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The Aeolian Islands by Bike and Boat

Book now for 2020!

Book now for 2020!

Book now for 2020!

Book now for 2020!
  • 7 nights | 15 miles/day
  • Guided from: €1295
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  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

Let yourself be enchanted by this spectacular cruise in the heart of the Mediterranean sea. You will discover the pearls of Sicily, the extraordinary Aeolian islands, in a new and different 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.

Starting from Milazzo, you will reach the island of Vulcano, where you will first experience the volcano activities. Navigating on wonderful crystalline water, the journey continues to Panarea, with its large rocky ridges of Basiluzzo and Lisca Bianca. Then, we will enjoy one of the amazing highlights of this holiday, the "Sciara del Fuoco," an unforgettable natural show. In the background the continuous and rhythmic explosive activity of the Vulcan Stromboli, or "Iddu" ("Him") how the locals call him.

We will then head towards Salina, where you should not forget to have a "granita" at Alfredo's! Finally, we will enjoy a circular tour on the charming island of Lipari, whose village is full of nice restaurants and shops.

Welcome on board: be ready to experience a truly active journey intended to combine navigation and relaxation with cycling and walking tours, to enjoy the wonders of the Aeolian Islands.

Daily program

Day 1: Arrival in Milazzo
Meet at 3:30 at Catania airport and then transfer to Milazzo harbor. You will embark on the boat at 6:00pm at the Marina di Nettuno in Milazzo, after which you will enjoy a welcome drink, dinner, and presentation of the program.
Overnight at port of Milazzo

Day 2: Milazzo (9 miles/14 km, +/- 328ft elevation)
Departure by bike to reach Capo Milazzo (Milazzo Cape). You'll have the 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.
Overnight at port in Milazzo

Day 3: Vulcano (11 miles/18 km, +/- 1328ft elevation)
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, an 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 sulfur beach of the island, you can swing among underwater fumaroles. Dinner on board.
Overnight in port in Vulcano

Day 4: Panarea – Stromboli (3 1/2 hours walking, +/- 1328ft elevation)
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 vapors 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 meters above sea level to admire the volcanic explosions at dusk. Picnic dinner in a nice panoramic point.
Overnight at a roadstead* in Stromboli

Day 5: Stromboli – Panarea (2 1/2 hours flat walking) – Salina
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. 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; you are free for dinner in Salina.
Overnight in port in Salina

Day 6: Salina – Lipari (14 miles/22 km, +/- 984ft elevation)
Departure from the port and a great trip in the interior of 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 the lake of Lingua and Pollara, with the possibility to taste the very good "granita" of Alfredo. Return on board and navigation to Lipari. You can stroll around the charming village with its shops and restaurants. Dinner in port of Lipari.
Overnight in the port of Lipari

Day 7: Lipari (16 miles/25 km, +/- 1967ft elevation)
After breakfast, we will start a fantastic coast to coast 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 center rich in shops and restaurants. Return to the caique. Navigation up to Milazzo. You are free for dinner in Milazzo.
Overnight in the port of Milazzo

Day 8: Departure
Disembark at 9:00am and collective transfer to Catania airport. The transfer should arrive to the airport around 12:00 pm. End of the services.

The captain and the guide reserve the right to make alterations to the itinerary, depending on wind, sea and weather conditions or organizational requirements.

*The boat will be docked in port 6 nights of this tour. The remaining night, the ship will stay anchored in roadstead. The roadstead is a place outside the harbor where the ship can lie at anchor. It is an enclosed area with an opening to the sea. Natural roadsteads offer shelter from storms, winds and currents, and are frequently used for naval bases.

Route Map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

Dates

May 16, 23, 30; Jun 6, 13; Aug 29; Sep 5, 12, 19, 26, 2020

Prices

Prices are shown in the local currency EUR.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€ 1295
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
€ 685
Port charges (required, must be paid in advance)
€ 60
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 24-speed
€ 90
Electrically assisted bike
€ 180
Bike insurance, hybrid touring bike
€ 25
Bike insurance, electrically-assisted bike
€ 50
Please note: Instead of operating bicycle tours ourselves, BikeTours.com represents local bicycle tour operators around the world. Review the tour operator's information and terms below, then submit your booking request through BikeTours.com. The primary benefits of booking your tour through BikeTours.com include:
  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

Verde Natura Terms and Conditions

Individual reservations:

Cancellation fees
If clients need to cancel their booking before departure of a bike and hotel tour:

  • 60 days or more before the beginning of the trip: 15% of the total amount (min €50)
  • 59 – 30 days before the trip begins: 25% of the trip price
  • 29 – 21 days before the trip begins: 40% of the trip price
  • 20 – 11 days before the trip begins: 70% of the trip price
  • 10 – 4 days before the trip begins: 90% of the trip price
  • 3 days before the trip and no-show: 100% of the trip price

The calculation of the penalty fee does not include the day of withdrawal and the departure date. A declaration of withdrawal must be made in writing within the deadline of one working day prior to the booked departure date.

Cancellation fees
If clients need to cancel their booking before departure on a bike and boat tour:

  • 60 days or more before the beginning of the trip: 20% of the trip price
  • 59 –31 days before the trip begins: 30% of the trip price
  • 30 –21 days before the trip begins: 50% of the trip price
  • 20 –11 days before the trip begins: 70% of the trip price
  • 10 –1 days before the trip begins: 90% of the trip price
  • No-show: 100% of the trip price

If the minimum number of participants required for a trip is not met (4 or 8 participants), we reserve the right to cancel it. The decision about whether the trip will take place or not will be made as early as possible, 21 days before the beginning of the trip at the latest. In case of trip cancellation, the payments you have made for the only tour will be fully refunded. There can be no additional claims made against us.

Cancellation fees for a Charter

For cancellation after the confirm:

  • 180 days or more before the beginning of the trip: 20% of the trip price
  • 179 – 120 days before the trip begins: 30% of the trip price
  • 119 – 60 days before the trip begins: 50% of the trip price
  • 59 – 30 days before the trip begins: 90% of the trip price
  • 29 – departure day: 100% of the trip price

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