9 a.m. and shared transfer to Catania Airport.

      Important information:

      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.

    • ARRIVAL - PARKING - DEPARTURE

      ARRIVAL BY PLANE

      Airport: Catania (CTA)

      Flights can be booked individually. An airport transfer is included - Meeting point 03:30 pm.


      ARRIVAL BY TRAIN

      Train station: Catania.

      For further information, pleae check following website:

      www.trenitalia.com


      ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

      The barge is docked in roadstead for 1x overnight stay, if there will be bad weather the ship has to stay at the port overnight. Port fees may occur that have to be paid locally. (EUR 20 - 50 per person)

      Bedsize: double bed 120x95cm

       

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    • Included services:

      • 7x nights in a double cabin below deck with shower/toilet
      • 7x full board except one dinner in Salina and one dinner in Milazzo
      • Bed linen and towels

      • Guided cycling tours

      • English/Italian speaking tour guide
      • 2x guided walking tours 

      • 2x airport transfers
      • Maps and information material per cabin

       

    • Anreisetermine / Verfügbarkeit

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      16.05. - 23.05.20
      23.05. - 30.05.20
      30.05. - 06.06.20
      06.06. - 13.06.20
      13.06. - 20.06.20
      29.08. - 05.09.20
      05.09. - 12.09.20
      12.09. - 19.09.20
      19.09. - 26.09.20
      26.09. - 03.10.20

      Extras

      Bicycle and equipment  
      24-speed bike 80
      E-bike 170
         
      Port charges  
      Port charges 60
         
      Special dietary 50
         

      Best - Price - Guarantee

      If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
      All prices per person in EUR
    • WELCOME ON BOARD OF CAICCO SUNDIAL!

      The motorvessel MV Sundial 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 2010. The whole caique is furbished with air conditioning and comfortabel inner spaces such as the spacious dinette. The guests can also relax on comfortable beach mattresses on the large sun deck, enjoying the sound of the sea.


      TECHNICAL DETAILS

      • Length 24,5 m
      • Width 6,25 m
      • 6 double cabins
      • Max. 12 persons

      CABINS

      All cabins are equipped with private services with hot/cold water and shower and a little wardrobe with enough space to place bags and luggage (please exclude rigid luggage).


      CATERING

      Full board: breakfast, packed lunch, dinner


    • Bicycles inclusive panniers:

      24-speed bike Telaio 42/44/54-58

      • Shimano Alivio/Acera
      • Weight: 14-15 kg
      • Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires
      • Aluminium frame

      E-bike
      By popular demand, we have now invested in a considerable number of e-bikes, much favoured by cyclists who love the great Outdoors, but prefer to let the bike take the strain. With an electro bike every bike tour is a breeze! If you had few opportunities to cycle over the last weeks or if you are not sure concerning your fitness, but also with physical disabilities, every bike ride is a treat! The shiftable, low noise electric drive of our modern E-bike relieves you of some of the work and increases the pedal force up to 3 times ... So you can now book a bike tour together with cyclists who have different fitness level. Acclivity can be handled easily.

      A note to our customers: Electric bikes are a great thing! However, due to their characteristics (high weight + high speed) they should only be booked by very experienced and safe cyclists with a good sense of balance. E-bikes are not appropriate for persons who do not ride bikes frequently.

       

    • 5,0 08.10.2019 | Joan P. Sicily and the Aeolian Archipelago by Bike + Boat

      Sicily 2019

      The trip was amazing and our guide was lovely. However the boat company had very little information about us prior to our arrival other than our heights. This was not a problem for us, but better communication between Rad and Reisen and companies that ...
      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 2
      • Travel documents 5
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 5
      • Route description 5
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 5
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 5
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      5,8 21.09.2019 | MICHAEL C. Sicily and the Aeolian Archipelago by Bike + Boat

      Sicily 2019

      Our tour guide was not very well versed in English and gave very little information aside from guiding us on the right path. A previous tour guide ( Amalfi) was very informative and liked to share his knowledge about the area. Also this time there were ...
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 6
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 6
      • Route description 6
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 6
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 6
      more
      5,2 23.10.2017 | Roger F. The Ionian Islands by Bike + Boat

      Ionian Islands October 2017

      We had a fabulous boat and bike tour around the Ionian islands, blessed by beautiful weather (sunshine and gentle winds throughout but not too hot). Wonderful landscapes and fine routes - which would have been tough (grade 3) but we cheated and booked ...
      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 5
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
      • Accomodation 4
      • Board 6
      • Route description 4
      • On-site assistance 4
      • Route-character 6
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 5
      more

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