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Island hopping in Italy: our eight-day exclusive cycling, hiking and boat trip to Sicily and the Aeolian Islands takes you to a magical corner of the world full of natural wonders and history. On the Aeolian Islands, you will experience Bella Italia in a particularly multifaceted way. The archipelago off the north coast of Sicily includes the seven main islands of Lipari, Vulcano, Salina, Filicudi, Alicudi, Panarea and Stromboli. They are of volcanic origin, some of the volcanoes are still active today and have created a wonderful world of multi-colored rock formations.
You will explore the island paradise of the Aeolian Islands from Milazzo on board the two-masted motorsailer Sundial. Once you have arrived in the harbor, you will set off on an exploration tour by bike or on foot in the company of your expert guide. Discover enchanting nature as well as traditional island villages and look forward to delicious local specialties on board and ashore. The spectacular volcanic islands with the affectionate nickname "Seven Sisters" will surprise you!
The Sundial is a charming, wooden, two-masted motorsailer in the traditional design of a Turkish gullet, on which you will immediately feel at home. There is space on board for a maximum of 12 passengers, who are accommodated in six double cabins below deck. This means you can enjoy your vacation on the Sundial in a small, informal group. The common areas and cabins are equipped with all the amenities to ensure that you have a comfortable journey.
All cabins have their own bathroom with shower, washbasin and toilet. There is also a small closet, air conditioning and the portholes can be opened…
For our hybrid bike tours, we use reliable, low maintenance hybrid bikes with aluminum frames in various sizes. Twenty years of experience in bike tourism has given us the knowledge and confidence to select the right components for the requirements of an Islandhopping tour. Our bikes ensure a carefree riding experience for our cycling enthusiasts.…
All our e-bikes are high quality pedelecs, most of which are fitted with Bosch motors with extra battery range. They are characterized by their relatively light weight and great components. Some of our fleet are equipped with other motor systems. With an Islandhopping e-bike, you will be able to climb almost any hill with ease. They are a true set of wings for anyone who needs a little ‘tail wind’ to make their ride that little bit more enjoyable. …
The below calendar lists the basic cruise price per person. The final cruise price depends on cabin type, cabin occupancy and any additional optional services. The prices for additional optional services are listed below the travel calendar. The green checkmark indicates that the trip is secured.
Children up to age 16 receive a discount of 25 % on the basic tour price (not combinable with any other discount / does not apply for single occupancies).
Your port of embarkation is Milazzo in northern Sicily, aprx. 130 km from Catania airport.
The docking location of your boat can be found here :
⇒ Position in Google Maps
You can check in on board from 6 pm on the day of embarkation. If you have not booked a transfer, please call your local tour guide to find out the exact berth. The relevant telephone number can be found in your travel documents.
The fastest, cheapest and most convenient way to get to Sicily is by air. There are flights to Catania from many international airports.
When booking your flight, please note that your outbound flight should land in Catania at 2:45 pm at the latest and your return flight should take off at 1:30 pm at the earliest if you wish to take advantage of the free shared transfers between Catania airport and Milazzo. The departure time of your collective transfer on the day of arrival is 3:30 pm. The transfer on the day of departure is at 9:00 am from the ship.
To make your arrival and departure as smooth as possible, we recommend that you book our free shared transfers between the airport and the ship. These are only available on embarkation and disembarkation days.
If you would like an exclusive airport transfer or hotel transfer, you are welcome to book this with us in advance. The transfer prices can be found in the table "Additional bookable services"
You are of course free to book an individual transfer yourself (e.g. with Connecto Transfers) or use the regular train service between Catania and Milazzo.
Due to our international audience all Islandhopping tours are conducted bilingually, in English and German.
The planned itinerary is subject to change due to nautical, technical, meteorological reasons, or any other unforeseen circumstances. Should the conditions render a planned sailing route unsafe, the captain reserves the right to change course. While some adventure and spontaneity are to be expected in every Sail & Bike tour, the departure and arrival days and location (Amsterdam) are fixed. For the rest of the time, the captain decides day by day on the best route and discusses the options with his guests. The crew do whatever they can to run the program according to plan and to offer you a fascinating, varied, and active week, in which both nature and culture play a major part. It is however possible that departure times, the time spent on the water, and even the order of the program itself will have to be adjusted. So, enjoy the experience and the adventure and let the elements lead the way! Wherever possible, the ship will sail under full sail. You are more than welcome to help the crew sail and steer the ship. No sailing experience is required.
The daily tours average in length between 15 -25 km and 400 – 800 feet of elevation and lead predominantly through hilly and mountainous terrain and can be completed without time constraints. Participants will also need to master longer, steep climbs, during which they are of course permitted to push their bicycles. Most of the roads are asphalted and rarely frequented by traffic. Your tour guide will inform you each day about the tour details. You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend on board the boat, instead of taking a planned bicycle tour.
On most of our Bike & Boat tours you can choose between a hybrid bike and an e-bike. However, the guided group pace is based on the speed of the hybrid bike cyclists. Those who rent an e-bike on a hybrid bike tour are asked to show consideration for those who ride without electronic assistance. Hybrid bike cyclists need more breaks and more time to cycle the hills. We thank you for your understanding.
Helmets are mandatory on our bike tours. It is advised to bring your own, well fitted, helmet with you as our rental helmet numbers are limited (reservation required).
We believe that only children with a good physical condition and previous bicycle tour experience and a minimum age of 10 are able to master the cycle tours with their own strength. Please note that the minimum height for a rental bike is 1.50 m (5 ft.) for hybrid bikes.
For the best tour experience with children, we recommend our Multi-Adventure tours in Croatia or Greece. We are convinced that these itineraries provide the best all-round experience for each individual family member when travelling as a family.
On this trip it is not possible to bring your own bikes due to lack of space on board.
If you do not bring your own bike, you can rent a hybrid bike or e-bike along with a pannier bag for the duration of the Sail & Bike tour. Except for the time when the (e-)bike is on the deck of ship, you are responsible and liable for your rental bike and accessories for the duration of the rental period. This means you should always lock your bicycle when it is parked on land, and you take the pannier bag with you. It is of great importance that you pay attention to and follow the instructions given by the tour leader where and how to park your bike. In case of damage to or theft of the bike, the costs will be charged to you.
Please note: For safety reasons, we do not allow the use the rental (e-) bikes for self-arranged bike rides in Amsterdam.
Please bring your personal belongings in foldable travel bags. Please avoid hard protective cases. They will be too heavy to store within your cabin.
This tour includes full board (7 x breakfast, 7 x packed lunches, 6 x dinner).
Please do not forget that the ship is your hotel as well as a machine, which has to be maintained and operated – day and night. A certain level of noise is therefore inevitable.
This italian trip is operated by a partner tour operator and so can vary in comparison to traditional Islandhopping tours.
As this tour is operated in cooperation with a partner tour operator, the cancelation conditions vary to those of Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH (Islandhopping). You can withdraw from the travel contract up until the beginning of the trip. Cancellation is valid when your written statement reaches us.
If you cancel on the starting day of the trip or if you do not appear for the start of the trip, we charge the full trip price. If you miss the start of the trip or are prevented from traveling due to incomplete travel documents, this will be considered a cancellation.
Reservation changes are handled the same way as cancellations. We charge a 50 € fee for changes made to your reservation 28 days or more before the beginning of the trip. Any later changes (if possible) will need to be handled as a cancellation and new registration. Cancellation and reservation change fees are due immediately.