Unforgettable Ischia, the islands in the Bay of Naples are some of the most spectacular areas on Earth, with a tremendous wealth of both natural and cultural treasures. The biggest of these islands, Ischia, is also known as the ‘green island’, with mountains rising up over 2000 feet, and famous for its almost subtropical climate and its thermal spa’s, already since Greek & Roman times. It presents beautiful diverse landscapes and an amazing amount of history.
The blue waters of the Mediterranean are dominated here by the island’s highest mountain, Monte Epomeo, where we will make a number of beautiful and varied walks: from the medieval castle to cave dwellings, through olive trees forests and along deserted beaches, through nice historic villages and amazing terraced vineyards. And also do we walk through a number of extinct volcanoes! Follow us on Facebook!
HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS HOLIDAY
- Visit to the magnificent Ischia Island
- Famous limoncello liquor tasting
- Walk the spectacular top of Monte Epomeo
- Enjoy the natural spa
- Visit the spectacular botanical garden
- Pick your own grape and vegetable!
- Traditional fresh pasta: Scialatielli, Cavati, Lagane e ceci, Fusilli
- Wines and liqueurs: Taurasi, Greco di Tufo, Falanghina, Fiano di Avellino, Limoncello
- Pizza, Sfogliatella, Mozzarella di Bufala, Blue fish, Olive oil, Friarelli
|IMPORTANT NOTE||The schedule might be subject to change; Depending on your needs and your requests, we can provide you individual services (accomodation, land service, guide service, single tours and activities) or a full package tour;|
|Availability||January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December|
|What is included||5 packed or picnic lunches, 6 dinners, wine&beverages included, 7 continental morning breakfast, 7 nights in Hotel, All entrance fees in scheduled stops and local taxes, Ferry to Island of Ischia, Professional Official Guide, Transportation in private van 9 seats (8+1)|
|What is not included||– All not expressed in the “What is included”, − Personal Expenses|
Day 1 – NAPLES. Arrival day.
Group assemble in Napoli Capodichino airport – meeting with the guide and departure to the port to catch the ferry to the island of Ischia. We settle in the ancient village of Forio. Accommodation in hotel and dinner.
Day 2 – FORIO D’ISCHIA, BARANO, SERRARA FONTANA
After breakfast we leave the hotel to the town of Barano, turning almost completely on the island and stopping at the forecourt of the Marontis from which you can observe the homonymous beach (the largest on the island) and the rock of St. Angelo, known as “the Tower”. We will continue to walk with a visit to the Roman baths Olmitello. The quality of these waters have been known since ancient times and to this source was attributed therapeutic properties of a “divine nature.” We will continue along the coast to the caves of Cavascura, where it will be possible to take a refreshing bath in the source of thermal water, in the natural caves dug into the green tufa rock. From here, a small boat will lead us to the rock formations of the “elephant cave”. We can spend a relaxing afternoon soaking in the natural pools of warm water. Then we will end in the port of Sant’Angelo, the jewel of the island, where we will visit the village and handicraft shops. Breakfast in hotel. Packed or picnic lunch. Dinner in hotel.
9kms, 250m total ascent, 4hrs+visits
Day 3 – FORIO (PANZA)
After breakfast we leave for a beautiful walk in the area called Pelara, between forests and Mediterranean scrub and bushes of wild herbs; just round one of the last corner, suddenly in front of us it will appear a wonderful bay of blue, crystal water where we can swim, snorkel or simply relax. Breakfast in hotel. Packed or picnic lunch. Dinner in hotel.
10kms, 300m total ascent, 4hrs
Day 4 – FREE DAY
A good option for the free day: an entire day of total relaxation in the thermal park Poseidon, followed by a sunset from a very particular place: Serrara Fontana where we can admire the sunset slowly embracing the whole island. Breakfast in hotel. Free lunch. Free dinner.
No walk today
Day 5 – FORIO TO ISCHIA PORTO AND PIANO LIGUORI
After a short transfer we will walk to Piano Liguori, along the way we will admire spectacular view and incredible hidden corners of the islands until we reach the head of St. Pancrazio. On the way back, we will stop to visit the Castello Aragonese. Breakfast in hotel. Packed or picnic lunch. Dinner in hotel.
10kms, 250m total descent, 4hrs
Day 6 – FORIO: AN EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE!
After breakfast we will leave for what will be the experience more closely in contact with the local population that still keeps the ancient traditions. After a gentle walk, we will have the possibility of harvesting all together in one of the island’s vineyard, walking slowly between the screws and cutting the bunches of grapes. We will have lunch in the winery tasting the typical rabbit cooked to ditch ‘”Ischitana” and drinking the wine produced on site. In the afternoon we will walk through the narrow streets Saracens among ancient gates, stone-built houses, secret gardens and orchards. We will visit an orchard in particular, that of Funno, in which, with the help of the owners, it will be shown to us how to collect the products that we will use ourselves, later, in the kitchen of Villa Mafalda, with the kind collaboration of Chef Franco. Joining him, we will cook a typical local dish and it will be eaten all together in the evening at the dinner table. Breakfast and Dinner in hotel. Packed or picnic lunch
6kms, 200m ascent, 2:30hrs
Day 7 – BAIA SAN FRANCESCO, MONTE EPOMEO
We will cross the historical centre of Forio, until we reach the waterfront and the Bay of Chiaia di San Francesco. Then we will continue from the viewpoint to the forest Zaro, a magical place visited by pilgrims from all over the world. Leaving the forest gradually we climb to the top of Monte Epomeo, from where you can admire all the bay of Naples and the islands. Descending gradually, we will find ourselves in the historical centre of the town of Lacco Ameno, where we will finish our day with a refreshing drink in one of the rooms overlooking the sea. Breakfast in hotel. Packed or picnic lunch. Dinner in hotel.
12kms, 550m total ascent, 5hrs
Day 8 – Departure
After breakfast we transfer to the port, ferry to Napoli and transfer to Napoli Capodichino Airport – end of services.