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 anew and different way. During this week on board of a caicco,you will discover the seven islands of volcanic origin, today part of UnescoWorld Heritage. You will reach the creeks of Vulcano, the cave of the Cavallo (Horse)and the pool of Venere, that owes its name to the goddess Venus, and has a wonderful crystalline water. The journey continues to the stacks Menalda in Lipari and to Valle Muria beach, two unspoiled places only reachable by boat; then the route reaches the lake of Linguain Salina, where you must forget to have a “granita”at Alfredo’s!
The tour touches Panarea, with its large rocky ridges of Basiluzzo and Lisca Bianca, an ideal place for a lunch with typical Aeolian products;and finally, after having circumnavigated the Strombolicchio, the natural lighthouse of the island of Stromboli, we 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 it.
It is not just a matter of watching and observing, but a truly active journey intended to combine navigation and relaxation with cycling tours to enjoy the wonders of the Aeolian Islands.
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
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. Spend the first night in the port of Milazzo.
Day 2: Milazzo (14 km)
Visit to the Castle of Milazzo and its ancient village, witness of the passage of Giuseppe Garibaldi, who conquered the Italian unification. Return to the Marina of Milazzo and the caique. Dinner and night in port.
Day 3: Vulcano (18 km)
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 ( 3.5 hours walking)
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 (2.5 hours 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 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 – Lipari (22 km)
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 (25 Km)
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
Disembark at 09 am and collective transfer to Catania airport.
From gently rolling to quite hilly, always along the coast line. Daily stages are quite short and you do not need to be a very experienced cyclist, but a good level of fitness is essential. All cycle days are between 15 and 35km only, with no time constraints imposed.
MS Sundial, 4 star
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 Turkish shipwrights still in use. The solid structure of pine and mahogany makes the navigation really comfortable.
The caique has been completely renovated in 2012 and has 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 small 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 take advantage of a large solarium and lie down on comfortable beach mattresses enjoying the sound of the sea while moored or motoring to your next port of call. 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.
The nearest airport is Catania. Round trip transfers to and from Catania Airport on days 1 and 8 are included.
TOUR SCHEDULE & PRICE
2020 Departures: May 16, 23, 30; Jun 6, 13; Aug 29; Sep 5, 12, 19, 26
|Price per person, double occupancy||CAD||$2335|
|Single cabin supplement||$1250|
THIS TOUR INCLUDES:
During the tour the boat will be docked in the port on 6 nights. The one 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.
Exclusively in exceptional cases (unfavorable meteorological and/or sea conditions), for safety reasons, the ship may have to return into the port also during a night that is scheduled in roadstead.
Only and exclusively in this case, the clients will be asked to pay the tax 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 (approximately from 20 to 50€ per person per night, subject to changes).
If two nights are scheduled in roadstead, but clients will be asked to pay for just one night in port in case the ship cannot stay in roadstead. The second one will be offered free of charge.
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
Station Mall, 293 Bay St., Sault Ste Marie, P6A 1X3
Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment