Yacht Charter in
Sailing in Greece
Sailing among thousands of beautiful and easy accessible Greek islands in pleasant Mediterranean climate, it is no wonder that yacht charter in Greece is the first choice for sailing the Mediterranean. There are so many locations worth discovering, which is why travelers spend their sailing holidays in Greece year after year. Sail in Greece and get ready for an amazing Greek experience and sail in most popular sailing regions: Athens, Corfu, Lefkas, Kos, Rhodes, Cyclades, Macedonia and Thessaly.
Yacht Rental in Greece
Hop aboard your charter yacht and sail to the most popular yachting destination - the Ionian Islands. Visit a gramophone museum on Lefkas and discover local gastronomy on Corfu with a glass of strong ouzo and a plate of olives with cheese. Decide between a bareboat or a skippered yacht charter in Greece and sail to the vibrant island of Zakynthos or to Mykonos, “the island of the winds”; enjoy mineral baths, lively nightlife and meet tourists from all around the world. Walk around Ithaca, the home of Odysseus and the setting of thousand-year-old myths.
Our bases in Greece
SailingEurope boasts with around 40 bases all around Greece, some of them being Marina Kos (Kos Island), Marina Alimos (10 km from the centre of Athens), Marina Gouvia (Corfu Island), Lefkas Marina (Lefkada Island), Marina Rhodes (Rhodes Island), Marina Mykonos (Mykonos Island) and many more. Click here to see the rest of SailingEurope bases in Greece.
Getting to Greece
The vast majority of people who choose to spend their sailing vacation in Greece arrive by airplane since it's the fastest way. Most of them usually land in Athens and spend some time there before continuing on to other towns or islands, while others only connect to another flight to reach another destination in Greece.
The 2 main and busiest airports in Greece are Athens International Airport (ATH) and Thessaloniki International Airport (SKG) but there are also other international airports on the mainland and the islands like Kavala International Airport (KVA), Heraklion International Airport (HER), Rhodes Island International Airport (RHO), Corfu Island International Airport (CFU) etc.
If you're not in a hurry, travelling to Greece by ferry is a good and pleasant option. You can board a ferry in several Italian ports (Venice, Ancona, Bari, Brindisi). Getting to Greece from Italy by ferry takes anywhere from 14 to 25 hours.
Getting Around Greece
Greece's largest airline Aegan Airlines offers a number of flights within the country. Apart from travelling by plane, you can get around Greece by seaplanes as well.
Taking into consideration that Greece has around 3000 islands, the best way to get around Greece is by boat – private yacht charter Greece of ferries.
When it comes to the mainland, and especially Athens, the best way to get around is subway, bus and taxi. We don't recommend travelling by trains. You can also rent a car at Athens Airport (the best option if you want to rent a car in Greece), or a moped and four-wheelers on the islands.
Money & banking
The currency in Greece is Euro. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and other major credit cards are accepted all around Greece. ATMs are available in all cities and towns. Most banks are open to public from 8:00 a.m. until 02:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday.
Things NOT to do in Greece
- Don' take photos of military installations
- Don't drink water from the tap
- Don't show too much skin when visiting monasteries and churches
- Don't throw paper in the toilet
- Don’t get into taxis without asking how much they will charge you
- Don't eat or drink in the metro in Athens
- Don’t touch the artifacts in the museums and the archaeological sites
Best time to sail
April - November
Number of boat bases
Athens, Thessaloniki, Rhodes, Crete
Acropolis, Santorini, Crete, Mykonos, Rhodes Town, Cape Sounion, Thessaloniki, Peloponnese Peninsula
Sailing regions in Greece
Monohull Sailing Boats in Greece
Monohulls are ideal to moor in crowded marinas because they occupy only one berth compared to multihulls that occupy more. Wide range of such boats offer competitive, but often more affordable charter prices out of high season. With their modern hulls they will offer you freedom of great sailing with no engine noise, thus being environmentally-friendly and very efficient. Because monohulls point and easily tack during upwind sailing, you will sail fast in windy Greek seas and manoeuvre between green and flourishing Greek islands with our bareboat or skippered yacht charter. Spend mornings enjoying gentle breeze on golden sand beaches, afternoons drinking local beverages and evenings tasting Mediterranean cuisine, especially fish.
Catamaran Sailing Boats in Greece
Catamarans or multihulls have a small draft that allows you to anchor in shallow waters and approach the shore very close. Their multihull shape offers higher stability which is perfect for open water sailing. Catamaran charter prices are a bit higher, but you are getting spacious interior for storage and outside space for guests to lounge, sunbathe or party in lovely Greek weather, as well as a panoramic view and easy access to a boat which is perfect for families. Pick a bareboat yacht charter in Greece and sail with steady and reliable winds delivered by Maestro, or if you are a beginner in sailing, pick a skippered yacht charter that will provide you with additional leisure time. A skipper will handle fair afternoon winds, show you secluded locations and suggest local cuisine and amenities, such as adventurous water sports and donkey rides.
Motor Yachts in Greece
With fast, comfortable and spacious motor yachts you can save time sailing from island to island in the most popular Greek sailing areas: the Ionian Islands, the Cyclades Islands, the Dodecanese Islands, the Sporades Islands and the Argo-Saronic Islands. Choose a bareboat yacht charter for more privacy and a skippered yacht charter to get more control at sea and full luxury experience that includes information about the home of the Olympic Games, about one of the oldest languages in Europe and about diversified marine life - turtles, seals and the Greek Dolphin, a symbol of peace and prosperity. Bask on some of more than 1,400 beaches and take a swim in crystal-clear waters.
Gulet Charter in Greece
Gulets are spacious and luxurious sailing boats great for sailing holidays in Greece. They offer all-inclusive crewed charter experience with a skipper, a deckhand, a cook and a hostess/waitress. You just need to choose the level of luxury you desire and leave the rest to the crew. Charming gulets with rich history will take you back to ancient Greek history in a country with the most archaeological museums in the world. Long sunny days and an idyllic climate will make sure you get the best out of Greece - from swimming, sunbathing and coastal bike rides to sightseeing and admiring ancient and modern architecture, as well as feasting on Greek specialties such as Greek salad, Greek yoghurt and moussaka.
Types of Chartering Options in Greece
Bareboat yacht charter
Bareboat yacht charter in Greece is perfect for novice sailors. Greece with the mediterranean climate, predictable winds, large number of islands and bays where one can find cover or spend a night is an ideal location for gathering new skills.
Skippered yacht charter
Skippered yacht charter is a great solution where a local skipper's extensive knowledge will lead you safely to the magnificent maritime locations of Greece, while you absorb rich history and breathtaking landscapes.
Crewed charter in Greece will spoil all your senses. The captain is steering the yacht to the hidden private bay, a deckhand handling all the ropes and systems on the yacht, a hostess keeping the boat tidy and a cook preparing delicious Mediterranean delights. With such a crew, your mission is to experience an ultimate vacation.
Flotilla sailing holidays
Flotilla sailing holidays - if you want to take your company for a team building or you can’t fit all your friends to one yacht, we have a solution for you. Sail out with two, five or even ten sailing yachts, and share that sailing sensation with all of your friends and colleagues. Imagine ten sailing yachts anchored in a picturesque bay and spending the night there - that is something you have to be a part of.