Cruise into Rovinj Harbor on your charter yacht and enjoy a traditional fishing village on the Istrian Peninsula in northern Croatia where a copper statue of their Patron Saint, St. Euphemia points out to sea when the weather is good for fishing, and into town when weather is poor, and no fisherman should leave the harbor. All locals abide by what their good St. Euphemia tells them and only leave the harbor to fish when the statue, perched on the top of the bell tower of the Church of St. Euphemia on the highest point of land in town, points out to sea. And it is wise, when on a charter yacht, to take heed of St. Euphemia’s message as well as St. Euphemia is the Patron Saint of Rovinj after she in her sarcophagus floated into the harbor sometime in 900 A.D., some say from a spectral ship.
In the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, four islands beckon travelers to indulge in a sun-soaked Spanish adventure. Menorca, Mallorca, Ibiza, and Formentera are dream destinations for the private yacht charter enthusiast. Seeing the Balearics is on the bucket list of any sailors worth their salt; read more here about the world-famous regattas and picturesque ports.
For island-hopping in style, there is no better way to visit the Balearics than on your own private chartered yacht. Ibiza offers hedonistic pleasures with dancing from sundown to sunrise . . . but the rest of the island along with Menorca, Mallorca, and Formentera offer so much more. On Mallorca, select the catch of the day from smiling fishermen in the harbor and have it grilled to order in La Llotja, the old fish market in Old Town. Dance until dawn in Formentera and take a refreshing dip in an aqua cove before getting some rest.
When someone mentions Cannes, France, does your mind go straight to the eponymous film festival? You’re not alone. Starlets in couture aside, this city is a vibrant and welcoming hotspot for any tourist. If you plan to visit in winter, spring, summer, or fall, this guide includes recommendations for everything from beaches to food and drinks.
Personally, we recommend taking a private yacht charter to this glamorous seaside location. The French Riviera comes alive from the deck of your luxury yacht. You can visit a cabaret, where glam meets camp for a night that you will never forget. Otherwise, if an espresso and a croissant at a seaside cafe is what you’re looking for, Cannes has it all avec panache. And for those that do want to see the Red Carpet and everyone gliding down the ribbon of red to the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, one of the best views is from an upper deck of a luxury charter yacht anchored right off of Pointe Croisette while your crew waits on you hand and foot. We can provide even more helpful travel tips to plan your luxury Cannes vacation today.
Planning a trip to Croatia? This beautiful country boasts hundreds of islands, 10 World Heritage sites, and thousands of miles of pristine coast. In particular, five destinations get top marks from visitors. Dubrovnik, for example, is called the “Pearl of the Adriatic.” Enjoy European boutique shopping, magnificent palaces, and cobblestone streets filled with living history.
Did you know that most of these locations can also be discovered, explored, and enjoyed on a private crewed yacht charter? In fact, the Blue Cave on Bisevo is most easily seen by private yacht charter. Your captain can arrange for a private tour boat to come to the swim platform of your charter yacht to take you into the beautiful Blue Cave, rather than seeing the Cave by ticket on a public tour boat.
To learn more about some of the country’s top must-visit locations, check out this article. Whichever spot you choose, you’ll enjoy the sublime sights, sounds, and tastes of Croatia.
Yacht Chartering in Croatia should include a stop in Pula, in northern Croatia on the western coast of the Istrian Peninsula, long favored by civilizations through the millenniums, especially by the Romans as can be seen by the extraordinary arena that is still a focal point of Pula today. Pula has a very long history, a great protected harbor with a major marina, and is a gateway into Istria, known for wineries, truffle hunting, shell farming, honey, and olive oil. Pula also has been a center of ship building. As the first northern mainland port after cruising through the Cres-Losing group of islands in the Kvarner Gulf, yacht chartering in northern Croatia should include a stop in Pula, an important port for many civilizations through millenniums.
Everything you need to know before setting off on your new adventure
Q: How many people can travel on the same private yacht charter?
A: Yacht charters are booked on a whole-boat basis. This means whether your group consists of 2 people or 12, the fee paid will be for the yacht charter itself and is not determined by the number of occupied staterooms. Private yacht charter peaks at 12 guests per yacht because a charter is considered a “private yacht charter” according to the International Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) rules and regulations which state it carries 12 or fewer people. Cruise ships and other multi-cabin ships carry more than 12 guests, and operate under a different set of regulations.
Q: Are private yacht charters OK for kids and senior citizens?
Q: How does overall pricing work for a private yacht charter?
A: Generally speaking, private yacht charter contracts can be broken down into two main categories:
All-inclusive—This pricing includes the yacht, crew, food, and beverages. Often there are other services and items included in the pricing as well. All inclusions and exclusions in the pricing should be clearly delineated by the charter broker.
Plus all expenses—With this pricing structure, the charter price is for the yacht and crew only, and your trip is customized by adding whatever you would like for food, beverage, bar, and the itinerary. You are only charged for what you want, and your expenses are at the receipt price. The base charter price which includes the yacht and crew includes the services of a chef, so food is charged at the grocery-store-receipt price. The services of the crew also include preparing the yacht before the charter.
An expense deposit (what is known as an Advance Provisioning Allowance, or APA) is paid to fund all additional expenses beyond the yacht and crew. This usually costs approximately 20-30 percent of the base charter cost. The APA is then settled at the end of the charter against full receipts. General etiquette also includes tipping the crew, depending on the quality of service, using the typical range used for your cruising location. Your broker can help you calculate this amount.
Q: How does seasonal pricing work for a private yacht charter?
A: High- and low-season pricing is not necessarily priced based on the most or less desirable time to be in the location of your choice. Often high or low season might be based on demand. For example, July and August have high-season pricing in the Mediterranean due to demand, while June and September are typically less expensive. However, June and September are actually both excellent months to charter in the Mediterranean; you will experience the same nice weather in June and September that you would experience in July and August. Ask your yacht charter broker what might determine high and low season pricing in your charter location of choice, as perhaps you could enjoy low-season pricing and have a great charter with all of the high-season advantages of that charter location.
Q: How far in advance should I book?
A: For some of the most popular spots, yacht charters will book up months in advance. Each region has a season, and within that season both high- and low-season pricing are normally available. It is important to consider timing for your chosen location; yachts move and cruise around the world, and usually are available in a location during the season for that charter destination.
Q: Where should I travel?
A: Private charter hotspots can be found all over the globe.
- The Caribbean is a natural draw for travelers young and old.
- Step into paradise with a private charter in the South Pacific.
- See the expansive vistas and exotic wildlife Down Under.
- Excellent fishing and sightseeing await you in the Pacific Northwest.
- Still don’t know where to go? Our insider tips can assist.
Q: What type of yacht should I select?
A: There are both motor yachts and sailing yachts. These can be catamarans, monohulls, classic yachts, or explorer yachts. Further, these can be mega or super yachts. Mega or super yachts can have amenities such as swimming pools, helipads, elevators, and fully-equipped gyms or spas.
Generally speaking, motor yachts cost more to build and operate and therefore more to charter than sailing yachts, as their engines are larger and more expensive and they also have more space to accommodate various types of amenities (such as an on-board gym). Obviously, if you want an additional sport + adventure factor, sailing is the way to go.
When reviewing charter yacht listings, one important consideration is the number of staterooms and bathrooms (“heads”). Yachts are usually chartered with each stateroom based on double occupancy, meaning if the yacht has 3 staterooms, the yacht is available to charter for 6 guests.
Q: How do I find a good private yacht charter broker?
A: A qualified charter broker will do everything possible to ensure your trip is trouble-free, which begins with your contract. The gold standards are the MYBA (Mediterranean Yacht Broker Association) contract or the AYCA (American Yacht Charter Association) contract. It is best to work with a charter broker who is an MYBA and/or AYCA member. A charter broker who is a member of one or both associations must have established professional excellence for a certain number of years to become a member, and must maintain proven professional excellence in the yachting industry to stay a member.
Q: What are private yacht charter crews responsible for on my trip?
A: Your crew handles maintenance, on-board service, on-board cuisine, and cocktail mixing. Not only that, they know the cruising area intimately. This includes all the great little anchorages, excellent restaurants ashore, where to go hiking, the best local guides, what to see ashore, and who to call when you need a taxi. They organize anything you need, help with all of your water fun, and are there spending time with you on board. They know which fruit is ripe, where to find fresh fish and shellfish, the best wines and cheeses, where to do the best kitesurfing, and the most scenic swimming spots. Bottom line: A great crew equals an extraordinary charter.
Q: Which amenities can I expect on board?
Water toys are always fun to have and most yachts have a nice selection of water toys, including at least: snorkeling equipment, a tender for shoreside access, and tow toys to use with the tender. The yacht brochure will list the additional water toys that a yacht in which you have an interest might have on board, which might include sea kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, wakeboards, beach picnic setups, and scuba diving gear (if the yacht offers on-board scuba diving). Motor yachts, which have more room on board to store water toys, might have water slides from the top deck to the water, jet skis for licensed users, jet pack toys, and other equipment.
A warm Caribbean adventure in winter will cure even the deepest cold-weather blues. Frommers calls the winter climate from Puerto Rico south a “perpetual May,” averaging between 75°F and 85°F. In the islands, winter is also the dry season, with only the occasional shower. In other words, you can look forward to near-perfect conditions for your winter in the Caribbean chartering a yacht.
Not only that—the main sailing season in the Caribbean begins in November and ends in July. The primary high season runs from mid-December through to the end of May. Anyone searching for a warm-weather getaway chartering a yacht from either Europe or North America will be delighted by the tropical, storm-free conditions.
The weather is only the first great reason to book a private yacht charter this winter in the Caribbean. You can find the perfect hotspot for yourself and your family based upon the things you love to do and the type of exploration that appeals to you. The following is everything we like about all of our favorite places, along with a little on the appeal of spending the holidays in the islands. Finally, we will detail average private yacht charter pricing for a Caribbean yacht charter.
This Croatia Gulet Itinerary from Kotor, Montenegro to Split Croatia, is a terrific one week itinerary to enjoy the highlights of both Montenegro and Croatia on a typical charter yacht available in Croatia, the Croatian Gulet. Gulets are large, usually wooden motorsailors, that are very wide with a large amount of interior living space and wide open decks providing a lot of onboard deck space. While there are masts and sails, because Gulets are heavy and wide, usually the sails, if ever raised are used to steady the yacht, and the engines are used to move the yacht from place to place. A Gulet should really be viewed as a large comfortable platform with a lot of interior and deck space from which to enjoy the Croatian islands and coast that moves mainly under engine power. Because Gulets are built of wood, they usually have beautifully varnished wooden interiors, with high overheads, and large ensuite bathrooms. Gulets are a great pricing value usually with at least 4 crew for full service including a private Chef. Although Gulets move under engine power, the engine speed is often no more than 10 miles an hour, which means that the itinerary should be carefully considered to assure that the highlights of the area can be seen on an itinerary that does not require long cruising periods. The following itinerary was organized specifically for a charter on board a Croatian Gulet.
Charter a yacht in Croatia, and cruise from Kotor, Montenegro to Dubrovnik, 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.
Yacht Charter in Croatia is not complete, if you are a Truffle aficionado, without having White and Black Truffle dishes on board your charter yacht during your yacht charter. As up north in Istria, Croatia, deep in the Motovun Forest, both White and Black Truffles grow in the roots of oak, poplar, willow, beech, birch, and pine trees. Croatians for generations have hunted the elusive White and Black Truffles, that were hunted once with trained pigs and now are hunted with specially trained dogs. What is still a very reasonable marketplace for Truffles in Croatia allows any yacht charter chef in Croatia to easily include Truffles in dishes on board a yacht charter when cruising through the beautiful waters of Croatia without breaking the bank, or needing to pull out the weighing machine to weigh each slice of this aromatic root fungus that might appear on top of dishes placed in front of you when on board.