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Sorrento: Exclusive Capri Boat Tour and Optional Blue Grotto

1. Sorrento: Exclusive Capri Boat Tour and Optional Blue Grotto

In the morning you will either be picked up from your hotel in the Sorrento area, or will make your own way to the Marina Lobra port in Massa Lubrense. Board your comfortable boat that accommodates up to 12 people and start cruising along the Sorrento coastline. Admire views of the Marciano Waterfall, before heading out to sea and towards the Island of Capri. If you select the early morning option including the Blue Grotto, you will arrive there right as it opens, avoiding the long queues. Board a small rowboat to marvel at the intense blue color of this unique sea cave, formed over thousands of years by erosion. Next, circumnavigate Capri to admire the dramatic coastal scenery of the island. See the White Grotto, the Green Grotto, the Faraglioni rocks, a natural arch, and the lighthouse of Punta Carena. Your guide will explain the wonders of Capri and its surroundings as you go. The boat will make stops at 2 different coves to go snorkeling and admire the rich marine life of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Enjoy a light lunch consisting of a Caprese sandwich and your choice of drinks. The boat will then drop you off on Capri, where you will have 4 hours to discover this beautiful island at your own pace. You could do some shopping and have a drink in the charming town, or take the chairlift to the top of Mount Solaro and hike back down. Meet back at the boat and start the return journey back to the port. En route, enjoy a tasting of Limoncello, the traditional Neapolitan liqueur. Your trip will end either at the port in Massa Lubrense, or with a drop-off at your hotel, depending on the option selected.

Capri: Island Boat Trip and Blue Grotto Visit

2. Capri: Island Boat Trip and Blue Grotto Visit

Set sail from the port at Marina Grande and enjoy a relaxing cruise around the rugged coast of Capri. See the highlights of the glamorous island as you pass the historic Punta Carena Lighthouse and the legendary Bagni di Tiberio (Baths of Tiberius) near a former villa of the Roman emperor. Pass the sea caves of the White Grotto and Green Grotto, named for the color of the water and the light effects of the sun. Admire the impressive sea stacks of the Faraglioni rocks and get lots of information about the island from your skipper along the way. Enter the famous Blue Grotto through a small entrance and continue to a large cave under the sea, where you will be amazed by the intense blue of the water caused by a natural phenomenon involving the sun.

Capri: Island Boat Tour with Blue Grotto Stop

3. Capri: Island Boat Tour with Blue Grotto Stop

Embark on a boat tour around the turquoise waters and scenic coastline of Capri. Listen as the captain gives background information on each point of interest. Enjoy free time at the Blue Grotto, where you can rent a rowboat and be carried through a stone portal into a sparkling cavern lit by blue light. Start the tour from Marina Grande and pass by highlights such as the Faraglioni Rocks. Visit the sea caves around the island. Then, make a stop at the Blue Grotto where an optional entry ticket can be purchased on the spot. Once the captain drops anchor at the Blue Grotto, you can disembark the boat and transfer to a wooden rowboat to visit the caves. After exploring the area, hop back on the boat to continue the tour, before returning to Marina Grande.

Full-Day Capri & The Blue Grotto Tour from Sorrento

4. Full-Day Capri & The Blue Grotto Tour from Sorrento

Meet your expert local guide in Sorrento and embark on a high-speed boat towards the Island of Capri. This 1-day excursion will allow you to enjoy a nice tour of amazing Capri, the island of celebrities. Sorrento is located by the sea, so it is very easy to reach the dock Nevertheless, get a complimentary pick-up service from a number of hotels in Sorrento which will comfortably transport you to the pier. Meet your friendly and professional guide and get ready to embark. When you arrive on the island, take a boat ride to the popular and dreamy Grotta Azzurra (Blue Grotto), where sunlight passes into an underwater cavity and shines through the seawater, creating a magical blue reflection. Important: The access to the Grotto is not always possible due to the sea level. In case the Grotto is not accessible, you'll have free time to stroll through the island, relax under the sun or enjoying shopping. After returning to the port board on a minibus for a scenic drive to Anacapri, 918 feet (280 meters) above the sea level. See wonderful views of the Bay of Naples before continuing to a local restaurant for lunch.  Next, take advantage of some free time to explore Capri at your leisure or go shopping. Then you’ll return to Marina Grande and embark back to Sorrento.

From Sorrento: Capri and Blue Grotto Boat Tour

5. From Sorrento: Capri and Blue Grotto Boat Tour

Set sail along the Sorrento Coast on a boat to Capri. Admire the coastal features on the way, including the Natural Arch and the Faraglioni Rocks. Stop for a swim and explore the island of Capri. Benefit from pickup from your hotel to get to the port of Piano di Sorrento. From here depart to Capri, sailing along the Sorrento Coast. Along the way admire the ancient fishermen's village of Marina Grande. Pass by the ruins of a Roman villa and a natural waterfall that flows over the rocks. Arrive in Capri and tour the island by boat. Make stops to visit the Marvellous Grotto, the White Grotto, the Green Grotto, and the Blue Grotto. Also admire the Natural Arch, the Villa Curzio Malaparte, the Faraglioni Rocks, and the lighthouse of Punta Carena. Enjoy some stops for swimming and snorkeling, and a relaxing break with snacks and drinks offered onboard. Take from 3 to 5 hours to visit the island by land. Then depart from Capri to Sorrento accompanied by a Limoncello tasting.

Positano: Small-Group Boat Excursion to Capri Island

6. Positano: Small-Group Boat Excursion to Capri Island

Sail along the Sorrento coast and see its dazzling natural sights. Explore Capri Island, go swimming at amazing beaches, and see spectacular grottos on this boat trip departing from Positano. After pickup from the meeting point, head to the port of Massa Lubrense via minivan (approximately 1 hour each way). Once at the port, leave to Capri, sailing along Sorrento coast. The first stop will be by the small waterfall of Marciano Bay where you can take pictures and a refreshing shower. Continuing the tour, admire Cala di Mitigliano and Punta della Campanella, part of the Sorrentine Peninsula featuring an ancient watchtower. Once in Capri, see the Leap of Tiberius, Villa Jovis, Coral Grotto, and White Grotto. Navigate to the Faraglioni Rocks, the symbol of the island. Admire the Cave of Love and the famous Natural Arch and Villa Malaparte, the set of several famous films and commercials. After a stop near Marina Piccola bay, disembark on the island with about 4 hours of free time to stroll along its scenic alleys. Later in the afternoon, return to the port of departure and from there hope on the return shuttle back to the meeting point.

From Naples: Island of Capri Full-Day Tour with Lunch

7. From Naples: Island of Capri Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Sail to the island of Capri from Naples on a hydrofoil. Explore the colorful streets of Capri and see the Piazzetta and the Gardens of Augustus. Hear the history from your guide and enjoy a traditional lunch. Be picked up at your hotel or other agreed meeting point in Naples and transferred to the port. At the port meet the professional guide who will accompany you on your visit to the enchanting island of Capri. The hydrofoil ride to Capri will take around 40 minutes. The first stop on your guided visit to the island is Marina Grande. Head up to Anacapri by minibus, a short and fun trip that affords marvelous views. Take a stroll in the famous Piazzetta, known as the lounge of the world, and the place to be seen for movie stars and VIPs since the times of la dolce vita in the 1950s and 60s. Your guide will tell you all about the island and its history and lead you to the Gardens of Augustus, and along the charming Via Camerelle, Via Tregare, and to the village center. Stop for lunch at a typical local restaurant, where you’ll enjoy the pleasant and refreshing local flavors. After lunch you’ll take in the celebrated views of the Faraglioni, a sight cherished even by Roman emperors. At the end of the visit the guide will accompany you back to Naples, where a driver will be waiting to take you back to your hotel or meeting point.

Amalfi to Capri: 6-Hour Private Boat Excursion

8. Amalfi to Capri: 6-Hour Private Boat Excursion

Hire a private boat with a local captain and take in the top sights of the Amalfi Coast on a fun and relaxed 6-hour excursion. Stop for a swim in different bays and lagoons, explore caves along the coast, and cruise to the island of Capri. Start out in Amalfi and head leisurely along the coastline past Furore, Conca dei Marini, and Praiano. Marvel at the scenic beauty of the world-famous Amalfi Coast! Cruise past Positano and to the private islands of Li Galli, once owned by the famous Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nuryev. A highlight now is the underwater nature preserve. Nerano is an idyllic fishing town with a lovely beach, where the captain will stop so you can enjoy the view and swim in the crystal-clear water. The restaurants in Nerano are well known for dishes that feature fresh seafood and local produce. From Nerano your captain will continue on to Punto Campanella, the point where the Amalfi Coast ends and the Sorrento Coast begins, before you head to Capri. Cruise around the entire island of Capri, exploring caves and swimming in crystal-clear bays. Marvel at the Blue, Green, and White grottoes. Your captain will take the boat through Capri’s iconic faraglioni rock formations. Pass by the historic lighthouse, Casa Malaparte, Marina Piccola, and Marina Grande. Take some time to explore the island on foot. Go shopping, tour villas, and don’t forget to try the gelato! At the end of a satisfying day you’ll head back to Salerno or your final destination as the sun sets behind the island.

From Naples: Tour of Capri and Blue Grotto

9. From Naples: Tour of Capri and Blue Grotto

Start your day trip by boarding the fast ferry for a scenic 55-minute ride to the Island of Capri. Arrive at the colorful Marina Grande and your guide will organize the transfer with local private mini buses along the famous road to Anacapri village, located about 1,800 feet above sea level.  After discovering the history of the village, take the chairlift to Monte Solaro, the highest point of the island. Or visit the beautiful Villa San Michele and gardens of Axel Munthe, a Swedish physician and author of the famous book, "The Story of San Michele.”  After, have time to explore Anacapri before the return drive halfway to Capri Town. Enjoy magnificent views along the way. Walk with your guide through narrow streets to the fabled plaza, La Piazzetta, which is surrounded by old buildings, chic boutiques and gift shops and filled with sidewalk cafes.  Popular with tourists and locals alike, enjoy Capri, which is always crowded and bustling with activity. Have time to explore before heading back down to Marina Grande. If you want, circumnavigate the entire coastline of Capri by boat (not included) and then visit the beautiful Faraglioni rock. Go inside the Green Grotto, as well as the marvelous White Grotto.  Pass by a natural arch, the lighthouse of Capri, the Marina Grande and Marina Piccola and finally the Coral Grotto. This takes about 1 hour. Skip the long lines and have plenty of opportunities to take photographs.

Capri: Full-Day Small Group Boat Tour

10. Capri: Full-Day Small Group Boat Tour

Cruise on over to the glamorous island of Capri in the Tyrrhenian Sea on a full-day, small group boat tour. After pickup from your selected start point, transfer to the port to board your small boat (maximum 12 passengers). Cruise along the Sorrento coast, before crossing to Capri to marvel at some of the most dramatic rock formations. Navigate your way to Faraglioni to see the unique caves and grottoes of the White, Coral, and Green Grotto, each illuminated in different colors by the reflection of the sunlight on the water. Take a dip in the crystal clear sea, or simply kick back and relax on deck. A snack and ice-cold beverages will be served as you enjoy the glorious sunshine. Spend 4 hours exploring or topping up your tan, then enjoy a limoncello tasting on board as you return to Sorrento.

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What people are saying about Blue Grotto

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AMAZING tour! The tour guide was so nice and fun to be around. Super accommodating. The stops and whole tour was so worth the money. On the island you have time to do whatever you want such as shop, the gondola or swim on amazing beaches. The swim stops are amazing, you can also use goggles to see the fish! They pick you up from the closest place possible to your hotel. Super friendly staff. Provide you with sandwiches and beer! Highly recommend overall.

Mike and Giancarlo made this boat trip the best part of my two-week trip. They took care of us from the second we stepped on the boat to the second we stepped off hours later. They knew all of the fun and exciting spots around capri and made sure we had the time to see and experience all of it. we had plenty of time to swim, and it was awesome!

Guys on board were great!!! They let us know about everything on the island and the coast of Sorrento!!! Great service and lovey atmosphere thanks to the music, drinks and the friendly crew!!! The boat also was very beautiful!

Brilliant day out to Capri with our amazing captain and crew he showed us all the sites and were so friendly brilliant trip all around the island

We had an amazing time ! Great communication the days prior and exactly what we were expecting for the day