Day 1: NAPLES (Embarkation Day)
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
All meals served on board. The morning will be dedicated to a 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.
The afternoon will be dedicated to a guided tour of Naples. Italy’s third-largest city is one of its oldest, most eccentric, and most delicious. We’ll discover the must-see sites such as Old Naples, the Royal Palace of Naples (outside), and the Cappella Sansevero (indoor), containing the masterpiece Veiled Christ, renowned world over for the remarkable tissue-like quality of the marble. We’ll return on board our ship and begin to cruise towards Milazzo. Tonight we’ll have a Neapolitan theme evening. Our ship will cruise through the night.
Day 3: The Aeolian Islands – MILAZZO
All meals served on board. The morning will be spent cruising to the Aeolian Islands (subject to favorable weather conditions). 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. Join us for an 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. Free time in the center of Milazzo. Return trip. Tonight’s dinner will be followed by an evening of entertainment. We’ll remain in port overnight.
Day 4: MESSINE (Sicily)
All meals served on board. Day trip (lunch included, except drinks) to Mount Etna and Taormina. 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
All meals served on board. Day trip (lunch included, except drinks) 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. Afterwards, we’ll head to Pizzo, one of the hidden gems of Calabria. The center of Pizzo is a picturesque network of narrow lanes bustling with modern Calabrian life. After dinner, entertainment will be provided by the crew. We’ll cruise towards Salerno throughout the night.
Day 6: SALERNO
All meals served on board. We’ll spend the morning cruising along the Amalfi Coast. 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. Excursion to visit the villages along the Amalfi Coast. We’ll discover Sorrento, and its extraordinary gardens and landscapes. Tonight will be our gala dinner and evening. Our boat will begin to cruise during the night.
Day 7: NAPLES
All meals served on board. Full-day excursion to Capri and Anacapri (lunch included, except drinks). We’ll take an airboat 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. Tonight we’ll have a traditional folklore entertainment. We’ll remain in port overnight.
Day 8: NAPLES (Disembarkation Day)
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking around 9:00 a.m. End of our services.