Sicily & The Aeolian Islands

Bike & Boat - Guided - 8 Days / 7 Nights

The Aeolian Islands rise out of the cobalt-blue sea off Sicily’s north eastern coast. Island hop by a traditional wooden Turkish ‘caique’ through this archipelago of smouldering volcanoes and astonishing beauty, exploring the islands by bike.

Starting and finishing in Sicily’s port of Milazzo, cruise to the hissing island of Vulcano and swim in the crystalline sea water of the pool of Venere, named after the goddess Venus. On the island of Lipari visit Menalda and Valle Muria beach, two unspoiled places accessible only by boat. Enjoy the lake of Lingua on Salina and the exclusive and fashionable island of Panarea. Circumnavigate the Strombolicchio (natural lighthouse of Stromboli island), and watch in awe the unforgettable sight of the Sciara del Fuoco (Stream of Fire)- an amazing natural show of continuous and rhythmic volcanic activity.

Your Journey

Day 1:

Arrive Catania Airport 3.30 pm and transfer to Milazzo harbour.
6.00 pm embarkation and welcome dinner. Overnight in the port of Milazzo.

Day 2 Milazzo (14km):

Visit the Castle of Milazzo and Milazzo’s pretty Borgo Antico (Old Town). Dinner and overnight in Milazzo port.

Day 3 Vulcano (30km):

Cruise to the island of Vulcano. Visit the ‘Sulphur Island’, known for its therapeutic mud baths and hot springs. In the afternoon visit the main attraction the steaming volcano that towers over the island’s north eastern shores. Enjoy a regenerating dip in the crystal clear water of the ‘Piscina di Venere’ (pool of Venus) before cycling inland for spectacular sea and island views.

Day 4 Panarea (Lisca Bianca – Bottaro – Dattilo) and Stromboli (Sciara del fuoco):

Circumnavigate Panarea the smallest and most picture-perfect of the Aeolian Islands then sail to Stromboli and walk up (400m) to view the volcanic activity. At night watch in awe one of nature’s greatest shows - the ‘Sciara del Fuoco’ while the boat circumnavigates Stromboli.

Day 5 Panarea – Salina Island:

Explore the narrow, car free lanes of Panarea - particularly Drautto with its beautiful beach. Cruise to the Island of Salina and visit Hauner winery, where they grow the most succulent capers and the Malvasia grapes that are transformed into the famous sweet wine.

Day 6 Salina – Lipari (34km):

Cycle through the interior across the island of Salina to Rinella. Visit the lakes of Pollara and Lingua. Return to the boat and head for the largest island of the Aeolian Archipelago, Lipari. Overnight in the port of Lipari. Wander the lively town with its picturesque streets, lovely harbour and historic castle.

Day 8:

Disembark at 9 am from Milazzo harbour. A transfer is provided to Catania Airport.

Your Ship

The vessel is 24.5 metre long and 6.25 metre wide and comprises 6 double cabins each with shower & WC . The wooden caique was completely renovated in 2012. It is air conditioned and has a spacious dining area. There is plenty of deck space and comfortable beach mattresses to relax on while enjoying the sounds of the sea. The stern deck has a wide and elegant lounge.

Terrain

Easy to medium. Daily stages range from 14 to 34 km giving you plenty of time to enjoy the scenery. Ascents between 0 and 600m.

Meals

Full board.

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    Auckland 0622, New Zealand
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