Sicily Cruises & boat tours

Our most recommended Sicily Cruises & boat tours

Syracuse: Boat Trip to Ortigia Island with Caves

1. 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 Milazzo: Lipari and Vulcano Day Trip

2. 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: Ortigia Boat Trip with Caves and South Coast

3. 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.

From Trapani: Full-Day Cruise to Favignana and Levanzo

4. 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.

From Catania: Sailboat Tour with Snorkeling and Aperitif

5. 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.

Catania: Spritz and Sunset Sail Tour

6. 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 Tropea: Stromboli, Panarea, Lipari Guided Day Tour

7. From Tropea: Stromboli, Panarea, Lipari Guided Day Tour

The Aeolian Islands are natural wonders to be discovered and the best way to do it is undoubtedly by boat. Take part in a mini-cruise to the Aeolian Islands to get an overview of these splendid islands, each one different from the others, and in just one day, you will be able to grasp the peculiarities of each island. Wind and sun have forged the character and identity of the islanders. A sea still full of fish and clean, caves and very high cliffs, stacks, and beaches with fine black sand, solfataras and mountains of white pumice, and all the charm of the island's environments. Despite the vicissitudes of history and the changes imposed by the modern world, this identity has survived with its customs and traditions. The archipelago of the Aeolian Islands, north of the Sicilian coast, in the province of Messina, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. Seven islands of volcanic origin some of which there is still a fair amount of volcanic activity. The largest island is Lipari, followed by Salina. The smallest, Panarea, is also the most exclusive island, preferred by VIPs. Stromboli, thanks to the intense volcanic activity of "Iddu" has seen a strong increase in tourism in recent years. Vulcano remains a very popular island both for the spa and for the tourist attractions. Finally, Filicudi and Alicudi, west of the archipelago and close to Palermo, are the islands for lovers of nature and tranquility. Alicudi does not circulate vehicles and is characterized by a wild and uncontaminated territory, ideal for a perfect Sicilian mix of beach holidays and trekking.

From Trapani: Stagnone Islands of Marsala Day Trip

8. From Trapani: Stagnone Islands of Marsala Day Trip

Admire the salt pans of Marsala on this day trip from Trapani. Ride through the lagoon on a flat keel boat. Learn the ancient history of the region and find out about traditional salt collection methods.   Meet your guide in Trapani. Sit back and relax in an airconditioned car on the way to the natural reservoir in Marsala. Hop aboard a flat keel boat and sail around the islands of Lunga, Schola, and Santa Maria in the stunning lagoon.  Snap pictures of the old windmills, and capture how the light hits the white and pink salt pans. Look for local wildlife as you glide over the water. Hear about traditional salt collection methods and uncover the region's history. Taste some local products before returning to Trapani. 

From Trapani: Salt Road Tour With Winery Visit and Boat Trip

9. From Trapani: Salt Road Tour With Winery Visit and Boat Trip

Discover the best of Sicily's gastronomy, culture, and scenery on this excursion from Trapani. Start your tour with a visit to either the Donnafugata, Florio, Caruso, or Mininni wineries, which are some of the region's finest. At the winery, enjoy a tasting of some local products, washed down with a selection of the best wines. Next, board a traditional lagoon boat for a boat tour of the Stagnone Lagoon. At the center of the lagoon, discover the ancient island of Motya, which has now been converted to an open-air museum. Learn more about the history of the island and its residents from your local guide. Finally, visit the coastal town of Marsala. Enjoy a guided tour of the city center and learn more about the town's vibrant past, seeing ancient ruins along the way.

Ortygia: Sailing Tour to Plemmirio with Aperitif

10. Ortygia: Sailing Tour to Plemmirio with Aperitif

Cruise on the crystal clear waters of the protected marine area of Plemmirio on this sailboat tour from Ortygia. Travel around the island of Ortygia and see sights like the Venetian Palace. Stop to take a swim in the pristine Plemmirio nature reserve.  Board the sailboat in Ortygia and set off around Ortygia and the south coast of Syracuse. Capture pictures attractions like the Venetian Palace, Maniace Castle, the Aretusa spring, the Cathedral, the Church of Santa Lucia alla Badia, and the promenade. Drink an authentic Italian aperitif. Delight your senses with a tasting of regional delicacies and wines produced by local farmers. Hear facinating stories about this ancient Greek port as you sail. Continue to the marine area of Plemmirio where you can dive into the water and look for local marine life. Returning to your starting point in Ortygia at the end of your tour.

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4.5 / 5

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.

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

The booking process was excellent and the map to the meeting point easy to follow. Super friendly staff. Loved it!

It was a really small boat with just 4 participants making it very intimate and a chance to chat.

The caves were amazing to see. Defiantly recommend