New England yacht charter itinerary
Coastal New England is rich in maritime history and is a great location for luxury yacht charter. The beautiful rocky coastline, quaint towns and fresh seafood make every yacht charter a classic experience. The charming communities of Newport, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Boston offer nautical landmarks, timeless architecture and picturesque harbours.
day 1 Block Island for Cycling, Hiking, Sailing and Fishing
Embark from Newport, Rhode Island and steam to Block Island, an idyllic locale some 12 nm east of Montauk Point. Popular with summer tourists, Block Island was named as ‘one of the last great places of the Western Hemisphere' and is a great location for cycling, hiking, sailing and fishing. It also has some great beaches and offers some excellent cliff-top views.
day 2 Island of Nantucket
Leave Block Island for the island of Nantucket. Biking is a great way to appreciate the island’s fields and weathered shingled buildings. For a very good evening meal, try the club car or the Wawinet House in the little village of Siasconset. Be sure to call ahead to reserve your table. While you are out there, see the red and white striped Sankaty Lighthouse and the huge sand dune cliffs.
day 3 Martha’s Vineyard and Gay Head
Leave Nantucket for Martha’s Vineyard, which is blessed with scenic beauty and charm. Shopping is great here and a tour of the island is always interesting with the most visited spot being the brightly colored cliffs at Gay Head. You might also choose to ride the ‘Chappy’ ferry to nearby Chappaquiddick island, scene of the infamous 1969 incident involving the late Senator Edward (Ted) Kennedy and his unfortunate companion, Mary Jo Kopechne.
day 4 Kennedys in Cape Cod
Steam from Martha’s Vineyard to Hyannis (approximately 30nm; 2 to 3 hours cruising), one of Cape’s Cod's earliest summer resorts. Hyannis is strongly associated with the Kennedy family, and those interested in history may like to visit the JFK Hyannis Museum, which is located in the old Town Hall on Main Street. The harbour is full of yachts and sightseeing boats and is the largest recreational boating and second largest commercial fishing port in Cape Cod.
day 5 Elizabeth Islands and Hadley’s Harbour
Spend the day swimming in the Elizabeth Islands (approximately 15nm from Hyannis, yet additional cruising in the islands would increase the daily distance), and then head to Hadley's Harbour. Located amid pasture and pine at the eastern end of Naushon Island, Hadley's Harbour is magical venue that reminds one of times past, where cars are forbidden and the only means of transport are by foot, sailboat and horseback.
day 6 Newport’s Architectural Heritage
Leave Hadley’s Harbour for Newport (approximately 2 to 3 hours cruising). Considered to be the gem of coastal New England, Newport is the perfect place to culminate your luxury yacht charter experience. Newport has been a playground for the rich and famous since the 1880s and owes much of its architectural heritage to families like the Astors and the Vanderbilts. Take a tour of the old mansions or a stroll through the town's many landscaped gardens.
day 7 Newport
Have a relaxed breakfast on board before a final tour of the playground of the rich and famous. You may choose to have lunch ashore or one final meal prepared by your personal chef before you disembark your yacht for the final time.