Explore the glamorous Amalfi coast or the less discovered Gulf of Salerno.
The Amalfi coast is one of the most celebrated stretches of coastline with dramatic cliffs and pastel coloured villages cascading down the mountainside. Trailing bouganvillea and the smell of lemon groves add to the charm. Within the Gulf of Naples visit the islands of Ischia, Procida and Vivara and you can't miss the the achingly stylish Capri. There are no shortage of stunningly beautiful anchorages along the Amalfi coastline, such as Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi. For a more 'back to basics' feel explore the coastline south of Salerno, where there are many unspoilt fishing harbours.
With daily flights to Naples you could have a few days shorebased before or after your yacht charter to visit the outstanding Roman ruins at Pompeii and Herculaneum, easily reached by train from Naples. Take some time to explore the bustling city of Naples with all of its raw charm and of course to feast in the birth place of pizza!
Embark at Marina Sud Cantiere, an easy 25 minute transfer from Naples Airport. A small supermarket is only 100m away and a superstore a short taxi ride away.
Take a leisurely sail over to Procida, the smallest island in the bay. In the peak of summer, 'in the know' Italians flock to its shores but outside of this time you find a refreshingly real and authentic Italian town. Simple island living at its best. Wander the small, colourful streets before sailing round to Vivara. Vivara is connected to Procida by a bridge and is a nature reserve which is home to rare plants, rabbits and birds. Check online for opening hours prior to your visit.
From the smallest to the largest island in the bay, Ischia is a popular coastal destination. Take the time to explore the island's 34km of volcanic coastline and hidden coves. Head ashore for thermal spas, mountains and beautiful views of Capri.
A lovely sail across the bay today brings you to the infamous chic island of Capri. Visit the Blue Grotto or take the Monte Solaro chair lift for spectacular views right across the bay. Wander the small streets, filled to the brim with boutique and designer shops or head to Marina Piccola for great views of the Faraglioni, Capri's legendary trio of sea giants.
The jewel of the Amalfi Coast, Positano will entice you with her terracotta buildings tumbling their way down the hillside, steep and steep, narrow streets backed by the verdant green Monti Lattari. Walking around Positano, the town's rich history is palpable. The ruins of grand Roman villas, the prominent Church of Santa Maria Assunta which dates back to the 11th century, fortified walls and looming watch towers all give a little insight into that which came before. Enjoy weaving your way through the quaint little streets stopping for a Delizia al Limone at Zagara.
The gateway to the Amalfi Coast and with all the authentic Italian charm of this beautiful region. This is the land of lemons, olives, cobbled streets and tumbling wisteria. You can also find some fantastic walking routes in this area - the ancient donkey trails which used to be the only connection between the villages are still intact and great for exploring on foot.
A final day's sail brings you back to Naples and Marina Sud Cantiere. Enjoy your final evening soaking up the atmosphere and feasting on some real and authentic pizza after a week of sailing one of the most beautiful and iconic coastlines.
The Gulf of Naples has ideal conditions for a sailing holiday with prevailing wind in the summer from the south-west and averaging Force 2-5. Winds are usually strongest in the afternoon and dying off at sunset. Stronger mistral winds can blow in August, lasting 1-2 days.
We have rated this destination a 'Level 2' (levels info) and you will need RYA Day Skipper or ICC qualification for bareboat charters in Naples.
You can see all of the bases we offer in Italy along with the level ratings here so that you can find the most suitable destination for you. If you are at all unsure about a destination then please get in touch and our sales team will be more than happy to make their recommendations for you.
British Airways run daily flights from Gatwick to Naples. EasyJet operate from Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Bristol, Liverpool and Edinburgh. Jet2 have flights from Birmingham, Manchester, Stansted, Leeds-Bradford, Edinburgh & Glasgow.
Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights. If you would prefer a flight-inclusive holiday then Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016.
The transfer time to the marina is approximately 25 minutes. We can arrange transfers in advance with the base and costs vary depending on time of day and number of guests. Please speak to one of our helpful sales team who can advise you on current transfer information.
DAY 1 : Embark at Agropoli. The modern marina is overlooked by the 16th century coastal tower.
DAY 2 : Amalfi (24nm). Spectacular setting for this very pretty town on the stunning Amalfi coastline.
DAY 3 : Torre del Greco (25nm). You can leave your yacht here to visit the Roman ruins at Pompeii and Herculaneum.
DAY 4 : Ischia (20nm). Porto d'Ischia is the main harbour but if it's too crowded head for Casamicciola, just to the west.
DAY 5 : Capri (18nm). Capri Town is full of designer shops, stylish bars and tourists! The marina is quieter but can be expensive at weekends in the summer.
DAY 6 : Salerno (20nm). Beautiful old town - a "mini-Naples" - with a large harbour and many excellent restaurants.
DAY 7 : Return to Agropoli (26nm).
"A mail to say how much we enjoyed last week's flotilla. The lead crew were really excellent, we are full of compliments for them. They were ever patient, helpful, genuinely kind people who went out of their way to make everyone relax and feel included. The rest of the people on the flotilla were all really lovely and great group meals in some very well chosen restaurants added to the memory. Thanks to you all for a really great holiday. "
To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). For charters in Greece, you must now have the ICC certificate. You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.
For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.
RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.
For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.
If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?
Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.
Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.
Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.