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From Milazzo: Lipari and Vulcano Day Trip

1. From Milazzo: Lipari and Vulcano Day Trip

See the stunning Aeolian Archipelago on a day trip to the islands of Vulcano and Lipari from Milazzo. Take a boat to Lipari and go on a walk in the Old Town. Then, sail to the UNESCO-listed chain of volcanic islands. Enjoy a mud bath in Vulcano, swim in the Tyrrhenian Sea, or relax on the beach.  Discover the 2 beautiful Liparian Islands north of the coast of Sicily. Begin your tour in the morning at the Port of Milazzo and set out along the foothills of Capo Milazzo to Lipari. Explore the land with its wonderful old town and archaeological park. Walk down the little streets and wander into tiny shops. Admire the impressive needle- and cone-shaped rock formations of Faraglioni, Pope John Cliff, the Angels' Grotto, and the Mummy Cliff. Then return to your ship and continue on to the island of Vulcano. Relax here in the sulfuric mud spa or on the dreamlike black sand beach, or enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. On your way back to Milazzo, enjoy one last view of the picturesque town of Gelso with its antique lighthouse.

Syracuse: Boat Trip to Ortigia Island with Caves

2. Syracuse: Boat Trip to Ortigia Island with Caves

Immerse yourself in Ortigia, the historical heart of Syracuse as on this guided boat tour. Enjoy listening as your skipper tells you about geological formations and step back in time with stories and information regarding the area's rich history. Board a comfortable boat and embark on your water adventure. Glide from the bridges of Ortigia and will enter the "big port" of Syracuse where you can gaze out of the the stunning Alfeo Promenade of Ortigia. Sail outside the port to circumnavigate the entire island. Follow the coast north of Syracuse to see some naturally-formed sea caves. Cruise into the "small port" and navigate inside the Ortigia canal that divides the island from the city. Have the chance to stop and take a dip in the turquoise waters with views of the shore. Pass under the bridges to return to the starting point of the tour.

From Trapani: Full-Day Cruise to Favignana and Levanzo

3. From Trapani: Full-Day Cruise to Favignana and Levanzo

Depart from the port of Trapani in the morning aboard a comfortable boat and cruise to the island of Favignana. Drop anchor to explore the city center at leisure for 2 hours. Have time to explore beautiful beaches where you can sunbathe or go for a swim in the Mediterranean Sea or visit the blood-red cove of Cala Rossa. Enjoy a delicious lunch on board the boat with drinks, including wine and water. Continue to Levanzo, the smallest of the 3 main Aegadian Islands. Spend an hour of free time seeing the Neolithic cave paintings of the Grotta del Genovese or soak up the laid-back vibe of the port.  Hop back on the boat and make your way back towards Trapani at a leisurely pace. Cruise around the islands and stop for a swim in the sea.

Trapani: Favignana and Levanzo Islands Boat Shuttle

4. Trapani: Favignana and Levanzo Islands Boat Shuttle

Meet in the port of Trapani and board the boat, then begin the 40-minute journey to the island of Favignana. You will then be dropped off at the port of Favignana to enjoy 4 hours of free time on the island. Explore the charming village, hike around the island or just relax and have dinner at the local restaurant. Then get on board the boat that will continue from Favignana to Levanzo. Relax and enjoy the wonderful views during the 20-minute journey. The visit to Levanzo has a total duration of about 2 hours, during which you will enjoy a panoramic tour of the coast, sailing up to the Faraglioni, a stop for a swim in one of the island's coves, and a stop of an hour on the island to visit the characteristic village.

Favignana and Levanzo Mini-Cruise

5. Favignana and Levanzo Mini-Cruise

After meeting in the Port of Trapani in Via Ammiraglio Staiti, Marinella quay you will board your boat and depart Trapani at 9:30 AM. At 10:15 AM you will arrive at the island of Favignana where you will enjoy a 2-hour stop off giving you time to explore Favignana before beginning your coastal tour. On your coastal tour, you will head north-east along the eastern side of the island reaching the famous Cala Rossa, Bue Marino, and Cala Azzurra. Depending on the weather conditions and tidal current you may be able to stop and enjoy a swim. As you continue on route to Levanzo, enjoy a traditional lunch of pasta with Trapanese pesto onboard and take in the amazing views. At 3:05 PM you will arrive at Levanzo for a 1-hour stop off to explore. From the port of Levanzo, you can see the enchanting view of the Mediterranean village, the only inhabited zone on the island. After a 1-hour your tour will continue to the famous Faraglioni, one of the most spectacular views of the island, cruising along the coastline. At 5:15 PM you will depart back towards Trapani arriving back in the port at 6:00 PM bringing your day of coastal exploration to an end.

Catania: Full-Day Boat Trip to Acitrezza with Lunch

6. Catania: Full-Day Boat Trip to Acitrezza with Lunch

Begin your adventure by meeting your captain on board your boat, decked out with three double cabins, a bathroom with a shower, an outside shower, a kitchen, and a refrigerator. Set sail to Ulysses’ Caves. Be amazed by the gorgeous underwater scenery of vibrant blues and greens as you sail past these breathtaking lava-formed caves. Next, sail toward Acitrezza, and pass under the medieval castle of Acicastello. Enjoy a spectacular view of the castle by the sea. Marvel at the characteristic pillow lavas found under the castle due to the rapid cooling of submarine eruptions.   Once you reach Acitrezza, see a marine reserve dubbed "The Cyclopean Isles,” which is only accessible by pedal boat. If you wish, for an extra charge, reserve a pedal boat and visit The Cyclopean Isles.  If the boat isn't available or you prefer not to use it, visit the charming little village of Acitrezza for one hour. When you arrive back on board, eat a delicious traditional lunch including an appetizer, pasta with mussels, fruit, water, and local white wine. Finally, during your return trip, take a short stop for another quick swim before arriving back in Catania at around 6:00 PM.

From Trapani: Favignana and Levanzo Boat Tour with Lunch

7. From Trapani: Favignana and Levanzo Boat Tour with Lunch

Set off on a yacht from Trapani for a day touring on the water with a brief stop on Favignana island. Find secluded beaches and coves among the Aegadean Islands for swimming or snorkeling. Stop in the town of Favignana for a taste of regional cuisine before boating to Levanza.  Start the tour at the Port of Trapani. Cross over the sea to the island of Favignana and cruise around the coast. Discover hidden inlets where you’ll snorkel in the clear waters of the Mediterranean or swim in a refreshing creek.  Towards lunch time, pull into port at the town of Favignana. Wander around the narrow streets and plazas to appreciate its character and charm. The Castello San Giacomo and the Palazzo Florio showcase the island’s long history. Join the activity provider for a tasting of local cuisine.  Once done on Favignana, make way over to Levanzo Island. Enjoy panoramic vistas from the boat. See if you can spot a cove to stop in for a swim. Spend the late afternoon and early evening in the water or relaxing before heading back to Trapani.

Catania: Spritz and Sunset Sail Tour

8. Catania: Spritz and Sunset Sail Tour

Sail along the route of Ulysses and discover the beauty of the Sicilian coast on this relaxing sail tour from Catania. Get the chance to see Catania's varied marine life, including dolphins, go fishing, snorkeling or even learn the fundamentals of sailing. Don't miss the opportunity to see Catania from the sea and visit one of the most captivating landscapes of the Sicilian coast as you cruise through the Ulysses' Grotte and the Castle of Aci Castello. During your tour, sip on your choice of alcoholic beverage, including the traditional Italian Aperol Spritz, and munch on an array of delicious traditional snacks and appetizers.

From Catania: Sailboat Tour with Snorkeling and Aperitif

9. From Catania: Sailboat Tour with Snorkeling and Aperitif

Discover the Ionian Sea on a sailing trip from Catania. Sail past the Castle of Aci Castello, marvel at the centuries-old lava flow rocks, and go for a dip in the refreshing water. After meeting the skipper at the port of Catania, board your sailboat and head towards Aci Trezza. As you sail, learn about the terrain and history of the area from your guide. Cruise by rocks created by ancient lava flowing into the sea and spot the plants hardy enough to grow there. Continue past the Castle of Aci Castello, jutting into the sea on a teetering cliff. Once you reach Aci Trezza, dive into the water for a refreshing swim. Use the snorkeling gear on board to spot tropical fish, or try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding. After returning to the boat, enjoy a glass of sparkling prosecco and some local snacks before sailing back to Catania Port.

Syracuse: Ortigia Boat Trip with Caves and South Coast

10. Syracuse: Ortigia Boat Trip with Caves and South Coast

Explore the breathtaking Syracuse coastline and navigate around its adjacent Ortigia Island on a fantastic scenic cruise. Come across the most stunning sights as you float along the shore and into the small harbor for a ride through the Ortigia canal. Embark on a fun sightseeing boat trip departing from Ortigia and travel around the whole island as you head toward the iconic sea caves located north of Syracuse. Enter the small port and discover the local marine infrastructure, crossing the canal and passing under bridges. On your way back to the south coast, cross the huge port of Syracuse and take in the combination of natural and man-made scenery before returning to the starting point.

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based on 142 reviews

A highlight of our time in Ortigia. The captain and guide could not have been nicer. We sailed and saw beautiful sights and even had the opportunity to go swimming. The food and wine was an excellent end to an amazing trip. We could not more highly recommend this experience.

It was great, you could see a lot and the shore line of the city is beautiful. The guide was great, he told a lot of interesting facts and could answer all questions, he is very knowledgeable. His English is great (the best I encountered so far in Sicily).

Excellent friendly guide that explained all the sites to us, comfortable boat with good sun canopy. Great to explore the caves and circle Ortigia

lovely day island hopping. lots of free time on islands

The caves were amazing to see. Defiantly recommend