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Cruising the Amalfi Coast

Italy, Europe

from £3,595* per person 8 Days June, September
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Peter Sommer Travels 10 people max
  • Naples airport, naples, italy
  • Boats, Barges & Small Ship Cruises trips
This unique gulet cruise visits some of the greatest archaeological and cultural jewels of the Amalfi coast. Holidays around the Bay of Naples are almost always by land. We’ve created a trip which allows you to see this beautiful stretch of coast and more while travelling aboard a beautiful and traditional wooden boat. Restricted to just 10 guests, we’ll be sailing aboard a gorgeous six cabin gulet, handcrafted in Turkey and refitted in Italy.

We will of course visit some of the best known places in the area, such as Capri, Pompeii and Amalfi, famed for their beauty or history. We’ll also explore lesser known sites such as Baia and have the chance to see the outstanding Roman frescoes of the Villa Oplontis. These more ‘minor’ places easily match the celebrated highlights in terms of the splendour of their architecture and location, and walking around these un-crowded antiquities creates an unforgettable and atmospheric experience.

The mountains and villages of the Amalfi Coast and nearby islands are justly renowned for their picturesque charm, and there is no better vantage point than the deck of our gulet as we cruise along the coast, or ride at anchor as delicious meals are served. There will be ample opportunity to swim in the Mediterranean Sea, or sit back and relax, read a book, enjoy a glass of wine, or discuss the sights and sounds of the day with new friends.

This cultural tour in Italy, led by an expert historian and archaeologist, is a perfect combination of magnificent sites, breathtaking vistas, glorious swims and mouth-watering local food.

This is our very first gulet itinerary along the mainland coast of Italy. We are currently developing further trips in the area with different themes such as walking, cycling and gastronomy. If you have any suggestions please get in touch.

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Italy, Europe

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3 testimonials about the provider, Peter Sommer Travels:

  • Reviewer: located in Winchester, UK
    “We so enjoyed the cruise. As a tour guide myself, I am, I suppose, the most critical sort of audience, but I was simply knocked over by the whole experience: we loved Almira, the wonderful gulet with its delightful and efficient crew, and those beautiful sites explained with such passion and sensitivity. Well done indeed.”
  • Reviewer: located in Roseville, NSW Australia
    “The combination of sailing, walking through fascinating archaeological sites, meeting friendly Turkish villagers, swimming in warm clear waters and being fed delicious healthy Turkish food in good company - is just a winner. It is the best holiday we have ever had. Many thanks for your meticulous attention to our comfort.”
  • Reviewer: located in London UK
    “After 2 wonderful cruises with Peter we thought it might be hard to repeat the magic - we needn’t have worried. Sailing to Ephesus was the best of them all. The 5 kids with us loved it and still talk about it as one big adventure. Hats off again to Peter who manages effortlessly to hold adults and children entranced with his evocative narratives.”

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Day 1: Our gulet is about 50 minutes south of Naples airport at the Marina di Stabia. Welcome dinner on board.

Day 2: We cruise to the Baia/Pozzuoli region, where we will explore the beautifully located Imperial villa at Baia and enjoying a sumptuous meal in a sea-side trattoria.

Day 3: To Naples, where we will spend the first half of the day exploring the historic centre of this city and visiting the world-famous archaeological museum (which displays many of the most evocative finds from the site of Pompeii) before lunching in a traditional Napolitan pizzeria. In the afternoon we return to our boat and cruise to the island of Ischia to swim and relax.

Day 4: We explore Pithecusae, one of the most successful Greek colonies in the west, before sailing south to the island of Capri where we can swim in the azure waters of its stunning rocky coastline.

Day 5: A leisurely walk from Capri town to the Villa Jovis, set right at the very tip of the island with breathtaking views all round. The Emperor Tiberius spent many years in much-rumoured seclusion in this Roman imperial palace. In the afternoon we sail for Amalfi and an evening stroll to admire its cathedral, the Duomo.

Day 6: Inland across the mountains to Pompeii, the most spectacular and complete archaeological site in Italy. We will explore it in detail and picnic among the ruins, then sail west to anchor off Positano.

Day 7: A last chance to swim as we head past rocky Sorrento to our gulet’s home port, the Marina di Stabia. We will discover the beautiful Roman frescoes of the Villa Oplontis, some of the finest in the world, before ending the tour with a sumptuous farewell meal.

Day 8: Transfer from our gulet to Naples airport, approximately 50 minutes away.

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