The Eastern Mediterranean has a long seafaring tradition, and today luxury charter yachts of all shapes and sized cruise these waters in search of the incredible history, stunning natural wonders on land and underwater, and the cosmopolitan delights of boutique stores, galleries and aromatic cafes. Despite the challenging times we are living, CharterWorld is well prepared to pamper you and your family with a well-deserved vacation and has put together a 2021 Eastern Mediterranean luxury yacht charter inspiration guide for you to choose from. Don’t hesitate to contact us for a free quote and professional advise.
Step onboard and let your professional crew take care of every detail while you relax and enjoy the summer sunshine away from the crowds. You can wake up early for yoga at sunrise with panoramic views of the beautiful Mediterranean islands, or spend an extra hour in bed while your Captain cruises to the best sites for fishing and water sports. The expert on board chef will cater to all dietary requirements on board while providing a wide variety of delectable meals every day, and the stewards and stewardesses are ready to entertain little ones so that parents can spend some much needed time relaxing in peace and quiet.
An Eastern Mediterranean itinerary can take in one small area or roam from one end to the other: Here is an overview of the best luxury yacht charter destinations and what makes them so enticing.
Usually, it’s the western side of Italy that receives all of the attention, especially on a luxury yacht charter. However, the east coast has its own secrets and wonders, and no more so than the beautiful and mysterious waterfront city of Venice. The city is a great addition to an Eastern Mediterranean charter heading from west to east or vice-versa, and arguably has some of the best luxury shopping and historic buildings all in one place. Buy renowned Murano glass sculptures from the Murano and Burano Districts, take home your own souvenir carnival mask or savour some in-the-moment treats such as the delectable chocolates and gelato ice creams.
The Doge’s Palace, the Grand Canal and Saint Mark’s Basilica are the highlights of the city, and there are plenty of museums and galleries to visit when you want to step out of the afternoon heat. Sparkle in the night at the world’s oldest casino, Casino di Venezia, or be entertained by highly talented musicians at a concert or opera. Once you’ve toured the best sites of the city, head on to the beautiful lands and waters surrounding Croatia.
Croatia is one of the most popular destinations in the Eastern Mediterranean for superyacht charters, and once you’ve experienced what there is on offer for yourselves, you’ll never want to leave: Pristine beaches on islands scattered along the coast, magnificent cities filled with Roman and Greek architecture, bountiful fishing grounds and choice locations for snorkelling and Scuba diving make this a prime destination for peace seekers and adventurers alike.
Begin your cultural journey at Poreč, a stunning seaside town where the whitewashed walls and terracotta roofs contrast with the sapphire blue waters below. The 6th Century Euphrasian Basilica will impress adults and children alike with its grand atmospheric halls, mosaics and bell tower, and just a few streets away are the House of Two Saints, the Romanesque House and Zuccato Palace and the Neptune Temple. Rest and watch the world go by from one of the harbourside cafes, or head back on board your yacht for personalised service without any lunchtime queues.
Cruise down the coast to Rovinj and Pula for their amazing museums and art galleries, plus a great selection of open-air music events throughout the summer months. One the way, there will be more impressive beaches amongst the Brijuni National Park – a great place to snorkel or cruise along in the kayak and admire this thriving natural wonderland.
The Dalmatian Coast is an absolute treasure in the Adriatic, where you will have your pick of beaches and picturesque port hamlets among verdant isles. The Kornati National Park has more than eighty islands to explore, either overland by hiking trails or underwater with plenty of dive sites to entice beginners and the experienced alike: Spend the morning immersed in nature and then rest in the afternoon sunshine and regain your energy in time to party under the stars. For those looking for shopping opportunities and famous sights, Dubrovnik has plenty of both: The harbour was used as ‘King’s Landing’ in the Game of Thrones TV series, and majestic destinations such as Sponza Palace and the Church of St. Ignacius church are all nearby.
The small nation has plenty to see and do around the Bay of Kotor, and photographers and artists will have their pick of scenic coastal villages and secluded bays. Visit the local boutiques, forts, museums and cafes before cruising on to Budva, where the scenic medieval Old Town conceals museums, cafes, galleries and ruins within its winding streets.
As you cruise on south and east, be sure to stop by at the Sveti Stefan peninsula, perhaps one of the most iconic destinations in Montenegro.
From Corfu to Kos, the Greece charter grounds are absolutely stunning and attract tourists from the world over during the peak summer season. On a luxury yacht charter, you can escape the crowds and still find a deserted sandy beach to have all to yourselves for dinners at sunset, beach games and hours on the water toys.
The Ionian Islands are known for their white cliffs, soft sand beaches, rich history and amazing nightlife. There are some fantastic snorkelling and Scuba diving sites to discover, and as you cruise from one bay to the next you’ll be presented with tons of opportunities to play on the water toys or simply lie back and enjoy the moment.
The Saronic Islands close to Athens are ideal for sailing yachts due to the constant breeze, and close by the Cyclades and Dodecanese are dotted with picturesque white and blue-roofed buildings, coloured beaches and UNESCO World Heritage Sites amongst myriad ruins – the perfect destination for those that like to explore at their leisure under open skies.
Just as Venice is often overlooked on charters around Italy, so too is the Turkish Riviera – also known as the Turquoise Coast – due to its location beside the more well-known and popular Greece charter grounds. However, those willing to head a little farther east will encounter magnificent snorkelling and Scuba diving sites, tranquil anchorages and bustling cities where the past and the present have much to offer visitors.
Bodrum is easy to reach from the Dodecanese island of Kos, and this sprawling metropolis is home to the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus – one of the Wonders of the Ancient World.
There is an exceptional fleet of luxury yachts available in the Eastern Mediterranean, and there are options to suit small family and friends groups looking for a traditional sailing yacht or catamaran, all the way up to the latest mega yacht launches for big celebrations on board. Whichever you choose for your next luxury yacht charter, the Eastern Mediterranean charter grounds are absolutely perfect for satisfying a taste for adventure above and below the water.