5 of the best royal palaces to visit from a luxury yacht


Buckingham Palace, London


Queen Elizabeth II - one of our favourite royals at sea - is now officially Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and her London residence, Buckingham Palace, is well worth a visit.

Although much of the palace remains private 19 of its State Rooms are open to the public every summer. The stunning rooms are filled with famous masterpieces from the Royal Collection and their elaborate interiors are breathtaking. To really make the most of the experience book an exclusive guided tour, which finishes with a glass of Champagne served in the Bow Room.

How to visit on a superyacht: Berth your superyacht either at Canary Wharf or at St Katherine's Dock and then make your way towards Westminster by tender.

Picture courtesy of Shutterstock.com


The Royal Palace of Stockholm


The official residence of the King of Sweden, the Royal Palace of Stockholm, is one of the largest in Europe. With more than 600 rooms across seven floors the baroque style palace certainly has plenty to see. Open to visitors year round it is normally possible to tour the Royal Apartments and the Treasury. The palace is also home to five museums and it is worth timing your visit to coincide with the changing of the guard.

**How to visit on a superyacht: **Sweden’s capital is spread across 14 islands making it ideal to explore by boat. A trip to the Royal Palace can be included as part of six days exploring Sweden’s East coast by superyacht. Stockholm is also home to some of the world’s best restaurants which you can enjoy during your trip.

Picture courtesy of Anette Andersen/Shutterstock.com


Grand Palace Bangkok


Situated on an artificial island, the Grand Palace in Bangkok is the city’s most famous landmark. It is home of the King, his court and also the entire administrative seat of government. A visit is recommended early in the morning before it gets too hot and both men and women need to ensure that legs and arms are covered.

How to visit on a superyacht: Thailand is currently trying to encourage more superyachts to visit the country. Last month it officially opened its waters to foreign flagged superyacht charters. However, most of the infrastructure development is focused in Phuket where a £95 million investment in Royal Phuket Marina was announced in June.

Picture courtesy of Travel Mania/Shutterstock.com


Palais du Prince, Monaco


Palais du Prince, or the Prince’s Palace, in Monaco was built on the site of a fortress erected by the Genoese in 1215 but has since been transformed into a luxurious residence in the style of Louis XIV. Its position is the highlight - offering stunning views across Monaco, Port Hercules and the Mediterranean Sea. It is H.S.H. Prince Albert II’s official residence but the State Apartments are open to visitors during part of the year.

How to visit on a superyacht: Whether on a private yacht or enjoying a luxury yacht charter in Monaco a trip to the palace it easy to fit into your schedule. You can dock in the famous Port Hercules and then make your way up the hill to take in the palace and the view.

Picture courtesy of  Andrei Nekrassov/Shutterstock.com


Topkapi Palace, Istanbul


Topkapi Palace, which was a major residency of the Ottoman sultans for approximately 400 years, was transformed into a museum on the imperial era in 1924. The complex has hundreds of rooms with endless interesting collections and artefacts from the Ottoman era.

How to visit on a superyacht: Whether on a luxury yacht charter in Turkey or visiting on a private yacht Istanbul has excellent superyacht facilities. Kalamis and Fenerbahçe marinas are situated side-by-side, five miles east of the city centre and make a great base from which to explore Istanbul. While you are there you can also check out the locations used to film James Bond: Skyfall.

PIcture courtesy of Patricia Hofmeester/Shutterstock.com