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Boat excursion to the island of Ortigia and the caves of Syracuse

Boat excursion to the island of Ortigia and the caves of Syracuse

1 hour


Very flexible

From 1 to 40


  • Set off from the island of Ortigia for a one-hour boat trip around the coast
  • Be enraptured by the beauty of Maniace Castle and the Syracuse waterfront
  • Head by boat to the sea caves of Syracuse and enjoy a refreshing dip
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Full description

Theisland of Ortigia is one of the most popular destinations for tourists from all over the world. If you have never visited it, don't miss the opportunity to go on a one-hour boat tour from Syracuse. Climb aboard, circumnavigate the island and visit the nearby sea caves.

Let yourself be dazzled by the beauty of the place, admire the façade of the Church of the Spirito Santo, catch a glimpse of the imposing silhouette of the Castello Maniace, and capture the best moments of the adventure with the Grotta dell'Amore in the background.

So, are you ready to set sail?

What we will do

The rendezvous is in Syracuse at the place indicated in the booking confirmation. As skipper , I will welcome you on board the boat, ready to show you the historical and natural wonders of the city. I advise you to arrive 15 minutes before your chosen departure time.

We will depart from theIsland of Ortigia to enter the so-called Grand Harbour of Syracuse. We will walk along the city's Alphaeus promenade and see the Arethusa Fountain, Maniace Castle, the Cathedral and the Church of the Holy Spirit. Along the way I will tell you many curiosities about these landmarks of the city of Syracuse.

Leaving Ortigia, we will head towards the north coast of Syracuse in the direction of the sea caves. We will visit by boat the Grotta dei Cappuccini, the Grotta del Corallo, the Grotta dell'Amore with its characteristic heart shape, and the Grotta delle Stalattiti.

Outside the caves or near Castello Maniace we can enjoy a relaxing swim in front of these magnificent views. After a bathing stop of about 10 minutes, we will re-enter the Ortigia canal to return to the starting point.

The excursion will last one hour in total.

Who it is aimed at

The activity is suitable for everyone, with no age limit.

Children from 0 to 5 years old do not pay: contact us to reserve their place on board.

The boat is not wheelchair accessible.

Other information

The activity is available all year round, every day , subject to marine weather conditions.

The excursion will take place on board a motor boat equipped with a canopy. Depending on the number of passengers, the group can be divided onto several boats of different capacities and lengths: a 6.90 m boat, a 7.50 m boat and an 8.60 m boat, up to a maximum of 40 participants . Life jackets and diving masks are available on board.

Dogs of all sizes are allowed on board .

Recommended clothing

  • Clothing suitable for the season
  • Swimming costume

Don't forget to bring

  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Cap

What is included

  • Skipper and guide

How it works

  • Book
  • Gift
  1. 1
    Send a booking request

    We will only pre-authorise the payment

  2. 2
    Receive confirmation within 48 hours

    In case of confirmation, you will be charged the cost of the activity

  3. 3
    Live your experience

    Enjoy the activity and let us know how it was!

  1. 1
    Buy a gift voucher

    Valid 12 months from the date of purchase

  2. 2
    Choose your preferred date

    Get in touch with the guide with the contact details on the voucher and choose the day for the activity

  3. 3
    Live your experience

    Enjoy the activity and let us know how it was!

Meeting point

Exact location provided after booking

Frequently asked questions

What happens in case of bad weather?

If you have made a fixed date reservation and the weather conditions are not suitable for the safe conduct of the activity (in the expert opinion of the guide), you will be refunded the full amount paid. The guide may suggest an alternative date or time for you to conduct the activity. You can freely choose whether or not to accept these proposals. If you can’t retrieve it, we will process a full refund! If you have set the date for your Gift Voucher and bad weather did not allow the activity to take place, the Voucher remains regularly valid until the expiration date indicated on it.

If I cancel the reservation, can I get a full refund?

For this activity, the cancellation policy is very flexible. You get a full refund if you cancel within 0 days from the activity start date. Within 0 and 0 days from the activity start date you will get a 50% refund. You can find the full policies in the Cancellation Policy section.

What payment methods do you accept?

On Freedome, you can pay with any rechargeable credit card or prepaid card (including Postepay) from Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club, JCB networks. We also accept debit cards enabled for online payments. You can also use the digital wallets Apple Pay and Google Pay.

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