Italy

Gulf of Naples –
History and exclusive island life

Gulf of Naples – History and island life

Enjoy the real dolce vita feeling by sailing with samadhi to the most beautiful spots from the famous Amalfi coast to unknown spots around the island of Procida, the healing sources of Ischia, and extravagant Capri where you can walk on the paths of extraordinary celebrities and discover exciting stories.

  • Naples, Procida, Ischia, Capri, Sorrento, Naples
  • 6 nights in a luxurious double cabin or master cabin with many amenities
  • Full board with Samadhi’s delicious forever-young cuisine, welcome champagne, local wines, soft drinks, water, cocktails, long drinks, and mocktails from our menu
  • Water toys and snorkeling/diving equipment
  • GEM (guest experience management) service by Samadhi’s experienced crew tender services en route

  • Reservations
  • Starting at 1.350 euros per person/day
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Trip schedule

Day 1: Board in Naples (transfer from Naples airport or a city hotel can be provided), welcome on board, sailing to Procida, visit the medieval sites and Marina di Chiaiolella
Day 2: Sailing to Ischia, visit Castello Aragonese and the Ravino Gardens
Day 3: Sailing to Capri, visit the famous Piazzetta, see the famous blue grotto
Day 4: Sailing around Capri, visit Villa Jovis and the Villa of Axel Munthe
Day 5: Sailing to Sorrento, enjoy the Amalfi coast, explore the city of Sorrento, visit the Chiostro di San Fransesco
Day 6: Sailing to Naples, farewell. You may wish to add some days in Naples to see Pompei and other stunning places. (Transfer to Naples city or to the airport can be provided.)

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Destinations

Impressive natural beauty meets luxury ocean resort living. Spend your days exploring beaches.

Day 1

Procida

Procida is the smallest and least known of the Flegrean islands. It has maintained its vibrant Mediterranean identity. With strong seafaring ties, Procida is an ideal destination for those seeking a travel experience far from the main tourist routes. It is geologically tied to the Flegrean Fields area that runs from the west of Naples to Cuma. The tuff ground and the jagged coast confirm its volcanic origins. Compared to the famous tourist destinations of Ischia and Capri, Procida still seems like an island to be discovered, fascinating for its quiet, narrow streets, the vivid colors of the ancient architecture, and the villages clinging to the rocks above the small ports. The rich and colorful vegetation combines with the Mediterranean buildings to form a perfect sight: the pristine and splendid sea and the beautiful boulders of the coast all make for unusual and exciting scenery. You may recall that The Talented Mr. Ripley movie ends in the historic harbor of Procida island. The sea around Procida offers an impressive marine life with perfect snorkelling conditions.

The Port of Sancio Cattolico, also known as Marina Grande, is where the boats usually arrive from Naples and Pozzuoli. The brightly colored houses that face the sea are the first images that welcome the visitor.

Terra Murata is the heart of the island. This unusual place, which encloses medieval houses with courtyards and gardens, churches, buildings and a castle, has remained intact for three hundred years. Entering the city by its little alleys, the visitor is overcome by the magic of life from another era. The view from the belvedere is especially enchanting.

Marina di Chiaiolella, the favourite place for sun-seekers, is a lovely semi-circular inlet enclosed by the old Santa Margherita promontory. The waterfront is the preferred promenade of the island.

Procida lido is a popular bathing establishment separated from the Chiaiolella by a narrow strip of sea.

Vivara is an oasis protected by the WWF. The island near Procida is closed to the public but can be seen from the sea.

Where to eat

Caracalè località Marina Corricella 62, 80079 Procida
A simple restaurant with very good fish dishes.
Recommended by the Michelin Guide.

Gorgonia località Marina Corricella, 80079 PROCIDA
A family restaurant with very good local and fish dishes.
Recommended by the Michelin Guide.

Day 2

Ischia

Ischia is an island of volcanic origin situated just a few miles in front of Naples. Its six municipalities offer many activities and sights, from trekking to scuba diving or snorkelling, to the numerous churches and stunning historic buildings. This green island is the largest in the Gulf of Naples. It is a perfect place to explore the beauty of southern Italian nature, including numerous beaches and coves. Ischia also offers an incomparable spa heritage. In fact, another highlight is the Terme of Ischia, which is well-equipped and just a few steps from the Port of Ischia. To this day, many travelers visit the island’s thermal baths and hotels for fabulous spa vacations. Monte Epomeo, a 788 meter (or 2,585 foot) high dormant volcano, has enough life in it to feed the mineral hot springs and therapeutic muds that are used by the more than 150 spas on the island. And yet, the atmosphere remains quieter than on Capri and even on the island’s popular beaches you can find a quiet corner. At the Port of Ischia dock most of the ferries as well as private boats and yachts. A few steps away from the shopping streets, Ischia is a relaxing destination even during the busy summer months.

Lacco Ameno is home to the Museo Archeologico of Villa Arbusto where items from the Greek settlement are exhibited. The “mushroom” rock is a prominent landmark outside Lacco Ameno, where the Greek colonists first landed.

Citara beach is generally considered the most beautiful on Ischia.

Santa Maria del Soccorso is a small sanctuary in the town of Forio that combines elements of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. It is known for its collection of votive offerings from sailors.

Sant’Angelo was originally a fishing village and is now a thermal spa resort. It is situated west of the long Maronti beach where “taxi boats” can be hired to take you to the coves otherwise inaccessible by land. Nearby you will find the Nitrodi hot springs.

Monte Epomeo is an extinct volcano. According to mythological tales, the eruptions and quakes were caused by the wails and sighs of the giant Typhoeus, imprisoned under the island.

Casamicciola Terme, the spa town of Casamicciola, has retained its atmosphere and some art nouveau architecture.

Ischia Ponte is a village connected to the small offshore island of Castello Aragonese by a causeway built in 1438.

Castello Aragonese’s different architectural styles can be seen inside the fortified walls of the island: the Angevin cathedral of the Assunta, a monastery, and the church of San Pietro a Pantaniello.

Where to eat

Danì Maison via I traversa Montetignuso 28, 80077 Ischia
Nino Di Costanzo creates modern Mediterranean cuisine at its best.
2 Michelin stars

Indaco piazza Restituta 1, 80076 Lacco Ameno
Only a few meters away from the water you can enjoy creative, lovingly presented dishes, as the young chef lets his childhood memories come to life.
1 Michelin star

Alberto lungomare Cristoforo Colombo 8, 80077 Ischia
This restaurant is already run by the third generation. Refined traditional cuisine with fresh ingredients.
Recommended by the Michelin Guide.

Day 3+4

Capri and around

Italy’s legendary Isle of Capri is a stunning destination best experienced by a minimum overnight stay. Most visitors only see it on a limited day trip, where the tourist hordes can reduce enjoyment of this exquisite island. So, take it slow and discover the different sides of this historic setting away from the crowds. Staying overnight gives you an unbeatable advantage to explore the popular areas before the ferries arrive. When the last hydrofoil departs, you can enjoy a laid-back evening and let Capri’s charms overwhelm you. The first famous residents in Capri were the Roman emperors Augustus and Tiberius. For the last decade of his life, Tiberius ruled from Capri. The ruins of his noble villa can still be seen today. Despite this history, the island saw few visitors until the 19th century, when a poet and painter named August Kopisch found the Grotta Azzurra which was known to locals but not to travelers at the time. Tourism began to develop, and Capri became the haunt of foreign politicians, artists and intellectuals, including Alexandre Dumas, Jacques d’Adelswärd-Fersen, Axel Munthe and Oscar Wilde.

Marina Grande Capri’s main harbor is an enchanting village with ancient remains. A funicular takes you to central Capri just in a few minutes.

La Piazzetta In the heart of Capri town, the famous “Piazzetta”, officially Piazza Umberto 1°, is an outdoor living room to see and be seen. Crowded both day and night, it is surrounded by cafe tables busy with gossip and discussions. Excursions and walks also start from here. The Baroque dome of Santo Stefano is overlooking the scene.

The Grotta Azzurra The Blue Grotto owes its name to the blue reflecting water, the result of light refraction. Be there early or late to escape the crowds.

Anacapri On the hillside of Monte Solaro, Anacapri is the second town of the island. You can visit the Villa San Michele, the white home of the Swedish physician Axel Munthe, and appreciate the magnificent view from the top of the hill. Take a walk through the calm town center to find a totally different Capri.

Villa Jovis The villa built by Emperor Tiberius stands on the mountain named after him. Excavations have unearthed baths, apartments and the infamous “Tiberius’s Drop”, from which his victims were supposedly thrown into the sea.

I Faraglioni Capri’s formative offshore rocks soar up to 109 meters out of the sea.

Via Krupp Built on behalf of the German industrialist Krupp, this famous road makes its vertiginous descent towards the sea.

Where to eat

L’Olivo via Capodimonte 2, 80071 Anacapri
In this spacious and brightly decorated restaurant, fabrics and decorations create an exceptionally harmonious setting. The first-class service underlines the world-class format of the creative, Mediterranean dishes that chef Andrea Migliaccio conjures up.
2 Michelin stars

Mammà via Madre Serafina 6, 80073 Capri
In this charming, Mediterranean-colored restaurant, just a few meters from the famous little piazza, a starred chef has the say. From the hands of Gennaro Esposito originate the delicious regional specialties of the house, along with the traditional dishes of the city.
1 Michelin star

Gennaro Amitrano via l’Abate, 3, 80076 Capri
This tiny restaurant is a jewel of Capris, offering fresh, modern cuisine.

Day 5

Sorrento

Explore Sorrento from the modern Piazza Lauro. From here walk along Corso Italia to Piazza Tasso, the main piazza in Sorrento. The walk to Viale Enrico Caruso takes a few minutes to enjoy the breath-taking view of the Valley of the Mills in the gorge. At the bottom of the gorge, you can still see the ruins of one of the many water-powered mills that once lined these gorges, with an adjoining lumberyard.
Piazza Tasso was built over one of the small gorges carved by streams from the period.
This is the perfect place for an espresso or cocktail. Take a seat in one of the many cafes that line the square and spend some time people-watching.
From Piazza Tasso, continue on Corso Italia, the main shopping street in the center of Sorrento. Along the Corso, stop to visit the Cathedral of Sorrento, then, at the end of the Corso, you will find the charming historic streets of the historic center of Sorrento. From there you can stroll to the charming harbor.

Piazza Tasso is the main Piazza. Sit, enjoy an espresso and watch people passing by.

The 15th-century Duomo in Via Pieta is topped by a triple-tiered bell tower. The cathedral is a focal point during the Black Procession that takes place during Holy Week. Inside you can find examples of Sorrento’s famed intarsio work as well as paintings by artists from Sorrento’s Neapolitan School of the 1700s.

Museobottega della Tarsialignea is housed in a typical provincial terracotta-hued townhouse. Its collection of furniture, paintings, prints, photos, decorative arts and artefacts is curated to reconstruct a view of 19th century Sorrento.

Marine Grande Take a walk downhill beyond Hotel Bellevue Syrene towards the fishing village known as Marine Grande. Pause at Syrene for an espresso on the delightful shaded terrace where original columns frame the view to Naples and Vesuvius.

Porta Marina Grande is the ancient gate to the sea. Marine Grande opens onto a small fishing bay. The clutch of family-run seafood tavernas offer a peaceful diversion from the bustle of Piazza Tasso.

Fratelli Aprea Walk from Chiesa da Sant’Anna up Via del Mar for a peek through the door of the famous builders and repairers of traditional wooden boats since 1670.

Where to eat

Il Buco II Rampa Marina Piccola 5, 80067 Sorrento
Il Buco combines tradition and modernity without being unnecessarily complicated. The wine list offers around 1,000 bottles to choose from and the service is highly professional. Even the outside is just right: the restaurant is located in the cellar of a former monastery in the heart of Sorrento – a must for all gourmets who appreciate a warm atmosphere.
1 Michelin star

Terrazza Bosquet piazza Tasso 34, 80067 Sorrento
This elegant restaurant has a wonderful terrace and breath-taking views of the Gulf of Naples. The new chef focuses on local ingredients and uses them to create fantastic dishes, which he translates with imagination and lightness.
1 Michelin star

L’Antica Trattoria via Padre R. Giuliani 33, 80067 Sorrento
This pleasant restaurant in the center offers elegant rooms that are cozy and well-maintained, with typical decorative elements, along with wonderful summer service under the pergola.

Day 6

Sailing to Naples

Naples is a vibrant city that offers many possibilities from culture to leisure.
As the capital of the Campania region and the largest city in southern Italy, Naples impresses with its beautiful surroundings and exceptionally good food. Spend a long weekend discovering the rich artistic heritage of the historic old town or simply wander the streets and enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere.
The best way to soak up the special atmosphere of Neapolitan life is to start by walking down Spaccanapoli – the popular name for the long straight street that cuts through the heart of the centro storico.

San Domenico Maggiore If you visit only one church in Naples, choose this dark, Gothic church, parts of which date from the 14th century. Seek out the beautiful frescoes by Pietro Cavallini, a contemporary of Giotto, and the sacristy with its array of Aragon coffins.

Cappella Sansevero The typical Neapolitan taste for theatrical architecture is taken to extremes in this private chapel, commissioned by eccentric prince Raimondo di Sangro in the 18th century.

Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli offers a monumental array of antique art, mixing the Farnese classical sculpture collection with exhibits from Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae.

Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte Along with the paintings and decorative Farnese art, Capodimonte is worth a visit for the setting: a sumptuous villa in a leafy park, high above the chaotic centro storico and its exquisite Titians and Caravaggios.

Outside Naples

Pompeii is worth a visit and is less than an hour from downtown Naples. It is best to go out of season or very early in the morning and wander away from the main streets and villas to plug into the intimate, domestic side of life in this provincial Roman town, which came to an abrupt end one day in 79 AD.

Where to stay

Romeo via Cristoforo Colombo 45, Naples (romeohotel.it). This former shipping company headquarters made-over by architect Kenzo Tange is situated opposite the tourist port, which is the gateway to the islands of Capri and Ischia. There are 83 rooms and suites, most with sea views and filled with moderns conveniences such as espresso machines. Its Michelin star rooftop restaurant, Il Comandante, serves Neapolitan cuisine and a Samurai sushi bar on the ground floor offers a more casual dining alternative.

Costantinopoli 104 via Santa Maria di Costantinopoli 104, Naples (costantinopoli104.it). This late 19th century villa in the center of Naples with stained-glass windows has been turned into a 19-room boutique hotel. It is a comfortable townhouse hideaway, with soft, modern-classic bedrooms and a small, palm-shaded swimming pool. Book a first-floor room in the main villa rather than one of the darker garden suites.

Excelsior via Partenope 48, Naples (excelsior.it). A little dolce vita atmosphere still lingers in this 1908 gem, which offers old-fashioned luxury and top-notch service. Its 123 rooms are all different, with antiques, gorgeous silks and marble bathrooms. Corner rooms have stunning views of Capri and Vesuvius. There is also a bar and an elegant top floor restaurant called Terrazza. The hotel is well-placed on the waterfront and overlooks the Castel dell’Ovo, the marina and the fishing village of Borgo Marinari.

Where to eat

Il Comandante via Cristoforo Colombo 45, 80133 Napoli
The top floor of the Romeo Hotel overlooks the Gulf of Naples from the harbor, and the modern and original interior is also worth seeing. The cuisine surprises with refined simplicity and sophisticated presentations.
1 Michelin star

Palazzo Petrucci via Posillipo 16 b/c, 80133 Napoli
Moving from the old town to the beach of Posillipo, it has swapped winding streets and historic architecture for a magnificent sea view stretching from the Sorrentine peninsula to the famous islands of the Gulf of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. However, the cuisine remains loyal and continues to offer local dishes in creative variations.
1 Michelin star

50 Kalò piazza Sannazzaro 201/b, 80133 Napoli
The name of this place, in a mixture of pizza baker jargon and Neapolitan numerology, means “good dough” and stands for a modern concept with solid roots in tradition, namely that of the family of owner Ciro Salvo. You have the choice between conventional or individual pizzas with seasonal products. There is also a small selection of wines.
Recommended by the Michelin Guide.

Activities

Sail an extraordinary yacht, start your day with bodywork and snorkel at the most beautiful reefs.

Crew

Our charming team and our experienced crew will accompany you on your unique journey with samadhi.

Alex Rush
Captain onboard samadhi Ocean Resort

From the China Sea to the Atlantic Ocean, Alex has over 10 years of industry experience and has sailed over 70,000NM. “The water is where I am meant to be, its beauty, its peace, and all the life living below, I am in awe.” Alex enjoys scuba diving, and windsurfing, but most of all, sailing. “The sea is my home” he says, “And I feel a great responsibility to preserve it”. From rescuing sea turtles to beach clean ups, Alex is committed to cleaning up the wild world below.

Kate Wernett
Chef onboard samadhi Ocean Resort

As a chef, Kate believes that a meal is a visible representation of art, culture and values. Behind the nutritional benefits of every plate she serves, there are a multitude of benefits from supporting community grown produce to supporting sustainable farming systems. Before taking her cheffing skills to the yachting world, Kate gained a deep understanding of the relationship between sustainability and the world we live in. She obtained a B.S in Sustainable Business, a B.A. in Environmental Management, and a B.A. in Renewable Energy & Sustainable Design. As a Chef for samadhi, she is able to combine her love of sailing, passion for cooking and desire to make our world a more sustainable place to live.

David Ban
Steward and Yoga Teacher onboard samadhi Ocean Resort

During his studies of Economics and Business Administration in Budapest and Berlin David got to know Yoga and is since that practising regularly not only the physical asanas but also the mental attitude of yoga. He worked in Hungary and Germany most of the time with diplomatic or NGO backgrounds. He has a Bachelor of International Economy and Business Specialization in Economic Diplomacy and a Master of International Economy and Business. On samadhi he is happy to share his huge yoga experience with the guests.

Cabins

Enjoy our 5-star luxury cabins, which are modern, high-quality and made of the finest materials. Feel at home!

Superior cabin

The superior cabins are located in the hulls. Guests will enjoy the contemporary and elegant cabin interior, designed with natural materials and wood elements. Enjoy a tastefully designed ensuite bathroom and luxury organic amenities.

Key Facts

  • Luxurious cabin with
  • Direct ocean views from the cabin
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Rain shower
  • Direct access to saloon and main deck

Amenities

  • Luxurious organic bathroom amenities
  • hairdryer
  • Guest Experience Manager (GEM) service
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi (subject to availability)
  • 32-inch LCD television
  • SONOS sound system

Our delicious full board includes

  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Delicious lunch and three course dinner
  • Morning and afternoon snacks
  • Water, coffee, tea and soft drinks all day long
  • Local and international beverages, long drinks, mocktails and cocktails

Master cabin

The master cabin is located in the hull. Guests will enjoy a very spacious cabin with contemporary and elegant cabin interior, a walk-in closet and a desk with a comfortable chair. Enjoy a large, tastefully designed ensuite bathroom and luxury organic amenities.

Key Facts

  • Luxurious cabin with
  • Direct ocean views from the cabin
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Rain shower
  • Direct access to saloon and main deck

Amenities

  • Luxurious organic bathroom amenities
  • hairdryer
  • Guest Experience Manager (GEM) service
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi (subject to availability)
  • 32-inch LCD television
  • SONOS sound system

Our delicious full board includes

  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Delicious lunch and three course dinner
  • Morning and afternoon snacks
  • Water, coffee, tea and soft drinks all day long
  • Local and international beverages, long drinks, mocktails and cocktails

Taste

Our menu offers a creative, forever-young cuisine that stresses fresh vegetables, homemade delicacies and seafood.

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