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Ulysses Route | Olbia - Naples | Cabin charter sailing cruise | Stage 1

Sailing holiday in catamaran - Cabin charter - Italy, Cannigione - Yacht: Lagoon 440

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The first stage of the "Along the Ulysses Route" cruise. From the Land of Laestrygonians (Archipelago of Maddalena) in Sardinia to Naples. Two weeks of history, sea and culture.

"Along the Ulysses route" is the result of years of sailing along the Mediterranean routes. These routes touch many of the most beautiful destinations of the world. The cruise is a mix of vacation, culture, history, sea, sun and why not, also food and wine.

Enjoy the reading of the description of stages, resorts and sightseeings included in the "Along the Ulysses route" sailing cruise.

A unique sailing cruise, in order to taste all the flavor of the history and the beauty of the Mediterranean Sea.

Along the Ulysses route

We will travel for two months along the same route traveled by Ulysses for years. We will sail on board of a comfortable catamaran equipped with all comforts and a video-library related to all places that we will visit.

We will sail together for over 1200 miles, touching almost all the original landing of Ulysses. For geopolitical and marine weather reasons we chose to start from Sardinia. We will start from the Maddalena Archipelago (Land of Lestrygonians), that is made up of seven main islands: La Maddalena, Caprera, Santo Stefano, Spargi, Budelli and Santa Maria, all characterized by a natural landscape of great beauty and embellished by the rich colors of one of the most beautiful sea areas of the world.
From Maddalena we will set sail towards Ventotene, and leaving behind San Felice Circeo and the Cave of the sorceress Circe, we will cruise to the famous Mermaids Island, where as Homer tells in the Odyssey, Odysseus had to resist to the song of these mythological creatures.
We will continue to Amalfi (Land of Cyclops) the oldest Italian maritime republic and one of the most beautiful places in the world thanks to its clefts, wonderful beaches, beautiful caves and the scent of lemon and olive trees. Then, sailing till the Aeolian Archipelago (The palace of Aeolus) with its attendant Stromboli, an active volcano that has earned the nickname of "Lighthouse of the Mediterranean".
We will cross from Sicily to the mythical Ithaca in Greece. Ithaca is a popular island thanks to the legendary tales, told in the Odyssey, but it boasts an ancient history that can be lived through archaeological finds existing on the island.
Passing through the Corinth Canal and sailing counter of Ulysses, that passed from Cyclades to reach Alexandropoulis (Land of Cicones), we will arrive to Cyclades. Then, pushed by Meltemi we will lead to Bodrum in Turkey. This town is placed a few nautical miles far from Troy (departure city of Ulysses), currently defined Truva, the legendary city mentioned by Homer in his epic tales; built on 9 levels it is a witness of a long and ancient history.
On board you will be pampered by our hostess while the comfortable navigation of the catamaran will take you along the routes and stages of the cruise.
Areas boasting historical and archaeological sites will be destinations of shore excursions with professional guides, but it will not lack a visiting to places where we could know the local culture of the local people enjoying typical food products.


Cruises of the "Along the Ulysses route"

You can choose to travel the entire route of Ulysses and sail with us for 60 days, otherwise sailing:

for one of the stages of 30 days:

for one of the 4 stages of 15 days:

The crossing from Messina to Cephalonia is included in programs but is not mandatory. It is a real offshore sailing of more than 250 NM, we suggest this crossing only for those who really want to try the emotion of a day and night offshore sailing.

Visited places


  1. Visiting of Olbia and its museum

    Visiting of Olbia and its museum

    The arrival in Cannigione is expected no later than the evening. After the presentations and taking possession of your cabins on board, we could start our holiday in complete freedom.

    In the morning of the first day, we will wait for the transfer to Olbia to visit the city and the museum.
    Sardinia has a complex history, divided into several periods and characterized by original characters. The human presence is dating back to Paleolithic age and have run along all the later periods such as prehistoric and historic transforming the landscape of the island. The archaeology provides documentary evidences of the cultural emergencies of prenuragic to Byzantine age, while the architecture, art and literature accompany the historical path from Judicial to contemporary age.

    The Olbia's Museum tells the history of Olbia and Sardinia, the "happy" town of the Greeks, popular for its strategic port and the millennial cultural stratifications. It's the museum which exposes the greatest number of ancient ships in Italy and the only one in the world showing masts and rudders of the Roman period. This represents an unmissable stage for those who love the art of ancient navigation.

    In the afternoon we will board in order to set sail to the Archipelago of La Maddalena (10 nm), where we will anchor in the harbor for dinner and the night.

    Visited places

    Day 1
  2. La Maddalena Archipelago

    La Maddalena Archipelago

    After a short sailing, we will moor in one of the islands of the archipelago, where we will spend the night. The next day we could dive into the crystal clear waters of one of the most beautiful sea of the world.

    The Archipelago of La Maddalena is a marine park made up of over 60 islands and islets of granite and slate rocks. The archipelago's morphologies provides for creating one of the most beautiful landscape of the world.

    The many bays and coves placed on the islands of Spargi, Budelli, Razzoli, Spargiotto and Mortorio will be the places where we will anchor before leaving to cross the Tyrrhenian Sea to reach Ventotene.

    Visited places

    Day 2 - 4
  3. Crossing from La Maddalena to Ventotene

    Crossing from La Maddalena to Ventotene

    Captain route to 99 ° - 180 miles of sea on a route before the northwest wind.

    The life on board a catamaran during the offshore sailing is extremely comfortable and safe. Often we will be accompanied for many miles by flocks of dolphins playing on the waves of the yacht.

    The island of Ventotene offers many moorings in sheltered bays and two small harbors. Unfortunately, one of the harbors, built by Romans, is inaccessible for us, thanks to the yacht's size.

    Ventotene was also known at the Greeks and Romans age, who used to call it Pandataria or Pandateria (Παντατήρια in ancient greek). It became famous because it was the place where Augustus exiled his daughter Giulia (remains of Villa Giulia are located in Punta Eolo), then the emperor Tiberius exiled his niece Agrippina in 29 AD and later Emperor Nero exiled his wife Octavia, after her repudiation. He had just divorced from her because she couldn't has sons.

    The day after our arrival, you can't miss the excursion to the Roman ruins of Villa Giulia, to tanks, to the old fish farm.

    The departure to Procida will be at the dawn on June 8 (25 miles to the SE).

    Visited places

    Day 5 - 7
  4. Pontine Islands - Procida

    Pontine Islands - Procida

    Once arrived in Procida, enchanting island between Naples and Ischia, there are many possible moorings in bays, but a stop in the marina of Chiaiolella It will give you the feeling that here time has stopped many years ago.

    The island is linked by small buses and electrical means of transportation that barely pass in the narrow streets. In the harbor area, located in front of Pozzuoli there are many traditional restaurants and Neapolitans cafès. The inhabitants, solar and friendly, represent the most beautiful expression of Neapolitan culture.

    The origins of the name of the island have been lost between reality and legend. Among the most evocative hypothesis, one is that the Procida name comes from the greek "prochetai" that means "lying"; in fact, if you look closely at the morphology of the island, you can realize that it seems to lie down in the sea. Others think that the name comes from that of a nurse of Aeneas named Procida, that was buried here.

    The program plans to stop in Procida and Ischia, before leaving to Naples where we will have two days of shore excursions.

    The first day to visit the city and the second for the visiting of the archaeological ruins of Herculaneum, site of an extraordinary beauty.

    Visited places

    Day 8 - 11
  5. Naples and Hercolaneum

    Naples and Hercolaneum

    To see Naples would not be enough an whole life. Our very good travel guide and the transfert that will wait us at every stop, will allow us to visit the most attractive places of this controversial city.

    Not to miss: Spaccanapoli, the road that goes from the Spanish Quarter to the district of Forcella, cutting in a straight line the city of Naples. This area has ancient origins: it is one of the three decumanis (the closest to the sea) in which the Romans, based on the Greek construction, organized the city. Walking through Spaccanapoli it is like the time slowing down and speeding up together with your steps, taking you along the thousand-year history of the city.

    The next day we will visit the archaeological site of Herculaneum. Archaeological excavations have given back the remains of the ancient city of Herculaneum, buried under a blanket of ash, lava and mud together with Pompeii, Stabiae and Oplontis during the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD.

    In the afternoon we will leave Naples in order to anchor in the bay of Positano, where those who want will be able to spend a good part of the night in the many clubs or at the famous Music on the Rocks which since 1972 has been a meeting place for VIPS.

    Visited places

    Day 11 - 15