Both the U.S. and British Virgin Islands are 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, 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.
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.
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, include the Costa Smeralda with Porto Cervo, and the Maddalena Islands for a lovely one week luxury yacht charter.
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.
Italy is one of the most charming places in the world by yacht, and one of the most beautiful routes you can take in Italy is through the Italian Riviera. The Italian Riviera is the narrow, crescent-shaped coastal strip that lies between the Ligurian Sea and the mountain chain formed by the Maritime Alps. It gracefully stretches down from the exclusive cruising grounds of the Côte d’Azur to the beautiful seaside towns of Tuscany.
The best way to enjoy this pretty stretch of coastline is on a Italian yacht charter, to gain full access to dazzling, unspoiled beaches, stunning landscapes, and a lusciously warm climate. The Italian Riviera boasts an enchanting mix of of old-fashioned elegance and glamour. The coastline has been a desired destination and muse for countless artists, celebrities, and royalty.
You can expect all the charm of old Italy along with the modern Mediterranean luxuries on a yacht rental in Italy. Here are our favorite top destinations and activities to explore on an Italian Riviera yacht charter:
Enjoy a one week 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 yacht charter, is a delightful experience of beautiful Caribbean water, great beaches, and interestingly different ambiance ashore.
Navigating Your Way to the Best Mediterranean Yacht Cruise
Looking to book your next private yacht charter in the Mediterranean? From the East Mediterranean to the West Mediterranean, each region offers something unique and special. Think Greece, Italy, Sardinia, the French Riviera, and more, where you can experience different cultures and savor your days between land and sea.
Whether you’re a first-time visitor of the Mediterranean or a seasoned sailor, you’ll indulge your senses and enjoy stunning scenery. It’s truly a magical escape you’ll never forget. A luxury yacht charter is the ideal way to enjoy and explore these Mediterranean regions. Northrop-Johnson Yacht Charters is here to help you navigate the right luxury yacht vacation for your upcoming holiday. Below are our favorite Mediterranean yacht charter destinations and why we love them.
Experience a Luxury Yacht Charter in the Mediterranean
One of Europe’s most pristine sailing grounds, Croatia offers a plethora of uninhabited islands, harbors, and beaches to enjoy. There are more than 1,200 islands off this part of the Adriatic coast, along with majestic waterfalls, secluded coves, and ancient walled villages. Sail into tranquil, secluded bays and take in the picture-perfect natural surroundings. Island hop around the Croatian islands from Split to Dubrovnik, taking in Brac, Vis, Hvar, and Korcula on your route. On your very own private yacht charter, you can also visit neighboring Montenegro, the perfect place if you love spectacular underwater wildlife—there are over 40,000 registered marine fish species in the region alone. Located right on the coast, the old city of Kotor has a rich heritage and boasts tiny squares, narrow streets, and fascinating medieval architecture.
Sicily and the Aeolian Islands
There are seven inhabited islands in this volcanic archipelago—Lipari, Salina, Stromboli, Vulcano, Panarea, Filicudi and Alicudi—each offering its own unmatched beauty and amazing geophysical characteristics. Some of the islands boast a welcome vehicle-free environment, and the cuisine and wines found along the coast are simply out of this world. Visit the very chic island of Panarea; enjoy a panoramic view of rugged, cliff-backed beaches; bask in the rare beauty of an unspoiled coastline; and spend the afternoon sunbathing and swimming in the Sicilian sun. At night, dine on the top deck by the light of “Nature’s Fireworks” anchored under the active volcano on Stromboli Island, known in Ancient Times and the ”Lighthouse of the Mediterranean.”
The Balearic Islands are a sun-kissed archipelago of islands and islets that have an abundance of exquisite beaches and gorgeous coastlines. The four main islands of Ibiza, Formentera, Mallorca, and Menorca are popular tourist destinations and favorites of celebrities. With a rich history dating back to the ancient civilizations of Greece and Phoenicia, these dreamy islands attract party-goers and nature-lovers alike with their unspoiled beauty and traditional little fishing villages. Bask in the sun on more than 300 dazzling beaches across the four islands, and then dance the night away in premium nightclubs. And, if you really want to escape from the main crowds, there are many smaller islets to hop between. Cruise the coastline of Mallorca for an overview of its amazing shores, taking swimming and snorkeling breaks along the way. Be ready to play hard in Ibiza, which literally means “party ‘til you drop” in Old Spanish.
Italy’s second largest island, Sardinia, boasts lush pine forests, sandy white beaches, and some of the best snorkeling opportunities. Sardinia’s beautiful coastline is strewn with secluded coves as well as uncontaminated and wild nature discoveries. The created environment of the “Costa Smeralda” with chic shops and upscale nightclubs, anchored by Porto Cervo, attracts models and jet setters in the summer. For those wanting to relax, the nearby Maddalena Islands offer beautiful anchorages, and pristine beaches for fun in the sun.
A yacht charter on the Amalfi Coast is the best way to see the scenic 30-mile coastline, cliffside villages, seaside taverns, and beautiful turquoise sea. The coastline stretches mainly from Sorrento to Vietri sul Mare, and your luxury yacht charter in the Mediterranean lets you enjoy every mile of beauty. Cruise in your private yacht to the scenic island of Capri, where the limestone cliffs create an amazing lighting effect in the caves along the coast. This is an island where the world’s chic gather ashore, and the crystal-clear water makes it an excellent spot to swim and snorkel.
Malta is a lesser-visited destination on the yacht charter route. It is a Mediterranean gem with a vast history. The area boasts premium vineyards, incredible Baroque architecture, and red sand beaches. Gozo and Comino have some of the most secluded anchorages and best dive sites. While you’re in Gozo, discover the Ġgantija Neolithic temples, some of the oldest free-standing stone monuments in the world. In Valletta, explore the medieval world of the Knights Templar and the Hypogeum, an important prehistoric burial site.
The French Riviera, Cote d’Azur
The French Riviera is a strip of coastline that is dotted with renowned locations such as Monaco, Cannes, Antibes, Nice, and St. Tropez. Each is unique, but they all possess beauty and glamour, making them go-to locations for celebrities and the affluent. The coastline has a magnificent medieval influence. You can enjoy miles of fjords, steep hills, vineyards, beautiful mountain views, and the unique magical light that has drawn artists to these shores for centuries. Be sure to drop anchor for an evening and indulge in the delicious Provencal cuisine, such as bouillabaisse, ratatouille, and tapenade. Enjoy snorkeling, tanning on the sandy beaches under balmy weather, and of course, celebrity-spotting.
Home to almost 400 miles of coastline and more than 200 beaches, Corsica is a rustic island home to quaint fishing villages. For nature aficionados, the landscape offers rich evergreen forests and a variety of indigenous plants. From your water-borne oasis, check out the sea caves near Bonifacio. As you cruise, you may well be joined by fun-loving dolphins. Visit Ajaccio, the birthplace of Napoleon, and Bonifacio, with its medieval village perched on the edge of sheer white chalk cliffs, and enjoy swimming and sunning in the nearby Lavezzi Islands. If you love seafood, be sure to enjoy the finest, freshest sea delicacies around from one of the many coastal tavernas.
There are endless possibilities to consider when booking your Mediterranean yacht charter. Let NJ Charters assist you in the planning. Contact us today about renting your own privately crewed yacht to tour the Mediterranean.
Cruise from San Tropez, France to Porto Venere, Italy, on a luxury megayacht charter itinerary enjoying the highlights of both the French and Italian Rivieras. Relax stern-to on board the aft deck of your superyacht in the chic harbors of San Tropez, Nice, Cannes, Monte Carlo and Portofino. Cruise the lovely coastline dotted with quaint fishing villages along the Cinque Terre, and end in Porto Venere, the rustic playground of famous poets on a yacht charter cruising itinerary combining the best of both countries.
Cruise through two lovely Greek Island chains, the Saronic Islands and the Cycladic Islands, on this yacht charter itinerary through the Aegean Sea. This is an excellent itinerary for a one week charter on a sailing yacht or sailing catamaran out of Athens, for lovely, easy sailing every day, while enjoying some terrific Greek Islands. This is also a great yacht charter itinerary to enjoy on a crewed motor yacht.
Scuba Diving is a great way to explore the secrets that lie below the water’s surface in the British Virgin Islands, including ship wrecks, and beautiful coral walls, filled with tropical fish. Several of the top scuba diving locations in the British Virgin Islands are included in this suggested yacht charter itinerary, for certified divers to enjoy scuba diving right from their private charter yacht.