Are you dreaming of a luxury yacht charter holiday in Greece? Then you're in a right place. Here's the most useful and handy information about Greece as a yachting destination for a perfect summer getaway.
Did you ever stop to think why Greece continuously outranks other destinations in the list of most visited countries in Europe and indeed the world?
The answer is simple: a warm Mediterranean climate, the totally relaxed lifestyle of the friendly, welcoming Greeks, amazing mouth-watering food and a gorgeous sea that is embued with countless myths and legends.
There are approximately six thousand islands in Greece and of that number, only 200-odd are inhabited. It is possible to explore them by traveling from one to another with a ferry and that’s what many people do. But when you have the chance to save time and enjoy your bliss in complete privacy, together with the ultimate feeling of freedom - A.K.A. sailing - why not to take it? Renting a yacht in Greece gives you so many benefits!
If you decide to rent a gulet in Greece, just send us an email or give us a call and we will send you a list of available options from our fleet of beautifully maintained, fully crewed gulets … all for that private yacht charter vacation of a lifetime, and we’ll also provide some well-informed travel advice!
Since there are so many islands in Greece, people usually, choose a specific group of islands to discover and hire a gulet to make it happen. Each region has its own mood and atmosphere. Our gulet experts are happy to share all the helpful information you could possibly require and choose the best itinerary for your yachting vacation in Greece.
Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, Corfu… Most probably you’re familiar with these Greek names. Of course, it is no surprise, because the ever-partying Mykonos, the Romance Mecca of Santorini, stunning Athens and gorgeous Corfu are among the most popular travel destinations in Greece. But let’s not limit your choices but let you explore more fantastic “sailing Greece” gems.
Cruising in Greece usually happens in one of the following groups of islands: Ionia, Dodecanese islands, Sporades, Cyclades, and Saronic islands. They are located in two different seas - the Aegean and the Ionian. Each family of islands is unique and has its own portrait and character especially when it comes to climate, nature, history, and culture. Choose your preferred group of islands and explore it with gulet Greece vacation.
Greece sailing vacations is about romance, nature, freedom, and discoveries.
It is good to study the profile of each group in order to choose where you want to cruise on a private gulet in Greece.
IONIAN ISLANDS (Zakynthos, Ithaca, Corfu, Kefalonia, Lefkada, Paxi, Antipaxi, Erikousa, Mathraki, Othoni, Meganisi)
DODECANESE ISLANDS (Astypalea, Halki, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kos, Leros, Lipsi, Nisyros, Patmos, Rhodes, Simi, Tilos)
SPORADES (Alonnisos, Skiathos, Skopelos, Skyros)
CYCLADES (Amorgos, Anafi, Andros, Antiparos, Delos, Ios, Kea, Kimolos, Kythnos, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Folegandros, Serifos, Sifnos, Sikinos, Syros, Tinos, Thira or Santoríni)
SARONIC ISLANDS (Salamis, Aegina, Agistri, Poro)
If you’re searching for a fun, easy going cruise with friendly people around, health-giving, organic food, delicious wine, sunny weather and great sea, then Greece is your perfect getaway. This yacht charter destination is simple and elegant, rejuvenating and a real summer bliss spot. However, there are several things you should keep in mind before making a final decision for a gulet hire cruise Greece.
You will enjoy gulet charter Greece 100% if:
…you expect a real movie-like summer holiday in Europe;
…you like easy and healthy food;
…you don’t mind the crowds while on holiday;
…you dream of a real sailing experience with high winds and waves;
You will enjoy it a little less if:
...you choose to visit specific islands and won’t be able to do so when the cruise starts;
Now let’s talk more about some of those points mentioned above
Will you like Greek food? Well, if you like products produced locally under the warm Mediterranean sun away from big city pollution, and dishes like Greek salad, moussaka, fava beans, grilled fish and shrimps, olives, garlic, sweet red onion, Mediterranean herbs, and yogurt, then you should be just fine. It is almost impossible to resist those simple and mouthwatering flavors that are used in Greek kitchens.
Some areas in Greece get very windy in summer months and that’s why It’s important to learn what those are before you confirm a yacht charter itinerary. In this case you will not feel disappointed that you can’t cruise from Mykonos to Santorini in August, because there’s not much anyone can do with the weather patterns. Although having raised this point, wind can be and often is, useful for real sailors!! There are gulets with powerful sails, and if you don’t want calm and easy island-hopping cruise but instead dream of high winds, billowing white sails, and sea spray, then let us know and we will find you the very yacht that will help to make your wish reality.
There are many gulets in Greece, and if we ask you what you’d like to see in Greece when chartering one of them, you’ll probably speak of white washed little houses, cascading down the hill to the shore where people happily swim in the absolutely gorgeous sea on a sunny summer day, blue domed churches, excellent food in countless cute little restaurants, blooming bougainvillea, windmills, sandy beaches, and calm islander lifestyle. If this is exactly what you want to experience in Greece, then you should charter a yacht in Cyclades. This family of islands comprises Mykonos, Santorini, Naxos, Milos, and many more islands that are usually promoted in movies, postcard, Pinterest collection, and travel brochures.
Crusaders, to travel back in time to the era of the Byzantines, and feel the weighty rule of the Ottomans. Calmer seas, countless monasteries, narrow, quaint cobble-stone streets, bays with turquoise and emerald waters... the colours and the textures will make your heart sing. The islands of Rhodes, Symi, Patmos, and Samos are the most visited of the Dodecanese group and it’s well known among Christians that Patmos is the island where Saint John the Evangelist wrote the Book of Revelations.
Greek gulet charters in the Ionian Islands that are located in the western Greece, very close to Italy, is a must. At one time, the islands were under the rule of the Venetians for centuries on end and that’s why Kefalonia, Zakinthos, Corfu and Ithaka have some of the flavor and charming atmosphere of Italy. Here, you won’t see those sugar cube-like, white washed little houses. Nature here is stunning. Due to rainy days outside of the high season, the mountains and limestone cliffs of these islands are covered with lush greenery including aromatic pine trees, olive groves, and cypresses. For those who prefer to avoid the wind, you should definitely sail the Ionian, the weather here being much calmer during the high season months. We highly recommend visiting Corfu and its capital town which is UNESCO World Heritage listed. Another “must see” place is the iconic Shipwreck Bay on Zakynthos... and not to forget the sandy beaches of Lefkada; Homer’s homeland, Ithaka island; and the cute little fishing villages of Paxos.
It is common to rent a yacht in the Ionian islands and cruise to nearby Italy or Albania, or sail in a northerly direction towards Croatia or Montenegro. From here yachts also move east to explore the Sporades or Saronic islands.
The Sporades are the most compact group in Greece where it’s a popular choice to charter a gulet. This family of islands is located close to Athens. It’s a place where wealthy cityfolk and artists from the Greek capital like to spend their summer vacations in elegant style. The atmosphere here is calm and peaceful. You can visit such islands, as Spetses, Hydra, Skyros and Skopelos. Traveling here with a private crewed yacht will grant you easy access to numerous unspoilt coves and bays with crystal clear waters. You will also have a chance to relish some fine dining, do some quiet reflection while wandering among pretty villas and mansions and along car-free streets, and of course enjoy any amount of unhurried sightseeing.
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