DAY 1: NAPLES
After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail before dinner.
DAY 2: NAPLES
Non-hikers' program: The morning will be dedicated to a tour 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.
Hikers' program: Energetic tour of Pompeii and visit to the Villa of the Mysteries on the outskirts of the city, with the majority of its walls, ceilings, and most particularly its frescoes, largely undamaged.
(4 hours, including 2 hours hiking, 1.8 mi./3 km.)
Non-hikers' program: We’ll spend the afternoon on an excursion to Solfatara, a shallow dormant volcanic crater located near Pozzuoli and in the midst of the Phlegrean countryside. We’ll return to Naples by coach and take a panoramic tour of the city.
Hikers' program: We'll leave by coach for the historical heart of the city, Spaccanapoli. We’ll continue on to a visit of underground Naples, a labyrinth of ancient catacombs and caves, Roman roads and markets.
(4 hours, including 2 hours hiking, 1.5 mi./2.5 km. and 121 steps)
We’ll return on board our ship and begin to cruise towards Milazzo. Enjoy an Italian-themed dinner and evening.
DAY 3: The Aeolian Islands - MILAZZO (Sicily)
The morning will be spent cruising along the shores of the Aeolian Islands(1). We’ll arrive in Milazzo in the early afternoon.
Non-hikers' program: Come with us on an excursion to Tindari.
Hikers' program: We’ll leave by coach for Capo Milazzo, the thin peninsula on the northeastern part of the island of Sicily which extends into the Tyrrhenian Sea towards the Lipari Islands. Afterwards, you’ll walk along the picturesque cape to the castle. (4 hours, 2.5 mi. /4km., 130ft. elevation gain)
We’ll then return onboard to continue our cruise. Enjoy an evening of dancing.
DAY 4: MESSINA (Sicily)
Non-hikers' program: Full-day excursion, including lunch, to Mount Etna and Taormina(1). Mount Etna is the largest active volcano in Europe. We'll go up about 1,950m (6,000 ft.) to discover the Silvestri Spent Craters. Afterwards, we'll continue on to Taormina and visit its Greek-Roman theater.
Hikers' program: We’ll leave by coach for Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. We’ll start out on the eastern slope of the volcano for a hike along the Sartorius Mounts, ancient craters that originated during the 1865 lava flow. We’ll first trek through a birch forest, a species you can only find in this area of the volcano. We’ll turn to the north and head for the spectacular formations created during the last eruption in 2002. (7.5 hours, including 1.5 hours hiking, 1.25 mi./2 km., 131-164 ft. elevation gain - picnic lunch - hiking boots with ankle support are a must - telescopic hiking poles are recommended (not included.))
After our tours, we’ll return to the ship. Tonight’s evening will have a Sicilian theme.
DAY 5: VIBO MARINA - Calabria
Non-hikers' program: Excursion to Calabria. You'll discover Tropea, a seaside resort with impressive scenery. We'll enjoy a tasting of regional products.
Hikers' program: We’ll leave by coach for Capo Vaticano, rising over 400 feet above the sea. We’ll hike along a path through the Mediterranean landscapes offering a myriad of light and colors from spectacular and incomparable views off cliffs that fall directly into the turquoise sea. We’ll enjoy a tasting of local products before returning to our ship.
(4 hours, including 1.5 hours hiking, 1.5 mi./3km., 82 ft. elevation gain)
We’ll return to our ship and cruise towards Salerno. Dinner will be followed by an evening of entertainment.
DAY 6: SALERNO - The Amalfi Coast
Non-hikers' program: Excursion to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast.
Hikers' program: Today we’re off to Pontone, the starting point of our hike on the Path of the Valle delle Ferriere, a unique place with a splendid Nature Reserve at its core. Our hike will end in Amalfi. Enjoy some free time in its lovely historic center.
(6.5 hours, 3.7 mi. /6km., 980 ft. elevation gain – picnic lunch)
We’ll spend the afternoon cruising along the Amalfi Coast. Tonight we’ll enjoy songs and music from the Naples region.
DAY 7: NAPLES - Capri - Anacapri
For everyone: Full-day excursion to Capri and Anacapri(1) (lunch included.) We’ll take an airboat or a ferry 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. 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 or ferry.
Tonight is our festive gala evening.
DAY 8: NAPLES
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.