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Catania: Full-Day Boat Trip to Acitrezza with Lunch

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

Your adventure begins when you meet your captain on board your boat for the day, decked out with three double cabins, a bathroom with a shower, an outside shower, a kitchen, and a refrigerator. You’ll then 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, while sailing towards Acitrezza, you’ll pass under the medieval castle of Acicastello and enjoy a spectacular view of the castle by the sea. You’ll notice the characteristic pillow lavas found under the castle due to the rapid cooling of submarine eruptions.   Once you reach Acitrezza, you’ll be shown a marine reserve dubbed "The Cyclopean Isles”. The only way to access the reserve is via a pedal boat, which is included in your tour depending on seasonal availability. If the pedal boat isn’t available or if you prefer not to use it, you’ll instead have the chance to visit the charming little village of Acitrezza for one hour. When you arrive back on board you’ll be served a delicious traditional lunch including an appetizer, pasta with mussels, fruit, water, and local white wine. Finally, during your return trip, you’ll make a short stop with the chance for another quick swim before arriving back in Catania at around 6:00 PM.

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Giardini Naxos: Half-Day Boat Trip to Taormina

2. 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.

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Gulf of Catania: Diving Tour

3. Gulf of Catania: Diving Tour

Be guided by qualified marine biologists in your dive into the marvelous lava bottoms of the Gulf of Catania and the enchanting protected marine area "Isole Ciclopi". Swim amongst basalt pillars, lava ropes, lava pillows and colorful marine flora and fauna in this perfect setting for an exciting underwater experience. Live a unique diving adventure as you explore the world of silence between old lava flows and stretches of white sand. Dip in to underwater canyons, volcanic faults and pass Second World War shipwrecks. Watch as groupers, white breams, octopus, sponges, gorgonians join you as diving buddies. Whether it's your first time or you're an experienced scuba diver, you'll have all the care and assistance you need. Travel light with the knowledge that you will be equipped with the latest generation of diving equipment for maximum comfort and security.

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

4. 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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Etna & Sea with Snorkeling from Catania

5. Etna & Sea with Snorkeling from Catania

The guide will pick you up from your hotel and, on the way up to Rifugio Sapienza (1920 mamsl), you will stop at certain view points. You will receive all the information you need about the history and the territory of the volcano and visit the sites of the last eruptions and the old Silvestri Craters. From Rifugio Sapienza you will be able to choose if you wish to continue by doing some trekking in one of the nature paths of “Parco dell’Etna”, up to 2000 m, or if you wish to do the Etna high altitude option. If you choose this option you will take the cable car and then a special 4x4 minibuses to arrive at Torre del Filosofo (2900 meters).  After that you will also explore a lava cave with helmets and torches. Before heading towards Aci Castello, you will stop at a famous organic farm, in Zafferana, for a delicious sampling of honey, wine, oil, and other typical products. In Aci Castello (Marine Protected Area of “Isola dei Ciclopi”) you will visit the beautiful lava sea beds where you will have the possibility to do some snorkelling and admire the first eruptions of the ancient volcanic complex of Etna, where nowadays the typical flora and fauna dwell. Lava ropes, columnar basalts, and pillow lavas will be the unique scenery for an unforgettable excursion.

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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.

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Catania: Sailing Tour with Lunch

7. Catania: Sailing Tour with Lunch

Sail along the route of Ulysses and discover the beauty of the bay of the Cyclops and sea cliffs in Acitrezza. See dolphins, various marine life, go fishing, snorkelling and/or learn the fundamentals of sailing. This tour is a unique 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. Throughout your tour, you will also have the chance to enjoy a fantastic diving/snorkelling session at the Natural Reserve of Cyclops, departing from the small village of Acitrezza. Whilst you snorkel, behold spectacular landscapes in crystal clear blue waters. Your informative and friendly guides will accompany you throughout your experience and will be there to assist you with anything you may need.

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From Messina: Mount Etna & Alcantara Gorge Small-Group Trek

8. From Messina: Mount Etna & Alcantara Gorge Small-Group Trek

Start with pickup from your hotel and drive for 45 minutes along a scenic route. Stop for a quick coffee grab some walking poles and trekking boots if required. Set off on the first part of your trek on Mount Etna with a 4-kilometer walk through a birch tree forest. Then, continue along the edges of some craters before reaching a scenic viewpoint. See the southern coast of the mainland of Italy, the glimmering Mediterranean Sea, and the majestic mountain ranges of northern Sicily. Enter a large cave where your guide will explain its geological characteristics and its historical use by local communities. After lunch, travel for 45 minutes to reach the Alcantara Gorge, a canyon formed by lava flows from Mount Etna, which now has a clearwater river running through it. Chill out on the banks of the river or follow your guide into the gorge on one of the many hiking trails. Afterward, be returned to your hotel in the late afternoon.

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What people are saying about Catania

Overall rating

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based on 1 reviews

Hello, we really want to thank and congratulate Manuele, our guide who took care of our transportation to the activity. He was super nice, considerate and patient. He kept our things and waited for us for 4 hours without ever showing the slightest impatience. In addition, he was able to answer all our questions about Sicily, and other local legends. We also want to thank and congratulate the two body rafting guides who are real pros, attentive, considerate, responsive and adorable. Being guided in this magical place by such people really made the excursion unforgettable. ❤️

First time diving and it was amazing. Great for beginners. Instructor spoke fluent English. He made everything easy. Also, he helped my wife the entire time because she was terrified. He helped her to feel more comfortable.

Great experience. Boat captain was friendly ans very informative. The food was yummy. Probably need more water on boat but otherwise great day.

Really nice adventure:) worth to spend one relaxing day by the coast with great skipper and delicious lunch!

We dived for the first time. The instructor looked after us very well :).