Day 1 : NAPLES
Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Tonight we’ll enjoy dinner and an evening onboard entertainment.
Day 2 : NAPLES
The morning will be dedicated to a visit 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.
Join us on a visit to Herculaneum. 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. Discover the wealth of archaeological finds, from ancient advertisements and stylish mosaics, to carbonized furniture and inhabitants.
The afternoon will be dedicated to a visit to the Solfatara, a shallow volcanic crater near Pozzuoli in the Campi Flegrei volcanic area. This dormant volcano still emits jets of steam with sulfurous fumes. It was formed around 4,000 years ago and last erupted in 1198 AD. The caldera is essentially at ground level and contains a large number of fumaroles and over 150 pools of boiling mud at last count. Before returning to the ship, we'll enjoy a panoramic tour of unforgettable Naples, where you'll be able to see Mergellina, Castel dell'Ovo, Via Caracciolo, Piazza della Vittoria and the Piazza Municipio. Enjoy an Italian-themed evening on board.
Day 3 : The Aeolian Islands - MILAZZO
The morning will be spent cruising through the Aeolian Islands (1). 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 built on a promontory overhanging the entire Gulf of Patti and its immense Tonnara di Oliveri lagoon. Enjoy free time in the center of Milazzo. Tonight’s dinner will be followed by an evening of dancing on board.
Day 4 : MESSINE (Sicily)
We’ll set out for a day trip to Mount Etna and Taormina (1). Spend an unforgettable day combining a visit to these two exceptional sites. To the ancient Greeks, Mount Etna 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 theatre is not to be missed. Tonight’s evening will have a Sicilian theme.
Day 5 : VIBO MARINA - Calabria
We’ll leave for an excursion to Calabria. Calabria is at the toe of the boot, the extreme south of Italy - lapped by the splendid crystal-clear Ionian and Tyrrhenian Seas. Its warm climate, beautiful colors, rocky coasts, local food and the vestiges of its ancient origins make Calabria a unique place to be enjoyed in both winter and summer. We’ll begin our visit with 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 some local delicacies. Tonight, enjoy an evening of onboard entertainment.
Day 6 : SALERNO - The Amalfi Coast
Join us on an excursion to visit the villages along the Amalfi Coast. We’ll discover Sorrento, and its extraordinary gardens and landscapes. We’ll spend the afternoon cruising along the Amalfi Coast. Designated by UNESCO as an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape, the Amalfi Coast combines great beauty and gripping drama: coastal mountains plunge into the sea among the deep crags, picturesque towns and lush forests. Tonight, we’ll enjoy traditional Neapolitan songs and music.
Day 7 : NAPLES - Capri - Anacapri - NAPLES
We’ll set out for a full-day excursion to Capri and Anacapri (1) (lunch included.) We’ll take an airboat or a ferryboat to splendid Capri. On arrival, 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 villas gardens you’ll have a fantastic view of the city of Capri, the Gulf of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. Anacapri 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 ferryboat. Tonight’s our gala dinner and evening.
Day 8 : NAPLES
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking around 9:00 a.m. End of our services.