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Highlights of this tour

In the heart of the Mediterranean Sea

Visit 5 Aeolian Islands

Explore UNESCO World Heritage landscapes

Barge with max. 12 passengers

  • Fully-guided: A tour leader will guide you during the cycling days
  • Semi-guided: Daily briefing by the tour leader, independent cycling but tour leader available ICE.
  • Independent: No tour leader, the ships’ crew does daily briefing, independent cycling
guidance Fully-guided
  • Level 1: easy tours, very flat terrain
  • Level 2: quite easy tours, mostly flat terrain
  • Level 3: requires a higher level of exertion, medium hilly terrain
  • Level 4: for experienced cyclists, hilly terrain with climbs
Difficulty level 2 Difficulty level 2
Duration of the tour.
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Bike and Barge Italy: Sicily + Aeolian Islands | Sundial

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 list. 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 volcano 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 round 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 to day program

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.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Milazzo

Individual arrival. Meeting at 3.30 p.m. at Catania airport. Collective transfer to Milazzo harbor. Embarkation at 6.00 p.m. at the Marina di Nettuno in Milazzo. Accommodation on board, welcome drink, dinner and presentation of the program. Night in the port of Milazzo.

Day 2 (Sun): Milazzo  (Approx. 14 km/9 mi., +100 m of altitude )

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 (Mon): Milazzo – island Vulcano | Vulcano, roundtour (Approx. 18 km/11 mi., + 400 m of altitude)

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 m.), 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 (Tue): Vulcano – Panarea – Stromboli – Panarea (3h30 walking, + 400 mt of altitude)

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 400m. above sea level, to admire the volcanic explosions at dusk. Picnic dinner in a nice panoramic point. Return on board, overnight in road stead in Stromboli.

Day 5 (Wed): Stromboli – Panarea (2h30 walking, flat) | Panarea – 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. Night in port in Salina.

Day 6 (Thu): Salina (Approx. 22 km/13 mi., 300 m of altitude) | Salina – 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. Dinner and night in the port of Lipari.

Day 7 (Fri): Lipari (Approx. 25 km/16 mi., 600 m of altitude) | Lipari – Milazzo

After breakfast we will start a fantastic coast to coast tour 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 ship. Navigation up to Milazzo. You are free for dinner. Overnight in port.

Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Milazzo

Disembark at 9.00 a.m. and collective transfer to Catania airport. Arrival in Catania airport at around 12-noon. End of the services.

Good to know

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.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

  • 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.
  • International groups, the official language of the tour is English.
  • Level of difficulty : 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.
  • Terrain: from plain to hilly, with a daily positive difference in height from 0 to 600 mt.

The daily stage is 15/25 km only and there is all the time to do the bike tour and to cycle with tranquility all along the itinerary. However, this tour is recommended to people who have a good experience in biking tours. Not suitable for children under 12 years old. Not suitable for beginners.

  • We strongly recommend you to bring an headlight with you for the Stromboli volcano day trip. If you don’t have one, you can rent it on site for 2€.
  • Electricity/Air-conditioning: During overnights in harbor, 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.


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.

Prices & information

Prices & availability

Below you see an overview of the available (blue) dates; the yellow dot means that this date has 2 or less cabins available, orange is ‘on request’ and red means that on this date there aren’t any cabins available. Then click on the preferred date. After this, choose your ship (some tours have only one ship, and therefore there is no choice), the number of cabins in the required (and available) category, any desired additional products, and ‘local costs’ (such as special dietary needs, which you usually pay for onboard). On the right side, you’ll find the ‘Booking Summary.’ After completing your preferences and necessary information click ‘Book now’ to finalize your booking.

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Pricing overview - 2020
Cabin type For all dates
Double cabin 2 pers. € 1295 Double cabin for single use 1 pers. € 1980
Included in this tour

8 days on the Sundial with crew (Saturday/Saturday), from/to Milazzo (Italy)

7 nights on the Sundial in a double cabin with shower/toilet

Collective bus transfer to and from Catania airport on arrival (at 3.30 pm) and departure day (at 9 am, arrival at airport around 12-noon). Please let us know in advance if you want to use this transfer, if so we need your flight details and mobile phone number

Full board ( from the dinner of day 1, to the breakfast of day 8 (picnic lunches or lunch on board) except one dinner in Salina and one dinner in Milazzo)

Bed linen and towels (1 change of towels per week)

Water during meals (1/2 lt bottled water per person for picnic lunches and water jars on the table at dinner)

Italian/English-speaking tour guide

Guided cycling tours

6 Overnights in port (and 1 night in road stead)

SGR guarantee scheme applicable

Excluded in this tour

Transfers to/from the docking place in Milazzo (except for bus transfer from Catania Airport to docking place and back on arrival and departure day)

Port charges: € 60 p.p. (obligated surcharge)

1 night in port Stromboli

1 dinner in Salina and 1 dinner in Milazzo

Rental bicycle or E-Bike (optional)

Bicycle / E-Bike protection (optional)

Rental bicycle helmet (optional)

Entrance fees & excursions (museum, parks, monuments)

Parking fee

Other transfers

Drinks on board

Personal (travel) insurances

Gratuities (at your discretion)

Additional options & information 2020
  • Rental bicycles: € 90 per bike/week
  • Rental E-Bike: € 180 per bike/week
  • Please click on the ship for more information about the rental bicycles.
  • Bike protection: € 25 per bike
  • E-Bike protection: € 50 per bike
  • Bike helmet: € 15 per helmet. Please reserve in advance. Are not obligated but strongly recommended.


Collective bus transfer: The pick up for the transfer on arrival day is scheduled at 03.30pm at Catania airport. The pick up on the last day from the boat is at 09.00am with a foreseen arrival at Catania airport at around 12.00pm.
For each booking we need to know if customers will take part to the collective transfer/s, if so we need flight details and a phone number.

Diets and allergies:
An additional supplement of 50€ per person will be charged in advance to provide gluten-free, lactose-free, vegetarian and vegan meals. In all other allergy or intolerance cases we will check the possibility of catering for it. In some cases an additional charge may apply.

Road stead:
During the tour the boat will be docked in a harbor during 6 nights, while on one night it will anchor in road-stead. The road-stead is a sheltered anchorage in a bay, which is an enclosed area with an opening to the sea. Natural road-steads 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 harbor also during the night that is scheduled in road-stead. Only and exclusively in this case, the clients will be asked to pay a supplement for the overnight in the harbor. 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).

Minimum number of participants: 4

Legal notice:
Boat Bike Tours is not the operator of this tour; this is a so called ‘partner tour’. Tour operator is: Girolibero, Vicenza, Italy


Italy: Sicily + Aeolian Islands Rated 9.3 out of 10 based on 3 reviews
4 stars

Lisa Pearson

Aeolian Islands boat bike tour was great! What a beautiful place! The Sundial was a beautiful boat with lovely meals and crew. There was limited air-conditioning and wifi available-some nights were quite warm in the little cabin. Tour was rated as a “2”-not accurate! Many hills and climbs-I am an avid biker and would recommend ebike for this tour.

5 stars


We did the Trip of Sicily and the Aeolian Islands. This trip was the best trip we ever took. Very exoctic we thought. However, the climate was pretty hot, and the air conditioning was sporadic making it hard to sleep which was an issue for all the guests, the wifi was also sporadic. The ship Sundial was beautiful, the tour…

Reply from Boat Bike Tours Thanks very much for your review. Team Boat Bike Tours.
5 stars


Really enjoyable holiday, well looked after by team leader and the crew, food excellent.

Reply from Boat Bike Tours Thanks very much for writing this review. Team Boat Bike Tours.
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