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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 or salad 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: Boat Trip Around the Island and Blue Grotto Visit

2. Capri: Boat Trip Around the Island 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 Boat Tour With Stop by the Blue Grotto

3. Capri Boat Tour With Stop by the Blue Grotto

No visit to Capri, Italy, is complete without a boat tour around its turquoise waters and dramatic coastline, dotted with tiny coves and breathtaking grottoes. This Yellow Line tour is the ideal way to explore them all! The tour starts from Marina Grande and includes a visit inside all the sea caves around the island and a stop at the Blue Grotto (optional entry ticket can be purchased on the spot). The island tour lasts from two to two and half hours and includes a stop at the Blue Grotto long enough for you to transfer on a rowboat and do the visit inside. Afterwards you will come back on the boat to continue the tour. Come to pier Number 0 in the Port of Capri from 09:30 AM to 02.00 PM and you'll be boarded on the first boat available. Departures are about every 30 minutes, everyday.

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

4. 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.

Capri: Private Gozzo Boat Island Tour

5. Capri: Private Gozzo Boat Island Tour

Sailing on a boat for a tour around the island of Capri is the most amazing way to explore the coastal region of this stunning region. You can admire its dramatic cliffs and spectacular rock formations as you relax in your own private Gozzo boat. Many tourists are completely unaware that the Blue Grotto is just one of a whole host of multi-coloured caves and rock formations which can be admired during a tour around the island. A boat trip around the coast of Capri also offers to its passengers the opportunity to visit bays which are totally inaccessible by land. You will discover peaceful havens far from the crowded beaches, which are the perfect places to enjoy a dip in the sea.

From Amalfi: Small Group Boat Excursion to Capri Island

6. From Amalfi: Small Group Boat Excursion to Capri Island

Take a full day cruise to Capri Island to explore its beaches, bays, and grottos. Start your day with pickup from your hotel in Amalfi and set sail along the coast of Sorrento. On the way to the island, relax on board and admire the secret grottoes along the coastline. Your first stop will be at the small waterfall of Marciano, where you can take beautiful photos and take a refreshing dip under the water.   Continuing on your way, you’ll see the beautiful secluded cove of Cala di Mitigliano, and Punta Campanella, the tip of the Sorrentine peninsula with its ancient watchtower.     When you arrive at Capri, you’ll immediately see a Roman palace, and two beautiful grottoes, the Coral Grotto and the White Grotto. Then, navigate to the Faraglioni, the symbol of the island with its cave of love. Admire the famous natural arch of Capri and Villa Malaparte, the set of famous films and commercials.   Take another dip near Marina Piccola, the most beautiful bay on the island. Take four to five hours of free time to explore the island of dreams on your own: stroll through the small towns, relax on the beach, and admire the scenery.   On the return trip, see the Green Grotto and the outside of the Blue Grotto. You’ll return to the port and be taken back to your hotel in Amalfi.

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. Take the jetfoil to the island and ride the funicular to the Piazzetta. Meet your guide at the port of Naples or Sorrento and head by jetfoil 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. Continue to the Augustus botanical gardens and get views overlooking one of Capri's best-known landmarks, the legendary Faraglioni limestone rocks. Enjoy some time to explore on your own before returning to the Marina Grande.

Capri: Boat Tour Priority Tickets & Blue Grotto (Optional)

9. Capri: Boat Tour Priority Tickets & Blue Grotto (Optional)

Experience the majestic beauty of Capri by boat on a trip around the entire coast, and marvel at the caves that line the shore along with other natural features. You can choose to depart in the morning on a boat scheduled to arrive at the Blue Grotto before 13:00, when the lines can be very long. Take advantage of non-stop departures every 30 minutes from Pier 21 in the Marina Grande, and then cruise across the sparkling waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Pass iconic attractions, such as Tiberius's Leap where, according to legend, disobedient servants and undesired guests at the Villa Jovis were hurled over the cliff on the orders of Emperor Tiberius. See the stone arch of Arco Naturale, dating from the Paleolithic age, and pass the iconic Faraglioni rock formations before your arrival at the Blue Grotto. To visit the sea cave, board the small wooden rowboat and pay the additional €15 entrance fee. The visit is optional, and the lines can sometimes be as long as 2 hours. Along the way, benefit from the services of an English-speaking skipper - some also speak French and Spanish. 

From Naples: Capri Boat Day Trip with Drinks

10. From Naples: Capri Boat Day Trip with Drinks

Soak up the paradisical views of Capri's coast as you sail on a typical Sorrento boat. Take time to swim in the glittering water before disembarking at the island to explore the shops and charming streets. Get picked up from the Star Hotel Terminus in Napoli and head to the Port of Piano di Sorrento. Board a traditional boat and make your way to the island of Capri. Sail around the island and admire the natural highlights such as the sea caves of the White Grotto, the Marvellous Grotto, and Green Grotto. Marvel at the rock formation of the Arco Naturale and see the magnificent Casa Malaparte perched on Punta Massullo. Glide past the Faraglioni rocks and lighthouse of Punta Carena and stop to swim and snorkel in the azure waters along the way. Go ashore for between 3 and 4 hours of free time in the afternoon. Explore the boutiques or enjoy lunch on the island. Savor a limoncello tasting aboard the boat before sailing back to the port, where you will be returned to the meeting point.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 3,766 reviews

Just did a 12 day trip around Italy going to Rome, Florence / Tuscany, and the Amalfi coast and this day trip to Capri was my favorite day of our entire vacation. The scenic views going around the island can't be missed -- Capri does not have one bad angle, and photos can't compare to seeing it with your very own eyes. The blue grotto add on was a unique bonus and an experience worth doing. The four hours to explore the island is a good chunk of time to get some activities in without feeling rushed. But bonding with the fellow travelers on the boat ride made the whole trip even better.

Excellent day and well worth doing. Loved taking the stairlift to Anacapri (extra) as the views are a must see. Loved also the boat trip around Capri at the end of the day (€20). Great to see all from the other side. The blue grotto is pretty cool. You’ll be tired at the end of the day so be warned.

We had. Wonderful time! The captain and guide where knowledge and the boat ride around the whole island was spectacular! Highly recommend !

Capri is beautiful. Very easy to book being in Amalfi or in Positano or Naples…

All ran to a time with a really lovely tour guide. Amazing day.