West Mediterranean Yacht Charter
Discover a Mediterranean yacht charter the Engel & Völkers Yachting way. Our dedicated team of yacht charter brokers draw upon years of industry experience to help craft unforgettable bespoke cruising itineraries along the French Riviera and in Corsica and Sardinia, Italy and Spain’s Balearic Islands on board a motor or sailing yacht charter handpicked to match your requirements. Experience the freedom that a crewed motor yacht charter in the Mediterranean offers as your yacht Captain sails from one glamorous destination to the next. Awaken the senses with the sight of the sparkling, turquoise waters near Porto Cervo, Sardinia; taste freshly caught dorade at St Tropez’s Club 55, on the French Riviera; feel the beat atop one of Ibiza’s vibrant rooftop bars; and fall asleep below deck to the sound of gentle waves in the bay of Portofino, on the Italian Riviera - just a sample of what you can expect from a crewed Mediterranean yacht charter with Engels & Völkers Yachting.
French Riviera Yacht Charter Mediterranean Ocean
It’s hard to name just one reason why destinations along the French Riviera appear in nearly every Mediterranean yacht charter itinerary. Perhaps it’s the glitz and glamour of Monaco? Or the laid-back coastal chic of St Tropez. Whatever the reason, there’s no doubt that this sparkling stretch of azure coastline is best discovered from the ocean on board a crewed yacht charter.
DAY 1 - ANTIBES TO CANNES
Once you’ve had a chance to soak up the atmosphere inside Antibes wonderfully preserved ramparts, it’s time to cruise towards Cannes. Your yacht captain will organise the yacht’s tender to drop you ashore to shore to stroll the famous Croisette.
DAY 2 – CANNES TO ST TROPEZ
After a night sampling the night-life that Cannes is famous for, relaxing on board as your charter yacht sails towards St Tropez. Spend the afternoon exploring the maze-like streets of the old town or ask the yacht Captain to organise a wine tasting experience at one of the many local vineyards.
DAY 3 – ST TROPEZ TO PAMPELONNE BEACH
A short cruise around the coast from St Tropez, Pampelonne Beach is home to the legendary Le Club 55. Since it first opened in 1955, this beach venue is the place to be seen in summer. Arrive for lunch, order a magnum of Cristal, and settle in to enjoy one of the Riviera’s most iconic yacht charter experiences.
DAY 4 – PAMPELONNE BEACH TO CANNES ISLANDS
After a busy first few days on charter, make use of the many special features found onboard your charter yacht - from the top deck Jacuzzi to the sea level beach club, without forgetting all the toys - as the yacht cruises back towards Cannes where it drops anchor in between the Lérins Islands.
DAY 5 – CANNES ISLANDS TO NICE
Nice may not enjoy the glittering reputation of its Côte d’Azur neighbours, but it is a beguiling city that is overflowing with Michelin-starred restaurants, organic wine bars and cool independent boutiques perfect for picking up that unique souvenir of your yacht vacation.
DAY 6 – NICE TO VILLEFRANCHE-SUR-MER
Today, it’s an easy sail around the Cap de Nice into the neighbouring bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer. The view from the ocean towards the pastel pink buildings of the village is breathtaking. After a promenade in Villefranche don’t miss a chance to visit Eze – a medieval village with excellent restaurants.
DAY 7 -VILLEFRANCHE-SUR-MER TO SAINT-JEAN-CAP-FERRAT
Today enjoy an alfresco lunch feast on the aft-deck of your crewed sailing or motor yacht or perhaps take a tender into Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat or Beaulieu-Sur-Mer to eat at one of the many waterside restaurants. Beaulieu’s African Queen is a long-standing favourite.
DAY 8 – SAINT-JEAN-CAP-FERRAT TO MONACO
Some may say we’ve left the best till last. With more than its fair share of luxury boutiques and fine dining venues, not to forget the opulent Monte Carlo Casino and recently renovated Hôtel de Paris, there is no shortage of suitable options to celebrate the end of this French Riviera yacht charter and start planning your next.
Corsica & Sardinia Yacht Charter Mediterranean Ocean
Separated by a little over ten kilometres at the Strait of Bonifacio, Corsica and Sardinia may be part of France and Italy respectively but along with a proud, vibrant culture both share spectacular stretches of secluded coastline only accessible by sailing, which have made these two islands must visit destinations on any yacht charter in the Mediterranean.
DAY 1 - AJACCIO, CORSICA
A smorgasbord of Corsican specialities - such as charcuterie, cheese and wine - prepared by your yacht chef will be awaiting you as you board your motor or sailing yacht charter in Ajaccio, the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte and Corsica’s capital.
DAY 2 – AJACCIO TO BONIFACIO
The cruise into Bonifacio is one of the highlights of any Mediterranean yacht charter. Majestic limestone cliffs rise out of the ocean form a gateway into Corsica’s oldest town. From the port, explore the old town perched atop.
DAY 3 – BONIFACIO TO LA MADDALENA ARCHIPELAGO
Located between Corsica and Sardinia, La Maddalena Archipelago is a world-renowned National Park. Drop anchor and make use of the toys onboard, swim in the tranquil waters or simply relax on deck and enjoy special features such as the Jacuzzi.
DAY 4 – LA MADDALENA ARCHIPELAGO TO PORTO CERVO
As your yacht Captain sails towards Porto Cervo, start the day with a healthy breakfast and perhaps even a spa treatment. Founded by The Aga Khan in 1967, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo is the superyacht hub on the island and the gateway to the sublime Costa Smerelda (Emerald Coast).
DAY 5 – PORTO CERVO TO PORTO ROTONDO
Saving the best to last, Porto Rotondo is a slice of paradise on the Sardinian coast. Spend your last day on board your yacht charter sipping on fresh fruit cocktails and dipping in and out of the calm turquoise waters before settling in for Champagne and caviar to end a luxury yacht vacation to remember.
Italy Yacht Charter Mediterranean Ocean
Synonymous with the Cinque Terre National Park, where dramatically placed seaside villages seemingly cascade into the ocean, the Italian Riviera offers an array of Mediterranean yacht charter highlights; including the regal town of Genoa and the natural beauty of the island of Elba.
DAY 1 – SANREMO TO GENOA
Meet your crewed motor or sailing yacht in Sanremo, less than an hour and a half from Nice airport and Monaco. With a glass of welcome Champagne in hand, watch the scenery as your yacht Captain sails to Genoa, a city with a rich maritime history and an old town full of cosy bars and restaurants.
DAY 2 - GENOA TO PORTOFINO
Portofino is a favourite place of many celebrities and you’ll immediately understand why as you dock next to pastel coloured buildings and designer boutiques. After a stroll around the charming village, don’t forget to live the dolce vita at the restaurant or spa Splendido Hotel!
DAYS 3 & 4 – PORTOFINO TO CINQUE TERRE
We recommend saving more than one day in your yacht charter itinerary to explore the sublime villages of the Cinque Terre national park. Vernazza, Monterosso, Manarola and Riomaggiore boast a spectacular coastal setting, while Corniglia watches over its waterfront neighbours from its position high up on a coastal promontory.
DAY 5 - CINQUE TERRE TO PORTO VENERE
A favourite destination of the poet Byron, soak up the summer holiday atmosphere in the narrow pedestrian streets of Porto Venere, at the eastern end of the Italian Riviera as your chef prepares the catch of the day for an alfresco dinner to remember.
DAY 6 – PORTO VENERE TO VIAREGGIO
Where the Italian Riviera meets Tuscany, Viareggio is a gateway to the medieval towns of Pisa and Lucca. Or, simply relax on board your motor and sailing yacht charter and sample local cuisine prepared by the yacht chef, washed down with a rich SuperTuscan red wine.
DAY 7 VIAREGGIO TO ELBA
A touch of the Caribbean in the middle of the Mediterranean, the island of Elba is just off the Tuscan coast and an easy sail from Viareggio. Discover one of Europe’s best-kept secrets: its beaches. An unforgettable high to signal the end of an unforgettable luxury yacht charter.
Balearic Islands Yacht Charter Mediterranean Ocean
The four islands of the Balearics each boast a distinct personality. Classic, stylish Mallorca; energetic, boisterous Ibiza; natural, breezy Menorca; and laid-back, bohemian, Formentera. Getting to know each of them on a Mediterranean yacht charter is all is part of the fun!
DAY 1 – IBIZA TOWN
Embark on your Balearic yacht charter in the marina of Ibiza town; surrounded by luxury superyachts, soak up the summer atmosphere. Relax, perhaps even with an onboard spa treatment, as you prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime evening out to celebrate the first day of your yacht charter holiday.
DAY 2 – IBIZA TOWN TO FORMENTERA
One of the least visited destinations on a crewed yacht charter in the Mediterranean, Formentera is a hidden secret worth making the effort to discover. Popular with artists in the 1960s, the island still retains a bohemian vibe, along with an abundance of natural beauty and secluded beaches and coves.
DAY 3 – FORMENTERA TO CABRERA ISLAND
Your yacht captain will drop anchor in the sheltered bay of Cabrera, an uninhabited island - and local favourite - off the coast of Mallorca. After an afternoon swimming and sipping on Mallorcan wine, enjoy a delicious dinner under the stars, prepared to perfection by your yacht chef.
DAY 4 – CABRERA ISLAND TO PALMA
Palma, the capital of Mallorca, is a vibrant and stylish town, with impressive Gothic architecture; especially its majestic cathedral. Wander its picturesque streets before settling in for a meal in its bustling port; home to a tantalising array of waterfront restaurants.
DAY 5 – PALMA TO MENORCA
Menorca offers a return to nature after the cultural buzz of Palma. The island may lack the crowds of its neighbour, Mallorca, but it doesn’t lack spectacular coastline and idyllic beaches. Cala Morell is a particular favourite.
DAY 6 – MENORCA TO PUERTO SOLLER
To ensure the last day of your yacht charter is a memorable one, cruise back to Mallorca and drop anchor in the tranquil waters near Puerto Soller, a pretty fishing village, set at the bottom of the dramatic Tramuntana mountains. A moment - and yacht vacation - to remember.