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Our most recommended Sicily Shore excursions

Siracusa: Ortigia Boat Tour with Marine Grotto

1. Siracusa: Ortigia Boat Tour with Marine Grotto

Embark on a boat tour of Ortigia with this tour from Siracusa. View the historic center of Siracusa from the water. Travel along the coast to admire Maniace castle and several sea caves. Push off from Siracusa and pass under the Umbertino bridge. Take in sweeping views of the entire port. Go by the luxurious yachts at Foro Italico, and catch a glimpse of a cathedral dome. Observe the legendary Arethusa fountain. Exit the port and see the immense Maniace castle. Head out to the northern coast of Syracuse. Have some fresh fruit and juice as you travel to a spot where you can get out and have a 10 minute swim. Enter Capuchin cave, Coral cave, a stalactite cave, and the heart-shaped Cave of Love. Snap souvenir photos with the heart behind you.

Taormina: Coastal Highlights Cruise with Wine & Food Tasting

2. Taormina: Coastal Highlights Cruise with Wine & Food Tasting

Enjoy a sensory boat tour between the bays and caves of Taormina and Giardini Naxos while enjoying a selection of local wines, liqueurs, meat, and cheeses. Learn about the sights along the way with the help of your captain and crew. Meet your guide at the activity supplier's shop and hop aboard a comfortable boat that is equipped with a sunshade to ensure your comfort. Feel the wind in your hair as you take in views of beaches, quiet coves, and sea caves. Try typical Sicilian liqueurs and wines, including a wind that is produced from grapes that are grown in volcanic soil. Delight your senses as you have salami and cheeses produced directly by farmers and breeders on the slopes of Mt. Etna. Hear about local history and stories as you glide over the water. Relax on board or cool-off with a swim in sparkling waters where you can make use of the provided snorkeling gear before returning to your meeting point in Taormina.

From Tropea: Panarea Island and Stromboli Volcano by Night

3. From Tropea: Panarea Island and Stromboli Volcano by Night

Get ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure to the stunning Aeolian Islands! Your journey begins Tropea port at 10:20. From there, you will travel to the charming island of Panarea, arriving around 12:45. Once you arrive, the island is yours to explore! Take a dip in the crystal-clear waters, stroll through the quaint town, indulge in a delicious lunch, or venture out to the prehistoric village of Capo Milazzese. The village dates back to 1400 BC and is just a 25-minute walk or taxi ride away. This unique and fascinating destination will transport you back in time, and leave you in awe of the ancient history of the island. Later in the day, you will depart from Panarea around 15:15 and head to Stromboli, one of the most picturesque islands in the Mediterranean. Upon your arrival at 16:00, take a leisurely walk on the black sand beach of S. Vincenzo and soak in the stunning cobalt blue sea. You can also indulge in some local cuisine or indulge in a bit of shopping. As the sun begins to set, you will embark on an exciting journey to the "sciara di fuoco" at around 19:40. After a 30-minute boat ride to the opposite side of the island, you will witness the nighttime eruption of the active Stromboli volcano. This natural wonder is a truly mesmerizing sight that will leave you breathless! You will have a 20-minute stopover there, allowing you to fully take in the beauty of this unique volcanic landscape. As the evening comes to a close, you will head back to Tropea, arriving at around 22:30, and finally to the Vibo Marina port around 23:30. This incredible itinerary offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience, showcasing the natural beauty, rich history, and unique culture of the Aeolian Islands. Get ready to create unforgettable memories and embark on an adventure of a lifetime!

Favignana: Favignana & Levanzo Sightseeing Cruise with Lunch

4. Favignana: Favignana & Levanzo Sightseeing Cruise with Lunch

Discover the breathtaking beaty of Favignana and Levanzo on this guided cruise. Uncover the mysteries of the underwater world with the provided snorkeling gear which you can use while swimming in the Cave of Lovers.  Start from the tourist pier in Favignana and listen as your skipper provides you with a historical and cultural commentary as you approach the Blue Cave or the Cave of Lovers. Swim inside the cave on your own or with your guide.  Continues towards the stacks of Levanzo where there will be another swim break. In Levanzo, dock at the fishing village where your can get off the boat and visit the village for about half an hour. Be served lunch of traditional pasta or Sicilian cuisine with bruschetta, water, and local white in a picturesque cove in Levanzo. After lunch, sail towards Favignana and navigate around Scalo Cavallo. Hear about the quarries before stoping for a swim.  Glide to Cala Rossa and cruise past the Bue Marino beach until you reach Cala Azzurra. Stop along the way to snorkel among schools of sliver fish in quiet coves. Stay comfortable onboard with both sun and shade areas, onboard facilities, and easy access to the sea.

From Palermo: Monreale and Cefalù Half-Day Trip

5. From Palermo: Monreale and Cefalù Half-Day Trip

Escape the hustle and bustle of Palermo city center on a half-day tour to Monreale and Cefalù. Marvel at a Norman cathedral on the slopes of Monte Caputo, and learn the Greek and Medieval history of one of Sicily’s most beautiful towns. Following a pick-up from your hotel or the port of Palermo, transfer to Monreale where you will have approximately 1-hour to tour the Duomo. An official audio guide is included to learn the history of the 12th-century building, considered one of the greatest landmarks of medieval ecclesiastical architecture in the south of Italy. Then, drive along the north coast of Sicily, on route to the beautiful town of Cefalù. Sit back and relax on the 1.5-hour journey, and on arrival go to the 12th-century Duomo. See traces of the Middle Ages at the Osterio Magno. Get panoramic views from the Porta Terra. Discover Greek and Arabic pottery in the Mandralisca Museum, and walk down some curving stone steps to a picturesque cluster of 16th-century wash basins at the Lavatoio.

From Tropea: Lipari, Panarea, and Stromboli Night Cruise

6. From Tropea: Lipari, Panarea, and Stromboli Night Cruise

Departure: from the port of Vibo Marina at 8:15 AM. Departure: from the port of Tropea at 9:30 AM. ITINERARY: Arrival at Lipari (Marina Corta) at around 12:50 pm. Free stop on the island for about 2 hours, with the possibility of visiting the historic center, the Aeolian Museum, and doing some shopping. Alternatively, during the stop in Lipari, there is the possibility of a coastal excursion with the same ship. Departure from the port of Marina Corta (Lipari) at 12:55 pm along the island to the beautiful coves overlooking the stunning Faralglioni, called Pietra Lunga and Pietra Menalda, which can only be reached by sea, with limited speed. We will reach the Grotta del Cavallo and the wonderful natural pool of Venere. Expected return to the port of Lipari (Marina Corta) at 1:15 pm - To participate in this excursion, it is necessary to ask the onboard staff during the trip. Departure from Lipari (Marina Corta) at around 2:50 pm. Arrival at Panarea around 3:40 pm. Stop on the island for about 1.5 hours. Disembarkation at the port of San Pietro (Panarea), where passengers can swim, visit the village, have lunch, or go to the small prehistoric village of Capo Milazzese, dating back to 1400 BC (which can be reached on foot in about 25 minutes or by typical taxi). Departure from Panarea around 5:10 pm. Arrival at Stromboli around 6:00 pm. Stop in the village of S. Vincenzo for about 2 hours, with the possibility of visiting the village characterized by narrow streets and typical oil houses. Alternatively, we recommend a relaxing walk on the characteristic black sand beach or a refreshing dive in the beautiful cobalt blue sea. Departure from Stromboli around 8:00 pm towards Strombolicchio and then SCIARA DEL Fuoco to admire the volcano's activities. Expected arrival in Tropea around 10:30 pm. Expected arrival in Vibo M. around 11:15 pm.

Palermo: Valley of the Temples and Scala dei Turchi Day Trip

7. Palermo: Valley of the Temples and Scala dei Turchi Day Trip

Discover the Valley of the Temples Park and the Scala dei Turchi on a day trip from Palermo. Stroll through the park and admire the stunning examples of Ancient Greek architecture, including the Temple of Concordia, one of the best-preserved Greek temples in the world. Start with pickup from your hotel in Palermo in the morning and drive along the road to Agrigento, enjoying the views of medieval castles along the way. Make a stop along the way where you can buy some coffee and Sicilian cannoli, or lunch to enjoy inside the Valley of the Temples. When you arrive at the site, enjoy around 2 hours to explore. Admire the beautifully preserved Ancient Greek temples, including the fascinating Temple of Concordia and Temple of Hera Lacinia. When the visit is over, enjoy a photo stop at Scala dei Turchi, a stunning white marl rock cliff face that contrasts with the turquoise ocean waters below. Relax on the journey back to Palermo, admiring the views of the southern coast of Sicily, with drop-off back at your hotel.

From Palermo: Half-Day Corleone Excursion

8. From Palermo: Half-Day Corleone Excursion

Enjoy a full-day shore excursion to Corleone, a small town that has had its history and culture shaped by the Mafia. Visit the museum in Corleone and admire the breathtaking scenery of Sicily as you journey through green valleys, cornfields and vineyards. Corleone is a small town and commune of approximately 12,000 inhabitants in the province of Palermo in Sicily, Italy. Several Mafia bosses have come from Corleone, including Tommy Gagliano, Jack Dragna, Giuseppe Morello, Michele Navarra, Luciano Leggio, Leoluca Bagarella, Salvatore Riina and Bernardo Provenzano. It is also the birthplace of several fictional characters in The Godfather, including the eponymous Vito (Andolini) Corleone. The local mafia clan, the Corleonesi, led the Mafia in the 1980s and 1990s, and were the most violent and ruthless Mafia clan ever to take control of the organization. The Corleone municipality has an area of 22,912 hectares (56,620 acres) with a population density of 49 inhabitants per square kilometer. Located in an inland area of the mountain, in a valley between the Rocca di Maschi, the Castello Soprano and the Castello Sottano. Corleone is located at 542 meters (1,778 feet) above sea level. Many interesting sights of nature include the Gorges of the Dragon in the vicinity of the Ficuzza forest and the Due Rocche Waterfalls. 

From Tropea: Day Cruise to Vulcano, Lipari, and Sciara

9. From Tropea: Day Cruise to Vulcano, Lipari, and Sciara

Departure from Vibo Marina port at 6:20 AM. Departure from Tropea Porto at 7:30 AM. The initial navigation is quite picturesque, as it follows the Vibo-Tropea-Capo Vaticano coastline, traveling at a comfortable cruising speed close to the shore, allowing passengers to admire the most beautiful coast of Calabria. Arrival at Vulcano is scheduled for 10:15 AM, with a stop suitable for a morning swim and the opportunity to visit the thermal area and sulfur mud baths or enjoy a leisurely stroll through the quaint village with the same name. Departure from Vulcano is at 12:15 AM. Arrival at Lipari is at 12:30 PM, with a stop suitable for an independent visit to the Acropolis in the historical center, the Archaeological Park, and the Regional Archaeological Museum "Luigi Bernabo' Brea." For those who love traditional cuisine, there will be a chance to taste typical Aeolian products such as sweets and focaccia from authentic Sicilian tradition. Departure from Lipari (Marina Corta) is at 3:30 PM. Arrival near Stromboli at 17:00, circumnavigation of the island of stromboli to admire the slope of the sciara del fuoco Departure for return at about 17:00 Arrival in Tropea around 19:00 I arrive in Vibo at approximately 19.45

Agrigento: Stair of the Turks Cliffs Boat Tour & Swim Stops

10. Agrigento: Stair of the Turks Cliffs Boat Tour & Swim Stops

Swim in the crystal clear waters at the Stair of the Turks cliffs on this boating excursion from Agrigento. Trace the shoreline and uncover beaches, and bays like Maddalusa beach and the Bay of Madonnina. Have the option to purchase drinks and rent recliners onboard. Meet your skipper at the activity provider's office in Agrigento and begin your boating adventure. Admire the beautiful landscapes of the area as you cross the river Akragas. Discover the beauty of the soft white cliffs of the Stair of the Turks (Scala dei Turchi) surrounded by turquoise waters. Stop to go for a refreshing dip in this scenic location. Continue west for stunning views of the lighthouse of Capo Rossello, the Bay of Madonnina, and Gucciarda rocks. Go for a second swim in a spot with blue water and breathtaking views. Sail past the dynamic beaches of Pietre Cadute, Siculiana, and Giallonardo before returning to your starting point in Agrigento.

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Great experience. Sebastiano (our driver/guide) was able to pick us at our hotel in the morning. He took us to Monreale right when it opened, spent about 1.5 hour there. Then we went to Cefalu and spent 2 hours there. We were able to wander around the areas by ourselves but Sebastiano makes sure you have a sense of where you are, what you should see, and when/where he will pick you back up. Very punctual as well. Awesome service!

Very nice day trip! Cattedrale di Monreale is a must-see. Remember going up to the roof and the view is marvellous! Our trip leader Adriano has quite sense of responsibility. When we arrived in the early morning, we found the cathedral was unexpectedly closed till 11am. Adriano drove us back in the afternoon after having visited Cefalù.

Awesome trip. We were picked up and dropped off at our Airbnb. I love hands-off tours where the driver gives you a few tips and then you're off on your own. I had my two children with me and we were able to explore on our own and enjoyed some playtime. I would definitely recommend if you're more of a hands-off traveler.

This was a great half day trip from Palermo. Monreale had great views over the cities and a lovely church. Cefalu was beautiful on the water. It was during the holidays/off season, so my was closed, but it was fun to visit.

Beautiful example of art in my the late 11th century. inspiring.