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From Milazzo: Panarea and Stromboli Boat Trip by Night

1. From Milazzo: Panarea and Stromboli Boat Trip by Night

Experience the glitz and glamour of the Aeolian Islands on this full-day tour. Departing from Milazzo, sail to Panarea, the smallest of the islands. Soak up the glamorous atmosphere of the island, favored by VIPs, as you stroll around the narrow streets of its historic center. Afterward, pay a visit to the prehistoric village of Capo Milazzese, where you can learn more about Panarea's ancient origins. You must also visit Cala Junco Bay, a spectacular beach in the shape of an amphitheater that is ideal for underwater swimming. Finally, relax on the sandy beach of Cala degli Zimmari before continuing your journey. Having left Panarea, sail through the picturesque inlets which form a micro-archipelago between Lipari and the island of Stromboli, your next stop. Enjoy some free time to discover this island, which is home to one of the most active volcanoes in the world, at your own pace. Visit Saint Vincent’s Square, named after the church dedicated to the same Saint, and the house in which Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman lived during the shooting of the film "Stromboli terra di Dio" (Stromboli land of God). As the sun sets over the island, enjoy panoramic views of the port and volcanoes from the main square. Watch as the fire of the eruptions and the dark sky clash with each other providing ever-changing colorful creations in the Sciara del Fuoco, which will be visible from the sea during the return journey.

Taormina: Coastline Boat Tour and Swimming at Isola Bella

2. 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

3. 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. 

Giardini Naxos: Half-Day Boat Trip to Taormina

4. Giardini Naxos: Half-Day Boat Trip to Taormina

Your tour will begin when you meet your captain and board your boat at the Port of Giardini Naxos before setting sail on an unforgettable adventure. Your first stop will be at the Bay of Spisone, where you’ll have the chance to take your first swim of the day and to snorkel independently. You’ll marvel at the stunning stone islets that emerge from the waters and the Atlantis Bay hotel built in Gaudi style. Next, you’ll set sail to Mazzarò Bay, widely considered one of the true treasures of the Sicilian and Taormina coasts. You’ll then stop off at Isola Bella, a historical pearl of Taormina, where you’ll have the chance to explore the Blue Grotto and to discover its gorgeous reflections of light. Against the breathtaking backdrop of Taormina, you'll then be served a tasty selection of local cold cuts, cheeses, and seasonal fruit, all washed down with a fine local white wine. Finally, you’ll have the chance to take another swim before beginning your journey back to the Port of Naxos Gardens.

From Taormina: Isola Bella Mini Cruise

5. From Taormina: Isola Bella Mini Cruise

Be enchanted by the beauty of Sicily on a cruise from Giardini Naxos to Isola Bella. Discover the “Mediterranean Pearl” that the German Baron, Wilhelm von Gloeden introduced to the world. Given to the mayor of Taormina by King Ferdinand II of Bourbon in 1806, the tiny island of Isola Bella was purchased by the British philanthropist Florence Trevelyan and has been a World Wildlife Fund for Nature natural reserve since 1998.  Relax and swim at this wonderful spot, and look for the many different birds and marine species it attracts. Get a great view of Taormina and the mighty Mount Etna in the background. Drop anchor at the Grotta Azzurra (Blue Grotto) and nearby Grotta del Giorno, where the water is clear blue and provides ideal conditions for snorkeling.  Cherish this day to just relax and be cradled by the waves and summer breeze.

Taormina: Sunset Cruise with Aperitif and a Glass of Wine

6. Taormina: Sunset Cruise with Aperitif and a Glass of Wine

Your experience will start at the port of Giardini Naxos, where you will meet the skipper who will welcome you on board of the sailboat. Once on board, you will sail toward the bay of Villagonia where you will stop for the aperitif (it will take approximately 30 minutes); during the sail the skipper will tell you about the beauties and wonders of the Sicilian coast. Depending on the effective weather and sea conditions, navigation will be either sail or engine powered. During the stop at the bay of Villagonia you will be offered a delicious aperitif with local products paired with a glass of wine; if you feel like it, you can also have a swim or practice a brief self-guided snorkeling. You will then return at the port of Giardini, while still admiring the sun setting over Taormina and the majestic Mount Etna.

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.

Alcantara River: Body Rafting & 'Pasta Alla Norma' Lunch

8. Alcantara River: Body Rafting & 'Pasta Alla Norma' Lunch

Your guide will meet you at your hotel, or a meeting place of your choice, and take you by comfortable private car the Alcantara river. The river is an ecological wonder, with limestone rocks that make it perfect for letting the rapids take your body on an exciting descent. When you arrive, our specialized guides will take you on your body rafting adventure. Enjoy the views of the rocks as this unique experience allows you to use your body as the raft, with the upmost confidence in your safety. At the end of the tour, your guide will accompany you to the nearby village of Giardini Naxos where you can have lunch with the traditional "pasta alla norma" with good local wine – a just reward for all of your exercise earlier.

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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!

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!

A lovely day out enjoying the amazing geology. Unfortunately it was impossible to hear the announcements about what we were seeing

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