Boat tour of Syracuse

by Aldo Torrisi, 29/05/2015

Visiting Syracuse is like taking a journey back in time. The city lies on the eastern coast of Sicily situated in one of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful bays. Founded in 734 BC  by Corinthian colons the first settlements were on the island of Ortigia which preserve ruins of the first Temple dedicated to Apollo. The colony- grew rapidly in prosperity and military strength and soon became a magnetic center of power for the whole Mediterranean area. After various vicissitudes, the city was taken during the Second Punic Wars by the Romans in 212 BC. During the siege Archimedes used the famous burning glasses. When the power of Rome declined, Syracuse suffered repeated attacks by Franks, Vandals and Goths, then united with the Byzantine Empire it housed the court of Constants II. In medieval times, the arrival of Arabs and Normans brought changes to the town’s layout enriched it economically and culturally. The 1693 earthquake was terrible for the whole province and led to reconstruction on a vast scale, making Syracuse into an important capital of the Baroque style in Europe. This city not only has an extremely rich cultural past, it is set in breathtaking beautiful natural surroundings: the peaceful bay of Porto Grande with the Maddalena Peninsula, and in the background the magic Monti Iblei with Etna. The Syracuse of today is a city of art and great archaeological interest. In the charming and picturesque Island of Ortygia you’re surrounded by clean white buildings, Medieval and Baroque architecture with the imposing presence of ancient vestiges and ruins. Many famous contributors to culture and learning have been born in Syracuse: Archimedes one of the greatest scientists of the ancient world, Salvatore Quasimodo poet, and Elio Vittorini writer and journalist. An important cultural event in Syracuse is the performance of the classical Greek tragedies represented in the Greek Theater every year from May to July.

The coastal strip of Syracuse has some of the most beautiful beaches that can be found on the island, with long white sandy shorelines surrounded by incredible natural scenery of Sicily. From Brucoli to Isola delle Correnti there are 100 kilometers of coastline mixed sandy with some sections rustic and wild, while others are animated and carefree, but always exciting. Calamosche, Fontane Bianche, Vendicari and Marine Reserve Plemmirio are just some of the places which can be admired among the warm rays of the sun that makes the mirror shimmer of crystal clear water that bathes the entire coast.

We invite you to select your suitable boat to enjoy this itinerary
All selected boat have 2 crew member, regular licenses, security amenities and comfort.

Once you’ve selected the boat that meet your expectation ask for booking availability on your suitable date.
Boarding point: Approdo S.Lucia – Marina Yachting Ortygia Porto Grande. Available timing for this tour:
Morning from 09.30 to 1.30 pm / Afternoon from 2.30 pm. To 6.30 pm / Full day from 10.00 am. to 6.30 pm.
Our boat tour refers to a private and exclusive rental of the whole boat for the indicated itinerary and conditions. Our boat tours are inclusive of: Skipper and hostess, fuel for the displayed itinerary, port delivery and boarding service, open bar, beach towels, insurances and taxes.
For full day tour extra lunch with following solutions:
– Catering on board with seafood menu

Deposit requirements: Once confirmed availability of the boat we ask for 30% deposit of the total balance prior to confirm any reservations. These deposits may be refundable based on the hereafter description of weather conditions. Final payment:  Balance must be paid by bank transfer 15 days prior departure
In case of short reservation period, balance on departure day by credit card or bank money transfer.

The adverse weather conditions that prevent a safe and enjoyable navigation are the following :
MOTOR BOATS :                              Wind speed up to 20 knots – Sea waves 4-5 Douglas rate
SAILING BOATS AND GULLET:   Wind speed up to 20 knots – Sea waves 3-4 Douglas rate

In case of adverse sea conditions as listed before, we will previously inform guests and ask for another available day according to their permanence in Sicily to guarantee the booked boat tour.
If sea conditions are safe and acceptable departure is guaranteed ” Rain or Sun .”
The cancellation policy are as follows:
– 30% of total reservation is not refundable 15 days before departure.
– 50% of total reservation is not refundable from 14 days to 7 days before departure.
– 80% of total reservation is not refundable from 6 days  to 24 hours before departure.
– No refund for no show.

All listed boats are equipped with regular navigation licenses and qualified staff in possession of nautical licenses and rescue courses as required by regional and Italian laws.
All listed boats have regular insurance policy for damages to persons transported due to extraordinary events (boat collision, shipwreck) and subordinate to the negligence of the master and / or staff on board.
Once on board we always inform about rules and behavior instructions for a safe navigation. All accidents occurred on board for non-observance of these rules won’t be covered by insurance contract policy.

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    • marina di ragusa maps One day boat itinerary to unveil the coastline of Syracuse with characteristics white-yellow colors of limestone, the cradle of Greek Sicilian culture. Boarding and departure will be from Approdo S.Lucia or Marina Yachting in Ortygia. We navigate around the island from Porta Marina and Spanish fortification walls which enclose all the area within Castel Maniace. We notice some high Papyrus plants and surroundings fountain of Arethusa legendary connections between our territory and the Greek motherland. Then we can widely understand the natural port which creates with the island on the middle when we take south direction besides Peninsula Maddalena in the area of Plemmirio Marine Protected Park. Finally the landscapes turns in rocky cliffs and sandy beaches such as the large bay of Arenella were we make a stop for swimming.
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      Once we receive your detailed enquiry, we will send you a proposal within 24 hrs. If you decide to book with us you’ll have to reply our proposal within requested details. Once we receive your confirm and requested additional details, we issue a proforma contract to fill and return signed to proceed with a 20% deposit to secure your reservation. This amount has to be paid with credit card or bank money transfer within receipt to be send max. 2 days after receiving our contract.

      Once your initial deposit has been made, we will send you a confirmation e-mail with your receipt number and final tour details. Balance payment can be made directly on site with credit card or cash.

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