The Amalfi Coast is one of the most stunningly beautiful and romantic coastlines in the world. Each year, millions of people flock to the Amalfi Coast to see the colourful buildings and pretty beaches against spellbinding sea views. It’s even better when viewed from your own private boat.
Capri is a island of decadence, luxury and exclusivity loved by A-list celebrities. It’s famous as much for its great scenery as it is for the luxury shops and fine restaurants.
Naples is a city of culture, food and passion which stands at the foot of volcanic Mount Vesuvius. The old town is a lively place for a stroll, and it's arguably home to the best pizza in the world – it was invented here, after all. The city is also home to the majestic San Carlo Theatre and is close to Pompeii, an ancient city that was buried under in an enormous eruption.
The private yacht experience
Chartering a private catamaran or yacht for a week is an exclusive and unforgettable experience. With a skipper to show you the ropes and make sure everything runs smoothly, and a hostess to sort out breakfast and lunch each day, this holiday is a relaxing but memorable experience. You’ll hop from island to island visiting secluded beaches and bays, and seeing places that can only be reached by boat. There’s a very laid-back and informal approach to time – as long as you make it to your next destination by sunset, you can take your time. Enjoy some time to explore your overnight stop in a bit more depth before departing or stop off in a hidden spot on the way to your next destination. The skipper will sail the boat and you can get involved with the process as much or as little as you like; this is a fantastic way of learning a new skill whether it’s steering the boat, tweaking the sails or navigating from bay to bay. Or just relax on deck, watch the world go by and enjoy the ever-changing landscapes.
Is this for you?
Sailing holidays are incredibly versatile and suit multigenerational families or groups of friends of all ages. All you need is a sense of adventure, a desire to explore new destinations and a love of the sea. Private yacht and catamaran holidays are great if you like to be active and learn a new skill, do nothing more than relaxing in the sunshine or find hidden coves and bays that other people you know are unlikely to have visited. While we have set itineraries, no two sailing holidays will ever by the same.
What to expect
All charters run from Saturday to Saturday. After arriving and completing the paperwork, you’ll spend the night aboard the boat to find your sea legs before setting sail on Sunday morning. As it’s your own private boat, you can set off whenever suits you. A typical day will include four to six hours sailing so there will be plenty of time to explore your overnight destination in a little more depth, or leave a little earlier and have more time to anchor off secluded beaches or bays as you sail by. When the boat is underway, you can sit and relax with a book, soak up the sun on deck or get involved with the sailing.
Breakfast and lunch are served on board and will be prepared by your hostess using the food that is bought by you. At dinner, the boat will be in a marina or anchored a short tendering distance offshore and you can choose between dining at a local taverna or restaurant or making your own meal in the onboard kitchen (known as a galley).
Skipper and hostess
The skipper and hostess will be on board throughout your charter. They are responsible for the safety and steering the ship between marinas, and keeping things clean and tidy, doing the shopping, and preparing breakfast and a light lunch each day.
Our recommended itinerary is a one-week sailing itinerary from Salerno:
Saturday: On arrival at the airport, you'll be taken by private transfer to the marina in Salerno. With the VIP check-in service you should be on the boat before 2pm, which will give you plenty of time to get used to life on board a boat, meet your skipper and hostess, listen to a safety briefing, and, of course, relax and enjoy the sunshine.
Sunday: After a night on board, it’s time to get out to sea. And what a way to start – sailing alongside the Amalfi Coast to incredible views, before sailing across to the crocodile-shaped island of Capri and mooring up in the historic Marina Grande. Capri is a lavish holiday resort and a favourite of the rich and famous. It also has spectacular views over the Mediterreanean.
Monday: From Capri, it’s an island-hop with the wind in your sails across the gulf of Naples to delightful Ischia, which the most locals actually prefer to Capri. It’s just as nice as its neighbouring isle with the same picturesque landscapes and views across the bay, but a lot less touristy. There are beaches, castles, thermal springs, monumental-sized villas, fine gardens and plenty of classical architecture to admire.
Tuesday: Day three of sailing in the Gulf of Naples sees you sailing directly to Naples, a city founded by the Ancient Greeks at the foot of the volcano Vesuvius. The Old Town, or ‘Spaccanapoli’, is about as atmospheric as you can find in the Med, with washing being hung between buildings along the narrow cobbled streets.
Wednesday: It’s only a short hop from Naples to Sorrento on the fourth day of sailing, giving time to check out more of Naples or to arrive early and stop to check out the excavations at Pompeii or Herculaneum or to see what Sorrento has to offer. This clifftop town has been a seaside resort for over 150 years and is primarily known for its narrow alleyways, local markets, fine food and outstanding views as well as its limoncello liqueur.
Thursday: Arguably the most picturesque port of the itinerary is on day six, when you’ll sail back along the Amalfi Coast to Amalfi itself. Amalfi is a delightful village that dramatically clings to the side of steep and rugged cliffs. The colourful buildings are postcard material and the Old Town has a mixture of alleys, stairways and passages – it's a wonderfully romantic place to stroll at night, ideally with a gelato in hand.
Friday: Today, you'll sail back to Salerno. It has an impressive Old Town with shopping streets that date back over 2000 years, a magnificent cathedral, grand palaces and two castles. Pop into one of the bars near the marina and you might meet fellow sailors exchanging tales of their adventures.
Saturday: Today, you will say farewell to the boat, skipper and the hostess. You’ll disembark at 9am and get a private road transfer back to the airport.
The sailing season runs from April to October, with charters typically booked for one week or more, from Saturday to Saturday. Prices vary throughout the season with peak prices in August, and the best-value sailing available in May and October.
Tailor made cruises
These week-long sailing holidays can easily be added to a land-based holiday at one of our featured hotels or resorts. Speak to your Personal Travel Expert to find out more.