9 Day Italy Charter Itinerary - Naples to Palermo
Gems Of The Amalfi Coast
Ideal for Summer Season
Italy is renowned for boasting spectacular scenery mixed in with romantic culture, incredible cuisine and indulgent examples of locally produced wine. Cruising around the Amalfi coast in your luxury charter yacht, you will encounter some of the most staggering views that Italy has to offer as well as some hidden gems you can't reach apart from by private vessel. Hidden away from cruise line tourists, the destinations you see show the true beauty of Italy without the hustle and bustle of mainstream tourism.
- Day 1
Starting your Amalfi Coast tour could not begin in a better location than Naples. Steeped in history, this highly cultural city promises an exciting start to your luxury charter yacht adventure.
After meeting up with your crew onboard your chosen vessel, you have plenty of time to explore some of Naples in a little more detail before raising the anchor. Being UNESCO listed automatically makes Naples an exciting and intriguing place to be as you already know there is something more than worthwhile of your time.
The city centre is the largest area of protected history within Europe and covers an expanse of 27 centuries. Even if studying history is not your preferred past time, the architecture, monuments and stories this city centre holds are incredible. To make the most of this historic gem, visit one of the many centrally located museums to see some intriguing artefacts and if there's time follow it up with a stop at one of the many fortifications, palaces and ruins situated around the city and its suburbs.
If you only have time to make one visit to a historical site, the world famous plot of Pompeii is in a very close proximity to the city of Naples. The tragedy of Pompeii needs no introduction and is high up on the list of things to do when in the area. Open to members of the public, you can walk around the settlement using the clearly marked pathways to see the destruction left behind by the still present Mount Vesuvius.
As you make your way back to your luxury charter yacht, stop off at one of the traditional Italian restaurants in the city of Naples to eat a native margherita pizza, which originated in this city.
- Day 2
Cruising out of the harbour and in to the Gulf of Naples, your first port of call on your luxury charter yacht tour is Capri. Small in size but big in popularity, the island of Capri attracts many visitors throughout the year and as soon as you arrive it isn't exactly hard to see why.
Largely built up for the tourist trade, Capri offers a staggering selection of Italian restaurants and lavishly decorated cocktail bars to entertain you throughout the day and night. Serving up locally sourced and prepared dishes, you can try some indulgent traditional cuisine as you gaze over the pretty view of the harbour and surrounding blue waters.
The brightly coloured town of Capri and its selection of high end boutiques are not the only attractions on the island worth seeing while on the island. Another glimpse into the past is available here with Imperial Roman Villa remains dotted around the town and up in the rugged terrain. Some more intact than others, these villas still play a large part in everyday life on Capri and still retain many of their original features.
Another highlight of the island is the Blue Grotto. The naturally made marvel is only accessible by tender so return to your luxury charter yacht in order to make this special trip. Appearing like a sea cave along the coastline, the Blue Grotto features an underwater cavity directly underneath the inside of the cave. As the sun shines through that cavity the water inside the cave turns a fantastic shade of electric blue. After witnessing the natural marvel you can either return to the shore for an authentic Italian supper or stay on board your vessel for an evening of pampering and champagne under an equally stunning sunset.
- Day 3
Continuing along the Amalfi Coast, your next stop is the bright and vibrant Positano. Once a port of the Amalfi Republic, Positano boasts a spectacular scene of colour and activity around every bend of its narrow winding streets.
If you're ready for a spot of shopping there are many local businesses and boutiques lining the streets in amongst various cafes and restaurants offering you a true taste of Italy and it's delicious cuisine. There are many handmade leather goods to be bought as well as pieces of art, jewellery and locally sourced produce.
When sightseeing in Positano the main monument to see is the Santa Maria Assunta. The domed church dominates the landscape of the town, being visible from practically every corner of the settlement. Containing a 13th century icon of a black Madonna, legend surrounds the piece stating that it was once stolen only to be returned by some frightened sailors in the bay.
When you've explored the town in full it's time to return to the harbour for a stop off at one of the bars to try some of the local favourite limoncello. Locally sourced and produced, buy a bottle or two to keep on your luxury charter yacht as you wine and dine throughout the evening ready for day 4.
- Day 4
Day 4 of your Amalfi tour takes you to one of the most sublime areas in this region. Li Galli is a collection of 3 separate islands which boast spectacular scenery and exclusive hideaways. Comprising of La Rotonda, Gallo Lungo and La Castelluccia, you will be spoilt for choice of where to anchor down.
The hilly terrains of these islands are covered in lush green foliage giving you plenty of options of where to settle down for a quiet and secluded picnic lunch. Strolling across the hills you can see sweeping panoramic views of the picturesque islands and out across the sparkling turquoise waters below.
If quiet time is what you desire, cruise around the coastline in your tender to investigate some of the many hidden grottos. Some large enough to get a couple of vessels in, these quiet sanctuaries give you the tranquillity you need to recharge your energy without the impressive Italian heat beaming on you.
An evening in this small archipelago is best spent on board your luxury charter yacht over a helping of limoncello and some freshly caught and cooked fish dishes.
- Day 5
The title stop of you luxury charter yacht tour of the Italian coast, Amalfi offers many similarities to your previous stop at Positano.
Nestled at the base of Mount Cerreto, Amalfi features a bright selection of architecture blended in with some Byzantine masterpieces. Strolling through the narrow streets there is charm everywhere you look which comes in the form of friendly locals, blooming window boxes and the scent of lemons in the air.
A highlight of Amalfi is the Piazza Duomo. Set at the heart of Amalfi, the 11th century cathedral is beautifully decorated with large paintings, bronze sculptures and baroque style columns. The cathedral is open to visitors throughout the year and is by far one of the most stunning cathedrals you will see along the Amalfi coast.
In addition to visiting the Piazza Duomo, another stop you should make before moving on to the next port of call is to a local bar or cafe. Amalfi in particular is well known for its production of limoncello, so where better to try some? Although you may already have some on board your luxury charter yacht, a bottle of limoncello from Amalfi is a special purchase you can't get the same anywhere else.
- Day 6
Moving along the coast to an even quieter spot on the Amalfi Coast, Scario is a quaint fishing hamlet which truly represents Italian lifestyle and community.
Hidden away from a vast amount of mainstream tourists, you can enjoy a peaceful day in Scario without feeling rushed or pressured by the hustle and bustle of other holidaymakers. Being included in the boundaries of the Cilento National Park, Scario sports some stunning scenery in the background which you can visit by using the specially marked paths. Native flora and fauna are particularly attractive here and the views offer a pretty glimpse of the quiet hamlet hidden away on the Amalfi coast.
The hamlet of Scario does not present many services or amenities but it does have some excellent cafes and restaurants in which you can try some authentic, traditional Italian cuisine. After following your meal with limoncello or some locally produced wine, the rest of the day is yours to explore the fully functional harbour and to relax on the decking of your luxury charter yacht.
- Day 7
The beautiful archipelago of the Aeolian Islands offer a day of peace and tranquillity in an area of the globe with an exciting atmosphere. Although a popular location with tourists during the summer months, it is still relatively easy to find a beach which is practically empty for you to enjoy some alone time.
The Aeolian Islands are protected by the advantages of being included in the UNESCO World Heritage listing. Listed because of their remarkable history of volcanic activity, the islands constantly live on the surmise that there could be another volcanic eruption at any time in the future. This unique atmosphere is enough to attract more tourists every year to see the islands, which were created as a result of previous eruptions.
Walking through the mountainous terrains of the islands there are multiple vantage points in which to make the most of the elevations. Unmarked paths give you stunning panoramic views of the cluster of islands as well as some prime spots for picnics.
For the remainder of the day the waters will have the right conditions for you to indulge in some water sports. Try some windsurfing or bring out the jet skis to fly round the coastlines and see some of the hidden coves nestled into the rocks of the small islands.
- Day 8
Disappearing back in to the past, the destination of Cefalu is a medieval gem which is small in size but large in reputation. Popular for the stunning architecture and the impressive backdrop of La Rocca, this is one location you won't forget in a hurry.
Highlights worth seeing in Cefalu start with the vast remains of a castle on the rock. The Saracenic architecture attracts many visitors and shows why this small location proved such a valuable fort in Italy's past. The fortifications still remaining on the rock provide valuable insight into how the settlement was defended, and now presents ideal photograph opportunities.
Closer to sea level, Cefalu has some small nods towards Greek architecture in the glamour and beauty of the many churches around the area. All decorated in golds with stunning paintings, the churches here mean a lot to the local people and the religion plays a large role in everyday life here. Visit a couple of the churches and cathedrals to get a glimpse of how important the church is to the Italian people before returning towards the coastline where an exciting evening awaits you.
As well as being a definitive staple of Italian history, Cefalu does host some glamorous resorts along the seafront. After a day of exploring the local area you can unwind with a spa treatment on board your yacht, or in the resort, and follow up the experience with a fine dining atmosphere, with high quality food and tempting drinks menus.
- Day 9
As you make the inevitable trip to your final port of call on your luxury charter yacht tour, the Sicilian capital of Palermo welcomes you with open arms. Completely different to many other Italian cities, the location of Palermo is a blatant jump into the past and proudly illustrates the true beauty of Italian lifestyle, culture and architecture.
After anchoring down for the final time, head ashore to treat yourself to an authentic Italian brunch. There are many food markets and eateries in Palermo which all offer the finest cuisine in the area. With tastes and recipes from all over the continent, and further, there is certainly going to be something here which is to your taste.
After indulging your taste buds, explore the winding streets of the city to find some of the many hidden treasures this city holds. Like many other cities in Italy, the church dominates a lot of the culture here and you will find some magnificent religious buildings which have a major impact on local life. Visit a couple of the baroque and gothic style churches to see the splendour of the highly decorated buildings.
As the day draws on you can either make your way homewards or find a hotel for the night so you can visit the largest opera house in Italy, the Teatro Massimo. Book tickets for a show this evening and then follow up the performance at one of the nearby cocktail bars to toast your incredible journey through the gems of the Amalfi Coast.
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*All distances are approximate