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Amalfi Coast:The hedonist's delight

The most enchanting and most visited route in the South of Italy is that skirting the Southern flank of Sorrento's Peninsula: the Costiera Amalfitana (Amalfi Coast). Among the popular pleasures here are dining on locally caught grilled fish and sipping icy Lacrima Christi from the vineyards on the slopes of Vesuvius, interspersed with beach-hopping and trips to coastal summits to admire the breathtaking views. From Sorrento, a vibrant holiday resort, the road edges along spectacular cliffsides to magnificently romantic Positano, a village clambouring down a vertiginous slope to the sea. Farther on, discover Amalfi - famous for not only history, myth, legend, art, religious tradition but also sun and hospitality. It boasts a temperate climate and incomparable natural beauty, including the Emerald Grotto which is situated in the enchanting bay of Concha del Marini. Poised on a shelf above Amalfi, basks Ravello, from where one has the most soul-stirring views of the Amalfi coastline.

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Day tours from Sorrento :


Pick-up from your hotel between 9.00 and 9.30 am and transfer to Sorrento pier.
Departure for Capri Island via Punta del Capo and Baths of Queen Giovanna, seat of Villa Pollio Felix, the most important roman archaeological site of Sorrento. We sail along the Sorrento peninsula's rocky coastline, Massa Lubrense and Mitigliano Bay.
Sailing around Capri island, you will see several grottos: White, Coral and Green Grotto and will experience the awesome beauty of the Faraglioni Rocks (iconic symbol of the island). We pass by the Blue Grotto. An optional visit is possible if the wait is less than 30 minutes. Alternatively the visit can be done during the free time on the island. Optional disembarking for 3 hours and free time for shopping and discovering the island on your own. Possibility to swim in the crystal-clear waters around Capri Island.
Sailing back to Sorrento.


Operating daily from 01 May to 31 October 2013.

· Transfer to/from Sorrento pier
· Light snacks or fresh fruit and non-alcoholic drinks on board
· Life jacket
· Snorkeling mask
· Capri Landing fee
Not to forget: Swimwear, shorts, T-shirt, sun-block, sunglasses, beach-towel, camera & a sun hat.
This tour operates with minimum 2 and maximum 14 pax.
*Does not include entrance fees into the Blue Grotto.  These to be paid on the spot.


9:30 am Pick-up from your hotel by minivan or minibus and departure for Positano. Photo-stop on the terrace overlooking this enchanting town.
Continuation for Amalfi along the scenic drive passing by the lovely villages of Praiano, Furore and Conca dei Marini. Enjoy a 2 hours stop in Amalfi during which we suggest the visit to the Cathedral of St. Andrew. Time at disposal for optional activities such as lunch , time on the beach or a boat trip along the Coast. From Amalfi continue onto Ravello with its stunning views. Optional visit to the famous Villa Rufolo. Return to Sorrento along the same scenic drive .
5:30 pm Arrival at your hotel.


Operating on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 01 May to 31 October 2013.


- Private transportation by air-conditioned minivan or minibus
- English speaking driving escort with up to 8 passengers
- Driver and English speaking guide from 9 to 21 passengers


Not to forget : sun glasses - sun cream - sun hat – camera - swimming suit - beach towel - comfortable shoes. Dress code for church: cover your shoulders and knees
Lunch, drink or entrance fees are not included.
This tour operates with minimum 4 and maximum 21 pax.


Let the flavors of this blessed Land conquer you through a wine & gastronomic tour where scents , tastes and breath-taking landscapes will be the unforgettable memory of this wonderful day.  At 9.15 am you will be met at your Hotel. Departure for a guided walking tour through Sorrento’s historical centre.  
Proceed to "La Villanella" farmhouse and guided tour of this Estate, which is the largest one in the Sorrentine Peninsula, with its 30 hectares including Villa Angelina, the vineyard, the olive and lemon groves.
This will be followed by the visit of the cellar with the bottling sector . Enjoy lunch with wine and olive oil tasting, accompanied by tastes of local salamis ,cheese, pasta and traditional local cakes.
Departure from the estate for a guided tour of the hills , through the villages and suburbs of Massa Lubrense. During the tour, we will stop at breath-taking viewpoints where you can admire Capri island and the Vesuvius. Retun to your hotel at approx. 4.30 pm.


Operating on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 01 May to October 31 2013.


• Transportation from/to the hotel
• Walking tour of Sorrento’s historical centre
• Guided visit of the estate and the farmhouse
• Wine tasting and lunch in the cellar of the farmhouse
• Guided tour of Sorrento hills


Not to forget : Sun glasses, sun hat, comfortable shoes, little bottle of water.
This tour operates with minimum 7 and maximum 30 pax.



Tour commencing / ending Naples :


This is a journey that will take place both on land and on water, searching the natural treasures and cultural heritage spotted along the Amalfi Coast and the Gulf of Naples. A cruise on board a ship that has all the style of the ancient caique, a type of boat that is a legend itself, just as it is the sea under your feet.  It is not just a matter of watching and observing, but a truly active journey intended to combine sailing and relaxing with cycling along the narrow streets of Capri, Pompeii, Procida, Ischia Islands, and Sorrento.  Guided tour with English and Italian speaking guide.  International groups, the official language of the tour is English.


In Castellammare di Stabia (Naples)


Duration and departure dates 2014:
8 days/7nights from Saturday to Saturday
Departure every week from 19/04 to 21/06 and from 30/08 to 18/10 (included)


Castellamare di Stabia – Marina di Cassano/Sorrento – Amalfi – Ischia Casamicciola – Sant’Angelo d’Ischia – (in port) -Capri (in roadstead)


Bike trips:
Sorrento coast – Amalfi coast – Pompei – Ischia
Every trip is between 25 and 35 km


Min. partecipants: 4 pax


Difference in level : between 0 and 600 m per day. The daily stage is 25/35 km only and there is all the time to do the bike tour and to cycle with tranquility all along the itinerary.


Level: medium/easy   - Not suitable for children under 12 years old.


Caique Deriya Deniz
(used on all departures except September 06th)
Comfort:  *****
5 cabins with private services, shower and WC. 1 cabin will be used by the guide.
10 places
3 double cabins + 2 twin cabins with separate beds


Deriya Deniz is a 24 meters long and 6,6 meters wide caique, with a solid structure and finished with precious mahogany woods. The great care in the interiors and external spaces provide big charm and extreme comfort, in order to enjoy a wonderful holiday. 

The caique gathers 5 cabins (1 will be used by the guide): 3 double cabins and 2 twin cabins, and can accommodate up to 10 people. 

All cabins are equipped with private services with hot and cold water, shower box with ¼ bathtub, hairdryer. They all have air conditioning with independent regulation, LCD TV and Hi-Fi, a little wardrobe, enough space to place bags and luggage (please exclude rigid luggage), a safe and portholes that can be opened.

The ship is furnished with style, it boasts prestigious wood furnishings and fittings, as well as comfortable inner spaces, such as the spacious dinette with bar. The guests can also take advantage of a large solarium and lie down on comfortable beach mattresses enjoying the sounds of the sea. The back deck is covered and has a table for breakfasts and dinners.  Aboard catering is our pride, and it is the result of a cultural research, suggested by the old recipes of seaside villages. Carpaccio, fresh seafood and vegetables, pasta, meat and the herbs of the Mediterranean scrubs, are the absolute protagonists on our table.


Caicco Mariagiovanna
(used on September 06th and on doubled departures)
Comfort: *****
5 cabins – 10 places max. 1 cabin will be used by the guide.
2 double cabins and 3 twin cabins, with private services (shower and WC) Mariagiovanna is a caique, a traditional Turkish vessel built with mahogany wood, which
will make you live an unforgettable and relaxing holiday joining together the antique charm of an “ ancient vessel” with the functionality of a modern boat.
The stern and the bow provided with large and soft cushions are ideal for our guests who wish to enjoy very relaxing moments only just lying down to look at the amazing landscapes in the glittering sunlight caressed by the sea breeze or simply to sunbathe.  All the services that Mariagiovanna can offer you joined with an accurate and discreet hospitality will really make your stay on it a very magic holiday.  Comfortable cabins, air conditioning and private services and WC on board, provide the clients the maximum of comfort (max 10 participants).  Aboard catering is our pride, it is the result of a cultural research, suggested by the old
recipes of seaside villages. Carpaccio, fresh seafood and vegetables, pasta, meat and the herbs of the Mediterranean scrubs, are the absolute protagonists on our table.





Day 1: individual arrival
Embarkation at 18.00 at the Marina di Castellammare di Stabia (NA), accommodation on board, welcome drink, dinner and presentation of the program. Night in the port of
Castellammare di Stabia


Day 2: cycle trip to Pompeii (14 km)
Cycle trip to Pompeii and visit of Pompeii and the Villa dei Misteri. It is the biggest open-air archaeological site of the world. A great example of past human life, where the huge
eruption of the Vesuvius in 79 A.D fixed forever under ashes and lava men in their daily activities. Return journey to the Marina di Castellammare and departure with the caique towards
Sorrento. Walking visit of the town and return to the boat.  Overnight on board at the Marina di Cassano/Sorrento port.


Day 3: Sorrento – Positano – Amalfi (34 km)
In the morning departure along the Sorrento coast. You cross “Passo San Pietro” (St. Peter’s pass) and you enter in the Amalfi coast, where you will cycle along the wonderful road
overlooking the sea up to Positano. Its colorful houses have been built in amphitheatre shape, overlooking the sea, giving a unique and picturesque aspect to the village. After Positano
you continue towards Amalfi, the most powerful Mariner Republic at the end of X century. We suggest the visits to the cloister of Paradise and the church and a walk along the main
street that is connected with many narrow streets between white fisherman’s houses. Return to the gulet. You are free for dinner. Overnight in port in Amalfi.


Day 4: Amalfi – Minori – Vietri – Cetara or Salerno (24 km) + alternative Ravello (35 km)
From Amalfi you continue your cycle tour along the coast, cycling on a street with some ups and downs overlooking the sea, crossing the villages of Minori, Maiori and Cetara.
It is possible to make a deviation and go up towards Ravello, where in the placid beauty of the main square, the Dome dedicated to Saint Pantaleone stands out. The blood of
the Saint liquefies every year on 27th July.  From the village dominating the sea from 300 mt. Above sea level, you can enjoy a view beyond the Gulf of Salerno and up to the
Cilento mountains. We suggest a visit to Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo, whose architecture (a mélange of Arab, Sicilian and Norman style) was an inspiration for
Wagner. You return on the road along the coast to finally reach Vietri and Salerno. You come back to the gulet and navigation to Capri. We will have some breaks during the sailing
to take a bath and to admire the Amalfi coast from the sea. Overnight in roadstead in Capri.


Day 5: Capri
Disembarkation with the tender in Marina Grande (Capri). You visit the Island on foot, you reach the village of Capri with its famous “piazzetta” and continue to the Faraglioni.
From above the cliff you can enjoy a wonderful panorama on the Gulf of Naples dominated by the Vesuvius. Overnight in the gulet in the port of Ischia Casamicciola.


Day 6: Ischia (37 km)
Cycling from Ischia port you will cross by bike the west part of the island among the scents and flavors of the Mediterranean sea, crossing little villages with the possibility of visiting
little museums along the stage. Once we reach the thermal village of S. Angelo, embarkation and overnight in port.


Day 7: Procida and Napoli
We sail up to Procida and walking visit of the town and the San Michele Abbey. Return to the boat to continue to Napoli, disembarkation and visit of the city. Starting from
“Spacca Napoli”, you will discover the city centre characterized by narrow streets, with washing hung out, baroque churches and palaces, the San-Carlo theatre, the Gallery Umberto
the 1st, the Plebiscito Square. In the afternoon we reach again the caique and we sail up to Marina di Castellammare di Stabia (in alternative, we reach Castellammare with public means).
Overnight in the Marina of Castellammare di Stabia.


Day 8: departure
Disembarkation at 09.00. End of the services


The captain and the guide reserve the right to make alterations to the itinerary, depending on wind, sea and weather conditions or organizational requirements


Accommodation in double cabin with private facilities, on full board from the dinner of day 1 to the breakfast of day 8 (picnic lunches, and one dinner not included in Amalfi), Italian/English speaking guide, sheets and towels (1 change per week of the towels), overnights in port (except 1 night).


Journey to/from the embarkation harbor, bike rental (21 speeds), drinks, one dinner in Amalfi, entrance fees (museums, parks, monuments), 1 night in port; tips, extras, everything not included in “the price includes”. Possibility to rent the whole boat for bike and boat, or trekking tours: infos in request


NOTE: during the nights of the tour the boat will be docked in the port during 6 nights. The remaining night the ship will stay anchored in roadstead. The roadstead is a place outside the harbor where the ship can lie at anchor. It is an enclosed area with an opening to the sea. Natural roadsteads offer shelter from storms, winds and currents, and are frequently used for naval bases.


Exclusively in exceptional cases (unfavorable meteorological and/or sea conditions), for safety reasons, the ship must return in the port also during the night that is scheduled in roadstead.  Only and exclusively in this case, the clients will be asked to pay the relative price for the stay in the port. This amount, variable from port to port, will be divided among all the participants of the tour and will be paid directly on site


Please call us for more detailed itineraries and prices.

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