Further south, the Dodecanese Islands are blessed with the warmest winter weather in Greece. Thanks to their proximity to the Asian continent, they offer visitors a glimpse into a unique cultural melange, with Byzantine churches, ancient castles and archaeological attractions. Take in historical Rhodes, picturesque Kos, the beaches of Symi, rock climbing in Kalymnos and the active volcano of Nisyros, perhaps combining this with a visit to Turkey on your January yacht charter.
Turkey benefits from a wide variety of archaeological sites and historical cities that are perfect for exploration on a yacht charter. For active guests, there is an abundance of scuba diving and snorkelling sites, whether you are on the hunt for a sunken wreck or some aquatic wildlife. Alternatively, take a stand-up paddleboard or kayak safari among the quiet bays and coves along the coastline, with your crew to guide the way and provide a beach picnic along the route. If you enjoy Turkish cuisine, invite a local chef on board to provide a private cookery lesson that is as authentic as it gets.
Bodrum is a must-see stop along any Turkish yacht charter, with unique Cretan architecture that was brought from Greek immigrants in the last century; alongside the striking white and blue houses you can visit the town’s various museums, an ancient theatre and castle. Ephesus to the north makes for a great daytrip ashore, with its vast network of archaeological ruins that dates back three millennia.
Further south, visit Dalyan to soak up the local culture and vibrant architecture, meet the friendly inhabitants of the local sea turtle conservation centre or take a daytrip along the Dalyan River to visit Kaunos, where a fascinating set of tombs are set into the cliffs. Göcek has been attracting more superyachts lately thanks to an influx of high-end resorts, beach clubs and restaurants. And in nearby Fethiye Bay you can visit Cleopatra’s Baths, a natural cove accessible only by boat where the legendary Egyptian queen is said to have enjoyed a dip while soaking up the ambiance of the bright-emerald waters; today, it makes for a popular snorkelling spot.