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Old 07-26-2008, 09:19 AM
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Going to be in Naples on Wednesday the 24th of September for one day. Would love to see all of the attractions that Capri has to offer. I would love to take a tour, but also explore on my own. Any recommendations on touors by land?
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Capri is a relatively small island so you must ask yourself what you would expect from a tour. I am not even sure the term "attractions" really applies to this place since the island is the real attraction (perhaps that doesnt make sense). You can choose to take a tour from the ship (generally this costs about %159) or you can do exactly the same thing on your own for less than half the cost. Most of the tours are simply walking tours of Capri Town, which is a pretty small town. We always thought it was funny to see tour groups trying to move through the crowds, but each to their own. Personally, I would recommend just walking from your ship to the ferry pier (less than 10 min) and taking the next hydrofoil or jetboat to Capri (about 50 min one-way). Once you arrive on Capri (all the boats dock at Marina Grande) you take the funiuclar up to Capri Town, and than you can walk yourself silly. I think the best thing on the island is the chair lift that runs from Anacapri up to the top of Mt Solaro (spectacular view). This is an open single chair (your feet dangle) and it takes a little more than 10 min to get to the top (this is not for those afraid of heights) and it only costs about 7 Euros. You simply take the bus from Capri Town to Anacapri to get to the chair lift station. Of course there is also the Blue Grotto, and although we personally think this is a tourist rip-off, many enjoy the visit. You can get a boat at Marina Grande (very close to where you get off the ferry) that will take you to the Blue Grotto where you are transferred into small boats to go inside. This costs around $60 - $70 per couple, but it can be fun.

As to Capri Town, there is a street in that town that has boutiques that rival anything you would find on Rodeo Drive. On our last visit (this past May) we saw a pair of ripped jeans in a window with a 600 Euro price tag (more than $1000). If you do go on your own, stop at a library and copy the pages out of a guide book. You can also get typical tourist info on the island, and just about everyone speaks some English. Also, if you do go on your own make sure you buy your return ferry ticket as soon as you arrive on the island, and allow yourself a little extra time to get back down to Marina Grande for the ferry since there is often a funicular line in mid-afternoon (we allow about 45 min to get down). Your return ferry should go to Molo Beverello (that is the Naples terminal next to the cruise ships) and not Mergellia which is another Naples ferry terminal about 2 miles from the ships.

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You don't really need to take a tour to see Capri; you can do it very easily on your own. Catch a hydrofoil right where your ship docks. Just be sure to get back in time.
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Old 07-27-2008, 12:30 PM
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Hi Capri is really easy to do on your own. Once you get off the ferry there are lots of taxis that will give you a guided tour and show you the 'non tourist part of the island' and some of the lovely houses ' bays etc. Agree with the others that you need to allow plenty of time to get back to the ferry as there are often long queues.
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Old 08-10-2008, 02:56 PM
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As Hank mentioned below the Capri to Anacapri is nice and we took a boat from the Marina Grande. We chose a private tour which was a little more expensive than Hank quoted but, the captain took us all around the island by boat. We saw what he called "Stella and Bruno" which are large formations that are on the opposite side of the port where the boats come in. GREAT way to see the island. Took about 4 hours and left us time to shop. Rodeo drive is a great comparison to the shopping in Capri. The beauty of the island is what you want to capture. Lots of little side streets to explore and a walking trail at the end of the walk way through the shopping area. Hope you enjoy. Beautiful place. My husband and I went outside of a cruise the first time we visited Italy and stayed an extra 2 days because of it's beauty and Capri is incredibly relaxing.
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Capri is a relatively small island so you must ask yourself what you would expect from a tour. I am not even sure the term "attractions" really applies to this place since the island is the real attraction (perhaps that doesnt make sense). You can choose to take a tour from the ship (generally this costs about %159) or you can do exactly the same thing on your own for less than half the cost. Most of the tours are simply walking tours of Capri Town, which is a pretty small town. We always thought it was funny to see tour groups trying to move through the crowds, but each to their own. Personally, I would recommend just walking from your ship to the ferry pier (less than 10 min) and taking the next hydrofoil or jetboat to Capri (about 50 min one-way). Once you arrive on Capri (all the boats dock at Marina Grande) you take the funiuclar up to Capri Town, and than you can walk yourself silly. I think the best thing on the island is the chair lift that runs from Anacapri up to the top of Mt Solaro (spectacular view). This is an open single chair (your feet dangle) and it takes a little more than 10 min to get to the top (this is not for those afraid of heights) and it only costs about 7 Euros. You simply take the bus from Capri Town to Anacapri to get to the chair lift station. Of course there is also the Blue Grotto, and although we personally think this is a tourist rip-off, many enjoy the visit. You can get a boat at Marina Grande (very close to where you get off the ferry) that will take you to the Blue Grotto where you are transferred into small boats to go inside. This costs around $60 - $70 per couple, but it can be fun.

As to Capri Town, there is a street in that town that has boutiques that rival anything you would find on Rodeo Drive. On our last visit (this past May) we saw a pair of ripped jeans in a window with a 600 Euro price tag (more than $1000). If you do go on your own, stop at a library and copy the pages out of a guide book. You can also get typical tourist info on the island, and just about everyone speaks some English. Also, if you do go on your own make sure you buy your return ferry ticket as soon as you arrive on the island, and allow yourself a little extra time to get back down to Marina Grande for the ferry since there is often a funicular line in mid-afternoon (we allow about 45 min to get down). Your return ferry should go to Molo Beverello (that is the Naples terminal next to the cruise ships) and not Mergellia which is another Naples ferry terminal about 2 miles from the ships.

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Old 10-25-2008, 10:19 AM
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I am very much a newby to these sites...We are taking a 24 day Med cruise next spring so trying to learn ++about ports. Specifically, is it possible to see Capri as well as Pompeei or Herculaneum when our port stay is 9 hrs. Any recommendations between Herculaneum and Pompeei?
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It is possible to see both Pompeii and Capri, but it means a rushed day. Your cruise ship will offer a tour that generally takes you by bus to Pompeii, than continues on to Sorrento where you catch the jet boat over to Capri. They then bring you back to Naples via the jet boat ferries that go directly from Capri to Naples (about 50 min). Its also possible to duplicate this trip on your own (at less cost) by using the train from Naples to Pompeii, than the same train line to Sorrento and than you use the same ferries as do the tours. If doing this on your own, you could substitute Herculanium for Pompeii by simply getting off at the Ercolano Scavi station rather than the Pompeii Scavi station. The same train line (operated by the Circumvesuviania Line) runs between Naples and Sorrento (about 1:05 total time) with stops for both of the ruins. As to which ruins, most would suggest Pompeii for a first time visitor although we like both sites.
Regarding Herculanium, we have never seen a cruise line offer a tour that covers both Herculanium and Capri on a single tour.

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Old 10-26-2008, 03:00 AM
 
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Welcome back, hank... I haven't seen you around in a little while. It's great to have your Euroknowlege back on the boards.
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Old 10-26-2008, 12:14 PM
 
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DrL, Thanks for the kind words. Yes, we have been away for a while but it was all in the name of research. We just spent some time in Europe and than took an 18 day Emerald Princess cruise from Venice back to the USA (its a tough assignment, but somebody has to do it). We are now planning a long Europe trip (2 months) in the spring, and are thinking about renting an apartment for a few weeks in the south of France (this would be a totally new experience). By the way, we did try something new when we were docked at Naples. This time we took a jetboat out to the island of Ischia (our first visit). The port lecturer on our ship ask me to assess Ischia and I told him we thought its a nice island for those who have been everywhere else in the region.

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