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Italy - Sicily Aeolian Islands

Italy - Sicily Aeolian Islands

Degree of difficulty - B

We explore the extraordinary Aeolian islands,  located off Sicily , in a unique way.

During this week, on board of a caicco, you will discover the seven islands of volcanic origin, today part of the Unesco World Heritage. You will reach the creeks of Vulcano, the cave of the Cavallo (Horse) and the pool of Venere, that owes its name to the goddess Venus, and has a wonderful crystalline water. The journey continues to the stacks Menalda in Lipari and to Valle Muria beach, two unspoiled places only reachable by boat; then the route reaches the lake of Lingua in Salina, where you do not have to forget to have a “granita” at Alfredo’s! The tour touches Panarea, with its large rocky ridges of Basiluzzo and Lisca Bianca, an ideal place for a lunch with typical Aeolian products; and finally, after having circumnavigated the Strombolicchio, the natural lighthouse of the island of Stromboli, we 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 it.

DAY 1 (Sat) Embarkation
Meeting at 15.30 at Catania airport. Collective transfer to Milazzo harbour (from Catania airport). Embarkation at 18.00 at the Marina di Nettuno in Milazzo, accommodation on board, welcome drink, dinner and resentation of the program. Night in the port of Milazzo.

DAY 2 (Sun) Milazzo (approx. 9 mi. /14 km)
Visit of the Castle of Milazzo and its ancient village, discover the passage of Giuseppe Garibaldi, who conquered the Italian unification with the mission of the “Mille”. Return to the Marina of Milazzo with the caique, dinner and night in port.

DAY 3 (Mon) Vulcano (approx. 19 mi. /30 km)
We navigate towards the island of Vulcano. Breakfast and morning are at your disposal to visit the “ Sulphur Island”. Vulcano is famous for its sulphurous pit where it is possible to in a natural mud bath, healthy and relaxing for your skin! Regenerating bath in the “Piscina di Venere” (pool of Venus). Finally, you will explore by bike the hinterland of the island towards Piano Grillo, anideal place to admire an amazing panorama. Dinner on board and overnight in port in Vulcano.

DAY 4 (Tues) Panarea(Lisca Bianca – Bottaro – Dattilo) (Rest Day) 
              & Stromboli (Sciara del fuoco)
After breakfast the morning will be spent circumnavigating Panarea, the smallest of the Aeolian Islands. The geological and eruptive activity has deeply changed the appearance of the island during the millennia because of the constant earthquakes that have literally collapsed the main part of the volcanic complex in the sea. Panarea was for a long time the widest island of the eolian archipelago and as witness of this there are numerous little islands in the north-east (Basiluzzo, Spinazzola, Lisca Bianca, Lisca Nera, Bottaro e Dattilo) resulting from eruptions of a single, vast, original volcanic complex sunk into the sea following a violent eruption. The volcanic activity is still clearly visible on the island where fumaroles vapours rise up through the cracks between the rocks. Lunch on board and navigation towards Stromboli. Walking trip till 400m. Above sea level, to admire the volcanic explosions. Return on board to have dinner, while the boat circumnavigates Stromboli to admire the show of the “Sciara del Fuoco” at night. Navigation up to Panarea, overnight in roadstead.

DAY 5 (Wed) Panarea – Salina, Malvasia Island (Rest Day)
Breakfast on board and free time in the morning to visit the little village of Panarea, the Drautto beach and the prehistoric village. Lunch on board and sail up the Island of Salina. Disembarkation in Salina and visit to the winery Hauner, that produces capers and Malvasia, a very famous local wine, exported all over the world. Return to the caique, night in port in Salina. Dinner on board.

DAY 6 (Thurs) Salina (approx. 21 mi. /34 km)
Departure from the port and great trip in the interior of the biggest island of the Aeolian Archipelago. You will cycle till Rinella, at the extreme opposite cape of the Island. 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. Free time to visit the village, with the possibility to visit the archaeological museum Bernabò Breà, a Liguria archaeologist who founded in Lipari the museum about the prehistory of the Aeolian Islands. Dinner on board and overnight in the port of Lipari.

DAY 7 (Fri) Lipari (approx 15 mi. / 25 km)
Breakfast and navigation till Lipari. Then we will start a fantastic coast to coast by bike, you will pass the white beaches, due to the ancient industrial activity for the extraction of pumice, and then Canneto, an exclusive summer resort, 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 (Sat) Disembarkation
After breakfast, check-out until 9.00 am and transfer journey to Catania airport for departure.

We reserve the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind and weather conditions and where required by organizational necessities. If external circumstances and weather conditions allow it, it is possible to cover longer distances during the night. The extra time thus gained could be used during the day for extending the cycling program.

€1,425 per person sharing cabin
€2,120 single cabin supplement - on request, subject to availability:

A limited number of E-bikes are available at a supplement of +€90

Tour Includes

• 7 nights on a ship in a standard double cabin with shower/toilet
• Catering as mentioned in itinerary (7 x breakfast & 6 dinners on board plus picnic lunches)
• One set transfer to/from start and finish points  to Catania Airport
• Guided or individual cycling tours as described in itinerary
• Bed linen and towels
• 21-gear hybrid bicycle incl. pannier
• Overview-maps for the daily tours (on board)
• English and Italian speaking tour guide

Not included in the tour price:
• Drinks onboard (Tally sheet to be paid to the captain) and local tax €20-€40 per person.
• Insurance against theft and damage of the rental 21-speed hybrid bike €10 / per week or rental E-bike €20 / week (not insured deliberate damages)
• Tips for tour guides and crew
• Entrance fees for sights not included in the tour price

Group tour dates ( Red = booked out / not available, Blue = Limited Availability and Green = available)

18-May, 25-May,
1-June, 15-June, 22-June,
7-September, 14-September, 28-September,

Self Guided Tour Information

Self guided tours are not available on this route

Caicco Sundial is a 24.5 meters long and 6.25 meters wide Turkish caique.
It 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 and gathers 6 double cabins (with private facilities, shower and WC): it 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 take advantage of a large solarium and lie down on comfortable beach mattresses enjoying the sound of the sea. The stern deck has a wide and elegant lounge. Catering on board is an excellent combination of fresh seafood and vegetables, pasta and meat all with the scent of the Mediterranean herbs.

This boat is a motor vessel. It does have sails but is powered by engines.

How to get to the start point in Sicily: 

We recommend flying to Catania airport.
Meeting at 15.30 in Catania airport. Collective transfer to Milazzo harbour (from Catania airport inclided in the price).
Embarkation at 18.00 at the Marina di Nettuno in Milazzo

For more information please see our tour details on the itinerary tab

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