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Yacht Charter Mediterranean

Sail the Mediterranean and enjoy great weather and some of the most wonderful sailing areas in the world, with exciting islands, archipelagos and protected reserves.

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Highlights

  • Crystal-clear aqua blue waters
  • Rich traditions & history
  • Sun-drenched balmy summers

Mediterranean Sailing Vacations

Mediterranean guest enjoying yacht vacation on board

On your Mediterranean sailing vacation, you can discover ancient worlds, including the Romans in Naples, Greece, the birthplace of western civilization and democracy, and the Lycian settlements in Turkey. If you love history, you won’t be short of ruins to undercover and increase your understanding of the region. 

If you love nature, you’re sure to enjoy the Mediterranean’s nature parks, where you can hike, swim, snorkel or just relax. Highlights include uninhabited islands, dolphins, loggerhead turtles and whales.

The beaches in the Mediterranean are spectacular. Anchor in secluded coves and discover black sand on volcanic islands or long stretches of golden sand. If you want to explore ashore, you can wander fishing villages or cosmopolitan resort towns.

Our Mediterranean yacht charters enable you to enjoy some of the finest dining, from chic French cuisine to Italian pasta, Greek salads to traditional Croatian cooking.

Wherever you want to sail in the Mediterranean, we have the perfect yacht charter for you.

Yacht Charter Mediterranean

From exciting islands and chic resorts to spectacular beaches and magnificent nature reserves, a Mediterranean yacht charter has it all. Start your Mediterranean sailing odyssey from bases in Spain, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Greece or Turkey.

Turkey

Calm waters and kind winds along a stunning undeveloped coastline.

Spain

Perfect yacht vacations exploring the Balearic Islands.

Montenegro

Visit ancient towns and beautiful beaches along rugged, mountainous coastline.

Italy

Sail the stunningly dramatic coastlines of Sicily, Naples or Sardinia.

Greece

Trace ancient civilizations and explore some of Europe’s finest beaches.

France

Endless diversity from the glamorous French Riviera to gorgeous Corsica.

Croatia

Island hop the Adriatic and experience the beauty of Croatia.

Locations to visit in the Mediterranean

Croatia

Explore the wonders of the Kornati National Park, Brijuni National Park and the Krka waterfalls on a Med yacht charter. Stroll Dubrovnik’s city walls, see Pula’s impressive amphitheater or visit the islands of Hvar, Vis and Korčula. We have bases in Pula, Trogir, Šibenik and Dubrovnik.

France

There are so many things to do in the Mediterranean. Immerse yourself in the glamor of the French Riviera from our bases on the Côte d’Azur, or get close to wildlife among Corsica’s nature reserves and charming bays.

Greece

Get to know the individual island groups of the Ionian, Cyclades, Dodecanese, and the Saronic Gulf. Taste delicious Greek food, trace ancient civilizations, tour UNESCO sites and relax on some of the Mediterranean’s finest beaches.

Italy

Explore the rich archaeology of Naples and its bay with the Pontine Islands, Phlegraean Islands and Amalfi Coast. Sail Sicily and head to the Aeolian or Egadi Islands, or sail Sardinia’s Emerald Coast and La Maddalena archipelago from our base in Olbia.

Montenegro

On your Med yacht charter, you can sail in the Bay of Kotor and marvel at the wonder of UNESCO Kotor, where you can climb the hundreds of steps up the mountain to a Venetian fortress. Fine beaches await at Budva or explore Perast, Herceg Novi and Stari Ulcinj.

Spain

Embrace the beauty of the Balearic Islands from our base in Mallorca, the gateway to Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera

Turkey

From our base in Fethiye, you can follow the trail of the Lycians, an ancient civilization that has left a trail throughout the Skopea Limani Gulf. See Antalya’s rock cut tombs, visit the UNESCO city of Kaunos city, relax in mud baths or anchor in attractive creeks.

When is the best time to visit the Mediterranean?

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The best time to visit the Mediterranean is between the spring and fall. The region experiences a warm, dry climate with a long sailing season. The summer months between June and August offer the hottest days and warmest sea temperatures, making it an ideal time for your yacht charter in the Mediterranean.

Sailing trips in the Mediterranean to suit your budget 

If you want to keep your flight costs low, sail the Mediterranean’s shoulder seasons of spring and fall. You’ll avoid the crowds, some marina and mooring costs may be lower and you’ll still enjoy good weather.

What are the sailing conditions in the Mediterranean?

The sailing conditions in the Mediterranean vary depending on where you sail. Some regions have wind systems that require more experience than other areas. Greece’s Ionian islands are popular for calmer winds.

Mediterranean wind systems

Mediterranean wind systems vary and can include: Bora and jugo in Croatia, Mistral in the French Riviera, Sardinia and Croatia; Meltemi in Greece’s Cyclades and Dodecanese island groups and Tramuntana and sirocco in Spain.

What are the mooring fees in the Mediterranean?

The mooring fees in the Mediterranean depend on when you are sailing and where. In some countries the marinas are modern with superior facilities and cost a little more. Marinas are popular in the peak season, so book ahead of your Mediterranean sailing vacation where you can, or turn up early.

There are many ways to find low cost moorings in the Mediterranean, such as dining at restaurants which offer moorings, anchoring in bays or using local fishing harbors where the fees are lower than in marinas.

What are the national park fees in the Mediterranean?

To enter national parks in the Mediterranean you may have to observe specific regulations and pay fees to support local conversation. Make sure you read up on them before your Mediterranean yacht charter.

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Useful information for Mediterranean yacht charters

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What is the currency in the Mediterranean?

The currency in the Mediterranean varies from the Euro to Croatia’s Kuna and Turkey’s Turkish Lira.

What is the Wi-Fi connection like in the Mediterranean?

Ashore, you’ll find good Wi-Fi hotspots in bars and restaurants in the Mediterranean. Some of our bases in the Mediterranean have free Wi-Fi at the marina or give you the chance to purchase Wi-Fi for your yacht.

You can buy a local SIM card but you may find them expensive.

What is the best way to get to the Mediterranean?

You can get to the Mediterranean from the US via connecting flights from European regional hubs. 

We can help with airport transfers and most of our Mediterranean bases are close to airports, as well as being perfectly placed for the region’s main attractions.

Discover Mediterranean sailing with Dream Yacht Charter

Yacht hire Mediterranean

Sail some of the Mediterranean’s finest cruising grounds with our yacht hire in the Mediterranean. Choose from catamarans and monohulls and find your dream yacht.

Skippered yacht hire Mediterranean

Sailing experience isn’t needed to enjoy a Mediterranean sailing vacation – all you need to do is hire a skipper. Your skipper will sail your yacht for you while you relax.

Mediterranean crewed charters

Enjoy the ultimate Mediterranean sailing vacation with our luxury crewed charters with discrete, professional crew. Personalize your itinerary and menu to suit you and your guests while your crew takes care of everything.

Mediterranean sailing vacations

Let us do all the planning for you with our full board stateroom charters. Reserve a modern, double cabin with private bathroom and our professional captain will show you destination highlights while your chef serves your meals.

Mediterranean sailing itinerary

The Mediterranean offers so much variety, and our local teams have shared their knowledge for our seven and 14-day itineraries to help you plan your Mediterranean yacht charter, whether in France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Montenegro or Turkey.

Whether you are sailing islands or enticing coastlines, anchoring in secluded bays or heading for beaches, we’ve got some of the best Mediterranean sailing itinerary suggestions for you.

Why should I book with Dream Yacht?

Dream Yacht Worldwide is now the world’s leading yacht charter company and offers you:

  • A diverse fleet of yachts with a wide variety of models and manufacturers to suit every type of sailor.
  • We have +60 exciting destinations and we’re a pioneer in finding new sailing grounds.
  • You can be assured of our commitment to customer service excellence.
  • You’ll receive a warm and friendly welcome from our base teams who will share regional tips, recommendations and advice.
  • We’re also a trusted seller of new and used boats and an innovator in charter management options – sailing is our business.

What licenses do I need to hire a yacht and sail myself?

The skipper of a yacht has primary responsibility for the safety of the crew and yacht at all times. Many destinations require just relevant experience demonstrated by a sailing resume.

To charter in the Mediterranean, it is mandatory that you hold a sailing license recognized by the local port authorities for bareboat charters in Italy, Greece, Croatia, Spain, Malta, Montenegro and Turkey. Other destinations that require a license include Madagascar, Seychelles, Thailand, Brazil and Sweden. For Belize, the port authority will issue a certificate of competency and an application is made on arrival.

You must take your proof of competency and original certificate with you on your charter. We advise you to contact our team about your qualifications and destination requirements before booking.

By accepting the yacht contract you are confirming that you and/or members of your crew are capable and competent to sail the yacht in the conditions and cruising area of the charter. We reserve the right not to hand over the yacht if, after inspection, it is the opinion that the charterer is not, or may not be competent to be in charge of the vessel.

What is a skippered yacht charter?

A skippered yacht charter is when you rent one of our boats for you and your guests and a professional skipper sails it for you. No sailing experience is needed.

You will need to choose a yacht with a cabin for your skipper to sleep in as they are responsible for your yacht for the duration of your charter. We will find the skipper for you once you have found your perfect destination and yacht.

You will need to pay for your skipper’s food. You can invite the skipper to dine with you on board or out at a local restaurant.

What is the difference between crewed and by the cabin charters?

Our by the cabin charter charters offer exciting destination tours on a set itinerary crafted by our destination experts. You can book a double cabin and private bathroom and will share the boat with other guests who have booked the other available cabins. You will be looked after by a professional skipper and hostess with itineraries ranging from three to 11 nights. There is a set menu and included meals and drinks vary depending on location.

Can you tell me about your yachts?

Our super premier yachts are less than 12 months old from their first charter date, while premier yachts are less than three years old from their first charter date. Our yachts are well maintained and undergo regular, scheduled technical inspection.

In case of emergency, you can rely on our hotline, at any time, seven days a week. If you experience a technical failure affecting major and important parts of the yacht, we will repair the failure within four hours of receiving your call during working hours (8am to 5pm). If you lose more than four hours (during working hours), we will compensate you for one full day. If the repair takes more than one day, we will provide you with a similar boat or compensate you on a pro-rata basis. If restrictions to this guarantee apply in specific areas, this will be detailed during the charter check-in at the base.

Do I need insurance?

We highly recommend you arrange travel insurance in case you need to cancel for an unexpected reason to cover non-refundable deposits. Please make sure you have personal travel insurance that covers sailing.

We will insure the vessel throughout the charter with first-class insurers against all risks, to provide permission to charter as under contract terms and to cover third-party liability.

The following options are available in limited locations:

  • Security Deposit: This varies on the size of the boat and when the boat is returned without damage it is refunded.
  • Damage Waiver: The charterer agrees to pay a non-refundable damage waiver at the time of booking, as well as a reduced damage deposit on embarkation that is refundable upon completion of the charter should no damage occur.

Ever considered a Cabin Cruise?

As pioneers in the industry, Dream Yacht was one of the first to develop the Cabin Cruise concept. It’s an ideal choice for solo or couples travelers seeking relaxed adventure, exotic destinations, and unique local cultures in an intimate, social setting – in comfort at sea.

Our promise

Private accommodations

Comfortable and private standard double cabins with ensuite bathroom

Curated itineraries

Experience world-class destinations, local culture and excursions with our expertly curated itineraries

Accessible

An affordable and intimate experience without the need to book an entire yacht or provide sailing qualifications

Vetted crew

Enjoy our professional crew with a strong local knowledge and friendly service

Full board meals

Enjoy fresh and delicious cuisine prepared and served daily

Choose your mood

Relax on deck socializing with fellow travelers, kayak or snorkel from your yacht, or enjoy exploring ashore

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