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From Sorrento: Amalfi & Positano Full-Day Trip by Boat

1. From Sorrento: Amalfi & Positano Full-Day Trip by Boat

Tour the beautiful Amalfi coast by boat with stops in Amalfi and Positano. Enjoy a light lunch on board with free time to explore the towns and to swim and snorkel. Relax on the boat while taking in the dramatic views of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Board the boat for a cruise around the Bay of Salerno to Amalfi. During the cruise, pass Nerano, the Emeraldo Grotto, and Li Galli Island. Sunbathe on the decks and beaches, or swim and snorkel in the shimmering waters. Arrive at the port of Amalfi and enjoy free time to explore this beautiful town. Then head towards the next stop, Positano the Pearl of the Amalfi Coast. Admire its famous pink and white houses and see the domed cathedral.

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From Positano: Sorrento Coast & Capri Full-Day Trip by Boat

2. From Positano: Sorrento Coast & Capri Full-Day Trip by Boat

Set sail from Piano di Sorrento and cruise along the coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula. Admire the fishing village of Marina Grande and see the ruins of a Roman villa near Bagni della Regina Giovanna before passing a natural waterfall that flows from the rock. Cross the Tyrrhenian Sea to discover the magnificent sea caves of the Marvelous Grotto, White Grotto and Green Grotto. Admire the Paleolithic-age Arco Naturale and contemporary Casa Malaparte along the way. Pass the Faraglioni rocks and the Punta Carena lighthouse and get some time to swim and snorkel in the sea. Enjoy refreshing drinks and snacks served on board the boat, and enjoy 3 to 5 hours on the island at leisure. Use the provided map to create your own adventure before you sail back to Sorrento. Enjoy a limoncello tasting before disembarking at Piano di Sorrento, from where you will be taken back to the meeting point.

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From Sorrento: Amalfi Coast Full-Day Cruise Trip by Boat

3. From Sorrento: Amalfi Coast Full-Day Cruise Trip by Boat

Experience the beauty of the Amalfi Coast and Sorrentine Peninsula from a different perspective on a full-day boat cruise. Discover the Li Galli islets, where the myth of Ulysses and the Sirens are set, and much more. Stop for 2.5 hours in the historic city of Amalfi and use the time to visit the Cathedral of Saint Andrew to see the Cloister of Paradise, or enjoy a coffee on the main square. Depart Amalfi for an optional visit to the sea grotto of the Emerald Cave, weather and sea conditions permitting. Admire the beautiful church overlooking the sea in Praiano, and pass the amazing fjord and medieval watch towers at Furore. Make your way to the pretty village of Positano and go ashore for 2 hours to stroll the charming streets and find local crafts in the gift shops. Alternatively, relax on the beach and go for a swim before sailing back towards Sorrento. Pass the Crapolla fjord and the private islet of Isca before arriving back at the port of Nerano.

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From Sorrento: Positano & Amalfi Coast Small-Group Boat Tour

4. From Sorrento: Positano & Amalfi Coast Small-Group Boat Tour

Cruise away from Sorrento's coast on your way to the Amalfi coast. Relax aboard a luxurious boat, then enjoy snorkeling in crystal clear Mediterranean waters brimming with marine life. Benefit from a free pickup service from your accommodation to the port of Marina della Lobra where the tour starts. After sailing along the coast of Sorrento you get to the Amalfi coast. Discover various parts of the Amalfi coast, including: Positano city, Amalfi city, Punta Campanella, Nerano, Praiano, Fiordo of Furore, and Li Galli's Island. Make stops along the way to go swimming and snorkeling. You will stop in Amalfi city for 2 hours and in Positano for 1 hour.

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Amalfi Coast: Boat and Snorkeling Tour in Small Group

5. Amalfi Coast: Boat and Snorkeling Tour in Small Group

Once everybody has jumped on board and had a little briefing about how you're going to spend the day, you will be ready to set off to the west towards Positano. The route will take you along Amalfi Coast’s finest beaches as well as close to natural rock arches and into sea caves, giving you the opportunity to admire the old watch towers that dot the entire length of this coast. You will pause at beaches reachable only by sea and have time to go snorkeling or swimming in crystal-clear waters and into grottoes. Not too far from the starting point, right after leaving the center of Amalfi, you will get close to the Saint Andrew Grotto, a huge natural sea cave full of stalactites named after the patron saint of Amalfi (Andrea). Then, once passed Duoglio and Santa Croce beaches, you will stop by the "Arc of Lovers", a natural rock arch created millions of years ago by the erosion of the sea whose shape recalls two elephants in the act of kissing. Up to not too long ago young couples used to get married on the top of it. A little later you will cruise in front of the ancient fishing village of Conca dei Marini, passing near the villa of Sophia Loren and seeing the historic hotel “Il Saraceno” located on La Vite Beach. From here you will also have a stunning view of the Santa Rosa Monastery, a former convent now converted into a luxury hotel, once home of the Dominican nuns. It's right in the kitchens of this monastery that the delicious "Sfogliatella Santa Rosa" was born, a shell-shaped pastry filled with ricotta cheese-based cream and little dried fruit pieces, typical of the local culinary tradition (don't forget to taste it before leaving!). Once past the seaside of Conca dei Marini you will enter its western basin, where you will have a beautiful view of Furore and Praiano villages and the islands of Li Galli and Capri, together with the well-known Faraglioni Rocks. Further inside this basin we will find the little Runghetiello Grotto and its tiny beach, where you will anchor for a break to go swimming or snorkeling. You will reach then the famous Furore Fjord, the only natural fjord in Italy and location of the international diving competition "MarMeeting": every year in July, professional divers from around the world compete by jumping from the top of the bridge which is 28 meters high. Navigating a little farther onward to the village of Praiano you will be able to have a close look at a bigger sea cave, the Africana Grotto, where the water has a distinctive blue color thanks to the unique refraction of light. Finally you will go round Capo Sottile and continue cruising to Positano, where you will have another break for snorkeling at a beach reachable only by the sea and so not crowded at all: La Porta. The return trip to Amalfi will give you a different but equally remarkable view of both sea and land.

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Salerno: 7-Hour Amalfi Coast Small Group Boat Tour

6. Salerno: 7-Hour Amalfi Coast Small Group Boat Tour

Admire the beautiful beaches, coves, and local villages set against a stunning natural backdrop on a 7-hour journey along Italy's Amalfi Coast aboard a traditional "gozzo" boat. Relax and enjoy your welcome Prosecco drink as you take in the panoramic views of picturesque villages dotted along the coastline, and secret beach caves from Salerno. Swim and snorkel in the blue waters to cool down, and enjoy the sandwich, fruit, and drinks offered on board as the cool sea breeze blows in your hair. Stop in the renowned towns of Amalfi and Positano for one hour each, and explore their historic streets. Enjoy a final surprise from the crew before heading back to the port of Salerno, in time for your evening apéritif and dinner.

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Rome: Amalfi Coast Tour With Limoncello Tasting & Cruise

7. Rome: Amalfi Coast Tour With Limoncello Tasting & Cruise

The day starts in Rome where you’ll catch a high speed train to Naples with an intimate group of no more than 14 fellow travelers and an expert tour leader. From there, you’ll hop on a private, air-conditioned bus that will wind its way up into the narrow roads of the Amalfi Coast. Your first stop is Positano, a small fishing town that has long been the holiday destination of choice for VIPs, from the Romantic poets of the 19th century to today’s Hollywood stars. After an orientation walk with your guide you’ll have two hours of free time in which you can browse the boutiques filled with world-famous beachwear, have leather sandals made to fit your feet and enjoy a relaxing lunch of local delicacies at a seaside cafe. Don’t forget to bring your swimsuit too, there’s nothing nicer on a summer’s day than a dip in the sea. Next, you’ll board a boat for a 30 minute ride down the coast to Amalfi town. Along the way, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the dramatic coastline as it rises out of the sea in soaring cliffs. At Amalfi, you’ll head up one of those cliffs to a lovely lemon orchard where you’ll enjoy a tasting of one of the region’s most beloved products, the sweet, tangy liqueur called limoncello. The farm is perched above the town and offers stunning views out to sea. After the tasting, you’ll have an hour to explore the town and, if you enjoyed your tasting, buy some limoncello. To end the day, you’ll hop back on the boat for a 40 minute cruise to Salerno where you’ll catch the train back to Rome.

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Naples: Small-Group Positano and Amalfi Boat Tour

8. Naples: Small-Group Positano and Amalfi Boat Tour

After being picked-up at 8:30 AM at the meeting point of the Star Hotel Naples Terminus, you will be transferred by minivan/minibus to the port of Piano di Sorrento. From here you will depart to Amalfi, sailing along the Sorrento Coast. Along the way you can admire the ancient fishermen village of “Marina Grande”, the ruins of a Roman villa near “Bagni della Regina Giovanna”, the natural waterfall that flows from the rock, Ieranto bay and other interesting attractions along the coast. There will be a couple of stops for swimming and snorkeling, and a relaxing break with snacks and drinks will be offered on board. You will then stop for 1 to 2 hours in Amalfi to visit the ancient Maritime Republic, before stopping for 1 to 2 hours in Positano to explore the “pearl” of the Amalfi Coast. You will depart for Sorrento after a local limoncello tasting, and once back in Naples you will be returned to the Star Hotel Terminus.

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From Naples: Private Boat Tour to Capri and Positano

9. From Naples: Private Boat Tour to Capri and Positano

Embark on a day all about you and explore the highlights of Capri and Positano from the comfort of a private boat with a local captain. You will begin in the morning (time can possibly be customized for your convenience) from Mergellina Port and cruise across the bay of Naples towards Capri. Get your camera ready because you will have unrivaled views of the active volcano Mount Vesuvius behind you, the thermal Island of Ischia to your right, the Sorrento coastline to your left and the island of Capri directly in front of you.  Once you arrive in Capri the captain will show you all of the not-to-be-missed sites such as the Blue Grotto, the White Grotto, the Green Grotto, the Coral Grotto, Faraglioni Rock Formations, Marina Piccola, the natural arc, and much, much more. Enjoy a cool swim off the boat if you would like, or simply take in the views from the comfort of the cushioned sundeck or shaded seating on board. Whatever you choose you will not be disappointed with Capri's natural wonders. After touring the highlights of Capri from the sea, the captain will cruise toward the fishing village of Nerano in the Gulf of Salerno. Nerano is home to the original pasta and zucchini dish and this is a great place to stop around lunchtime to experience the local cuisine. Continue over to Li Galli private islands (which some have dubbed "Dolphin Island", due to it's unique aerial dolphin shape.) This is one of the most important sites dating back to when Ulysses heard a song of the sirens as he sailed through. Li Galli islands also have an underwater nature preserve and is favorite place to stop for a swim.  Your last stop is Positano where you can enjoy some free time to explore this jet-set village. Browse the boutiques, ice-cream shops and local artisan studios. There is so much to see in this wonderful little village that has become famous throughout the world. At the end of the day you will be dropped back off in Naples unless you choose to end your Tour in Positano. This is a day that is not to be missed.

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From Positano: Private Boat Tour to Capri or Amalfi

10. From Positano: Private Boat Tour to Capri or Amalfi

Enjoy a full-day at sea on a private boat tour from Positano. Climb aboard the compact but comfortable boat, and head south along the Amalfi Coast, or cross the Tyrrhenian Sea to the glamorous island of Capri; the choice is yours! If you choose to visit Capri, the captain will cruise north from Positano, passing the idyllic town of Nerano, famous for its blue flag beaches. Stop for a refreshing swim. Continue to Punto Campanella, where the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento Coast meet. Then, cross the Bay of Naples and enjoy views of Vesuvius. Upon arrival in Capri, circumnavigate the entire island, stopping at the Blue, White and Green Grotto. See the private villas of the rich and famous, along with Casa Malaparte and the historic lighthouse. Cruise past Marina Piccola to sail through the rock formations of Faraglioni. Then dock for some free time to shop or explore on land. Take the chairlift to Monte Solaro, or just relax with a gelato and glass of limoncello. If you choose to explore the Amalfi Coast, head south from Positano and enjoy some of the most beautiful views in the world. Stop to swim in the lagoons and caves that line the rugged coastline, or find an empty beach to laze on. Pass the beautiful fishing village of Praiano where century-old traditions are still maintained. Go to the hidden lagoon of the fjord of Furore. Every year a diving competition is held on the bridge above the fjord. Continue to Conca dei Marini to sail under Sophia Loren's former villa. Get an up-close view of the beachside apartment where Jackie Kennedy spent her Amalfi Coast vacation. Stop in bustling Amalfi for a chance to stretch your legs and get some lunch. Then, go to Atrani, Italy’s smallest village! You can also visit the enchanting villages of Ravello and Marmorata so see a waterfall that once powered an old paper mill. Finally, go to the laid back villages of Minori and Maiori to see Roman ruins and discover one of the most famous pastry shops on the Amalfi Coast.

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What people are saying about Positano

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 229 reviews

The Amalfi coast is beautiful, but it's best experienced by boat. My wife and I were visiting for our honeymoon and had the best time meeting new friends from around the world. Rafa was a fantastic guide, he took us town by town from Amalfi to Positano exploring highlights both natural and built. Rafa's experience in the area really showed as he described local features like grottos, famous businesses and hotels. The two stops for swimming and snorkeling were a great way to break up the boat tour. We enjoyed food and snacks along the way. I can't recommend this tour enough! Support a local and his new business while getting to know the Amalfi coast!

We had so much fun on this excursion. Our boat captain, Mario, made our day so incredible. He recommended what to do and not do on the island that really helped us make the most of our time. The tour around the island and swimming was the best part for me! Highly recommend.

Had a blast with Antonio and his captain. Lovely experience with a good amount of time along the coastline to explore the towns. So glad we took this tour over the bus option!

Driver was a gentleman, very friendly and helpful. Beautiful boat and worth every penny. Amazing coastline couldn't recommend this trip anymore.

The whole experience was a blast. Raphael did a great job and was very informative. He was laid back and just fun to be around.