Greece Yacht Charters
On an international yachting charter vacation in the Greece, you may spend the day exploring ancient temples and the night dancing until dawn. History, mythology and magical landscapes—they all await you when you sail in the wake of Homer’s hero Odysseus.
Greece has more than 1,500 islands, making it one of the world’s most desirable yachting destinations. They are dotted with romantic ruins, whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches, and surrounded by a sea that is not wine-dark, as Homer would have it, but rather sparkling blue. Several of the country’s more prominent island chains offer ideal cruising itineraries.
The Cyclades are mountainous islands boasting a dry Mediterranean climate. The most popular of the Greek island chains, they include the much-photographed Mykonos, one of Greece’s biggest tourist attractions (along with the Parthenon in Athens). Each of the Cyclades has its own character, but white cubic-style houses, narrow cobbled streets and charming churches are ubiquitous. Many of these islands are topped by a castle, large or tiny, intact or ruined. Along with Mykonos, Santorini is a must-see stop. It is a beautiful volcanic island with miles of black sand beaches. Lesser known are Serifos, Sifnos, Sikinos, Folegandros, and Koufonisia, but each is worth a visit. And wait until you taste the local cuisine!
The Ionians are rich in natural beauty, with rare geological formations and lush vegetation. Their gentle slopes are clad with pines, cypresses, olive trees and vineyards. The Ionian Islands are like emeralds scattered on the Ionian Sea in western Greece. One of the highlights is Ithaki, the home of Odysseus, according to Homer. It offers quiet anchorages with crystal-clear water, along with caves to explore. Corfu, the northernmost island of the Ionian Group, lies at the entrance of the Adriatic Sea. It is mountainous with long, golden beaches; one of Greece’s prettiest towns, Byzantine churches, museums, and even a Venetian fortress.
Athens’ weekend retreat is the Saronic Gulf with its four islands, all close to the capital city. These islands are rich both in history and cultural tradition. Here you will see large plantations with pistachio trees, beautiful beaches and picturesque fishing villages. Hydra, once a great naval bastion proud and indomitable, is now a bare rock topped by mansions of hewn stone. Visit the 5th century temple of Aphaia on the island of Aegina. Poros is the island to visit when you want to spend the day at the beach.
Scattered through the northwest Aegean Sea, the Sporades are pine-clad islands with picturesque towns. Skiathos has become a “mini Mykonos” with restaurants, discos and bars. Alonissos is a hilly, wooded island where you will see the locals using donkeys to haul their loads. Skyros is ancient, with steep shores, beautiful bays and sea caverns. The island is the natural habitat of a rare pony known as the “little horse of Skyros.” It is also known for its traditional furniture, inspired by old Byzantine pieces. Karistos, the largest of the Greek Islands after Crete, lies at the foot of a magnificent mountain range with sheer cliffs rising from the sea.
Dodecanese & Crete
The Dodecanese and Crete encompass 26 inhabited islands of all sizes, along with a thousand islets and rocks. A popular stop is Rhodes, once home to the Colossus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Kos is a fertile island that produces fine fruits and vegetables. It had many famous citizens including Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine. Other islands in the Dodecanese are havens for sponge divers who once sailed as far as Africa to find their “catch.” Crete, one of the largest islands of the Mediterranean Sea, has breathtaking ruins of rich prehistoric cities and Venetian fortresses, along with steep mountains and deep ravines. Its inhabitants have a strong tradition of hospitality.
Each day should start with …
‘What do you want to do today?’
Once you have decided on the destination, there remain endless possibilities
Our charter agents frequently travel to locations far and wide inspecting yachts and visiting crew and are familiar with most favorite destinations. Their expertise is invaluable when it comes to assisting with your plans to maximize your quality time. If you are an active, on-the-go individual or simply prefer to relax with a book, or if you enjoy people watching or crave a trendy night spot, your charter agent can assist. Along with your captain and crew, we are here to ensure you have an exciting, fun-filled holiday.
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Here’s a hot tip FROM ONE OF OUR EXPERTS ABOUT YOUR GREECE YACHT CHARTER:
Greeks are very friendly and welcoming. They love sharing the simple pleasures in life like food, drink, and dancing with others! While now it is usually saved for special occasions and parties, a spontaneous plate-breaking celebration may just break out while you are at a taverna. Everyone gets into the action, screaming “Opa”! And before you know it, you are standing in a sea of bits and pieces of white porcelain.