Anchored in Amalfi
Board thy sturdy vessel in Procida and set sail for the Phlegrean Islands. Stop in at Sorrento and pop over to Pompeii. Chomp down on pizza in Naples, wander among olive groves in Amalfi and bask in Capri’s sunny splendor.
Tips for being a good sailor: Mind the boom. Don’t question the captain. Consume rum. Avoid ships with skull and crossbones on their flags. Don’t ask the skipper "are we there yet?". Don’t adopt a pirate’s accent (unless you're really, really good at it).
Day 1 - Procida/Ischia
Buongiorno! Welcome to Italy.
Your adventure begins on with a group meeting at 3pm on Day 1.
Procida is the oldest and smallest island in the bay of Naples. Dozens of typically Mediterranean pastel-coloured buildings are sandwiched into less than 4.1 square kilometres. Wander the narrow streets and alleys and you may find yourself thinking the streets appear oddly familiar. This may be because this quaint island has featured in a number of films, such as “Il Postino” and “The Talented Mr Ripley.
After your welcome meeting and before setting sail we will make a quick visit to the supermarket, located close by, to buy supplies for breakfast and afternoon snacks. These will be bought from the kitty fund. The kitty is used to purchase provisions for breakfast and snacks for the duration of the trip. The kitty itself is administrated by you and your fellow travellers and the amount recommended is based on feedback from past travellers. Most travellers find that they do not spend the whole amount quoted and put any leftover funds towards a dinner on the final night.
It's time to set sail! You can expect a gentle introduction to life on board as we head a short distance west to the largest of the Phlegrean islands, Ischia. In contrast to Procida, it’s the largest island in the Bay of Naples.
There are a whole host of beautiful beaches on the island. Fumarole beach is said to be one of the finest. There are some fumeroles here, so if you head down towards the evening, you might see locals cooking their dinner in the sand. In the bay of Saint Montano lies an unusual phenomenon. The clear sea water is hot and the sea is shallow due to the Island’s natural volcanic activity. It’s also home to Negombo thermal park, where you can relax, unwind and enjoy the therapeutic properties of its hot springs.
*****Please remember the beauty of sailing is that each day is unique and, while we have a destination to reach, if the weather changes or something takes the group’s fancy, we can be flexible on the day's itinerary.*****
Day 2 - Ischia - Sorrento
We spend the morning and early afternoon in Ischia and although Ischia is the largest of the islands in the Bay of Naples it attracts far less day visitors than Capri. You might want to spend the morning visiting Spiaggia dei Pescatori. Sandwiched between Ischia Porto and Ischia Ponte, Spiaggia dei Pescatori or Fisherman Beach is dotted with colourful traditional fishing boats, fishing nets, seafood restaurants and cafes. It also affords a great vantage point to view Castello Aragonese, a 15th century medieval castle. The castello is a hugely impressive monument with a dark history located on a small island near Ischia Ponte. The castle was built in 1441 and was later used to protect the island from pirates. One of the more grizzly exhibits displays some of the methods of medieval torture previously used at the castle.
Mid-afternoon we'll set sail for Sorrento and as the yacht departs Ischia we'll have the opportunity to capture the beauty of Ischia; the pastel hues of the houses and the azure waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Don’t worry if you miss the chance to grab a photo as you leave Ischia as the sail towards the Sorrentine Peninsula and Sorrento will offer plenty of opportunities to capture that picture postcard moment.
Sorrento is another beautiful town dating back to Greek times. Perched on a cliff on the Amalfi coastline, Sorrento offers stunning panoramic views of the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius and as such has a steady stream of visitors, peaking in the summer months. Although a very popular town to visit Sorrento does retain its original charm with the old town, Centro Storico quite compact and easy to get around.
Tonight you will get the opportunity to try one of Sorrento's well known (and loved) exports, Limoncello. A lemon liqueur produced from zest and rind of the locally grown Femminello St. Teresa lemons (which a known to grow as large as grapefruits), Limoncello is an after dinner digestive and is best served chilled.Breakfast | Lunch
Day 3 - Sorrento - Pompeii
Today we have the option of visiting the abandoned city of Pompeii, a Roman settlement frozen in time since the fateful day in 79AD when Mt Vesuvius erupted, burying 20,000 people and their homes under a layer of ash. The ghost like city allows us to have a glimpse into the lives of ancient Romans – discovering how they lived, worked and interacted 2,000 years ago – and marvel at the well-preserved buildings, artwork, and pottery.
Once a thriving trading centre where ordinary people went about their everyday business while Vesuvius loomed peacefully over the city until the 26th August when disaster struck. While many residents quite literally got up and ran away, leaving behind one of the world’s greatest depictions of life in the past others were not so lucky, engulfed by the ash and lava. Despite a brief consideration by the city elders, Pompeii was never rebuilt with any real enthusiasm and largely disappeared from people's minds until the 16th century, when the ruins were rediscovered. Most of the major excavations were conducted from the late 18th century onwards.
Today this world heritage site is one of the most popular attractions in all of Italy and could easily be explored over an entire day due to sheer size and content. There are many brilliantly preserved temples to the ancient gods here, frescos, roman bathes, villas and an impressive Amphitheatre
Another optional activity is a visit to the Mount Vesuvius National Park. To reach the volcano we take a public bus (20km - 30 minutes) to approx 1000 metres and then a walk of approx 200 metres. Although it is not overly strenuous walk if you have any health issues you may want to run this past your doctor before leaving home. At 1200 metres it will be a lot colder than sea level so you will need to bring a fleece, rain coat, hat, sunscreen, good walking shoes and lots of water with you. The return trip should take approx 3 hours.
The cost of your entry ticket will include the services of a volcanology guide and if you are lucky enough to visit on a clear day you will have incredible views over the Bay of Naples with even more stunning views into the crater. Although Mt Vesuvius is still considered to be an active volcano, the last eruption was in 1944, don't expect to see lava spewing and bubbling from the crater, volcanic gases and the smell of sulphur is about all you see but that in itself is pretty stunning and makes the walk to the top well worth it.
If you plan to visit many archaeological sites while in the Amalfi region you should consider purchasing a Campania Arte card annual pass. For details please refer to http://www.campaniartecard.it/en/Breakfast | Lunch
Day 4 - Sorrento - Amalfi
We set sail for the town of Amalfi coast this morning and sail past the Gallos or the Sirenusas - a small archipelago to the east of the Sorrentine Peninsula. In Greek mythology the islands are said to be home to the sirens, beautiful creatures who possessed the body of a bird and the head of a human (in later centuries the myth was that these women possessed the body of a fish with the head of a human - more commonly known as a mermaid). The story goes that these creatures would lure sailors with their 'siren songs' a mix of bewitching song and music to the rocks of the islands where they would be shipwrecked.
On arrival in Amalfi some of our travellers will disembark while others may join us. Today is a free day so you have time to discover the town of Amalfi and surrounds. You may like to take a half-day walk along the narrow trails, which until recently were followed by mules and donkeys as they traversed the dramatic landscape. The trails are steep and have many stairs but the views are breathtaking and amply repay you for the effort. Along the way you will see ancient buildings, olive groves, vineyards and villages. If you're after a more relaxing walk with a few cultural highlights you can stroll from one side of town to the other within the hour and then pay a visit to the Catterdrale di Sant Andrea and the Chiostro dei Paradiso.
The days' activities will culminate with an optional meal of local seafood delicacies and maybe a serve or two of gelato!Breakfast | Lunch
Day 5 - Amalfi - Capri
Today we set sail to the Isle of Capri, home to magnificent holiday palaces of the ancient Roman Emperors and the fable Blue Grotto. Part of Capri's allure is founded on contrasts: from the bustling port of Marina Grande to the breezy summit of Monte Solaro. The dramatic rocky coastline is pierced by natural grottoes, while in the interior narrow roads wind through fragrant citrus groves, past villages of flat-roofed white cubist-looking houses with flower-filled gardens, and manicured towns which offer swanky hotels and chic cafes. Famed for its unparalleled setting and natural beauty, the island is justifiably popular with visitors, but there are still many hidden corners and treasures to explore
This afternoon we have the option to explore the the Blue Grotto, locally known as the Grotta Azura. The name, azura/blue comes from the two natural light sources, the cave entrance, approx 1.3 metres, and another, larger hole under the surface that allow sunlight to stream through which is then refracted through the water creating a stunning blue colour which illuminates the cave. Although swimming in the grotto is not permitted, there is a small platform located close by where you can swim. To get to the grotto we will take a small motor boat and then transfer to a smaller row boat. Please note if the sea conditions are considered to rough or choppy access to the grotto is closed.
In the late afternoon we'll take some time to wander through car free streets of Capri Town and/or Anacapri. If you choose to return from the Blue Grotto by car, you can stop off at Anacapri, a hillside town offering a more laid back feel than Capri Town.Breakfast | Lunch
Day 6-7 - Procida
This morning you can relax in the sun or you might want to head catch one of the funicular railways to Capri Town, Anacapri or Marina Grande. Definitely worth a visit from Anacapri is the Villa San Michele, the former home to a Swedish doctor built on the site of the ruins of a Roman villa. With tranquil walkways and gardens and unparalleled views over the Bay of Naples. If there's time you can make your way back to Capri Town by the Phoenician Steps (La Scala Fenicia), a long steep stairway that links the towns of Capri with that of Anacapri. Although easier to climb down the stairs than up, you will still need to have a certain level of fitness and comfortable shoes.
This afternoon we say goodbye to the Isle of Capri and set sail (our last sail) to Procida, our final stop. Reknown for it's classical Mediterranean architecture and regarded as being the quietest and most authentic of the three islands on your trip, Procida was used during the fiming of Il Postino - The Postman and The Talented Mr Ripley. Take a walk and look down upon the magnificent view and colorful Marina Corricella from the 16th century Castello d'Avalos and visit the Abbazia di San Michele Arcangelo, a Benedictine Abbey and museum featuring a maze of catacombs. Or maybe head directly to the unpretentious Marina Corricella itself and enjoy the wealth of local seafood from one of the many restaurants of this classic seaside town.
Tonight will be our last night together so we will celebrate with a meal fitting the occasion! Although an island the local delicacy is il coniglio alla procidana however if rabbit stew is not to your liking there is still plenty of local seafood dishes to try, like spaghetti al riccio di mare, and this can all be washed down with local wines or the iconic Limoncello.
Sadly the trip comes to an end on day 7. After a last breakfast together you are free to depart (approx 10am).
Your skipper can assist you with directions to the ferry terminal for your return to the mainland or your hotel (if you have decided to stay on for a couple of nights).
Addio e tornare presto!Breakfast | Lunch
What to Know
Local skipper, transport and sightseeing.
- International flights, airport transfers, departure taxes, visas, insurance (compulsory on all trips), meals not listed (lunches and dinners), any optional tours or activities during free time, camera fees, excess baggage charges, tips, trip kitty and items of a personal nature.
Petty theft and personal safety:
While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.
Water safety at sea:
Travellers that are able and confident swimmers will be able to enjoy swimming & snorkelling off the boat, but please always note the skipper's advice and instructions on when and where to swim and what precautions to consider. Travellers who are not able to swim are certainly welcome on this trip, but you will be required to wear a life jacket when we are sailing.
Trip Dates and Prices
Start Date – End Date Trip Status Price 03 Sep 2015 - 09 Sep 2015 Fully Booked US $1,720 Contact us 05 Sep 2015 - 11 Sep 2015 Fully Booked US $1,650 Contact us 12 Sep 2015 - 18 Sep 2015 Fully Booked US $1,650 Contact us 19 Sep 2015 - 25 Sep 2015 Fully Booked US $1,650 Contact us 26 Sep 2015 - 02 Oct 2015 Fully Booked US $1,590 Contact us
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What to know
Trip kitty of EUR50 will be collected by the skipper on day 1.