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About Naples

Cruising into the Bay of Naples is a memorable experience. The Naples port is overlooked by the imposing Sant Elmo medieval castle, high up on Vemero Hill, as well as the 13th century Castel Nuovo, which is right next to the Naples cruise terminal in the heart of the city.

Within a short walk, to the left of the terminal, are three of Naples best-known landmarks:  Castel Nuovo, the 17th century Royal Palace (Palazzo Reale), and the elaborate 18th century San Carlo Opera House. To reach Naples' fascinating old town, go straight past Castel Nuovo and then over the Piazza Municipio.

The cities archaeological museum majors on Pompeii and Herculaneum, the two extraordinary sites that draw most first-time visitors to Naples. The city is also a convenient base for tours to the nearby swish cliff-top resort of Sorrento and the even swishier island of Capri.

 

Shore excursions in Naples

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Capri On Your Own

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 8 hours

Spend a day on the exclusive island of Capri and soak up the luxuriant atmosphere and stunning views.

On the southern edge of the Gulf of Naples lies the island of Capri, often called the ‘Island of Dreams’. Roman emperors Augustus and Tiberius found peace and beauty here, as have the many celebrities who have visited the island. When you see Capri's impressive cliffs and brightly coloured villas, you will understand the island's universal appeal.

Your excursion commences by meeting your tour escort and boarding a hydrofoil at the pier in Naples for a scenic, 50 minute cruise on the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Naples. Upon arrival at Capri pier, Marina Grande, your escort will point out the main sights to visit in Capri and you’ll have approximately 5 hours to explore this delightful town on your own.

You may choose to visit Via Camerelle, the famous shopping street of Capri Town, take the chairlift to Mont Solaro or even the Blue Grotto.

At the specified time, you will meet your tour escort at the pier for your return to Naples.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by hydrofoil and on foot.Walking on this tour is at passengers' discretion, however it is important to take in consideration that walking in Capri can be strenuous due to uneven surfaces and several steep inclines. The tour is not recommended for those with mobility concerns. Entrance fees or guided visits are not included in this excursion. Sunhats, sunglasses and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Capri is a very popular tourist destination and therefore you should be prepared for crowded streets, traffic delays and possible queues.

Naples by Bike

Activity high

Duration: 4 hours

Immerse yourself in the daily buzz of Italian life whilst you explore the sights and scenery of Naples on an interesting guided bike tour.

Discover Naples first hand as you explore this historic city on a guided bike tour. Your specialist bike guide will lead you through the main pedestrian area, along the shopping streets to the exclusive square Piazza dei Martiri (Martyrs’ Square) with its dominating 19th century lion edged monument.

From here, your ride will take you on a dedicated cycle path along Naples sea side, through the pretty palm tree lined Piazza Vittoria (Victory Square) and Via Partenope.

Your journey will continue to the picturesque boat-lined marina with the imposing Castel dell'Ovo (Egg Castle) as its backdrop; legend states this seaside castle got its usual name after a magical egg was put into its foundations to support the fortifications. Your final stop will be at the noble semicircular 19th century Piazza Plebiscito (Referendum Square) to admire the important historic buildings that surround the square including the Royal Palace and the neoclassical church.

During your return ride, you’ll glimpse more of Naples hidden gems plus views of the medieval Castel Nuovo (New Castle).

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bike and on foot. There is a short return walk from the ship to the bicycle station. Helmets are provided and must be worn. The cycle ride is around 3 hours over mostly flat terrain with the occasional incline. Bottled water, comfortable shoes and sunscreen is recommended. Participants must be in good health, be able to ride a bike and not suffer from any conditions which could be affected by physical activity. This tour is not suitable for children under 14 years old.

Naples by Vintage 600

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4½ hours

Discover some of the UNESCO sites of Naples, in a truly unique and stylish way - in a comfortable vintage Fiat 600.

You’ll be picked up at the pier by your friendly driver/ guide, who will introduce you to your pint-sized vintage Fiat 600, which will whizz you around the historical city of Naples. Behind the wheel, your driver will give you an insight into the history, culture and way of life in this beautiful city. Sit back, relax and soak up the city’s old-world charm and beautiful architecture.

Stretch your legs to explore on foot around the historical city centre of Naples and enjoy exterior views of the churches of Gesu’ Nuovo, Santa Chiara as well as the district of San Gregorio Armeno.

Afterwards, you’ll make a stop at the Marco Ferrigno workshop devoted to the creation of cribs and shepherds and discover the detailed sceneries typical of this Neapolitan ancient art.

Next, you’ll take a well-deserved break for coffee and cake at the exclusive Gran Café Gambrinus, one of the most important literary cafés in Italy and a meeting place for the cultural elite.

Hop back into your Fiat 600 to take a drive up to Posillipo Hill, one of the prettiest and wealthiest neighbourhoods in Naples. Here you’ll see breathtaking views of the Gulf of Naples, and have the opportunity to take a photo and admire the view.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by vintage car and on foot. The historical centre of Naples is mainly pedestrian; therefore you’ll be walking over relatively flat ground. The city of Naples is busy so please remain with your guide at all times.

Naples City and Pizza

Activity highMeal includedFamily

Duration: 4½ hours

See the bustling city of Naples and learn the secrets of Neapolitan pizza making.

Setting off from the port, you’ll enjoy a panoramic city drive passing Town Hall Square, the Royal Palace and the imposing Cathedral. Afterwards, join your guide for a fascinating walk through the historical centre of Naples, the heart of the city, which is a UNESCO heritage site. You’ll also visit Via San Gregorio Armeno, known as the street of Nativity makers and see the numerous shops displaying delightful figurine handicraft.

The city of Naples is home of the pizza, the first being invented in the city back in 1830. The Neapolitan pizza has a particularly unique taste, which is renowned worldwide. You’ll have the opportunity to visit a typical Pizzeria restaurant, where you’ll be shown the art of cooking pizza. Watch the ‘Pizzaiolo’ chef and discover the secrets of cooking the perfect Neapolitan pizza. Following the mouthwatering display, it’s then time to indulge in a delicious pizza-style lunch before returning to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves approximately 2 hours of walking over mostly uneven ground. There are several uneven cobblestones and inclines to negotiation. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. The city of Naples is busy, please remain with your guide at all times.

Pompeii On Your Own

Activity highShopping

Duration: 3½ hours

Discover the fascinating ruins of Pompeii. Absorb the atmosphere and view the artefacts of this UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE site independently.

As you pass through Naples, you will see Mount Vesuvius from a distance on your way to the ancient city of Pompeii, which is one of the most famous excavations in the world.

Once a thriving empire, 1,900 years ago, in 79AD, it was devastated by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius when 30 feet of volcanic ash and pumice stone covered the city. It is now preserved for you to explore for yourself and see the frescoes and remains of the city and ponder the force of nature that was Mount Vesuvius.

Afterwards, you’ll rejoin your escort and coach at the designated meeting point for the return drive to Naples.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Entrance to Pompeii and a guide is not included. A substantial amount of walking is required at the site of Pompeii and surfaces are uneven and cobbled. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are essential. Pushchairs and wheelchairs are not recommended at Pompeii. Toilet facilities are limited. If entering the site, Children under 18 are required to show proof of age when purchasing tickets. Queues may be experienced. Please make note of the meeting time and place for the return journey. The coach cannot be held for latecomers.For security reasons, it is forbidden to enter the excavations with big bags or backpacks, and lockers are not available, it is recommended to leave them the coach.

 

A selection of cruises to Naples

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