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Alaska Yacht Charter Holiday Travel

If you want to see humpback whales cavorting in the sea, grizzly bears feeding on salmon and mighty glaciers crashing into the sea, the only way to do it is to explore Alaska on a yacht. Cruise liners can also take you along the same routes but a smaller yacht can take you much closer to the shoreline so that you can feel the spray of cascading waterfalls on your face! Yachts can also sail through narrow channels used by local fishermen and stop in remote villages which a bigger cruise liner simply cannot access.

Alaska’s unspoiled wilderness is breathtaking beautiful. You will see bald eagles, porpoises, sea lions and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Aboard a Crewed Yacht Charter or a Skippered Yacht Charter, your captain will be fully aware of glacier activity and can take you to places from where you can watch whales and dolphins. If you opt for a Bareboat Charter and sail yourself, a little research about sailing conditions is advised.

It is impossible to navigate through all of Alaska in a limited period because its coastline extends over 54,000 kms. Mentioned below are the three main sailing routes in Alaska.

The Inside Passage

This typically begins and ends in Vancouver, British Columbia or Seattle, Washington. Over 8 days and 7nights through Southeast Alaska you will sail past British Columbia’s fabulous coastline and visit Alaska’s panhandle ports such as Juneau (the state capital), Ketchikan, Sitka, Skagway and Haines and return back to Vancouver or Seattle. The protected Glacier Bay National Park is a must-see.
This is an extremely scenic route that takes you through channels and straits between islands. You will sail past thick forests, glaciers, waterfalls and snowcapped mountains. You will spot many people kayaking in the waters as this area is a favourite with kayakers.

Gulf & Glaciers

Your journey begins in Seattle or Vancouver and you go north to Whittier, Seward or Anchorage through Alaska’s panhandle ports mentioned above, the Gulf of Alaska and Prince William Sound with its awe-inspiring glaciers. This is a one-way journey and you fly back from your last port.

Only Alaska

You can begin and end your yachting holiday in Alaska itself. The wonderful thing about the yacht charters is that you get to explore remote places and sail through less-frequently traveled waterways and inlets. With the right yacht charter company you can plan your own itinerary and go kayaking, hiking and whale watching.

Best time to sail: Mid-May to Mid-Deptember

Read about Greek Islands Yacht Charter Holidays and find out when and where to sail through Greece. Also explore Honeymoon Cruise Destinations for more cruise ideas.

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Greek Islands Yacht Charter Holidays

There are over 3,500 islands in Greece which means you can never tire of exploring. History, culture, quaint villages, great food and wonderful weather from April to October create the perfect ingredients for a fabulous sailing holiday.

If you go on a crewed yacht charter or a skippered yacht charter, you can plan your route along with your captain and anchor at wonderfully isolated bays. If you plan to navigate yourself and opt for a bareboat charter then take time to acquaint yourself with the islands. Wind conditions can vary vastly along the different islands and some areas are only recommended for very experienced sailors.

The Greek islands are grouped into five island areas. Each set of islands offers something unique in terms of its geography and historic sites.

The Saronic Islands – The coast of the Pelopennese – The Argolic Gulf

This is an extremely popular area for cruise liners and charter boats as it has ideal sailing conditions and islands with wonderful beaches. This area is also perfect for those who are looking for shorter sailing trips.

The Saronic islands include Aegina, Hydra, Poros and Spetses and you will see innumerable yachts around their marinas. If you want a slightly quieter holiday you may want to head to the more unspoiled islands of the eastern Pelopennese.
The historical cities of Nafplion and Tolo and the marinas of Porto Heli, Astros and Leonidio in the Argolic Gulf along the Pelopennese coast offer superb sailing.

Best time to sail: April, May, June, September and October. It can get uncomfortably hot in July and August.

The Ionian Islands

Corfu, Kefalonia, Zakynthos, Lefkada, Kithira, Ithaki and Paxi comprise the 7 Ionian islands. These islands are very different from those you will see in the rest of Greece. For one, they are truly verdant with lush fields and olive groves. Secondly, their architecture reflects Italian, English and French influences and yet the islands are quintessentially Greek. The beaches are gorgeous and the hillsides covered with pine and maquis.
A lot of fishing is done in this area so navigators should watch out for fishing nets. The winds are generally mild but there can be strong gusts on the eastern side of Ithaki and Zakynthos islands.
Best time to sail: June to September

The Northern Sporades Islands

Evia, Alonissos, Skiathos, Skopelos and Skyros make up the Northern Sporades islands. They are located off the eastern coast of mainland Greece. This is a popular sailing region and has been since ancient times when trade ships passed through on their way to Turkey and the Middle East. The sailing conditions are very good and the region has abundant marine life, ancient ruins and some truly magnificent beaches.

Best time to sail: June to September

The Cyclades Islands

The Meltemi wind is strongest in the peak summer months of July and August and hence this route is only recommended for experienced sailors. If you opt for a skippered yacht charter then your local skipper will be well aware of the sailing conditions.

The Cyclades islands are grouped into three clusters:
The Southern Cyclades Islands: Milos, Kimolos, Folegadros, Sikinos, Ios, Santorini and Anafi
The Middle Cyclades Islands: Serifos, Sifnos, Antiparos, Paros, Naxos, Schinoussa, Iraklia, Koufonissia, Donousa and Amorgos
The Northern Cyclades Islands: Kea, Kithnos, Andros, Syros, Tinos, Mykonos, Delos and Rinia

On these islands you will find the whitewashed houses, sandy beaches and rocky cliffs that you see in tourist brochures. Of late the Cyclades have also become quite famous for their vibrant nightlife.

Best time to sail: May to October.

The Dodecanese Islands

They are located between the coasts of Greece and Turkey and are breathtakingly beautiful. Some of the islands have natural springs and are therefore greener. The weather is mild and the beaches are pristine. You will also find some interesting historical and religious sites on the Dodecanese islands. Rodos, Kos, Patmos, Leros, Kalymnos, Astypalea, Kasos, Karpathos, Nissyros, Symi, Tilos, Kastelorizo and many other smaller islands comprise the Dodecanese.

The Meltemi wind blows here in summer and can be quite strong in the north. The wind is also a bit unpredictable so a little caution is advised.

Best time to sail: April to November

Read about Alaska Yacht Charter Holiday Travel and find out when and where to sail through Alaska. Also check out Honeymoon Cruise Destinations for more cruise ideas.

If you would like to find our more about the different types of yacht charters read Yacht Charter Holidays.

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Yacht Charter Holidays

One of the best ways to enjoy your holiday travel is aboard a yacht. You can just charter a yacht and then set your own course and sail at your own pace. Unlike big cruise liners, your holiday will be more tranquil. Greece, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, Alaska, Turkey and Australia are just some of the places that offer you incredible opportunities to go sailing in crystal blue waters. If your budget doesn’t permit, you may want to consider Cruise Holidays as an option.

Generally private yacht charters are available on a weekly or daily basis but most companies are flexible and can tailor your trip to the duration you desire. A misconception is that yacht charters are for the super rich. Unless you are thinking of a luxury yacht charter with a big crew and luxurious interiors, a yacht charter holiday can cost you as much or slightly more than a regular holiday. The reason is that you do not pay separately for hotel stays and meals can be cooked on board. The choice of yacht, whether you plan to sail yourself or hire a skipper and crew as well as the duration of your charter will determine how much the charter will cost you.

There are three basic options available if you want charter a yacht: Bareboat Charter, Skippered Yacht Charter and Crewed Yacht Charter.

Bareboat Charter

If you are an experienced sailor then you may want to go for this option. Bareboat charters mean that you choose a yacht from a charter company and sail it yourself. The yacht is fully equipped and ready to sail when you go aboard. You are required to put down a security deposit which is refunded when you return the yacht in the same state you got it in. A Bareboat Charter allows you to drop anchor wherever you like and sail at your own pace.

Skippered Yacht Charter

This is perfect for those who either don’t want to or can’t navigate the boat. Your yacht will be skippered by an experienced captain who may be the owner of the yacht or he may be employed by the charter company. The skipper knows the area and waters very well and can take you to isolated bays, suggest shore trips and recommend great local bars and restaurants. For those learning to sail, he may even provide valuable sailing tips.

Crewed Yacht Charter

If you are many people on board or don’t mind paying more, you should opt for a Crewed Yacht Charter. In addition to an experienced skipper, a cook and/or hostess will sail with you and if necessary you can increase the size of your crew to suit your needs. This undoubtedly is a very luxurious way to sail. Some charter companies also organize sightseeing trips and provide kayaks, snorkeling gear etc.

Sailing Conditions

Before you book your yacht charter check the weather, wind and sea conditions along your chosen route. Choppy seas, fierce winds and rain will mar your holiday.

Recommended Sailing Routes

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Alaska Yacht Charter Holiday Travel

Greek Islands Yacht Charter Holidays

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