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The best places to charter a yacht this summer

If you’ve ever visited the South of France during the summer then you’re sure to have seen a luxury yacht somewhere on the horizon, and while in recent years there have been increasingly large and impressive superyachts to catch your attention, there are still plenty of affordable options for your own luxury yacht charter with friends and family.

The benefits of a luxury yacht charter

With the numerous tourists that descend upon the Mediterranean during the summer months – particularly the peak summer holiday season of July and August – a luxury yacht charter offers a haven all to yourselves that you can take anywhere, anytime. Instead of being stuck on the motorways or narrow coastal roads you are at liberty to move from air-conditioned lounges to the sundeck Jacuzzi or shaded alfresco dining area while your captain cruises from lively cities to quiet coves.

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The Mediterranean yacht charter grounds are often divided into the Western Mediterranean and Eastern Mediterranean, the former a paradise for modern glitz and glamour while the latter has higher temperatures, clear turquoise seas and plenty of island hideaways as yet untouched by mass tourism.

You can choose an itinerary that takes you to some of the pristine 300+ beaches on Corsica and spend the morning playing on the water toys, kayaking or paddle-boarding through lagoons and arches before finding a spot rich in sea life for snorkelling or Scuba diving. What’s more, your skilled crew could include a Dive Master or kite surfer instructor, so you can learn a new skill from a qualified individual who joins you at every destination.

All-inclusive yacht charter options are also available, ensuring that you spend less time counting the pennies and more on enjoying the moment.

Many modern vessels have wheelchair access so that members of the family with limited mobility can still be included as you make new memories, and some luxury yachts even offer the opportunity to take your beloved family dog with you on the adventure: Contact CharterWorld to find out if there are any options suited to your group for your preferred dates.

France yacht charter

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The French Riviera, also known as the Cote d’Azur, is one of the most popular summer yacht charter destinations anywhere in the world, and to cater to demand there are a host of high-quality marinas to be found for when you need to stock up on fuel and supplies. The glamorous Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix commence the France yacht charter season and are well worth attending on an event charter, and their host cities boast state-of-the-art museums, art galleries and some of the world’s best restaurants right beside your marina to tempt you onto the shore. Water sports enthusiasts don’t have to go far from Cannes to pack in an adrenaline-fuelled afternoon: Île Sainte-Marguerite will take you away from the crowds to small sandy beaches and island trails that will appeal to hikers and bikers, while Fort Royal is believed to be where the real ‘Man in the Iron Mask’ was imprisoned during the 17th Century.

Art lovers and artists alike will revel in what the Cote d’Azur has to offer, from picturesque destinations such as the Calanques National Park and St. Tropez to art galleries hosting the works of Picasso in Antibes and Matisse in Nice. Add to the mix sensational beach parties, coastal castles and ruins from the Greeks and Romans, and luxury yacht charter groups are ready for a week or longer of shopping, relaxation and cultural delights.

Croatia yacht charter

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Istria in Croatia has long attracted holidaymakers to the region, and now the Dalmatian Coast is seeing a rise in popularity with luxury yacht charter groups discovering the myriad fine sand beaches, idyllic coastal villages and stunning diving and fishing locations in crystal clear waters. Electronic music festivals attract a young crowd to Pula, Pag, Zadar and Split, however, if you prefer peace and quiet then you can easily spend a day in town and then sail away to an uninhabited isle for a candlelit dinner on a deserted beach.

Dalmatian Coast islands such as Brac, Hvar, Korcula and Vis offer what is arguably some of the best Scuba diving in the region, featuring wreck dives, caves and open water sites for beginners through to advanced. After an hour or two underwater, dry off on your plush sun loungers and dine alfresco on ingredients fresh from the local farmers’ markets. In the evenings the beautiful towns come alive with bars, clubs and restaurants that each have their own unique atmosphere. Take the party back on board or sail off to a quiet anchorage and admire the starry night skies, completely untouched by pollution.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the Old Town of Dubrovnik has gained fame in recent years as one of the settings in TV series A Game of Thrones: Join a tour and discover the real history behind some of the most iconic locations, or wander the streets at your own pace and absorb their ambience. Dubrovnik Cathedral, The Rector’s Palace and the Botanical Gardens are all worth including in your stay, then get in some boutique shopping and a spa visit before dining back on board your luxury yacht, or at one of the Michelin-starred restaurants for an indulgent treat. Summer is the height of the Croatia luxury yacht charter season, so be sure to look at your options in advance. Contact the professional brokers at CharterWorld to discuss your budget and preferred amenities obligation free.

Michael Anderson

Ever since he was knee-high to a grasshopper Michael has always been a sucker for an adventure. As a kid he was lucky enough to live for many years in some exotic far flung locations and since then he’s developed a taste for new cultures. So much in fact he nows travels the world as a trading digital nomad, exploring the sizzling street markets of Bangkok to yoga retreat dotted Sri Lanka and everything in between! He also has a special fondness for craft beer, all things artisan and fine wine so certainly knows his clarets from his chiantis. He counts Cuba, Tanzania, Amsterdam, Laos and Cambodia as his favourite destinations.

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