Yacht Charter Greece
Essential Info for Chartering in Greece
Most yachts are based in Athens. Majority of the charters depart from Athens to the Cyclades and the Saronic Gulf. Despite the Cyclades being the most inquired location because of the attractive islands of Mykonos and Santorini, a little research can go a long way. Firstly, the iconic islands are quite crowded in the peak months and even the limitation of the crew ship numbers hasn’t significantly brought down the visitor numbers to the key islands. The strong Meltemi winds make the journey from Athens a subject of elements, inquire about actually starting in Mykonos and Santorini. As the availability is subject to previous charter ending nearby or ideally in your preferred location, it is advisable to hold the purchase of airline tickets until a boat is secured.
The distances between Greek islands are quite considerable, a motor yacht chartering from Athens to Cyclades cruising at 12 knots usually does day hops of 3-4 hours, the time increases for catamarans cruising at ca 6 knots to 4-6 hours. For this reason, many charters, especially involving first time charters, visit the Saronic Gulf – Hydra, Spetses, Poros. It is possible to cross from the Saronic Gulf to the Cyclades, which is usually done when Meltemi changes the plans of yachts from Athens.
The third most popular charter destination in Greece is the Ionian Sea. The fleet of permanent yachts, especially catamarans, is limited. It is possible to charter from Athens, with the decisive factors being the availability of crossing of the Corint Canal which has been closed for reconstruction in 2021, open for only a few months in 2022 and uncertainty about being navigable in 2023.
Selecting Where to Charter in Greece
I want to see Santorini and Mykonos, my tickets are purchased for fixed dates three months from now in August and I need to start and finish in Athens, chartering a catamaran.
This is one of the most common inquiries, and one of the hardest to fulfill. Why?
- Time to charter – with 3 months to charter, your best options are long gone. Ideally book 9-12 months before the charter
- Flights vs Charter Location – with the distance between Athens and Santorini being 150 miles, the itinerary might not be possible due to weather, especially if we want to do Mykonos as well. Ideally, you’ll want to fly to Mykonos or Santorini or at least not plan fixed date island activities.
- Fixed dates- One day up or down can completely change the offer of yachts available – you might need just that one that already has another charter booked for the day before you’re planning to return. It is a great idea to have your charter booked before you purchase your tickets.
- Catamaran and long distances – as someone who does Athens – Santorini fairly regularly, it’s a great sail – for sport sailing. You’re on the open Aegean Sea and hiding behind islands is possible but further increases the distance – count 24 hours of sail one way and divide among the days of charter (24 hours x 2 ways / 7 days = 7 hours of sailing per day with a catamaran). Not a pleasurable experience.
- Time of year – Santorini in August is equivalent to Times Square on New Year’s Eve. It can be a fantastic place if you have the correct expectations. There are 6,000 islands in Greece – plenty of alternatives for high end restaurants, history, Greek cuisine and peaceful or more popular places. Notice places like Milos and Lefkada are being increasingly crowded as well.
- Despite all the above – inquire. We’re well connected with local providers in all areas and are able to provide non-public offers or creatively fulfill your requirements.
A luxury motor yacht is the fastest and often most comfortable way to reach your destination in style. With plenty of space for large groups, a full crew to take care of your every need and a wide range of water toys, you can just sit back and enjoy the ride!
Santorini is one of the main magnets for a charter to Greece. The iconic panoramic views over the Three Bells of Fira church belong to the most recognized places in the world.
It’s not that easy to get there. Santorini is on the outer ridge of the Southern Cyclades facing Crete and charters from Athens are always weather dependent. When to go, where to start your charter and how to make your Santorini yacht charter a success? We’ve summarized the information here.
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Top Greece Yacht Charter Itineraries:
Be inspired by custom-made itineraries from all around Greece. Choose to sail around the Saronic Islands, Cyclades, Ionian, or the Dodecanese.
Santorini Itinerary 7 Day Yacht Charter in Cyclades: Santorini, Folegandros, Milos, Sifnos, Paros, Naxos, Koufonisia, IosRead More
Cyclades Islands 7 Day Yacht Charter Itinerary Greece: Kythnos, Milos, Folegandros, Santorini, Amorgos, Paros, MykonosRead More
Dodecanese Islands 7 Day Yacht Charter Itinerary #2 Greece: Kos, Leros, Lipsi, Patmos, Levitha, Kalymnos and AstypaleaRead More
The Ionian Islands 7-Day Charter Itinerary from Corfu: Paxos, Antipaxos, Lefkada, Kefalonia, Zakynthos and IthacaRead More
Dodecanese Islands 7 Day Yacht Charter Itinerary Greece: Rhodes, Tilos, Astypalea, Kalymnos, Kos, Nisyros, SymiRead More
7 day charter itinerary: Cyclades from Mykonos | Naxos – Amorgos – Santorini – Ios – Paros – MykonosRead More
Saronic Islands Yacht Charter Itinerary Greece #2: Athens, Alimos, Aegina, Ermioni, Spetses, Hydra, Poros, EpidaurusRead More
Saronic Islands Greece | 7-days yacht charters itinerary: Athens, Aegina, Agistri, Methana, Poros, Hydra, SpetsesRead More
The Best Spots
There’s a lot to love about the Cyclades, and it’s not just the gorgeous beaches and turquoise waters. Take a look at this video and you’ll see why we think you should consider the Cyclades for your next vacation destination!
As one of Greece’s most popular yachting destinations, the Cyclades are home to popular spots like Santorini, Mykonos, Paros, and Naxos. Despite their charm and unquestionable aesthetics, they are not as busy as other popular sailing destinations like France, Italy, or the Caribbean.
Discover over 20+ island destinations and 50+ anchorages that we have carefully selected for your pleasure. One of the most beautiful coastlines in the world awaits you.
Saronic Gulf & Eastern Peloponnese
The Saronic Gulf is one of Greece’s most picturesque seaside destinations, with stunning crystal-clear waters, sandy beaches, and a wealth of activities. The most famous island in this region is Hydra, which is known for its beautiful scenery and lack of cars (there are only 100 on the entire island!). There are also plenty of opportunities for water sports, visiting archaeological sites (ancient Corinth, Epidavros Theater), and of course, dining on fresh Mediterranean seafood.
Discover more than 10+ island destinations and over 20+ anchorages that we have carefully selected for your pleasure. The Saronic Gulf is one of the hidden gems of Greece. Let’s explore!
The Dodecanese region of Greece is one of the country’s most beautiful and one of the least explored. The archipelago is home to several islands still largely unknown to tourists, which means you can explore top locations without fighting the crowds!
If you’re looking for a less-crowded, more authentic Greek yacht charter experience, you’ve come to the right place. The Dodecanese islands are the perfect place to unwind on your next vacation.
The largest island, Rhodes, is known for its beaches and nightlife, while Karpathos is popular for its hiking trails. The other islands have their own unique charms as well, but no matter which one you choose to visit, you’re sure to have a great time!
Whether you want an adventure or a relaxing getaway with the family, you’ll find everything you need in this beautiful area of Greece!
Located on the western part of the Greek mainland, the Ionian complex of islands comprises well-known spots such as Corfu and Zante, as well as the lesser-known islands of Ithaki, Kefalonia, and Paxi.
The culture, cuisine, and language of the islands are influenced by both Greek and Italian culture. When it comes to sailing spots, you can expect crystal clear waters with beautiful aquamarine colors that contrast with the lush vegetation. If you enjoy water spots, snorkeling or scuba diving are both great options!
The Ionian islands are a great alternative to the Cyclades during the hot summer months since they are not affected by the Meltemi winds.
If you’re looking for a place to escape from it all and connect with nature, the Ionian region of Greece is the ideal spot for you. You can choose from a variety of islands, each offering its own unique set of attractions and experiences.
Exciting destinations for your next charter holiday
The Greek islands are known for their small bays and abundance of options, which makes them a perfect place to go when you want to get away from it all. Whether remote, isolated or popular, we have a range of options that will suit your needs. You choose which one is right for you!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Yacht Charter Season in Greece
The main charter season in Greece is relatively long, spanning from April to September, with a peak in July and August. Notice the interesting months of March and October, which offer a nice combination of “water warm enough to swim” and out of season prices.
What does yacht charter mean?
Yacht charter and boat rental are synonyms of one another. Most yacht charters start on Saturday and are usually rented for 7 nights/8 days. Therefore, most of the prices on this website are weekly. It is possible to arrange a shorter or a longer charter or start on a different day. Another aspect of yacht charters in Greece is the currency. All the charter prices are shown in Euro (€) to adjust the exchange rate fluctuation.
All yacht charters from Greece have insurance for deposit forfeiture and sometimes for trip cancellation.
top reasons to charter in Greece
- during the main season, the daylight ends after 9 pm
- the temperatures range from 85°F – 100°F
- over 3000 islands, enough for more than 1 lifetime
- 20% of Greece actually consists of islands.
- Greek food and drinks are an awesome mix of fit and tasty
- charter prices are of great value compared to the Caribbean or France
EXPERIENCE YOU CAN DEPEND ON
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We work directly with most Greek yacht charter providers. Inquire with us, and you will receive identical pricing and conditions.
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We do things differently. Our agents have “been there, done that,” with first-hand experience with all our yachts, tours, and charter deals. We are also constantly traveling to destinations all over the world to discover new places, seek out new connections and gather intel to pass on to you. We can help you book a boat before it even hits the market and tell you which areas are “not to be missed” and which are a hard pass.
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Our seven unique boat databases are constantly updated with real-time data on over 12,000 crewed yachts. We know where every single one is at any given moment, making it easier for you to find the perfect vessel for your needs. Our team of experts can also analyze intelligence data and make recommendations based on your preferences. This allows you to choose the right yacht rather than settle for something that doesn’t fit your needs.
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