Thursday, 10 November 2016

Turkey Itinerary: Göcek - Kekova

Turkey is one of the most impressive cruising grounds in the Eastern Mediterranean. The aqua-green waters are crystalclear, the ports are filled with exotic shopping bazaars, and the coastline is home to the ruins of ancient civilization. Charters can include walking amid amphitheaters that are thousands of years old on the same day that you swim in a private cove and sample a dinner featuring local raki and kebobs. Even better, because Turkey remains an up-and coming charter destination, the value that you can get for your yacht vacation investment is truly outstanding.

Day 1: Göcek to Fethiye

• 14 nautical miles
• About an hour and a half aboard a yacht that cruises at 10 knots
• A little more than two hours aboard a sailing yacht that cruises at 6 knots
• In the Bay of Fethiye, your charter yacht can anchor in a secluded spot for lunch with beautiful views of the shoreline and surrounding mountains. Spend the afternoon napping, sunbathing, or snorkeling before dinner under the stars.

Day 2: Fethiye to Gemiler Island

• 10 nautical miles
• One hour aboard a yacht that cruises at 10 knots
• Just shy of two hours aboard a sailing yacht that cruises at 6 knots
• Depart Gemiler Island in your yacht’s tender to meet a private car and tour guide ashore. Travel to the historic ruins at Xanthos, where you can walk in an excavated amphitheater as if you were a gladiator from pre-Roman times. Return to the shoreline at Kalkan and meet your charter yacht’s tender in time for dinner.

Day 3: Kalkan

• 0 nautical miles
• Awake with plenty of time to explore Kalkan, where mass tourism has yet to arrive. Meander the narrow stone streets amid painted-white stone homes that date to the Greek
and Ottoman cultures. Bargain for a handmade rug or wooden backgammon set.

Days 4 and 5: Kalkan to Kekova Island, Myra, and Kaleköy

• 10 nautical miles
• One hour aboard a yacht that cruises at 10 knots
• Just shy of two hours aboard a sailing yacht that cruises at 6 knots
• Snorkel over the remains of the Lycian civilization, stepping past impressive sarcophagi and stone archways as you make your way into the water. Visit the church where Saint Nicholas once preached during his years as a bishop. Climb stone steps to the top of an ancient fortress. *Each trip is tailored to your preferences and the current weather conditions of your charter. Please discuss your preferences with the captain and be open to other suggestions that may improve your charter experience.

Day 6: Kekova Island to Kas

• 11 nautical miles
• About an hour aboard a yacht that cruises at 10 knots
• Just shy of two hours aboard a sailing yacht that cruises at 6 knots
• Haggle for unique souvenirs in Kas, a small but cosmopolitan town that caters to upscale tourists. Find handmade clothing, one-of-a-kind rugs, and pillowcases. Stop at the local spice market for fistfuls of Turkish saffron and pistachios.

Day 7: Kas to Gemiler Island

• 20 nautical miles
• Two hours aboard a yacht that cruises at 10 knots
• About three and a half hours aboard a sailing yacht that cruises at 6 knots
• Climb in the footsteps of Saint Nicholas, who lived on Gemiler Island for a time. Walk through the remains of stone archways and tunnels, and learn how Saint Nicholas once tossed bags of coins atop the rooftops of poor people (no reindeer involved).

Day 8: Gemiler Island to Göcek

• 30 nautical miles
• About three hours aboard a yacht that cruises at 10 knots
• About five hours aboard a sailing yacht that cruises at 6 knots
• Spend the day swimming and snorkeling at anchor, or go ashore for last-minute souvenirs. It’s only a 20-minute drive to the airport for your flight to Istanbul.

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Turkey Itinerary: Marmaris - Symi - Rhodes

Day 1: Fly to Dalaman Airport and we organize your transfer to Marmaris port. On boarding the yacht, you will be greeted by our professional crew. Overnight and dinner on board in the Harbour of Marmaris. In the evening you can visit the lovely town Marmaris.

Day 2: After breakfast, you will begin cruising to Arap Island. A beautiful bay where you can enjoy swim and snorkel. After lunch sail along the beautiful coastline, stopping to explore the Bozukkale Loryma, a natural harbour with the ruins of Loryma. There is a magnificent view to the intact ancient castle. Dinner and overnight in Bozukkale.

Day 3: After breakfast in Bozukkale cruise to the charming villages of Bozburun. Bozburun was once also famous for sponge diving. Explore and enjoy the villages of Bozburun at your leisure. Dinner and overnight at a beautiful bay near Bozburun.

Day 4: After breakfast, cruise sailing to Bencik – a sheltered area that is sourrounded with forests and greenery. A plenty of time for swimming and relaxing. After the lunch cruise to Datca. Where you can explore the lively town with good shopping facilities and reputable carpet shops. Overnight and dinner in Datca.

Day 5: After breakfast , your Captain will finish the yacht clearances from the harbour Master and Custom offices to leave for Symi. Symi is a very charming Greek Island with a population of just only 2.500. There are no high rice hotels and no villa complexes. Symi has traditional houses painted in warm pastel colors and built amphitheatrically around the Harbour. Dinner and overnight in Symi.

Day 6: After breakfast cruise sailing to Rhodes. During the day. You can explore the Old Town Center of Rhodes, the castle and the windmills. Enjoy the nightlife of Rhodes. Dinner and overnight in Rhodes.

Day 7: After breakfast cruise sailing back towards Marmaris. Lunch and swim on a bay nearby. Late afternoon sail back to Marmaris Harbour. Dinner and overnight in Marmaris. Time in the evening for fun farewells.

Day 8: After having breakfast in Marmaris Harbour you will leave the yacht with best wishes to see you again and a pleasant journey homeward.

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Turkey Itinerary: Bodrum - Kos - Nissyros - Symi

Day 1: Fly to Bodrum Airport and we organize your transfer to Bodrum port. On boarding the yacht, you will be greeted by our professional crew. Overnight and dinner on board in the Harbour of Bodrum. In the evening you can visit and explore the city of Bodrum. The city which was called as Halicarnassus – was the birthplace of Herodotus, the father of History who have lived in the 5th century B.C.

Day 2: After breakfast, your Captain will finish the yacht clearances from the harbour Master and Custom offices to leave for the Greek Islands. Cruise sailing to Kos Island. Kos is the birthplace of Hippocrates – the father of Medical Science. In the Island there is a lot to see. A Medieval century castle, a museum, an antique stadium, Acropolis and Roman Baths. Dinner and overnight in Kos.

Day 3: After breakfast cruise to Nissyros Island. The volcano of Nissyros Island which burst out in 1422 is still active. Nikea village has white streets and a mosaic style square. You can make a bus rour to the volcano, where you can see the gases coming from underground. After the luch we will cruise sail to Tilos Island. Dinner and overnight in the small Island of Tilos.

Day 4: After breakfast cruise to Nissyros Island. The volcano of Nissyros Island which burst out in 1422 is still active. Nikea village has white streets and a mosaic style square. You can make a bus rour to the volcano, where you can see the gases coming from underground. After the luch we will cruise sail to Tilos Island. Dinner and overnight in the small Island of Tilos.

Day 5: Early in the morning cruise towards to Symi Island, we will arrive to the Monastery of Panormitis located in the southern part of Symi. After visiting the Monastery and the museum you can take swimming break. In the late afternoon we will arrive the Symi Harbour. You can enjoy the small charming town of Symi. Dinner and overnight in Symi. overnight in Marmaris.

Day 6: After breakfast cruise sailing towards to into Turkish waters from Datca. You can have a walk in Datca while your captain is finishing with the customs procedures. After lunch sail cruise to Knidos. The island homes the largest sun clock. Dinner and overnight in Knidos.

Day 7: Early in the morning cruise sailing Karada Poyraz port. Lunch and swim on a beautiful bay. Late afternoon sail back to Bodrum Harbour. Dinner and overnight in Bodrum. Time in the evening for fun farewells

Day 8: After having breakfast in Bodrum Harbour you will leave the yacht with best wishes to see you again and a pleasant journey homeward.

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Turkey Itinerary : Fethiye - Marmaris

Day 1: After boarding the yacht you will be greeted by our professional crew. Overnight and dinner in the harbour of Fethiye. In the evening you can visit the lovely old city of Fethiye.

Day 2: After the breakfast you will begin cruising to the Göcek bays. Lunch in Jassica Islands. Enjoy swimming in a crystal clear water. Dinner and overnight in Sarsala.

Day 3: After breakfast your captain will take to to Göcek to visit the small and beautiful town. Lunch at Tersane bay. Dinner and overnight at Aga Liman.

Day 4: After breakfast you will cruising to Ekincik. Here you may rent a fisherman`s boat that will take you to the Dalyan River, visiting Lycian tombs, the mud baths and the ancient port of Caunos. The way back you can see also the Turtle beach. Overnight in Ekincik.

Day 5: After breakfast at Ekincik cruise to Kardirga, where you will stop to enjoy lunch and swimming. In the afternoon cruise to Marmaris. You can visit the town of Marmaris. Dinner and overnight in Marmaris.

Day 6: After breakfast cruise to the Göcek Islands. Your captain will take you to the most beautiful lagoons Bedri Rahmi and Batik Hamam. Dinner and overnight on a beautiful bay in Göcek.

Day 7: After Breakfast cruise sailing between the Twelf Islands. In the afternoon cruise to Kizilada and back toward to Fethiye harbour.

Day 8: After having breakfast in Fethiye you will leave the yacht with best whishes to see you again.

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Turkey Itinerary: Göcek - Kekova

Day 1: Fly to Dalaman Airport, it is only half an hour away from Göcek port. On boarding the yacht, you will be greeted by our friendly and professional crew. Overnight and dinner on board in the Harbour of Göcek. In the evening you can visit the small and lovely town of Göcek.

Day 2: After breakfast, you will begin cruising to Ölüdeniz. A beautiful bay which can be visited by the yacht`s dinghy. This golden sands lagoon is a scenic must. There is one of the best places for watersport and a nice swim. With a beautiful view to the beach of Ölüdeniz you may enjoy your lunch. Late afternoon cruise to Gemiler Islands surrounded of mauntains and covered with Bizantine remains. Dinner and overnight in Gemiler Islands.

Day 3: Early morning cruise to the charming village Kas. (Ancient Antiphellos). Visit the rock tombs and the Hellenistic theatre. The Greek island Kastellorizon lies only three miles to the south. Late afternoon sail to the bay near Kas Limonasi. Dinner and overnight in Limonasi.

Day 4: After breakfast in Limonasi, cruise sailing to Kekova. You will be absorbed into the remains of an ancient Lycian civilisation. Cruise over the Sunken City you will reach the village Kale (ancient Simena) you can visit the castle of Simena. A lonely sarcophagus still stands behalf – on the western side of the bay. Late afternoon sail to Ucagiz village. Overnight and dinner at a bay Ucagiz.

Day 5: After breakfast cruise sailing to Cayazi. Here you may visit the ancient Myra, the living place of Santa Claus. Dinner and overnight at Gökova bays.

Day 6: After breakfast cruise sailing to Kalkan. Kalkan is a base for visiting Xantos, of birthplace of Santa Claus of Myra. Letoon is an ancient city with temples of Apollo, Artemis and Leto and the ruins of the theatre. Kalkan is a pretty fishing village with waterfront bars and restaurants. Dinner and overnight in Kalkan.

Day 7: After breakfast cruise sailing to Ölüdeniz for Lunch time and swim. Late afternoon sail to Göcek harbour. Dinner and overnight in Göcek. Time in the evening for fun farewells.

Day 8: After having breakfast in Göcek Harbour you will leave the yacht with best wishes to see you again and a pleasant journey homeward.

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Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Corsica Yacht Charters

A thousand Kilometers of coastline surrounding a mountain spurted from the sea mists of time and 2710 meters high. You could at first take this summary definition as product of some sophisticated tourist slogan; and yet, it summarizes the outstandingly beautiful characteristics of the third largest island in the Mediterranean. The fact that some say it was part of ancient Atlantis or that the place is pregnant with tormented history, old as well as recent, is one more reason to closely study this island with its traces of ancient glory.

What however attracts the sailing tourist are those orographic wonders found along the coasts, in some parts high and wildly intended; and low, sandy even marshy in some other. Wherever you look you face a natural wonder set in a wildly blue water and framed by granite pink cliffs: a real paradise especially for those setting out from the Tuscany and Ligurian coast who have it just around the corner. A close by destination that needs to be circumnavigated always anti clockwise in order to take better advantage of the northern winds usually blowing on the island's western side; exactly the opposite of what is suggested when driving by car where, due to the very narrow coastal roads siding almost vertical cliffs, one is better off on the internal road side in case of giving way to cars coming from the opposite side.

The most direct link to Corsica is the one via Elba and Capraia islands: a thirty miles navigation will take you into Corsica territory. If arriving from the North, Liguria, by night sailing, the landfall is usually at Macinaggio. Good shelter can be found immediately to the South East of Corso Cape when fresh North West winds makes the navigation hectic and lively. Macinaggio offers 500 berths of which 200 are reserved to the transiting traffic in a bay extremely well protected from the western winds and in good water depth. The town, still untouched and typical, is just starting to offer tourist facilities.

Saint Florent, located at the bottom of the homonymous gulf and to the West of the peninsula surmounted by the Stella mountain, is totally different. Navigation between the two ports is exhilarating when passing close to the Giraglia reef, site of so many famous regattas. The reef has a powerful lighthouse with a 28 mules range. Nighttime sailing close by the reef will give the unique sensation of being brightly crowned by the periodical lighthouse's flashes while daylight navigation will display an unusual sight of green fields strongly reminding of an alpine surrounding. A landing is available at Centuri, South West of the Cape with 125 berth for boats up to 10 meters LOA. Saint Florent has nothing to envy to the typical Ligurian coastal towns of which it has taken the characteristically architecture. A plus of course is that you are now in Corsica. Tourism is aplenty but in a very relaxed atmosphere with many shops boutiques which make the exploration of the internal alleys even more interesting. The harbor is well organized with 700 berths (200 for the transit trade) but arriving late in the day will pose the risk of having to spend the night at anchor at the Formali bay. Ile Rousse dock should only be used for a brief stay, enough to bunker, re-store and purchase ice but above all, the delicious freshly baked bread.

The next stop should be at Calvi, a splendid town comparable to Saint Tropez and, if possible, even more exclusive. It is worth stopping by and have a swim off shore and then enjoy a night ashore close by the Foreign Legion Headquarters.

After making good the splendid Revellata point ( you can not go wrong: in Corsica, capes and points display routes like signs!), the south bound navigation begins and, with a going wind you steer for Muchilina. There, just around the corner, it is the renowned Girolata. You can not miss a night at anchor in the tower's shadow in front of the beach. A small restaurant only reachable by land and donkey riding, is a part of this stop over, which will be unforgettable, being sure your and yours neighbors' anchor is bottomed properly. The very deep Porto gulf is also a good alternative for night anchoring without having to negotiate the channel dock which is usually reserved to crafts with less than 2 meters draught. Once there do not skip a visit to the inlets around Cap Rossu where sea eagles nests rest on overhanging granite pillars. Be sure that a suitable night anchorage is chosen beforehand in case of weather sudden deterioration.

Southward you will find Cargee and further south there is Corsica capitol, Ajaccio, e real city with two marinas with over 1000 berths. Landing at Ajaccio may not be easy due to the Sanguinaries island to make good, night time navigation however is made easy by an efficient light ranges system.
Yachting wise speaking, the real Corsica may be found outside the civilized establishments: further south there is Propriano on the deep Valinco gulf with 380 berths for boats up to 30 meters LOA. Continuing southward, the ill famed Bonifacio Mouth are closed in where the wind is funneled suddenly increasing in strength. Bonifacio town can not be bypassed if for nothing else to visit the deep gully where navigation takes place in a white stone canyon. The town, whose main activity is naturally enough tourism and lobster fishing, is at the bottom of the gully. The entrance is easy although in daylight the harbor mouth is not distinguishable from the sea. A walk to high town is a must as it offers a charming view towards the sea and the fjord as well, capped as it is by the Foreign Legion forts and whose headquarters is also here.

After leaving the Bonifacio waters, sailing between Lavezzi and Razzoli and coasting Cavallo, the course will gradually shift northward; if weather conditions are not good and before making the final crossing that ends the circumnavigation, it is suggested to anchor for the night at Porto Vecchio, at the end of the homonymous gulf. Do not attempt to enter by night; failing local knowledge and following the bearings and chart ranges will only land you to an external breakwater. By so doing, proper time and weather conditions can be selected for the return crossing. If instead it is decided to continue the circumnavigation on the eastern low and marshy island's side, good landing possibilities can be found at Solenzara and Campoloro.

Like most of the Mediterranean, the Corsican yacht chartering season generally runs from April to the end of October.

A yacht charter to the Mediterranean island of Corsica with a side trip to neighboring Sardinia presents a unique opportunity to sample two different European cultures side by side in a breathtaking, natural setting. Tucked between the French Riviera and Italy's western cast, these two island prizes are each claimed by a different neighbor. They offer an irresistible combination of unspoiled beauty and sophisticated resort retreats.

The French island of Corsica has earned its place in history as Napoleon's birthplace. "I would recognize Corsica with my eyes closed," he once said, referring to the scents of lavender, myrtle, wild mint, honeysuckle and eucalyptus that waft seaward from the island. Corsica's sights are also extraordinary. A spine of mountains dominates the interior, largely untouched by human habitation. The coast is cut like a jigsaw puzzle by jagged cliffs and jewel-like bays bordered by sparkling white beaches. Medieval fortresses and watchtowers dot these shores.

Sardinia, Italy's western outpost, has much the same dramatic geography as its neighbor. This island's northern shores attract the cream of European society and celebrities each summer. Prince Karim Aga Khan and a group of investors developed the chic resort area of Costa Smeralda - the Emerald Coast - back in the sixties, making it one of the Mediterranean's top yachting hot spots.

Allow us to custom tailor your luxury, crewed Corsica / Sardinia yacht charter. Our knowledge of Mediterranean charter yachts, crews, destinations and cruising itineraries is unparalleled. We personally inspect each yacht, meet the captains, sample the chefs' cuisine and evaluate the service offered by each yacht crew.

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French Riviera Yacht Charters

A yacht charter holiday on the French Riviera will include the razzle-dazzle; the glitz and glamour; the Versace; the Dior; the Cartier …Nice, Antibes, Cannes, St Tropez and Marseilles…you will find it all here. You will also find energy and excitement oozing from Europe’s holidaymakers. If you prefer lovely tranquil anchorages and unassuming waterside seafood restaurants on your yacht, you can find this too! There are a large number of different yacht charter companies in the French Riviera so let Viacolvento organise your charter with our expert knowledge of all the best yachts and the best company for your particular requirements.

If you’re looking for a state of the art charter yacht, with all the toys, this is the place to find it. The Mediterranean yachting has had here a fast development due to both shore line configuration and inhabitants age-old tourism tradition. Here, the first and more equipped marinas were made. The largest pleasure crafts fleet in the Mediterranean area is located along this coast and here some of the most beautiful yachts in the word are chartered or sold.

Monaco is really a futuristic town, enjoyable, modern and with wide spaces for the social life, well conceived and cast in the limited space left between the sea and the inaccessible coast climbed by the beautiful "Corniche" bends. Underground the city gets more space, with roads and multilevel parking. The enormous space demands will be satisfied by smartly stealing it from the sea, around the Fontvieille area. Here one of the two main marinas of the Principality is placed surrounded by a large residential area and easily reachable from the Cannes International Airport by helicopters based just next to the marina. Yachts up to 130 meters can moor at the famous Unites States dock, in the Condamine Port, in front of which the Gran Prix take place. 700 berths are available. The yachting club, with a strong racing tradition and chaired by Prince Albert, overhangs it. For those of you calling here a visit to the Oceanographic museum, the most famous in the world for sure, and a tour downtown, are a must.

The real yachting deal, however, is Antibes. Here the largest private yachts of the Mediterranean have their home port, and the associated facilities can service to the highest standards. The old town, surrounded by fortifications such as Tour du Recrutement and Fort CarrF, was built on the promontory dividing the port from Anse de la Salis. Antibes, with its crowded alleys, characteristic restaurants, fashion stores and cozy bars, offer an exciting night life: one has the impression that sun rise arrives soon!

Cannes is even more exclusive but not suitable for large yachts. The town, the real Mediterranean center of international yachting, is located in the northern end of the La Napoule gulf, and is renown the world over for its Film festival.

The Mandelieu la Napoule port is located to the west side of the namesake gulf and is overlooked by the characteristic (and once again homonymous) castle. Mooring is always possible at La Rague port, located slightly to the west.

The stretch of coast lying between Drammont and Camarat capes, is the most beautiful and charming one over the entire French Riviera. Here, in the area sheltered by the Iles de Hyeres (where some small but well equipped marinas are locate), at Port Cross and at Porquerolles island "yachting" is the word. The most beautiful ports and the more exclusive resorts are located here. This is the VIP tourism, the night life and the sailing yachts realm.

St Tropez is a small fishing village tucked into the coastline between the sky and the sea of the famous Cote d'Azur. In 1956, St Tropez was used as the setting for the sexy film “And God Created Woman”, starring Brigitte Bardot. The jetsetters soon came flocking to this sleepy corner of France in search of the same sensual lifestyle. Today, although St Tropez is a Mecca for the riotously rich and famous, it deserves a place on any yacht charter itinerary.

Despite the growing popularity of St Tropez as a yacht charter destination, the village manages to maintain its gorgeous charm. . There are timeless back streets to explore, filled with boutique shops, delis and patisseries. The aromas of freshly baked croissants and brewed coffee waft down the cobbled streets to greet you. Enjoy a sunset drink in one of the many cafes lining the dock. Watch the sleek superyachts, maneuver into their tight berths, fender to fender. At dusk, it's quite spectacular to watch the evening lights reflect from the pastel pinks, oranges and yellows of the harbor side houses.
By day, enjoy the stunning beaches of the St Tropez peninsular. On the eastern side, lies three miles of curving white sand in the famous Pampelonne Bay. At Tahiti Beach, you’ll find the hangout of the rich, the famous and the generally scantily clad: The Voiles Rouge beach club.

The climate, cuisine and sophistication of the French Rivera, has for some time made it a popular destination for sailors and visitors from around the world. The coastline is striking, lipped with beaches that rest beneath hillsides heavy with yellow momisa. In summer you will find large numbers of charter yachts cruising the shoreline, although boating is possible here all year long. The climate is balmy, with long, dry summers, moderate breezes, mild winters and plenty of sunshine.
The French Riviera yacht charter scene is ever increasing in popularity and the types of yacht charter available in Nice, Antibes, Cannes, St Tropez, Iles d’Hyères and Marseilles are all types of yacht charter.

As with most of the Mediterranean, the French Riviera yacht charter season generally runs from April to the end of October. The summer season in July and August is the hottest and tends to have the warmest sunshine, lightest winds and also the largest crowds. This is also the high season as far as French Riviera yacht charter is concerned. Other good times to charter your yacht is generally on either of the shoulder seasons (April-May and September-October), each side of the main summer season (July-August), as the temperatures are still comfortable, and the onshore tourists have yet to arrive in their largest numbers.

The French Riviera, extending along the Mediterranean Sea and including the neighboring Principality of Monaco, home to Monte Carlo, is an alluring area filled with glitz and glamour.
With seemingly endless sunny beaches, charming towns, glamorous yachts and celebrities, the French Riviera is the place to see and be seen. Also known as the Côte d'Azur, this cruising area is one of the most famous resort locations in the world. With over 300 days of sunshine a year, the moderate temperature lures all to the coastline for outdoor dining and strolling along the quays, or through the villages and fields scented by lavender and lemons.

Enchanting destinations such as St-Tropez, Nice, Cannes, Antibes, Villefranche-sur-Mer and St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat entice visitors to tread in Picasso, Matisse and Bizet's wake. Famous for the world's most beautiful light, over a hundred museums and more than 150 galleries keep the artistic ambiance alive, while the unique fishing villages suggest a haven for relaxation and restoration.

The French Riviera is home to some of the finest restaurants and world’s most beautiful shops. Exploring this coast takes on a new dimension of tantalizing food, wines and of course, French design and couture. Spend the afternoon sunning and swimming along the coast in a lovely anchorage, and the evening in the midst of glamour mixing at the Casino of Monte Carlo.
Relax on the aft deck of your yacht, dining under the stars, either stern to amidst the quayside cafes and nightlife or in a quiet anchorage along the coast watching the lights twinkle in the cliff-hanging villages above the coast.

Allow us to custom tailor your luxury, crewed French Riviera yacht charter. Our knowledge of French Riviera charter yachts, crews, destinations and cruising itineraries is unmatched! We personally inspect each yacht, meet the captains, sample the chefs' cuisine and evaluate the service offered by each yacht crew.

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The diversity of Sardinia

Sardinia - the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea stands out for its incredible diversity. Miles of dunes with gnarled juniper trees and hidden coves, surrounded by bizarre cliffs, fine sand or pebble beaches - those who love islands, will love Sardinia. Outside the peak season the Costa Smeralda with the Maddalena Archipel is probably one of the best yachting spots in the world.

Ranking in as the second largest island of the Mediterranean basin, Sardinia is located in the middle of the area delimited by the Italian and the Iberic pensinsulas and the African continent. It measures 24090 sq km in surface and is considered to be one of the oldest inhabited places in Europe, though nowadays it mostly makes for a great Yacht Charter holiday destination.
Originally, the island’s relief was mountainous but millions of years of erosion have dulled the granite ranges to a maximum height of 1834m (Punta La Marmora) right in the center of the island. The mountain ranges are separated by plateaus and large valleys, giving way to a flatter lowland toward the western and southern shore. And speaking of shores, due to the hard rocks making up the soil here, they are pretty straight but have deep and wide bays surrounded by smaller islands, making them perfect as anchorage for Yacht Charter vessels.

The prevailing vegetation in Sardinia is made up of evergreen bushes and shrubs (myrtle, lentisk, laurel) but there are also the occasional forests of holm-oak, oak and cork-oak, not to mention the typically Italian olive trees. Among some peculiar species of animals that Yacht Charter visitors can see here are the pink flamingos which use Sardinia as a migratory stop to Tunisia. National Parks can be found at Gennargentu, Sette Fratelli and Monte Arcosu.

Typical to the Mediterranean weather, there are a lot of sunny days on these shores, even during the mild winters which get a few hot days every year, meaning Sardinia is not a bad place for a Yacht Charter sailing trip even during the off season. The tourist season here lasts from summer to late autumn when the temperatures are around the 21deg C value.

Sardinia’s history could easily fill up a collection of books since it goes back all the way to prehistory when the Nuragic civilization thrived here. Then came the Phoenicians and Romans who set up the first ports and expanded trading with the African Carthage. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the Byzantines took over but only for a short time until the 8th century when the Arabs made regular raids to the island.

Spain played an important role in Sardinian history which explains why even today many parts of the island adhere to the Catalan ways. Spain lost possession of the island in 1713 and the Austrians took over until 1861 when island became part of the newly formed Kingdom of Italy. After the world wars, the island began blossoming as a touristic destination, with more and more people realizing its Yacht Charter sailing potential.

Today, ports cities such as Alghero, Cagliari, Cannigione, La Maddalena, Olbia, Palau and Portisco make up the most visited locations on the island with their sublime beaches, but also their long history and culture which is a mirror into the past, to times long forgotten. Particularly fond of this Italian island are British, Spanish and German Yacht Charter sailors who make a point out of coming here every year.

The fine weather and welcoming shores of Sardinia make it a regular stop not only for Yacht Charter boatmen but also for water sport enthusiasts who congregate with clockwork precision each year on its shores. This is due to winds like the Scirocco, the Mistral and the Levant which sweep the island regularly.

There is an almost endless abundance of natural harbors for anchorage and although there are few marinas and other sailing facilities, they all provide quality services to any Yacht Charter visitor. The best time to come here by boat is from May to September when the sea breeze blows from the west and no significant tides occur.

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Cannigione Yacht Charters (Sardinia)

Being situated on that famous Italian stretch of coast called “Costa Smeralda” – the Emerald Coast, Cannigione is emerging as a good location for Italy yacht charters thanks to its location in a picturesque gulf, beautiful beaches and interesting mix of Roman, Genoese and Catalonian ruins.
The northeastern corner of Sardinia seems to be packed full of small resorts that are just emerging as Yacht Charter destinations. Apart from Olbia and La Maddalena, Cannigione is another diamond in the rough close to the famous Costa Smeralda.

Cannigione – the Heart of the Luxurious Costa Smeralda

The town itself is located just off the west shore of the gulf of Arzachena by a natural bay which makes it perfect for Yacht Charter sailors arriving here by boat. Originally, the town started out as a fishing village but the natural setting didn’t go unnoticed for too long and now bigger and bigger groups of Yacht Charter visitors arrive here each year.

From the Costa Smeralda, getting to Cannigione is easy from June to September, as there is a direct bus linking the two together. But Yacht Charter guests that arrive here some other tie than in the summer, need not worry, there is a round the year bus service from Olbia, Arzachena, Palau and S. Teresa di Gallura.

Also, there’s the Olbia Airport just 20km to the southeast which serves as the main tourist arrival hub for the entire Costa Smeralda which can get very crowded from late July to August so make sure you book your flight early, or else, you’ll be catching one of the ferries to the island.

The small town and resort of Cannigione attracts Yacht Charter guests with its stunning beaches, the main street with its old houses, restaurant and shops and the port of course, all of which exude the exotic mix of Roman, Genoan and Catalonian cultures that have passed by here.

The main street is also the perfect place to go to grab a bite to eat, to get some shopping done and to mingle a little after sunset. The aromas of the cozy tavernas will surely draw you in, as the local chefs specialize in the simple yet tasty Sardinian cuisine as well as some international dishes. Yacht Charter visitors can also enjoy a little shopping at the evening market held along the waterfront.

The accommodation isn’t that varied, but it’s the best quality for Yacht Charter holidaymakers, consisting mainly of villas, rented houses and apartments, as well as 3 and 4 star hotels. Most of these are located within the urban center, but really, you’ll find that everything is in walking distance around here.

Cannigione is famous for its water sports practiced here, which range from windsurfing to kayaking and rafting. Sailing is also very popular, the reason why you’ll find so many Yacht Charter friends around, cruising their boats up and down the Costa Smeralda. The other popular activities are hiking and bicycle riding around the nearby mountains.

As with most small Italian villages, you’ll find the locals celebrate a lot of Saints’ days around the year. The most important festivities, which could prove an attraction for the Yacht Charter crowds are the Patron Saint’s Day on 24th of June when a procession of boats carries a statue of S. Giovanni Battista from the church to one of the islets of the bay to receive a blessing from a priest. Another popular one is the Ferragosto, on August the 15th when there are fireworks shows.

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Marina di Portisco Yacht Charters (Sardinia)

Right on the Costa Smeralda, Sardinia's most beautiful region, with the best beaches and weather, the Marina di Portisco is quite large and provides quality mooring for a significant number of holidaymakers that choose Italy as their summer destination.

Marina di Portisco – Noble Destination for Demanding Crews

Located around the beautiful Costa Smeralda (also known as the Emerald Coast to foreign tourists for the colors of the water), a renowned Yacht Charter region in Italy, the Marina Portisco sits on the north eastern tip of Sardinia, in the Gulf of Cugnana.

Apart from the lovely scenery, you’ll get the bonus of affordable prices and tranquility as not many Yacht Charter sailors know about this location. Apart from the city of Portisco, there is Olbia, 17 km to the south, from where you can catch a ferry here and also flights from Norway or England.

You won’t have trouble with approaching the marina from either direction, due to the clarity and calmness of the water that makes it safe for Yacht Charter skippers to maneuver their boats into the three arm breakwater of the marina which is also equipped with flashing beacons and lighthouses. The exact position of the marina is 41°01 N 09°31ཥE.

The Portisco marina has 589 berths as deep as 3m which allow even bigger boats to moor here. Among the other infrastructure facilities offered by this marina you can find a support berth, a slide, a crane loader with a maximum capacity of 25 tons, a travel lift with a 70 ton capacity and a pump station.

Yacht Charter crews admittance is done around the clock so you don’t have to worry about closing times, there is round the clock video surveillance, paid parking and a solid waste collection point. The marina also provides VHF radio support, a weather service and service divers during the high season from May to September.

There is no best time to come here, as the weather is always fair and there are 3 km of pristine, top of the line beaches that have been awarded with the Blue Flag. This part of Sardinia is very picturesque, and the proximity to the La Maddalena islands makes it even more worthwhile for those Yacht Charter crews that enjoy an expedition now and then.

The inside of the peninsula is characterized by rugged, granitic slopes covered in oak or cork forests that hide many antique archeological sites dating back to the Punic and Roman times. The town itself provides many restaurants, internet access, car and motorbike rentals, which is advised if you want to explore the neighboring Yacht Charter resorts of Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo.

Shops, banks, and bars can all be found close by to the marina, though some are open during the tourist season, as are the diving and the sailing school, where you can brush up on your Yacht Charter skills.

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Venice Yacht Charters

Wonderful, sunny, wealthy, lively yet quiet and intimate: this is how the cities of art in the Veneto region are seen in a traveler’s eyes, seducing and winning over lovers of art, history and architecture.
Venice is the most splendid, a fantastic open-air museum with its endless treasures and priceless beauty, symbolized by Piazza San Marco, “the most beautiful sitting room in the world”.

Piazza San Marco is the only “Piazza” in Venice, as all the other square are given the name “Campo”. From the very beginning, Piazza San Marco was designed and built as an extension of Palazzo Ducale and the San Marco Basilica, the true centers of political and social life in Venice. The space originally taken up by the square was rather narrow and had a canal running through it: the Rio Batario. In 1172, the Doge Sebastiano Ziani bought the whole area and reclaimed the canal. He then had extension work started which ended in the Piazza San Marco that we now know today.

Opposite the Palazzo Ducale, and in place of the old wharf, a small square was created where two tall columns coming from Constantinople were installed. A winged lion was placed on one column, which is the symbol of Venice, and on the other column there was a statue of San Teodoro, the old patron saint of Venice, who was then replaced by San Marco. The larger part of the square that stretches out in front of the Basilica, is 170 meters long and is trapezium shaped. The edge of the square is bordered by the old and new Procuratie, and the Napoleonic Wing which is now the home of the Correr Museum.

The Bridge of Sighs is one of the most popular tourist sights in Venice. The bridge connects the Palazzo Ducale, where prisoners were tried, to the prisons known as the Piombi. The bridge was built on the orders of the Doge Mario Grimani and was made in stone from Istria. It was decorated on the outside with Baroque patterns. The beauty of the structure has given the bridge a romantic connotation in complete contrast to its actual use. The sighs that the bridge inspired were definitely not sighs from people in love, but from the prisoners who had just been sentenced to years in jail in the terrible “piombi”. The Mercerie cut the old city center into two parts, connecting Piazza San Marco to Rialto.

This is Venice’s main throughway, the heart of the city’s commercial trade since ancient times when the precious fabric shops stayed open until late. The Mercerie are divided into three parts: Mercerie dell’oroloio (that starts from Piazza San Marco), Mercerie de San Zulian and Mercerie di San Salvador, that come out right on Campo San Salvador, next to Campo San Bortolo. All the Mercerie are full of shops and boutiques of all kinds: from luxury jewelers such as Cartier and Rolex to fashion boutiques such as Sergio Rossi for shoes and Krizia for clothes.

The famous Rialto Market has two parts to it: Erbaria and Pescaria. Erbaria is the fruit and vegetable market which is right under the Rialto Bridge, on the opposite side to Campo San Bortolo. Pescaria is the fish market and is just a short walk away, under the porticoes of a neo-Gothic building that looks out on the Grand Canal. If you have an extra day to hand, why don’t you visit the lagoon islands? Murano, Burano and Torcello. The island of Murano became famous in 1291, the year in which the glass production was transferred here from the old city center due to fear of fires in the kilns. You will catch a glimpse of the San Michele island while traveling between le Fondamenta Nuove and Murano. This is Venice’s cemetery where famous people such as Stravinsky and Diaghilev are buried. Once you get to Muran, walk along the Fondamenta dei Vetrai, where you can see the famous kilns lined up one after the other. Some of these are open to the public: choose one to watch the expert master glass blowers creating an object in glass. You can also buy blown glass things at the kilns directly. One of the oldest glassworks is Venini, a company that exhibits its own work in many Museums of Modern Art around the world. Just before the Vivarini Bridge you will see the Church of San Pietro Martire on your left, where there are some frescoes by Bellini, Tintoretto and del Veronese. Burano is one of the prettiest islands in the lagoon: it is a miniature Venice where all the houses are painted in bright colors. Burano is famous for its lace work, an art carried out since the sixteenth century and which is famous worldwide. Walk along Via Marcello and then turn right to the Fondamenta di San Mauro: You will soon come to Via Baldassare Galuppi that opens onto the square with the same name. It is possible to reach the island of Torcello from the Fondamenta Nuove. Torcello is an extremely romantic and charming place. Venetians love to go there once in a while as they are attracted by its calm and the greenness of the island. Unlike Murano and Burano, Torcello is practically uninhabited and still has a lot of archeological proof of its glorious past. From the wharf, walk along the pleasant Fondamenta dei Borgognoni where you will immediately see the famous Ponte del Diavolo (the Devil’s Bridge). Further on there is Piazza Torcello, with its original grass flooring where you can see the wonderful, ancient Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. 

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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Naples Yacht Charters

There is nothing new in the fact that the coast of the Campania region (Italy) is, as far as holidays are concerned, one of the best stages for cruises. Traffic is certainly the heaviest, but by choosing accurately dates and times and avoiding week ends, one can enjoy one of the world's best scenery.

Many Italian and Amalfi yacht charters begin in Naples. Naples is a city with a distinct energy - chaotic yet charming, cluttered yet beautiful. Rather daunting to the virgin eye, Naples has a way of shedding your inhibitions, to present a proud and colorful culture, with an alluring hospitality. Naples is the yacht charter hub of southern Italy and the gateway to Capri and the Amalfi Coast. The Isle of Capri and Amalfi present some of the most spectacular coastlines of the whole Mediterranean.

From Naples, you can begin your yacht charter vacation by visiting the stunning and famously chic, Isle of Capri, the true jewel of the Gulf. This beautiful island has a mythical appeal which has attracted everyone from Roman Emperor's, to movie stars and supermodels. Capri also attracts hundreds of yacht charters each summer. It was not by pure chance that Emperor Augustus, coming back from Egypt, felt in love with the place, bought and elected it as his favorite home. Tatter Emperor Tiberius brought it to fame giving to the island that particular, slightly transgress atmosphere that has been transmitted to our days by modern tourism. Who has not heard of the Blue Grotto or the incredible cliffs, the Faraglioni, last remnants of what once was a unique and immense grotto? Other highlights of this remarkable island are Villa Jovis and the Solaro Mountain, 589 meters high and easily climbed with a seat lift, from where one can enjoy the entire gulf's view. The locally famous cable car will take you from Marina Grande to the equally famous little square where the entire Capri lifestyle is on permanent show. Due to the tourist flow, heavy and steady regardless of the season, the island is not worth visiting in daylight hours: hordes of tourists from everywhere continuously land and wander here. Those lucky enough to have a yacht moored nearby will better enjoy the island best site. With the last ferry gone to the main land, the island's population stabilize at acceptable levels and, especially in the cold season the entire place is yours together with the romantic paths, the sophisticated restaurants, the juicy ice cream parlors of that unique establishment making mozzarella cheese braids billed with prosciutto and tasty herb. Capri has two main marinas, which over summer, are brimming with super yachts. If you’re keen on a berth, you’ll need to book well in advance, and be willing to pay a princely sum. Many charter yachts therefore choose to anchor outside the marina. If you tire of the chic nightlife, you can find some gorgeous, secluded little bays to snuggle into for the night. From the Marina Grande entrance and turning anti-clockwise, one reaches the Blue Grotto the place is easily identified by the numerous rowing boats standing nearby. By calling one of them you can, tide permitting, visit the grotto inside and enjoy a view found nowhere else. After rounding the Arcera Cape and Carena Point the southern island's part is reached. Marina Piccola will offer only a series of small landing piers offering brief and relative shelter to small boats continuing coastwise one reaches the "Faraglioni" area, ideal for an unforgettable swim if the season is right, followed by a lunch in one of the restaurants behind Tragara Point reachable after a pleasant pram ride. There will be ample time to complete the island's circumnavigation and be back at the Marina Grande moorings, ready to face the intensely passionate Capri’s night life The closest to the main land, and the less known to sailing wanderer, is Procida island which by no means is less attractive then the others, better known, islands. Completely built with yellow tuff rock and with orange trees scattered everywhere, Procida convey the unspoiled glamour of the old sea towns. The housing conglomerate called the "Palazzata", resultant of a very liberal and randomly executed construction minus a proper building plan, has produced an architectural ensemble typical of the location and not found elsewhere. Inland, in the hart of boroughs called Terra Murata, a huge parade ground overlooks the Saint Michael abbey rebuilt during the Spanish rule after being destroyed by the Saracens. Circumnavigating Procida, shelter can be found at the Vivara islet connected to the shore by an artificial isthmus. The islet which seats a natural park is covered by thick vegetation and a lookout tower stands at its top. The cove formed by the two islands make for an excellent anchorage alternatively one can call at Chiaolella harbor.

Other islands in the Campania area around Naples include Ischia. Ischia is a pine studded, volcanic island surrounded by sparkling waters. The island is renowned for it's beautiful beaches, therapeutic hot springs and red and white wine producing vineyards. Inhabited since the pre-roman times, the island was famous for its clay used to carve vases and useful containers and in the third century B.C. suffered of volcanic eruption which left a salt lake in place of the volcano mouth. The lake was to remain separated from the sea until the last century when king Ferdinand the Second ordered to dig an opening obtaining a natural harbor that was christened by the royal yacht "Delfino" escorting more than one hundred boats and giving to Ischia the safest port one can seek. Above all, the call at Ischia is worth for a visit to the renowned thermal baths, last remainder of the island's volcanic origin, and where with a water temperature of 65 degrees C one is washed as well as properly purified and healthily refitted.

Another anchorage is found at the Carta Romana road, close to the Aragonese castle built by Gerone of Syracuse an lava islet and overhanging the sea. The castle was conquered by King Alphonse of Aragona who exploited a newly built bridge to capture it. Since then, this particular place is named Ischia Ponte, the Italian name for bridge. This pristine and charming place, not too distant from the Saint Anne reefs, is a preferred diving site where in water depth no more than ten meters the ruins of Aenaria , a pre- roman hamlet destroyed by a volcanic eruption on 130 B.C., can be inspected. Navigating anti-clockwise, the nearest landing is at Cassamicciola, a place renown since the Middle Age for its healing waters. Lacco Ameno, Forio (with his small church and Mount Apium, 800 meters high) can be easily reached as well as Sant’Angelo. Luxury yachts and superyachts tend to frequent Ischia as a part of the overflow from the hectic pace on Capri.

South of Naples is the famous buried city of Pompeii and the less well know Herculaneum. These cities, buried by the volcanic eruption of Vesuvius, have remarkable antique preserves. The observation of amphitheaters, triumphal arches, villas, bridges and tombs of the Roman Imperial Age, are all possible on this fascinating day on shore. The maritime heritage of the Amalfitan Republic, a superpower in its day, is still apparent in Amalfi today. Local craftsmen and artisans keep the old traditions alive, making fine handmade papers and colourful ceramics. The Amalfi Coast is a World Heritage Site, and deservedly so: Numerous churches - including Amalfi Cathedral - and villas from the city's golden age still dot the coast, blending together with the stunning nature.

Further down the Amalfi coast is the medieval town and seaside resort of Agropoli, dominated by a crenulated old lighthouse and a feudal castle. You can take a taxi to visit the spectacular temples at Paestum or the sandy beaches in Trentova Bay to the north of the town. The village of Amalfi is a short sail away from here.

As with other parts of Italy and the Mediterranean, the Naples and Capri yacht charter season generally runs from April to the end of October. The summer season in July and August is the hottest and tends to have lighter winds. This is also the high season as far as yacht charter goes. Other good times to charter your yacht is generally on either of the shoulder seasons (April-May and September-October), each side of the main summer season, as the temperatures are still comfortable, and the onshore tourists have yet to arrive in their largest numbers.

With more than 5,000 miles of coastline, yacht charters prevail on the western side of Italy. The immensely beautiful Amalfi Coast welcomes charter yachts to Southern Italy’s most popular getaway. The coast sports famous architecture and art, and rural areas diverse in cultivation. Yacht charters in Italy’s entire Tyrrhenian Sea region are best from May to October, though Italy charter yachts are available throughout the seasons. Ischia, Capri, Procida and Vivara comprise the Partenopean Islands in the bay of Naples.

The most beautiful and biggest island in the Gulf of Naples, Ischia is one of the most famous seaside and tourist spa centers of Italy and the world. Its volcanic origin is the cause of various seismic phenomena which have continually altered it. They have also produced the salso-iodic and radioactive thermal waters and mudbaths for which the island is renowned all over the world.

Just off the coast of Naples and Salerno, between Cape Miseno and Amalfi, a great rock soars like a dream lost in the cobalt blue sea that surrounds it. This Mediterranean jewel yearned for and exalted in some of the world’s most famous lyric poetry, is the island of Capri. The intoxicating fragrance of flowers, delicate splashes of color, recollections of a millennial past and a peaceful charm, shattered only by the shrill cry of seagulls, are just some of the magical qualities of this mythical isle.

The charming island of Procida lies like an undiscovered garden next to its vibrant sister islands Ischia and Capri. Flourishing gardens and fragrant lemon and orange groves bewitch visitors with their lush beauty. Procida is the smallest and oldest island in the Bay of Naples and is, like Ischia, of volcanic origin. Procida is linked to the small island of Vivara which is a wonderful natural reserve.

Allow us to custom tailor your luxury, crewed Italy yacht charter. Our knowledge of Italy charter yachts, crews, destinations and cruising itineraries is extensive. We personally inspect each yacht, meet the captains, sample the chefs' cuisine and evaluate the service offered by each yacht crew.

The climate of the Mediterranean and especially the region of the Amalfi Coast is nearly perfect for travelers. The area generally averages in the eighties for summer high temperatures, and the rainy season, which ends around Easter, doesn’t start up again until the winter rains hit in late November. Even during the coldest months of winter, the temperatures are a mild fifty degrees.

To reach Capri, other than by private yacht, take a ferry or hydrofoild from either Naples or Sorrento. Transportation from Naples is available at the port of Mergellina or Molo Beverello. The latter is more convenient due to the greater frequency of departures. From Naples, the ferry takes about 80 minutes while the hydrofoil is a mere 40 minutes and the Sorrento ferry is 40 minutes while the hydrofoil takes only 20 minutes.

What to Buy
When shopping along the Amalfi Coast think “lemon”, and especially Limoncello, the lemon drink bars keep in the freezer during the summer. True Limoncello is produced in Sorrento. Ceramics are another popular purchase in the area.

Sample Italy Charter Itinerary - Naples to Naples

Day 1:
Board your Italy charter yacht in Naples to steam to Capri, which overlooks the stunning Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. Capri has always been one of the favorite resting places for the privileged and was once home to the Roman Emperor Tiberius.

Days 2 - 3:
The extraordinary beauty of Capri includes the Blue Grotto, a charming landscape, and the views of Anacapri. Capri has two levels. There is a walking and shopping area right around the marina while the main town, on top of Capri, is accessible by funicular. Visit the upscale tiny shops and stop for refreshments at an outdoor café in one of the little piazzas as you watch Capri life go by.

Day 4:Depart early for Amalfi, one of Italy's most romantic villages, which clings to the dramatic slopes of the ruggedly beautiful Amalfi Coast. Take a taxi to Ravello village, with its spectacular views of the coast and magnificent villas. After, motor to Positano, which is built around a small curving bay on a steep hill overlooking the island of the Sirens. Stroll narrow lanes to view typical Moorish style houses and courtyard gardens that are lined up along the slopes facing the sea. Leave for Salerno.

Day 5:
At Salerno, dock the charter yacht at Salerno Marina, and leave for Pompeii. A taxi will collect you at the marina to spend the day visiting the historic ruins. Overnight in Salerno.

Day 6:After breakfast explore the Sorrento Peninsula, where you will overnight, weather permitting. Otherwise, overnight in Capri. Next day, sail to Ischia.

Day 7:
Ischia is a volcanic spa island with many sulfur springs and medicinal bathing areas. There is a natural spring on the beach near where you will anchor that you might want to visit and then have lunch on board. After lunch, there are many taxis or surreys in Ischia that offer an around the island tour. The island is very large with different towns and sights to see. Return in the afternoon and depart for Naples, concluding your Italy yacht charter.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Portofino and Cinque Terre Yacht Charters

For decades, yacht charterers have adored the tiny port of Portofino in Italy. Portofino was once a charming fishing village on the rugged East coast of Italy. Its popularity as a quaint and colorful town has now made it a famous port of call for luxury yachts, sailboats and charter boats. Portofino is a tiny town of cobble-stone streets, framed by hills of silvery, ancient olive groves. From the top of the hill, the views of the harbor and coastline are breathtaking. Cafes, boutique shops and “gelatarie” spill out into the harbor piazza. The portside cafes are a great place to sit and watch the glamorous yachting world go by. Very characteristic is the mountain of Portofino that goes down to the sea crowning the rocky spur of Punta Chiappa and the wonderful San Fruttuoso bay, guardian of the well known “Cristo degli Abissi”.


Further down the Italian coast, you'll sail upon 'Cinque Terre' - A succession of five coastal villages, all with the same spectacular views of the seas. These villages are less expensive and sophisticated, than their more popular sister, Portofino. There is a stunning and famous walk along this coastal route, linking the five towns, called “Via dell’Amore”. Cinque Terre are five miles of rocks, hundreds of kilometres of nature, crystal clear sea, viticulture, thousands linear kilometres of dry-stone walls (without any cementing agent) and extensive network of paths. These are the co-ordinates of Cinque Terre (literal translations: Five Lands), referred to the five small villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Riomaggiore, Corniglia and Manarola.


Monterosso, in the Cinque Terre is just behind the typical terrace the viticulture lands. The main attractions are the beautiful beaches and seaside, with its rocks on the deep water of the sea. The village is made by an ancient part and a modern one, divided by a medieval tower. In the old part you can find the Saint Francis Church, that contains many pieces of art. On the hill you can find an old Sanctuary. The modern side of Monterosso is more touristic and full of touristic resorts like hotels and restaurants.


Founded in the 11th century, Vernazza developed through the century a strong marine tradition. The existence of many rich architectonic elements, shows that Vernazza was socially and economically superior to the other villages of Cinque Terre. From Vernazza there is a nice path that leads to Monterosso, leaving the centre and going toward the cemetery. The path is a bit hard in the first part, with a long down hill at the end towards Monterosso. Extremely nice is the nature you go through walking along the path that sorrounds Vernazza, with its spices and flowers.


Riomaggiore was founded in the 8th century by some Greeks escaped from the persecution of Leone II. In 1276 Riomaggiore went under the domain of Genova. The village grows around the river Riomaior, and has a medieval structure with houses and towers developed more in high than weight. In the recent years the economy of Riomaggiore has changed, becoming a very important touristic site, but still conserving its agricultural tradition. In fact, the shape of the land with its fertile terraces was fundamental for the development of cultivation of wine, olive trees, fruits trees as oranges and lemons. A very important production of this land is the famous wine Sciacchetrà, a quality white sweet wine famous all over the world.


Corniglia differs from the other Cinque Terre villages because is based on an elevate position above the sea. It is more similar to the inland villages respect the one built by the sea. It is located on a Cape , like a big terrace on the sea, from where you can admire the wonderful panorama of the coast. The main activity is the agricultural production. The Saint Peter Church, built in 1334, is one of the more interesting gothic architecture you can visit at the Cinque Terre. A very panoramic path trough the nature gets to Vernazza.


Manarola is a village with very ancient origins. Very particular is the little port in front of it, repaired from the sea by two big rocks. It can only guest small boats. Manarola is considered to be the most peaceful and quite village of the Cinque Terre, where you can find nice relaxing walks in the short path surrounding the village. From Manarola it starts a small path that gets to Corniglia, by a fifteen minutes walk. At the end you can admire a beautiful beach with with rocks typical of Cinque Terre. Every year for Christmast, the 8th of December, the people of Manarola prepare the biggest lighted nativity in the world on the hill in front of the houses: more than 200 figures and 12.000 lamps. Onboard your yacht and with our chefs you will enjoy the “fruits” that the territory offers: flavoured olive oils, famous ligurian wines, fresh fish that your cook will purchase each morning on the “pescherie” (sea-food shops) close to the ports and excellent “focaccia” (the typical ligurian bread stuffed with all kind of ingredients like cheese, vegetables, meat, etc…).

This stretch of coastline is scenic and spectacular. The Italian coastline can make an enchanting charter yacht location. Yacht charters for the Ligurian coast, generally start in San Remo or Genova, perhaps even further back up the French Riviera. From this northern point in Italy, it's easy to follow the coastline down toward Elba, Tuscany's stunning National Park Island. Further south is Civitavecchia, the gateway to Rome and her splendid architectural and historical gems. The types of yacht charter available in Portofino & Cinque Terre include all the main types such as motoryachts, sailingyachts, catamarans, luxury yachts and off-course the ever increasing super yacht charter. Like most of the Mediterranean, the Italian yacht chartering season generally runs from April to the end of October.

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