Europe and the Mediterranean
Europe and the Mediterranean beckon with glamorous ports of call.
Luxury yacht charter clients can dock in harbors long established as celebrity favorites for their beauty, charm, and amenities. Shore excursions allow charter guests to appreciate splendid art and architecture, rich history and culture, fine museums, galleries and designer shops.
Select Yachts will customize your private yacht cruise itinerary to reach ports in Europe and the Mediterranean according to your activity preferences. Discover the trendiest beaches, clubs, restaurants and shops on the French and Italian Riviera. Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily and the Aeolian Islands are spectacular, with breathtaking scenery, fascinating cultures, World Heritage sites, fine wines and delightful cuisines.
Spain and the Balearic Islands: Exclusive Yachting Grounds
The Balearic Islands have long been a yachting playground, a refuge for high profile yachtsmen seeking tranquility and anonymity. Mallorca/Majorca, is the largest of the islands and host to the international airport. It is most beloved for the endlessly fascinating melange of ancient and modern. Minorca is the favorite hideaway of discreet artists, writers, poets and actors. Summer is marked by numerous festivals with origins in the early 14th century. The international opera week, international organ festival, summer music festival and Capella Davidica concerts are the main events. Ibiza is world-renowned for the most famous, international DJs and the hottest clubs on earth.
The coast of mainland Spain has many popular yachting ports of call. Favorites include Marbella, Puerto Banus, and Barcelona.
Northern Europe: Elegance and Old World Charm
In Northern Europe, intrepid yachtsmen tend to steer a course further afield, where navigation may be challenging but spectacular vistas are a just reward. The North Atlantic off the coasts of Ireland, England, Whales and Scotland appeal most especially to seasoned and competitive sailors. The Hebrides Islands of Scotland offer supreme isolation, cool weather, world-class golf and magnificent castles.
Black Sea yacht charters meander through spectacular fiords en route to St Petersburg. Thickly forested, soaring cliffs, deep, dark waters, and picture-perfect coastal villages characterize Scandinavia’s Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.
The Western Mediterranean: Classical Enchantment Meets Jet-Setting Chic
Yachting on the French Riviera: Legendary Ports of Call
The French Riviera, also known as the Côte d’Azur, is a landscape of lush mountains, cobalt seas and warm sun tempered by cool Mediterranean breezes. From the decks of your private floating villa, savor the Old World elegance of Monaco, the glamour of Cannes, the sophistication of Antibes, the legendary lifestyle of St Tropez and discover quaint villages, stunning beaches, and underwater enchantment along the way.
Yachting on the Italian Riviera: Glamour with Gusto
There is every reason why this land has been the favorite escape of artists and poets, conquerors and kings. Embark on a yachting adventure along this storied coast and see for yourself. The Riviera di Ponente, known as the coast of the setting sun, extends westward from Genoa to the French border. The Riviera di Levante or, the coast of the rising sun, runs east from Genoa to Capo Corvo, just south of La Spezia. Every port of call is unique, a living repository of culture and beauty.
Italy’s Amalfi Coast: Capri, Positano, Ravello
This stretch of rugged coastline, renowned for spectacular vistas, has hosted the rich and famous for centuries. Visit the palaces of kings and the medieval monasteries of monks. Drive twisting roads with hairpin curves made famous by film makers, enjoy a concert in the garden where poets and writers found their muse. Just off the mainland, the island of Capri is as glamorous as imagined, and visiting the underwater grottos is unforgettable.
Sicily is full of surprises. Trek up a volcano or across a sprawling World Heritage site. Dive a shipwreck or catch fish with a local. Be amazed by the wealth of architectural styles, glittering art, and posh cities where ancient Greeks once walked, and celebrity ex-pat residents sip coffee in open-air cafes. Escape to a countryside where time has stood still.
The Eastern Mediterranean: Ancient and Exotic
Greece, Turkey, Croatia and Montenegro are considered by charter brokers as destinations in the Eastern Mediterranean. Each offers charter guests a fascinating experience of culture, cuisine, history, nature and undersea exploration. Of the 6,000 Greek islands and islets scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Seas, only 227 islands are inhabited. Croatia, dominated over centuries by foreign empires, from Illyria to Austria, is a repository of exquisite art and architecture. Turkey’s currents that once carried the ships of Odysseus now reach the shores of celebrated hideouts and haunts secluded from peering paparazzi.