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Guided Bike and Barge / Original tour

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Italy / Sicily among the Aeolian Islands

Aboard the Caique Sundial

You will be enchanted by this spectacular cruise among the extraordinary Aeolian islands. On board of a Caique, a traditional fishing boat, you will discover these volcanic islands, today part of the Unesco World Heritage list. Starting from Milazzo, on the north-east coast of Sicily, your first stop will be the island of Vulcano. The journey continues then to Panarea, with its large rocky ridges. On the background you will admire the continuous explosive activity of the volcano Stromboli. You will then head towards Salina, where you cannot miss to taste a typical “granita”! Finally you will enjoy a round tour on the charming island of Lipari. 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, also known as the pearls of Sicily.
  • Day by Day

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    1. Milazzo
    Individual arrival and meeting at 3.30 p.m. at Catania airport, where you will be transferred to Milazzo harbour. Embarkation is at 6 p.m. at the Marina di Nettuno in Milazzo. Accommodation on board, welcome drink, dinner and presentation of the programme. Overnight in the harbour of Milazzo.    

    2. Milazzo (15 km cycling)
    Today you will cycle towards Capo Milazzo, where you will have the chance to bathe in the wonderful “Venus Pool”, a protected natural sea pool. Once back in Milazzo, you can visit the Castle and its ancient hamlet. Overnight in the harbour of Milazzo.

    3. Vulcano (20 km cycling)
    The Caique Sundial will start navigating towards the island of Vulcano, the so called “Sulphur Island”, where you will discover by bike the hinterland of the island towards Piano Grillo, an ideal place to admire an amazing landscape. Then you will have free time in the afternoon. Some suggestions: you can walk up to the crater of the volcano, you can have a mud bath in the sulphur beach of the island or you can swim among underwater fumaroles. Overnight in the harbour of Vulcano.  

    4. Panarea  –  Stromboli (3h30 walking)
    After breakfast you will head towards Panarea. You will stop for a swim close to the little islands of Lisca Bianca, Bottara and Dattilo, where the volcanic activity is still clearly visible. Once in Panarea, the smallest of the Aeolian Islands, you will have lunch at anchor in a nice bay. Then the Caique Sundial will navigate towards Stromboli, with a superb view over the Sciara del Fuoco, the famous talus scree of Stromboli. In the late afternoon, the programme foresees a walking trip up to 400mt above sea level, to admire the volcanic explosions at dusk. Then you will have your picnic dinner in a nice panoramic point. Overnight in roadstead (sheltered anchorage) in Stromboli.

    5. Stromboli – Panarea (2h30 walking) – Salina  
    After breakfast you will navigate back towards Panarea. You will stop at anchor in the bay of Porto San Pietro, where you will enjoy a nice walk to visit the little village of Panarea, Drautto beach and its prehistoric village. Then you will have your picnic lunch at Cala Junco and go back on board. Afterwards you will head towards the island of Salina, where you will visit a local shop and taste several local products. Free dinner and overnight in the harbour of Salina.  

    6. Salina (20 km cycling) – Lipari
    You will start cycling directly in Salina; from Santa Marina, on the east coast, you will reach Pollara, a panoramic point on the west coast, where you will visit the lake of Lingua and Pollara, with the possibility to taste a very good “granita”. Back on board, the Caique Sundial will navigate up to Lipari, where you can stroll around its nice and charming village. Overnight in the harbour of Lipari.

    7. Lipari (25 km cycling)
    After breakfast you will enjoy a wonderful coast to coast by bike. Starting from the hamlet of Lipari, you will pass along the beautiful village and beach of Canneto. You will have your picnic lunch at the panoramic point of Quattrocchi and then go back to the historical centre, rich in shops and restaurants. Back on board, the Caique Sundial will navigate up to Milazzo. Free dinner and overnight in the harbour of Milazzo.  

    8. Milazzo
    Check-out at 9am after breakfast and collective transfer to Catania airport. Arrival in Catania airport at around 12.   

     

    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday.
    The captain and the guide reserve the right to make alterations to the itinerary, depending on wind, sea and weather conditions or organizational requirements.
    This is not a sailing trip. The ship is a motor vessel, it has sails but the navigation is powered by engines.

    During the tour the boat will be docked in a harbour during 6 nights, while on one night it will anchor in roadstead. The roadstead is a sheltered anchorage in a bay, which is an enclosed area with an opening to the sea. Natural roadsteads offer shelter from storms, winds and currents.
    In exceptional cases (bad meteorological and/or sea conditions), for safety reasons, the ship might have to return to the harbour also during the night that is scheduled in roadstead.
    Only and exclusively in this case, the clients will be asked to pay a supplement for the overnight in the harbour. This amount, variable from port to port, will be divided among all participants and will be paid directly on site (approximately 20-50 € per person per night, subject to changes).

     

     

  • Route profile
    • Total length cycling: 80 km
    • Total vertical up cycling: 1,400 mt
    • Terrain: 50% tarmac, 50% unpaved


    This tour foresees 4 cycling days and 2 walking days.

    The terrain is from plain to hilly, with a daily positive difference in height from 0 to 600 mt. The caique is moored at night and typically sets sail after breakfast, meeting up with the guests in the afternoon. Some parts of the itinerary are undertaken by caique.

    Leisure to Moderate: some days the itinerary will be flat, others it will present some hills. Suitable for everyone in good physical condition and with some cycling experience.

     

  • How to get there
    Milazzo is connected with the following airports:
    Catania (150 km)
    Trains
    For further information on timetables and prices you can consult the following website: www.trenitalia.com.

     

  • Accommodation and meals

    The Caique Sundial is equipped with:

    • 6 Standard Double cabins of approx. 8 m2.


    All cabins are air-conditioned and enjoy en-suite facilities and a small wardrobe. Bed size is 1,95 x 1,20 m.

    There is a 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 Caique has free WiFi.

    During overnights in harbour, electricity on board is always available. During the night in roadstead, the power generator is turned off late in the evening in order to grant a quiet rest to clients on board.

    Air conditioning cannot be granted 24h/24h, especially during the night. Air conditioning is not available when the Caique is moored in roadstead and cannot be regulated from the cabins.

     

     

  • Bikes and accessories

    In this tour you can rent:

    • City bike with 24 gears
    • E-bike

     

    A bicycle rental contract has to be signed on the spot.

     

    All rented adult bikes are equipped with:

    • 1 one-sided saddlebag
    • 1 handlebar bag
    • 1 water bottle (0.75 l)
    • 1 bike lock per cabin


    At the moment of booking you can also rent helmets.

     

     

  • By your side

    Welcome briefing

    At 6 p.m. a meeting with the tour guide is scheduled. Presentation of the tour and the crew.

     

    Tour leader

    Our tour leaders are carefully selected and rigorously trained and speak at least English. They are experienced enthusiastic travelers who have a true passion for sharing their love of the outdoors, peoples, cultures and local food. Thanks to their knowledge of the territory, they can give you useful hints and help you appreciate the place you are visiting. Of course they love cycling and will be happy to give you some advice on how to correctly use the bicycle gears and whenever necessary they can fix a flat tyre. As we like to say, our tour leaders are AOC (Controlled Designation of Origin), and will help you explore the land  and live an unforgettable experience.

     

    Staff support

    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us as follows:
    - office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
    - Caique Sundial phone number every day 8:00-20:00.

Tour details

 

from 1,295 €

8 days / 7 nights, in double cabin

Tour type

Guided Tour

 

Departures

SA 16.05, 23.05, 30.05, 6.06, 13.06, 29.08, 5.09, 12.09, 19.09, 26.09.2020

 

Price per person

1,295 € in double cabin

 

Included

  • 7 overnights (6 nights in harbour and 1 night in roadstead on day 4)
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner; picnic or on board) - except one dinner in Salina and one in Milazzo
  • 1/2 l bottle of water for lunch and water in jug for dinner
  • Sheets and towels (one change per week)
  • English speaking tour leader
  • Bus transfer from and to Catania airport on day 1 and day 8

 

Not included

  • Beverages on board
  • 1 dinner in Salina (day 5) and 1 dinner in Milazzo (day 7)
  • Additional harbour charges only if the caique cannot anchor in roadstead on day 4
  • Headlight for the Stromboli volcano trip (day 5)
  • Museums, fees and extras in general
  • Tips
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”

 

Supplements per person

685 € single cabin
50 € special diet (gluten-free, lactose-free, vegetarian and vegan diets)

90 € Touring bike
180 € E-bike
15 € helmet rental
25 € bike protection
50 € E-bike protection

60 € harbour charges (mandatory, to be paid in advance)

 

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