RIVER CRUISES / NAPLES, THE AMALFI COAST, AEOLIAN ISLANDS, SICILY AND CALABRIA
Day 1: NAPLES
After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Tonight we’ll enjoy dinner and an evening of activities on board and remain in port overnight.
Day 2: NAPLES
The morning will be dedicated to an optional visit of Pompeii. A reminder of the violent forces that lie deep inside Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii is Europe’s most compelling archaeological site and one of Italy’s most visited tourist attractions. OR Optional visit to Herculaneum. Herculaneum's fate runs parallel to Pompeii. Destroyed by an earthquake in 62 AD, the subsequent eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD saw it submerged in a sea of mud that essentially fossilized the city. Discover the wealth of archaeological finds, from ancient advertisements and stylish mosaics, to carbonized furniture and inhabitants. The afternoon will be dedicated to an optional visit to the Solfatara, a shallow volcanic crater near Pozzuoli in the Campi Flegrei volcanic area. This dormant volcano still emits jets of steam with sulfurous fumes. It was formed around 4000 years ago and last erupted in 1198 AD. The caldera is essentially at ground level and contains a large number of fumaroles and over 150 pools of boiling mud at last count. Before returning to the ship, we'll enjoy a panoramic tour of unforgettable Naples, where you'll be able to see Mergellina, Castel dell'Ovo, Via Caracciolo, Piazza della Vittoria and the Piazza Municipio.
Day 3 : The Aeolian Islands – MILAZZO
The morning will be spent cruising through Aeolian Islands(1). Rising out of the cobalt-blue seas off Sicily's northeastern coast, the UNESCO-protected Aeolian Islands are a little piece of paradise. The chain of islands is named after the demigod of the winds, Aeolus. We’ll arrive in Milazzo in the early afternoon. Optional excursion to Tindari. Discover the Sanctuary of the Black Madonna built on a promontory overhanging the entire Gulf of Patti and its immense Tonnarai d’Oliveri lagune. This will be followed by a visit to the archaeological site with the Greek theatre, thermal baths and mosaics. Return trip. Tonight’s dinner will be followed by an evening of dancing on board. We’ll remain in port overnight.
Day 4: MESSINE (Sicily)
Optional day trip(lunch included) to Mount Etna and Taormina(2). Spend an unforgettable day combining a visit to these two exceptional sites. The largest active volcano in Europe. To the ancient Greeks, Mount Etna was the realm of Vulcan, god of fire, and the home of the one-eyed monster known as the Cyclops. The bleak lava wilderness around the summit of Etna is one of the most memorable landscapes you’ll ever see. We’ll then continue on to Taormina, idyllically perched on a rock high above the sea, Taormina incarnates the legendary beauty of Sicily. Its Greek-Roman theatre is not to be missed. Tonight’s evening will have a Sicilian theme.
Day 5: VIBO MARINA – Calabria
Optional excursion to Calabria. Calabria is at the toe of the boot, the extreme south of Italy - lapped by the splendid crystal-clear Ionian and Tyrrhenian Seas. Its warm climate, beautiful colors, rocky coasts, local food and the vestiges of its ancient origins make Calabria a unique place to be enjoyed in both winter and summer. We’ll begin our visit with Tropea, a seaside resort with impressive scenery. It has that lovely, timeless, faded feel characteristic of sleepy southern Italian seaside towns. We’ll enjoy a tasting of some local delicacies. Tonight’s dinner will be followed by an evening of entertainment provided by the crew. We’ll cruise towards Salerno throughout the night.
Day 6: SALERNO - The Amalfi Coast
We’ll spend the morning cruising along the Amalfi Coast (2). Designated by UNESCO as an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape, the Amalfi Coast combines great beauty and gripping drama: coastal mountains plunge into the sea among the deep crags, picturesque towns and lush forests. Optional excursion to visit the villages along the Amalfi Coast. We’ll discover Sorrento, and its extraordinary gardens and landscapes. Tonight, we will enjoy a folk show.
Day 7: NAPLES - Capri - Anacapri – NAPLES
Optional full-day excursion to Capri and Anacapri (lunch included)(1). We’ll take an airboat or ferry boat to splendid Capri. On arrival, we’ll head to the village of Anacapri and visit the villa San Michele, built at the turn of the last century by Swedish physician and author Axel Munthe. Anacapri is located in the highest part of the island, and from the villas gardens you’ll have a fantastic view of the city of Capri, the Gulf of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. Anacapri is saturated with the colors, scents and light of the Mediterranean. In the afternoon, enjoy some free time on your own or visit the Gardens of Augustus, offering splendid views of the sea and fantastic photographic vistas. We’ll return to Naples by airboat or ferry boat. Tonight is our festive gala evening. We’ll remain in port overnight.
Day 8: NAPLES
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.