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From Naples: Gulf of Naples & Capri Sightseeing Boat Tour

1. From Naples: Gulf of Naples & Capri Sightseeing Boat Tour

Embark on a guided boat cruise to the island Capri from Naples. Explore Capri and take in the views of the Gulf of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius. Swim in the crystal water near the Faraglioni Rocks. Begin the tour with a pickup from the meeting point. Cross the Gulf of Naples, and take in views of the majestic Mount Vesuvius which dominates the skyline. Start the boat tour around the island from the port of Marina Grande. Go inside several stunning sea caves including the White and Green Grotto. Along the way, admire the Natural Arch, the Villa of Curzio Malaparte, the lighthouse of Punta Carena, and the Faraglioni, passing through the famous Arch of Love. Get all the information you need to know more about the island of Capri from your captain. If you choose the option with a swimming stop, drop anchor at Marina Piccola near the Faraglioni Rocks. Jump in the water to go swimming and enjoy a view of the towering rock formations. Explore the island on foot during your 3-4 hours of leisure time. Depart from Capri in the late afternoon. Once you have arrived at the port, enjoy a return transfer back to the starting point.

From Sorrento: Coast and Capri Boat Trip with Limoncello

2. From Sorrento: Coast and Capri Boat Trip with Limoncello

Embark on a memorable and relaxing boat trip up the Sorrento Coast to the picturesque island of Capri. See the sights by boat, and then enjoy free time on Capri itself on this inclusive day excursion. Begin your day with pickup and transfers to the port. Sail along the Sorrento Coast, admiring the Gulf of Naples, and majestic Vesuvius. Enjoy informative commentary from your captain as you tour the island by boat. Enter the Marvellous, White, and Green Grottos, and admire sights like the Natural Arch and Curzio Malaparte Villa. See the Lighthouse, Faraglioni, and pass through the famous Arch of Love. If you have chosen the option with a swimming stop, the boat will drop anchor at Marina Piccola near the Faraglioni Rocks. Jump in the water to go swimming and enjoy a wonderful view of the Faraglioni Rocks. Then, settle in for some Limoncello tasting, an Italian lemon liqueur mainly produced in Southern Italy, especially in the region around the Sorrento. Have about 4/5 hours of free time to explore the island by yourself. The departure back to Piano di Sorrento is in the late afternoon. Once at the port of Piano di Sorrento, be transferred back to the starting point.

From Sorrento: Capri Guided Boat Tour with Lunch

3. From Sorrento: Capri Guided Boat Tour with Lunch

Embark on a boat tour of Capri's coast from Sorrento and admire views of the Blue Grotto and Faraglioni Rocks. Enjoy a light lunch with plenty of time to swim, snorkel and explore Capri. Transfer from your hotel to the port and board the boat. Then, cruise along the coast of the mainland, and stop for a swim before heading across the Bay of Naples to Capri. A favorite resort for intellectuals, artists, and writers, discover the magical beauty that attracted them. Cruise around the island to see its most beautiful sights, such as the White Grotto, Natural Arch, Green Grotto, Punta Carena Lighthouse, and famous Faraglioni Rocks where adverts for Dolce & Gabbana were filmed. Pass one of Capri’s most popular attractions at the Blue Grotto. Next, stop to swim and snorkel in the beautiful waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Enjoy some free time to stroll the main square of Capri, or to admire Augustus Gardens. Relax on the boat and top up your tan, or swim from your semi-private boat while admiring the beauty of the island from the sea.

From Sorrento to Capri and Positano: Private Boat Tour

4. From Sorrento to Capri and Positano: Private Boat Tour

Embark in the morning from the port of Sorrento on a private speedboat or yacht with a local captain who will show you the not-to-be-missed sights of Capri and Positano. You will cruise along the Sorrento coastline and across the Bay of Naples with an amazing view of the active volcano, Mt. Vesuvius, the island of Ischia and Capri. Once you arrive in Capri, the captain will take you to the most important grottos and rock formations, including the Blue, Green and White Grottos and the famous Faraglioni rock formations- the symbol of Capri. Stop to swim in the turquoise bays, discover natural arcs in the limestone coast, and relax on the cushioned sundeck.  Once you have seen the best of Capri, you will cruise out of the Bay of Naples and into the Gulf of Salerno, snaking along the Amalfi Coast. Discover Nerano, a small fishing village that has become reknown for it's delicious cuisine. Hungry? The captain can pull-up here for a seaside lunch. This is a unique experience since Nerano is not very easily reachable by car. After lunch, continue on to Li Galli private islands and perhaps stop for a swim. Legend has it that Ulysses heard the song of the sirens here as he sailed through and on to Capri.  Finally, arrive in Positano. Have your camera ready as you approach the village beause from the sea the view of the colorful villas climbing up the rocks is absolutely mesmorizing. Enjoy some free time at your leisure to walk through the cobblestone alleyways of Positano before making your way back to the boat. Cruise along the coastline and back to Sorrento after a full-day of fun and relaxation. 

From Positano: Private Boat Tour to Capri or Amalfi

5. From Positano: Private Boat Tour to Capri or Amalfi

Enjoy a full day at sea on a private boat tour from Positano. Climb aboard a leisure boat built for comfort and choose how you spend your time on the water. Head south along the Amalfi Coast or cross the Tyrrhenian Sea to the island of Capri — the choice is yours. If you choose to visit Capri, the captain will cruise north from Positano, passing Nerano, famous for its blue flag beaches. Stop for a refreshing swim. Continue to Punto Campanella, where the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento Coast meet. Then, cross the Bay of Naples and enjoy views of Vesuvius. Upon arrival in Capri, circumnavigate the entire island, stopping at the Blue, White, and Green Grotto. See the private villas of the rich and famous, along with Casa Malaparte and the historic lighthouse. Cruise past Marina Piccola to sail through the rock formations of Faraglioni. Choose to enjoy the island from the boat or dock for some free time on land. If wanting to explore the Amalfi Coast, head south from Positano and enjoy some of the most beautiful views in the world. Stop to swim in the lagoons and caves that line the rugged coastline, or find an empty beach to laze on. Pass the beautiful fishing village of Praiano where century-old traditions are still maintained. Go to the hidden lagoon of the fjord of Furore. Every year a diving competition is held on the bridge above the fjord. Continue to Conca dei Marini to sail under Sophia Loren's former villa. Get an up-close view of the beachside apartment where Jackie Kennedy spent her Amalfi Coast vacation. Stop in bustling Amalfi for a chance to stretch your legs and get some lunch. Then, go to Atrani, Italy’s smallest village. You can also visit the enchanting villages of Ravello and Marmorata to see a waterfall that once powered an old paper mill. Finally, go to the laid-back villages of Minori and Maiori to see Roman ruins and discover one of the most famous pastry shops on the Amalfi Coast.

From Naples: Private Capri Boat Excursion

6. From Naples: Private Capri Boat Excursion

The port where private boats embark in Naples is called Mergellina. The port where the cruise ships come in is called Beverello. If you are arriving by cruise ship, a driver can be arranged to meet your below your cruise ship. They will then take you to Mergellina, where your private boat will be waiting.  The captain will pick you up at the pier and head along the coastline towards the Island of Capri. You will see the Sorrento Coast on one side and the island of Capri in front of you, with Naples and Mt. Vesuvius to your right as you cross the Bay of Naples. The views are spectacular.  You will cross the Bay of Naples to Capri, stopping to swim in various caves/ lagoons, checking out the rock formations and learning a bit about the island.  One of the best parts about chartering a boat is that the captain is a local of the area.  Ask him about the coastline and he will be more than happy to give you some information about what you are seeing as well as insider tips regarding the best things to do and see. This will allow you to experience the Amalfi Coast through the eyes of a local rather than a tourist. The service is also luxurious so relax on the sundeck, enjoy the views, stop to swim in the various bays and enjoy local snacks and beverages that are provided onboard. It is recommended to stop for a seaside lunch, as this is a culinary paradise of Italy, serving fresh seafood and seasonal fruits and vegetables. Your captain can provide you with some good restaurant suggestions where the boat can pull up directly. Itinerary highlights: - The Blue, Green and White Grotto - Casa Malaparte: a beautiful, architecturally historic building on the eastern end of the island sitting 32 feet above the sea on a cliff - Punta Carena: the famous lighthouse on Capri, construction began in 1862 - Marina Piccola: a famous docking spot for yachts of the rich and famous - I Faraglioni: the symbol of Capri and the backdrop to many designer ads, most notably D&G Light Blue perfume

From Sorrento: Day Trip to Capri with Guide and Boat Tour

7. From Sorrento: Day Trip to Capri with Guide and Boat Tour

Join this full-day excursion and get the chance to visit the iconic island of Capri. Discover breathtaking views and local legends, and enjoy a boat tour of the island with a local guide. Departing from Sorrento, join a boat tour around the coast of Capri. Admire the island's landmarks from a unique perspective and even get the chance to swim, dive, and sunbathe in the crystal-clear waters of the gulf (summer months only.) Pass by the Lighthouse of Punta Carena, the famous red Villa of Curzio Malaparte, the Faraglioni rocks, and The White and Green Grottoes.

Naples: Pompeii, Sorrento, and Positano Sightseeing Day Tour

8. Naples: Pompeii, Sorrento, and Positano Sightseeing Day Tour

The first stop will be Positano. Along the winding roads of the coast and crossing the Monti Lattari you will have the opportunity to admire views otherwise difficult to find. Positano is very famous for its fashion and art stores, stroll through the narrow streets, reach the beach where you can admire the town perched on the mountain that blends with the surrounding landscape and crystal clear waters. Take incredible photos of your vacation. The second stop will be the famous Sorrento. Located in a picturesque position on a terrace overlooking the Gulf of Naples, Sorrento is the most famous town on the Sorrento coast. It fascinates tourists and visitors with its breathtaking views, the landscape of gardens and citrus groves, the marina, the charming old town, an interesting historical and religious architecture. town enjoyable in every season of the year. Stroll through its narrow streets to admire the stores and boutiques of great quality. Finally head explore the ancient city of Pompeii, one of the most visited archaeological sites in the world. Walk through the famous archaeological site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and admire the ancient Roman city preserved by the volcanic ash that once covered it. Eventually return to Naples with your driver.

Sorrento: Day Trip to Pompeii & Vesuvius with Winery

9. Sorrento: Day Trip to Pompeii & Vesuvius with Winery

Immerse yourself in ancient history with this trip to the city of Pompeii, buried by lava by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. After exploring the ruins, climb the mountain and soak up the panoramic views, stopping at a winery for lunch and wine tasting. Begin with a pickup from your hotel in Sorrento and head off to the ancient city. Walk the Roman streets of the burial site along with a guide-archaeologist. Follow a path between the theaters, houses, brothel, the forum, and more. Then, hop in the van to reach Vesuvius, stopping at a local winery for a typical wine tasting and lunch. Afterward, hike to the summit of Vesuvius to admire the stunning views of the Gulf of Naples, as you learn the history of the volcano from your guide.

Salerno to Capri Private Boat Excursion

10. Salerno to Capri Private Boat Excursion

On this private boat excursion you will get to see the most important highlights of Capri (and more) in one day without feeling rushed. Begin from the port in Salerno called Piazza Della Concordia (a short walk or taxi from where the cruise ships dock if you are on a cruise) and sail past the immense mountains of the Amalfi Coast. These are some of the most sought-after views in the world and you will sail through the heart of them, so don't forget your camera!  On the way you will stop for a swim in the private archipilago of Li Galli Islands. These are the islands that Ulysses sailed through when he heard the song of the sirens in Homer's The Odyssey. This is now an underwater nature preserve and one of the most mysterious and beautiful places to stop for a swim refreshing swim off the boat if desired.  Continue on to Capri, where you will leave the Gulf of Salerno and enter the Bay of Naples. The 360 degree views are breathtaking, with the isle of Capri directly ahead, the vast Amalfi Coastline sprawled out behind you and active volcano Mt. Vesuvius to your right. Once you arrive on the island, see the most important sites such as Marina Piccola, the famous Faraglioni rock formations, the historic lighthouse dating back to 1867, the Green, White and Blue Grottos and much more.  Enjoy some time on land at your leisure to explore the shops, gardens and cobblestone alleyways that make this island so special. The captain will wait for you at the port. Hungry? You can either opt to have lunch on the island or the captain can suggest some authentic restaurants where the boat can pull up directly.  At the end of this 6 hour excursion, head back to Salerno. This tour is so great because it is tailored to you and based on what you would like to do. Just let the tour operator know what is important for you to see or do and they will make it happen. 

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What people are saying about Gulf of Naples

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,103 reviews

Excellent tour. Patrick, our guide, and Franco, our captain, were both terrific. We had a wonderful experience sailing around the island of Capri, making stops at the Blue Grotto and other fabulous sights. We even stopped for lunch at a very nice waterfront restaurant. The tour capped off with an added treat: limencello made by Franco's mother! Absolutely delicious.

Marlene was lovely and really helpful throughout the trip. It was well organised and everything was on time, the driver even dropped us slightly nearer to the port on the way back! Capri is beautiful, I’d recommend this tour. My only criticism is that the van that picked us up was very hot!! :)

This was a truly amazing experience! Marlene and HP Travel did an amazing job organizing dozens of people, making sure everyone had an amazing time. I was very impressed and would strongly recommend this experience to anyone looking to explore Capri for a day!

Was really good and everything went on time. Highly recommend the swimming option as the beaches in Capri were super crowded. Our guide, Marlene, was super friendly, helpful, and insightful.

We loved this excursion! Highly recommend the additional bus ticket and chair lift purchases.