The Bay of Naples: Capri, Ischia & Procida

The Bay of Naples: Capri, Ischia & Procida

Italy » Self-guided (independent) hiking tours

  • Explore the islands of the world famous Bay of Naples
  • Capri, Ischia and Procida - island hiking
  • Coloured houses, picturesque inlets, fishing harbours
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  • mar
  • apr
  • may
  • jun
  • jul
  • aug
  • sep
  • oct
  • nov
  • dec

From 595 €

Duration (days): 8

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The Bay of Naples is one of the most spectacular areas on Earth, with a tremendous wealth of both natural and cultural treasures. It presents beautiful diverse landscapes and an amazing amount of history. The Bay of Naples is dominated the world’s most famous volcano, Mount Vesuvius (Italian: Vesuvio), the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted within the last hundred years. A particular part of the charm of the Bay of Naples can be found on its three main islands, all different, all beautiful. During this tour you’ll  visit all threes: of course Capri, the most famous of the three, but also Ischia and Procida. You start your tour on the  smallest and least known island: Procida. Like its big neighbour, Ischia, also Procida is of volcanic origin. Its beauty lays in its coloured houses and picturesque inlets, which were the setting for the movie ‘Il Postino’. A particular place is the uninhabited island of Vivara, linked to Procida by a pedestrian bridge. Then you travel on to the biggest of the three, Ischia, known as the ‘green island’, with mountains rising up over 2000 feet, and famous for its almost subtropical climate and its thermal spa’s, already since Roman times. On Ischia you make a number of beautiful and varied walks: from the medieval castle to cave dwellings, through forests and along deserted beaches, through nice historic villages and amazing terraced vineyards. Also can you walk through a number of extinct volcanoes. Then you travel on to the world famous island of Capri, the last stop on this tour. Capri, unlike the other two islands, is made of chalkstone, as it is the natural continuation of the Amalfi Coast. This makes up for its particular features, like the world-famous ‘Faraglioni’, its natural arch and its impressive cliffs. But if you wish you will visit also its amazing Roman villa’s and you can also indulge in its fashionable ‘dolce vita’.

Day 1: Arrival in Naples. By shuttle bus you drive to the harbour, for the short crossing to the picturesque island of Procida, probably the least known of the 3 big islands in the Bay of Naples. You are picked up from the harbour and settle in your hotel. Perhaps you have some time for a first stroll already, before going for dinner in one of the great (fish) restaurants of the island.
Day 2: After breakfast you start a beautiful round walk to discover this most authentic island of the Bay of Naples, with its colourful houses and idyllic fishing harbours. Procida is only a small island, and therefore it’s possible to ‘do’ the whole island in one day. You first pass through the narrow streets and walk up to the historical heart of the island, ‘Terra Murata’, or ‘walled land’, dominated by its castle, from where you’ll enjoy marvellous views. Then it brings you to one of the most picturesque spots of Italy, the small fishing harbour of Corricella. The walk ends at the charming small harbour of Chiaiolella, where you have time for a swim on the large sandy beach or drink a glass on one of its terraces, before returning to your hotel. Those who still have energy can extend the walk and explore the small island of Vivara, linked to Procida by a small (pedestrian) bridge.
(hiking: 7-10 km.; 3-4,5hrs)
Day 3: This morning you’ll have some more time to discover the northern side of the island, or in case you didn’t have the time yesterday, visit the small island of Vivara. Or just make a last stroll and have a drink at the colourful harbour! Then you are brought to the harbour to take the boat for the short crossing to the island of Ischia, known as the ‘Green Island’, the biggest island of the Bay of Naples. A taxi transfer to your hotel is organised for you, but we suggest to leave only your luggage to the taxi driver and wandering around a bit in Ischia Porto, and then do the short walk from the harbour to the castle where you sleep, through the pretty streets of the old town centre.
(hiking: 5 km.; 2,5hrs)
Day 4: From your hotel in the castle you walk down through the intriguing alleys of the fortified rock to the bridge which links the castle to the old town centre. From here you start a linear walk along the beautiful south coast of the island, through a spectacular landscape of terraced vineyards and fantastic lava sculptures, with unforgettable views over the Bay of Naples and Capri. Along the beach you then walk to the charming fishing village of Sant’Angelo, from where you take the bus back to the hotel.
(hiking: 8-15 km.; 3,5hrs)
Day 5: Today you’ll discover the mountains of the island, a chain of extinct volcano which occupy the whole central part of the island. First you gain some height by bus, your walk starts either in the hamlet of Fiaiano or in the small village of Fontana (several longer/shorter options possible), where you have the time for a coffee. From here you walk up to the Monte Epomeo, the highest mountain of the island, and then to the Capo dell’Uomo, Ischia’s second mountain. Through forested areas and vineyards, along rock dwelling of monks and hermits, and always with incredible views over the sea, you walking down to Ischia’s most western village, Forio. After a stroll through its pleasant town centre, you take the bus along the north coast back to Ischia Porto.
(hiking: 7-10 km.; 3,5hrs)
Day 6: In the morning your taxi brings you to the harbour, where you take the boat to the rightly famous island of Capri, the island where already the roman emperors liked to come as tourists, and that since then never lost its fame (off season you travel through Naples). You settle in your hotel in the less touristy Anacapri, more rural and mountainous. By chair lift (‘funicolare’) you then travel up to the highest mountain of the island, the Mount Solaro, from where you can enjoy marvellous views over the island, the Bay of Naples, the Bay of Salerno and the Amalfi Coast. Descending along the ridge you slowly walk down to the light house at the very west end of the island, where you can perhaps enjoy the clear sea water. The walk ends at the world famous ‘Grotta Azzurra’ (‘Blue Grotto’), from where you travel back by bus to your hotel (optional walk possible).
(hiking: 9 km.; 4hrs)
Day 7: The last walking day is dedicated to the more famous side of the island of Capri, to see the places that have inspired so many over the centuries, and have always attracted the global jet set. Of course you do not only see the ‘touristy’ highlights, but you also make a beautiful round walk along the almost pristine South Coast. First you pass the ‘Piazzetta’ and the charming backstreets of Capri, with their clear Moresque influence, then you walk up to the ruins of one of the most impressive roman villa’s of the area, and moreover in an exceptional location, the Villa Iovis, with world class views. On your way up you also pass the exceptional Villa Lysis, rather unknown, but one of the best spots of Capri ! Descending towards the untouched coastline of the southern part of the island, you come along the Arco Naturale, the natural bridge, many grotto’s and finally the famous Faraglioni, three uninhabited small islands, just of the South coast. Through the Gardens of August and the impressive Via Krupp, perhaps the world’s most beautiful pedestrian way, you descend to the charming Marina Piccola, from where you travel back by local bus to your hotel.
(10 km.; 4-5hrs)
Day 8: Departure day.

Accommodation and luggage transportation: 3* hotels with en-suite rooms; breakfast included on all days; one dinner is included (in Procida); Days 1-2: Procida; Days 3-4-5: Ischia; Days 6-7: Capri; 2x Transfer from Procida harbour to the Hotel (Days 1-3); 2x Luggage Transfer Ischia porto – Hotel (Days 3-6); 2x Luggage Transfer Capri (Days 6-8).

Price:
April-July: 695 Euro/person (280 Euro single room supplement)
August: 750 Euro/person (300 Euro single room supplement)
September: 710 Euro/person (270 Euro single room supplement)
October: 595 Euro/person (240 Euro single room supplement)
* N.B.: If your travel period falls into two periods with different prices, the one with the higher price will be invoiced!

Min group size: 2 persons

The price includes: accommodation and meals as described under Itinerary; lugagge and people transfers as described under Itinerary; detailed route notes and maps in English; 24/7 local emergency assistance;

The price does not include: extra meals and drinks; tips; insurance; personal expenses;

Tips: The tour runs between April and the end of October. Arrival: The tour starts in PROCIDA; a pick-up service (included) is arranged from the harbour. Procida can be reached by berry or hydrofoil from Naples, the nearest city with an international airport /train station. The boat ride takes about half an hour. Departure: The tour ends after breakfast on day 8 in CAPRI. A short transfer brings you to the harbour (included), from where you travel back by boat to Naples (or in case you extend your holiday to Sorrento or Salerno).