DAY 1: NAPLES
Passengers are welcome to board our ship at the Port of 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. We’ll remain in port overnight.
DAY 2: NAPLES
All meals served on board. The morning will be dedicated to a tour of Pompeii and Herculaneum. 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.
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. Hundreds of years later, archaeologists excavated these two cities and found everything perfectly preserved by the volcano's ash. Discover the wealth of archaeological finds, from ancient advertisements and stylish mosaics, to carbonized furniture and inhabitants.
We’ll spend the afternoon on an excursion to Solfatara, a shallow dormant volcanic crater that still emits jets of steam. This has been a roadside attraction near Naples since the times of the Roman historian Strabo (66 BC to 24 AD), who described a visit here. The Romans believed that Vulcan, the god of fire, worked here, and ruins of a Roman bath still exist at the western side of the crater, with sulfur seeping through the bricks.
We’ll then continue our tour with a panoramic visit of Italy's third-largest city which is one of its oldest, most eccentric, and most delicious: Naples. We’ll discover the must-see sites such as Old Naples, the Royal Palace of Naples, and the Cappella Sansevero, 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’s soirée will have a Neapolitan theme. Our ship will cruise through the night.
Day 3 – The Aeolian Islands – MILAZZO (Sicily)
All meals served on board. The morning will be spent cruising to the Aeolian Islands.(2) 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 and the site of an ancient Greek town with stunning views of the Sicilian coastline. Free time in the center of Milazzo. Afterwards, we’ll return on board. Tonight we’ll celebrate Italy with your choice of green, white or red. We’ll remain in port overnight.
Day 4: MESSINE (Sicily)
All meals included. Full-day excursion, including lunch, to Mount Etna and Taormina. Mount Etna is the largest active volcano in Europe. To the ancient Greeks, it 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. Afterwards, we’ll travel to Taormina. Idyllically perched on a rock high above the sea, Taormina incarnates the legendary beauty of Sicily. We’ll visit the antique amphitheater and other well-preserved ruins, while enjoying the amazing views of the stunning cliffs. Afterwards, we’ll return on board. Tonight’s evening will have a Sicilian theme.
DAY 5: VIBO MARINA – Calabria
All meals served on board. This morning, come build a volcano and vote for the best: draw inspiration from our tours and build the most spectacular volcano you can! In the afternoon, our guide will greet us at the Vibo Marina and we’ll leave on a half-day excursion to Vibo Valentia, an agricultural, commercial and tourist center for the area. The town’s spectacular panoramic views span shady olive groves, scented cornfields, and orange and lemon orchards providing aromatic fruits all year long. We’ll have a visit to the local archeological museum, where artifacts are exhibited in chronological and topographical order. Afterwards, we’ll return on board in Vibo Marina. Tonight’s entertainment will be provided by the crew. We’ll cruise towards Salerno throughout the night.
DAY 6: SALERNO - The Almalfi Coast
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, don’t miss this beguiling combination of great beauty: a stunning vertical scene of precipitous crags, picturesque towns and lush forests. We’ll set out on an excursion to visit the villages along the Amalfi Coast. We’ll discover Sorrento, and its extraordinary gardens and landscapes. Tonight is our festive gala evening. Our boat will begin to cruise during the night.
DAY 7: NAPLES – Capri – Anacapri – NAPLES
All meals included. Full-day excursion to Capri and Anacapri (lunch included).(2) We’ll take an airboat to splendid Capri. 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 villa gardens you’ll have a fantastic view of the city of Capri, the Gulf of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. The area 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 enjoy a traditional dinner on board, followed by entertainment. We’ll remain in port overnight.
DAY 8: NAPLES
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m.