Italian Hiking Cruise: The Amalfi Coast, Sicily and Calabria

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NAPLES - Aeolian Islands - MILAZZO - MESSINA - VIBO MARINA - SALERNO The Almalfi Coast - Capri and Anacapri - NAPLES

DAY 1: France - Naples - SALERNO

You'll fly (2)(3) to Naples and be transferred to our ship at the Port of Naples (3). After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Tonight we’ll enjoy dinner, an evening of activities on board and remain in port overnight.

DAY 2: NAPLES

Non-hiking 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.

Hiking 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-hiking program: We’ll spend the afternoon on an optional excursion to Solfatara, a shallow dormant volcanic crater that still emits jets of steam. We’ll return to Naples by coach and take a panoramic tour of the city.

Hiking program: We'll leave by coach for the historical heart of the city, Spaccanapoli, to see the churches of Gesù Nuovo and Santa Chiara, and the spire of the Immaculate Virgin. 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. We’ll cruise through the night.

DAY 3: The Aeolian Islands - MILAZZO (Sicily)

The morning will be spent cruising along the shores of the Aeolian Islands (5). 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. Non-hiking program: Come with us on an optional 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. Afterwards, spend some free time walking through Milazzo's center, or explore the Milazzo Castle and discover its deep history. Hiking 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. After visiting the former sanctuary of Saint Anthony of Padua, you’ll walk along the picturesque cape to the castle.
We’ll then return onboard to continue our cruise. Enjoy an evening of dancing.

DAY 4: MESSINA (Sicily)

Non-hiking program: 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. 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 theater is not to be missed.

Hiking 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. (5.5 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)
After our tours, we’ll return to the ship. Tonight’s evening will have a Sicilian theme.

DAY 5: VIBO MARINA - Calabria

Non-hiking program: Excursion to Calabria. You'll discover 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 regional products.

Hiking 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 by the crew.

DAY 6: SALERNO - The Amalfi Coast

Non-hiking program: Excursion to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast (5). We'll discover the charming city of Sorrento, surrounded by orange and lemon orchards and spectacularly dominating the sea. We’ll enjoy a tasting of some Italian products and have lunch in a local restaurant. Afterwards, we’ll continue our trip and visit the villages along the Amalfi Coast, a beguiling combination of great beauty, picturesque towns and lush forests.

Hiking program: Today we’re off to Maiori, a popular tourist resort since Roman times. We’ll begin our hike on the trail that linked together the villages of Maiori and Minori, offering amazing views of the coastline. The steep cliffs are covered with lemon trees in terraced orchards defined by the small stone walls typically found in the region. Once we arrive in Minori, enjoy some free time on your own.
(4 hours, including 1.5 hours hiking, 1.5 mi./3km., 820 ft. elevation gain)
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 - NAPLES

For everyone: Full-day excursion to Capri and Anacapri (lunch included) (5). We’ll take an airboat or a ferry to splendid Capri (depending on the crossing times). 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 or ferry.
Tonight is our festive gala evening. We’ll remain in port overnight.

DAY 8: NAPLES - France

Enjoy breakfast on board, before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. You’ll be transferred (3) to the Naples airport for your return flight (2)(3).

 

Warning: Navigational obligations and weather conditions can disrupt the itinerary, and in certain cases, intermediate stops may be canceled. If this happens, CroisiEurope will do our best to find the best solution according to passenger expectations. For navigational safety reasons, the company and the captain are the only authorized persons who can modify the cruise itinerary. Alcohol can be dangerous to your health. Please drink in moderation. (1) Limited offer for “CU” type cabins, valid only with flight leaving from Paris. (2) Rate based on regular or charter flight from Paris depending on the departure date. Flight schedules are not currently available. Moreover, these flights may give rise to an overnight stop on the outbound and/or inbound journeys. The name of the airline operating the flight will be published approximately three months before departure. For other cities there is an additional cost. Please contact us. (3) Direct departures from other French cities are guaranteed only for a minimum of 80 participants. If the minimum number of participants is not reached, we will propose either a train or another flight. (4) Port-to-port package, limited availability, boarding in Naples on Day 1 at 6:00 p.m. and disembarking in Naples on Day 8 at 9:00 a.m. (5) Subject to favorable weather conditions.
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Level of Difficulty: Level 3 out of 5
You must be in excellent physical condition to join us for the hikes on Day 6 and Day 7.

Effort Level
The activities proposed are two- to five-hour hikes with varying altitude differences according to the destination (from 492 to 2,700 feet). They allow discovery on foot of specific natural and cultural sites during the cruise.
The lengths mentioned in the program are for informational purposes only and do not include the time needed for breaks and stops.
You do not have to be a seasoned hiker to participate, but you must be physically fit and rested if you would like to take full advantage of your cruise.

Equipment you’ll need
Backpack

You must carry a backpack (max. 30 liters). In your backpack, you'll need a sweater, rain gear, room for your picnic, a water bottle and sunscreen (extremely important when hiking in the mountains).
Your choice of bag should be based on your comfort and enjoyment during the hike. Choose a solid bag that fits you well, with padded shoulder straps and strong, weather-resistant material.
You will be responsible for carrying your own bag and gear at all times.
Shoes
Good hiking shoes or boots must fit well and not cause discomfort. Verify that your shoes are right for you by trying them on and testing them before leaving on your trip.
Regardless of the level of difficulty of the hike, the soles of your shoes must be high-quality, meaning sewn properly and non-skid on wide-ranging and wet ground. We recommend hiking boots with ankle support and soles that absorb shocks, which will help protect you against ankle, back and joint problems.
Clothing
Hiking clothes must include:

• Undergarments providing warmth according to the hikes to be done
• Quick-dry, light-weight hiking pants
• Warm sweater
• Rain coat or cape
• Hat for sun protection
• Light-weight gloves and a warm hat will be needed in the spring or fall seasons
Equipment
Remember to bring:
• Sunglasses
• Sunscreen
• Any personal medication (see below)
• Water bottle
• Toilet paper
• Pocket knife
• Telescopic hiking poles for those who are used to using them (recommended for this cruise in particular)
First-aid kit
Our guide will carry a first-aid kit on every hike.
Nevertheless, you must also carry a personal first-aid kit with you with the following items (varies according to destination):
• Adhesive bandages
• Moleskin for blisters
• Analgesics
• Mosquito repellant
• Eye drops
• Anti-diarrheal
And any personal prescriptions if you are under medical treatment