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Greece Yacht Charter

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

If you're considering renting a crewed 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!

Greece and its many islands cover an area of almost 131,957 square kilometres. The island chains are generally broken down into five main categories, and all are popular among yacht-goers. The two peninsulas of Halkidiki (or Chalkidiki) and the Peloponnese are also frequently visited by luxury yachts. 

With so many destinations to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. Read on to discover the best destination for you, as well as important information about charter costs, Tax, popular marinas and expert advice for first-time charterers. 

Greece: At a glance

  • 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.

Where to charter a yacht in Greece

The yacht spots of Greece are generally structured into the five major island chains and two peninsulas.  Each of these cruising grounds have their 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

Types of yacht charters in Greece

superyacht irimari underway in greece as part of a luxury yacht charter vacation in the mediterranean a sailing yacht in the Mediterranean at anchor by a quiet cove in greece enjoying a luxury yacht charter vacation
a sailingyacht cruises the deep waters of the Mediterranean as part of a Greece yacht charter vacation a sportsboat underway in Greece enjoying a luxury yacht charter vacation in the Mediterranean

Greece has a very diverse 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 your yacht charter broker for more information, or scroll down to take a look at our ‘Greek charter license explained’ section. 

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

Motor yacht charter in Greece

a charter yacht at anchor in a quiet cove in greece the Mediterranean as part of a luxury yacht charter vacation

For those looking to rent a motor yacht, 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 on-board 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 charter in Greece

a luxury sailing yachts in the Mediterranean at anchor while she is on a luxury yacht charter vacation in greece where her guests play on the impressive collection of water toys

Greece is a playground for sailing yacht charters, 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 charter in Greece

a gulet yacht charter vacation is an amazing platform to rent if guests want to completely make the most of their vacation 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. As times have changed, many gulets are now motor-sailer, meaning they can operate under sail or with a motor if necessary. While many are still made out of wood, some more modern versions are built in steel and aluminum.

Luxury gulet yacht charters 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 they typically offer lots of volume and open-plan living spaces.

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 yacht charter in Greece 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. 

Motor yacht charter

Average Length Average Low Season * Average High Season *
< 82ft (< 25m) $31,129 $35,423
83ft - 99ft (26m - 30m) $43,231 $47,435
100ft - 134ft (31m - 40m) $64,465 $76,320
135ft - 164ft (41m - 50m) $144,636 $167,103
165ft - 199ft (51m - 60m) $229,542 $288,616
200ft - 234ft (61m - 70m) $345,718 $431,449
235ft - 264ft (71m - 80m) $697,087 $759,054
265ft - 294ft (81m- 90m) $775,600 $791,750
295ft + (91m +)   $792,531 $964,250

* All prices are quoted per week plus expenses.

Sailing yacht charter

Average Length Average Low Season* Average High Season*
66ft - 99ft (21m - 30m) $24,619 $26,960
100ft - 134ft (31m - 40m) $39,274 $49,237
135ft - 164ft (41m - 50m) $71,938 $96,733
165ft - 199ft (51m - 60m) $163,125 $208,365
200ft - 230ft (61m - 70m) $233,812 $305,800
230ft + (71m +) $560,062 $590,124

* All prices are quoted per week plus expenses.

The Greek charter license explained

In Greece, foreign-flagged yachts must have a Greek charter license if they wish to begin or end a yacht charter in Greek waters.

To obtain a Greek charter license, the yacht must fit the following criteria:

  • The yacht must be commercially-registered
  • The yacht must be EU-flagged (note that if it is not EU-flagged, it must be more than 35m in length and not made out of wood)
  • The yacht must spend a certain amount of time cruising in Greek waters per year (the time varies between EU-flagged and non-EU-flagged vessels)

Foreign-flagged yachts don’t need a Greek charter license if they are only cruising into Greek waters. For example, if you (the charterer) begin and end in Turkey but spend time chartering in Greek waters, your charter yacht doesn’t need a Greek charter license. 

Once a yacht has its charter license, the yacht can benefit from Value Added Tax (VAT) exemptions on fuel, provisions and other equipment during charter. However, certain VAT restrictions still apply; see our tax and VAT section below.

VAT and Tax in Greece

As with most countries around the world, Greece charges Value Added Tax on a range of goods and services which includes yacht charters.

Individual countries vary in the percentage at which they charge VAT. In Greece, VAT on yacht charter is charged at 24% and is based on the value of the yacht.

However, this 24% figure can be reduced if the yacht meets specific criteria. 

At the beginning of 2020, new legislation was put in place in order to develop a new system to calculate VAT and potential reductions. 

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 per cent (VAT 12 per cent) – This will be for yachts that spend a minimum of 60 per cent 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 for yachts commencing charters outside EU territory and that remain outside for more than 60% of chartered days and end their charter in Greece.

Until 2017, chartering a yacht was far less constrained. In 2017, new laws came into practise which aimed to enforce tighter laws around yacht charter in Greece.

The Greek charter license was introduced in 2018 in a bid to boost the charter market in Greece by offering charter yachts increased flexibility and VAT exemptions. 

Where should I begin my yacht charter in Greece?

in Greece there are many marinas that you and your guests can find berths for your luxury superyacht and explore the historic cities of the country
at night the busy marinas of Greece glow with nightlife and offer wonderful spots to party and enjoy oneself while on a luxury yacht charter
an aerial shot of a busy marina in athen where guests on a luxury yacht charter can find a berth to anchor before they explore the busy and history city

By far the most common embarkation point for yacht charters in Greece is Athens. Around 90% of the charter fleet has a homeport in Athens. 

From Athens it’s relatively simple and straightforward to access most of the Greek islands and there’s an international airport- Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (AIA)- that offers non-stop flights to the rest of the world. 

There are numerous luxury marinas that cater to superyachts and megayachts in Athens. 

Zea Marina is among the most popular. It is located in Piraeus, which is the largest sea port in Greece and one of the largest harbors in all of Europe. It’s a hive of activity, and offers 670 berths with a maximum length of 150m. Modern facilities are available on land, as well as world-class restaurants and high-end hotels for those looking to spend a night or two on shore before or after their charter. 

Athens Marina is also very well-known, and has 130 berths catering to yachts measuring up to 130m. It has plenty of amenities on land, including a helipad service. 

Flisvos Marina is another superb option for starting and ending a charter. While the aforementioned marinas are located close to the heart of Athens, Flisvos is a little further out. It sits around 6km around the city centre, and offers 303 berths with a maximum length of 70m. The award-winning marina is very modern and exclusive, and there are a wealth of facilities and high-end restaurants at your disposal when you dock here. 

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. 

a marina in a quiet port of corfu where guests on a Mediterranean yacht charter can berth their luxury charter yacht

In Corfu, the most popular marina is Gouvia marina, which can be found on the east coast of the island in a secluded bay. It accommodates yachts of up to 80m, and boasts 1235 berths. 

In Zakynthos (or Zante), Port Zakynthos is the most well-known harbour. It offers 30 berths with a maximum length of 60m, and has a range of on-shore facilities for you to take advantage of during your visit. 

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 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.

Of course, it’s also possible to begin your charter in a neighbouring country and cruise across to Greece. The most popular destination is Turkey. Speak to your broker for more information about beginning and ending a Greece yacht charter in Turkey, and be aware that you will need to show passports and other valid paperwork every time you disembark in a new port- even if you have already visited in the days prior as part of the same itinerary.

When is the best time to visit Greece by yacht?

a quiet cove in Greece where a crewed superyacht may anchor while on their luxury yacht charter vacation in the peack time of july and august

The best time to visit Greece on a yacht charter 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.

Climate in Greece

Greece is one of the hottest destinations in the Mediterranean, and you can expect consistently excellent temperatures throughout the summer months. 

Since the Greek islands are so spread out, there are some variations between island chains; but as a general rule of thumb, the further south you travel, the warmer the air temperature will be.

Precipitation, hours of sunshine and seawater temperatures

Summer in Greece usually experiences very low levels of precipitation, but be aware that all Mediterranean countries sometimes encounter summer storms, which can bring heavy rain and wind.

Greece generally enjoys long hours of sunshine- over 14 hours per day on some islands. As summer wears on, the sea temperature increases as well. The warmest seawater temperatures in Greece are usually recorded in the Aegean islands of Kos and Rhodes, as well as around the Cyclades during peak season.

Wind in Greece

Winds are great for those hiring a sailing yacht, but you don’t want winds that are so strong they become uncomfortable. Certain regions of Greece are more affected by wind, and this can potentially impact your charter vacation. 

The Meltemi Wind, known in Greece as the annual wind, affects the Cyclades, the Dodecanese and the Aegean Islands the most. It blows the most strongly between June and August. While it can be strong in the afternoons, it usually dies down in the evenings and is not usually a hindrance in the morning. The Meltemi Wind (also known as ‘etesian’ wind) comes and goes in phases, so you won’t necessarily encounter it on your vacation.

Generally speaking, the Ionian Islands experience the least wind in Greece.

Marinas and Anchorages

there are many secluded coves throughout all of greece where guests on a luxury yacht charter vacation can unwind and relax to the fullest

Around the main yachting hubs of Greece, you’ll find plenty of marinas which 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 berths can be very high in peak season.

Popular Marinas

  • Mykonos
    Mikonos New Port: 30 berths with a maximum length of 50m
  • Halkidiki 
    Sani Marina: 215 berths with a maximum length of 33m 
    Miraggio Marina: 81 berths with a maximum length of 40m
  • Crete
    Agios Nikolaos: 255 berths with a maximum length of 70m
  • Poros 
    Poros Marinas: Around 60 berths with a maximum length of 60m
  • Kos
    Kos Marina: 250 berths with a maximum length of 80m
  • Rhodes
    Rhodes Marina: 382 berths with a maximum length of 120m

Anchoring and mooring in Greece

Greece is ideal for those looking for a vacation away from the crowds, since it’s home to countless quiet anchorages and secluded spots to moor overnight. 

The region is ideal if you're practicing social distancing as you can steer clear of ports and busy spots on shore for the duration of your vacation. 

If you're unsure of the difference between anchoring and mooring, let us break it down for you; anchoring means dropping anchor (either out at sea or just off the coast) and letting the anchor chains run across the seafloor, ensuring the yacht stable and stationary.

Mooring refers to tying rope to a solid object on shore to keep the yacht secure and in one place.

The best island chains for mooring and anchoring are the Ionian Islands, the Sporades, the Dodecanese and the Aegean islands.

It can be slightly more challenging to moor and anchor in the Cyclades as there are fewer bays that offer shelter and protection. However, there are places to be found, with mooring balls and landing stages scattering throughout the islands.

Airports in Greece

Greece is well-connected to the rest of the world by air, and also caters to private flights. Many of the islands have their own airports which you can fly into either privately or commercially.

For international flights, the principal hub is Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (AIA). The airport operates non-stop flights to the USA, Middle East, Russia, Europe and Asia during peak season. 

The other main airport is in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city. Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia (SKG) is an international airport, and is the best place to fly into if you’re chartering in Halkidiki, on the northern mainland.

Other major airports include Corfu International Airport, Heraklion International Airport (Crete) and Rhodes International Airport.

Airports which offer domestic, chartered and private flights and some international flights include Mykonos, Santorini and Zakynthos.

Booking Advice from the Experts

two partners plan their romantic luxury yacht charter vacation with their yacht charter broker so that they are prepared for their trip to the romantic ports of Greece

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

In Greece, 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 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 licence. 

Plus, finding dates when everyone in your charter party is available can be challenging; the longer you leave it, the harder it’ll become. 

Your broker will need ample time to finalize the details and tailor an itinerary to suit you and your charter party. We recommend booking between six-three months in advance of your intended start date.

Most popular superyacht hotspots in Greece

Not sure where to visit on your next Greek yacht charter? From the sun-baked beaches of Zante to the happening party scene in Mykonos, Greece has so much diversity and choice. Whether you're chartering as a family, a couple or as part of a big group, there's an island or cruising region in Greece with your name on it.

Let us help break it down for you- and don't forget to take a look at our Greece yacht charter itineraries to find the perfect one for you.

Cyclades Islands

the cyclades chain are a wonderful and beautiful collection of islands that are very popular with guests on a luxury aychtc harter vacation

The Cyclades Islands are one of the most popular regions in Greece- and the wider Mediterranean- for luxury yacht charters. The island chain offers a lot to see and do; from culture and history to nightlife and partying.

Mykonos is the party hub of Greece, with plenty of buzzy venues and trendy beach clubs at your disposal. Yacht-goers in search of a good time should head for the legendary Nammos, where you can anchor in the bay and take a tender straight up to a private cabana on the sand. Expect beachfront entertainment, five-star dining, high-luxury shopping, big-name DJ’s, and a who’s-who of celebrity A-listers. Then, take a stroll through Mykonos village to admire the windills, and round off the day with dinner on the romantic waterfront of Little Venice.

For a culture trip, neighbouring Delos is one of the most fascinating islands in the Cyclades. The tiny strip of land, which is mostly uninhabited, is one of the most historically significant sights in all of Greece. Step on shore for a closer look at the well-preserved ruins, which includes the Terrace of the Lions, Statues of the House of Cleopatra and countless temples, mosaics, and cultural relics. 

the portara of naxos in Greece is a wonderful stop for those on a luxury yacht charter vacation where guests can easily access by tender
two girls who are on a luxury yacht charter have decided that the best way to celebrate their luxury vacation is to party in Nammos beach club which is in Santorini and spray each other with champagne chairs and tables line the coastal promenade in Mykonos Town where guests on a luxury yacht charter will venture when they are hungry and want to sample some of the local delicacies

The largest island in the Cyclades is Naxos. The island is famous for the Portara of Naxos, a doorlike arch that once formed part of the ancient Temple of Apollo. The enormous structure can easily be viewed from your yacht, but you should step on shore to view it in all of its glory up close.

Santorini is a popular destination for those on honeymoon charters. The island is steeped in beauty and romance, and is famed for its incredible sunsets. These are best watched from the viewpoint at the ruins of an old Venetian castle known Skaros Rock, where you’re guaranteed spectacular views over the caldera. But of course, you can also soak up the sunset from the comfort of your yacht with an Aperol Spritz in hand.

at night guests can anchor in santorini and have a romantic backdrop of houses to compliment the luxury yacht charter vacation in Greece
the statue of lions in delos still stand after centuries of erosion and are a popular destination for guests on a luxury yacht charter vacation in Greece or for those wanting to learn the history of the Mediterranean
guests on a crewed yacht charter vacation in Greece visit sarakiniko beach in milos looks like the face of the moon and is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean

Oia is the most famous town in Santorini, and is well-known for its whitewashed buildings covered in bougainvillea, cobbled streets winding through the hills and Prussian blue domes as far as the eye can see. While the island is effortlessly pretty, it also has a cultural side too- the remains of the city of Akrotiri offers a unique glimpse into life in ancient Greece.

If you're looking for rest, relaxation, and an escape from the crowds, then Milos is the perfect Cycladic destination for you. It's an unsung jewel of Greece, home to the ash-white lunar beach of Sarakiniko, the pastel-colored houses of Klima, and a flourishing dining scene made up of family-run tavernas. 

Saronic Islands

The adorable old port of spetses which is a prime anchorage for local boats as well as premier stop for guests on a luxury yacht charter vacation
The saronic island of spetses is a luxury spot for some of teh world's high rollers where they can partake in some fine entertainment such as a horse drawn carriage ride down the glistening promenade
a glistening anchorage for luxury charter yachts can be found on moni island where guests will have top tier beach clubs at their disposal as well as the glistening waters of the saronic gulf

Perfect for exploring on a yacht charter, the Saronic Islands give you an unbeatable opportunity to relax and recharge. Historically, the islands were known for their healing properties- and the lush landscapes, clear blue bays, and quiet towns certainly invite you to press pause on life.

The Saronic Islands’ rustic charm feels a world away from the modern glamour of other hotspots, and it has been a favorite vacation spot for the likes of Leonard Cohen and Aristotle Onassis over the years.

The islands Hydra are Aegina are equally alluring. Dock in the port and spend a day walking the sun-baked streets of the town. Cars are forbidden here, so the towns are blissfully peaceful and provide a wonderfully authentic Greek experience. Pine forests cover the interiors of the islands, giving way to crescent-shaped coves where you can moor overnight.

Spetses is one of the most popular charter destinations in the Saronic Islands. It’s an affluent island that’s famed for its historic mansions, postcard-perfect scenery. and horse-drawn carriage rides that you can enjoy across the main town. You’ll find pretty beaches dotted across the inlets of the island, with apricot-colored buildings lined up opposite the water.

Ionian Islands

luxury yacht charter guests who like a bit of excitement should venture to Navagio Beach also known as Shipwreck beach on Zakynthos island where they can tan their day away by an iconic wreck
Assos village is a luxury stop fro anyone on a charter vacation in Greece and is certainly a premier anchorage for superyacht goers on a trip to Kefalonia there are many old buildings in Zakynthos, and many of them are old religious buildings such as orthodox churches built in the byzantine era

On the west coast of Greece, the Ionian Islands are characterised by soaring cliffs, dramatic rock formations and bijou beaches.

Zakynthos (or Zante) is a sought-after destination for yacht charters, thanks to its brilliant scuba sites and the famous Navagio beach (or Shipwreck Beach). Popular dive sites include Barracuda Reef and the Keri Caves, both of which are reserved for seasoned divers and present a fascinating look at Greece's underwater world. While parts of Zakynthos have been overtaken by package tourism, it's still possible to find some quiet beauty spots where you can spend the day idling at anchor or lying out on the beach. 

For keen sailors or anyone interesting in packing a lot into a shorter itinerary, consider Kefalonia (or Cephalonia). Perhaps best known for being the setting of the classic novel and movie 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin', this string of islands is steeped in rugged beauty and breathtaking natural landscapes. The village of Assos is a postcard-perfect scene of colorful houses, and on shore you'll find winding streets, abundant olive trees and sandy beaches.

a catamaran is at anchor in a quiet beach in ithica where her guests on a superyacht charter  enjoy the glaring hot Mediterranean sun

The subject of famous poetry and ancient myth and legend, Ithaca is a paradise for yachts. The emerald seas are pellucid and clear, and there are lots of inlets where you can drop anchor and spend the night. What’s more, many of the island's best beaches are only accessible by boat. When you choose to step on shore, be sure to explore the quaint coastal town of Kioni, or hike to the high point of the island to see the Monastery of Panagia.

Corfu is another popular destination in the Ionian Sea, renowned for its picturesque port towns, elegant architecture and awe-inspiring natural scenery. Its cultural legacy is a result of decades spent under Venetian, French and British rule before it was joined with Greece in the 19th century. Statues and monuments across the island pay homage to Corfu’s rich past, and there are plenty of attractions that you can visit as part of an itinerary around the Ionian Islands.

Dodecanese Islands

Made up of 12 major islands, a yacht charter around the Dodecanese offers no shortage of things to see and do. Plus, thanks to close proximity to the turquoise shores of Turkey, you’ll find that charter itineraries in this region are varied and diverse.

The largest of the Dodecanese islands is Rhodes. As well as fantastic beaches and a thriving nightlife scene, the island is also home to cultural sites such as the Colossus of Rhodes and a Gothic medieval castle known as the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes. The island is also known as the ‘Island of Roses’, and Rhodes comes into full bloom during the months of May and June.

Neighbouring Kos is rich in Greek and Roman landmarks, so history-lovers will enjoy stepping on shore to explore the island to its fullest. The 15th-century Neratzia Castle stands proud above Kos Town, and the ancient Agora of Kos provides a rare glimpse into an enormous excavation area. Across the site, you’ll find numerous well-preserved temples, baths, mosaics and columns that once formed buildings and infrastructure.

a famous statue in the marina of simi that is near elli beach in Greece one of the quietest beaches to anchor on a luxury yacht charter vacation

One of the smaller island in the Dodecanese, what Simi (or Symi) lacks in size it more than makes up for in charm and character. The island is largely untouched by mainstream tourism, and enjoys a relaxed pace of life and a friendly local scene. Brightly-colored houses hug the harbor and countless little bays invite you to dive in and swim straight up to your own secluded slice of beach.

The island is affluent, thanks to its legacy as the biggest exporter of sponges in Greece- so be sure to grab your snorkel and spend some time sponge-diving. Simi is also well-known for its succulent shrimp, so you can try your hand at catching some and asking your yacht chef to cook it for your evening meal.

Sporades Islands

the waters in greece are famed for being the most crystal clear waters abundant with aquatic life meaning that guests on a luxury yacht charter vacation can spend the majority of their time unwinding in the Mediterranean sea
tavernas are dotted through all coastal towns in greece and are easily accessible to guests on a luxury yacht charter vacation via their tender where thery can enjoy some authentic Greek cuisine
a quiet anchorage in skiathos where guests on a luxury yacht charter vacation are guaranteed a relaxing space to enjoy
a marina in skopelos by a quaint coastal settlement in Greece

Set in the northwest Aegean sea, the Sporades islands are drenched in sunshine and replete with natural beauty. If you’re looking for a true slice of serenity, set course for the Sporades.

Skiathos and Skopelos are best known as being the filming locations for Mamma Mia. On Skopelos, Kastani Beach was one of the principal shooting sites, and was home to the famous jetty where many of the beach scenes took place. As well as this claim to fame, it also makes a great anchorage and place to swim and snorkel. Skopelos is also home to the iconic chapel on the hill where the film’s finale takes place.

Neighboring Alonissos is a prime beauty spot, with hills covered in pine trees overlooking glassy blue sea. Its shores are indented with bays where you can moor overnight, take the toys out for a spin, or set up a beach picnic on shore. The island is is at the center of a marine park that’s home to dolphins and Mediterranean monk seals, and is currently the largest marine protected area in Europe.

All the Sporadic Islands are excellent for snorkeling and scuba, so be sure to speak to your broker about dive equipment and rendezvous diving, if necessary.

Peloponnese region

the green peninsula of Nafplion in Greece located in the Peloponnese region of the country where guests on a luxury yacht charter venture on their vacation to the East Mediterranean
Corinth canal is where many luxury charter yachts travel through when they are trying to get from mainland athens to uieter and more luxurious parts of the country specifically to places such as Nafplion and Kalamata
the temple of apollo in corinth is a popular stop for guest on a luxury yacht charter vacation an ancient temple in the middle of the crystal clear water in the northestern point of Greece where guests on aluxury yacht charter vacation can anchor

The Peloponnese region is a peninsula attached to the Greek mainland. The east side of the peninsula is most popular among yacht charters, and these cruising grounds are handily positioned in close proximity to Athens.

Corinth was once one of the most important sea ports in Greece, and it’s still home to a wealth of cultural landmarks from the ancient world. Be sure to disembark to see Acrocorinth, a sprawling fortress in the hills of Corinth, and the Temple of Apollo, which was built as an emblem for Corinth and its prosperity in 540 BC.

Another popular attraction for yachts is the Corinth canal, a long and narrow stretch of sea that connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. Yachts often traverse the narrow passage, but doing so requires accuracy and patience. Before the canal was formed, boats wishing to cross this stretch of land were transported by being rolled along a paved trackway called Diolkos, and this can still be visited today.

The city of Nafplion (or Nafplio) is another cultural gem just north of Corinth. The vibrant city is well-known for its 18th century-fortress, palm-tree bordered port and stone streets lined by with tavernas and flower-covered buildings. In the town center, you’ll find a large main square where you can sit back and enjoy traditional Greek coffee- a whipped iced espresso with cold milk.

Halkidiki region

the Halkidiki regionis popular amnongst the superyacht set and offers everything that desercing superyacht guests need and want for their luxury yacht charter vacation
an aerial shot of a stunning fleet of superyachts cruising in Kassandra while on a charter vacation in Greece
a quiet peninsula in Greece where guests on a luxury yacht charter vacation can anchor for an evening of privacy

The Halkidiki (or Chalkidiki) region has become more popular among superyachts in recent years. Attached to the mainland in northern Greece, Halkidiki offers nightlife, upscale restaurants and sandy beaches.

One of the region’s peninsulas is Kassandra, which is renowned for its quiet beaches and calm seas. There are a few little islands where you can spend the day splashing in the sea or lying out on the deck of your yacht taking in the surrounds. Honey production is a vital part of the region's economy, so be sure to step on shore to sample some of the sweet stuff before embarking on the next leg of your itinerary. 

Neighbouring regions

a quiet cover with electric blue water where superyachts can cruise to if they want to get some mediterranean sun

Greece is located in close proximity to the Turkish Riviera, and many charterers choose to incorporate some cruising around Turkey into their itineraries. Turkey is a lovely destination for yachts, as it's home to plenty of quiet beaches, world-class restaurants and colorful local culture. 

Known as the Turquoise Coast, this stretch of Turkish coastline compasses hotspots such as Fethiye, Marmaris and Bodrum. All these destinations are well-equipped for luxury yachts, with marinas where you can berth or secluded coves where you could moor overnight.

If you're chartering in the Ionian Sea, you might choose to spend some time cruising around Albania. While many people don't think to charter here, Albania has gained popularity recently thanks to its awe-inspiring natural beauty. Little beaches are scattered across the country's shores, while the interior of the island features mountainous landscapes and natural beauty spots like waterfalls and lakes. 

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.
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Greece Cruising 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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Best for: Historical sites, secluded beaches, short-hop sailing, cultural attractions, beautiful scenery

When to Go:

June - September

Airports:

  • Athens International Airport
  • Thessaloniki International Airport
  • Corfu International Airport
  • Rhodes International Airport
  • Mykonos Island National Airport

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99m Canadian Vickers

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93m Feadship

93m   2019

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90m   2007/2016

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Phoenix 2 Yacht Charter in Greece

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90m   2010/2011

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90m Cassens-Werft

90m   2002/2008

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88m Perini Navi

88m   2006/2016

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86m Oceanco

86m   2016

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Chakra Yacht Charter in Greece

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85m Golden Yachts

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Here Comes The Sun Yacht Charter in Greece

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83m Amels

83m   2017

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O'Mega Yacht Charter in Greece

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83m Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

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Top 'Things To Do' in Greece

Shipwreck Beach (Navagio Beach)
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Shipwreck Beach (Navagio Beach)

The most iconic beach in Greece

The Portara of Naxos
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The Portara of Naxos

Make a wish within the Portara and you will feel Apollo’s energy making it come true

Nammos Mykonos
Beach Club
Nammos Mykonos

A SuperyachtSet hotspot

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Greece Q&A

  • Q.
    Why do most yacht charter itineraries around Greece begin in Athens?
    A.

    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.

  • Q.
    What is a Greek charter license and how does it affect me?
    A.

    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.

  • Q.
    Can I start a yacht charter in Mykonos?
    A.

    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.

  • Q.
    Where is the best place for a sailing yacht charter in Greece?
    A.

    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. 

  • Q.
    What’s the standard tax charged on yacht charters in Greece?
    A.

    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.

  • Q.
    When is the best time to visit the Cyclades islands on a yacht?
    A.

    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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