Eastern Mediterranean yacht charters afford a yachting experience like no other: some of the world’s most diverse cruising grounds are brought to life by rich cultures and stunning conditions. Each day guarantees to be different, whether exploring grand bazaars, dining on finely prepared meze or exploring the waves on the latest water toys.
The irresistible charm of the Turkish and Greek coastlines – which are surrounded by clear waters, secret coves, and enchanting destinations – will engulf your senses and satiate your desire for adventure. The lesser-travelled path definitely rewards those brave enough to take it. As such, we’ve compiled this weeklong itinerary to exemplify that delights on offer in this enticing region and to get you on your way.
Chartering a yacht in Turkey provides a luxurious gateway to the exotic East. Beginning inLevent Marina in the cosmopolitan city of Izmir on the country’s Western coast, yacht charterers canbegin their seafaring adventurein a modern marina that offers high-end shopping, fine dining options and a close proximity to historic attractions, such as the Ephesus Archaeological Museum. The area’s fascinating history is perfectly captured in this ancient city. Wander aroundwell-preserved buildings and experience unique insights of past civilizations. The former port, built in the 10th Century BC, includes the Temple of Artemis, which is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Next, drop anchor offshore from Türkbükü- south of the Bodrum peninsula. Türkbüküis a yachting playground, where a stylish bar culture, wonderful restaurants and first class boutique shopping experiences can be found on tap. By day, unwind at the Ship Ahoy Beach Club for an exclusive glimpse into Turkey’s modern façade. Dine at Miam for an authentic culinary experience: the view of the water is inimitable, as is the seafood-based menu. For a memorable night out and sumptuous cocktails visit Pasha, a chic open-air club with a difference.
Swap Turkish delights for gorgeous Greece by cruising to nearby Kos. The second largest of the Dodecanese Islands is one of the most charming to visit and provides a stark cultural contrast to Turkey. Life here is at a slower pace. You can swim or snorkel in the crystal blue waters, eat in taverns with views to die for, or wander the island’s rich historic ruins. Explore Asklepion – a historic site that dates back to 5th Century BC. Hike to the top of Zia Park for a panoramic view of the surrounding islands.
Bring your Eastern Mediterranean yacht charter to an emphatic culmination in Bodrum, the capital of the Turkish Riviera, which has everything to satiate even the most discerning of seafaring travellers.Whether sitting at anchor in the bay and hearing the call to prayer, watching the sun set over the Castle of St Peter, wandering the city’s narrow streets, enjoying a traditional Hamman, or dining at a fine restaurant – such as Kokadon, a traditional courtyard diner –your guests will be spoilt for choice in Bodrum.
For those with a penchant for only the finest sailing experiences, we recommend chartering S/Y PANTHALASSA for your dream yachting experience in the Eastern Med. At 56.00m in length, and with the luxurious feel of a large motor yacht, this Perini Navi-built vessel is an iconic sight in ports around the continent. Her modern interior accommodates up to 12 guests in six spectacular staterooms. S/Y PANTHALASSA is currently offered for charter with a reduced price of EUR 200,000/week in the low season.
Alternatively, consider investing in M/Y STEP ONE – the ideal yacht on which to explore the Eastern Mediterranean on your own terms. The 55m vessel, which is part of Amels’ limited edition 180 series, is the ultimate cruising superyacht. This stunning yacht for sale comfortably hosts 11 guests in uncompromising luxury and features interiors designed by renowned designer Laura Sessa. Other special features include a split-level sun deck, a vast upper deck, five luxurious staterooms, a Jacuzzi and helipad.
Head east in 2017 to experience Turkey, Greece and beyond from the comfort of a luxury superyacht charter.