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713  Crewed Luxury Yachts for Charter in Greece

  • Greece Yacht Charter

A Greece yacht charter promises one of the most magical experiences of anywhere in the Mediterranean. With more shoreline than anywhere else in Europe and around 6,000 islands to explore, Greece offers endless opportunities for discovery on your next superyacht charter. Whether you’re looking for fun in the sun in Mykonos , a romantic getaway in Santorini or peace and quiet in the Ionian Islands , a yacht rental in Greece will fulfil every desire. 

If you're considering renting a luxury yacht in Greece, you’re in good company. This popular yachting hotspot is thought to be the original home of modern yacht charter , and there are few destinations on earth that are so perfect for exploring by boat!

Greek Yacht Charters: At a Glance

Beautiful Oia town in Santorini, Greece

  • Variety of islands The sheer number of Greek islands means there’s countless itineraries and plenty of destinations to fall in love with, and you can keep coming back time and time again. 
  • Quiet bays, secluded anchorages and isolated beaches  There’s no shortage of peaceful spots in Greece, meaning you can escape the crowds and you don’t always need to dock in port.
  • Incredible culture and history The history of ancient Greece is one of the most fascinating in all of western civilization, and its culture is still very prominent today across Greece today. You can expect to see many temples, statues, settlements and sights across the Greek shores. 
  • Excellent dive sites Wreck sites, coral reefs and natural underwater caves create ample opportunities for scuba diving (and snorkelling, in some cases).
  • Thriving food scene With an abundance of ingredients on its doorstep, Greek cuisine is among the most beloved in the world and you can expect nothing but the best on your next yacht charter vacation. 
  • More coastline than anywhere else in Europe In fact, Greece has more coastline than almost any other country in the world, and offers 6,000 islands (277 of which are inhabited).
  • Stunning scenery Everywhere you cruise, you’ll be awed by the spectacular scenery of Greece. From pine-coated hills and dramatic chalky cliffs to tiny islands rising up from the sea, Greece is steeped in natural beauty.

Popular Destinations for Yacht Rentals in Greece

Tiny village of Assos in Kefalonia, Greece

The best Greek yacht charters are generally structured into the five major island chains and two peninsulas.  Each of these Greek charter destinations has its own unique charm and character. 

Cyclades Islands (Mykonos, Santorini, Paros, Naxos) Best for: buzzy restaurants and beach clubs, luxury shopping, iconic sights, fine dining

Saronic Islands (Hydra, Spetses, Aegina, Poros) Best for: charming towns, secluded beaches, cycling and hiking trails, authentic dining

Dodecanese Islands (Rhodes, Kos, Simi) Best for: cultural attractions, ancient towns, quiet anchorages, swimming and snorkelling

Ionian Islands (Corfu, Zakynthos, (Zante), Ithaca, Kefalonia) Best for: beautiful beaches, short-hop sailing, scuba diving, nightlife

Sporades Islands (Alonissos, Skiathos, Skopelos, Skyros) Best for: peace and quiet, unspoilt nature, pristine beaches

Peloponnese Region (Corinth, Patras, Kalamata, Nafplion,) Best for:  pretty towns, ancient culture, beautiful beaches, calm moorings

Halkidiki Region (Kassandreia, Sani) Best for: cultural sights, untouched beaches, swimming and snorkelling

Which Greek island is right for you?

Popular Sub-Regions in Greece

Mykonos yacht charters.

Boats moored at Mykonos marina

Mykonos yacht charters have attracted well-heeled guests time after time with the island's sugar-cubed villages combined with cosmopolitan allure. Mykonos' main attraction is undeniably its vibrant nightlife; amid its myriad seafront bars and clubs, partygoers dance till dawn under rose-gold skies. But this is not the island's only appeal.

Wander around the enchanting vividly-colored houses of Little Venice as the sun sets; savor a candlelit meal at one of its many fine-dining options (such as Nobu); and discover some of the magnificent bays such as Ornos . Of course, there are also a vast array of beaches to bronze on: from the iconic Paradise Beach  to the hip and happening Psarou or the more tranquil Agios Sostis .

Vouliagmeni Yacht Charters

Beautiful lake in Vouliagmeni

A Vouliagmeni yacht charter is highly exclusive, with the idyllic coastal town being a popular superyacht haven for vacations beginning or ending in Athens. Located 13 miles southeast of the capital, yacht charter guests can moor here with ease at its peaceful bay. It's an absolute must whilst you are here to take a dip in the emerald-hued waters of the lake, hugged by soaring cliffs and gently warmed by thermal springs. For the more adventurous, be sure to make the most of the bountiful underwater caves. 

Santorini Yacht Charters

View of colorful houses in Oia, Greece

A Santorini yacht charter is a firm favorite amongst discerning travelers who fall in love with its endless, dramatic beauty at every turn. Dappled with whitewashed cottages and cerulean-hued domed churches tumbling down the hillsides of  Oia to and up to the capital of Firá , guests have no shortage of backdrops for sunset tipples or sights to gaze at. Visiting the world-famous Red beach in nearby Akrotiri village whilst you are here is also a must.

Santorini is also superbly located for cruising towards the crystalline shores of Magganari beach on Ios island: an ideal location for snorkeling or taking out the toys. 

Five Reasons to Visit Santorini on a Luxury Yacht Charter

Hydra Yacht Charters

Crystal blue shores of old main port in Hydra, Greece

Jetsetters have long adored Hydra for yacht charters , largely owing to its heavenly seascapes. The sheltered island enthralls guests onshore, who feel as if they have stepped into a bygone era: no cars roam around, just donkeys who hobble around its picture-perfect, labyrinthine streets and harbor. Soaring escarpments set the scene for sun-drenched meals under a lingering sun, with seafood served so fresh that it's practically dripping straight from the water. Admire also the innumerable secret coves and bays to be found here, many of which can be explored on your tenders.

Milos Yacht Charters

Kleftiko Bay, Greece

The luminous, volcanic island of Milos and its fabulously turquoise bays are a superyacht favorite, yet remain largely undiscovered to the wider public. But why do the elite cruise towards its shores? For the staggeringly beautiful beaches (more than 70 of them, in fact) perfect for bringing out the water toys.

The spellbinding Kleftiko bay , the geothermal Paliochori beach, and the surreal charms of Sarakiniko beach  (with its moon-like surfaces flecked by countless caves) are popular spots here. Abound with ancient ruins, make sure you also pay a visit to the Catacombs of Milos near the village of Tripiti , and the achingly pretty hilltop Venetian Castle of Milos .

Highlights of a Greece Yacht Charter

Beautiful Oia town in Santorini, Greece

A Greece yacht rental vacation offers an incredible selection of things to see and do. Here is our small selection of some of the most outstanding:

Don't Miss:

Shipwreck Beach : (Navagio Beach) a beach in Zante that's best accessed by boat and is famous for the large shipwreck lying on the sand.

Nammos : the most iconic beach club in Greece.

The Portara of Naxos : a doorlike arch that once formed the Temple of Apollo on the island of Naxos.

Cavo Tagoo : one of the most photographed hotels in Greece, carved into the caves on the hills of Mykonos.

The Terrace of Lions : a walkway on the island of Delos that's lined by statues of lions.

The Corinth Canal : a long stretch of water that cuts through the mainland in Corinth.

Flyaway Creative : the hottest restaurant in Santorini.

Who Goes on a Greece Yacht Charter?

Given its staggering popularity, a better question might be: who doesn't? For culture vultures, Greece is packed with majestic archeological ruins and attractions, for sun-worshippers, Greece is home to some of the world's most outstanding beaches that can be enjoyed by couples and families alike, and for hedonists, party havens like Mykonos are buzzing with famous nightclubs and bars.

History and Culture

Greece's location at the confluence of the East and West, as well as its Roman and Ottoman occupations, have had a huge cultural and historical impact that can be still felt today in terms of cuisine and architecture.

Greeks are fiercely proud of their heritage and culture. Marvelous regional traditions permeate mainland Greece and the Greek islands, ranging from religion to music, language to food and even wine, making a Greek yacht charter a truly thrilling experience.

Types of Yacht Charters in Greece

Superyacht Irimari underway in Greek waters

Greece has a very diverse yacht charter market, so you can be sure to find the perfect yacht for you and your charter party. There’s a wide variety of motor yachts for charter , as well as sailing yachts and traditional Turkish gulets.

However, be aware that all yachts wishing to begin or end a yacht charter in Greece must be in possession of a valid Greek charter license. Speak to a  yacht charter broker for more information.

If you’re unsure about the type of yacht you’d like to charter, here are some things to consider first.

Motor Yacht Charters in Greece

Charter yacht at anchor in a quiet cove in greece

For those looking to rent a motor yacht  in Greece, you’ll find a wide range to choose from. 

The most common type of motor yacht you can hire in Greece is a yacht with a planing hull. Stylish, sporty and speedy, they’re great for zipping between islands quickly and ensuring you get the most out of your itinerary. If you’re looking to spend most of your time on land or splashing in the sea, a yacht with a planing hull is the top choice for you. 

You’ll also find a superb selection of displacement and semi-displacement superyachts at your disposal (pictured above). These are typically larger and more stable at anchor, with more onboard space for facilities and amenities such as gyms, movie theaters and wellness suites. They’re ideal if you’re chartering with a large group, particularly one that includes children.

Sailing Yacht Charters in Greece

Luxury sailing yacht at anchor in Greece with water toys

Greece is a playground for sailing yacht rentals , with plenty of yachts available throughout summer. A combination of light winds, clear skies and plenty of anchorages create great sailing conditions across all the islands.

The most popular destinations for sailing charters are typically Corfu, Kefalonia , and the Sporades Islands . Other destinations are equally desirable, including the Cyclades and the Dodecanese islands - but be aware that these areas typically encounter more winds. This means it might be more challenging to drop anchor, and you will have to consider spending more nights in port.

Gulet Yacht Charters in Greece

Gulet yacht at anchor in Greece

A gulet is a traditionally Turkish-built sailing yacht made out of wood. They are usually two or three-masted and are typically much larger than your average sailing yacht.   Luxury gulet yacht charters  in Greece are very appealing alternatives to both sailing and motor yacht charter. While they usually rely on their motor underway, they are very fuel-efficient and don't require a lot of fuel to get from point A to point B. They have displacement hulls which make them very stable and seaworthy, and typically offer lots of volume and open-plan living spaces.

Greek gulet yachts also tend to be cheaper than other types of charter as they sometimes offer all-inclusive or semi-inclusive packages, meaning you don’t need to worry about additional expenses such as food and drink. They also normally include a standard number of cruising hours per day.  Plus, their crew are often local to the region that they cruise in, meaning they can double as tour guides and have a lot of expertise and valuable insight into the area.

But be aware- many gulets are Turkish-flagged, meaning they will need to hold a Greek charter license to start or finish a charter in Greece. 

How Much Does it Cost to Charter a Yacht in Greece?

The price of a Greece yacht charter vacation varies depending on a number of factors, including the type of yacht, the age of the yacht, and the month in which you choose to charter. 

  • A Greece motor yacht rental can range from $33,000 to $1.8m per week plus expenses
  • A sailing yacht charter in Greece averages from $27,200 to $559k weekly plus expenses

In Greece, VAT on a yacht charter is charged at 24% and is based on the value of the yacht. However, this figure can be reduced if the yacht meets specific criteria. 

The three tax brackets are as follows; 

  • VAT at full 24%: applies to charters that take place in Greek waters without exiting to non-EU or International waters (Staying within the six nautical miles limit)
  • VAT at 24%: with a deduction option for time spent outside of EU waters or in international waters. 
  • Discounted at 50% (VAT 12%):for yachts that spend a minimum of 60 % of charter time/days outside of territorial waters. (Territorial waters are considered: six nautical miles from the mainland and six nautical miles from the territorial waters of an island). This also applies to yachts charters commencing outside EU territory and that remain outside for more than 60% of the chartered days and end their charter in Greece.

Greek Charter Licences Explained

When is the Best Time for Greek Yacht Charters?

Quiet cove in Greece

The best time for Greek yacht rentals is between July and August, but warm weather typically extends well into September and even May in certain destinations. The peak of the charter season is usually July, although August historically has the hottest temperatures. 

Between June and August, you can expect highs of 85 - 90 degrees Fahrenheit (26 - 32 degrees Celsius) in Athens, with even hotter temperatures recorded further south.

Where Should I Begin My Greece Yacht Charter?

Aerial view of Piraeus, the busiest passenger port in Europe

By far the most common embarkation point for a  Greece yacht rental vacation is Athens . Around 90% of the Greek charter fleet has a homeport in Athens, and there are numerous luxury marinas that cater to superyachts.

However, for those looking to charter around the Ionian Islands in destinations like Corfu , Cephalonia and Zakynthos , you may wish to begin your charter closer to your desired destination. 

It is possible to begin or end your charter elsewhere in Greece. However, you may have to consider the cost of repositioning as the fleet is mostly based out of Athens. 

If you want to meet the yacht elsewhere – for example, Santorini, Mykonos –  you can expect to pay a hefty repositioning fee. It’s generally more economical to begin your Greek yacht charter in Athens and spend the day cruising to your desired start point, enjoying your yacht to the fullest, and soaking up the scenery as you travel underway.

Where to Find a Yacht Slip in Greece

Exploring secluded coves - luxury yacht charter vacation

Around the main yachting hubs of Greece, you’ll find plenty of marinas that cater to a variety of yachts of different sizes. However, be aware that Greece doesn’t have as many big marinas as destinations such as the South of France or Italy , and demand for slips can be very high in peak season.

  • Zea Marina:  located in Piraeus, Athens, which is the largest seaport in Greece and one of the largest harbors in all of Europe. It's a hive of activity, offering 670 slips up to 150m.
  • Athens Marina : revered marina, accommodating 130 slips measuring up to 130m. Provides plenty of amenities on land, including a helipad service. 
  • Flisvos Marina: award-winning and perfect for starting and ending a charter. Located 6km from Athens city center, with a 303 slip capacity (up to 70m). Well-equipped facilities and high-end restaurants at your disposal when you dock here. 
  • Kos Marina: close to the enchanting island's old harbor, this marina has a capacity for up to 250 slips with a maximum length of 80m. Provides an excellent array of facilities and dining options.
  • Rhodes Marina:  world-class marina complete with a stunning backdrop. Can accommodate a staggering 382 yachts with a maximum length of 120m.

Where to End a Greece Yacht Charter

Beginning or ending your yacht charter in Athens, one of the most exciting cities in the world, is a popular choice. Be sure to explore this historic destination in all its glory before you leave.

How to Book Your Yacht Charter in Greece

Planning your yacht charter with a Broker

Greece is one of the most popular charter destinations in the Mediterranean. Therefore, advanced booking (three to six months ahead) is absolutely essential in order to secure your dream yacht on your preferred dates in the perfect destination. 

When it comes to Greece yacht rentals, many charterers are repeat clients; meaning they’ve already booked the yacht once, fallen in love with the yacht and its crew, and chosen to return again to explore a new destination. This means that competition for yachts is fierce and it’s even more crucial to kickstart the booking process early. 

Don’t forget that your choice of yachts in Greece is comparatively smaller than Italy or the South of France since all yachts beginning or ending a charter yacht in Greece must have a Greek charter license. 

That said, it is possible for a foreign-flagged yacht to charter in Greece so long as the charter begins and ends in international waters, such as Italy and Albania for yacht charters around the Ionian Islands or Turkey for charters around the Aegean islands.

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Greece yacht charter itineraries.

Our wide variety of charter itineraries around Greece have been hand-picked by a team of brokers and yachting experts to help you get the most from your next superyacht vacation.

Once you’ve chosen your dream island chain or region, it’s time to start creating your perfect itinerary.

From the Aegean islands to the Cyclades, every pocket of Greece offers so much to see, do, discover and experience.

To get the most out of your charter, be sure to choose an itinerary that covers between 6-8 days. This will give you ample time to spend enjoying on-shore excursions as well as down time on deck.

If you’re looking to explore more than one region, we recommended an itinerary that covers more than a week. Your itinerary can incorporate overnight cruises to ensure you get the most out your days, and you can easily finish your charter in a different destination to where you began.

Many people chartering in Greece choose to begin or end in Turkey. The Turkish coastlines are renowned for their incredible beauty and abundance of little bays, so be sure to bear this mind when browsing our itineraries.

Remember, all of our itineraries can be used as templates, and your broker will be able to tailor them to create bespoke charter experiences that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

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Maltese Falcon Yacht Charter in Greece

Maltese Falcon

88m   Perini Navi

from $490,000 p/week

Whisper Yacht Charter in Greece

122m Lurssen

122m   2024

from $3,000,000 p/w eek

IJE Yacht Charter in Greece

108m Benetti

108m   2019

from $1,960,000 p/w eek ♦︎

Dream Yacht Charter in Greece

107m Olympic Yacht Services

107m   1997/2022

from $2,172,000 p/w eek ♦︎

Christina O Yacht Charter in Greece

Christina O 34

99m Canadian Vickers

99m   1943/2020

from $762,000 p/w eek ♦︎

Faith Yacht Charter in Greece

97m Feadship

97m   2017/2022

from $1,742,000 p/w eek ♦︎

O'Pari Yacht Charter in Greece

95m Golden Yachts

from $1,198,000 p/w eek ♦︎

Whisper Yacht Charter in Greece

95m Lurssen

from $1,307,000 p/w eek ♦︎

Dar Yacht Charter in Greece

90m Oceanco

Lauren L Yacht Charter in Greece

Lauren L 36

90m Cassens-Werft

90m   2002/2008

from $757,000 p/w eek ♦︎ *

Maltese Falcon Yacht Charter in Greece

Maltese Falcon 12

88m Perini Navi

88m   2006/2023

from $490,000 p/w eek

Project X Yacht Charter in Greece

Project X 12

88m Golden Yachts

Chakra Yacht Charter in Greece

86m Scheepswerf Gebr. van der Werf

86m   1998/2024

from $539,000 p/w eek ♦︎

Sunrays Yacht Charter in Greece

86m Oceanco

86m   2010/2018

from $1,252,000 p/w eek ♦︎

Bold Yacht Charter in Greece

85m SilverYachts

from $953,000 p/w eek ♦︎

O'Ptasia Yacht Charter in Greece

O'Ptasia 12

85m Golden Yachts

85m   2018/2022

from $980,000 p/w eek ♦︎

Solandge Yacht Charter in Greece

Solandge 12

85m Lurssen

85m   2013/2022

from $1,089,000 p/w eek ♦︎

Victorious Yacht Charter in Greece

Victorious 12

85m Ak Yachts

from $871,000 p/w eek ♦︎

Le Ponant Yacht Charter in Greece

Le Ponant 32

84m   1990/2022

from $495,000 p/w eek ♦︎

Emir Yacht Charter in Greece

83m Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

83m   2004/2022

from $817,000 p/w eek ♦︎

Elements Yacht Charter in Greece

Elements 12

80m Yachtley

Tatiana Yacht Charter in Greece

80m Bilgin Yachts

from $844,000 p/w eek ♦︎

Malia Yacht Charter in Greece

78m Golden Yachts

78m   2023/2024

Legend Yacht Charter in Greece

77m IHC Verschure

77m   1974/2019

from $648,000 p/w eek ♦︎

Wheels Yacht Charter in Greece

76m Oceanco

76m   2008/2019

from $860,000 p/w eek ♦︎

Kensho Yacht Charter in Greece

75m Admiral Yachts

Lady Vera Yacht Charter in Greece

Lady Vera 12

74m Nobiskrug

74m   2011/2023

Naia Yacht Charter in Greece

74m Freire Shipyard

74m   2011/2014

from $595,000 p/w eek

Siren Yacht Charter in Greece

74m   2008/2013

from $566,000 p/w eek ♦︎

Coral Ocean Yacht Charter in Greece

Coral Ocean 13

73m Lurssen

73m   1994/2022

from $708,000 p/w eek ♦︎

Elegant 007 Yacht Charter in Greece

Elegant 007 30

72m Lamda Nafs Shipyards

72m   2005/2017

from $572,000 p/w eek ♦︎

Quantum of Solace Yacht Charter in Greece

Quantum of Solace 12

73m Turquoise Yachts

73m   2012/2022

from $574,000 p/w eek

Bleu De Nimes Yacht Charter in Greece

Bleu De Nimes 28

72m Clelands Shipbuilding Co

72m   2020/2020

from $534,000 p/w eek ♦︎

Stella Maris Yacht Charter in Greece

Stella Maris 12

72m Viareggio SuperYachts

72m   2015/2018

from $650,000 p/w eek

Serenity Yacht Charter in Greece

Serenity 28

72m   2004/2017

from $599,000 p/w eek ♦︎

Force Blue Yacht Charter in Greece

Force Blue 12

71m Royal Denship

71m   2002/2022

from $392,000 p/w eek ♦︎

Freedom Yacht Charter in Greece

70m Benetti

70m   2000/2016

from $500,000 p/w eek *

Sherakhan Yacht Charter in Greece

Sherakhan 26

70m Vuijk Scheepswerven

70m   2005/2022

from $593,000 p/w eek ♦︎

Nomad Yacht Charter in Greece

69m Oceanfast

69m   2003/2020

from $414,000 p/w eek ♦︎

Wayfinder Yacht Charter in Greece

Wayfinder 12

68m Astilleros Armon

from $375,000 p/w eek

Vertigo Yacht Charter in Greece

67m Alloy Yachts

67m   2011/2019

from $353,000 p/w eek ♦︎

Global Yacht Charter in Greece

67m Shadow Marine

67m   2007/2008

from $120,000 p/w eek

Alchemy Yacht Charter in Greece

66m Rossinavi

from $637,000 p/w eek *

Trident Yacht Charter in Greece

65m Feadship

from $544,000 p/w eek ♦︎

Elysium Yacht Charter in Greece

64m Astilleros de Mallorca

64m   1999/2021

from $177,000 p/w eek ♦︎

Running On Waves Yacht Charter in Greece

Running On Waves 42

64m Segel Masten Yachten

64m   2011/2021

from $114,000 p/w eek ♦︎

Spirit of the C's Yacht Charter in Greece

Spirit of the C's 10

64m Perini Navi

64m   2003/2023

from $225,000 p/w eek

Isabell Princess of The Sea Yacht Charter in Greece

Isabell Princess of The Sea 12

64m Codecasa

64m   1990/2023

from $316,000 p/w eek ♦︎

Magna Grecia Yacht Charter in Greece

Magna Grecia 12

64m Elsflether Werft

64m   1986/2021

from $358,000 p/w eek ♦︎

Lioness V Yacht Charter in Greece

Lioness V 12

64m Benetti

64m   2006/2023

from $490,000 p/w eek ♦︎

Almax Yacht Charter in Greece

63m Sunrise Yachts

63m   2015/2023

from $501,000 p/w eek ♦︎

Artisan Yacht Charter in Greece

63m Benetti

63m   2019/2022

Soundwave Yacht Charter in Greece

Soundwave 12

Apogee Yacht Charter in Greece

63m Codecasa

63m   2003/2023

from $360,000 p/w eek

Flag Yacht Charter in Greece

62m Feadship

62m   2000/2022

from $412,000 p/w eek ♦︎

Virginian Yacht Charter in Greece

Virginian 12

62m   1990/2024

from $266,000 p/w eek ♦︎

Sarah Yacht Charter in Greece

62m   2002/2016

from $354,000 p/w eek ♦︎

Mary-Jean II Yacht Charter in Greece

Mary-Jean II 12

62m   2010/2023

from $320,000 p/w eek

Arience Yacht Charter in Greece

61m Abeking & Rasmussen

61m   2012/2022

Itoto Yacht Charter in Greece

61m Dauphin Yachts

61m   1987/2023

from $218,000 p/w eek ♦︎

Lady Kathryn V Yacht Charter in Greece

Lady Kathryn V 12

61m Lurssen

from $450,000 p/w eek

Marguerite Yacht Charter in Greece

Marguerite 12

61m   2004/2021

Bella Vita Yacht Charter in Greece

Bella Vita 12

60m Lurssen

60m   2010/2022

from $550,000 p/w eek

Katina Yacht Charter in Greece

60m Brodosplit

60m   2015/2017

from $245,000 p/w eek

Light Holic Yacht Charter in Greece

Light Holic 12

60m   2011/2014

from $348,000 p/w eek ♦︎

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Most itineraries for yachts around Greece begin in Athens because around 90% of the charter fleet in Greece has a homeport in Athens. Therefore, the yachts are usually based in the country’s capital, and you will most likely have to pay a repositioning fee if you’d like to begin elsewhere in Greece.

A Greek yacht charter license is a special permit that allows yachts to begin and end a yacht charter in Greece. Not all yachts hold a Greek charter license, so you will need to speak to your charter broker for more information about starting and finishing a charter in Greek waters.

You could start a yacht charter in Mykonos, but you will most likely have to pay a hefty repositioning fee as most yachts have their homeport in Athens. To get the most out of your yacht charter, it’s usually best to begin in Athens and spend the night underway to reach Mykonos.

The most popular destinations for sailing vacations in Greece are the Ionian Islands. However, great sailing conditions exist across the country, and other popular hotspots include the Dodecanese Islands, the Sporades Islands and the Saronic Islands. 

The standard Value Added Tax (VAT) is 24%, and it is calculated based on the value of the yacht. The VAT can be reduced in certain circumstances; read our guide above.

The Cyclades Islands of Santorini, Mykonos, Paros and Naxos are great for exploring on a luxury yacht charter during summer. The best times to visit are between June and September when you can expect long days and warm sea temperatures. The beach clubs of Mykonos will be in full swing, and the island of Santorini will be alive with activity. 

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This is a small selection of motor and sailing yachts available for a luxury yacht charter to Greece. Please contact your Burgess broker for a personalised selection.

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RENAISSANCE

Rate from EUR 3,000,000 per week

  • Length: 112m (367.5ft)
  • Guests: 36 guests in 19 cabins
  • Built: 2023
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  • Length: 96.6m (316.9ft)
  • Guests: 12 guests in 7 cabins
  • Built: 2017
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Rate from USD 497,000† per week

  • Length: 90.1m (295.6ft)
  • Guests: 12 guests in 6 cabins
  • Built: 2007
  • Corsair Yachts

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Rate from USD 1,100,000† per week

  • Length: 88.5m (290.4ft)
  • Guests: 12 guests in 8 cabins

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MALTESE FALCON

Rate from USD 490,000 per week

  • Length: 88m (288.7ft)
  • Built: 2006
  • Perini Navi

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Rate from USD 945,000† per week

  • Length: 85.6m (280.8ft)
  • Built: 2010
  • Derecktor Shipyard

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Rate from USD 1,000,000 per week

  • Length: 85m (278.9ft)
  • Guests: 12 guests in 10 cabins
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O'PTASIA

Rate from EUR 900,000 per week

  • Built: 2018
  • Golden Yachts

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Rate from USD 1,150,000† per week

  • Length: 80m (262.5ft)
  • Built: 2019
  • Abeking & Rasmussen

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Rate from USD 900,000 per week

  • Length: 75m (246.1ft)
  • Built: 2020
  • Feadship, De Vries

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The Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA) is due at the time of the final charter payment. Under MYBA terms, this sum is usually equivalent to 30 per cent of the total charter fee, but may be up to 40 per cent in some cases.

Intended to cover the operating expenses of a charter as explained under Charter Terms, such as fuel, food, drinks, port fees and ad hoc incidentals, the APA will be given to the captain before the start of your charter. The Captain will ensure that the yacht is fully fuelled and provisioned when you step on board. While an up-to-date summary of accounts can be requested at any time during your charter, a full set of accounts will normally be submitted by your captain at the end of the cruise. If, during the charter, the expenditure exceeds the sum already paid, additional cash funds will be required at once.

All outstanding bills from the yacht charter should be settled in cash or by bank transfer before your final disembarkation. Of course, any remaining credit at the end of your charter will be reimbursed to you in full. On request, transfer arrangements to and from the yacht can be made by Burgess or by the yacht’s captain, payment for which will be deducted from your APA.

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Greece is well known as the cradle of European culture and boasts the longest coastline on the Mediterranean Sea. Located between Europe and Asia and surrounded by the Aegean, Ionian and Mediterranean seas, Greece has become a top yacht charter destination for sailors around the world. With 18 different bases we can provide numerous itineraries for you to explore the fabulous sailing grounds of Greece.

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“We enjoyed ourselves and have a bundle of stories we can now laugh about”

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Our trip was fantastic, beyond expectations. Our skipper, Peter Papageorgiou, was the best, also.

Alberto Goosen

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“We had a great time in Greece”

We had a great time in Greece, the first three days we had constant 20-25knots of wind, so we were able to do a lot of sailing. The boat was also in good condition and everything in working order…the boat did however look a bit older than a 2018 mode…

Scott Moser

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I’ve booked a few times through 12 Knots, in Greece and Polynesia, and have had great experiences. Solid customer support… it’s great to have one person I can email anytime with questions!

Charlie Clarke

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“We had a lovely time and the boat was really easy to handle”

Grigory, we had a lovely time and the boat was really easy to handle and only about 5 months old. All the equipment was in really good order and everything worked without a hitch. We had a really good handover from Nomicos who got us through the chec…

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Our second time to charter through 12Knots, luckily again Irina was our contact, again it was a painless, smooth process. No catches, no dropped messages, excellent value. The upfront price was the bottom line, no hidden extras. Surprisingly when I g…

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Greece Yacht Charters

Greece is a country in Southeast Europe, which is located in the Balkans. The country is embossed in four seas: the Aegean Sea, the Ionian Sea, the Cretan Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea . Due to its advantageous location, Greece possesses one of the longest coastlines in the world. This outstanding feature makes the country an incredibly famous sailing destination. Beautiful golden beaches along the island, emerald transparent waters, pine forests in the mountains, and extremely pleasant weather will not leave any sailor indifferent. Deciding to charter a shining yacht, you make an investment in unforgettable memories and the desire to come back as a matter of course. 

The reasons for which one must visit Greece are difficult to count as it has a lot to offer for everyone. Rich history, glorious past, impressive ancient buildings, delicious food and wine, an abundance of celebrations and festivals are waiting for you to explore the picturesque region. The pristine nature of Athens, Volos, Corfu, Kavala, and other Greek cities and perfect weather conditions create an ideal opportunity to rent a boat and melt into the pleasure.   

Sailing Conditions in Greece

Being situated in Southeast Europe, Greece welcomes sailors from around the globe to feel all the benefits of the Mediterranean climate. Hot and dry summers with rare precipitation and clear skies provide a good opportunity for yacht rental without any fear of possible rains and extreme winds. The average temperature during the summer period never drops below 20 ºC even at night. It is impossible to miss such great weather and not to go far in the sea on your sailboat to enjoy the 30 ºC heat in the daytime. Greek winters are usually colder, especially in those areas that are close to mountains. But they are not lingering and not so cold to somehow disturb dedicated sailors. The sailing season usually starts in March and continues up to November, bringing different sailing conditions to the island.

Best Times for Vacation in Greece

Having an intention to make the most of your sailboat vacation in the breathtaking destination, it is necessary to get acquainted with the weather conditions of the desired period. As a rule, the peak season of sailing occurs in the summer months and up to the end of September . This time features extremely high air and water temperature and a huge number of sailors even in the remote marinas. By the way, Greek summers are an ideal time for those who are ready to forget about sleep and party the whole night. One of the most important things to consider is that in July, the northern wind Meltemi comes to the shore and creates many hazardous obstacles for sailing.

Spring and autumn wind speeds and summer conditions force you to choose this time period if you are looking for peace and quiet. There is no extreme heat and strong winds, as well as no abundance of people. You still can enjoy going bareboat without any unpleasant conditions and immerse yourself into the same active and loud festivals and celebrations.

Sailing Difficulty Level

Greece has already gained its high popularity as one of the world’s best sailing destinations . Because of its climate and location, the country represents great sailing options for beginners and professional sailors alike. The weather changes require sailors to explore the weather forecast beforehand to select the desired time for coming and know what to expect. The level of difficulty is mostly predetermined by the Meltemi wind of 6-8 force. Blowing from July to September may scary fresh sailors and even become a challenge for experienced professionals. If you are not highly skillful and just do not have enough confidence to manage the vessel by yourself, consider booking a boat in spring or autumn. The absence of powerful winds will not spoil your first sailing experience but contribute to positive impressions.

If you are still not ready to face the open water, 12 Knots is glad to provide you with the help of a qualified skipper and an opportunity to hire a crew . Being focused on the needs and desires of every sailor, we offer either a skipper to help to refresh the memories of handling a boat or a complete training process in our sailing school. Both options are delivered at their best quality and reasonable price.

Main Charter Bases

Greece is an incredibly important sailing destination for 12 Knots. Welcoming thousands of happy sailors every year, the country has a lot of well-equipped marinas and good mooring options. Depending on the desired part of the country, preferred city, and climate peculiarities, you may select a perfect one. The team of 12 Knots spreads their professional services on more than 30 bases along the coast. You may rent a yacht or boat at bases situated in the most famous Greek cities and islands:

  • Santorini  and many others

Boat Types for Charters

Having a great number of bases in possession, 12 Knots aims to provide sailors with powerful sailboats from leading manufacturers. Approximately 6,000 vessels are now available for charter in Greece. Sailing yachts, catamarans, powerboats, gulets, and houseboats are waiting for your booking. Do not hesitate and contact our team to become an owner of a white shining boat at a good cost. It is advisable to perform booking beforehand to avoid disappointment and misunderstanding.

Other Information about Greece Sailing

Before diving into the images of future perfect sailing vacations, every sailor should be aware of some essential information about the intended place.

  • The official language is Greek, although English is also widely spoken, especially in tourist places.
  • Greece is the Euro zone; that’s why the official currency is Euro.
  • Greece is under the Schengen Agreement, which enables US citizens to enter the country without a visa and stay for no more than 90 days. For citizens of other countries, the consultation of the specialist is needed.

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In the heart of the Mediterranean, the sapphire blue sea encloses a land where the ancient gods once reigned supreme, a world carved by the patient yet relentless hands of geological time. Like the scorching sun kissing the landscape of olive groves and ancient ruins, the essence of Greece seems forever entwined with the sea that surrounds it. In this context, the prospect of renting a yacht in Greece becomes not merely a luxury holiday, but an immersion into an ecosystem that thrums with historical resonance and marine biodiversity.

Embracing the Call of the Aegean

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Renting a yacht in Greece provides the traveller with an unrivalled way to experience the shimmering necklace of islands that scatter across the Aegean and Ionian Seas . Each island, with its unique topography and diverse array of fauna, becomes a world in itself, ripe for exploration. As you sail from harbour to secluded cove, from bustling port to the tranquillity of an untouched beach, the grand theatre of life unfolds before your eyes. Yachting opens up opportunities for encounters with the playful dolphins that escort you through the waves, the regal falcons soaring above rocky crags, and the ceaseless rhythm of the tides that have whispered the same tune for eons.

Sailing Through History: A Tour of Greece's Unforgettable Maritime Destinations

🚢 Santorini: The Crown Jewel of the Cyclades

Your voyage commences in the Cyclades , with the island of Santorini . Famed for its sunsets and iconic blue-domed architecture, Santorini is the remnants of an ancient volcanic caldera. Sailing into the sheltered arms of this caldera, you are met by the shimmering white facades of Fira and Oia, perched high above the indigo sea. A stop in Santorini allows you to explore the winding streets and sample locally-produced wines, grown in the island's unique volcanic soil.

🚢 Mykonos: The Island of the Winds

The next anchor point is the bustling island of Mykonos , another Cycladic gem. Known for its vibrant nightlife and charming old town, Mykonos is a haven for lovers of culture and merriment. Explore the narrow alleyways dotted with boutique shops and fine restaurants, or marvel at the iconic windmills overlooking the azure Aegean Sea.

🚢 Delos: The Birthplace of Apollo

A short sail from Mykonos, you find the uninhabited island of Delos, an archaeological sanctuary and the mythological birthplace of the twin gods Apollo and Artemis. The island offers a unique opportunity to delve into ancient history, with the remains of temples, houses, and the iconic Terrace of the Lions standing as silent testament to a bygone era.

🚢 Lefkada: Sailing into Serenity

Lefkada , a turquoise gem, lures yacht enthusiasts with its pristine beaches and enchanting coves. Sailing around this Ionian paradise offers a blend of tradition and untouched nature, making every anchorage a new discovery.

🚢 Rhodes: The Ancient Mariner's Dream

Rhodes , a crossroad of civilizations, beckons sailors with its rich history and sun-kissed shores. Medieval towns and azure bays intertwine, offering a unique yachting journey through time.

🚢 Thessaloniki: Nautical Tales & Tantalizing Tastes

Thessaloniki , Greece's gastronomic hub, entices mariners with its bustling port and vibrant culture. Anchoring here promises a dance of flavors and a glimpse into Macedonia's spirited heartbeat.

🚢 Chalkidiki: Trident's Treasure Troves

Chalkidiki ’s trident-like peninsulas promise yachters secluded bays, emerald waters, and lush forests. Sailing its intricate coastline reveals a world where nature and myth are forever entwined.

🚢 Naxos: The Green Heart of the Cyclades

As you leave the lively shores of Mykonos, your yacht carries you to the largest island of the Cyclades, Naxos. Here, verdant mountains and fertile valleys teem with olive groves and vineyards. Explore the Venetian Castle in Naxos Town, or lose yourself in the serenity of secluded beaches that dot the island's coastline.

🚢 Ithaca: The Home of Odysseus

The Ionian Sea invites you next to Ithaca, famed as the home of Homer's Odysseus. Its rugged coastlines, laced with hidden coves and secluded beaches, beckon you to moor your yacht and explore. Ithaca's interior is a world of ancient olive trees, charming villages, and paths that whisper tales of the legendary king's long journey home.

🚢 Athens:  Yachting at the Cradle of Civilization

Athens , with its proximity to the Saronic Gulf, offers yacht enthusiasts a blend of history and stunning Mediterranean views. Sail through ancient seas, explore world-class marinas, and indulge in Greece's culinary delights. Athens is a timeless yacht destination, where myth and modernity meet in maritime harmony.

🚢 Kos: Anchor in the Aegean's Yachting Paradise

Kos Island, a jewel in the Aegean Sea, beckons yachters with its clear turquoise waters and sun-kissed marinas. Explore ancient ruins, relax on pristine beaches, or savor delectable Greek cuisine. Kos offers a sublime blend of history and hedonism, making it a sought-after destination for yacht enthusiasts.

🚢 Crete: The Land of the Minoans

To the south of the Aegean Sea, the island of Crete rises. As the cradle of Minoan civilization, Crete offers a glimpse into the ancient world. From the archaeological marvel of Knossos to the enchanting Venetian Harbour in Chania , the island is a cultural treasure trove. It also boasts breathtaking natural beauty, from the stunning beaches of Elafonissi and Balos to the imposing Samaria Gorge.

🚢 Corfu: The Emerald Isle of Greece

Corfu 's enchanting coastlines and luxurious marinas make it a prized destination for yacht lovers. Sail through the Ionian Sea's crystalline waters, explore secluded coves, and soak in the island's rich cultural heritage. Corfu invites you to a yachting experience where history meets the horizons of tranquility.

🚢 Lavrio: Greece's Hidden Harbor Gem

Nestled on the tip of the Attica Peninsula, Lavrio 's port is a gateway to the alluring Aegean Sea. Its modern marinas, rich mining history, and proximity to ancient temples make it a unique yachting destination. Experience the blend of antiquity and elegance as you embark on a Lavrio yachting adventure.

🚢 Hydra: The Island of Artists

Closer to mainland Greece, nestled in the Saronic Gulf, Hydra emerges as a haven for artists. Motor vehicles are absent from this island, giving it a timeless feel. It is a place where donkeys still carry goods through narrow stone alleys, and grand sea captain's mansions harken back to Hydra's maritime past. Its picturesque harbour and crystal clear waters are sure to charm.

🚢 Symi: The Neoclassical Wonder

Your next stop is Symi, part of the Dodecanese islands. Upon entering Symi's harbour, you are greeted by a stunning amphitheatre of neoclassical houses, cascading down the hills to the vibrant, azure bay. Symi offers a peaceful retreat, with tranquil beaches and a slower pace of life. Don't miss a visit to the Monastery of the Archangel Michael Panormitis, a place of spiritual serenity.

🚢 Kefalonia: The Blue and Green Island

Returning to the Ionian Sea, Kefalonia awaits. This island is a paradise of diverse landscapes, featuring towering mountains, lush vineyards, and golden beaches. Melissani Cave with its ethereal blue waters is a must-visit, as is Myrtos Beach, often hailed as one of the most stunning beaches in Greece.

🚢 Skiathos: The Sporades' Star

Skiathos is the gem of the Sporades islands. This small but lively island is known for its golden sandy beaches, turquoise waters and the verdant pine forests that reach the sea. The medieval Bourtzi fortress, situated on a small peninsula in Skiathos Town, offers panoramic views of the Aegean.

🚢 Zakynthos: The Flower of the Levant

Your final destination is Zakynthos in the Ionian Islands. Here, the famous Navagio beach, also known as Shipwreck Beach, is an unmissable sight. The turquoise waters and the dramatic cliffs make for unforgettable swimming and sightseeing. On the island's western coast, the Blue Caves are a spectacular natural formation accessible only by boat, and an ideal spot to observe the marine life of the Ionian Sea.

Embarking on this voyage, the spirit of Greece unfurls before you like a canvas of blue and white, imprinted with history and graced by nature's generous hand. Each island, each wave carries a story, waiting to be discovered on your journey across the Grecian seas.

The Considerations of Voyage: A Primer on Yacht Rental

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Embarking on a yacht rental in Greece necessitates careful consideration of numerous factors to ensure the journey is not only enjoyable, but also respectful of the delicate marine ecosystems you traverse.

⛵ Seasons and Climate

The Mediterranean climate, with its dry summers and mild, wet winters, dictates the rhythms of life in the Grecian seas. The peak yachting season aligns with the sun-drenched days from May to October. Outside these months, the waters can be turbulent, the skies grey and the weather unpredictable.

⛵ Nautical Skills

A keen understanding of nautical navigation and maritime safety is essential. Many yacht rentals offer the service of an experienced skipper, adept at reading the changing moods of the sea. They serve as your guide through the waters, ensuring a safe passage while you soak in the beauty of the Grecian archipelagos.

⛵ Environmental Consciousness

As an unobtrusive visitor to the marine environment, it is incumbent upon you to uphold a sense of environmental stewardship. Waste disposal, energy consumption, and respect for local wildlife are all aspects that need to be managed responsibly to protect the enchanting biodiversity of the Grecian seas.

The Ideal Vessel: Choosing Your Yacht

The choice of your vessel is paramount, and largely dependent on the desired balance of luxury, speed, and capacity. For the sun-soaked waters of Greece, several types of yachts offer a unique blend of these features.

⛵ The Luxury Superyacht

For those seeking utmost indulgence, the luxury superyacht is an unrivalled choice. Equipped with an array of modern amenities, the superyacht offers a level of comfort that rivals any five-star resort. Yet, it goes beyond this. Imagine waking to a changing view each morning, the endless blue stretching out before you as the shoreline transforms from the honey-hued cliffs of Santorini to the verdant hills of Zakynthos.

⛵ The Sleek Catamaran

The catamaran offers stability and ample space, with its twin-hulled design. This is an ideal choice for families or larger groups. Their shallower draft allows you to navigate closer to the islands, exploring hidden coves and secluded beaches. The gentle rhythm of the catamaran ensures a smooth journey across the placid summer seas of Greece.

⛵ The Classic Sailing Yacht

For the true sailing aficionado, there is nothing quite like a traditional sailing yacht. Harnessing the power of the wind, these vessels offer a more intimate experience with the elements. Sailing yachts demand a greater degree of skill and knowledge, but reward with an exhilarating connection to the sea and the wind.

In the radiant glow of the Grecian sun and the lull of the undulating sea, the act of yachting in Greece becomes not just a journey through space, but also through time. A voyage that carries the promise of encounters with awe-inspiring ecosystems, of rediscovering the ancient roots of Western civilisation, and of basking in the tranquil luxury that only a yacht can offer. It is, in essence, a way of becoming part of the timeless narrative of the sea.

Navigating Your Grecian Voyage: Addressing Common Queries

In our shared voyage across the sparkling waters and sun-drenched isles of Greece, we understand that many questions may arise. Here, we anticipate your inquiries, addressing them in the spirit of shared discovery and our mutual fascination for this ancient sea-bound nation.

What is the best time to rent a yacht in Greece?

The best time to embark on a yachting journey in Greece is typically between May and October, when the Mediterranean climate offers warm, sun-filled days and calm seas. This period is the high season for yacht rentals, offering a perfect blend of favourable weather and vibrant island life.

What kind of yacht should I rent?

The choice of yacht is largely dependent on your personal preferences and needs. For larger groups and families, a catamaran offers ample space and stability. If luxury and comfort are paramount, consider a superyacht, which offers a host of modern amenities. For those seeking a more intimate connection with the sea, a traditional sailing yacht can be an exhilarating choice.

Do I need a license to sail in Greece?

The Greek authorities require at least one member of the crew to have a valid International Certificate of Competence (ICC) or an equivalent national certificate from your country of residence. If you do not have sailing qualifications, hiring a skipper is a popular option. The skipper can safely navigate the boat while you relax and enjoy the journey.

How can I respect the environment during my yacht rental?

Practicing environmentally friendly sailing involves a variety of measures. Be mindful of waste disposal - many yachts are equipped with holding tanks or you can dispose of waste at port facilities. Limit your use of single-use plastics on board, and respect the local wildlife by maintaining a safe distance. Finally, be conscious of your energy consumption and try to maximise the use of sails over the engine when possible.

Can I visit multiple islands during my yacht rental?

Absolutely. The beauty of renting a yacht is the freedom it offers to explore multiple destinations. The Greek islands are well-suited to island hopping, with many desirable locations in close proximity to one another. This allows you to discover the unique charm of each island at your own pace.

In sharing these answers, we hope to enhance your understanding of what a yachting adventure in Greece entails. As always, our journey is enriched by your curiosity, and we stand ready to navigate these enchanting waters alongside you.

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Most yachts are based in Athens. The majority of the crewed charter Greece departs 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 for private yacht charters Greece. 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 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 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 crewed 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.

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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?

  • 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.

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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, and whether you’re going for an all-inclusive package or not. In this article, we cut through the waves of information and get straight to the point by looking at specific yachts  currently available for charter in Greece .

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Greece is a country with a rich history and vibrant culture. From ancient ruins and museums to traditional tavernas and folk dances, there’s always something new to discover. Greece has over  6,000 beautiful islands and navigating them is an Odyssey of a lifetime. This article aims to present the best Greek charter itineraries in a logical breakdown.

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, in connection to 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.

The key events in the Greek yacht charter industry in 2024

  • The cost of a July airplane ticket went from $900 to $1,400, year over year.
  • US inflation of 4-9% year over year weakens the purchasing position of the major charter market
  • Continued negative coverage of key Greek areas, from overcrowding of Santorini to DK Oyster restaurant scams on Mykonos continues to dominate the headlines
  • 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 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.
  • Santorini Marina – still in construction, unknown delays
  • Corinth Canal – successfully reopened June 22 after repeated construction works on 22 and 23! after walls repeatedly collapsed due to landslides.
  • Slow Opening of New Marinas – Licencing issues – limited births restrict navigation of charter vessels
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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 in your crewed motor yacht charter!

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Luxurious sailing yacht is one of the most exhilarating and rewarding ways to explore the seas. Powered by he wind, sailboats require less fuel and engage all your senses. You will feel like a true adventurer as you watch your destination come into view.

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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. However, 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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How much does a Luxury Yacht Charter in Greece Cost?

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Explore the top 10 motor yachts in Greece and indulge in a luxurious experience amidst the mesmerizing beauty of the Aegean Sea. From sleek and stylish to opulent and extravagant, these yachts offer the perfect combination of comfort and performance. With state-of-the-art amenities and personalized services, each yacht promises a unique and unforgettable adventure. Discover the best motor yachts in Greece and make your luxury yacht charter holiday a reality.

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Discover our top 10 recommended catamaran yachts in Greece for an extravagant yacht charter sailing experience. With crystal-clear waters and stunning landscapes, Greece is the perfect destination for a catamaran charter. From luxury to budget-friendly options, these top 10 catamaran yachts offer the best in comfort, performance, and style. Book your catamaran yacht charter and get ready for the ultimate yacht charter adventure in Greece.

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Be inspired by custom-made itineraries from all around Greece. Choose to sail around the Saronic Islands, Cyclades, Ionian, or the Dodecanese.

Classy 8-day Cyclades Yacht Charter Itinerary – Explore Greek Islands in Serenity!

Classy 8-day Cyclades Yacht Charter Itinerary – Explore Greek Islands in Serenity!

7 Day Yacht Charter in the Ionian Sea: Corfu, Sivota, Parga, Antipaxos, Paxos

7 Day Yacht Charter in the Ionian Sea: Corfu, Sivota, Parga, Antipaxos, Paxos

7 Days Paros Itinerary – Cyclades: Naxos, Ios, Santorini, Folegandros, Sifnos, Mykonos

7 Days Paros Itinerary – Cyclades: Naxos, Ios, Santorini, Folegandros, Sifnos, Mykonos

Santorini Itinerary 7 Day Yacht Charter in Cyclades: Santorini, Folegandros, Milos, Sifnos, Paros, Naxos, Koufonisia, Ios

Santorini Itinerary 7 Day Yacht Charter in Cyclades: Santorini, Folegandros, Milos, Sifnos, Paros, Naxos, Koufonisia, Ios

Cyclades Islands 7 Day Yacht Charter Itinerary Greece: Kythnos, Milos, Folegandros, Santorini, Amorgos, Paros, Mykonos

Cyclades Islands 7 Day Yacht Charter Itinerary Greece: Kythnos, Milos, Folegandros, Santorini, Amorgos, Paros, Mykonos

Dodecanese Islands 7 Day Yacht Charter Itinerary #2 Greece: Kos, Leros, Lipsi, Patmos, Levitha, Kalymnos and Astypalea

Dodecanese Islands 7 Day Yacht Charter Itinerary #2 Greece: Kos, Leros, Lipsi, Patmos, Levitha, Kalymnos and Astypalea

The Ionian Islands 7-Day Charter Itinerary from Corfu: Paxos, Antipaxos, Lefkada, Kefalonia, Zakynthos and Ithaca

The Ionian Islands 7-Day Charter Itinerary from Corfu: Paxos, Antipaxos, Lefkada, Kefalonia, Zakynthos and Ithaca

Dodecanese Islands 7 Day Yacht Charter Itinerary Greece: Rhodes, Tilos, Astypalea, Kalymnos, Kos, Nisyros, Symi

Dodecanese Islands 7 Day Yacht Charter Itinerary Greece: Rhodes, Tilos, Astypalea, Kalymnos, Kos, Nisyros, Symi

7 day charter itinerary: Cyclades from Mykonos | Naxos – Amorgos – Santorini – Ios – Paros – Mykonos

7 day charter itinerary: Cyclades from Mykonos | Naxos – Amorgos – Santorini – Ios – Paros – Mykonos

Saronic Islands Yacht Charter Itinerary Greece #2: Athens, Alimos, Aegina, Ermioni, Spetses, Hydra, Poros, Epidaurus

Saronic Islands Yacht Charter Itinerary Greece #2: Athens, Alimos, Aegina, Ermioni, Spetses, Hydra, Poros, Epidaurus

Saronic Islands Greece | 7-days yacht charters itinerary: Athens, Aegina, Agistri, Methana, Poros, Hydra, Spetses

Saronic Islands Greece | 7-days yacht charters itinerary: Athens, Aegina, Agistri, Methana, Poros, Hydra, Spetses

Top 7 Day Cyclades Greece Yacht Charter Itinerary: Athens-Kea-Syros-Mykonos-Naxos-Santorini-Sifnos-Kythnos

Top 7 Day Cyclades Greece Yacht Charter Itinerary: Athens-Kea-Syros-Mykonos-Naxos-Santorini-Sifnos-Kythnos

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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!

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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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Aegina Island, Greece

Looking for a charter that’s both easy to get to from Athens and has a little something for everyone? Then look no further than the Saronic Gulf and Eastern Peloponnese islands.

Rhodes Island Dodecanese

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!

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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 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.

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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.

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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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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

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A yacht charter in Greece offers the ultimate superyacht experience for those seeking sun-drenched days, a rich and vibrant culture , coupled with a generous portion of exclusivity and luxury. Explore ancient ruins and UNESCO World Heritage sites, indulge in award-winning cuisine , relax at exclusive beach clubs, drop anchor at uninhabited islands , or dance the night away at some of the Mediterranean’s hippest night spots. Cruise the crystal-clear waters of the Aegean Sea and take your pick of more than 6,000 islands and islets . Our charter brokers go to great lengths to ensure every detail of your charter getaway is flawless, including crafting bespoke itineraries and experiences. Contact Moran today.

Why charter a yacht in Greece?

Here are just some of the many reasons you should choose Greece as your next superyacht charter destination:

  • Incredible cuisine and fresh seafood at local tavernas
  • More than 6,000 islands, many of which are uninhabited
  • The birthplace of democracy, stunning UNESCO World Heritage sites, and ancient ruins
  • Crystal-clear waters, ideal for making the most of your yacht’s water toys
  • Glamorous nightlife and exclusive beach clubs
  • Amazing wildlife both above and under the waves
  • Adventures and experiences to suit everyone
  • Easy access with multiple international airports accommodating commercial airlines and private jets

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What are the best Greek Islands to explore?

With more than 6,000 islands to explore, spanning major island chains such as the Cyclades Islands, the Aegean Islands, the Sporades Islands, the Ionian Islands, the Dodecanese Islands, and the Saronic Islands, there’s a Greek locale to match every desired experience. Whether you want an off-the-beaten-track feel or want to be in the heart of all the action, Greece offers the ideal spot. Some of the most popular with yachting enthusiasts include:

Considered one of the most dazzling and exclusive of all the Greek islands, Santorini offers charm in abundance. Explore cobbled streets drenched in bougainvillea, party at decadent beach clubs, or enjoy dining at some of Greece’s most spectacular restaurants.

Santorini Greece Yacht Charter

Sandy beaches lapped by turquoise waters, striking interiors, and pretty whitewashed buildings are the hallmarks of Mykonos. This Greek Island is known for its ultra-hip nightspots that attract internationally acclaimed DJs, refined beach restaurants, and label-laden boutiques.

Mykonos Greece Yacht Charter

Pretty Crete is one of the largest and most populous islands in Greece, known for its rich culture, superb cuisine, and spectacular National Park. Explore cities steeped in history and fascinating ancient ruins such as Knossos, first occupied during the Neolithic era, 7,000 B.C.

Crete Greece Yacht Charter

Considered one of Greece’s most romantic destinations, pretty Hydra will seduce you with its quaint towns and relaxed atmosphere. Hydra is a car-free island, giving it the feel of a bygone area that over the years has attracted renowned artists and jet setters in equal measure.

Hydra Greece Yacht Charter

There’s lots going on in Rhodes, with plenty to see and do, making it a popular yachting destination. Rhode’s Medieval Old Town is a must-visit and is regarded as one of the best-fortified cities in Europe. On Rhodes, you’ll also find the ancient Lindos Acropolis.

Rhodes Greece Yacht Charter

While not technically a Greek island, mainland Greece should not be ignored. Athens is brimming with Greek culture and mythology, exclusive restaurants, designer boutiques, and world-class offerings. A must-visit is the Acropolis of Athens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered the most complete ancient Greek monumental complex.

Athens Greece Yacht Charter

How can Moran Yacht & Ship help me charter a yacht in Greece?

No matter which island you fancy exploring during a private yacht charter in Greece, Moran Yacht & Ship’s charter specialists will listen to your needs and then craft a bespoke charter itinerary. Thanks to our superb contacts, we can also secure your reservations at the most exclusive restaurants and beach clubs, as well as arrange for private guided tours. With access to the best yachts in Greece, our expertise and knowledge is second to none. Contact our charter team today and start your Greece yacht charter vacation.

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When is the best time to explore Greece on a luxury yacht?

The summer months are high-season in Greece for superyacht charters, when you can expect the best weather. Additionally, the shoulder season – late spring and early fall – are also popular, especially for those seeking a less crowded time to explore the region or perhaps wanting slightly cooler temperatures for inland exploration.

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What are some highlights on a greece luxury yacht charter.

Some highlights of a luxury yacht charter in Greece include:

  • Explore Greece’s ancient wonders. The most famous, such as the Acropolis, can be found in Athens, however, many of the Greek islands boast historically significant heritage sites.
  • Soak up the sun on uninhabited Greek islands; with more than 6,000 islands and islets to explore, you will be spoilt for choice
  • Explore local vineyards and olive groves
  • Feast on delicious Greek cuisine at local tavernas
  • Hike stunning national parks and discover Greece’s varied landscape
  • Sink beneath the waves and discover vibrant marine life and fascinating shipwrecks.

What are the air temperatures on a Greece luxury yacht charter?

Spring (April to June): Spring is a pleasant time to visit Greece, with mild temperatures ranging from around 59°F (15°C) to 77°F (25°C).

Summer (July to August) : Summer is the peak yacht charter season in Greece, with hot and dry weather. Average temperatures range from 77°F (25°C) to 95°F (35°C) or even higher.

Fall (September to November) : Fall is another favorable time to visit on a luxury yacht charter, as crowds thin out and temperatures become more comfortable. Expect average temperatures from around 68°F (20°C) to 77°F (25°C).

Winter (December to February) : Winter is the off-peak season in Greece, with cooler temperatures and some rainfall. Average temperatures range from approximately 50°F (10°C) to 59°F (15°C).

What's the water temperature like on a Greece yacht charter?

The water temperature in Greece varies throughout the year, with warmer temperatures during the summer months and cooler temperatures in the winter. Greece has a Mediterranean climate, and its coastal waters are influenced by this climate pattern. Almost all yacht charters in Greece are during the late spring, summer, and early fall, when the water temperatures are welcoming and the weather is at its best.

  • Water temperatures can range from around 57°F (14°C) to 64°F (18°C).
  • Water temperatures in Greece during the spring months can range from approximately 59°F (15°C) to 68°F (20°C).
  • Water temperatures during the summer months typically range from about 70°F (21°C) to 82°F (28°C).
  • Water temperatures during the fall months can range from around 68°F (20°C) to 75°F (24°C).

Where can I embark on a Greek Islands yacht charter?

The embarkation destination will depend on your cruising itinerary. Many of the larger Greek Islands boast international airports that accommodate commercial airlines and private jets, ensuring easy access to your yacht charter. The most popular destinations to embark on a Greece superyacht charter include:

  • Thessaloniki

How much does a yacht charter in Greece cost?

The cost of a luxury yacht charter in Greece will depend on several factors, primarily the size of the boat, its onboard amenities, your cruising itinerary, and the length of the charter. Every yacht charter is unique, from the yacht’s onboard amenities to the cruising itinerary and choice of experiences. Moran Yacht & Ship are specialists in Greece yacht charters and have access to the world’s finest superyachts and mega yachts for charter in Greece. Whether you fancy an island-hopping adventure that takes you from one paradisiacal beach to the next, or exploring Greece’s ancient wonders, Moran’s team of veteran charter agents can help. We will listen to your needs and connect you with your ideal vessel, ensuring you enjoy the ultimate charter experience. Contact our team today.

How can Moran help me charter a yacht in Greece?

If you want to discover the land of ancient gods on a Greece yacht charter, the Moran Yacht & Ship charter brokers can help. We are a leading yacht brokerage with exclusive access to the world’s finest motor yachts and superyachts for charter. We specialise in curating extraordinary yachting experiences that exceed expectations. Contact our team today.

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Ferretti - 591 | 15 people (18.33m)

From $2,413 per day.

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Ferretti - 53 | 12 people (16.8m)

From $1,796 per day.

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FOUNTAINE PAJOT - Alegria 67 | 8 people (19.49m)

From $4,891 per day.

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Cranchi - Cranchi Atlantique 50 | 10 people (16m)

From $2,245 per day.

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M/Y Benetti - 120 | 12 people (36.6m)

From $16,838 per day.

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Leopard - 43 PC | 25 people (13m)

From $3,480 per day.

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San Lorenzo - Sl72 | 1 person (24m)

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Dufin - 57 | 10 people (17.5m)

From $1,740 per day.

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Cantieri - Navali Italy | 22 people (20m)

From $1,604 per day.

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Aicon - Aicon 60 | 12 people (19.39m)

From $2,919 per day.

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Ferretti 58/64 - Up to 24 guests | 24 people (18m)

From $2,739 per day.

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Custom Made - 55 Flybridge | 6 people (17m)

From $1,444 per day.

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Baia - Aqua 54 | 10 people (17m)

From $1,403 per day.

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Perama Shipyards 102 - Elena | 12 people (31.1m)

From $4,089 per day.

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Princess 85 - Flybridge | 8 people (25m)

From $5,747 per day.

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Sunseeker - 88 | 8 people (26m)

From $6,896 per day.

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Sunseeker - Yacht 88 | 8 people (27.4m)

From $6,174 per day.

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Gulf Craft - Majesty 66 | 10 people (20.12m)

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You can find a yacht charter in Greece and in different dream destinations around the world on the Nautal website. Flexible cancellation or changes up to 15 days before check-in is allowed on selected boats. Check the conditions established with each boat owner. Imagine tranquil and serene island coves, but blended perfectly with a summer clubbing utopia on island metropolitan hubs. 

A Greek yacht charter is the best way of cruising the shimmering Greek sea and visiting the Greek islands and beaches of your choice. Discover lively islands such as Corfu, sophisticated bars and restaurants in small coastal towns in Lefkas , and the historical yet edgy new Athens which will take your breath away. Spend an evening on a bar terrace admiring the Acropolis and if you don’t want the night to end, get lost in its nightlife affairs...

If you want to make the most of the gorgeous weather and natural beauty consider a yacht rental in Greece. Whether you’d prefer to charter a boat with a skipper or would rather steer your own course, there are many destinations to visit, including fascinating Greek cities and a multitude of gorgeous islands that all add up to a dream holiday on the water. 

How much does it cost to charter a yacht in Greece?

On average, our exquisite yachts are available at just $2,670 per day or $18,690 per week, ensuring an unforgettable getaway. With the capacity to comfortably accommodate an average of 4 guests aboard the yacht, you can create cherished memories with your loved ones. Yachts are generally rented with a skipper and you can even find a crewed yacht charter in Greece if you want a really luxurious trip. Check the mandatory and included extras with the owner. Other factors that can influence the price are length, age of a yacht, capacity, duration of charter, extras, etc.

Is it possible to rent a yacht in Greece with or without a skipper? 

It is possible to find a yacht charter in Greece with or without a skipper. There are only a few yachts available without a skipper so if you’re set on a bareboat Greece sailing charter, make sure to book early! A bareboat yacht charter in Greece is a great idea if you want to be captain of your sailing experience. 

If you are a new sailor we recommend a skippered yacht hire in Greece! This way, you can enjoy your sailing holiday, island hopping and swimming in the blue waters. Sailing yachts are also available with a crew that can cook delicious meals and prepare drinks for you and your guests. There is nothing like a private yacht charter in Greece to explore islands including Dodecanese islands !

How to rent a yacht in Greece?

You can find a suitably priced yacht hire in Greece on Nautal’s website. Whether you need to charter a larger yacht for a group of friends departing from Corfu or want to rent a smaller yacht for a romantic getaway leaving from Athens, it’s easy to plan your perfect holiday under the Greek sun on a yacht charter. A yacht charter in the Greek islands is always easy to do with endless choices on what to do. 

All you have to do is decide how many berths you require, select whether or not you need a skipper, state your price range, then think about which stunning land and seascapes you want to see from your yacht rental in Greece.

What can I do with a yacht rental in Greece?

As Greece is located in southern Europe and enveloped by the Aegean, Cretan, Libyan and Ionian seas, a yacht rental in Greece has all the ingredients for a perfect holiday. Drop anchor for the day and explore the historic city of Athens, or choose Crete for your day trip and revel in the beautiful mountain ranges that cross the island. Filled with peninsulas and islands that are ripe for exploration, you can choose a route that takes in the scenery of Santorini , Corfu , Mykonos or Paros . Check out one of our recommended routes for Greece from Athens to Milos .

A luxury yacht charter in Greece can be from for a day or longer! If you choose to rent a yacht for a day, then why not beach hop and find your perfect paradise. In Greece, yacht charters give you more freedom to explore with your moving home. 

If you find a week-long, skippered yacht charter in Greece, you can sit back and soak up the perfect weather while someone else takes care of getting you to your chosen destinations. The joys of your own exclusive yacht rental signify complete freedom to navigate to your favourite and most desired locations in Greece! We recommend going through the Aegean sea and discovering the numerous islands or staying close to the main cities such as Athens and heading to the Saronic islands.

A yacht charter in Greece gives you endless possibilities. No matter where you choose to sail you are sure to find turquoise waters, fishing villages and island chains to explore. 

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Those renting in or visiting Athens should take some time to visit the iconic Acropolis and Parthenon. You can view the Acropolis in the evening from terrace bars such as 360 Cocktail Bar - a personal favourite! Avid gin lovers should also pop into Gin Joint and feast their eyes on all the incredible types of gins and inventive concoctions!

Scrumptious Greek food can be sampled (or devoured) at Tzitzikas Kai Mermigas and The Karamanlidika Fanis.

The Cyclades also offer exciting and luxurious opportunities. Moor in Mykonos and watch the sunset with a cool glass of champagne in view of the windmills of Kato Mili. The bar and nightlife here are chic, relaxed and oh-so-fun! 

The Cyclades consist of many islands you can venture to on your luxury yacht charter in Greece. Snap away at Santorini’s spectacular mountainous landscape layered with pretty white houses and blue-domed churches. 

You have many options for your yacht rental in Greece and so many things to do! Don't miss out!

What are the most popular islands to visit in Greece? 

There isn’t really a definitive answer regarding which is the best Greek island to visit with your boat charter as each island has something unique to offer.  If you want to be privy to some of the most sensational sunsets in the Mediterranean, Santorini is the spot for you. The magnificent views and luxurious atmosphere of the island make it especially popular with honeymooners or couples looking for a romantic getaway. It also has a number of spectacular natural wonders, none more impressive than the underwater volcano that still simmers away to this day. 

If Ancient Greek culture fascinates you, Crete is the island for you. The excavations at Knossos, which was at the heart of the Minoan civilisation are some of the most well-known in Greece and many of the finds are now on display in the Archaeology Museum of Heraklion. Ancient architecture is not all that Crete is good for though. It is also one of the best places to visit if you’re searching for secluded coves and hiking trails. The best beaches include those such as Preveli, Potamos, and Elafonissi. 

If you want to visit some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean, Zakynthos is a good bet. Shipwreck Beach, so-called for the shipwreck that lies in the middle, is only accessible by boat, making it fairly secluded, in spite of its popularity. The Blue Caves at Cape Skinari are another reason to visit Zakynthos.  Visit them and marvel at the seemingly neon glow of the light reflecting off the water onto the walls. 

If you're in a party mood, you should go to Mykonos . While this island is every bit as beautiful as the other islands listed here, Mykonos is primarily known for its party scene, consisting mostly of beach clubs with lively dance music. 

What weather and sailing conditions can you expect when you rent a yacht in Greece?

The weather in Greece, following the Mediterranean climate, from May to October is sublime. For those who enjoy scorching temperatures, visit in July and August when temperatures are 30°C+ and you can cool off in the pleasant sea waters. 

The Meltemi wind usually blows in a northerly direction during the summer and can sometimes reach powerful wind forces depending on the area. This is worth researching, as areas in Greece vary. For example, in the Ionian Islands, the wind force in July and August ranges from 4-6, whereas in the Cyclades the wind force averages from 5-7. 

What are the most popular ports to visit during a yacht hire in Greece?

Our yacht rentals are based all over Greece. You can start your yacht charter in the majestic and powerfully historic city of Athens, or alternatively, fly directly to an international island airport and go from there.

In Athens, you can rent a yacht in Marina Kalamaki, just 6 miles away from Athens city centre. 

In Mykonos, you can rent a yacht in ports such as Tourlos Marina, Ornos and Platis Gialos Harbour. 

We also rent yachts in the Cyclades and Ionian Islands , as well as the Saronic Gulf .

One of the top benefits of sailing Greek waters is that often you are not required to pay a mooring fee! Occasionally, the local authorities may ask you to pay a small fee of around $20 for vessels sized 38 ft and under.

How to get to Greece?

If you wish to arrive by plane for your yacht rental on the Greek islands, we have matched up our boat rental locations in accordance with the nearest airport below.

Athens, Attic Coast and Saronic Gulf: Athens International Airport (ATH)

Cyclades islands.

Mykonos: Mykonos International Airport (JMK)

Ionian Islands

Corfu: Corfu International Airport (CFU)

Kefalonia: Kefalonia International Airport (EFL)

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Sailing in Greece is one of the most pleasurable ways to discover its myriad of islands, quaint fishing villages, lonely bays and remote islands. Whether it’s the bigger, more cosmopolitan islands with their spectacular beaches packed with sun-worshippers and exciting nightlife; or the quieter, off-the-beaten track destinations of the lesser-known Greece that strike a chord with you, sailing around these sun-kissed Greek Islands is surely an experience to be sought out. Over 3000 islands await you with relatively small distances between them, making sailing navigation straightforward and one can island-hop by sailboat from one side of the Aegean to the other, or perhaps explore all seven islands on the Ionian side by motorboat.   Generally good conditions and hot, bright summer days, as well as some of the best coastal boating waters to be found, offer an ideal climate for chartering a yacht.

Read what Greek National Tourism Organisation says about sailing in Greece - here .

Destinations

There are a wide selection of sailing destinations including, but not limited to, the ArgoSaronic Gulf, the Dodecanese, Evia and the Sporades , the Cyclades, the North and East Aegean, Crete and the Ionian Islets. Each area has unique topography, cuisine and culture, making Greece a destination to keep coming back to. Sailing in the Aegean Sea offers invigorating passages, longer distances and the prevailing seasonal northerly winds - the 'meltemi'. A Greece yacht charter in the Ionian Islets. offers ideal and predictable conditions and shelter from the summer wind. The Sporades are green and remote with natural safe harbours and a world away from the madding crowd

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On offer are a selection of boats for yacht charter in Greece, which continues to expand and is updated regularly. These include Sailboats , Catamarans, Motor Boats and Gullets and range in size from 30 feet to 100 feet. Enjoy the freedom of a bareboat yacht charter and if you already know what you want, you can select your yacht charter here. For the less experienced yachtsman, skippered yacht charters are also available, leaving the responsibility of the boat in experienced hands. A crewed yacht charter puts you in charge with extra hands on deck and the benefits of local knowledge. 

Additional services such as hostess and chef are also available. Send us a charter inquiry and we will be happy to discuss your specific requirements with regards size of boat and type of charter. All our boats are fully-equipped and well-maintained with some of our bigger boats offering up to 5 cabins.

Marina facilities in Greece have been greatly improved with some 22  private marinas offering facilities and good service for  reasonable price.  Of course, one can also simply dock in the pretty fishing villages on route. Beginner and experienced alike will enjoy sailing in Greece by Sailboat, Catamaran, Motor Boat or Gullet according to your preference. Renting a boat in Greece is easy and the cheerful hospitality of the locals, the topography, and the cuisine will delight your senses.

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What is the number of yachts/boats for charter in Greece in 2024?

There are 2587 yachts/boats for charter in Greece in 2024 in our offer.

What is the average charter price of a yacht/boat in Greece in 2024?

The average charter price of a yacht/boat in Greece in 2024 is 4,954€ per week based on 2587 yachts/boats from our offer. The highest (average!)price is in the week from 2024-08-03 (7,565€), and the lowest is in the week from 2024-04-06 (3,579€). The charter price in the lowest season drops up to 53% compared to the price in the highest season.

How much does a yacht/boat rental cost per person in Greece in 2024?

The average price of a yacht/boat rental per person in Greece in 2024 is 534€ per week. The price per person is calculated on the basis of 2587 yachts/boats from our offer, in such a way that the average price of the yacht/boat rental is divided by the maximum number of persons allowed onboard. The highest (average!)price per person is in the week from 2024-08-03 (802€), and the lowest is in the week from 2024-04-06 (393€). The difference in the rental price from the highest season to the lowest is up to 51%.

What is the average booking rate of a yacht/boat for rent in Greece in 2024?

The average booking rate (or occupancy - percentage ratio between the number of booked and the number of all yachts/boats) for renting a yacht/boat in Greece in 2024 is 41.07% weeks per year (21 weeks) based on 998 yachts/boats from our offer for which our booking lists have been updated within the last 7 days. The highest booking rate is in the week from 2024-09-14 (69.54%), and the lowest is in the week from 2024-11-23 (1.98%). Minor inconsistencies in the graphs can occur at the ends of the seasons during boats maintenance, because some boat owners mark those periods as reserved by guests, thus increasing the booking rate.

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Catamaran Bali 4.6 14m (2021)

From €444 per day.

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Catamaran Lagoon 40 11m (2024)

From €579 per day.

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Sailboat Oceanis 51.1 15m (2022)

From €382 per day.

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Sailboat JEANNEAU SUN ODYSSEY 490 14.42m (2019)

From €442 per day.

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A Hellas Creta (2023)

From €260 per day.

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Boat without licence Karel Paxos 170 30hp (2021)

From €190 per day.

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Lagoon SIXTY 5 - WHITE CAPS (2021)

From €5,600 per day.

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s/y Vela, Bavaria C50 new 2023 (2023)

From €474 per day.

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Nireus 5m (2022)

From €355 per day.

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Motorboat Michanokinito Skafos Eirini (2015)

From €800 per day.

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M/Y BENETTI 120 (2006)

From €15,000 per day.

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Catamaran Bali 4.2 12m (2024)

From €624 per day.

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Catamaran Lagoon 46 13m (2024)

From €729 per day.

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Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 449 (2018)

From €324 per day.

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Sailboat Sun Odyssey 410 12m (2020)

From €257 per day.

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Sailing Catamaran Lagoon 500 for Charter in Greece (2008)

From €2,800 per day.

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Beneteau Cyclades 50.5 (2009)

From €500 per day.

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Catamaran Excess 11 12m (2024)

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Greece, a land of ancient myths, gorgeous landscapes, and blue waters, a paradise for yacht charters. Greece is known for its rich history and culture, and numerous islands spread out across the Aegean and Ionian Seas. With over 6,000 islands, Greece offers endless sailing opportunities, making it a dream destination for yacht lovers.

Renting a boat in Greece opens up a world of exploration and adventure. Whether you're a seasoned sailor or a first-time boater, it offers diverse sailing experiences suitable for everyone. It allows you to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Greek islands and coastlines, allowing you to create your itinerary and sail at your own rhythm.

Sailing in Greece is an unforgettable experience. The tranquil waters, steady winds, and well-established routes ensure an enjoyable sailing trip. The Meltemi wind, a seasonal northerly wind, is especially favourable for sailing in the Aegean, providing an excellent Greek experience Rent a boat in Kos or rent a boat in Lefkada to sail among the charming Dodecanese Islands.

For those seeking a more relaxed journey, the Ionian Sea offers gentle breezes, and lush green landscapes. For instance, boat rental in Kefalonia ,  boat rental in Mykonos , boat rental in Corfu are the perfect opportunity to have a relaxing sailing experience.

Rent a boat to sail along the Greek coastline and discover all the extraordinary places and landscapes created by the union of the land and sea. Vourvourou boat rental , for example, is a very good choice for exploring the majestic coastline of northern Greece as well as the islands of the Eastern Aegean Sea and to live an unforgettable experience.

What type of boat is best for Greece?

When choosing the suitable boat for your yacht charter in Greece, think about the time you’ll spend on board. RIBS and motorboats are good choices for a few days, and you can rent them by the day. For a more extended charter of a week or more, you should consider a catamaran or a yacht, where you’ll have all the necessary amenities to make your stay more comfortable.

A sailboat is the best option if you’re keen on a more traditional sailing experience. However, they aren’t recommended for inexperienced sailors or people prone to seasickness, as they can be unstable. Whichever yacht you choose, you will have the holiday of your dreams in Greece!

What is the capacity of the vessels?

Motorboat: .

From 4 to 15 guests.

From 5 to 21 guests.

Boat without licence:

From 2 to 10 guests.

Motor Yacht:

From 8 to 15 guests and includes 3–5 cabins.

From 5 to 14 guests and includes 2–6 cabins.

Catamaran: 

From 8 to 20 guests and includes 3–6 cabins.

From 10 to 150 guests and includes 2–6 cabins.

How much is it to charter a yacht in Greece?

The cost of bareboat charters in Greece or surrounding areas will vary depending on the exact location you want to sail, the time of year, how many people are on board, and the size and type of vessel you choose. Of course, the cost of bareboat charters tends to be cheaper than an all-inclusive yacht charter in Greece, so this is also important to consider.

Below are some average prices by boat type:

Starting from an average of €100/day in low season and €150/day in high season.

Starting from an average of €150/day in low season and high season.

Starting from an average of €80/day in low season and €100/day in high season.

Starting from an average of €1,600/day in low season and €3,000/day in high season.

Starting from an average of €450/day in low season and €550/day in high season.

Starting from an average of €1,500/day in low season and €2,500/day in high season.

Starting from an average of €1,000/day in low season and €1,400/day in high season.

What is included in the cost?

The use of the boat for the duration of your yacht charter in Greece is included in the cost. An additional payment will be required for fuel, and our boat owners will gladly supply you with an estimated price before you set sail. Some of the 40,000 boats on our platform will include food and beverages, and others will consist of equipment for water sports activities for those looking to explore the depths by snorkelling or diving!

Don’t hesitate to confirm with the boat owner before booking.

When is the best time to go to Greece?

The best time to charter a boat in Greece depends on your preferences. Greece has a mainly Mediterranean climate. This means that the summers are usually hot and dry, and winters can be cool and wet. Depending on where you want to sail when you rent a boat in Greece, the temperatures can be slightly different, but they all follow a similar pattern over the course of the year.

  • High season (June to August) : offers warm weather, clear skies, and steady winds, making it ideal for smooth sailing. However, this period can be crowded with tourists, so may result in higher prices for accommodations and boat rentals.
  • Shoulder season (May and September) : offers pleasant weather, fewer crowds, and more affordable prices. If you want to experience traditional Greek festivals and cultural events, consider visiting during Easter, which is a significant celebration in Greece.
  • Low season (October to April) : offers a more tranquil experience and potential cost savings.

Where to charter a boat in Greece?

The following are Greece's most popular ports and marinas for boat rentals. They offer various services, including restaurants, bars, showers, and provisions for boat rental. The number of available yachts for rental varies in each marina, with Athens and major tourist destinations having a wider selection:

Athens: The marinas in Athens , such as Alimos Marina and Marina Zea , offer a convenient starting point for exploring the Saronic Gulf and nearby islands. The distance from Athens International Airport to these marinas is approximately 40 minutes to 1 hour.

Corfu: Gouvia Marina in Corfu is a popular starting point for sailing the Ionian Islands. It is around 15 minutes from Corfu International Airport .

Rhodes: Mandraki Marina in Rhodes provides easy access to the Dodecanese Islands . It is approximately 25 minutes from Diagoras International Airport .

Lefkas: Lefkas Marina is a gateway to the Ionian Islands and is about 30 minutes from Preveza/Aktion National Airport .

Mykonos: The Tourlos Marina in Mykonos offers a perfect base for exploring the Cyclades Islands. It is about 10 minutes from Mykonos International Airport .

Santorini: The Athinios Port in Santorini allows you to explore the beautiful Cyclades . It is approximately 15 minutes from Santorini International Airport .

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As one of the most sought-after tourist destinations for sailing and beyond, Greece is full of things to do and see. Here are some top-rated places to visit on your yacht charter in Greece to enhance your sailing holiday!

Athens: One of the oldest cities in the world. Athens is a must during your stay in Greece. Here you can see the famous Parthenon , the remains of the ancient Agora , the Port of Piraeus and the Acropolis of Athens , a place steeped in history that rises in the city's heart.

Mykonos: This famous island is one of the most visited in Greece. Its climate is ideal for enjoying the sandy beaches of Super Paradise , Paranga Beach or Paradise Beach . Stroll along the charming Little Venice , located near the port.

Santorini: The archipelago of Santorini is one of the most atypical of the country, with its picturesque villages with white walls stretching over the entire cliff and offering magnificent views. You can also visit the ruins of the ancient cities of Thera and Akrotiri . The volcano of Santorini will give a volcanic touch to your excursion to the Hellenic lands .

Corfu: This jewel in the Ionian Sea has an incomparable charm. A source of inspiration for artists, it has Venetian influences . You can stroll through its cobbled streets and book a boat to admire the beauty of Corfu from the ocean.

Milos: Situated in the Aegean Sea , the island of Milos is notably where the famous statue of Venus de Milo was found. You can also rent a boat and walk around the Cyclades archipelago.

Rhodes: This Greek island, situated between the Aegean Sea , is a popular tourist destination. You can visit Rhodes , an ancient medieval city. At the entrance to its port was once the majestic Colossus of Rhodes , a gigantic statue (over 30 meters high!) of the Greek sun god Helios , considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

Renting a boat with or without a skipper?

Enjoy peace of mind and smooth sailing with Click&Boat! Whether you prefer a boat rental in Greece with or without a skipper, we've got you covered. Our skippers are licensed professionals dedicated to your comfort and safety.

They'll navigate, anchor, and even tailor your itinerary to ensure you discover the best of Greece. Opting for a skippered rental offers an all-inclusive, customized experience, though it may come at an extra cost.

Alternatively, if you have the necessary qualifications, you can rent a boat without a skipper. Just ensure you hold a valid boating licence or certification, such as the RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC), as required by Greek law. Let Click&Boat help you make the most of your holiday with a crewed yacht charter or a self-skippered adventure in Greece!.

How much are mooring fees in Greece?

Mooring fees in Greece can vary depending on the location and season. Some marinas and ports offer free or low-cost mooring, especially if you dine at their restaurants or use their facilities. On average, mooring fees can range from €10 to €150 per night, depending on the boat size and the facilities the marina provides.

Why charter a yacht in Greece?

Greece is a country characterised by water; the Sea of Crete and the Aegean, Mediterranean, Thracian and Ionian Seas make sailing an essential way to see the country. Please take advantage of everything this gorgeous nation offers by discovering its mainland and various archipelagos, each with something unique to offer visitors. Whether you’re looking for an all-inclusive yacht charter in Greece or a mini-day trip by boat to visit one of its enthralling Ionian islands, you’ll find what you need at Click&Boat.

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Frequently asked questions about greece, how much does it cost to rent a boat in greece for a day.

The average cost of renting a boat in Greece is around €676 per day. Various factors can influence the cost of a boat charter, such as the season, the year the boat was built, and the equipment. The prices can vary between €50 and €14,709 per day.

How much does a skipper cost per day in Greece?

The price of a skipper varies depending on the destination and the owner of the boat. In Greece, you can expect to pay an average of €185 per day for a skipper.

What are the most popular boat manufacturers in Greece?

The most popular boat manufacturers in Greece are Marinello and Dufour.

Can you rent a boat in Greece without a license?

In Greece there are 2410 boats that you can rent without a license. You can also rent many boats with a skipper.

Can I add equipment like snorkel gear, SUP boards or a wakeboard to my boat rental in Greece?

Many owners offer various extras that you can add to your booking in Greece. This can be for example Bimini, GPS or Bathing.

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At Sail Greece we are interested in making friends that enjoy sailing and will come back to Greece many times over to enjoy the great sailing, fantastic weather and beautiful islands on offer! We are happy to assist in suggesting a suitable boat for your party and to advise on the best routes to sail according to your preferences, simply contact us to get started !

Sail Greece owns all the boats we charter. Therefore you can rely on better hire prices and enjoy the best possible support for you to have a great sailing holiday in Greece!

Yacht rentals in Greece

A wonderful advantage of sailing yacht charters in Greece is the small distances between many of the islands. If you have a week (or even a weekend!) you may easily visit islands in the Saronic Gulf or the Cyclades.

For those of you hoping to sail in Greece for the first time we suggest you explore some popular routes we often recommend and to browse our boats for hire . If you have any questions feel free to contact us , we are happy to help!

If you have sailed in Greece before or sailed with us before and know what boat you want then head straight to our charter request form and we will get a quote to you immediately.

About Sail Greece

Sail Greece was formed 30+ years ago (in 1985!) by two close friends, Giannis Makridakis and Vassilis Patiniotis. We try to think like customers and we care about making friends that enjoy sailing rather than clients. We charter our own privately owned boats without any commission.

Why rent with Sail Greece?

We are proud to have happy customers in most countries of the world and are even more proud that many are willing to provide personal recommendations to those thinking about using our boats. We invite you to have a look at our testimonials and we will be happy to provide a personal contact in your country who will be happy to testify to our services.

Crewed Yacht Charters

Sail Greece is pleased to offer fully crewed charters upon request. With our crewed charters your boat comes with a crew to sail your boat and a hostess to prepare your meals on board. The safety and management of the boat is the responsibility of your captain while day to day shopping and preparation of the meals is the duty of your hostess. You simply sit back and enjoy your stress free and relaxing sailing vacation in Greece! Contact us for more details.

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We had a wonderful trip thanks to you, Tomas and the rest of the crew.

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Aboard your Greece yacht charter, you’ll journey to the birthplace of Western civilization. With 9,000 miles of coastline and over 2,000 sparkling islands, Greece is one of the most sought after luxury superyacht destinations on the globe. Take the yacht charter of a lifetime and discover your true bliss in the land of the Greek gods.

With glorious ancient wonders, luxurious nightlife, and stunning alabaster beaches, it’s incredibly easy to fall in love with Greece. The mainland is packed with plenty to see and do. Tour the world-renowned historical sites in Athens, or spend the day shopping at the luxury shops that line the streets. When you tire of Athens, if that is even possible, set sail for the Grecian Islands. Aboard your superyacht, you can cruise effortlessly to one phenomenal island after the next, and you’ll find a number of gorgeous anchorages. Dive in the clear, turquoise waters and explore the brilliant underwater kingdom, or hop off the back of your yacht for a swim. Return to your yacht for a massage and prepare for a night out on the town in Mykonos.

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Start by exploring the ancient wonders of the Acropolis, where you can marvel at the iconic Parthenon and soak in the panoramic views of Athens.

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Offering a blend of breathtaking landscapes, pretty whitewashed towns set above glistening turquoise waters, an Ionian Islands yacht charter is the best way to explore the western coast of Greece.

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While aboard a superyacht in Kefalonia, the quintessential Greek island experience awaits, offering a blend of luxury, adventure, and cultural immersion.

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This idyllic Greek island offers a captivating blend of rich history, charming villages, and stunning beaches.

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At Sail Greece Yachts we are dedicated to providing a truly personal sailing holiday. We offer friendly service, advice and guidance on suggested routes to all our customers along with a relaxed check in/out process and of course reasonable charter prices, simply contact us to get started !

Sail Greece owns all the boats that we charter and we keep them in fantastic condition.

First time sailing in Greece?

For our new vistors, we suggest starting by browsing our yachts for charter or checking out our suggested sailing routes .

If you know which boat you are interested in chartering, you may make a request using our charter form . If you would like guidance on which yacht is best for your needs or which route and islands we would suggest to visit then feel free to ask for more information using our general contact form .

With Sail Greece you can rely on competitive charter prices and will enjoy the best possible support!

Why charter with Sail Greece Yachts?

Sail Greece Yachts was founded in 1985 by two close friends who love sailing, Giannis Makridakis and Vassilis Patiniotis . We try to think like customers and we care about making friends that enjoy sailing rather than clients.

We charter our own privately owned sailing yachts without any commission so you can rely on reasonable rental prices and immediate and personal support .

We are proud to have happy customers in most countries of the world and are even more proud that many are willing to provide personal recommendations to those thinking about using our boats. We invite you to have a look at our testimonials and we will be happy to provide a personal contact in your country who will be happy to testify to our services!

Sailing Charters to the Greek Islands

Greece is home to over 1400 islands running from isolated islets to some of the most famous islands in the world (Santorini or Mykonos anyone?). No matter what your tastes run to: secluded beaches, nightlife and culture, archaeological and historical sites… or a combination of everything together, you will find a suitable island in Greece. We guarantee, if you like sailing, you are going to love sailing in Greece!

One of the great advantages of sailing in Greece is the small distances between many of the islands. If you have a week (or even a weekend!) you may easily visit islands in the Saronic Gulf or the Cyclades from Athens. If you have longer than a week then take your time and relax, exploring your chosen islands in greater detail, or visit more islands to tick them off your holiday checklist!

For more information we invite you to browse our suggested sailing routes with details on popular island itineraries and sailing distances. For the more practically minded bareboat sailors, the fantastic Greek Cruisers Wiki offers many details on sailing in Greece and the marinas and facilities available on various islands.

Crewed Yacht Charters

Sail Greece is pleased to offer fully crewed charters upon request. With our crewed charters your boat comes with a crew to sail your boat and a hostess to prepare your meals on board. The safety and management of the boat is the responsibility of your captain while day to day shopping and preparation of the meals is the duty of your hostess. You simply sit back and enjoy your stress free and relaxing sailing vacation in Greece! Contact us for more details.

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We had a wonderful trip thanks to you, Tomas and the rest of the crew.

I fully recommend Giannis and Sail Greece as good partners for smooth sailing!

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We offer both bareboat and skippered yacht charters depending on the need of each client and group.

Bareboat yacht charters require at least one member of the rental party to have a valid International Certificate of Competence  or a national equivalent.

If you are new to sailing or want to kick back and relax, we work with a select group of  skippers who will be happy to show you the best of the Greek islands  no matter what your taste!

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Yacht Charter Greece – Set Sail Across The Cyclades Islands

If you’re looking for an unforgettable luxury yacht charter experience, look no further than Greece. The Cyclades offer some of the most stunning scenery in all of Europe, and when you hire a yacht in Greece, you can explore them at your own pace. Whether you’re looking to soak up the sun on deck or spend the afternoon snorkelling in the crystal-clear waters, book a yacht charter in Greece and take your trip to the next level.

Typical Itinerary For A Yacht Charter In Greece

Greece is home to over six thousand islands, which means the best way to visit as much of the country as possible is by arranging a yacht charter in Greece. From the Cyclades to the Ionian islands, there’s plenty to explore in this tranquil part of the world. While there are endless possibilities for itineraries when it comes to a catamaran charter, here is a taste of what you can expect when you set sail across the Aegean Sea.

Sail From Athens & Explore The Cyclades, With A Luxury Yacht Charter A typical charter voyage would first begin in Athens , the birthplace of Western Civilisation, before sailing across the ever-changing Aegean Sea to the splendid Cyclades.

Head to Mykonos , a Greek island known for its luxury resorts, world-class restaurants, and vibrant nightlife. Whether you want to dance till sunrise or simply bask on the golden beaches , no yacht charter in Greece is complete without a trip to Mykonos !

From Mykonos, you can then set sail to Santorini , one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greece. With its dramatic rugged cliffs and charming whitewashed buildings, Santorini is picture-perfect in every way. And one of the main benefits of hiring a yacht in Greece is that you won’t need to book accommodation on land. Take in the sights, shopping and attractions on your own time before heading back to your yacht where you can escape the crowds and retreat to your own exclusive space. Whether you wish to freshen up before heading back out, marvel at the coastal scenes from the deck, or enjoy a romantic meal together, the crew onboard will be there to take care of your every need.

As part of your luxury yacht charter in Greece, whether it be a motor yacht or sailing yacht charter, you can also spend some time on the island of Delos, Paros , and Ios.

Delos is an uninhabited island that is considered to be one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. This island was once a centre of worship for the god Apollo, and today it is home to some of the most well-preserved ruins in all of Greece. The island’s ruins include Doric temples, mosaics, and its very own amphitheatre, giving visitors a glimpse into what life was like back then.

Paros is a beautiful island made famous for its 120km coastline and endless blonde sandy beaches. Hike the verdant mountains and visit the cliff-top villages for panoramic views of the sea.

Ios , on the other hand, is a more popular destination for younger travellers, as it has a lively nightlife scene. But this island has more to offer than first meets the eye. With intriguing archaeological sites, hidden coves, and gorgeous sunsets, Ios is truly an island paradise worth exploring.

Another island many visitors wish to see is Corfu . This Greek island is nestled within the Ionian islands and sits off the country’s west coast. Thanks to the warm, calm waters of the Mediterranean Sea, Corfu is one of the best spots for snorkelling and swimming. And should you want to visit Corfu as part of your luxury yacht charter in Greece, inform the crew to make your trip more bespoke. With your very own catamaran charter, you can visit both the Ionian islands, to spend time in Corfu or perhaps Kythira , and sail to the Cyclades in just one voyage.

Explore more insider tips on our exclusive family yacht charter guide .

Why Book A Yacht Charter In Greece? Many guests choose to hire a yacht in Greece to explore several destinations and Greek island in a short amount of time and enjoy a more exclusive travel experience. Rather than take several short flights to visit each island and spend time checking into hotels and traveling to and from airports, a luxury yacht charter in Greece allows you to simply relax from the moment you step onboard. The dedicated crew is always on hand to offer you help, support, and assistance to make your yacht charter experience exceptional.

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High season temperatures range - the Ionian is generally milder (high 20s C), while the Aegean side, can get fiercely hot, well into the mid-30s C. A/C needed!

The winds vary across the different regions. Generally in peak season, the calmest region is the Ionian, while the Cyclades are the windiest group, ideal for more experienced sailors.

The Greek sailing season runs April to October – the best weather is from May to September, except July and August, when the islands can get busy, and winds strong!

Greece, like most Mediterranean yacht charter destinations, is part of the eurozone, and so the Euro is the only currency you'll need when in Greek waters.

Best towns to start a yacht charter in Greece

These are Borrow a Boat's pick of the top charter towns across the sprawling Greek archipelago, from Corfu to Rhodes. Select from sailing yachts, catamarans or motor yachts and enjoy quaint fishing villages, ancient Greece ruins, rich cultural and foodie scenes, and glorious sailing weather!

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Corfu is the northernmost Ionian island, with a unique culture that is a mixture of Italian, Greek and British. Explore gorgeous Paxos, Parga, and Sivota, and relax.

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Also known as Lefkada, this South Ionian base is the ideal spot for families and inexperienced sailors, blessed with gentle mornings and a mild afternoon wind you can almost set your watch to. Line of sight navigation and many beautiful south Ionian islands within an easy sail, like Kefalonia, Ithaca and Zakynthos.

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Athens is a city of immense history, depth and breadth, as well as a superb launchpad for boating holidays into the Saronic Gulf and the Saronic islands of Hydra, Poros and Spetses. Alimos Marina is Europe's largest charter base.

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Conveniently located on the tip of the Attica Peninsula, Lavrion is the perfect base for trips into the Cyclades island group, visiting sugarcube villages and iconic towns across the Aegean islands of Kythnos, Paros and Mykonos. Great for experienced sailors, but the Meltemi wind can blow very sharply in August!

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The western most Sporades island, Skiathos is a great place to begin a yacht charter into the Northern Aegean. Visit Skopelos, Skyros and Alonnisos, and keep an eye out for the Mediterranean monk seal!

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Ancient ruins on Kos, Greece

The third biggest Dodecanese island, the eastern Aegean Sea island of Kos lies closer to Turkey than to mainland Greece. Sail from Kos marina to explore mountainous Kalymnos and the gorgeous pastel-hued Symi.

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Best areas in Greece

Broadly speaking, the Greek islands are scattered across two large seas - the Ionian in the NW and the Aegean in the SE. These are then divided into six primary sailing areas:

  • North Ionian
  • South Ionian
  • Saronic Gulf

The Ionian Sea's main charter yacht bases are Corfu (north) and Lefkas (south), while the huge Aegean is split into smaller regions - the Saronic Gulf, Argolic Gulf and Cyclades islands, centred around the Athens peninsula; the Sporades and Argolic Gulf, where you charter from Skiathos or Volos; and the Dodecanese, which have Kos and Rhodes at their heart.

Wherever you go, you're sure to enjoy secluded bays, your pick of sandy beach, and some of the best sailing available in this jewel of the east Mediterranean.

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The Cyclades and Saronic Gulf

The cradle of Western civilisation, Athens is the biggest sailing centre in the Mediterranean Sea, with access to the Saronic Gulf and Cyclades Islands. If you wish to head west into the Saronic Gulf, Alimos is a useful base from which to charter a yacht, while Lavrion Main Port and Lavrion Olympic marinas on the south of the Athenian Peninsula are the best jumping off points for a yacht charter in the Cyclades island chain.

Why sail here?

  • Ancient ruins and historic UNESCO sites
  • Exhilarating sailing for expert sailors
  • Picturesque cultural hubs & exciting nightlife
  • Famous islands including Mykonos, Santorini, Hydra and Spetses

The Cyclades are generally the windiest Greek island group, and is home to the legendary summer Meltemi wind, which can reach 40 knots in August and provides some exhilarating sailing for experienced bareboaters, but can be quite ferocious. We do not advise beginners to go to the Cyclades in the summer.

Beginners, families and less experienced sailors are better off sailing the Saronic Gulf and enjoying a relaxing week aboard. Thanks to the shape of the Attica peninsula, the Saronic Gulf is much more sheltered from the NE Meltemi, but can still offer some fun sailing to beautiful islands like Hydra and Spetses.

These sailing areas off the Athens peninsula displays lots of evidence of Athenian relics here with this area offering a mix of coastal sailing and Greek island hopping. Mykonos is also which has a great mix on nightlife and excellent food.

Alimos Marina is just a 45 minute taxi ride from Athens International Airport, and has over 1,000 charter yachts ready to explore the Saronic islands. At the southern tip of the Attica peninsula, Lavrion Olympic Marina and Lavrion Main Port are each just a 30-minute taxi from the airport and perfect for Cyclades yacht charters.

You can also fly direct from the UK to Mykonos or Paros, if your charter starts in the Cyclades islands themselves.

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Dodecanese Islands

The Dodecanese islands are the most SE Greek islands, just off the alluring Turkish coast.

  • Consistent NW sailing wind
  • Great for intermediate/advanced sailors
  • Mix of Ottoman, Turkish, Venetian influences
  • Longer sailing season than the rest of Greece

Kos and Rhodes Marina are home to most of the region’s charter yachts bases, from where you can head north to Kalymnos and Leros, or south to beautiful towns like Symi.

The Dodecanese sailing area benefits from the best of the prevailing NW winds, whose force has usually softened by the time it gets this far south, creating pleasant medium breezes for daytime sailing.

The sailing season is also longer here than any other part of Greece - spring arrives early, and the season can last into November, with the air temperature still in the 20s C in October.

You can fly direct to Kos or Rhodes from the UK from a number of airports.

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The Ionian Sea

These lush, sheltered islands including Ithaca, Kefalonia and Corfu have easy and relaxing sailing conditions for your Greece yacht charter for most of the summer, thanks to the moderate wind.

  • Easy, rewarding sailing in flat waters
  • Light winds perfect for families and beginners
  • Short distances between beautiful islands filled with bougainvillea
  • Simple transport links and hundreds of boats to choose from

It’s famously claimed that you can set your watch to the wind in the Ionian, with barely a breath in the morning, gradually building to a mild afternoon sea breeze, with the best sailing conditions between 11am and 5pm, before the wind fades around sunset.

The Ionian's dense greenery means the land heats up slower, which creates less breeze than the more barren, windier Aegean.

The shape of the southern Ionian, sheltered by its largest islands (Lefkada and Kefalonia), also means that you’re almost always sailing in flat water.

From beautiful island to serious party towns and the iconic shipwreck beach, there are as many options for a boat hire holiday in Greece as you could possibly want.

There are direct flights from the UK to Corfu and Zakynthos. Getting to Lefkas marina involves flying into Preveza (PVK) and then taking a bus or taxi to the island - this is about half an hour on a good day. There are bridges so no need for any ferries

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The Sporades

A collection of lush, traditional, laid back Greek islands clustered in the north Aegean, a yacht charter in the Sporades is like taking a step back in time.

  • Explore a National Marine Park
  • Visit Skopelos, setting of Mamma Mia!
  • Gin-clear water, great wind and beautiful beaches
  • Meet dolphins, monks seals and humpback whales

The Sporades islands are arguably Greece’s most beautiful sailing area, with abundant forests, uninhabited bays and colourful houses adorning the waterfront hills.

Tucked up in the armpit of Greece, the Sporades are on the whole much more flourishing and less windy than the Cyclades, with medium winds perfect for family sailing.

Visit remote Skopelos (famous setting of Mamma Mia!) and Alonnisos, a forested, hilly island with beautiful winding dirt roads that makes Skiathos look like bustling Kos.

The Sporades is blessed with abundant wildlife, and you're likely to see dolphins, monk seals and maybe even a humpback whale during your holiday!

Hire a boat from Volos or Skiathos to explore the Sporades island group, Northern Aegean sea and the Pagasetic Gulf

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Looking for something more luxurious?

Luxury yacht charters are available on either a sailing yacht (sailboat), catamaran, motorboat or gulet and will have a crew and host/hostess on hand to cater for whatever your needs are. Your skipper will have detailed knowledge of the cruising area.

On a luxury yacht charter or a crewed yacht charter, your professional crew will create a personalised itinerary for your own Greece highlight tour, and you'll have far greater range than on other boats, which allows you to travel further and do and see more. Plus you'll have a top-class chef on hand to create incredible meals.

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Why Charter in Greece

Greece yacht charters offer unrivalled choice of bareboat, skippered or fully crewed yacht charter options, with a full spectrum of wind, cuisine, nature available across the six primary sailing areas.

Where it comes to chartering a yacht in Greek waters, there's not much to worry about. Experienced sailors with the right licences can embrace the freedom of a bareboat charter, where they hire the boat without a skipper. If you don't have the right qualifications to do a bareboat yacht charter then there are skippered and even fully crewed options.

There are a variety of boats to hire too - you could wish to hire a catamaran, a monohull yacht or a motorboat charter. There are about as many options for yacht hire in Greece as there are sailing holiday budgets.

You will be limited as to how far you take your vessel, largely by the time you have on board. You will have to remember the local weather conditions - the famous katabatic Meltemi winds in the Aegean can be limiting too, especially in August.

Bareboat, skippered yacht or crewed charter?

You don't need to know how to sail to rent a boat in Greece as you can go for a skippered boat rental where the skipper can get you wherever you want to go. If you're more confident and have the relevant licences, you can go for a bareboat rental. Skippered charters are available on nearly all boats as an optional extra.

When using Borrow A Boat you can filter all boat searches to be with or without skipper depending on what you are looking for, and below we cover some of the main points to consider for your boat hire

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Bareboat Yacht Charter Greece

Bareboat charters offer qualified and experienced sailors the ultimate freedom to explore where they want, when they want.

You are the captain, you plan the route, and you are ultimately responsible for the safety of the boat and all of your crew.

For skilled sailors, a bareboat charter is lower cost and gives more privacy for you and your charter guests.

Many sailors prefer to helm the boat and choose their own course, and provided you have the knowledge and relevant qualifications you can skipper (typically up to 54 feet/16.5 metres in length) yourself.

If you want to sail without a skipper (bareboat yacht charter) then you will need relevant qualifications like RYA Day Skipper/International Certificate of Competence (ICC) or the ASA 104 Bareboat certificate.

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Skippered Yacht Charter Greece A skippered yacht charter or crewed motor yacht will cost you a little more but you get the peace of mind of having someone aboard who knows the waters and can get you safely to all the destinations you want.

Where it comes to a skippered boat hire for your sailing holiday, the skipper will also know some of the best places to go to meet your needs.

Want lots quiet sandy beaches for a barbecue? How about the best Taverna in the area? The skipper will know all this as well as where to land for the best afternoon, grazing on meze ('Greek Tapas') and ouzo.

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Crewed Yacht Charter Greece

A fully crewed yacht charter provides absolute luxury. The captain and deck crew are responsible for handling the navigation of the yacht, while the interior crew look after your every need, preparing gourmet meals and refreshing drinks and providing the highest level of service to help you enjoy a spectacular holiday.

Sample local culture and entertainment alongside organised activities or simply relax in luxuriously appointed cabins and salons, before exploring dive and snorkel sites in your limousine tender.

Your captain and crew will take care of all navigation, organisational, catering and housekeeping. Leaving you and your guests free to relax knowing that you will receive first-class service and attention from embarkation to the day you leave.

Our unrivalled network of global yacht brokers ensures we have access to an extraordinary range of luxury yachts and superyachts - of every size and fitout.

We take care of every detail of your charter and ensure that you and your party's requirements are fulfilled.

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Do you need a licence to charter in Greece?

If you are on a crewed charter, gulet or skippered yacht charter you do not need a license to sail a yacht. This is also the case when you are renting a small motorboat without a cabin for a day trip around the local islands or beaches.

You do need a license if you are on a bareboat yacht charter, here are some examples of sailing qualifications:

International Certificate of Competence (ICC): This is issued on request by your European sailing authority and you should automatically qualify with certain national sailing qualifications.

RYA Qualifications: If you have the following qualifications you will be able to take a bareboat charter out of Greece, these include Day Skipper (sail or motor endorsement), Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster.

American Sailing Association (ASA): The ASA 104 Bareboat certificate is commonly accepted.

US Sailing: The International Proficiency Certificate is widely accepted and The Bareboat Cruising Certificate is also accepted in many cases.

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Best times to hire

The Greek yacht charter vacation season runs between April and October. As such it depends on when you are free through the year. Most people rent a boat during the summer school holidays, point to note here is the waters will be busier as this is high season

The Meltemi wind on the Aegean can be feisty in August but down on the Ionian the weather is quite stable throughout the summer months. Outside of the school holidays it can be cheaper to rent a boat and the waters will be less busy.

One month to consider also is April when the land is in full bloom, the pastures are green and the flowers colour the land. The sea retains the sun's warmth so October can be cooler outside but it will still be comfortable to go swimming.

Our favourite months for Greece yacht charters are June and September

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The Climate

Where it comes to climate not all of Greece is the same all the time.

In summer on the Ionian Sea the Bora wind starts as a zephyr in the morning and builds to a nice Force 4-5 in the afternoon before calming again in the evening. If you want some great day sailing on deep blue waters then this can be just the fun you dreamed about at home.

On the Aegean it can get fiercely hot in the summer months with temperatures regularly getting well over 30 degrees C.

At the same time the north-easterly Meltemi wind can blow up to a Force 7 on the Aegean day and night. As a general rule it starts building from a light breeze at around dawn and reaches peak strength at around 13:00, only easing at around sunset, making for some exciting sailing conditions downwind but lumpy and wet when beating. In this area as a general rule, people prefer to leave the dock early in the morning to avoid the wind at peak strength

If very hot weather isn't your thing, then do consider going in Spring or Autumn when the temperatures can be far warmer than Northern Europe but still more comfortable.

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How much does it cost for a Greece yacht charter?

Depending on the boat you're renting and the time of year you can pay anything from €700 a week to well over €20,000+ a week. These aren't the only things you need to consider when renting a boat.

Marinas will often charge around €20+ a night (but often less) and you will also have to pay to moor on a buoy in some anchorages. You will also need money for fuel for the vessel through the trip.

Many restaurants have their own pontoons, allowing you to moor for free if you have booked a table ahead. There are also plenty of opportunities to anchor just outside of marinas if they are full.

Along with food on board you'll typically need a budget for eating out. Greek food is world renowned and all types of budgets are catered for from great local taverna in a holiday town to a premium end meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant.

On a skippered yacht charter you should remember to tip the skipper on the boat for their work in helping you explore the country. You will be expected to supply the skipper with their food too.

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In Greece yacht charter is one of the premier tourist activities and as long as you and the boat owner meet local and international laws and regulations that come with boating then yes, it is perfectly legal.

You can hire almost any yacht that is licensed for charter you like, these include monohull yachts, catamarans, superyachts, luxury motorboats, ribs and day boats . If you are not qualified or confident you can ask for a skipper and crew to sail it for you for an extra fee.

You need to consider your budget, where you want to go, what sailing qualifications and sailing experience you have and how long you want to go sailing for.

This depends on what you want. Do you want the hustle and bustle of party towns at full throttle? July and August will be the busiest times. Do you want to avoid the worst of the heat? It can pay to go in May or June. Outside the school holidays it is much quieter and cheaper.

In booking the boat hire you will have to pay some of the charter fee upfront, this is typically 50% in advance. As part of the insurance requirements you will usually have to pay a returnable damage deposit to cover any damage you cause.

If you are at sea and cannot repair the issue yourself then you should call the authorities (Coastguard on VHF Ch16 in most cases or MAYDAY only in life threatening emergencies). If you have a mechanical fault at the dock, at anchor or at a buoy then you will have the contacts of the charter company to phone - speak to them and they will help you out.

Do you have the qualifications and confidence to sail a boat on your own? If not then consider a skippered hire. Where do you want to sail? This will inform you what companies to go with and where you sail from. What time of year do you want to go? This will inform you what sort of clothes to bring - warmer for off-season and cooler for peak season.

If you are you are from a country within the European Union then you will not. People from many countries like Switzerland, Norway, Canada, the USA, New Zealand and Australia will also be allowed into Greece for a short time without a visa. Do check with the Greek Embassy website in your country before you book.

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