Our friends at Trip Advisor recently sent us an email with some stunning images of 20 awe-inspiring places you must see. The locations were selected by their members.
Several of the spots were accessible by yacht or could easily be accessed by land during a luxury yacht charter vacation.
From the locations submitted by the members, we’ve selected our favorite three for you to see:
1. PULPIT ROCK – Ryfylke, Norway.
The Pulpit Rock (“Preikestolen” in Norwegian) soars 604 meters over the Lysefjord. This flat mountain plateau, was most likely carved and formed from melting ice over 10,000 years ago.
Her yacht charter rates start at $140,000 per week, plus expenses.
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She’s not scheduled to splash down until 2018, but that’s not keeping eager Greek yacht charter clients from placing deposits for vacations next summer on this new 40 meter yacht.
The Sunseeker 131 motor yacht AQUA LIBRA 131 is still in her build shed in Dorset, but the buzz surrounding the opportunity to secure a brand new yacht to explore the Greek islands has prospective customers stepping forward to secure prime dates.
“Two reservations have already been secured for summer 2018,” says a smiling Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters. “One client has secured 4 nights in late June and another grabbed the first 14 days of July. It’s always so great to see dates locked down a full year in advance.”
While it is true that affluent travelers are not inclined to secure private luxury yacht charter vacations so far in advance, they will pony up early when they see a unique opportunity. Motor yacht AQUA LIBRA 131 presents such a scenario.
For years, Greece has remained one of the most popular summer cruising destinations – dozens of islands can be visited, and the number of historical points of interest dated to the beginning of civilization are in the hundreds. Oh yeah – the warm weather in the summer is spectacular!
But for all the destination’s allure, the yachts that offered charters in Greece were often considered inferior in overall comfort and quality to those yachts HNWI’s could charter in France and Monaco, along the Côte d’Azur.
Greek yacht operators, in a testament to their seafaring heritage, often offered wooden ships, called motorsailers (or “gulets” as they are known in neighboring Turkey) to the charter market. As charming as these traditional vessels are, they simply lack the sophistication of ultra-modern superyachts. Whereas you are hard-pressed to find a motorsailer with an open-air Jacuzzi-style tub on the deck, it is nearly impossible to find a superyacht that doesn’t have at least one hot tub on deck – as well as other luxury amenities like onboard cinemas, spas, beauty salons, and helipads.
Yacht owners in Greece, and indeed the Greek people themselves, are a wonderful and proud lot – and they should be! They live in the cradle of civilization, and so much of our modern technical gains in math and the sciences can be traced back to the Hellenic culture. It is understandable to see why they have held to their traditional ways – and their traditional yachts.
Still, HNWI’s want what they want – and for the well-heeled, a superyacht filled with modern amenities is the preferred mode of transport during an ultraluxury holiday.
That leads us to Sunseeker motoryacht AQUA LIBRA 131, now accepting charter reservations a full year before her build is completed. The British-built tri-deck Sunseeker 131 epitomizes everything that HNWI’s seek in their superyacht experience: accommodations in sublime surroundings, immense scale, and a layout that lends to relaxing and socializing with friends and special guests.
Here’s how Sunseeker describes their own 131 model:
“Expertly finished using ultra-modern materials and techniques, the 131 Yacht is one of the finest examples of modern day superyacht building. The main deck features a lounge, separate dining area and full galley, while on the upper deck you’ll find the sky lounge, cocktail bar and access to the skydeck; where comfort and lavishness reach new levels. As impressive out in open water as it is in the harbour, this icon of design is unlike any other.”
Guest accommodations are available for up to 10 passengers in 5 staterooms:
As you would expect, all staterooms offer ensuite facilities.
For indoor entertainment , the yacht offers a Sonos AV System, with video on demand, as well as Apple TVs, and full satellite services. Of course, the yacht offers Wi-Fi on all decks.
Don’t plan on staying indoors too long, because Greece is all about the scenery and the warm Aegean sea. To enjoy the ocean, this new yacht will have a complete inventory of watersports equipment, including:
There are many other Sunseeker models currently in charter in the Mediterranean. While builders with classical style yachts such as Lurssen and Benetti tend to attract older charterers, Sunseeker yacht charters appeal to young entrepreneurs and their families. There’s a modern, contemporary “Vibe” onboard a Sunseeker. No shot at Lurssen and the classic models – Sunseeker simply offers a different feel, and for a different charter client.
Other Sunseeker vessels currently available include:
Sunseeker 116 motor yacht FLEUR
Sunseeker 130 yacht THUMPER
Sunseeker 155 superyacht PRINCESS AVK
As the new AQUA LIBRA 131 Sunseeker continues to attract attention – and bookings, it is likely that more and more owners of new-build yachts will forgo the traditional Western Med ports of France and Monaco, and position for the summer in the Eastern Med in Greece – Opa!!!
Even the little Kallikantzari hobgoblins will crawl out from the underground when this beautiful, new yacht is delivered to Greece next summer — like a Christmas gift during the summertime!
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The naval architects at Espen Oeino International S.A.R.L. continue to raise the bar of superyacht design with their latest offering – Sunrise Yachts motor yacht IRIMARI.
Delivered to her owner in July, the 63 meter yacht is currently cruising in the Greek islands. So far there is no word if the vessel will be entering the Greek yacht charter fleet.
Sunrise 63 yacht IRIMARI is scheduled to make her official debut at the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show this month.
Per our friends at Boat International, one exciting “superfeature” to be expected inside motoryacht Irimari is “…a video wall spanning two decks!”
Based in Monaco, Espen Oeino International is considered one of the leading design studios of private yacht charter vessels, especially in the category of Superyachts. Their portfolio includes Lurssen motor yacht MARTHA ANN, and the world’s largest yacht available for charter, Fincantieri yacht SERENE.
The launch of yacht IRIMARI marks the first of the Sunrise 63 series to splash down for the Turkish builder. The Espen Oeino designed yacht features interiors by Focus Yacht Design and naval architecture by Unique Yacht Design. Built with a high tensile steel hull and aluminum superstructure, the yacht has a transatlantic range of 5,000 miles, and a top speed of 17 knots.
[After her owner spends some time onboard, our fingers are crossed in the hopes we will see this beautiful yacht enter the charter marketplace]
Interested in chartering a yacht like this one? Here is a sampling of some of the newest yachts for hire.
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Planning a yachting holiday this year? If you haven’t selected your specific dates yet, here’s a great idea to add a little extra, “Pizzazz” to your superyacht experience: Select your charter dates to coincide with the cycle of the full moon!
There’s just something extra special about being anchored in a protected cove with a sea of stars above, when suddenly, a rust-colored orb begins to appear on the distant horizon, pushing slowly into the air. As it rises, the color changes from rust to white, growing brighter and brighter by the minute. Finally, the bright full moon ascends to its lofty place among the stars above, casting lunar light across your yacht’s deck. You sit with your family and friends, mesmerized by the natural beauty of the night – grateful to be at sea enjoying this special experience together.
To help you plan a moonlit yacht charter holiday, here is the full moon calendar for 2106. Keep in mind that you’ll have nights both before and after the full moon that will add plenty of moonlight to your adventure.
21 May (Blue Moon)
To maximize the opportunity for clear skies and great weather, match your full moon dates with a seasonal destination. For example, if you are considering a Florida yacht charter vacation, March and April offer warm (but not hot) weather, and minimal chances for rain. The same idea holds true for a Greek yacht charter in summertime, as August and September usually offer clear skies, fewer winds, and smooth sailing…
Which full moon date from our calendar would you most like to experience this year? Please leave a comment below!
Let a yacht charter specialist help you organize a true superyacht experience – from choosing the right destination, to selecting the right wine for dinner! Contact the team at 1-800 Yacht Charters today. Call 305-253-7245 (Florida and international) or 1-800 922-4824 (toll free North America).
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You’ve decided to charter a motor yacht in Greece for a week. What an exciting idea! You can’t decide whether you want to go on a Trinity Yacht Charter or a Feadship Yacht Charter, and you’re also thinking that sail boat charters are also a romantic way to vacation.
Thoughts go through your mind.
Regardless, all Greece yacht charters are fun, educational, and adventurous – no matter what kind of private yacht you enjoy.
If you haven’t exercised in a long time, you’ll want to prepare your body with some basic exercises before heading to the Aegean.
Since you’ll be hiking up rocky hills and exploring historic landmarks like the Parthenon and the Acropolis, do a series of ankle stretches, ankle rolls, and knee bends to prepare.
Since all megayachts have stairs that you’ll descend and ascend each day on your boat, practice climbing stairs with a stairmaster, walking manual stairwells in your area, or just simply walking an inclined area where you live.
Visiting landmarks is wonderful, but it does entail a lot of walking. To maximize your cardio (heart) and overall fitness, just walk. Park your car far from a store when you grocery shop. Walk around the block and enjoy nature. Take your dog for a long overdue walk. Hop on the treadmill and go for a stroll.
No worries. The best thing is that you really don’t NEED exercise for your Mediterranean yacht charter event – it is just good for your heart, your mind, and your overall attitude! Your crew will do the majority of the exercising during your yacht charter, but you will also be exercising for fun in your daily activities onboard! The food on your yacht charter will be amazing, too, and it will be based on your desires!
Mega yacht charter vacations, whether on a sail boat charter or a superyacht, are a great way to travel – they are good for the mind as well as the body!
For more information and to book your Mediterranean yacht charter, call 1-800-YACHTCHARTERS or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Greece. The perfect vacation. Ideal for yacht charter. Although it is great to escape the cold weather for a few days with a Caribbean yacht charter, the exotic calls. For instance, you want to experience new and different locations. But where? Greece is the word. (See what we did there?)
Just imagine. Summer vacation. School’s out. The kids are home for several weeks. The chance to bask in the sun for an extended stay is the epitome of total relaxation beckons. You want to show the kids an exotic destination. One with education combined with family time. .
Nowhere is the idea of extended rest and relaxation more evident than in the Greek islands. Here, in the ancient land of the Gods, it sometimes seems as if time stands still.
A Greek yacht charter adventure features a wide array of itineraries with a heavy emphasis on the sheer pleasure of sailing in a locale so steeped in history and yet so amenable to the sailor looking for all the luxuries and convenience of the modern world.
The shimmering waters, superlative beaches, and intriguing towns and villages make Greece a must-visit summer destination.
First the bad news – recent legislation in Greece has led to an increase in the country’s VAT rates.
Now for the good news – the increase is small, and depending upon the duration of your superyacht experience, the “effective rate” should have a minimal effect on most Greek yacht charters this summer.
A new VAT rate of 24% has been announced for Greece, and it will affect all yacht charters commencing on or after June 1st, 2016. The old rate was 23% – making the maximum increase 1%.
While 24% VAT sounds sky-high, don’t fall out of your chair just yet: there are significant built-in discounts that can reduce the effective VAT rate by up to 60% – depending upon the duration of your charter vacation.
Here’s the math:
I) Charter duration of 3 days or more.
Luxury yacht charter vessels performing international cruises have a discount of 60%. This makes the effective VAT rate 9.6% (up from 9.2%).
Charter vessels cruises within Greek waters will earn a discount of 50%, setting the effective VAT rate at 12% ( previously 11.5%).
II) Charter duration up to 48 hours.
This is where you get hammered as a charterer for taking a day excursion or a trip shorter than 48 hours. There is NO discount, regardless of where the vessel cruises. A full VAT of 24% is due (instead of the previous 23%).
In summary – avoid short-term charters in Greece if you can. As long as you can extend your charter beyond 48 hours, the impact of the effective change in VAT is less than 1%. Mykonos and Santorini here we come – Opa!!!
For information about renting a luxury charter yacht in Greece, or anywhere else in the Mediterranean this summer, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at +1.800.922.4824 (toll-free North America) or +1.305.253.7245 (international), use our online inquiry form here, or email email@example.com
The yacht’s 11-meter beam (the width of the vessel) creates an unprecedented amount of volume. The interior includes a luxurious owners’ suite, with private cockpit and deckhouse. The main deckhouse offers a formal dining area as well as an entertainment lounge.
Unique points of interest:
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Motor sailor gulet yacht IRAKLIS L was an instant success story when she entered charter. She is the perfect platform for a luxury sailing charter holiday.
Within 2 months of entering charter, she secured 90 days of charter reservations!
Six spacious cabins accommodate up to 14 passengers. Her master stateroom is on the main deck and has a double bed. Her VIP cabin, located on the lower deck, also offers a double bed. Two guest cabins have double beds and one single bed/sofa, making them perfect for children, a couple, or kids and a nanny. There is one cabin with a double bed and the last guest cabin has two twin berths.
Designed by Lally Poulias, each cabin features en suite bathrooms. These bathrooms have hydro-jet showers and marble appointments. Some feature double sinks for added convenience. All cabins offer flat screen TV with satellite programming, including DVD, CD, and MP3 players.
The salon and the dining area create a large open area. The panoramic windows throughout offer breathtaking views. Rich red-tone woods exist throughout the vessel. For musical fun, there is a Glavinova karaoke piano in the salon.
The deck includes a large, elevated area for sun-worshipers. Forward of this, there is room for sitting and enjoying the views.
Zero speed stabilizers ensure total comfort in rough seas. This feature is rarely found on similar traditional Greek motor sailors and Turkish gulets.
The yacht carries a 5.5-meter tender with a 150 hp engine. It has enough power to pull guests on waterskis. There are watersports toys onboard, for instance, a three-seat 210 hp Yamaha waverunner, a windsurfer, snorkeling equipment, and fishing gear. Iraklis L carries a full complement of SCUBA gear and an air compressor.
Here are her remaining available dates for charter:
May – available May 1 through 7 in Naples, Italy, Amalfi Coast
June – no available dates
July – available July 4 through 12 in Athens, Greece
August – available all month
September – available Sept 1 through 10, Athens, Greece
To book your own Eastern Mediterranean holiday, click https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/to visit our site.
With a top speed of 32 knots, yacht O’PATI can effortlessly take guests from a secluded Ionian beach to a cosmopolitan port in the Cyclades in what seems the blink of an eye.
Her professional crew of 8 stand ready to tend each charter guest’s every need.
While this superyacht has a seductive appearance, there is much more to be discovered beyond the first visual impression. Spacious deck areas from the bow, to the flybridge, to the main aft deck offering ample comfort.
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