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Yacht Charter Greece 2024

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Greece Yacht Charter

The majority of our crewed charters in Greece depart from Athens to the Cyclades and the Saronic Gulf, visiting iconic destinations such as Santorini and Mykonos. But more and more clients are looking to less crowded alternatives such as the Saronic Gulf and the Ionian Sea.

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YACHT CHARTER TYPES IN GREECE

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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?

  1. Time to charter – with 3 months to charter, your best options are long gone. Ideally, book 9-12 months before the charter
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 becoming increasingly crowded as well.
  6. 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.

Boots on The Ground Update: Charter Season 2024 and What’s There To Know About Greek Yacht Charters

The summer yacht charter season in Greece is developing in an unexpected manner, with an unprecedented number of higher-end yachts posting price reductions – an unthinkable development given the record-setting 2022 Summer Med Season.

The increased airplane fares are partly to blame, for the ongoing issues in the Greek infrastructure – not enough marinas to match the demand on other islands and continued over-tourism of key Cycladic charter locations. In addition, 2022 and 2023 have seen record increases in the numbers of new yachts – some 235 crewed boats were added to the yacht charter fleet, while most of the older yacht inventory got a refurbishment – in part also due to the EU funds promoting tourism.

Recent events in the Greek yacht charter industry

  • A year-over-year decrease in demand
    1. The cost of a July airplane ticket went from $900 to $1,400, year over year.
    2. US inflation of 4-9% year over year weakens the purchasing position of the major charter market
    3. Continued negative coverage of key Greek areas, from overcrowding of Santorini to DK Oyster restaurant scams on Mykonos continues to dominate the headlines
    4. Turkey – following the Ukrainian conflicts, Turkey offered a safe haven to many Russian-owned yachts that risked being confiscated in Greece. In addition to the competitive VAT in Turkey (1% in Turkey vs 12% in Greece – in constant threat to be increased to full standard 24% with possible retroactivity of signed charters executed in the future) – visit https://myturkishcharter.com for up-to-date and complete yacht offer of Turkish charter yachts. Greece has found itself in between the EU legislators and non-EU Turkish competition.
  • Market Saturation and Construction Delays
    1. Santorini Marina – still in construction, unknown delays
    2. Corinth Canal – successfully reopened on June 22 after repeated construction works on 22 and 23! after walls repeatedly collapsed due to landslides.
    3. Slow Opening of New Marinas – Licencing issues – limited births restrict navigation of charter vessels
    4. Inflation of the Charter Fleet following record-setting 2022 yacht returns and EU subsidies for tourism that were leveraged for the purchase of new vessels
  • Positive Trends
    1. Increase of Ultra High Net Worth Individuals casting a spotlight – just Mykonos has seen Elon Musk, George Clooney, Christian Bale Matt Damon, Chris & Liam Hemsworth.
    2. New, Upcoming Locations offer an alternative to the – “by now dead romantic idea of Mykonos and Santorini.” Antiparos is a hot charter location frequented by Tom Hanks, Jeff Bezos, and Anderson Cooper. Anafi, Ikaria, Kythira, and Nisiros are coming up and the clients are more educated and receptive to the idea of chartering off the beaten and crowded paths.
    3. A New Client Preference for Secluded Locations – A storm of documentaries have our clients requesting new experiences – we thank My Greek Odyssey and Peter Meneas on a journey of discovering his Kytherian descent and going much beyond and more with his yacht Mia Zoi or Costas Spiliadis – chef and owner of Estatorio Milos with the yacht Milos at Sea enable us to offer new immersive experiences creating not tourists, but travelers.
    4. New Experiences – from having one or multiple jetskis onboard your yacht to chartering a Greek temple for your event, things are just easier to do in Greece. We’ve considerably expanded our concierge offering to accommodate requests ranging from beach horseback riding and spearfishing to luxury cars and entertainment events.
Donkeys are the way products have been shipped from the Old port via the Karavolades Stairs to the Town of Fira. Notice that most of them are mules - cross of a donkey and a horse
The village of Naousa in Paros - a great example of how universal the smaller Cycladic islands are. Stop by for a Greek coffee, have a snack and observe the flow of life - the fishermen, the cats, the women, the blue and white buildings...

YACHT CHARTERS BY PRICE

Not sure where to Begin?

Our Huge selection of yachts spans a price range of €20,000 to €350,000 per week. Knowing your budget is a good way to narrow down your search for your yacht charter in Greece. Search by price in our extensive Greek Yacht catalog or chat with one of our charter brokers for advice on how to set your budget and expectations.

Our Recommendations

When it comes to yacht charters, the price range is about as wide as the open sea itself. The cost depends on factors like the type of yacht, its size, your itinerary, and whether you’re going for an APA or an All-Inclusive Charter Package. Start by looking at our selection of yachts in your budget range, and Contact our Expert Brokers for the best guidance in selecting the perfect yacht for your Charter Vacation in Greece.

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ESSENTIAL INFO FOR CHARTERING IN GREECE

Popular Charter Destinations

 

The majority of our crewed charters in Greece depart from Athens to the Cyclades and the Saronic Gulf. Despite the Cyclades being the location we see most clients inquire about (because of the attractive islands of Mykonos and Santorini), a little research can go a long way for a private yacht charter in Greece. Firstly, the iconic islands are quite crowded in the peak months and despite the limitations made on cruise ships, visitor numbers haven’t significantly dropped in the key islands.

If you are in doubt about where to go, have a look at our Ultimate Greece Yacht Charter Itinerary Guide. Here you will find information about all the popular charter destinations in Greece, location videos, and a complete list of our recommended itineraries.

Santorini
Mykonos
Saronic Gulf
Ionian
Dodecanese

Island Distances & Boat Speed

 

The distances between the Greek islands are quite big – It is for example a whole 150 miles from Athens to Santorini. A crewed motor yacht charter from Athens to Cyclades cruising at 12 knots usually does day hops of 3-4 hours. The time increases for catamarans cruising at around 6 knots to at least 4-6 hours per day. For this reason, we advise, especially first-time charterers, to visit the Saronic Gulf – Hydra, Spetses, and Poros instead, reducing time spent at sea and increasing time spent exploring the islands. 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 strong Meltemi winds make the journey from Athens to Santorini subject to the elements, and some flexibility needs to be expected as weather can significantly delay the journey. To avoid this, inquire about starting in Mykonos or Santorini and skip the long cruise from Athens. As the availability is dependent on the previous charter ending nearby or at your preferred location, it is advisable to hold the purchase of airline tickets until a boat is secured.

Book Well in Advance

 

With 3 months to charter, your best options are long gone. Ideally, we advise you to book 9-12 months before your intended charter. It is also important to consider to keep some level of flexibility. Coming into high season and wanting to charter in the most popular areas, charters can easily be booked back-to-back. One day back or forth can completely change the offer of available yachts as you might find that your preferred yacht is already booked 1 day before your selected return date. It is therefore also a good idea to have your Greece yacht charter booked before you purchase your flight ticket.

Booking a Greece Yacht Charter with us is easy. Just open the chat and get in contact with one of our experienced charter brokers. They will look at your wishes and budget and help you choose your yacht and destination.

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TOP CHARTER AREAS IN GREECE

Our Favorite Spots

THE BEST CHARTER DESTINATIONS

Mykonos Greece Port Island

The Cyclades

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.

 

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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!

 

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Spetses, Saronic Islands
Rhodes Island Dodecanese

Dodecanese

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!

 

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Ionian Islands

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 sports, 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.

 

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WHAT DO OUR CLIENTS SAY?

Our clients speak of unparalleled service, exquisite yachts, and a straightforward booking process, highlighting the excellence of their Greek yacht charter experiences.

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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.

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Hidden Spots

Top Yacht Charter Destinations in Greece

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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