Location: Italy | Sicily | Milazzo
Price: From € 1.255,-

Boat Bike Tour Italy: Sicily | Sailing Ship 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. 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.


Sicilia (19)


  • Dates/Prices Sicily

  • Ship information

    Sailing Ship Sundial

    Sundial is a 24,5 meters long and 6,25 meters wide Turkish caique. It was built in the shipyard Vedat Sungul of Bodrum in Turkey, using the ancient art of the Turks shipwrights still in use. The solid structure in pine and mahogany woods makes the navigation really comfortable. The caique has been completely renovated in 2012 and gathers 6 double cabins: it can accommodate up to 12 people. All cabins are equipped with private services with hot and cold water and shower and a little wardrobe with enough space to place bags and luggage (please exclude rigid luggage). The whole caique is furbished with air conditioning and comfortable inner spaces such as the spacious dinette. The guests can also relax on comfortable beach mattresses on the large sundeck, enjoying the sound of the sea. The stern deck has a wide and elegant lounge. The catering on board is an excellent combination of fresh seafood and vegetables, pasta and meat all with the scent of the Mediterranean herbs.
    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.

  • Program Sicily

    Tour Details Italy: Sicily | Sailing Ship Sundial

    Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Milazzo
    Individual arrival. Meeting at 15:30 at Catania airport. Collective bus transfer to Milazzo harbour. Embarkation at 18.00 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 – Vulcano | Vulcano, roundtour (Approx. 18 km/11 mi., + 4oo 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 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 (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 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. 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, dinner and 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. You are free for dinner. Overnight 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 caique. Navigation up to Milazzo. Dinner on board and overnight in port.

    Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Milazzo
    Disembark at 9 am and collective transfer to Catania airport. Arrival in Catania airport at around 12-noon. End of the services.

    Details: In italics printed parts will be covered by the ship.

    All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
    When a guest does not want to cycle one day, he or she can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.
    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.

  • Included

    – 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 and departure day;
    – Full board ( from the dinner of day 1, to the breakfast of day 8 (picnic lunches or lunch on board) except one dinner in Lipari);
    – Bed linen and towels (1 change of towels per week);
    – Italian/English-speaking tour guide;
    – Guided cycling tours;
    – 6 Overnights in port (and 1 night in road stead).

    – 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);
    – Reservation fee;
    – 1 night in port Stromboli;
    – 1 dinner in Lipari;
    – Bicycle rental (24-speed and pannier bag);
    – Entrance fees & excursions (museum, parks, monuments);
    – Parking fee;
    – Drinks on board;
    – Insurance;
    – Tips for tour-guides and crew (at your discretion).

    Reservation fee: €15 per booking/group (obligatory);
    Rental bicycle with 24 gear, hand- and/or pedal brakes, pannier bag: €80 per week (optional)
    Rental E-Bike: €170 per week (only on request, limited number available, early booking recommendable)

  • Cabin types and prices 2018

    Departures on Saturdays from/to Milazzo (Italy) on:
    May 26; June 9, 16 and 23; August 25; September 1, 8 and 22, 2018.

    TOURPRICE 2018 per person:

    Twin cabin:                                  € 1,255 p.p.
    Twin cabin for single use:    € 1,980 (only on request available)

    Bike rental (24-speed):        €     80
    E-Bike rental:                        €   170 (limited and on request available)

    Reservation fee:                   €     15 per booking/group (obligated)

  • Good to know

    On board: aluminium city bikes for gents and ladies with 24 speeds Shimano, hand brake (backpedal is not available) and one big lateral waterproof pannier bag, soft saddle. For each cabin one lock is provided. In case of the puncturing of a tyre or the fall of the chain the guide will help the guests. The price for these rental bikes is €80 per week. Bike rent is optional. Guests may bring their own bicycles (at no additional charge, but 100% at own risk); In this case the crew and organizing company are not liable for any damage, loss or theft of the own bicycle during the tour.

    Bike helmets are not obligated but strongly recommended. Please bring your own helmet or you can rent a helmet. The price for a helmet is € 10 per week, payable on site, reservation in advance.

    Level of difficulty : MEDIUM
    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.

    During the nights of the tour the boat will be docked in the port during 6 nights. The remaining night the ship will stay anchored in road-stead. The road-stead 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 road steads offer shelter from storms, winds and currents, and are frequently used for naval bases.

    Exclusively in exceptional cases (unfavorable meteorological and/or sea conditions), for safety reasons, the ship must return in the port also during the nights that are scheduled in road stead. Only and exclusively in this case, the guests will be asked to pay the relative price for the stay in the port. This amount, variable from port to port, will be divided among all the participants of the tour and will be paid directly on site (approx. from €20 to €50 per person per night, subject to changes).

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

    Boat Bike Tours BV
    ’t Prooyen 3-B
    1141 VD Monnickendam
    The Netherlands
    Tel: +31 299 313071
    Fax: +31 299 313065

    Minimum number of passengers for this tour is 4.

    If the minimum number of passengers is not been reached, the tour operator (Verde Natura SRL, Capri, Italy) reserve the right to cancel the tour. 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 of the only tour will be fully refunded. There can be no additional claims made against us.

    Stand: July 18th, 2017

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