A full day excursion discovering the “Riviera dei Ciclopi”. During this relaxing day you will admire the Ulysses’ Caves, the Medieval Castle in Acicastello and the naturalistic area of Acitrezza and mythologic Cyclops’ Islands. While navigating, you will learn the basics of sailing and some curiosities and legends about our land. During the day you will have the possibility to do snorkeling and we will offer you also lunch.
|AVAILABLE DAYS||Everyday, upon request|
|PRICE PER PERSON||
|DEPARTURE / RETURN LOCATION||Catania Harbour – Diporto Nautico Etneo|
|DEPARTURE / RETURN TIME||10 a.m. / 6 p.m.|
|LANGUAGES||Italian and English (French and Spanish upon request and availability)|
|DURATION||8 HOURS – Full Day|
We suggest you to bring your own swimsuit, a towel and sunscreen lotion. Wind jackets and hats can be needed since it could be windy while sailing.
If you think you can suffer from seasickness we suggest you to take pills and patches before the tour. If you don’t have the equipment required we will provide you with the necessary, ask for it when you book.
Once you meet the skipper you will get on board on a boat with three double cabins (one will be available during the excursion), a bathroom with shower and external shower, a kitchen and a refrigerator.
At Ulysses’ Caves you can have the first swim of the day and practice some self-guided snorkeling with our equipment (mask and flippers). These caves were formed in a beautiful lava cliff overlooking the sea. The colors of the backdrops are gorgeous, from dark blue, to green, to light blue.
While sailing towards Acitrezza, you will pass under the medieval castle of Acicastello. Spectacular the view of the castle by the sea. You can observe the characteristic “pillow lavas” found under the castle and due to the rapid cooling of submarine eruptions.
Once docked at the port of Aci Trezza, you will have about an hour and an half of free time and it is up to you to decide how to spend it (this time is not included in the daily charter and is your responsibility).
You can, for example, take a walking tour of the picturesque fishing village of Acitrezza. Alternatively, to discover, swim and snorkel in the integral marine reserve “islands of the cycloplops”, you can hire a pedalo* or take advantage of a transport service on a small fishing boat that will take you to Lachea Island, the heart of the reserve. If you wish, we will provide you with a free loan of fins and masks for independent snorkelling.
*The pedal boat or boat transport service is not included in the price, but the cost is negligible (around a few euros per person).
Back on the boat, we will offer you a tasty lunch on board (included in the price) based on:
*Possibility of requesting a vegetarian menu, based on pasta with pesto and cherry tomatoes. For any other dietary requirements (gluten free, vegan diet, etc.), please let us know when booking.
During the return trip you can take a bath offshore (weather permitting). You will be back in Catania around 6.00 p.m.