Cilento and Capri Coast Itinerary Overview


Mermaid Coast Tour Highlights

Exceptional local food and wine • Ancient Greek ruins at Paestum • Mozzarella di Bufala cheese experience • Scenic boat cruises: Cilento coast and Capri island tour • Music, dancing, cooking on Capri • Artisans of Capri

Mermaid Coast Spring Tour Overview

Since ancient times, people have been captivated by the Tyrrhenian Sea coastline. The pristine blue waters and dramatic cliff faces conjured up myths and legends, many featuring sirens, mermaids and people of the sea. On our trip to the Mermaid Coast we take in the stunning beauty and contrasts of the Cilento region, just south of the Amalfi Coast, and the incomparable majesty of the isle of Capri.

Departing from Naples in late May, we’ll follow in the path of Ulysses and soak up the fresh sea breezes, tastiest dishes and crisp matching wines of southern Italy. An experience to be treasured for a lifetime, you’ll meet charming locals, admire ancient ruins and learn how to recreate the healthful dishes of the region.

faraglioni capri

If you’ve ever wondered what the Amalfi Coast is like with local flavor and without the crowds, this tour is for you. Our week on the Mermaid Coast departs in late Spring, early Summer, when the sun shines bright and the seas are warm. Local produce and bounty from the sea and the land is abundant and nutritious.

We’ll take backroads and nature paths and spend time soaking up local traditions, ancient villages and pristine nature. This is the coast so admired by poets, writers, musicians and even Emperors who have walked these shores before you. Come with an open heart and eyes and prepare to embrace one of the most beautiful coastlines on earth.

Mermaid Coast Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Cilento

paestum cilento

Arrive in bustling Naples where you’ll be met at noon and whisked away to our country retreat in Capaccio, overlooking the enchanting Cilento coast. Just south of the popular Amalfi Coast, this hidden area of southern Italy is bursting with rustic charm and fascinating sights.

You’ll have time to relax at the hotel and perhaps take a dip in the pool before our sunset tour of the magnificent Ancient Greek temple ruins at Paestum and its wonderful museum of artifacts.

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Then it’s time to settle into the Cilento life and sample its celebrated food and wine at a local wine producer. Here’s we’ll toast our time ahead exploring the “Mermaid Coast” over aperitivo and dinner at the winery restaurant.

Day 1 Inclusions:

  • Tours and activities: Sunset tour of the temples at Paestum
  • Hotel: Luxury 4 Star country house hotel in Capaccio, Cilento
  • Meals: Evening welcome aperitivo, Dinner with wine

Day 2: Cove of the Sirens boat tour, Agropoli and a village with views

Today we head to the water near Agropoli in search of mermaids – the Cove of the Sirens is our destination. Surrounded by pristine national park and the crystal clear waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, Punta Licosa is where the mermaid Leucosia is said to have washed up having failed to lure Ulysses to his death.  Relax and enjoy the ride as we cruise along this largely undiscovered coast, fresh sea breezes in our hair, admiring the views and hearing tales from the region.

agropoli
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You’ll have time to explore the charming town of Agropoli at your leisure, enjoy lunch by the sea or relax on the beach before we return to our hotel.

In the evening we’ll head to the hills to the charming Medieval village of Trentinara. Here we’ll enjoy jaw dropping views from the town’s terrace to the coastline beyond before aperitivo and a light dinner.

Day 2 Inclusions:

  • Tours and activities: Half day boat tour of the Cilento coast, trip to hill top town of Trentinara
  • Meals: Breakfast, Aperitivo, Dinner with wine
  • Hotel: Luxury 4 Star country house hotel in Capaccio, Cilento

Day 3: Buffalo mozzarella, figs and the tastes of Cilento

buffalo mozzarella

The Cilento region is celebrated for its Mediterranean diet and longevity of its citizens. Today we discover what is so special about the local cuisine.

Our first stop is at Italy’s finest buffalo mozzarella farm for a tour and tasting of its “life changing” cheese. Afterwards we’ll visit a fig farm overlooking the hills and coast of Cilento where we’ll taste the delicious fruit and discover the passion behind the family who have run this property for generations.

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We say farewell to beautiful Cilento tonight with a five course tasting menu dinner featuring the delicious produce of the region at Borgo La Pietraia’s restaurant.

borgo la pietraia dinner

Day 3 Inclusions:

  • Tours and activities: Cheese and fig farm visits with tastings
  • Meals: Breakfast, 5 course dinner with matching wines
  • Hotel: Luxury 4 Star country house hotel in Capaccio, Cilento

Day 4: Journey to Capri and boat tour of the island

We bid a fond farewell to the shores of Cilento and head off on our adventure to Capri. We’ll travel by luxury mini van to Vico Equense where we’ll meet our boat captain and traditional gozzo boat, our transport to Capri.

Relax on the deck of the boat as we speed towards the island, its rocky cliffs gleaming in the distance. As we tour the island by boat, our captain will duck in and out of coves and grottoes, stopping for swims and sightseeing.  A highlight will be zooming through the Faraglioni arch and, if the weather allows and you are keen, a stop to enter the famed Blue Grotto.

faro punta carena capri
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After the thrill of your island boat tour, it’s time to check into your luxury Capri villa and get ready for dinner. We have a wonderful treat in store – a 5 course meal prepared by our friends Gianluca and Holly from Michel’angelo Capri accompanied by story telling and history of the island, traditional Caprese music and dancing.

taratella local dance

Day 4 Inclusions:

  • Tours and activities: Transfers to Capri with island boat tour, music and entertainment over dinner
  • Meals: Breakfast, snacks on board boat, Aperitivo and 4 course dinner with matching wine with Michel’angelo Capri
  • Hotel: Luxury private villa in Capri

Day 5: Capri town and Caprese cooking class

capri town

After a leisurely breakfast, we transfer to Capri town where our local guide will share the secrets and stories of the main town of the island. Duck in and out of artisan shops, small galleries and museums before stopping to take in the views at the Giardini di Augusto and Certosa di San Giacomo.

Explore Capri at leisure in the early afternoon. Stop for a drink in the piazzetta or a leisurely lunch at a chic restaurant as you take in the atmosphere.

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We’ll transfer you back to the villa in the afternoon. Relax, enjoy the pool or take a walk to the beach. Take it slowly – piano, piano – as they say in Capri. Build up your appetite as we have a fun evening ahead.

Tonight’s the night we join Holly and Gianluca from Michel’Angelo Capri for a cooking class full of fun, laughs and of course delicious Caprese dishes. You’ll learn to make three recipes together in their outdoor kitchen and enjoy aperitivo in the lush garden surrounds. The we’ll eat our creations together, toasting our efforts with Campania wine!

More than a cooking class, it’s a Caprese experience from which you’ll take home the perfect souvenirs – your apron (for further cooking adventures), new skills, and new friends.

Day 5 Inclusions:

  • Tours and activities: Guided tour of Capri, Cooking class including apron, take home recipes and digital photos of our evening together
  • Meals: Breakfast, Aperitivo and dinner with wine

Day 6: Anacapri, a picnic and our farewell dinner

villa jovis

Many day visitors to Capri miss the stunning beauty of the vistas from Anacapri but this won’t be you. Fresh from our cooking class and keen to know more about this most spectacular of Mediterranean islands we venture into Anacapri with our local guide.

Here we visit some of the island’s important cultural sights including Casa Rossa, St Michele Church with its exquisite majolica mosaic floor and Villa San Michele with its stunning gardens and collection of antiquities.

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Discover one of the most jaw dropping views of the world from the summit of Monte Solaro. We take the chairlift here from Anacapri and make our way down its slopes, through the Cetrella Valley, stopping to enjoy the views and a gourmet picnic prepared by Michel’Angelo Capri.

This beautiful meander through Capri’s natural beauty is what has drawn visitors to the island for centuries. With fresh air in your lungs and sea breezes in your hair, make your way back to the villa for an afternoon nap or swim.

Our evening aperitivo includes an artisan treat. Tonight we are joined by a local sandal maker who demonstrates their craft as we sip our cocktails in the garden of your private villa. If you’d like a personalized pair of these exquisite shoes, you can place your order and they will be ready for you the following day.

We’ll continue to local restaurant Giorgio al Cucciolo with stunning sunset views for our final dinner in Capri. It’s a chance to relive the memories of our time on the Mermaid Coast.

Day 6 Inclusions:

  • Tours and activities: Guided tour of Anacapri, chairlift to Monte Solaro, Sandal making demonstration (sandals not included)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Picnic lunch with wine, Aperitivo, Dinner with wine

Day 7: Farewell to Capri and return to Naples

capri marina grande

We have a late check out organized so you can spend your last day on Capri at leisure. Perhaps you’d like to spend a few hours on the beach, take a trip to the Blue Grotto or pick up some last minute souvenirs in Capri fortified by a freshly cooked breakfast and delicious coffee.

At midday we join our private boat transfer that takes us back to Sorrento and then onwards to Naples should you be traveling from there.

Arrivederci beautiful Mermaid Coast – forever in our hearts and minds.

Day 7 Inclusions:

  • Group Transfers: Sorrento or Naples
  • Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation

We’ve hand selected luxury properties where you can relax and unwind between sightseeing and activities.

Our tour is full of exciting experiences so we’ve made sure you have time to rest and recuperate in comfortable surroundings close to Paestum in Cilento and in Anacapri, away from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist areas.

  • Cilento: Borgo La Pietraia
  • Capri: Luxury private villa with pool, sea views and beautiful garden terrace in Anacapri – each room has separate private bathroom facilities

In the unlikely event that chosen hotels are not available, accommodations will be of a similar or higher standard.

Borgo la petraia

Meet Your Host

Olivia Windsor
Tour leader

Olivia is an Australian woman living in Piedmont, with a huge love for the land of la dolce vita, cooking, food and wine. She has spent the last few years learning the language (not to mention some Piemontese dialect!), immersing herself in the culture, and working on organic farms, wineries and agriturismi.

Package Price

Inclusions

  • Accommodation: 6 nights in luxury 4 star accommodation based on double occupancy. Single supplement – $750 payable on first deposit
  • Walking tours: 3 guided tours with local guides – Paestum, Capri and Anacapri
  • Experiences: Cheese farm and tasting, fig farm and tasting, Cilento boat tour, hilltop village visit, Capri boat tour, cooking class, Caprese music and dancing, Caprese sandal making demonstration
  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 x aperitivo and 6 dinners as specified in the itinerary, wine with meals.
  • Local transportation: Luxury air-conditioned mini-bus and private gozzo boat to and from Capri
  • Tips and gratuities: For drivers and guides
  • Group arrival and departure transfers 

Exclusions

  • Optional activities not included in the program
  • Hotel city tax – usually €2-3 per person/night
  • Arrival transfers to hotel
  • Meals and drinks not specified in the itinerary
  • Meals if arriving earlier or staying later
  • Travel & Medical Insurance (Required)
  • COVID Vaccinations Pre Arrival (Required)
  • Visa (If required)
  • Departure COVID Testing if required. We can help organize.
  • Arrival and departure transfers outside group booking
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FAQs

Mermaid Coast Tour FAQs

Are the tour prices quoted per person?

Yes. Prices are per person, in US dollars

Are flights included in the tour price?

No, Untold Italy tour prices do not include airfares or ground transportation to the tour departure point in Naples. You will need to make your own flight and travel arrangements.

What does the price of this tour include?

We have strived to make our Mermaid Coast tour as all inclusive as possible with no hidden surprises. Included in your tour are:

  • 6 nights in charming luxury 4 star accommodation (based on double occupancy). A single supplement of $750 applies
  • 3 guided walking tours with expert local guides
  • Unique experiences: Cheese and fig farm visits, cooking class, boat tours of Cilento coast and Capri, Caprese music and dancing demonstration, Caprese cooking class with take home recipes, apron and olive oil tasting, Caprese sandal making demonstration, visit to Trentinara
  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 aperitivo and 6 dinners as specified in the itinerary, wine and bottled water is included with meals other than breakfast
  • Luxury air-conditioned mini-bus and private local gozzo boat transfers
  • Tips and gratuities for drivers and guides
  • Group arrival and departure transfers

Where only 2 meals are included per day, either lunch or dinner is extremely substantial and usually guests prefer a small snack for the other meal. We can recommend excellent restaurants and snack bars at each location should you require them. All meals include wine and bottled water. Should you prefer other beverages, they are not included in the cost of the tour.

What isn't included in the Mermaid Coast tour price?

Our tour prices do not include your international roundtrip airfare or internal flight or transfer to Naples, travel insurance, your arrival and departure transfers out of group transfer arrangements, activities not included in the trip itinerary; additional hotel charges such as room service, hotel bar tabs and laundry; and food and beverages not included in our itinerary. Gratuity for your tour leader is also not included.

What is the cancelation policy for this tour?

The €200 hold deposit to secure your place on the tour is fully refundable if we cancel the trip for reasons beyond our control or if we do not meet the minimum number of guests for the trip to go ahead. If we cancel the trip before this time, a full refund of the hold deposit will be issued minus any bank charges. Should you change your mind and decide not to come on the tour, this deposit is non-refundable.

Once your first deposit is due, all payments are non-refundable, and the initial hold deposit will be put towards your final balance. We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy (see our Tour Terms and Conditions for full details).

Where does the tour start and end?

Naples is the start and end point for our tour and has excellent connections through to Rome and an international airport – Naples International Airport (NAP). Napoli Centrale is the main train station servicing the city of Naples.

Is this tour suitable for vegetarians and vegans?

We can cater for vegetarians (although please be advised that the cuisine of the Campania region features a lot of seafood). Unfortunately we are unable to cater for vegans on this trip due the to the emphasis on dairy products.

I don’t drink wine. Is this tour right for me?

You are more than welcome to join us however please be advised that wine is an inclusion in our tour. Wine is offered with all included meals and soft drinks are charged separately and are generally more expensive in Italy.

What level of fitness is needed for the Mermaid Coast tour?

You need a moderate level of fitness for this tour as there is a decent amount of walking involved on rocky and uneven terrain particularly in Capri.

Is this tour suitable for someone with mobility issues?

Whilst our tour focuses on wining and dining, please be advised that there is a fair amount of walking on this tour – particularly on steep hills in Capri.

What should I bring on tour?

We will provide a packing list outlining suggested clothing and other items to bring with you once your tour is confirmed

How can I prepare for the Mermaid Coast tour?

Prior to departure we will provide a list of online and written resources to start your immersion in Capri and the Cilento region.

Will there be any formal dinners on tour?

No. While we will be enjoying an exceptional standard of food and wine on our tour there is no need to dress formally.

General FAQs

What travel documents are required for Italy?

All travelers to Italy must have a valid passport with 6 months remaining until expiry on departure from Italy.

US, Canadian, UK, Australian and New Zealand citizens are currently not required to have a visa for stays in Italy of under 90 days. Citizens of other countries should check with the Italian embassy or consulate for information and requirements relating to their citizenship and residency.

Covid requirements must be checked regularly as they change often. This Italian government site has relevant information and our Italy Travel Planning covid group is the place where travelers meet to discuss the latest requirements.

Do I need travel insurance?

Because refunds are not available once your first deposit has been made, and we are unable to make exceptions for any reason, including weather, injury/illness, or personal emergencies, we require all guests to take out comprehensive travel insurance to compensate in case of unexpected cancellations. Insurance should cover you for both travel cancelations, and medical emergencies in the country of your tour.

The unexpected can occur and getting sick in a foreign country is a very daunting experience, we require guests take insurance with international evacuation coverage for all trips. You should book a policy as soon as the trip has been confirmed. We can provide a list of recommended providers on request. We will request your travel and medical insurance details no later than 30 days before departure.

Please see our full terms and conditions for further details.

What happens if our trip cannot go ahead due to covid restrictions in Italy?

If the tour has to be postponed based on border closures or restrictions in Italy, a credit for your deposit will be issued to be used for the postponement date of the same trip. If the tour happens as scheduled, but a guest decides not to attend based on any other reason than a country’s border closure, then the regular cancelation policy will be maintained.

If Italy only closes its borders to citizens from certain countries, and the tour goes ahead, the regular cancelation policy will be maintained, and your travel insurance is where you will seek compensation. Please see our full terms and conditions for further details.

What is your covid vaccination policy?

Your health is our priority and Italy currently has tight restrictions on unvaccinated people which means they cannot actively take part in the tour. Therefore we require all staff and tour participants to be fully vaccinated for Covid19. Please see our full terms and conditions for further details.

Are children and teenagers allowed on your tours?

Our tours are focused on food, wine and cultural experiences and have been designed with adults in mind. Please contact us if you would like your older teenagers 16+ to join us tour. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate children younger than 16. Note also that the legal age for drinking alcohol in Italy is 18 years.

Can I bring my pet on tour?

Whilst we love our furry friends, we have a strict no pets allowed policy – thanks for understanding.

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