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Ischia: Half-Day Scenic Bus Tour

1. Ischia: Half-Day Scenic Bus Tour

Discover the 8th largest island of Italy and the largest in the Bay of Naples on this 3-hour panoramic coach tour of Ischia. Covering a circumference of just 18 miles (35 kilometers), the island is easy to navigate in just a few hours. Available as a morning or afternoon option (depending on the language option chosen), the tour includes a hotel pick-up on Ischia from around 09:00 or 14:00. Drive off for a round-trip tour of all 6 municipalities, with stops at the most beautiful viewpoints. Pause to stretch your legs in the picturesque fishing village of S. Angelo, and walk the easy pedestrianized areas. Admire the Spiaggia dei Maronti (Maronti Beach) with its fumarole and cavascura (hot spring), where it’s possible to see the past dug into the rocks. Drive on to Forio, Ischia’s 2nd largest town, and the only one of the island with an entirely preserved historic center. Return to your hotel for the end of the tour services.

From Sorrento: Ischia and Procida Boat Tour

2. From Sorrento: Ischia and Procida Boat Tour

Take a full-day trip by boat to the "Green Island" of Ischia, and Procida, the 2022 Italian Capital of Culture. Relax under the sun, dive from the boat and snorkel in the clear waters, and enjoy free time on both islands. Get picked up from your hotel or a nearby meeting point and transferred to the port of Piano di Sorrento, and the journey to Ischia. Once there, take a tour including swimming and snorkeling at the Green Cave, and seeing Aragonese Castle. Enjoy 3 to 4 hours of free time to explore the island on your own, before continuing towards Procida. See sights like Vivara; Terra Murata, and Marina di Corricella, and make a swimming stop at one of the many bays along the coast. After 1 to 2 hours of free time, leave Procida and return to Sorrento while enjoying some limoncello tasting. Upon return to the port of Piano di Sorrento, the driver will take you back to your hotel or to the meeting point.

Ischia Day Trip with Lunch from Naples

3. Ischia Day Trip with Lunch from Naples

Spend the day on the lush green island of Ischia and escape the heat and hustle of Naples. Discover curiosities on every corner and marvel at the natural beauty of the sunken craters, rocky spikes and lava hills of the volcanic island. Catch the ferry from Naples and arrive at the port of Ischia, where you will enjoy an included lunch in a typical Italian restaurant. Use your free time to visit the Aragonese Castle, connected to the mainland by a bridge that has been rebuilt several times over the centuries, as it gets washed away by the sea all the time! Explore the chic village of Sant'Angelo, loved by the rich and famous who want to escape the crowds. Admire the colorful houses of the entirely pedestrianized – and hard to reach – area, and soak up the laid-back Mediterranean vibe of the narrow alleys, ice cream parlors, restaurants and bars with outdoor tables. 

From Sorrento: Semiprivate Vesuvius Tour

4. From Sorrento: Semiprivate Vesuvius Tour

Join a semiprivate tour from Sorrento train station to Mount Vesuvius. Upon arrival in Pompeii by train, meet your private driver who will drive you up to the crater where you'll have a couple of hours of free time. Mount Vesuvius, on the west coast of Italy, is the only active volcano on mainland Europe. It is best known because of its eruption in 79 A.D. which destroyed the cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae. The volcano is just 6 miles from the modern city of Naples and is a popular visitor attraction with a lot of visitors every year. From the rim of this beautiful giant volcano, enjoy the breathtaking views across the Gulf of Naples with Capri, Ischia and Sorrento in the distance. On your descent to Pompeii train station, catch the regular train back in the direction of Sorrento.

Naples to Ischia One Way Transfer

5. Naples to Ischia One Way Transfer

The volcanic island of Ischia is an amazing site to see in Italy, but getting there can be a bit of a hassle. Book an easy, comfortable one-way transfer from the Naples International Airport, from the Naples train station, or from your hotel in Naples, and arrive to the island of Ischia without any stress. Find a driver waiting for you at the designating meeting point, and set off right away. The convenient transfer service includes transportation in a car or minibus from your pick-up point to the ferry, transportation on the ferry, as well as a car or minibus transportation to your drop off point. Alternately, you can book the transfer to take you from your hotel in Ischia to the airport or train station in Naples.

Ischia: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

6. Ischia: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a private dining experience at a local's home, enjoy exclusive cooking and taste authentic recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian Mammas. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. Enjoy a 4-course menu including starter, pasta, a main course with a side dish, dessert with drinks included (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, and coffee).

All-inclusive transfer service from Naples to Ischia Island

7. All-inclusive transfer service from Naples to Ischia Island

Arrive at the Naples airport or train station and meet your professional assistant who will accompany you to your English-speaking driver.  Drive to the seaport of Naples where you’ll skip the line and board the hydrofoil using conveniently pre-booked tickets to Ischia Island. Arrive on Ischia Island and meet your reliable assistant who will see you to final destination via private car, taxi or mini-van, as well as provide porter service.

Ischia: Market Tour and 4-Course Meal

8. Ischia: Market Tour and 4-Course Meal

If you want to uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, this is a fantastic way to learn the locals' wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. You can visit the local market with your "Cesarina", enjoying the atmosphere of an Italian local market and learning how to recognize the best produce from the land. When you return to your Cesarina’s home, you will attend a private cooking demo where your Cesarina will share the secret of their family cookbook while preparing one of the dishes right in front of you. You will sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including starter, pasta, a main course with a side dish, and dessert. Drinks included are water, a selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, and coffee. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people.

From Sorrento: Ischia and Procida Boat Tour

9. From Sorrento: Ischia and Procida Boat Tour

Embark on a scenic cruise in the Gulf of Naples and spend some free time seeing the famous attractions in Ischia and Procida. Relax, bring your bathing suit and your camera to fully enjoy every moment. Disembark in the port of Ischia and enjoy free time to visit the major attractions. See the Aragonese Castle, Sant'Angelo, the Gardens of Mortella among others. Take a dip in the waters off of the most famous beaches of Ischia, such as Maronti, Citara, and San Montano. Continue towards Procida, the smaller island with a fascinating harbor. Enjoy the return with stunning views of the Gulf of Naples, Vesuvius, and the islands that form the backdrop to one of the most beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea. The departure is possible only with a minimum number of 6 passengers

Sorrento: Private Boat Tour of Capri, Ischia, and Procida

10. Sorrento: Private Boat Tour of Capri, Ischia, and Procida

Embark from Sorrento on an adventure to the stunning islands of Capri, Ischia, and Procida. Stop to swim or snorkel in the blue Mediterranean waters. Explore with some free time on one of the islands. Meet your skipper in Sorrento and hop aboard. Start by heading to Capri. Admire the high cliffs and coastline as you make your way to the caves. See the White Green, and Blue grottos. Next, head to Ischia to snap pictures of the Aragonese Castle, Sant'Angelo, and the vibrant Gardens of Mortella. Take a dip in the crystal waters at Maronti, Citara, or San Montano. Continue to Procida to see the colorful Corricella harbor. Admire the natural wonder of Chiaiolella beach, and sail past Sant' Eco.

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What people are saying about Ischia

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 218 reviews

We loved this experience. I highly recommend this boat tour of Ischia. If I came back to Ischia I would do this boat tour again. The captain waited for us near the dock because we were slightly behind timeline. He walked us to his boat and we settled in on the rooftop deck outfitted with comfy bean bags. There was also seating in the bow, stern, and inside. There were about 15 guests which allowed for plenty of space on the vessel. Each swim stop was a beautiful crystal clear cove and water deep enough to jump off the upper deck of the boat. Each stop we either got an appetizer, meal, or drink. The food was excellent considering it was made in the small galley on board. We had wonderful bruschetta for an appetizer and fresh clams with pasta for our lunch meal. It was amazing. If you enjoy sunny weather, swimming, and seeing the day go by from your perch on a boat this is a trip for you.

I thought this was a great way to spend the day. You get to see the entire island and you have a lot of time for swimming. When you're not swimming, you're either eating, drinking or traveling yo another swim spot. All the relevant places on Ischia are covered, ample time for swimming. I really do recommend that you bring something to cover up with as the sun is extremely strong. I got completely burnt despite wearing sunscreen. Chill crew, all around very chill day, really no complaints, the time was perfect for me. Definitely a great way to spend a day of your vacation

Super organized! We decided on the outward journey at 10:45 am and the return journey at 5:20 pm. Since it takes a little more than 1.5 hours by ferry to Ischia, I would recommend taking the later ferry back at 7:45 p.m. We would have liked to have stayed longer because it was really nice. Everything worked without any problems. Lunch at the Baia del Clipper restaurant was great! Ischia is absolutely worth seeing! We went for a little stroll and swim. The beach is very nice, the water is very clear. All in all, a thoroughly successful trip!

Simply amazing. Very caring crew. The lunch was great and we were able, with my companion and the rest of the group, to do many swims during this excursion, which lasted 6.5 hours in total.

I have had the same experience in various places around the world but I have never found a kindness, a cuisine and an attention to detail. I suggest it to everyone… you will surely be well.