For your next sailing holiday, particularly in the eastern Mediterranean but in some other surprising places as well, consider chartering a gulet. Today's gulet is now a modern charter boat built for a unique vacation experience enjoyed in complete passenger comfort and luxury living aboard
On our 2018 Mediterranean charter we made a spot decision to spend time in Sicily. We chose to sail out of Palermo, a convenient base for going east to the Aeolian Islands or west and south the same distance to the Egadi Islands. But the main factor was a near-new Oceanis 38 available just 3 days out from charter
After an uneventful passage from Villefranche-sur-Mer to Corsica, a 95 nautical mile passage to the port of Calvi, we had nine days to deliver our boat to its Ajaccio base. Just enough time to explore Corsica’s west coast and visit northern Sardinia, as long as we kept moving
A sailing charter in the South of France suggests a cruise among the super yachts along the Côte d'Azur, the glitz and glamour of the Riviera. There's more to the French Mediterranean coast; westward lies another charter experience, where the coastline is dotted with seaside towns and quiet bays.
The Ionian Islands lie off the west coast of Greece. Reaching them is a little more complicated than getting to Greece's Aegean sailing holiday destinations that are accessible by ferry or charter directly out of Athens. The Ionians are worth the effort however, with the bonus Gulf of Corinth experience if time allows.
After many enjoyable years in the charter business and experiencing other great sailing destinations, it was time in 2017 to return to Greece. Back to where it the very idea of the Mediterranean charter boating began: a bareboat sailing holiday around the Ionian Islands.
In August 2017 Sail Connections' Robert Cross took time out of the office for a two-week sailboat charter in Croatia. Here Robert reports on his sailing holiday adventure aboard a Dufour 350 travelling from Dubrovnik to Split return.
If considering a charter boat holiday with family or friends, don't go past New Caledonia, with its stunning natural features and charming mix of French and Melanesian culture
An ideal Croatian boat charter may mean overnighting in a quiet bay. Or perhaps hopping from town to town for fun and excitement. While the bay stopover may be free of charge, marina charges in Croatia can add up
The Turkish coastline is longer than that of any other Mediterranean country. On southwestern Turkey, the “Turquoise Coast”, is a popular and safe bareboat charter destination.
Just offshore southwestern Turkey, the Dodecanese are nevertheless very much Greek islands. From charter bases in Kos and Rhodes, explore this historic, diverse group of islands that straddle east and west.
With growing interest in boat charters out of Thailand and Malaysia, Sail Connection's Robert Cross chartered a catamaran in the low season, to find out for himself the nature of the weather at that time of year and how suitable it is for a sailing holiday. Here's Robert's account of the trip.
The Cyclades group of islands offers some of the best charter boat sailing on the Aegean Sea, with unforgettable experiences of Greek life in every port
The Ionian Islands stretch some 250km down the western coast of Greece from Corfu to Zakynthos. A bareboat or skippered yacht charter here in the Ionian Sea presents untold opportunities for a sailing vacation second to none.
There are so many places to go on a sailing vacation in Greek waters, that we must split the subject of our highlights package into five local regions. The Saronic Gulf is the most accessible to ports of entry, being on the doorstep of Athens.
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