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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.

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

6. 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.

From Sorrento: Capri Boat Trip with visit to the Blue Grotto

7. From Sorrento: Capri Boat Trip with visit to the Blue Grotto

Marvel at the iconic Blue Grotto, one of the most famous attractions of the beautiful island of Capri, on a boat cruise departing from Sorrento. Visit the sea cave from a small rowboat before boarding back on a bigger boat to cruise around the whole island. Swim or snorkel in the blue waters and visit Capri at your own pace. Reach the Blue Grotto, the first stop of your tour early in the morning. Enter the cave aboard a small rowing boat to see it up close and personally. This unique sea cave, formed over the millennia by the erosive action of the sea, owes its name and its beauty to the intense blue color of the crystalline water. In Roman times it was used as a marine nymphaeum. Continue your day of adventure with a tour of the whole island. You'll see the Faraglioni, the White Grotto, the Green Grotto, and the Lighthouse of Punta Carena. Stop for a swim or a snorkel in the clear waters, and enjoy free time to visit the famous center of Capri, a city rich in archaeological and natural treasures.

From Naples: Capri and Blue Grotto Day Tour

8. From Naples: Capri and Blue Grotto Day Tour

Embark on a guided tour of the island of Capri and visit highlights, including the Blue Grotto and Mamma Mia Road. Meet your guide at the port of Naples and head by fast ferry to the beautiful island of Capri. Arrive at the island's main port, the picturesque Marina Grande. Visit the Blue Grotto if weather permits and follow the breathtaking Mamma Mia Road to the second-largest center on the island, Anacapri. Soak up the views and explore its narrow streets and charming piazzas.  Next, travel to the main town of Capri and La Piazetta, the vibrant center of the island. Pass bustling hotels, restaurants, and open-air cafes before finding a spot to sit and relax in the warm sunshine. Enjoy some time to explore on your own before returning to the Marina Grande.

Positano: Small-Group Boat Excursion to Capri Island

9. 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.

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

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 3,927 reviews

Extremely well organised trip with superior pre trip communications, confirming times and pick up location. Clean and well maintained boat with incredibly efficient & skilled skipper. Our guide was magnificent, polite, attentive and knowledgeable. Friendly team who are looking for their guests to have a great trip. Small party of guests made this quite an intimate group. Nice amount of time to explore Capri town or other attractions. Cannot recommend this trip and trip organiser enough.

Really well organised. Guide was very informative with fun facts and stories. Plenty time to explore on our own which we liked. Blue grotto was closed because of tides which was a shame but the alternative activity a trip round the island by boat was really excellent and time for a quick dip in the sea before heading back.

This tour was so fun and involved quite a bit of swimming at different points around Capri. You don't stop at the island but get to circle the whole thing. There are drinks and food included but bring your own mask and snorkel!

It was all so nice! The captain and the skipper went above and beyond for all of us. Thoroughly enjoyed the service provided onboard and prior.

Must do in Sorrento. This was a good value and delivered on what was promised.