Coastess with the Mostess
Get your Italian stallion on for this 4-day exploit along Italy’s coastline. Mosey about Procida’s atmospheric alleyways and check out Ischia’s history. See what happens when a volcano and city come to blows in Pompeii. Take a hike in Mt Vesuvius National Park.
According to Greek mythology, Sirens were beautiful femme-fatales that lured sailors to their demise along the rocky coast. So take heed, and avoid Sirens at all cost.
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 - 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.
Our sailing adventure comes to an end today and after a last breakfast together you are free to depart (approx 10am).
We recommend staying additional nights in Amalfi to further explore this stunning coastline.
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).Breakfast
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 - 06 Sep 2015 On Request US $975 Book Now 05 Sep 2015 - 08 Sep 2015 Fully Booked US $920 Contact us 12 Sep 2015 - 15 Sep 2015 Fully Booked US $935 Contact us 19 Sep 2015 - 22 Sep 2015 Fully Booked US $935 Contact us 26 Sep 2015 - 29 Sep 2015 Fully Booked US $830 Contact us
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What to know
Trip kitty of EUR25 will be collected by the skipper on day 1.