The Italian Riviera
Under the Tuscan sun visit the Cinque Terre, five villages by the sea impossible to reach by car. Enjoy a glass of Prosecco and admire the breathtaking views and magnificent beauty of the bay of Amalfi. Fall in love with Capri, the unforgettable Blue Grotto and the Roman Gardens of Augustus. Last but not least, anchor in a romantic bay for a heavenly “al fresco” lunch under the Mediterranean sun and enjoy a swin in the shimmering waters.
LIGURIAN AND AMALFI COAST
Day 1 :
Land at Genoa Airport and join the boat in Genoa port by Limo, approximately30 minutes drive. Settle in on board and cruise to Portofino and spend the rest of the day ashore, exploring this world-famous yet quaint fishing port and its attractive neighbours, Santa Margherita and Rapallo. Another possibility is to spend the day in Sestri Levante. Unlike Portofino, Sestri has had very little publicity and is a very pleasant and relaxing town with good restaurants, hotels and more importantperhaps, an excellent shopping quarter. Return to Portofino for the evening, dining perhaps at the Pitosforo restaurant, or at the more renowned Hotel Splendido which overlooks the port.
Genoa-Portofino 12 nautical miles
Day 2 :
Set off early morning for Porto Venereon the West side of the Gulf of Spezia, which is always a popular destination. Anchor for lunch at a very secluded safe anchorage and then take the tender ashore to stroll around this pretty little town with its interesting old buildings and a very relaxed atmosphere. After dinner, set off for an overnight crossing to Elba.
Portofino-Porto Venere 36 nautical miles
Day 3 :
Arrive mid-morning in Elba, which offers many interesting places to visit including the old disused iron ore mine with nearby interesting rock formations. The port of Marina diCampo is well worth a visit. This port was founded by Napoleon during his short imprisonment. Anchor for the night.
Porto Venere-Elba 37 nautical miles
Day 4 :
Set sail early morning heading towards Porto Ercole, perhaps stopping en routefor lunch at San Stefano. Once in Porto Ercole, a trip to the old walled town of Orbetello is highly recommended, only a short taxi ride across the causeway. This quaint, interesting little town has one oddity; an old aerodrome building. In pre-war days this was a terminal for the Sunderland flying boats. Around this whole area, known as Cap Argentario, there are several pretty anchorages for swimming and water-sports.
Elba-Porto Ercole 54 nauticalmiles
Day 5 :
Porto Ercole-Ponza 121 nautical miles
Ponza is the largest of the Italian Pontine Islands archipelago, famous for its picturesque beauty with her old fishing harbour. Dinner on board and night at anchor
Day 6 :
Arriveat Ischia. This impressive island is steeped in mythology dating back to 5th century BC when the Greeks evacuated it because of volcanic activity. The island today is covered in lush semi-tropical vegetation with numerousnatural hot water springs, which are well worth a visit. At the end of the afternoon, the yacht can leave on a short cruise to the Galli Islands, a small group of islands just to the south to Positano, a safe place to anchor for the night.
Ponza-Ischia 45 nautical miles
Day 7 :
The protected anchorages of the GalliIslands, particularly the main island, are ideal for swimming and water sports so plan on spending the morning here. After lunch, the yacht can sail for the famous island of Capri, only one hour to the west. The yacht will probably anchor off Marina Grande on the north side, as this is the best place for embarking and disembarking by tender. Capri is known as the Pearl of the Bay of Naples and is steeped in history. From the harbor, there is a funicular railway that takes you to Capri town, with its bustling, traffic-free street. Capri is, of course, famous for its cosmopolitan lifestyle, its excellent hotels, restaurantsand shopping. The island also offers some of the most spectacular scenery from the sheer cliffs of Tiberius’s Leap to the Blue Grotto, both of which are spectacular. Dinner ashore & night at anchor.
Ischia-Capri 23 nautical miles
Day 8 :
Set off late morning for Positano, just one hour east of Capri. The yacht can anchor off and this is a good spot for water sports. The town of Positanois set in steep hill surroundings, good for some attractive hikes but not too much in the way of sightseeing. You should plan on having lunch or dinner at the famous Hotel Il San Pietro. Depending on the weather, it may be necessary to cruise to a safe anchorage in Amalfi for the night
Capri-Positano 13 nautical miles
Day 9 :
Morning in the Positano area enjoying some swimming and water sports. Then a short cruise to Amalfi for a visit ashore where you can, if you wish, sample the famous lemon liqueur ‘Limoncello’ which is produced here. This is your last night on board, so you can either celebrate with a candle-lit dinner on board, or return to Capri or Positano where the night-life is more animated. Positano- Amalfi 12 nautical miles
Day 10 :
Cruise Amalfi -Naples 38 nautical miles
Naples for disembarkation.
Limo transfer to Naples Airport
This itinerary can be modified according to your wishes but is subject at all times to prevailing weather conditions.