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Brokers Missy Johnston and Carolyn Titus at Northrop and Johnson Worldwide Yacht Charters in Newport, Rhode Island, have had a tremendous influence on the evolution of the charter industry. Missy served as the industry's liaison to the U.S. Coast Guard during the creation of the Passenger Vessel Safety Act, while Carolyn helped to create what is today the largest annual charter yacht show in Europe. Both are longtime members of the American Yacht Charter Association, which Carolyn helped to found. Northrop and Johnson Worldwide Yacht Charters is also a member of the Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association.
Northrop and Johnson has been a pioneer in worldwide yacht charter, supplying unparalled service for more than 50 years, and is welcome in every port. With more than 50 years' combined experience in the yacht charter industry, Missy and Carolyn have extensive experience and knowledge of the world’s finest yachts, crews, and cruising locations. They both travel extensively inspecting yachts, seeing cruising locations, meeting with crews, and attending and speaking at worldwide industry seminars. They apply their high-quality standards and ethics to everything they do, making top-notch service the hallmark of Northrop and Johnson Worldwide Yacht Charters.
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Friday, 15 November 2013 09:34
Priene Rebuilt Columns Apollo Temple
If you want to explore ancient sites from Hellenic and Roman times, then cruise in Turkey on a crewed yacht charter and stop to see the ancient site of Priene.Located on the Turkish Coast just above the Bodrum Peninsula, Priene is easily visited by docking in Didim.Sitting in a lovely cluster of pine trees, the ancient ruins of Priene are still very much intact.Dock in Didim on a crewed yacht charter along the western coast of Turkey and explore the ancient site of Priene, nestled into the Turkish countryside.
Located originally on the Meander River, Priene was subsequently moved after silting, changes to the terrain and an earthquake to the location of today.Alexander the Great moved the city of Priene to the current location in 350 BC where the city was rebuilt as a model city of the time.However even then Priene was located on cliff sides and terraces overlooking a great deep harbor.Today, due to silting, Priene overlooks a great plain used for farming.In return for founding the new city of Priene, Alexander the Great asked for a temple to be built to Athena and dedicated to himself.The dedication inscription stone is now located in the British Museum.The Temple of Athena became a landmark in the city of Priene in ancient times, and is still today
Priene Fluted Column Ruins
Priene was a small city of around 6000 inhabitants; however the city was very wealthy, and being built as a model city, with built on a grid pattern with channels built ground level for a sewer system and aqueducts built above ground to funnel water to the city from springs.This created running water throughout the city and certain houses even had in-house toilets. The city was surrounded by thick walls anchored by fortress towers, with three gates for entrance through the fortified walls into the city. Within the city were private homes, temples, a theater, a bouleuterion, a large stadium and Hellenistic gymnasium, and in later centuries a Roman bath. Due to the local wealth, many of the buildings were built of marble dug from nearby quarries.
Priene Ancient Roadway from West Gate
Today, hiking up to the ruins, the visitor will see five Ionic reconstructed columns silhouetted against the sky.Re-built in 1965 on the site of the Temple of Apollo, the reconstructed columns are three meters shorter than originally built, and were pieced together from column rubble found around the temple base. Access to visit Priene now, is generally by the original street, still in place. Enter from the West Gate and head up the marble paved street, which ends in stone steps leading up to the Temple of Apollo. Felt to be one of the most outstanding surviving examples of an entire Greek city, still in place in situ, changed only by the normal ravages of time, the ancient site of Priene is an extraordinary ancient site to explore while on a crewed yacht charter along the coast of Turkey.
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Friday, 25 October 2013 11:08
Yachts in Marmaris, Turkey Harbor
Cruise from Marmaris to Kekova along a coastline laden with ancient history, and archeological sites. For the history afficionaro, this is an excellent itinerary filled with Lycian, Greek, Roman and Byzantine remains, and even if historic sites are not for you, the beauty of the water, and coast will enchant. Where else can you snorkel over ancient harbors, quays, and foundations of buildings built hundreds of years ago, or swim around a Lycian Sarcophogus. This unique and beautiful cruising area is filled with something for everyone on a crewed yacht charter along the southern coast of Turkey.
Marmaris Castle and Quayside
Day 1: Board the yacht in Marmaris and settle in, perhaps having a drink on the aft deck in the shadow of the castle, while you survey the busy quay below. Marmaris is a historic town, however also a center for marine and charter activity on the southern coast of Turkey. Enjoy dinner on board or in one of the many quayside restaurants. Before or after dinner explore the castle ruins and the many alleyways of the bazaar spidering out behind the quay. Perhaps this will be your time for rug purchasing. Overnight in Marmaris.
Day 2: After breakfast, sail for the Bay of Ekincik, Here you will be met by a small flat bottomed river boat to take you up the Dalyan River to see the ancient ruins of Caunos and the Lycian Cliffside Temple Front Tombs. A guide is available if wanted. The Dalyan River Trip with or without guide is an additional cost. Caunos is an ancient Carian, Lycian, Greek, Roman and Byzantine city, with ruins left from all time periods including fortress walls, an amphitheater, Roman Baths, a Byzantine church, an agora, and other ruins indicating a wealthy trading city, with a harbor now silted in. Continue up the river to see the Lycian Tombs in the cliff sides, perhaps stopping to explore the town of Dalyan or to have a Dalyan River fresh seafood lunch. On return to your yacht head for a quiet anchorage for dinner on deck beneath the stars.
Day 3: An early morning departure for Kalkan. Lunch in a quiet anchorage and spend the afternoon exploring Kalkan, a pretty little village with nice shops. Be sure to head up the main shopping street to see an ancient Lycian Tomb sitting at the top, virtually in the middle of the street, with modern daily life continuing all around the base of the tomb.
Kekova Island - Shoreside Ruins
Day 4 – 5: Cruise to the area of Kekova, with Kekova Island protecting Kekova Bay to explore this area including Ucagiz and Kalekoy. This was a popular well inhabited area in ancient times, until an earthquake dropped much of the land into the sea, creating Kekova Bay and Kekova Island. Head out after anchoring in the yacht tender to explore Tersane Bay, where remains of the apse of a Byzantine church sit right on the beach. Surrounding this lovely little bay are ancient ruins tumbling down the hillsides and into the sea. Along the inland side of Kekova Island are the remains of the sunken city, with house foundations seen dropping right into the water. While this is not a location to snorkel, for protection of the remains, much can be seen from the tender, including shards of roof tiles and old amphorae on the bottom, amidst foundations and old quays. Ucagiz is a small town which has yet to be disturbed by tourism, with a number of Lycian sarcophagi clustered on a hillside close by. At Kale Koy, there is a single sarcophagus standing in the water, a great photo opportunity, and ruins of an old Roman mill. Do head ashore on this tiny little island and climb the steps to the medieval fortress at the top, with Roman bath ruins in the front, a tiny jewel of an amphitheater inside, along with several Lycian Temple Front Cliffside tombs, all great ruins from various time periods of civilizations that inhabited the area in centuries and millenniums gone by. Be sure to climb to the top of the castle for a great photo opportunity of Kekova Bay. Nearby for the ambitious is the Romanesque church of St. Nicholas in Myrna, and another superb example of Lycian Temple front Cliffside Tombs in Demre, sitting alongside a large Roman Amphitheater. Don’t forget to enjoy the lovely water in this area for swimming and water sports.
Day 6: Head back to Kalkan, dropping those interested ashore for a van trip to see the ancient ruins of the nearby cities of Xanthos,Patara and Letoon in the little village of Kas. Xanthos was the capital of the Lycian league which rose to the height of its splendor in the 10th century BC. Patara, known as the birth place of Apollo, was an important grain trade port in antiquity and is now mostly covered in sand dunes – still, it is an interesting place to visit. Letoon was a place of worship for the people of Xanthos and is cited in many guide books as one of the most delightful sites in Lycia. The foundations of three temples remain and a nice amphitheater. Meanwhile, after exploring Kas, your yacht can continue along this coastline, to be met at the end of the van trip in Kalkan.
Gemiler Island Byzantine Arch Overlooking Anchorage
Day 7: Leave from Kas in the morning to reach Gemiler Island by lunchtime. Following a relaxing afternoon of swimming and snorkeling over sunken ruins, take a tender boat ashore to explore the island. This island was an important Christian location during the Byzantine era, and once boasted 4 churches. Many ruins remain, including a covered walkway and cistern. Take advantage of the fabulous view from the summit and sit down with champagne glass in hand and watch the sun set over the sea. Those with the need for further exercise or interest in exploring can take the hiking trail on the mainland back into the mountains for a visit to Kayakoy village an abandoned Greek village from the mid-20th century, now a true ghost town.
Gocek Bay, Turkey
Day 8: An early morning departure from Gemilier to reach Gocek, and after breakfast disembark in Gocek.
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Friday, 25 October 2013 11:04
St. John - Trunk Bay
Sitting juxtaposed to one another and quite close together, both the U.S. Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands can be explored together on a crewed yacht charter, depending on the yacht flag and nationalities of the crew. All of the Virgin Islands, whether the U. S or the British Virgin Islands coexist in an area totaling about 45 square miles. The close proximity of so many different islands is unique to this cruising area offering a great number of anchorages, and islands to explore on a crewed yacht charter.
St. Thomas yacht quay
Day 1: Board in St. Thomas and cruise to Maho Bay, St. Johns to anchor overnight and enjoy a refreshing swim, snorkel and water sports.
Day 2: Cruise from Maho Bay, leaving the U.S. Virgin Islands to cruise to the West End of Tortola, where Soper’s Hole is located, to clear customs into the British Virgin Islands. The pirate Blackbeard, who real name was Edward Teach, once made his home in Soper’s Hole from 1715 to 1718. Called a “Hole” because of the protection offered by the deep cut of the anchorage into the surrounding hills, the harbor allows yachts to anchor with good weather protection. Soper’s Hole is a good spot to stop while on charter in the British Virgin Islands as the same protection and calm anchorage that made Soper’s Hole attractive to Blackbeard, is attractive to yachtsmen today.
Surrounding the dock area are a series of brightly painted Caribbean style buildings, that create a sense of a traditional Caribbean market place. Browse the shops for local artwork, crafts and jewelry made from a stone local to the British Virgin Islands, or stop for a bite to eat at the Pusser’s Landing Restaurant and store. Cruise to Jost Van Dyke to overnight.
Jost Van Dyke is a four mile-long barefoot paradise known for its casual lifestyle, fine beaches and beachfront restaurants and bars. There are several world famous bars located on this island including The Soggy Dollar named for a patron who swam ashore, with money to pay in his pocket; is the original home of The Painkiller Cocktail. Each New Year’s Eve, yachts create a giant raft up in Great Harbour to celebrate festivities at Foxy’s.
Foxy's - Jost Van Dyke
Although Jost measures just four by three miles, the island is rich in history. It’s been home to Arawak Indians, Caribs, Dutch, Africans and English. William Thorton, architect of the US Capitol, was born on Jost while John Coakley Lettsome, founder of the London Medical Society, was born on nearby Little Jost.
Great Harbour is sheltered by small mountains and offers moorings. Visitors look forward to meeting the famous Foxy while enjoying a rum punch.
Day 3: Cruise to Cane Garden Bay, Tortola, stopping for lunch perhaps at White Island for swimming on a secluded beach. Arriving by sea to Cane Garden Bay on the northern side of Tortola delights mariners with the colorful buildings and a long, palm tree lined beach. In front of the dinghy dock, located beside Quito’s Gazebo on the eastern part of the beach, are two intimate inns owned by Quito and Malcia Rymer. Quito is a well known BVI reggae recording artist who sings for the after dinner crowd at his inn as well as his restaurant, bar and nightclub, Quito’s Gazebo.
As you walk the full length of the beach and peer through the dense brush, you’ll find the real Cane Garden Bay. Visit Myett’s, the two story bar and restaurant and Olivia’s Corner Gift Boutique for native crafts.
Bitter End Yacht Club, Virgin Gorda
Day 4: Cruise to Virgin Gorda North Sound next to Necker Island for water sports and to overnight. North Sound, once home to the pirates Sir Francis Drake and Sir John Hawkins, was a remote quiet anchorage, rarely visited for centuries. In the early 60′s, a rustic bar and cottages were built clinging to the point of land on the north end of North Sound, intended for adventurous sailors. The Hokins Family arrived, fell in love with the area, and built the resort into what it is today, which while offering resort style accommodations and services, still operates in the true local Caribbean style. There are generators running to create electricity for the property and cisterns arranged to collect rainwater for water. Visit Bitter End Yacht Club for cocktails.
Day 5: Cruise to the Baths for snorkeling and exploring. The Baths is one of the most well known and popular landmarks to visit in the BVI. Gigantic granite boulders and half submerged rocks line the southern seashore of Virgin Gorda, creating grottos, tunnels, and arches. Sandy beaches are lined with coconut palms and the area offers a dramatic and lovely place to swim, snorkel and explore.
Many yachts anchor right off of The Baths, depending on the waves and swell, and from there guests are taken to The Baths by tender to swim and wander through these huge boulders strewn along the beach. A second beach, called Devil’s Bay, is reached through a maze-like passage through the boulders and shallower grottos. The path is lined with ladders and ropes to ease the hike along steeper rocks.
Snorkeling at the Baths
After exploring The Baths, head over to Cooper Island to anchor for lunch. After lunch visit the Wreck of the Rhone for snorkeling or diving. The British Royal Mail Steamer, “Rhone” was wrecked off of the shores of Salt Island, in between Salt Island and Norman Island on October 29, 1867, during a hurricane. The Rhone, built in 1865, was considered by the Royal British Navy to be one of two unsinkable ships, the other being The Titanic, with both ships, unfortunately proving the Royal British Navy wrong. As the waters are shallow, the mast of the Rhone was still to be seen sticking up from the water, until the 1950’s when the Royal British Navy deemed the mast and wreck to be a maritime hazard and sunk the ship further into the waters. In 1967, the area was named a National Park and now is one of the best snorkel and dive sites in which to explore a wreck in the Caribbean. As the wreck is still in relatively shallow waters from depths of 20 to 80 feet, much is seen by snorkelers, and the diving is considered relatively easy. Cruise to Deadman’s Bay on Peter Island to overnight.
Day 6:Deadman’s Bay is a mile-long, crescent-shaped beach with towering coconut palms that overlook Dead Chest and Salt Island. It’s part of Peter Island Beach Resort and thus, a private and secluded stretch of pristine beach for resort guests. Peter Island Resort’s largest and most spectacular beach boasts protected waters for excellent windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling, and other water sports. Little Deadman’s Bay and Beach is an extension of its senior and is a great location for windsurfing.
Part of the allure of the setting is its history. Directly to the southwest lies Norman Island, the basis for Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island.” Just off Peter Island’s glorious Deadman’s Beach is Deadman’s Island-where a marooning inspired the popular poem: “16 Men and a Deadman’s Chest.” These are Peter Island’s neighbors, and that sense of escaping to an (almost) deserted island never leaves guests’ minds.
Spa treatments are available at Peter Island Resort if scheduled ahead. After lunch, cruise to the Bight on Norman Island to anchor for an afternoon snorkel to explore the caves from Treasure Isle. Enjoy Cocktails at the William Thornton floating bar and restaurant in the Bight.
Day 7: Clear out of the BVIS and head back to St. Johns, perhaps Caneel Bay for water sports and then either to a secluded anchorage for overnight or back to Yacht Haven for duty free shopping at the Cruise Ship mall.
Day 8: Disembark with duty free shopping in downtown Charlotte Amalie in the am on the way to the airport.
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Monday, 21 October 2013 11:36
Temple of Athena – Kea, Greece
Did you know that there are over 6000 islands that comprise the Greek Islands and all of them can be visited on a crewed yacht charter? There are lovely islands in Greece to visit other than the well-known islands of Santorini and Mykonos, some of which can only be visited by private yacht. Following is an itinerary through other lesser known Cycladic Islands, including several Saronic Islands as well, which is a terrific one week yacht charter itinerary out of Athens.
ATHENS TO ATHENS – Cycladic and Saronic Islands
The Acropolis - Athens, Greece
Join your yacht in Athens, unpack and relax as you begin your cruise to Kea, a 40-mile steam. The exceptionally picturesque island of Kea lies 15 miles from the southeast coast of Attica. The mountain masses, which are encountered in most of the Cyclades, are broken up by small valleys sparsely planted with vines and fruit-trees and run right down to the sea, opening out into pretty little bays.
Visit one of the island’s peaceful beaches at Pisses, Korissia, and Koundouros. Cruise to the western side of the island into Agios Nikolaos Bay and deep within it to the port of Korissia, which is considered to be one of the safest natural harbors in the Mediterranean
Kithnos inherited its name from Kithno, king of its first settlers, the Dryopians. Thermia is its second name, which has to do with the thermal springs of Loutra, and is used mostly of the locals. The small island of Kithnos is mainly mountainous but full of pretty little bays. Chora or Messaria is the island’s capital noted for the beautiful churches with their fine wood-carved, sanctuary screens and icons. At the south of the island lies the island’s former capital Driopida and in the northeastern lies Loutra, a resort with warm sulphurous spa-waters with its curative qualities.
Sightseeing on Kithnos includes the Church of Panagia Flambouriani, which stands in the village of Flambouria, southwest of the town of Kithnos. According to tradition, there are traces from the steps of the Virgin all the way from the beach to the church. In summer, lilies blooming in the area give off their sweet smell. In the souvenir shops, one can find beautiful folk art objects, shells, leather products, ceramics and wood-carved objects, as well as woven fabrics with beautiful designs, in vivid color.
Serifos Sea View
As your vessel glides into the port of Livadi you’ll catch your first glimpse of the towering hills of Serifos flecked with the white, sugar-cube houses of Chora. The curious rock formations resemble human figures, which call to mind the myth of Danae, Perseus and Medusa, as if these prehistoric inhabitants of the island had been turned to stone. Perseus, the mythological hero that killed the medusa, the terrible monster with a woman’s face and hair as serpents was born on this island. The fortress-like monastery Moni Taxiarchon near the village of Galani, which houses some fine wall paintings and important books and manuscripts, is of special interest. The village of Panagia commands a panoramic view of the whole island.
The greatest attraction of Serifos is its magnificent beaches. The beach of Psilli Ammos, which lies about 2 km to the east of Livadi, beckons with the softest and whitest sand. Close to the monastery of Moni Taxiarchon, there is a small village on the north coast named Platis Gialos with Platis Gialos bay, which consists of about three rather small beaches. Koutalas is a nice village with a beautiful bay and lovely beach, secluded from the winds. It is also the site of the old mine delivery cranes, rusted remnants of which are found on the left side.
Spetses Old Port
SPETSES: Spetses is an old fishing village, situated on the picturesque Bay of Argolis, spread out along a lovely beach. Fighters from Crete, who were being persecuted by the Turks, came as refugees to the land of Argolis and settled it in 1831. In its sparkling sea you’ll be able to enjoy swimming, fishing and every kind of water sport. Unforgettable scenes of natural beauty are created by the combination of crystal clear waters and ageing pine trees. Countless picturesque coves around the island of Spetses, offer visitors moments of peace and tranquility. Either by land or sea, various forms of transportation make every part of the island fully accessible.
One should not miss visiting the Museum of Spetses, situated in the mansion of Hadziyiannis Mexis, the mansion of heroine Laskarina Bouboulina, now a private museum, and the historical monastery of St. Nicholas, where, on April 3, 1821, the locals took the oath “Freedom or Death” and joined the revolution. Visit ‘Patrali’ near the waterfront in Kounoupitsa for fish dishes. ‘Exedra Taverna’ on the old harbor front is great for fresh fish and Greek specialties.
Hydra is perhaps the most beautiful port village in all of Greece. A tiny harbor, ringed with cafes, restaurants and gold shops, it is surrounded by a village of stone houses and villas that rise up the hills like an amphitheatre. But one of the best things about Hydra is that there are no cars. Everything is transferred and moved by donkey, including groceries, building supplies, people and their luggage. Little shops, boutiques and tavernas ring the main harbor. Explore the little winding alleyways and foot paths through the village. The Monastery of the Panagia is right in the port, with its entrance by the clock tower. And one of the most famous Maritime Academies in Greece is right by the harbor.
Poros Island Clocktower
POROS – Located right next to the mainland, Poros is a lovely little island with one main village clustered next to the quay. Little ferry boats run back and forth from the main village to the mainland just across the straits. In ancient times it was two islands, Spheria and Kalavria, which gradually joined by an isthmus of sand. Kalavria, the larger island, was wooded and had lots of water. Spheria, which is now the town of Poros, was a volcano. The approach by sea is probably one of the most beautiful in Greece. You could start your day by visiting the Archaeological Museum in the port of Poros as well as by taking a walk as far as the clock-tower, the town’s highest point and the island’s “trademark”.