DISCOVERY OF CILENTO SAILING TOUR

10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS

Small group of up to 8 travelers.


Our Discovery of Cilento Sailing Tour will take you on a breathtaking journey to a lesser-known area of the Campania region in Southern Italy. Only a couple of hours south from Naples, this tranquil region is part of the National Park of Cilento and Vallo di Diano. Cilento is a place where mountains join the sea, nature meets up with history, breathtaking coastal landscapes are coupled with inviting turquoise blue water, and rural landscapes offer incredible food and wine.

We begin by sailing to Capri before making our way down the Cilento Coast. Spend five nights exploring Cilento by sea with day trips on shore. We then continue our exploration on land for four nights traveling on a luxury minibus with an experienced GoinItaly tour leader/driver.

If you want to experience Italy off the beaten path and away from the crowds, come and discover the Cilento region of Southern Italy.

DAY 1 - CAPRI

Welcome to Marina di Stabia, where your Discovery of Cilento sailing tour is starting!

Your boat is just about ready to set sail as final preparations are being completed. After having provided the galley with food, the skipper will be there to help you arrange your pantry. Just before departure there will be a safety briefing. Now we are ready to set sail and the adventure begins. Once out of the port, depending on sea and wind conditions, we will immediately set sail to Capri! We will cross the Bay of Sorrento and sail along the coast of the Sorrentine peninsula with views of its villages: Vico Equenze, Puolo, Massa Lubrense. We then arrive in Capri and admire the dramatic cliffs, endless ravines, and caves close at hand. First stop: the Blue Grotto. In small groups we will board rowboats with flat bottoms that expert local boatmen will maneuver into the narrow entrance of the Blue Grotto. After our visit we continue the circumnavigation of Capri, passing through the green cave, and finally anchor in Capri’s small Marina for a refreshing dip, a snack, or time to relax. Just after sunset, when temperatures become more pleasant, we will take our dinghy ashore to enjoy the famous Capri nightlife. We board a small public bus for a short ride to Capri’s main square. We then walk towards “Punta Tragara” to admire breathtaking views of Capri’s most iconic sight: the Faraglioni rock formations. Return to our boat for the evening.

Included Meal: Light Lunch

DAY 2 - CILENTO BY SEA - CASTELLABATE

Today we sail along the Cilento coast to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Castellabate. After breakfast, we disembark and drive to the old town for a guided walking tour of Castellabate. Discover the Castle of the Abbot, the Romanesque style Basilica, and a few 19th-century palaces.

Lunch at a local restaurant and then return to the boat with time for a swim. We then sail around the Protected Marine Area.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3 - ACCIAROLI

After breakfast we sail for two hours to reach the beautiful village of Acciaroli. According to locals, Ernest Hemingway stayed in Acciaroli numerous times in the 1950’s where he drew inspiration for his book “The Old Man and the Sea”.

Once we disembark, we drive to the hamlets of Pollica and Pioppi, where the American physiologist Ancel Keys lived for 40 years and created the Mediterranean Diet.

Return to the boat for a light lunch and explore more of Cilento’s stunning coastline.

Dinner at a local restaurant.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Light Lunch, and Dinner

DAY 4 - PALINURO

We leave Acciaroli and sail to Palinuro, passing in front of Ascea: the homeland of Parmenides, Zeno, and the Greek settlement of Velia. Sailing along the coast we will explore all the hidden beaches and grottoes before reaching Cape Palinuro.

This village is named after Palinurus in Virgil’s Aeneid, the helmsman of Aeneas.

Today we have the option to visit the ruins of Velia in Ascea or visit the old fishing village of Pisciotta.

Dinner onboard.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 - MARINA DI CAMEROTA

In the morning we reach the town of Marina di Camerota, popular with vacationing Italians because of its pristine beaches. Today we enjoy a full day on the boat: swimming, relaxing, and navigating to many beaches and bays, such as Baia degli Infreschi, Cala Bianca, le Piscine, la Masseta. All are located in the Protected Marine Area.

In the late afternoon we arrive in the harbor and have a walking to the center of Marina di Camerota and enjoy a seafood dinner at a local restaurant.

Last evening on the boat.

Included Meal: Breakfast

DAY 6 - CILENTO BY LAND - AGRITURISMO

After breakfast we say goodbye to our sailboat and board our private luxury mini-coach to explore Cilento by land.

Along the way we explore small hilltop villages as we make our way to a local restaurant for lunch.

In the afternoon we drive to San Severino di Centola, originally built around 1000AD, now a ghost village that was abandoned in the mid-1900’s. Located on a steep rocky mountain, this village had a strategic position to control the surrounding territory.

Return to the bus to drive to a family-run Agriturismo located in beautiful and peaceful Santa Barbara di Ceraso. Surrounded by 80 hectares of olive oil trees, here is where we will spend the night. We can take in the panoramic views before sitting down to a hearty meal made with locally sourced ingredients.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 - PATTANO - PAESTUM

After a hearty breakfast we leave our agriturismo and drive to Pattano, where we will have a guided tour of the ruins of the Abbey of Pattano.

Optional visit to the Diocesan Museum of Vallo della Lucania.

Light lunch at a local restaurant.

Drive to our boutique hotel accommodation in Paestum and enjoy an included gourmet dinner at the hotel.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 - PAESTUM - NAPLES

After breakfast we visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Paestum with an expert guide to explore its well-preserved Greek temples and visit the Archaeological Museum adjacent to the site.

Founded by the Greeks around 600 BC, the archaeological site’s Temple of Neptune is considered one of the three most complete Greek temples in the world. The Archaeological Museum of Paestum contains some of the only surviving examples of ancient Greek paintings in the world.

Lunch will be at a nearby “caseificio”, a mozzarella di bufala farm, where you will enjoy a tasting of mozzarella, ricotta and other fresh cheese from the Campania region.

Drive to Naples with an optional visit to the Archaeological Museum.

Free evening to explore Naples at night.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9 - NAPLES

After breakfast we begin our full-day walking tour of Naples and visit key sites in the city: Duomo, Cappella Sansevero, Santa Chiara Cloister, Chiesa San Lorenzo (and its underground Roman market), and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Spaccanapoli.

Naples is a veritable feast for the senses and we will take full advantage of the tantalizing array of Neapolitan street food and pastries for lunch.

Farewell group dinner at a restaurant where we enjoy a delicious final meal and raise one last toast to our Cilento adventure.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10 - NAPLES - END OF TOUR

Enjoy breakfast at your leisure. Tour ends after breakfast. Your tour leader can assist you with additional tours, post-tour accommodation, or transfers.

Included Meal: Breakfast

Tour Price 2021

From € 2,800

Per Person (Minimum 4 People)

400

Single Supplement

Dates 2021

June

4 to 8 Passengers
€ 2,800

July

4 to 8 Passengers
€ 3,100

August

4 to 8 Passengers
€ 3,400

September

4 to 8 Passengers
€ 3,100

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • 5 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION IN A DOUBLE CABIN

  • 1 NIGHT ACCOMMODATION IN AGRITURISMO

  • 1 NIGHT ACCOMMODATION IN A SPA HOTEL

  • 2 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION IN A 4 STAR HOTEL

  • 9 BREAKFAST, 5 LUNCHES, 5 DINNERS

  • WINE & SOFT DRINKS FOR MEALS INCLUDED ON THE BOAT

  • MINIBUS WITH ENGLISH SPEAKER DRIVER / TOUR LEADER

  • ENTRANCE TICKETS FOR INCLUDED SITES

  • SKIPPER & HOSTESS SERVICE

  • BED LINEN & TOWELS

  • CLEANING, MOORING FEES, FUEL

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

  • DRINKS OFF THE BOAT

  • TRANSFER TO MARINA DI STABIA

  • OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

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