Aeolian archipelago: Panarea, Stromboli, Vulcano
8 days / 7 nights | Bike & Boat | Guided bike tours
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 these 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. On 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 do not have to 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 relax with cycling and walking tours, to enjoy the wonders of the Aeolian Islands.
Day 1: Individual arrival
Meeting at 15.30 at Catania airport. Collective transfer to Milazzo harbour. Embarkation at 18.00 at the Marina di Nettuno in Milazzo (Me). Accommodation on board, welcome drink, dinner and presentation of the program. Night in the port of Milazzo.
Day 2: Milazzo (Cycling 14 km / 9 miles, +/- 100 mt)
Departure by bike to reach Capo Milazzo (Milazzo Cape). 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.
Day 3: Vulcano (Cycling 18 km / 12 miles, +/- 400 mt)
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, 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 sulphur beach of the island, you can swing among underwater fumaroles. Dinner on board and overnight in port in Vulcano.
Day 4: Panarea and Stromboli (3h30 walking, +/- 400 mt)
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 vapours 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 400m. above sea level, to admire the volcanic explosions at dusk. Pic nic dinner in a nice panoramic point. Return on board, overnight in roadstead in Stromboli..
Day 5: Stromboli – Panarea (2h30 walking, flat) – 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 to 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, dinner and night in port in Salina.
Day 6: Salina (Cycling 22 km / 14 miles, +/-300 mt) – Lipari
Departure from the port and great cycling trip on 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 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. You can stroll around the nice and charming village of Lipari, with several shops and good restaurants. You are free for dinner. Overnight in the port of Lipari.
Day 7: Lipari (Cycling 25 km / 16 miles, +/- 600 mt)
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 centre rich in shops and restaurants. Return to the caique. Navigation up to MIlazzo. Dinner on board and overnight in port.
Day 8: departure
Disembarkation at 09 am and collective transfer to Catania airport. Arrival in Catania airport at around 12. End of the services.
Note: The captain and the guide reserve the right to make alterations to the itinerary, depending on wind, sea and weather conditions or organizational requirements.
We wish to specify that this is not a sailing trip. The ship is a motor vessel, it has sails but the navigation is powered by engines.
Please note: All cycling distances stated above are approximate only.