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Italy Bike & Boat: Sicily & The Aeolian Islands - The Sundial

8 Days & 7 Nights 5 Read 1 reviews
  • Cycle, sail, and hike the volcanic Aeolian Islands of Sicily.
  • Fresh authentic Sicilian food, such as caponata.
  • Mud baths and beaches of Vulcano.
  • Explore caves and geological wonders that can only be reached by boat.
  • Take in a natural fireworks show at Vulcan Stromboli.
Cycle, sail, and hike Sicily’s volcanic Aeolian Islands on this bike and boat tour. By day enjoy geological wonders of these lush volcanic islands and in the evening dine on delicious authentic Sicilian arancini and relax aboard the ship. Explore the creeks of Vulcano, the Cave of the Cavallo, and the Pool of Venere, named after the goddess Venus. Circumnavigate the Strombolicchio, the natural lighthouse of the island of Stromboli, bringing you to one of the highlights of the tour, the “Sciara del Fuoco,” where you will get to walk up the volcano. From there take in the unspoilt Menalda Stacks in Lipari and Valle Muria beach, sites only reachable by boat. All the while enjoying a truly active holiday that allows you to relax while sailing after your daily hikes or cycling.

What To Expect

This is a guided tour that has been graded easy to moderate with cycling distances up to 25 km. Following your guide you can relax and not worry about having to navigate the way, you only have to worry about being on board in time for a delicious dinner and departure! This trip is perfectly suited for the occasional to regular leisure cyclists that are also happy to hike short distances. Enjoy a comfortable accommodation onboard of The Sundial to return to without having to unpack more than once.

Trip Style:

Small Group Guided | Benefit from an expert leader and join a group of like-minded adventurers.


Bike and Boat | A combination of cycling and cruising or sailing, your overnight accommodation will be on boat or barge style accommodation.

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Foodie Adventures
  • Luxury & Unique Stays
  • Coastal & Island


Grade & Terrain

All of your cycling on this trip is guided (Italian and English speaking guides). The cycling routes follow a combination of quiet country and coastal roads and some busier routes closer to towns and villages, so please do be mindful of other road users. This boat & bike tour is well-suited to those who want to cycle short distances on quiet country and coastal roads but don’t mind the odd hill now and again. You’ll generally start the day uphill as you will cycle from sea level up to local villages, towns and other points of interest. We would suggest that you get out on your bike for a couple of back to back days of cycling prior to travel. This trip is rated easy to moderate and is 103 km in total of cycling, and the daily distance is between 15 and 25 km. There is ample time for the bike tours to be completed at a leisurely pace as your guide will stop at all major points of interest along the way.


Each ride will be guided so you don't have to worry about finding your way.

Accommodation Information

You will spend each night on the water in your comfortable en-suite cabin. Your boat is always docked at night and only sails during the day. You will stay on the Sundial which is a Turkish caique boat. The boat was built in Turkey using the ancient art of Turkish shipwrights, the boat is a solid structure of pine and mahogany. The boat is 24.5 meters long and 6.25 meters wide and can accommodate up to 12 people in 6 x Double Cabins.The cabins each have private facilities consisting of a private shower room, hairdryer, and hot and cold water. There is also air conditioning, storage space, and portholes that cannot be opened for safety reasons.

Single Cabins & Solo Cyclists

If you require a single cabin or are traveling solo we are happy to arrange a single cabin, which is subject to a supplementary payment.


All meals are included from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8 (except 1 dinner in Lipari). The catering prepared on board is an excellent combination of fresh seafood, vegetables, pasta and meat all with the scent of Mediterranean herbs. Breakfasts will be of breads, yoghurts, and fresh fruit. You will get to experience truly authentic delicious Sicilian and Mediterranean food on your voyage.

  • 7 night en-suite double cabin
  • Single timed transfer to/from Catania Airport to Port Milazzo
  • Bike Hire
  • Trip to Stromboli
  • All meals (except 1 dinner in Lipari)
  • English speaking guide
  • Information pack
  • 24/7 local partner and UK telephone support
  • Transfers to/from Catania Airport other than those described
  • Entrance fees (other than those described)
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal equipment and expenditure
  • The itinerary is often subject to change due to sailing conditions and/or any volcanic activity. A supplement of around €25-30 per person (payable locally) will be required in the event of this.
  • E-bike Upgrade
  • Single Cabin
  • Additional nights before or after tour
  • Transfers other than those described

When To Go

This tour departs on several dates from May to mid-September. We recommend booking as soon as your travel dates are confirmed as spaces are limited on this popular bike and boat trip. Sicily is known to have long, hot summers with July and August being the hottest months. Always make sure to stay hydrated and carry plenty of water. It is also advised to wear skin-protecting clothing and use sun cream/screen, especially during the months of July and August.

Getting to the Start

The Catania Airport is accessible by a small number of national and low-cost airlines, such as British Airways, Easyjet, and Alitalia to name a few. There will be a single timed transfer, to pick you up from the airport and bring you to the port. If you are unable to make these transfers we will be happy to arrange a transfer for you at an additional cost.


Bike Rental

21 gear hybrid bikes equipped with mudguards, bike stand, rear pannier and handlebar bag, tire pump, and puncture repair kit. If you would like a little assistance, Ebikes are available for a supplementary payment. Please do supply us with your height when selecting your bike. 

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Bike that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Day 1: Arrive Catania, transfer Milazzo Day 2: Cycle trip Milazzo 9 miles / 14 km Day 3: Explore the Island of Vulcano 19 miles / 30 km Day 4: Explore Panarea & Stromboli Day 5: Panarea to Salina, Malvasia Island Day 6 Salina to Liapari 14 miles / 22 km Day 7: Explore Lipari 16 miles / 25 km Day 8: Disembark and onward travel

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