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Excursion around Ortigia Island and sea caves
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Excursion around Ortigia Island and sea caves

By Syracuse excursion
Recommended by 96% of travellers
96% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
We will start from the bridges of Ortigia and enter the "great port" of Syracuse and the beautiful alfeo seafront of Ortigia. Next we will leave the port to circumnavigate around the island and admire the monuments located along the coast. We will leave Ortigia to head towards the coast north of Syracuse to go and see the beautiful sea caves. We will then return from the "small port" to navigate the Ortigia channel that divides the island from the city and we will pass under the bridges to return to the starting point. the visit is guided and a historical and geographical explanation is provided. In addition, it is possible to stop for a swim. The tour lasts about 1 hour and 10/20 minutes.
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Ages 1-70, max of 24 per group
Duration: 60–80 minutes
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Live guide: English, Italian
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  • Guided boat tour
  • Historical geographical explanation


Start:
  • Via Senatore Giuseppe Maielli, 4, 96100 Siracusa SR, Italy
    We meet travelers at our tourist information point. The Syracuse excursion tourist information point is located in via senatore Giuseppe maielli 4 corner Via Malta
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 175767P1

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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    • You'll start at
      Via Senatore Giuseppe Maielli, 4
      Via Senatore Giuseppe Maielli, 4, 96100 Siracusa SR, Italy
      We meet travelers at our tourist information point. The Syracuse excursion tourist information point is located in via senatore Giuseppe maielli 4 corner Via Malta
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    • Pass by
      Yacht Club Lakkios - Marina | Porto Piccolo, Ortigia - Siracusa
    • You'll return to the starting point
    About the operator
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    • Syracuse excursion
      272
      Syracuse, Italy
      Joined in July 2019
    • S F
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Ortigia Pleasant Boat Tour Small Group
      Ninni gave us an enjoyable 2 hour boat tour with 2 swim stops. The boat holds approx 8 people . Bring towel, water and a snack if you like.( we stopped at the food market for some fresh baggets , fruit and cheese) There are a few boat drivers but Ninni is passionate, philosophical , numerous with very good explanation of the history behind Ortigia and Syracusa plus we got to see the sea caves etc . The boat has a canopy .Two hours went by quickly. Enjoy !
      Written 11 September 2023
    • jojaxx
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Perfect boat trip
      This was an excellent trip. There are so many boat trips to choose from in Ortigia but I was very impressed with this one. It was two hours long. The driver was very friendly and very good with the two elderly parents we had with us. He took us to two lovely swimming spots, showed us the sea caves and then took us to see the fort. Although they take a maximum of 15-20 people there were only 7 of us so we had a very personal experience. Highly recommend.
      Written 29 August 2023
    • GangstahLove
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing Experience
      Really good trip!! A guide that speaks basically perfect english and has alot of knowledge about everything we pass with the boat. This was absolutely the best thing for us! The group was not too big (not crowded) we stopped 2-3 times so we had the opertunity to swim, they also were very attentive, making sure we all were okay and safe Absolutely reccomended
      Written 23 August 2023
    • JeffB1237
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Trip, Use Caution at Swim Stops
      Great Trip, great scenery. Only reason we didn’t give 5 stars is very important. If you have young children, I wouldn’t allow them to swim during the stops to snorkel/swim. The reason I say this is the guide that drove the boat on our trip dropped us to swim and then pulled away +/- 20 meters with the boat. We didn’t expect this nor does he tell you in advance that he’s pulling away. When I asked why he pulls away he suggested the current. Ok, so it’s not safe for your boat in the current so you drive away 20 meters and expect us to swim to the boat against the current. He does not come to pick you up. In fact, there were 2 swim stops and at the first stop, after a swim and getting ready to board, he told us to not board because he had to circle again due to the current. I had to shout and tell him my 11 year daughter was getting on the boat at that moment because she was getting fatigued. I was wearing swim fins and was ok, my wife had trouble swimming to the boat again against the current and the guide didn’t seem to care. The guide was very stubborn and we didn’t like that. fyi, we are experienced boaters, belong to a boat club in Florida, and understand currents. Typically I would say either anchor or don’t drop people to swim. Not the right day.
      Written 19 August 2023
    • Jasper828
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Enjoyable Ortigia boat trip
      Very enjoyable two hour trip around Ortigia and the coast. The skipper was friendly and knowledgeable and the small boat had a canopy for those who wanted shade. We were out in the heat of the day so we're grateful for that. There were a couple of short swim stops for those who fancied it. Especially enjoyed the sea caves. Take a bottle of water with you if it is a hot day.
      Written 22 June 2023
    • susanlS9631HL
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Worth the ride
      Very informative and a pleasant experience. Crew were nice and accommodating. A great way to see the island from the sea.
      Written 13 June 2023
    • DavidS7763
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Very Generous Refund for Cancelled Reservation
      We were not able to take the tour as my wife got sick, so we had to cancel the trip with less than 24 hours notice ( if fact the same day). The tour operator refunded us half of our payment, which they were not obligated to do I thought that was very generous, and these people should be commended.
      Written 15 May 2023
    • Ronpariser
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dont miss this
      We took a lovely ride around Ortigia and Siracusa with Nini and Carmelo. Alot of info, besutiful views and humor.
      Written 6 May 2023
    • LarryR1546
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Cave boat trip Ortigia
      Great skipper. Fun and knowledgeable tour guide. We had some rough water but always felt safe. I would highly recommend this company.
      Written 5 May 2023
    • XXXXXXXXXyyy
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great boat tour of Ortigia
      Great trip all around. Friendly and expert guide and skipper. Lots of interesting stops and places to see.
      Written 30 April 2023
    • Claudio F
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Lovely boat excursion round the island of Ortigia
      This is a must go to if you are in Syracuse. The guide was very well informed and narrates some nice stories/legends during the trip. Lovely views of the walled town of Ortigia.
      Written 23 February 2023
    • Teri F
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Boat Tour around Ortigia
      Great tour! Fun to see the sea caves and hear more about Origia, the exceptional climate, history and beaches.
      Written 27 December 2022
    • W3704RSmariel
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Beautiful
      Beautiful views leaving the harbour and of the coastline . Smooth, friendly service . Highly recommend.
      Written 30 October 2022
    • JeanBryden
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Lovely trip
      seeing the town from the sea was special. Our guide had very poor English so didn’t learn a lot. Beautiful grottos
      Written 22 September 2022
    • Trip20595432885
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Delightful time Exploring the Ortigia Coastline
      Non-swimmers had a delightful time , chatting and playing music during the time reserved for swimming off the boat. We were also offered a Prosecco toast. As we circled the island, Matteo and the boat captain pointed out the sites along the coastline and their interesting histories.
      Written 21 September 2022
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    GloD
    21 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023 • Couples
    The place was beautiful, but sadly our experience with this company was not. We arrived on a cruise ship, so I think they had more people signed up for this tour than usual. That might have contributed to our less than satisfactory experience with them. We met at the designated spot and waited for a while before we were walked to the harbor where the boats were. We had specifically booked this tour because they had mentioned: "Guided boat tour; Historical geographical explanation" A lot of reviewers had also mentioned knowledgeable, English-speaking guides. We did not have such a guide on our boat. The pilot had poor English and a bad attitude. As we were pulling out of the harbor, when we asked about a building we were passing, he responded with a curt "I tell you later." As we were going towards the caves, I asked how deep the sea was at this point and added that I could not swim. His reply was "Two meter or ten, what does it matter? If you fall in you die." Seeing my shocked face, he did offer me a life jacket. There was very little explanation of anything we were viewing. On returning, we were not taken under the bridge to the original place we embarked from but were dropped off before the bridge. The views were amazing, but we missed having a guide who could've made the tour informative and truly enjoyable.
    Written 26 September 2023
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    Hi,I think that you go on bording of the wrong boat honestly. Maybe you go inside of a boat of another company. Can you remove this review? Text me please
    Written 11 October 2023
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    Mengia T
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2021 • Family
    Aleandro was an excellent guide. He took us to the most stunning caves while also explaining the history of the city and it’s People. We truly enjoyed our tour which allowed for ample of time for swimming. Would book again.
    Written 19 August 2021
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    nic m
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2023 • Friends
    Fantastic experience! Thank you to our tour guide! He shared knowledge about the sites along the route in an accessible and friendly manner. The boat driver was incredibly skilled- we felt safe and comfortable the whole time, which made the experience even more enjoyable. A must see!
    Written 7 May 2023
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    laura j
    Scottsdale, Arizona, United States17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2022
    Fantastic way to introduce yourself to Ortigia and the area. Our guide was a local and told great stories of the city and people. He was a skilled captain and the boat trip was very smooth. Sea caves were beautiful and we enjoyed learning about the history of the region. Highly recommend doing this tour. You won’t be disappointed!
    Written 2 January 2022
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    Sandy L
    London, UK8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aleandro was a friendly and informative guide with good English. With beautiful sea caves and views of historical Ortigia, the tour is diverse and good value. We were delighted to see a kingfisher in one of the caves! Would highly recommend if you have a couple of hours spare in Syracuse.
    Written 21 October 2020
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    Tomáš K
    Brno, Czech Republic1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was great experience. Our guide David was very skilled riding a boat and polite. He shared many information about Ortigia and Syracuse and knows to speak English very well. So far we are traveling with children of 4 and 2 years I recommend also for families.
    Written 24 August 2022
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    Violetta
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The guide speaks great English. Explained the history very well. The tour goes around the caves first then around the city on the way back, you will not get the same view twice.
    There’s a restaurant in front of the meeting point so you can get coffee and water before the boat.
    Good tour, recommend it.
    Written 28 June 2023
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    Mike
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2021 • Couples
    Great experience. Tour was nicely catered to the people onboard - a young couple and a group of college students. Guide was flexible and allowed us to spend a long time swimming at a couple spots. Never felt rushed and provided history of the area.
    Written 15 August 2021
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    Jits D
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2022 • Friends
    The boat tour was amazing. The guide showed us the most beautiful things alongside the shore and the caves. Eventhough the season (beginning of March) it was not too cold on the water. It was a wonderfull beginning of the day with the sunbeams on our face and the views on the city.
    Written 7 March 2022
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    Rebecca L
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2023
    This is a lovely way to experience the island of Ortigia from the sea. I was pleased with this your (there are some 30 different people who offer tours) because our guide was knowledgeable about the island’s history, spoke excellent English, and did not feel any need to talk all the time. We had lots of time to sit back and simple enjoy the view and the water. It’s not a long tour…just about an hour.
    Written 4 April 2023
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