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Sicily: A rich culture

Part of Europe and Africa, yet belonging to neither, Sicily was trampled across by half the civilized world. As conquerers came and went, they left behind a rich and varied cultural deposit. This has resulted in a mixture in almost every aspect, from local vernacular, customs, cooking and art to the diverse architecture of the island. Palermo lies in a natural amphitheatre called the Conca dìOro. The architecture ranges from Arabic, Norman, Baroque to Art Nouveau. Places of interest include: Duomo, Gesu, San Giovanni degli Eremiti and the Palazzo Reale. Splendidly situated, Taormina is Sicily's window on the modern world, a symphony of pure romance. It offers a wide range of excellent restaurants, hotels, sandy beaches and spectacular views. The most illustrious relic of the past is the Greek Theatre which was built on the hill overlooking Taormina in the 3rd Century. From here, one can get a magnificent view of the volcano, Mt. Etna. South of Taormina are the ruins of ancient Naxos.

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Tour commencing Messina :

The Aeolian archipelago: from Panarea, to Stromboli, to Vulcano 2014
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 the seven islands of volcanic origin, today part of the Unesco World 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. 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 Lingua in Salina, where you do not have to forget to have a “granita” at Alfredo’s! The tour continues to 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 Vulcan 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 sailing and relax with cycling tours to enjoy the wonders of the Aeolian Islands.  Guided tour with English and Italian speaking guide. International groups, the official language of the tour is English.


Milazzo (Messina)


Duration and departures dates:
8 days/7 nights from Saturday to Saturday


24/05/2014 – 31/05/2014 – 07/06/2014 – 14/06/2014
06/09/2014 – 13/09/2014 – 20/09/2014 – 27/09/2014


Milazzo (in port) – Salina (in port) – Panarea (in roadstead) – Stromboli (in roadstead)
Lipari (in port)


Bike trips:
Capo Milazzo – Salina – Lipari
Every trip is between 20 and 30 km


Excursions: trekking in Stromboli and Boat tour in Panarea


Difference in positive: between 0 and 600 m per day. The daily stage is 20/30 km only and
there is all the time to do the bike tour and to cycle with tranquillity all along the itinerary.


Participants: min. 2 pax
Level: medium/easy ¶¶/¶ - Not suitable for children under 12 years old.


Caicco Sundial
Comfort: ****
6 double cabins with private facilities, shower and WC
12 places
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 take advantage of a large solarium and lie down on comfortable beach mattresses 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.


Day 1: individual arrival
Embarkation at 18.00 at the Marina di Milazzo (Me), accommodation on board, welcome drink, dinner and presentation of the program.  Night in the port of Milazzo.
Day 2: Milazzo (30 km)
Visit of the Castle of Milazzo and its ancient village, witness of the passage of  Giuseppe Garibaldi, who conquered the Italian unification with the mission of the Mille”. Return to the Marina of Milazzo with the caique, dinner and night in port.
Day 3: Salina – Malvasia Islands (20 km)
Navigation until the Island of Salina. Departure from the port and great trip in the interior of the biggest island of the Aeolian Archipelago. You will cycle till Rinella, extreme opposite cape of the Island. Visit of the lake of Lingua and Pollara, with the possibility to taste the very good “granita” of Alfredo. Visit to the winery Hauner, that produces capers and Malvasia, a very famous local wine, exported all over the world. Return to the caique, night in port in Salina. Dinner on board.
Day 4: Panarea – Lisca Bianca – Bottaro – Dattilo
After breakfast the morning will be spent circumnavigating Panarea, the smallest of the Aeolian Islands. The ancient first Greek colonizers (VI-V century b.c.) called it PANARAYAS, that means “The biggest”. for its original wideness. The geological and eruptive activity has deeply changed the appearance of the island during the millennia because of the constant earthquakes that have literally collapsed the main part of the volcanic complex in the sea, so much so that even today the island continues slowly to descend below the water level (about 1 centimetre each 10 years).  Panarea was for a long time the widest island of the Aeolian archipelago and as witness of this there are numerous little islands in the north-east (Basiluzzo, Spinazzola, Lisca Bianca, Lisca Nera, Bottaro e Dattilo) resulting from eruptions of a single, vast, original volcanic complex sunk into the  sea following a violent eruption. The volcanic activity is still clearly visible on the island in front of one of this little islands, Dallilo, where fumaroles vapours rise up through the cracks between the rocks.  The vapour is clearly visible and the water reaches high temperatures and the smell of sulphur that rises from the depths is very intense. The last curiosity for fans of diving is the presence in Basiluzzo of a small harbour and a terrace of a Roman villa on the sea bottom, witness of a time when the island was wider than today. Dinner on board. Night in roadstead in Panarea

Day 5: Stromboli
After breakfast navigation up to Stromboli where you will have time in the morning to visit the little village of the island, the central square and the church of San Vincenzo. The island is famous all over the world because there it is possible to arrive very close to the crater of the active volcano. Walking trip with the local volcanological guides till the top of the crater.  The duration of this excursion is about 6 h. and a basic fitness training is necessary. Of course the amazing scenery will worth the effort of the ascent: it will be an unforgettable show at 800 m. above the sea level.  In the afternoon tour of the island with the caique, up to Strombolicchio, a paradise for divers, thanks to its crystalline waters.  In the evening, dining on the gullet anchored in front of the "Sciara del Fuoco" to admire this astonishing natural show, the volcan Stromboli with its continuous eruptions! You will have a wonderful evening on board, an extraordinary experience of fascination and charm. Dinner on board and overnight in roadstead.
Day 6: Lipari (25 km)
Breakfast and navigation till Lipari. Free time in the morning in the historical centre with the possibility to visit the archaeological museum Bernabò Breà, a Liguria archaeologist who founded in Lipari the museum about the prehistory of the Aeolian Islands. Then we will start a fantastic coast to coast by bike, you will pass the white beaches, due to the ancient industrial activity for the extraction of pumice, and then Canneto, an exclusive summer resort, and return back to the historical centre rich in shops and restaurants. Return to the caique. Dinner on board and overnight in port.
Day 7: Vulcano (20 Km)
Navigation towards the island of Vulcano. Breakfast and morning at disposal to visit the “ Sulphur Island”. Vulcano is famous for its sulphurous pit where it is possible to dip for a natural mud bath, healthy and relaxing for your skin. In the afternoon visit of the “Grotta del Cavallo” (Horse cave).  Inside the cave you will be conquered by a deafening silence”. Regenerating bath in the “Piscina di Venere” (pool of Venus).  Finally, you will discover the hinterland of the island towards Piano Grillo, ideal place to admire an amazing panorama. In the evening return to Milazzo, dinner on board and overnight in port.
Day 8 : departure
Disembark at 09 am and end of the services.
The captain and the guide reserve the right to make alterations to the itinerary, depending on wind, sea and weather conditions or organizational requirements.


Accommodation in double cabin with private facilities, on full board from the dinner of day 1, to the breakfast of day 8 (picnic lunches), Italian/English speaking guide, sheets and towels, 5 nights in port and 2 nights in roadstead.


Journey to/from the embarkation port, bike renal (24 speeds or E-bike), drinks, entrance fees (museums, parks, monuments…), tips, extras, everything not included in “the price includes”.  Possibility to rent the whole boat for bike and boat, or trekking tours: infos in request NOTE: during the nights of the tour the boat will be docked in the port during 5 nights. The remaining 2 nights 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 must return in the port also during the nights that are scheduled in roadstead.  Only and exclusively in this case, the clients 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





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