An Eastern Mediterranean yacht charter is what dreams are made of. With a crewed motor yacht charter in the Eastern Mediterranean through Engel & Völkers Yachting, your holiday dream becomes a reality.
On a motor or sailing yacht charter in the Eastern Mediterranean you might like to cruise the Ionian archipelago, where olive groves and Venetian palaces stand watch over a sapphire sea, or sail through the tranquil islands of Croatia, to swim in pine-edged coves, walk the high walls of Dubrovnik, and party on the jet set island of Hvar. Or perhaps the Turkish Riviera calls your name, as you float along the breathtaking Turquoise Coast, where ancient cities crumble into the dust and the elite gather in the elegant city of Bodrum.
Which yachting destination will you choose? Whether you decide on a Croatia yacht charter, a Greece Yacht Charter, or a Turkey yacht charter, Engel & Völkers Yachting create astonishing tailored itineraries to make your cruising experience the very best of the best of the Eastern Mediterranean.
Croatia has become one of the superyacht playgrounds of the world, with charter guests drawn by the beguiling mix of medieval cities, pine forested islands, and the glamorous nightlife of Hvar.
DAY 1: DUBROVNIK
Begin your Croatia yacht charter in Dubrovnik, a magnificent fortress city known as the ‘Jewel of the Adriatic’. Stroll the 80 foot city ramparts and the winding medieval streets, and stop for refreshment in shady garden courtyards of date palms and orange trees. When sunset comes, adjourn to one of Dubrovnik’s famous ‘hole in the wall’ bars with terraces hanging above the sea, then fine dine on the city walls at Restaurant 360°.
DAY 2: DUBROVNIK TO MLJET
Your Adriatic charter yacht will move to Mljet, a tranquil, densely forested island known for its twin lakes and Benedictine monastery. Swim in the crystal clear lakes, cycle through the pine forest, dive the antique shipwreck offshore, and visit Odysseus’ Cave. Guests can explore the ruined Roman palace at Polace or stroll the picturesque harbour of Pomena village, before returning to the yacht for a candlelit meal on deck.
DAY 3: MLJET TO KORČULA
The island of Korčula enchants with its ‘mini-Dubrovnik’ capital, rolling vineyards, and desperately pretty beaches backed by mountains. Explore the Venetian architecture of Korčula Town, take a winery tour through world-class vineyards, or eat lunch on the dazzlingly beautiful Pupnatska Beach. Offshore, a tiny archipelago beckons with its pine edged coves for an afternoon of watersports, before finishing the day at the stylish Maksimilijan Garden Lounge & Beach Bar.
DAY 4: KORČULA TO HVAR
Day four of your Adriatic charter brings you to Hvar, a jet-set island of romantic piazzas, rolling lavender fields, and glamorous nightlife. Begin by exploring the treasures and boutiques of Hvar town, before cruising out to the Pakleni Islands for a long lunch at the famous Carpe Diem Beach Club. Sunset cocktails might be at the iconic Hula Hula Bar, before an evening on the sophisticated terrace of Adriana Hotel, high above Hvar’s superyacht marina.
DAY 5: HVAR to VIS
Vis is best known for its ethereal Blue Cave, which is a must-see on a Croatia yacht charter. The island also offers one of Europe’s most spectacular beaches at Stiniva, the dive wreck of a B-17 Flying Fortress Bomber plane, and some excellent wine-tasting. The seafood on Vis is spectacular, and dinner at the iconic lobster taverna, Konoba Jastožera, is highly recommended.
DAY 6: VIS TO BRAČ
The island of Brač is world famous for Bol Beach, where a thin spit of sugar white beach extends far out into the turquoise sea. The stonemasonry village of Pučišća is considered one of the most beautiful towns of Europe, while divers might like to explore the underwater caves at Lučice Island, or float through an abandoned submarine pen in the yacht’s tender or kayak.
DAY 7: BRAČ TO SPLIT
Your charter will finish in the magnificent city of Split, where palm trees line the seafront promenade The Riva, and the Emperor Diocletian’s Roman palace dominates the old town. Be amazed by the grandeur of Diocletian’s Palace, from the vaulted basement to the Temple of Jupiter, then take in a performance at Peristyle Square. You might like to take the short cruise to Trogir, a splendid fortified town, before returning to Split for an early evening promenade along The Riva, looking out towards the Dalmatian islands you just cruised through on your Croatia yacht charter.
Promising Venetian palaces, ancient temples and turquoise seas, a Greek Islands yacht charter through the Ionian archipelago is a decadent journey of discovery.
DAY 1: CORFU
Join your Greek Islands yacht charter in Corfu, a stunning UNESCO listed city with resplendent Venetian palaces, mighty fortresses, and Parisian arcades. After you’ve explored the treasures of Corfu Old Town, the yacht will move the yacht along the spectacular coastline to Palaiokastritsa, a charming village surrounded by a quiet paradise of turquoise bays and olive groves.
DAY 2: CORFU TO PAXOS
On day two of your Ionian luxury yacht vacation, the yacht will move to Antipaxos, best known for its blinding white sand beaches and glimmering turquoise sea. After a leisurely morning of swimming and snorkelling the yacht will cross to Paxos, where you’ll explore the glowing sea caves before heading to the picturesque port town of Gaios for the evening.
DAY 3: PAXOS TO LEFKADA
Lefkada boasts some of the Mediterranean’s most dramatic beaches, with vast limestone cliffs falling away to vast sweeps of beach, hidden grottoes, and blue-green sea. One of the world’s finest windsurfing locations, Lefkada also offers cliff and mountain hiking trails, hidden waterfalls, and a pretty archipelago of tiny islands just offshore.
DAY 4: LEFKADA TO ITHACA
Ithaca is a place of mythical beauty, and its sunny olive groves and lovely beaches are thought to be the birthplace of Homer’s hero, Odysseus. This an island for walking and dreaming and lazing about at anchor, before heading to the capital of Vathy for a memorable evening meal in a waterfront taverna.
DAY 5: ITHACA TO KEFALONIA
Rugged Kefalonia is the next breathtaking stop on your Greece yacht charter. The yacht’s captain will take you to Melissani Cave, a vast flooded cave where light pours through the cave roof, turning the water a radiant, blinding blue. Lunch might be in the colourful port town of Fiskardo or at anchor off Myrtos Beach, before a late afternoon trip to the ruins of the medieval capital, Agios Georgios, and an evening concert among the stalactites in the immense Drogarati Cave.
DAY 6: KEFALONIA TO ZAKYNTHOS
Zakynthos is a highlight of any Greek Islands yacht charter. Its famous Shipwreck Beach is one of the most photographed beaches on earth, with a vast smuggler’s ship stranded on the sands under a ring of immense cliffs. Nearby, the coast is riddled with blue sea caves and archways to explore by kayak, and divers may see loggerhead turtles and even the extremely rare Mediterranean monk seal.
DAY 7: ZAKYNTHOS TO KATAKOLO
The mainland town of Katakolo is the jumping off point to the magnificent ruins of Olympus, birthplace of the Olympic Games. Wander through the Temple of Hera and the vast stadium, and check out the on-site museum. Back in Katakolo, be sure to visit the marvellous Museum of Ancient Greek Technology, where you’ll see Plato’s ingenious alarm clock and the first military catapult. Enjoy your last evening on the yacht, dining on deck and chatting about all the wonderful things you’ve seen on your Greek Islands yacht charter.
Turkey’s Turquoise Coast is cruising paradise, as you anchor in perfect-blue green coves, mingle with the jet set in elegant Bodrum, and explore the ancient city of Ephesus.
DAY 1: GOCEK
Join your Turkey charter yacht on the Turquoise coast at Göcek, where you’ll leave the bustling marina and get underway for the utterly breathtaking Fethiye, where lush forested hills slope steeply way into emerald and turquoise water. Cruise to the famous Ölüdeniz lagoon, one of the finest beaches in the Mediterranean, before berthing in Fethiye Marina and exploring the town.
DAY 2: FETHIYE TO MARMARIS
Wake in the morning for a swim and breakfast on deck, before cruising to Ekincik, where you’ll leave your yacht to take a cruise up the Dalyan River, admiring the incredible Lycian tombs carved into cliffs on the river banks. Explore the UNESCO-listed site of Kaunos, an ancient trading city crumbling into ruin, before returning to your yacht and heading on to Marmaris to wander through the Turkish bazaar and the old town in the evening.
DAY 3: MARMARIS TO DATCA
The Datça Peninsula is a vision of unspoilt perfection, with rocky coves so beautiful that the Ancient Greeks believed Zeus himself had created them. Anchor in a dreamy landscape of pine forest, olive groves and vivid blue sea, and enjoy a blissful day swimming off the back of the yacht and trying out the watertoys. If you’re a history lover, a visit to the ruined harbour city of Knidos is a must.
DAY 4: DATÇA TO BODRUM
The elegant city of Bodrum has become a superyacht hotspot in recent years, with its enchanting combination of history and glamour. Wander along the pretty laneways of whitewash and bougainvillea, and visit the Bodrum Castle and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. When night falls, the famous nightlife of Bodrum kicks off, from rooftop terraces by the marina to the open air super-club, Halikarnas.
DAY 5: BODRUM TO TURKBUKU
Have a lazy lie-in while the Captain moves the yacht out to anchor in a stunning cove. Refresh yourself with a swim off the yacht and a late brunch on deck, before cruising on to Turkbuku, a favoured destination of the elite just outside Bodrum. Known as Turkey’s St Tropez, Turkbuku has some superb luxury offerings, including Maçakızı Beach Club, the perfect place to while away an afternoon on a Turkey yacht charter.
DAY 6: TURKBUKU TO ALTINKUM
You’ll anchor in the Cove of Gulluk and head ashore to the ancient city of Didim, where the columns of the Temple of Apollo still stand tall against the sky. Return to your yacht for a cooling swim and a long lunch on the aft deck, before making your way to the lively beach bars of Altinkum for sunset cocktails by the sea. The yacht will then transit overnight to the next destination.
DAY 7: EPHESUS AND KUŞADASI
A visit to Ephesus on your Turkey yacht charter will never be forgotten. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, this ancient Greco-Roman city dazzles with its Temple of Artemis, amphitheatres, baths and grand terrace houses. After exploring, return to your yacht for the short cruise to the resort town of Kuşadası for your final evening aboard the yacht before flying out of Izmir.