What better way to enjoy your passions for yachting and flying than by combining the two for a one-of-a-kind vacation? The PC-12 will deliver you as close as possible to your marina to get you on the water in not time. The following trip itineraries include a full yacht crew, allowing you to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.
NEW ENGLAND BY WATER
Your nautical tour around New England begins at the iconic Block Island off the coast of Newport, RI. Your PlaneSense® PC-12 delivers you directly into Block Island State Airport (KBID), only minutes away from your departing port, Champlin’s Marina. Here, you will board the Whisper, a 116-foot sailing yacht to accommodate six guests for a sail around New England’s finest harbors.
Day 1: Visit Great Salt Pond, a protected harbor offering great views for a leisurely bike ride along Block Island’s coast. An hour-long cycle tour provides the opportunity to visit the many historic lighthouses sprawled across the island.
Day 2: From Block Island, your next destination is stunning Cuttyhunk Island. Cuttyhunk is the western most island of the Elizabeth Islands chain. The sparsely populated Cuttyhunk Island provides the perfect tranquil backdrop for a day of fishing or visiting local artisan shops.
Day 3: A sail down Vineyard Sound will deliver you to your next destination: Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard. This pristine colonial gem is home to the fishing village of Menemsha (location for a number of scenes in “Jaws”). A guided tour of the island should include a stop by the Newes Pub, one of the Vineyard’s oldest buildings, which still maintains most of its original architecture.
Day 4: Another full day on Martha’s Vineyard leaves time to visit some of the extra sites around the island. One of the most impressive includes the Gay Head Lighthouse on the southwest end of the island. Make sure to bring a camera with you to capture the beauty of the rainbow-hued cliffs.
Day 5: From Edgartown, you will sail around Cape Pogue and to Nantucket Island. If fishing is of interest, the island’s surrounding waters are known for the abundance of bass and blue fish. A day trip around Nantucket will uncover the best of what iconic New England has to offer. Specialty artisan shops, galleries and colonial homes are only some of the highlights.
Day 6: A lovely sail back across Nantucket Sound will lead you to Hadley Harbor, which is a true sailor’s haven. Next, you’ll be onto the classic Cape Cod village of Woods Hole that is chock full of classic New England sightseeing destinations.
Day 7: A sail through Buzzard’s Bay delivers you to your final destination, Newport, RI. Newport is renowned for its breathtaking swimming beaches and charming cobblestone roads tucked between boutique shops. A day tour of the famous turn-of-the-century mansions and a bite to eat in the waterfront downtown area will bring your remarkable trip to a restful close. Your PC-12 will be waiting only 15 minutes away at the Newport State Airport (KUUU) to deliver you back home after a blissful week of coastal New England exploration.
CRUISE THE BAHAMAS
Perhaps the sunny Bahamian Islands are more your style. Your PlaneSense® PC-12 brings you into the heart of Nassau at the Lynden Pindling International Airport (MYNN). Only a 15-minute drive away, your private chartered yacht awaits at the Atlantic Marina where you will step aboard Serenity, a 116-foot motor yacht, furnished to accommodate ten guests on a Bahamian adventure.
Day 1: Spend your first day at “The Dig” exploring this massive underwater sanctuary, home to hundreds of exotic sea life species. Paradise Island’s Atlantis resort provides the glamorous backdrop for a night enjoying decadent cuisine at top-tier restaurants and the nightlife scene at the casino.
Day 2: After breakfast, your group will depart Paradise Island for Highborne Cay, gateway to the Exuma Cays. Explore the island and its many walking trails that lead to a number of uninhabited Bahamian beaches. Or take some time to snorkel with the many tropical fish that swim along the Highborne Cay shores.
Day 3: As you sail further into the Exuma Cays, you will discover stunning Warderick Wells. Warderick Wells is a pristine location that lives under the philosophy of, “Leave no sign of your visit but footprints in the sand and ripples in the water.” This no fishing zone will provide a colorful snorkeling experience in its warm waters. For some extra peace and quiet, take advantage of the four-mile hiking trail in the tropical landscape.
Day 4: After a short sail down the Exuma Cays, you and your guests will arrive at Staniel Cay, an ideal destination for a picnic lunch on the beach. After lunch, take advantage of the afternoon by kayaking along the shore on the turquoise-blue water. The Staniel Cay Yacht Club is a great evening venue for dinner and cocktails after a relaxing day on the water.
Day 5: Destination: George Town, the largest village in the Exuma Cays. Explore the shops and eateries before you sail across Elizabeth Harbor to Stocking Island, where you can pass the afternoon becoming better acquainted with the impressive marine life. The evening will see you back in George Town just in time for a twilight dinner on board the yacht.
Day 6: The fishermen in the group will jump at the opportunity to pit their skills against the Bahamian bonefish that occupy Flamingo Bay. Afterwards, a stop off at Sampson Bay allows for a leisurely lunch at the Cay Club, known for its stone architecture and excellent food. From Sampson Bay, you will sail through to Paradise Island.
Day 7: Wake up to the sound of the ocean and an al-fresco breakfast. After a leisurely morning, you can make your way back to the Lynden Pindling International Airport where your PC-12 awaits you.
We thank Sail Away Yacht Charter Consultants for helping design these itineraries. For more information on bookings for either of these trips, call them at 800-724-5292.
Note: This article is displaying as it appeared in Volume 11 of our PlaneSense: Informational Quarterly newsletter.
Photo courtesy of SailAway Yatcht Charters
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