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Sicily and the Aeolian Islands by Bike + Boat

Biking and hiking in the world of volcanoes

Itinerary

Route

Tour profile: Level 2-3

The cycling and hiking tours involve larger and more challenging climbs. A certain basic level of fitness is therefore required. You will do the tours in a group, accompanied by an experienced tour guide. However, there is also the possibility to do the tours on your own.

Day 1: Milazzo

Individual arrival in Catania and organized transfer to Milazzo (departure 3.30 pm). At 6 pm embarkation begins in Milazzo at the port including welcome drink and presentation of the itinerary.

Day 2: Milazzo, approx. 15 km

The first bike ride today will take you from Milazzo to Capo die Milazzo, where there is the possibility to swim in the naturally formed sea basin "Venus Basin". Back in town there will be time to visit the castle and the historic center.

Day 3: Milazzo – Vulcano, approx. 20 km

Today the Sundial sets course for the island of Vulcano, which lives up to its name. By bicycle you will explore the hinterland and the village of Piano. In the afternoon you have free time: hike to the crater of Vulcano della Fossa, take a bath in the sulfur mud or swim in the sea between bubbling fumalores.

Day 4: Vulcano – Panarea – Stromboli, Hike approx. 3,5h

After breakfast you will head to the smallest of the Lipari Islands: Panarea. Out of the way, the Sundial will make small stops on the mini-islands of Lisca Bianca, Bottara and Dattilo to give you the opportunity for a jump into the clear sea. After a lunch break on Panarea you sail on to Stromboli. From the water you will have a beautiful view of the famous "fire slide", over which lava flows from the crater of the volcano again and again. In the late afternoon, you will take a hike to a beautiful viewpoint where you will enjoy a picnic dinner together. Today you will spend the night in a sheltered hostel near Stromboli.

Day 5: Stromboli – Panarea – Salina, Hike approx. 3h

After breakfast, you will head back to Panarea for a hike that will take you along the beach to the village of Drautto. After a picnic lunch at noon, you will return aboard the Sundial and cross over to the island of Salina.

Day 6: Salina – Lipari, approx. 20 km

You will start the day with a bike ride across the island of Salina. From Santa Marina you will go to Pollara, a historical village with a fantastic view over the island. Then you will cycle to the southernmost point of Salina, Punta Lingua. After the bike ride, the Sundial will take you to the island of Lipari, whose namesake village you can explore in the evening.

Day 7: Lipari – Milazzo, approx. 25 km

Today the tour will take you along the beautiful coast of Lipari to the panoramic point Quattrocchi, where you will enjoy a picnic lunch. Back in Lipari, you will have time to explore the center before returning to Milazzo by boat. In Milazzo you will spend the last night of your trip aboard the Sundial.

Day 8: Milazzo

Disembarkation after breakfast from 9 am, transfer to the airport and individual departure.

Additional program: Milazzo – Catania

Day 8: Milazzo – Villafranca – Messina, approx. 40 km
Today you will leave the Sundial for Villafranca Tirrena by transfer van. Once there, the bicycles for your tour towards Messina will be waiting. Along the northeast coast of Sicily you will pass through pine forests, small villages and finally along the lake Lago die Ganziri. Once in Messina, you can admire one of the largest astronomical clocks in the world, or visit one of the local restaurants. Overnight stay in a Bed&Breakfast.

Day 9: Messina – Giampilieri Marina – Taormina, approx. 35 km
The day starts again with a transfer to the coastal town of Giampilieri Marina. Today’s bike ride will take you past beautiful beaches of the Sicilian coast. Don’t miss the view from the castle of Capo Sant’Alessio before you reach Taormina. 

Day 10: Taormina – Riposto – Catania, approx. 43 km
Your last cycling day starts with a tour to the fascinating gorges of Alcantara. Take a dip in the cool Alcantare River and admire the gorges formed by lava rock. Then continue to Riposto, whose fish market is not to be missed! In the afternoon you will be transferred to Catania, where you will have time to explore the old town.

Day 11: Catania
Transfer to the airport and individual departure

Services

  • 7 nights

  • Full board (7x breakfast, packed lunch, 6x three-course dinner)

  • Coffee and tea on board

  • 1 water bottle (0,5l) per person for lunch and 1 water carafe per table for dinner

  • Welcome drink

  • Use of bed linen and towels

  • Daily cabin cleaning

  • Daily program meetings

  • Fully guided bike and walking tours

  • Transfer Catania airport – Milazzo (on arrival and departure day)

  • Detailed maps 1x per cabin

  • Digital travel information

  • GPS tracks

  • Use of a rental helmet

  • Port fees

  • WLAN

  • For the environment’s benefit: the CO2 emitted during this trip will be compensated through the non-profit organization Justdiggit

Dates & Prices

Dates

Merkmale

    Season / Period
    Type
      04.05. - 11.05.24
      11.05. - 18.05.24
      18.05. - 25.05.24
    Deal: -25% per person!
      25.05. - 01.06.24
      01.06. - 08.06.24
      14.09. - 21.09.24
    FULLY BOOKED
      21.09. - 28.09.24
    FULLY BOOKED
      28.09. - 05.10.24
    FULLY BOOKED
      05.10. - 12.10.24
    FULLY BOOKED
      12.10. - 19.10.24
    FULLY BOOKED

    Extras

    Bikes and Equipment
    24-speed Trekkingbike 125
    E-Bike 235
    Rental helmet included
       
    Additional program
    Extension Milazzo to Catania 599
    E-Bike additional charge 120
    24-speed additional charge -
       
    Transfer
    from/to Airport Catania on arrival and departure days included

    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

    Ship

    Welcome on board of SUNDIAL !

    The motor ship Sundial was renovated in 2012 and promises a cozy atmosphere. The Turkish gulet was made of mahogany and pine wood and has 6 double cabins. The ship has a tastefully decorated interior and is fully air-conditioned. A relaxation area on the sundeck, covered with beach mats, invites you to relax. Let yourself be spoiled by the excellent on-board catering, which will make your trip a unique experience with Italian dishes!


    Technical Data

    Length: 24,50 m
    Width: 6,25 m
    Cabins: 6
    Capacity: max. 12 passengers


    Cabin

    The 6 double cabins are equipped with toilets and shower and offer enough space for your luggage.


    Catering

    Full board: Breakfast, Lunch package or Lunch on board, Dinner


    Languages on board

    English and Italian

    Bicycle

    Rental-Bicycles & equipment

    The following bikes are available for rental:

    • UNISEX-touring/trekking bicycles with a comfortable, deep entrance and 7-or 8-speed-hub circuit with hand pedal brake, as well as paniers.
    • E-Bikes
    • Other bikes: children’s bike, tandem, children’s seat, bikes with back pedal... on request

    Electric bikes | E-Bikes | Pedelecs

    We provide you with modern quality e-bikes with 7- or 8-speed hub gears and step-by-step selectable assistance for pedalling power. The range of the battery depends on the support level, riding style, body weight and terrain.

    IMPORTANT: book early, because of limited capacity!


    Bicycle breakdowns

    Breakdowns can happen, also when bikes are well serviced and maintained. Flats can be fixed by yourself. If there’s a difficult repair you may call the local representative. Please don’t get any repairs done on the bike without informing the tour operator/local representative and their approval.


    Bringing of own bikes

    Bringing your own bicycles is not possible on this trip! Exceptions may be made for special bikes but only after arrangement and confirmation!

    Useful

    Arrival - Parking - Departure

    Arrival by plane

    Airport: Catania
    On the day of arrival and departure a shared bus transfer from the airport to Milazzo is included.


    Transfer

    Shared bus transfer from and to Catania airport on the day of arrival (at 3.30 pm) and on the day of departure (departure at 9 am, arrival at Catania airport around 12) Please let us know in advance if you would like to use this transfer service (flight number and phone number required)


    Additional information

    Additional program (4 days/3 nights) from Milazzo to Catania is bookable for after the trip. The price includes: City taxes, 3 nights with breakfast, transfers according to the program.
    Minimum number of participants: 2 

    For prices see "Dates and Prices". More information in the itinerary.

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