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Motor Yacht Charters in Greece

Even though motor yachts are predominantly concentrated in the Athens/Piraeus area, you will find motor yachts available for charter in marinas all across Greece, including Thessaloniki, Chalkidiki, Skiathos, Volos, Mykonos, Corfu, and Rhodes.

A motor yacht is the ideal choice if you wish to cover the major island chains of the Aegean Sea. In contrast to sailing yachts and catamarans, motor yachts offer superior speed, increased space, private suites, and onboard water toys. Their monohull design enables them to easily navigate narrow waterways with agility and style.

Greece is truly massive and there is much to be seen; chartering a motor yacht allows for maximum exploration, fitting many more islands into your itinerary compared to a charter done on a sailing yacht or catamaran. But on a yacht charter it is not only about where you go, but how you get there, and with a motor yacht, you will travel most luxuriously.

Greece Bay view from top
Beautiful White luxury yacht against azure sea
Above view of yachts anchored in bay at Aegina Island, Greece
Anchorage at Aegina Island, Greece

Motor Yachts vs Sailboats/Catamarans

A primary advantage of motor yachts lies in their speed, facilitating the ability to cover longer distances in a shorter time — a huge benefit given the large stretches of open sea among the Aegean Islands.

A recent increase in size among top-tier motor yachts allows for the accommodation of larger groups of guest, along with the inclusion of amenities and luxuries previously uncommon, such as generous water toy collections, open-air Jacuzzis, and much more.

It is noteworthy, however, that in contrast to sailing yachts, luxury motor yachts consume a large amount of fuel and generally entail significantly higher charter costs, a pivotal consideration for those planning a yacht charter vacation in Greece on a budget.

Additionally, the absence of sailing capabilities renders motor yachts more vulnerable to adverse weather conditions, albeit a rare occurrence during the Greek summer—a factor worth acknowledging.

MOTOR YACHT vs CATAMARAN.  Experts explain the Advantages of each Luxury Yacht Charter.
MOTOR YACHT vs CATAMARAN. Experts explain the Advantages of each Luxury Yacht Charter.

Luxury Motor Yacht Charters in Greece

If you are looking for ultimate luxury and have a budget that exceeds the price of the average motor yacht, you should be looking to the top of our yacht selection to our top-tier luxury motor yachts.

Chartering a luxury motor yacht offers an unparalleled charter experience characterized by opulence, exclusivity, and superior amenities. These vessels represent the epitome of nautical sophistication, providing charter guests with an exceptional level of comfort, indulgence and customization catering to the most refined tastes.

Spacious interiors feature lavish accommodations, private suites, and state-of-the-art facilities, making the yacht a palace on the water. Onboard, guests can enjoy open-air Jacuzzis, gourmet dining experiences crafted by professional chefs, and partake in a myriad of water-based recreational activities facilitated by an extensive collection of water toys.

If you wonder what you get on a luxury motor yacht, that you do not get on a motor yacht, let me put it like this: More of everything!

Tips for Booking a Luxury Yacht Charter

  • A superyacht charter offers an ideal means to efficiently explore the expansive Greek islands region. Ranging from 80-100ft luxury motor yachts to the world’s largest superyachts spanning 120-200ft, guests can tailor their experience to their preferences.
  • Commencing in Athens, the primary hub for luxury yacht charters allows for swift access to the Cyclades islands—home to renowned destinations such as Santorini, Mykonos, Paros, and Naxos. Athens serves as a strategic starting point for an immersive exploration of these captivating locales.
  • For those desiring a superyacht charter during the summer months, it is advisable to contact the charter team at least 12 months in advance to secure preferred vessels and itineraries. Planning ahead ensures a seamless and personalized experience tailored to individual preferences.
  • For luxury yacht charters during the mild winter season, booking 6 months before the charter date is recommended.
Freedom is one of the very few yachts in Europe that takes more than 12 guests. Inquire to receive an up to date offer on yachts above 12 clients...
Freedom is one of the very few yachts in Europe that takes more than 12 guests (EU regulations). Inquire now to receive an up to date offer on yachts above 12 clients...
Bodrum, Turkey - most large that accommodate over 12 guests are based in Turkey. Can they enter Greek waters? Inquire please.

Best time to charter a motor yacht in Greece

While the summer months of June to August mark the high season for yacht charters in the Greek islands, the Mediterranean climate, characterized by warm temperatures and mild winters, allows for an extended time frame to secure your ideal yacht. To optimize your Greek islands charter experience, it is recommended to avoid months associated with heavy rainfall, extreme heat, and cold.

The periods of May-June and September-October present quieter and less crowded conditions for anchorages and routes. Additionally, charter rates during these months are notably more economical compared to the high season, particularly for sought-after destinations like Santorini and the Cyclades.

Considering the limited and expensive availability of berths for larger yacht charters in popular marinas, such as the well-frequented Alimos Marina, during the peak period, early booking is wise. It is advisable to plan well in advance, as some of the most desirable dates and luxury yachts are reserved up to two summers ahead.

Popular Destinations for Greek Motor Yacht Charter

The Greek islands are grouped into clusters, each offering unique cultural attractions for a dream superyacht vacation. Greece has over 6000 islands, which of only about 200 are inhabited, scattered across the Aegean and Ionian Sea. Often overlooked, the Greek mainland offers a picturesque coastline with ancient ruins, beautiful beaches, stunning anchorages, and numerous world-famous historical sites and ruins, making it ideal for a private yacht charter.

Tip for those who Suffer from Seasickness

Motor yachts come equipped with stabilizers and motion minimizers, ensuring a comfortable sailing experience, and reducing seasickness, except during the Meltemi season when seas may be rough. For those new to chartering  or those suffering from severe seasickness, consider flying to Mykonos instead of sailing from Athens to Santorini.

Santorini - the dream destination for most Greek yacht charters
Santorini - the dream destination for most Greek yacht charters. Will your group get to go there? Read more to find info you might not know...
Mykonos is a windy island, docking your yacht in high season is an exciting event. You better hold on to your hats!
Mykonos is a windy island, docking your yacht in high season is an exciting event. You better hold on to your hats!

Cyclades - Choose Large motor yachts with experienced crew for Meltemi

The Cyclades islands, situated in the central Aegean Sea, are the most well-known yacht destinations in Greece. Mykonos, accessible by air, serves as a focal point and a convenient departure location for yacht charters in Greece.

Mykonos can pose challenges for motor yacht charters due to strong northerly winds, known as the Meltemi. Opting for a larger motor yacht with an experienced captain or a crewed yacht charter can address this issue, allowing navigation around the island’s leeward side. Large motor yachts equipped with stabilizers ensure a comfortable journey, minimizing the risk of seasickness.

Islands like Mykonos and Syros feature well-equipped marinas and numerous anchorages, providing ample options for an exciting yacht charters. Apart from Santorini’s iconic blue-white scenery, Zakynthos’ Navagio beach stands out as one of Greece’s most photographed spots, featuring the famous shipwreck Panagiotis.

Less crowded islands such as Paros, Sifnos, Folegandros, and Anafi offer tranquil settings, excellent local cuisine, and a chance to experience unspoiled Greece. The volcanic Santorini is a must-visit, though it can get crowded in the summer, posing challenges for anchoring space.

Ionian Islands - Motor yacht charter away from the crowds

Locally known as “Seven Islands“, (despite counting over 20 islands and islets), these islands are one of the premier destinations for motor yacht charters in Greece. Even larger than the Cyclades, traveling between these islands takes hours, making speed a crucial factor in the Ionian region. Despite having airports, there’s no direct flights between the Ionian islands, necessitating advance planning with the motor yacht charter rental service for visits to Zakynthos, Ithaca, Kefalonia, Paxos, and Corfu.

The cosmopolitan Corfu, exuding old-European charm, serves as a primary starting point for charters in the Ionian Islands. However, marinas in Lefkada and Kefalonia also offer convenient access.

Among the Ionian jewels, the smaller islands of Paxos, Homeric Ithaca, and Othonoi are true gems for a yacht charter in Greece. These green islands, dotted with cute little villages and surrounded by the stunning azure waters of the Ionian Sea, provide a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle. Given the potential challenges of rough Meltemi winds during the summer, opting for a large, crewed motor yacht charter is advisable.

Caves of Paxos - Yacht Charter Greece
Caves of Paxos - Yacht Charter Greece

Saronic islands (Mainland Greece) - best motor yacht charters based in Athens/ Piraeus

Most of Greece’s top motor yacht charters are based in the area of Athens/Piraeus. It is therefore the ideal place to start your yacht charter. Look for example at Alimos Marina offering state-of-the-art facilities and a wide selection of luxury yachts.

Our recommended itinerary explores the Saronic islands—Aegina, Poros, Agistri, and Hydra, home of the Poets. The advantage lies in the short distances between these islands, making island hopping easy and swift.

This region also allows for visits to many great historical sites on the mainland, including the Temple of Poseidon in Sounio and the ancient theater of Epidaurus. For your best motor yacht charter in mainland Greece, reach out to us, and we’ll arrange a tailored experience.

Departing from Athens past the Saronic and Argolic Gulf lies Monemvasia - a well kept yacht charter secret. To visit with a catamaran, we recommend a 10 days charter
Departing from Athens past the Saronic and Argolic Gulf lies Monemvasia - a well kept yacht charter secret. To visit with a catamaran, we recommend a 10 days charter.

The Dodecanese - Berthing for large Motor Yachts

Although it’s named the 12 Islands the Dodecanese actually consists of as many as 150 islands. Situated in the southernmost part of the Aegean Sea, Rhodes takes precedence as the largest and most frequented island. Featuring one of the nation’s most extensive and contemporary marinas, Rhodes’ Marina offers ample berthing spaces for even the largest motor yachts. Noteworthy for its exceptional security measures and amenities, the marina is conveniently located just a 20-minute drive from the island’s bustling international airport. A highlight of Rhodes is the well-preserved medieval city and ancient ruins, including the famous Colossus.

Patmos Island, serene and steeped in spirituality, is home to the Cave of the Apocalypse. Symi charms with neoclassical architecture, while Kalymnos is celebrated for its sponge diving and rugged terrain, and Leros offers tranquility with medieval castles.

Karpathos provides an authentic Greek experience with traditional villages and a mountainous interior, and Kastellorizo, the easternmost island, features vibrant houses and the amaxing Blue Cave. Each island in the Dodecanese contributes to a tapestry of Greek history, picturesque landscapes, and cultural authenticity.

Famous yacht charter attraction - Acropolis of Lindos (Rhodes). The Dodecanese are ideal for a longer, ideally 14 days charter.
Famous yacht charter attraction - Acropolis of Lindos (Rhodes). The Dodecanese are ideal for a longer, ideally 14 days charter.

Northern Sporades islands - Explore the Marine life with a motor yacht charter

The Greek island cluster of the Sporades offers an abundance of natural harbors and fishing sanctuaries, providing secure anchorages for motor yacht charters, often without charge. The proximity of the islands minimizes distances, leading to reduced fuel consumption, and consequently a reduction in the overall charter cost.

Skiathos, the central island, stands out for its vibrant nightlife, culinary offerings, and shopping opportunities. Adjacent Skopelos, famously known as the island of “Mamma Mia”, beckons with tranquility, featuring a coastline adorned with lighthouses, rocky formations, and pristine beaches. Alonnisos, nestled in the heart of Greece’s only Marine Park, stands as the most serene and picturesque of the Sporades. This protected area discourages activities like spearfishing and trawling, fostering an exceptional marine environment and the opportunity to encounter rare marine mammals.

The Northern Sporades are globally acclaimed for scuba diving, and renowned for both their natural beauty and marine archaeological significance. However, it is important to note that entering and mooring in these island’s anchorages may entail a small fee.

Skiathos island, Sporades
Beach at Agios Dimitrios, Alonissos island, Sporades, Greece
A tavern without customers on the waterfront. Syros Island, Cyclades, Greece
There are few feelings comparable to getting to a port, getting out of a your yacht and going for a little snack or a drink with the view of your yacht. Will you choose a traditional taverna or a fancy upbeat place?
Dinner for two in a restaurant overlooking the sea and the island of Santorini, Greece. Reservation and local knowledge are a great idea. Especially in high season, ask the crew to reserve you a spot. Think about how you'll get back to the yacht.
Greek food places a strong emphasis on the Mediterranean diet, which includes a variety of fruits, vegetables, olive oil, grains, and lean proteins. The cuisine is known for its simplicity, highlighting the natural flavors of the ingredients. Herbs and spices, such as oregano, thyme, and garlic, are commonly used to add depth to dishes.

Things you should know before you go

  • Greece has some protected archeological locations where it is prohibited to snorkel and scuba dive. Before you start a scuba diving expedition, confirm the area with your Captain and boat staff.
  • If you want to stay the night on land during your yacht charter in Greece rather than onboard in the port, the Captain must inform the port authority beforehand as it is illegal to dock a vacant yacht at the ports.
  • Consult with your yacht charter in Greece for pre-booking vehicles and tour operators for inland ATVs and bikes.
  • Fishing with scuba gear is prohibited.
Bird eye view from the lighthouse of Polyaigos island, Cyclades, Greece
View of the harbor, Livadi village and Sifnos island in the distance from Chora, Serifos island in Greece.

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Price ranges for yacht charters in Greece

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Jetskis: 2

MY TOY

From €100,000/week
5 cabins
140 ft
AB Yachts
10 guests
Refit: 2019
850 Litres/Hr

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Jetski
Jacuzzi

SECRET LIFE

From €100,000/week
5 cabins
148 ft
Feadship
12 guests
Refit: 2023

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Jacuzzi

VETRO

From €100,000/week
5 cabins
158 ft
Custom
10 guests
Refit: 2020

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Jacuzzi

STELLA FIERA

From €100,000/week
5 cabins
119 ft
Benetti
10 guests
Refit: 2021
220 Litres/Hr

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Jetski
Jacuzzi

OAK

From €99,000/week
5 cabins
115 ft
Benetti
11 guests
Refit: 2022

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Jetski
Jacuzzi

G-FORCE

From €98,000/week
4 cabins
122 ft
Heesen
8 guests
Built: 2006

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Jetski
Jacuzzi

JOURNEY

From €96,000/week
4 cabins
102 ft
Sanlorenzo
8 guests
Built: 2019

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Jetski
Jacuzzi

QUEST R

From €95,000/week
5 cabins
121 ft
Benetti
12 guests
Refit: 2018

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Jacuzzi

KANDO

From €95,000/week
5 cabins
111 ft
Custom Built Aluminum Cutter
10 guests
Built: 2020

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OTTAWA IV

From €95,000/week
5 cabins
127 ft
Custom
12 guests
Refit: 2023

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Jacuzzi

PANFELISS

From €95,000/week
5 cabins
129 ft
Mengi-Yay Tuzla
12 guests
Refit: 2015
600 Litres/Hr

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Jetski
Jacuzzi

O'RION

From €95,000/week
6 cabins
135 ft
Siar & Moschini
12 guests
Refit: 2017

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