Our Favorite Worldwide Private Yacht Charter Itineraries

2021-10-29T15:07:02-04:00

Written by Missy Johnston
Luxury Yacht Charter

When it comes to creating private yacht charter itineraries, you make the decisions based on what you want to see and do. The schedule, the destinations, the adventures—they’re all up to you. We’ve put together this list of our favorite itineraries to give you a taste of adventures around the world that can only be experienced on a private yacht charter. These itineraries give you the chance to see things that other people only dream about and visit places about which other people have never even heard! Plus, yacht charter itineraries are never set in stone. If a particular anchorage or port just wows you and you want to stay longer, just mention this to the captain, and the itinerary can be changed right then and there to accommodate your wishes. 

Private Yacht Charter Itineraries in Alaska

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Juneau, Alaska

Juneau to Sitka 

For those seeking natural adventure and pristine landscapes, one of our Alaska yacht charters is just for you. One of our favorite itineraries is cruising on board a private yacht from Juneau to Sitka

Alaska has become a popular cruising spot in recent years, but because the land and waters of Alaska encompass such a sprawling space, you can still be just as remote as  you desire. On the yacht, you’ll be far away from the chaos and noise of modern day life. Simply sit back and enjoy the majestic landscapes and unique wild, marine and bird life.

South Sawyer Glacier- Tracy Arm Alaska

South Sawyer Glacier- Tracy Arm

After departing Juneau, cruise up Tracy Arm, a classic fjord surrounded by breathtaking glaciers and mountains. Marvel at the Twin Sawyer Glaciers, when a huge crack in the face of the glacier suddenly occurs and a huge sheet of ice breaks off into the waters below. This happens approximately every hour, so you are sure to see these tidewater glaciers calving signaled by the loud cracking sound just before parts of the glacier face drop into the seas below. The impressive display can be seen only from water, so it makes an ideal addition to private yacht charter itineraries in Alaska. Stop halfway through your charter at Admiralty Island. On this primitive island, the bears outnumber the people. Nearly 1,600 brown bears call the island home! The native Tlingít people even call the island “fortress of the bears.” 

Alaska Humpback Whales Bubble Net Feeding

Alaska Humpback Whales Bubble Net Feeding

While underway to Sitka, there will always be pods of humpback whales to watch bubble net feeding. This remarkable sight occurs when a group of humpbacks blow bubbles from their noses in order to make a net-like circle that catches their prey. Whales bubble net feeding cannot be seen from a cruise ship—only from a private charter yacht, and Alaska is one of the few places where this whale dance occurs

Private Italian Yacht Charters

Napoli (Naples) and mount Vesuvius in the background at sunset in a summer day Italy Campania

Naples and Mount Vesuvius

Rome to Naples

On a luxury yacht charter in Italy, a great yacht charter itinerary is cruising along the beautiful  coastline and through the islands from Rome to Naples. The crystal clear blue waters and stunning natural scenery are amazing.

Explore the Pontine Islands, the gorgeous archipelago that once served as the resort playground of the Romans. These are “secret” islands rarely heard of outside the circle of Italy’s wealthiest citizens. Here are ancient volcanic rock formations, spectacular caves, and even a tunnel from one side of Ponza Island to the other dug by the Romans that you too can walk through today. 

Positano town on Amalfi coast of Italy njcharters.com

Positano town – scenic Amalfi coast of Italy

Further south, after visiting Ischia and Capri islands, enjoy the 34-mile-long Amalfi Coast, with its rugged shores and small fishing villages tucked into the shoreline. This area features the breathtaking town of Positano, a cliffside village that’s filled with pastel-colored buildings, is home to the famous and filled with little walking streets lined with chic shops and boutiques. There are beautiful beaches that are easily accessible by private yacht.

The Aeolian Islands

Aeolian Islands, Italy

Aeolian Islands, Italy – Stromboli Volcano in View

Add a luxury trip around The Aeolian Islands to the beginning or the end of your Amalfi Coast yacht charter for a look at some of the most fascinating historical sites in the Mediterranean. Or enjoy a charter itinerary just cruising through the Aeolian Islands from the nearby island of Sicily. 

Located to the northeast of Sicily, these secret islands take their name from Aeolus, the Greek god of the winds. 

Stromboli volcano erupting

Erupting Volcano Stromboli

Be sure to include Stromboli Island where one of the world’s most active volcanoes, Mount Stromboli, is located, which has been erupting for nearly 2,500 years. In ancient times, it served as a navigational aid that mariners called the “lighthouse of the Mediterranean.” Today, make the daring hike to the top of the volcano for breathtaking views, especially at dusk.

After Mount Stromboli, head on board your chartered yacht over to Ginostra—a tiny island that can be reached only by boat. There aren’t any cars on the island, only mules. About 40 people live on the island, so it’s perfect if you’d like to take a break from modern life and see some breathtaking views of the coast.

Streets of Panarea island in Italy

Panerea

Another must-see destination is the island of Panerea. It’s the smallest of the Aeolian Islands, but  definitely the most beautiful. Anchor off of the village of San Pietro to explore the luxury shops, intricate gardens, and cultural markers. With no street lights at night, here the locals, who could be anyone from someone whose family has lived there for generations to one of the wealthy enjoying relaxing in hidden splendor, have to walk from place to place at night on foot paths holding lanterns to light the way. To relax, visit one of Panerea’s picturesque beaches, or if a little night life is in order, head out to Panarea’s one nightclub at Hotel Raya, and dance by the light of the erupting volcano on nearby Stromboli Island.

Private Yacht Charters in Turkey

Gocek to Kekova

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Gocek Bay

Enjoy the views of the Turquoise Coast as you travel the Aegean Sea between Gocek and Kekova, Turkey. You’ll be treated to Turkey’s beautiful teal colored water, limestone cliffs, and coastline coves. 

Before stepping on board, stop in Kusadasi to see the ancient ruins of Ephesus. Only five percent of the ancient city has been unearthed, but the section spans one and a half miles of structures and artifacts that give you a glimpse into what life was like in the 10th century BC. While you’re there, take a stroll down the marble road. It’s exactly as it sounds: a 2,000-year-old street made from massive blocks of marble.

Excavated streets of Ephesus, Turkey yacht charter, njcharters.com

Excavated streets of Ephesus, Turkey

Plan to visit Ölüdeniz, too. For thrill-seekers, this location offers the world’s best paragliding. For those who like things a little more tame, ask for your chartered yacht to cruise to the Butterfly Valley. This area’s pristine beach and towering cliffs are accessible only by boat.

Kekova Sunken City, Turkey yacht charter with njcharters.com

Kekova Sunken City

As the last destination on your itinerary, Kekova will not disappoint. You can cruise over the remains of Simena, an ancient city that was part of the Lycian Empire. It was a popular sea-trading port until a large earthquake struck in the 2nd century BC., sinking much of the city below water. Today you can snorkel over the city remains, where amphorea litter the bottom, along with broken roof tiles. 

The city sank and now the area is referred to as Kekova Bay and Kekova Island. The ruins of the city are easy to spot through the clear Mediterranean waters, but the only way to get there is by private boat. 

Private Yacht Charters in Fiji

Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands 

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Port Denarau

Your dreams of cerulean waters, colorful coral, and palm-lined beaches come true in the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands. These gems of the South Pacific are so picturesque that Hollywood travels to the island paradise to shoot movies and TV shows. Survivor has filmed nearly 10 seasons in the Mamanuca Islands and the blockbuster Cast Away was filmed there, too.

The Mamanucas encompass 32 islands off the coast of Nadi and the Yasawa Islands, and 15 volcanic masses, which extend to the north. The Yasawa Islands are further away from the mainland, so they feel a little more remote.  

Many of the most beautiful areas in these islands are underwater. Cruise on board your charter yacht to a prime diving location or snorkel with the sharks and manta rays.

Participate in a Sevu Sevu Ceremony in Fiji www.njcharters.com

Participate in a Sevu Sevu Ceremony in Fiji

When your private yacht arrives at a village in Fiji, there will be a Sevu Sevu ceremony. This is one of the ancient traditions that make the Fijian people truly special. Through the ceremony, permission is requested by your Captain of the village elders to anchor in the village harbor.  When permission is granted, which usually occurs, waka, the roots of the kava plant, should be given as a present to the village elders for the anchoring privilege. 

Private Indonesia Yacht Charters

Eastern Flores Archipelago 

port of Labuan Bajo, Flores Island, Indonesia

Flores Island, Indonesia

Indonesia is comprised of more than 18,000 islands. Although Bali may be the best-known destination, we always recommend a yacht charter itinerary through the Eastern Flores Archipelago.

Flores means “flowers” in Portuguese and this island really delivers. The landscape is covered with lush foliage, towering volcanoes, and other untouched natural wonders.  

The island is also well-known for its  textile-weaving  villages. The women of Flores have produced extraordinary Ikat textiles for many generations, handing down the knowledge to all of their daughters. They grow their own cotton, make their own natural dyes, dye the threads, and weave the cloth on handmade looms into various time honored patterns. 

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Ikat Textile Weaving

These villages can only be reached by boat. Chartering a private yacht gives you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the cultural traditions of the women of Flores, how Ikat textiles have been handmade in this area for years, and the opportunity to purchase a beautiful handwoven Ikat dyed textile from the very hands of the weaver.

Where Will Your Private Yacht Take You?

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Which of these top destinations will you choose for your fabulous yacht charter?? No matter which you choose, you’ll be greeted by stunning blue waters, incredible natural scenery, great food and on board service, and an overall outstanding experience. Let Northrop-Johnson Yacht Charters help you arrange the charter of a lifetime for your next cruising vacation. Contact us to learn more about the luxurious extraordinary experiences we offer all over the world.

Our Favorite Worldwide Private Yacht Charter Itineraries2021-10-29T15:07:02-04:00

Charter a Yacht in Croatia, Charter Itinerary from Kotor, Montenegro

2021-03-18T11:35:45-04:00

Kotor at the head of the Boka Kotorska Fjord

Kotor

Written by Missy Johnston

Charter a yacht in Croatia, and cruise from Kotor, Montenegro to Dubrovnik, then up to Split, and back to Kotor to disembark to explore and enjoy the many of the different islands and coastline of southern Croatia in an area once known as Dalmatia.  On this yacht charter itinerary when you charter a yacht in Croatia, visit three UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Kotor, Dubrovnik and Diocletian’s Palace in Split.  There is so much to do and see in this charter location filled with historic sites, and boutique wineries.  Enjoy the beautiful clean clear water swimming and playing with water toys, and savor the fresh oysters and mussels plucked right out of the water from the shell farms near Ston.  When you charter a yacht in Croatia, enjoy boutique wines, vine and tree ripened fruits and vegetables, and fresh seafood in beautiful water while cruising the coast and islands of this fabulous country.

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Chartering in Croatia from Dubrovnik to Venice

2021-03-18T10:46:07-04:00

Dubrovnik. Croatia

Dubrovnik. Croatia

Written by Missy Johnston

Chartering in Croatia should include the full coastline from Dubrovnik to Venice on a private yacht charter through the myriad of lovely islands and beautiful coastline of this historic land coveted from ancient times to now for the beautiful crystal clear waters filled with fish and shellfish and lovely fertile soil. The mainland and islands of Croatia were where the Greeks and Romans went to vacation and retire to relax surrounded by the extraordinary beauty.  Today cruise in the wake of these ancient civilizations and enjoy all that they once did from fresh picked oysters and mussels to beautiful boutique wines, fresh fish, and lovely vine ripened fruits and vegetables.  Swim in the blue green waters and enjoy sea kayaking and other water sports in the many anchorages.  At the end of your charter glide into Venice just like all seafarers once did; into the Grand Canal and up to St. Marks Square, as a very fitting end to your charter and chartering in Croatia.

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Caribbean Yacht Charter: St. Barths, St. Martin, Anguilla and Beyond

2019-03-15T14:16:16-04:00

Beautiful Waters of St. Martin

Beautiful Waters of St. Martin

Enjoy a Caribbean yacht charter itinerary on a private charter yacht cruising between the islands of St. Martin, Anguilla, and St. Barths, and then cruise a little beyond to Saba, St. Kitts, Nevis and St. Eustatius.  Neither Saba or St. Eustatius have anchoring locations for an overnight stay, but St. Kitts and Nevis do.  Cruise on either a sailing yacht or motor yacht to St. Kitts and Nevis from St. Barths, stopping to explore the quaint little island of Saba, its own sovereign state, on the way.  And when returning back from St. Kitts and Nevis to St. Barths and St. Martin, stop in St. Eustatius, once a very busy and wealthy trading center in the Caribbean in the 1700’s.  The three islands of St. Martin, St. Barths, and Anguilla are fabulous, but mix in a little bit more on your Caribbean yacht charter adventure by including Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Kitts, and Nevis.

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Yacht Charter Itinerary; Cruise the Grenadines

2018-10-26T11:01:41-04:00

Luxury Yacht Charter, Caribbean

Start in St. Lucia, with good international airline flights in and end in St. Vincent, with international airline flights out, and cruise St. Vincent and the Grenadines on a luxury yacht charter in the southern part of the Caribbean Islands.  Included in this yacht charter itinerary starting in St. Lucia, are visits to St. Vincent, Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, and possibly the highlight of the area, the National Park of the Tobago Cays.  This is an area of Caribbean Islands where time has stood still, and life meanders on much as it did 100 years ago, except for the chic island of Mustique, where you never know whom you might see.  A nation of individual islands, St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a lovely cruising location on a crewed yacht charter.

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Post Irma, The Virgin Islands are ready and waiting

2018-10-25T16:55:00-04:00

Caribbean Beach

Caribbean Beach

Post Hurricane Irma, both the U.S. and British Virgin Islands have returned to being the same lovely yacht charter cruising area as always, with great protected anchorages, pristine beaches, and beautiful blue green clear water with extraordinary coral gardens below.  Boarding to cruise the British Virgin Islands can be in either St. Thomas or Tortola.  Often air flights have a better schedule for flights to St. Thomas, but flights into Tortola bring you right into the epicenter of the British Virgin Islands to board your boat, and start your charter without the Customs requirements for clearance from the U.S. to the British Virgin Islands, that a charter start in St. Thomas requires.  Either way, besides a few blue tarp roofs left as a parting gift from Irma, this great cruising location is ready and waiting for the winter charter season.  Attached, is a yacht charter itinerary for post-Irma, from St. Thomas to St. Thomas for sailing  in the British Virgin Islands.

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Caribbean Yacht Charter Cruising from St. Thomas

2018-10-26T01:11:48-04:00

Aerial View of Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI njcharters.com

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

This Caribbean yacht charter itinerary starts in St. Thomas, the most well-known of the U.S. Virgin Islands. With the most airline flights in and out, St. Thomas, is a duty free U.S. Territory.  St. Thomas, along with St. John, and St. Croix are the main islands of the U.S. Virgin Islands.  While beautiful in their own right, with lovely water and beautiful beaches, many feel that the U. S. Virgin Islands are the gateway to their nearby neighbor, the British Virgin Islands, otherwise known as the BVI’s.  Most one week charter itineraries out of St. Thomas visit St. John and then clear into the BVI’s, for the rest of the charter, before returning to St. John and then St. Thomas to disembark.  Following is a suggested one week charter itinerary following just that outline; starting and ending in St. Thomas with much of the yacht charter spent in the nearby British Virgin Islands.

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Caribbean Yacht Charter Cruising from St. Thomas2018-10-26T01:11:48-04:00

Corsica and Sardinia Great Yacht Charter Itinerary

2021-03-11T15:36:59-05:00

Bonifacio, Luxury Yacht charter

Bonifacio Walled City

Written by Missy Johnston

Cruise Corsica and Sardinia, in this one week yacht charter itinerary. It is the juxtaposition of two different countries with two different cultures that adds special magic to this one week yacht charter itinerary of Corsica and Sardinia.  Start in Bonifacio, Corsica, topped by a medieval walled village perched picturesquely on the white chalk cliffs of southern Corsica,  While cruising Corsica and Sardinia, include the Costa Smeralda with Porto Cervo, and the Maddalena Islands for a lovely one week luxury yacht charter.

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Enjoy a Yacht Charter Through the Secret Aeolian Islands, Italy

2021-03-18T10:57:04-04:00

Aeolian Islands, Italy

Aeolian Islands, Sicily, Italy with a View of the Stromboli volcano

Written by Missy Johnston

Off of the northeastern corner of Sicily, the Aeolian Islands were more well known in Ancient Times than today,  yet they are the same lovely islands that the Romans enjoyed in centuries past.  Nature’s Lighthouse, the constantly erupting volcano on Stromboli Island, used as a maritime navigation marker in Ancient Times, is still erupting regularly over 2000 years later.  The tiny little island of Panarea is a chic get away island, while Lipari, has a quaint fishing village harbor where life moves at a slow and relaxed pace.  Enjoy a yacht charter cruise on a luxury charter yacht out of Milazzo, Sicily and discover the Aeolian Islands for yourself.

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Enjoy a Yacht Charter Through the Secret Aeolian Islands, Italy2021-03-18T10:57:04-04:00

Caribbean Cruising Itinerary, St. Martin, Anguilla, St. Barths

2018-10-27T19:59:38-04:00

Beautiful Waters of St. Martin

Beautiful Waters of St. Martin

Enjoy a one week Caribbean cruising yacht charter visiting three distinctly different islands in the Caribbean, St. Martin, Anguilla, and St. Barths, on this suggested yacht charter itinerary.  International airports are located in either St. Martin or Anguilla, and either island is a great starting and ending location for a one week charter.  St. Martin is both French and Dutch, with chic shops and restaurants on the French side, and great duty free shopping and casinos on the Dutch side.  St. Barths is completely and unmistakably French: considered the San Tropez of the Caribbean.  Anguilla, is a sleepier island than both of her neighbors, with a more laid back nightlife, and beautiful beaches.  Visiting all three islands on a one week Caribbean cruising yacht charter, is a delightful experience of beautiful Caribbean water, great beaches, and interestingly different ambiance ashore.

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Caribbean Cruising Itinerary, St. Martin, Anguilla, St. Barths2018-10-27T19:59:38-04:00
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