Imagine carefree days sailing from one stunning island to the next through the glistening Mediterranean. The perfect escape to taste some of the best this region has to offer....
Named after the Greek god of water and sea, there's certainly something heavenly about a trip to the Poseidon Spa. Overlooking wow-factor panoramas of Citara Bay, it's pure relaxation from start to finish. Take a soothing soak in your choice of twenty thermal pools boasting hydrotherapy jets, massage pools and fine-mist sprays, each with their own therapeutic benefits. Submerge yourself in steamy waters, plunge beneath thermal falls or unwind in the natural sauna. What's more, there's a range of treatments available in the wellness centre and a fabulous restaurant complete with an ancient wine cellar.
This exclusive tour offers a real insight into the colourful life and grandeur of the historic centre of Naples, both past and present. Discover its great profusion of architectural styles as we pass through the Piazza Plebiscito, the Galleria Umberto and the medieval Castel Nuovo. Next, take the cable car up to the upscale Vomero district. You'll visit the lavishly decorated Certosa di San Martino, a former monastery and now a museum. After a pizza lunch, visit one of Europe's most beautiful metro stations, on the so-called ‘art' Metro line. It boasts 180 works by 90 international artists.
This private Ischia island tour takes you to visit corners few visitors discover. Kick off in Ischia Porto and head northwest, pausing along the way to admire villages. There's a relaxing vineyard lunch with three wines before exploring the south. Then, drive through the countryside rounding off the day in the scenic fishing village of Sant'Angelo.
The hills of Ischia have long been one of the favourite escapes of Italians. After pick-up, you'll enjoy a scenic, meandering drive along the southern slopes of Mt Epomeo. Pass through Barano d'Ischia, a series of scattered hamlets, and onto Serrara Fontana. It's a mishmash of peeling pastel-coloured housed and dinky churches. There's a one-hour stop at the next village – Sant'Angelo, whose narrow, steep streets are laden with ice cream parlours and ceramic shops. Then, it's on towards Forio. It boasts a profusion of architectural styles – think whitewashed churches and stone watchtowers.
Capri is the jewel of the crown in the Bay of Naples. Hop on the hydrofoil and cross the bay for a day exploring this celeb magnet. Naomi Campbell, George Clooney and Beyoncé have all taken their holidays here – and you'll soon discover why. Zigzag up to Anacapri for a guided tour along cobbled alleys of whitewashed houses and views over the Amalfi coast. In the afternoon, you'll head down to Capri for a guided walking tour among the jet-setters in the bars, cafés and label-laden boutiques. Star turns are the Gardens of Augustus, and the clutch of baroque churches. You'll also enjoy free time in both towns.
The island of Ischia's rugged shores are best explored by sea. And there's no more fun way to do so than by kayak. Head down to the port, hop in your comfortable kayak and fully qualified instructors will teach you everything you need to know. Soon you'll be out exploring the secret corners of the coastline. And when it's time to take a break from the oars, there's a stop to swim in a sea cave. With all equipment provided, you'll have everything you need for a great day on the water.
Capri and Ancapri have been a magnet for the rich and famous since the days of ancient Rome – and this private tour is as exclusive as they are. The day begins with a boat trip across the Bay of Naples. When we hit land, a minibus or open-topped taxi will be waiting to whisk you around the island. There's a walk to the medieval watchtower of Torre Materita, and a visit to Villa San Michele, before making our way to of the flower-festooned Gardens of Augustus. Afterwards, you've free time in Capri to drop in at a bar, a café, or do some shopping in the label-laden boutiques.
A symphony of sensory experiences await at La Mortella – Italy's finest botanical gardens. The former home of classical British composer William Walton, this incredible public space once impressed guests like Sir Laurence Olivier, Charlie Chaplin and more. There's an on-site museum dedicated to Walton and his wife, and a monument to the man himself. Wander wonderful grounds inspired by Spain's Alhambra gardens and admire a variety of vegetation backed by panoramas of Forio and the coast. Take in the sights, sounds and smells of this lush botanical garden and enjoy a coffee in the café, surrounded by greenery.
A day in the Tyrrhenian Sea awaits on this trip, where a healthy dose of sunbathing will be mixed with sightseeing, swimming and music to relax to. Set sail from Ischia Porto and let the captain and the crew take care of the rest. Sit back and relax as you gather speed around the island, skirting past hidden caves dotted between small ports, beaches and colourful houses. Music will also set the scene, allowing you to drift off between swimming stops. You'll anchor up a few times so you can cool off in the sea and enjoy the panoramic views. A lunch of local products with wine will be served on board, too.
Boasting more colours than an artist's palette, Procida radiates like a retro postcard. After crossing over by hydrofoil, kick off with a guided tour the Bay of Naples's smallest island. We'll stop at Terra Murata, an elevated headland that's home to the San Michele Abbey. We'll visit the honey-hued church and a museum dedicated to the island's dramatic Easter processions. Next up is the lemon garden visit for a limoncello tasting. Rounding off the trip is free time to find your inner compass around the kaleidoscope-coloured fishing village of La Corricella.
The fabled Amalfi and Sorrento coasts are renowned for their exceptional beauty. Take the ferry across the Bay of Naples. Drive through the Lattari Mountains until you arrive at Ravello. Enjoy free time to wander around its mazy medieval alleys and make sure to visit the 13th-century Villa Rufolo – for the views over the Gulf of Salerno. Next, drive along the coast, making the occasional pit stop to take in the views, to Amalfi. Explore the compact old town and visit the chessboard-like Duomo. Then, it's on to Sorrento and a sightseeing tour followed by free time.
Boasting more colours than an artist's palette, Procida is like a postcard come to life. After crossing over by hydrofoil, you'll have three hours to explore at your own pace the smallest island in the Bay of Naples. It's so compact that you could walk from north to south in under an hour. For the best pics, make a beeline for Terra Murata. This elevated headland is also home to San Michele Abbey – a honey-hued church that houses a museum dedicated to the island's dramatic Easter processions. Then head to rainbow-coloured La Corricella harbour. Packed with bars and cafés, stop for a drink or a bite to eat and get a glimpse of local life
Ischia boasts an abundance of treasures waiting to be discovered. We begin with a journey to the island's past at Villa Arbusto, an archaeological museum packed with classical Greek artefacts. Then there's the Pietratorcia vineyards, where you'll munch on local specialities and wash them down with its wines. There's also time to wander around the fishing village of Sant'Angelo. With a few pit stops along the way to take in the scenery, you'll arrive at the medieval Aragonese Castle for a guided tour. Occupying a craggy islet off the east coast, it's reached via a causeway – and is like something out of Game of Thrones.
This half-day boat trip has all the bases covered for an afternoon of fun, sun and sightseeing. Casting off into the Tyrrhenian Sea, you'll sail around the island of Ischia with views of volcanic rocks, beaches and forests beyond. There'll also be an hour-long stop in Sant'Angelo, famed for its location on an island linked to the mainland by a sandy causeway. Explore the steep streets laden with ice cream parlours and ceramic shops, relax at the piazza, and take in views of the medieval Aragonese Castle on the headland – it's like something out of Game of Thrones.
Nature, music and art combine in perfect harmony at La Mortella – Italy's finest botanical gardens. The former home of classical British composer William Walton, this incredible public space once impressed guests like Sir Laurence Olivier, Charlie Chaplin and more. There's an on-site museum dedicated to Walton and his wife, and a monument to the man himself. Wander wonderful surrounds inspired by Spain's Alhambra gardens and admire a variety of tropical greenery backed by panoramas of the coast. Take in the sights, sounds and smells of this lush botanical garden before a concert-hall music performance completes this feast for the senses.
Follow in the footsteps of Hollywood A-listers with this half-day tour of Ischia. First up is Ischia Ponte. Packed with peeling pastel-coloured houses and dominated by the Aragonese castle, it's as seductive as it appeared on screen when it hosted Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law in The Talented Mr. Ripley. In Casamicciola, you'll stop by Piazza Santa Restituta – meeting place for stars during Hollywood's heyday. There's a break for an aperitif at the luxurious seafront Regina Isabella Hotel in Lacco Ameno before heading to Forio old town for sunset to round off the tour.
The lure of the Amalfi Coast's cascading villas, vertiginous coastal towns and half-moon beaches all beckon on this full day excursion. A hydrofoil boat ride from Casamicciola in Ischia kicks off the day so you'll be making your approach into Amalfi in time for a cappuccino in one of the piazzas. After a couple of hours wandering the cobbled streets, you'll hop over to Positano, whose colourful buildings appear to hang from the sides of the surrounding cliffs. You'll have another couple of hours to yourself to sample some limoncello, dabble in some boutique shopping or chill out on the beach.
The spotlight is on the Aragonese Castle in Ischia on this half-day tour, which has the perfect balance of sightseeing and viewpoint gazing. After pick-up from your hotel, you'll travel towards the fishing village of Ischia Ponte, stopping first at the small Church of Sant'Anna, overlooking Cartaromana Bay. Then walk towards Ischia Ponte and the Aragonese Castle, which dominates the skyline. As you wind your way around the islet, you'll break to take in the views, culminating with a glass of wine and a snack on one of the terraces, gazing out over the town's pastel-coloured buildings.
This full day tour takes you to explore the seaside town of Sant'Angelo. And once you arrive, you'll get stuck in with a guided walk and an exclusive cooking class in the kitchens of the Apollon Club. And what sets this place apart is the fact they use fumaroles – hot steam from underground – to cook the dishes you'll prepare for lunch, which include fresh pasta and a typical fish dish accompanied by wine. Afterwards, relax in the complex of thermal pools that overlook Fumarole Bay before it's time to hop on an electric golf buggy that'll transfer you through the centre to where the bus will be waiting.