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Yacht Charter Mediterranean 2024

Discover the ultimate Mediterranean yacht charter guide with Northrop & Johnson. We offer a complete selection of the best Mediterranean private charter yachts available for rent this season in Europe – featuring exclusive locations, itineraries, and boat prices. Northrop & Johnson offers a choice of crewed motor and sailing superyachts for hire in the Med from US$50,000 per week in FranceGreeceItalyCroatiaTurkey, and many more summer charter destinations, with tailor-made boating itineraries.

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Why charter a luxury yacht in the Med this summer?

  • Picturesque villages and vibrant cities
  • Great fishing and fresh fish
  • World-class restaurants
  • stunning scenery and pretty sheltered bays
  • Incredible food and fine dining
  • Mediterranean climate
  • Beautiful beaches and people
  • Island-hopping adventures
  • Crystal-clear waters and calm seas
  • Scenic coastlines
  • World-class marinas and service providers
  • Exclusive beach clubs and resorts
  • Warm hospitality

Best yachts for charter in the Mediterranean

Motor yachts for charter in the Mediterranean

Sailing yacht rentals in the Mediterranean


Mediterranean Yacht Charter Destinations

Chartering in the Mediterranean offers a unique yacht charter vacation experience. Enjoy picturesque villages and vibrant cities, incredible food and fine dining, stunning scenery and pretty sheltered bays, beautiful beaches and people, crystal-clear waters and calm seas, scenic coastlines, and world-class marinas and service providers – all while enjoying island-hopping adventures, great fishing, fresh fish, world-class restaurants, exclusive beach clubs and resorts, and warm hospitality under the sun-drenched Mediterranean climate.


The most desirable destinations selected by yacht charterers last year in the Med

Mediterranean Yacht Charter Destinations

Typically, the Mediterranean is divided into Western Mediterranean yacht charters and Eastern Mediterranean luxury yacht charters. These two areas are very different regions to explore.

What are the best Mediterranean yacht charter itineraries?


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Choosing a Yacht for a Mediterranean Yacht Charter

Northrop & Johnson’s charter brokers in Monaco, Fort Lauderdale, and worldwide have access to over 1,000 charter yachts to rent available in the East and West Mediterranean, including luxury charter vessels from renowned shipyards Sunseeker, Princess, Amels, and Feadship in multiple models. Mediterranean yachts are available from popular embarkation ports such as Nice, Monaco, Mykonos, Ibiza, Athens, Barcelona, Dubrovnik, and more.


What type of yacht can you hire in the Mediterranean?

Aerial shot of Sailing Yacht LAMIMA for Charter in the Med

Enjoy the unrivaled experience of setting sail on a crewed sailboat charter in the Mediterranean.

vivere motor yacht right facing profile

Indulge in unrivaled comfort and utmost luxury on a motor yacht for charter in Europe.

LONESTAR Catamaran for Charter | N&J Catamarn Yachts for Charter

From Catamarans to Trimarans, enjoy the perfect combination of enhanced stability and sailing experience.

236-foot (72m) explorer yacht BLUE DE NIMES profile

Explore the most remote destinations in style on a crewed explorer yacht charter in the Med.

What are the best charter yachts available in the Mediterranean this summer?

Northrop & Johnson has access to all private crewed charter yachts on the market, plus off-market yachts for charter. We are here to help save you time by working on your behalf to handpick the best charter vessels based on your needs and then managing every aspect of your yachting holiday. Contact our private yacht charter specialists, and they will show you which yachts are available for your dates, budget, and party size. They will also craft an incredible charter itinerary that expertly meets your needs.

Our selection of the best yachts for charter in the Mediterranean

Our selection of the motor yachts for charter in the Mediterranean

Our selection of the sailing yachts for charter in the Mediterranean

Everything You Need to Know About a Mediterranean Yacht Charter

How many people can I take with me on a Mediterranean boat rental?

Most luxury boat rentals have five or six staterooms or cabins in various configurations, including twins, double, queen, and king beds. On most charter yachts, you can customize the configuration of the cabins dependent on the number of guests. This will allow you to take between six and 12 charter guests. Depending on the charter vessel, staterooms may include ensuite bathrooms, state-of-the-art entertainment systems, private study areas, and walk-in wardrobes. Larger mega yachts may have additional cabins for staff members like nannies, security, or personal butlers.

What are the sleeping arrangements aboard a yacht?

It depends on the yacht. For example, you could ask for a master cabin that is separate from your yacht charter guests if you want enhanced levels of privacy. If you are one big family, you can request a yacht with cabins closer together. If sleeping arrangements, including the placement of cabins, are an important consideration, then let your charter broker know.

Are kids allowed on a yacht charter?

Of course, kids are welcome aboard a yacht charter in the Mediterranean. Most yachts welcome nannies, too, with some larger superyachts having additional staff rooms specifically for nannies. A yacht charter offers a wonderful family vacation. Onboard amenities, including swimming pools and cinema rooms, are guaranteed to keep youngsters entertained, as too are the water toys, such as snorkeling gear, inflatables, fishing gear, and kayaks. With advanced notice, the crew can also arrange fun, kid-friendly activities, such as treasure hunts or fun fancy-dress parties.

Where do the crew sleep on a yacht?

The crew quarters are separate from guests. Charter crew are highly professional and are trained to provide exceptional service levels with the utmost discretion. They will be as visible as you want them to be.

How long is the luxury yacht charter season in the Mediterranean and when is the best time to go?

The best time to charter a yacht in the Mediterranean is between May and October.

Summer yacht charters in the Mediterranean are most sought after in July or August, but June after the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix is typically viewed as the season’s start date. Some charterers prefer off-peak season trips to avoid crowds and kids and to enjoy
the warm, quieter waters of September and October. Let our yacht charter brokers know your dates and budget, and we will do the hard work for you, including finding the right luxury boat for your dates and desired experiences.

What is the air temperature in the Med by month?

It will depend on where you go, but these are a guide to air temperatures on a Mediterranean superyacht charter in France/Italy:

  • May – 20C/68F
  • June – 24C/75F
  • July – 30C/86F
  • August – 35/95F
  • September – 30C/86F
  • October – 25C/77F

What is the water temperature in the Med by month?

It will depend on where you go, but below is a guide to water temperatures on a Mediterranean superyacht charter in France/Italy:

  • May – 20C/68F
  • June – 23C/73F
  • July – 25C/77F
  • August – 26C/79F
  • September – 24C/75F
  • October – 23C/73F

How long is a Mediterranean yacht charter?

How long you charter a private yacht in the Mediterranean is up to you and will depend on your cruising itinerary, but an average yacht charter in the Med will be seven days. Northrop & Johnson’s charter specialists have booked luxury yacht charters for a week, 10 days, two weeks, and often longer. Contact our charter experts if you want to book a yacht vacation in the Mediterranean.

When should I book my motor or sailing yacht charter in Europe?

If you know the superyacht and the crew you would like to book next summer, it is imperative that you reserve your spot at least six months in advance. Popular boat types, like a Ferretti or Sunseeker charter yacht, are always in high demand. Last-minute yacht charters are also available and often at a competitive price; however, this often means forgoing your first boat of choice. Contact a yacht charter broker at Northrop & Johnson and let them find your ideal boat.

How much does a Mediterranean yacht charter cost?

The cost of a yacht charter in the Mediterranean with Northrop & Johnson starts at about $50,000 per week and will include the charter yacht and crew. You will then be charged for additional costs, including fuel, provisions, marina fees, and other expenses in your advanced provisioning allowance (APA). For larger and newer superyachts, you can pay up to $500,000 per week, not including the APA .

What is an Advance Provisioning Allowance, or APA?

The Advanced Provisioning Allowance acts as a bank account and is designed to cover expenses that cannot be fixed in advance, such as food and drink, fuel, and berthing fees. The APA is typically around 25 to 35%. of the yacht charter fee and is paid before the charter commences. The captain is responsible for logging all APA expenses, and you can view the expenses at any time during your boat charter. Any funds left in the APA at the end of your charter holiday are immediately refunded to you.

Where are the best airports to fly into to easily embark your charter yacht in the Mediterranean Sea?

Depending on your itinerary, these are some of the most accessible airports for easy arrival for your private yacht charter:

  • Nice Cote D’Azur Airport
  • Monaco Heliport
  • Ibiza Airport
  • Mykonos Airport
  • Athens Airport
  • Naples Aiport

What can I expect on a crewed yacht charter in Europe? What do the crew do?

The crew aboard a yacht charter is there to ensure you have the best possible charter experience. Whether cruising in France, Italy, Croatia, Spain, Greece, or Turkey, the yacht crew are there to make your yachting holiday one to remember.

What will the crew do for me on a Mediterranean superyacht charter?

Northrop & Johnson does not handle bareboat yacht charters. All our superyacht charters include a captain, or skipper, and a crew who will make your yacht charter vacation the best experience possible in the Mediterranean in the heart of Europe. A typical crew will include a captain, deck crew, interior crew, and a private chef. Additional crew may include a sommelier, personal fitness trainer, and beauty therapists. The exact roles of the crew will depend on the size and type of your vessel, but you can expect:

  • A captain who is responsible for navigating the yacht and ensuring that all safety regulations are followed
  • Deck crew who take care of the yacht’s exterior, including maintenance tasks such as cleaning, refueling the vessel, water sports activities, and more
  • Interior crew who provide five-star guest services such as serving meals, drinks, cleaning and maintaining the interior, including staterooms, laundry, and more
  • A chef who will prepare gourmet meals to your liking.

Ultimately, the crew will strive to make your experience enjoyable and stress-free by handling even the smallest details during your luxury yacht charter.

Can I decide which meals will be made onboard a yacht charter?

Yes, the menu is completely up to you. You and all guests will provide a preference sheet prior to embarking so the chef and interior crew can provision and have all of your favorites aboard the yacht.

“As a chef, I believe in using fresh, locally sourced ingredients to create unique and flavorful dishes that are tailored to my guests’ palate. I take pride in creating truly memorable dining experiences that are sure to please.”
Chef onboard  a private yacht

How do I book my luxury yacht charter in the Mediterranean?

After you’ve decided on the destination and dates and even the yachts and itineraries you’re interested in, our charter brokers will take it from there. Contact a Northrop & Johnson charter broker and we will discuss all your wants and needs with you, and then we will send you a short list of available yachts for charter that fit your criteria. Once we have found the right yacht for you, we will draw up a MYBA contract and work with the yacht’s charter manager to make your Mediterranean yacht charter vacation a reality. We will handle everything from organizing the payments, the APA, and even the arrival and departure.

Do I sign a contract for a yacht charter in the Mediterranean?

When chartering a yacht in the Mediterranean, you will need to sign a charter agreement or contract. This contract will outline the terms and conditions of your yacht charter, including the duration of the trip and details of any additional services that you may require. The agreement will also stipulate how much you will be expected to pay in terms of the charter fee and may include other important information such as insurance policies, liability waivers, and maintenance requirements.

How can I pay for a yacht charter with N&J?

You will pay Northrop & Johnson directly for your yacht charter, including the APA.

What commission does the yacht charter broker take?

The yacht charter broker takes a fee of 15% of the total charter fee.

When should I go on a Mediterranean yacht charter? For how long and how much will it cost me?


Western Mediterranean Yacht Charters

Eastern Mediterranean Yacht Charters


What are the most searched destinations for Mediterranean yacht charters at the moment?

Modern yacht cruising off the coast of Monaco | Yachts for Sale | N&J

Which is better, a Mediterranean or Caribbean yacht charter?

Whether a Mediterranean yacht charter or a Caribbean yacht charter is best will depend on your personal preference. However, typically, the Mediterranean is the charter destination of choice during the western hemisphere’s summer months, while the Caribbean is a popular superyacht destination during the winter months. Popular Mediterranean cruising grounds include the Amalfi Coast, the Greek Islands, the Balearic Islands, the French Riviera, and the Dalmatian Coast. All of these destinations offer upscale marinas, refined attractions, and world-class service providers for an incredible holiday on the water.

What are the top boat brands to rent in the Med?

In Europe, yachts from all shipyards are available for charter. Whether you want to rent a Westport, a Lurssen, a Sunseeker, or a Heesen, we have all the boats available to charter. Browse our top picks or save time and get in touch with a broker who has up-to-date availability and yacht charter pricing by request.

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