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Taormina: Coastline Boat Tour and Swimming at Isola Bella

1. Taormina: Coastline Boat Tour and Swimming at Isola Bella

Relax on this 2-hour boat tour of the Taormina coastline. The tour will depart from the Giardini Naxos port before taking you out into the expansive turquoise sea, sailing past many beautiful sights along the way. The tour includes visits to some stunning places around Taormina, such as Cape Schisò, Cape Taormina, Cross Rock, Prickly Pears Rock. See the Cave of the Mermaids, Grotta Azzurra, the Coral Cave, the Ziu Innaru Rock and the Bay of Mazzaro. You have the chance to stop at the breathtaking Isola Bella bay and plunge yourself into the crystal clear waters for some swimming or snorkeling. You will enjoy a snack and a drink at the bay before returning back to the port. This is a truly unmissable way to see the natural beauty of Taormina from the sea. 

From Taormina: Chic Panarea and Stromboli Day Tour

2. From Taormina: Chic Panarea and Stromboli Day Tour

Take a tour of Stromboli and Panarea, both belonging to the Aeolian Archipelago. Enjoy this unique chance to see volcanic eruptions and learn the history of these ancient islands. On a private motorboat equipped with toilets and bar, arrive at Panarea onto Calajunco Bay and the small Zimmari Beach. Take in the quiet beauty of these stunning beaches as you explore the second smallest of the islands. Meander along its winding streets and gravel beaches, taking in the perfect Sicilian backdrop.  Sail around the rocks in front of Panarea and then proceed to Stromboli, home to one of Italy’s 3 active volcanoes. Constantly active, you will be able to see the eruptions from the sea and the many viewing points on the island. This spectacular phenomenon has given the island the nickname 'Lighthouse of the Mediterranean'. After looking over the small village of Ginostra from the sea, you have the chance to explore the historical center of San Vincenzo until sunset. Back on board guests sail out to sea to watch the dramatic eruptions of the Sciara del Fuoco, fire slide, against the night’s sky. 

Taormina: Boat Cruise with Swimming and Aperitif

3. Taormina: Boat Cruise with Swimming and Aperitif

On board our typical Sicilian launch boat it will be possible to experience an experience full of emotions, fun, relaxation and music. Starting from the Bay of Giardini Naxos, we will skirt the entire gulf of the first Sicilian Greek colony, discovering enchanting places, such as the magnificent coves of Taormina, where you will have the opportunity to dive into the crystalline emerald green waters while tasting fresh fruit accompanied by an aperitif.

From Taormina: Lipari and Vulcano Mini Cruise Aeolian Tour

4. From Taormina: Lipari and Vulcano Mini Cruise Aeolian Tour

The Aeolian Islands are a fascinating volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Sicily. They are named after Aeolus, the demigod of the winds.  Lipari is the biggest, most populated Aeolian Island and has historically been the most significant. Lipari offers a grand archaeological museum housed in the buildings around the Duomo. Also impressive are the white shiny pumice quarries, which, overlooking the sea, give the water an amazing turquoise hue. Vulcano, which gives its name to all volcanoes, is particularly famous for its sulfurous mud baths and its smoking main crater. A man named Stevenson lived on Vulcano until the last major eruption in 1888. He never returned although his villa is still visible and intact. The tour departs from Taormina by bus to Milazzo harbour on the North coast of Sicily then continues by private boat to Lipari. In Lipari there is plenty of time to visit the old town center, to see the interesting archaeological park or simply shop for souvenirs. Guests then transfer by boat to the island of Vulcano for a second stop. Here there is the possibility to swim in the warm sulphureous seawater or enjoy the beach and have a delicious lunch (optional). On the way back, the tour follows the coastline to see the Faraglioni Rocks, the Horse Cave and the Mermaid's Rock.

From Taormina: Full-Day Guided Tour of Syracuse

5. From Taormina: Full-Day Guided Tour of Syracuse

For those traveling to Sicily, Syracuse is not to be missed. Once the most important city in Magna Graecia, it defeated the mighty Athens in 413 and was home to many a great Greek, including the inimitable Archimedes. At the height of its economic, political, and military power, the city had a population of 300,000 and, according to Cicero, was "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all.” Join a full-day guided bus tour of this great city, which includes a visit to its archaeological sites as well as the island of Ortygia. First, visit the archaeological site, which is situated in the northwest of the town and is home to a staggering number of well-preserved Greek and Roman remains. The main attraction is undoubtedly the Greek theater, which dates back at least until the 5th Century BC. Its cavea is amongst the largest ever built, its 59 rows could accommodate up to 15,000 spectators. Just over the ridge from the theater, you will see the old stone quarries where today there grows a fragrant lemon orchard. Also, visit the famous Ear of Dionysius, a 20m-high, slender pointed arch cut into the rock face about 65m deep. The rock was once used by Dionysius the Tyrant as a prison for his bitterest enemies. After stopping by the Roman amphitheater, continue on to the Archaeological Museum, which contains a great collection of exhibits from all over the Syracuse area. Spend the second half of your day wandering around the beautiful island of Ortygia. It may be a small island, but it's packed with over 2,500 years of history. Architectural styles vary widely, encompassing Greek and Roman remains, Medieval Norman buildings, and a great deal of understated Baroque visible in the main cathedral. In the afternoon, take a break to relax in one of the island's many restaurants, trattorias or bars, as you take in the sights of the lagoon.

Catania or Taormina: Syracuse, Ortigia, and Noto Guided Tour

6. Catania or Taormina: Syracuse, Ortigia, and Noto Guided Tour

Starting from Catania or Taormina, the first stop of the tour will be Syracuse with its Neapolis, an archaeological park that houses within it important monuments of the Greek and Roman period, such as the Greek Theatre, the Latomie del Paradiso, the Ear of Dionysus and the Roman Amphitheatre. Immediately after you will visit Ortigia, the historical and cultural center of Syracuse, famous for the ruins of the first Greek buildings, such as the Temple of Apollo: the oldest Greek temple in Sicily, dating back to the sixth century BC. Arriving in Piazza Duomo, one of the most beautiful squares in Italy, you can visit the majestic Cathedral, the largest and most controversial monument, which stands on the highest point of the city. No less important is the Fountain Arethusa, a mirror of fresh water, located a few meters from the sea, linked to the mythological love story of the nymph Arethusa and the river Alfeo. After lunch, continue the tour with a visit to Noto, a true open-air museum, which has been awarded the title of Baroque capital of Sicily, for the characteristic narrow streets and the Baroque architecture of its palaces and churches, such as the majestic Cathedral, the Palazzo Nicolaci and the long Corso Vittorio Emanuele.

Catania: Giardini, Taormina, and Castelmola Day Trip

7. Catania: Giardini, Taormina, and Castelmola Day Trip

Following your collection from the meeting point, your tour starts with a visit of Giardini Naxos, the first Greek colony in Sicily. After enjoying the beauty of Giardini Naxos, continue on driving to the enchanting village of Castelmola. From Castelmola you can enjoy amazing views of both Giardini Naxos Bay and Mount Etna. After this viewpoint, travel on to the beautiful town of Taormina where you stop in one of the most famous Sicilian Locations. Following a brief visit to the town and the visit to the “Beautiful Island” Natural Park Beach, your guide returns you back to Catania.

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Overall rating

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based on 63 reviews

Eine Tour genau wie beschrieben. Mit Renate und Roberto hatten wir einen wunderbaren Ausflug. Renate hat alles mit einer Engelsgeduld in Deutsch, Französisch, Englisch und italienisch erklärt… Die Inseln bieten natürlich kaum Sehenswürdigkeiten- klar, es sind alles kleine Fischerorte. Dafür lohnt es sich um so mehr die wundervollen Buchten zum Baden zu nutzen. Glasklares erfrischendes Nass und maximal 5 Personen am Strand. Badeschuhe sollte man sich allerdings gönnen. Es erleichtert einem, an den meisten Stränden Sizziliens, das Leben doch sehr! Die Preise auf den Inseln sind wenn man sich mit einem Snack oder einer Pizza zufrieden geben kann höher als am Festland aber dennoch fair. Restaurants in Panamera sind generell in der gehobenen Kategorie und ihren Preis wert. Die n man das machen muss ist natürlich jedem selbst überlassen! Der krönende Abschluss ist das Feuerwerk des Stromboli nach dem Sundowner. Fazit- entspricht exakt der Beschreibung- würde ich wieder machen! 24.5.‘22

An unbelievable experience we will never forget. The boat is beautiful and Graziella (the guide) and the captain went above and beyond to give us the best trip possible. There was a lovely mix of sight seeing, chillout time, opportunity to go swimming and they provided a full aperitif and prosecco which really gave a lovely finishing touch. Would highly recommend to anyone visiting the area!

Very interesting visit to two Aeolian islands with a very professional and friendly guide. Also the crossing with the boat was very interesting because on the way back from the islands we passed next to other islands and rocks in the sea with the very interesting comments of the guides.

We had a great time. Graciella pointed out all of the sights along the way. She is so friendly. The boat is beautiful. We had plenty of time for swimming. Then, snacks and drinks! Can't wait to do it again!

The boat and the crew were amazing. Totally worth it.