With the longest coastline in the Mediterranean and more islands than anywhere else, a yacht charter in Greece offers so much variety and interest it is no suprise that it remains such a popular destination. Variations in geology and climate give Greece everything from snow-covered mountains, fertile green fields to barren rocky islands. The sea outside of marinas and harbours is clear and blue, with pebbly shores and sandy beaches. Something for everyone!
The prevailing winds in summer are from the north, but there is a lot of regional variation. Generally the Ionian area has gentler winds; ideal for first timers, with increasing strengths in the Sporades and Dodecanese islands. There is very little rainfall in summer, although visibility may be reduced by dust in the atmosphere. Outside of the main sumer season (May to September) the weather can be rather unpredicatable.
Corfu the northernmost of the Ionian Islands. Yachts are based at the well equipped Govia Marina which is a 20 minute taxi ride from Corfu Airport.
You'll find Lefkas or Lefkada Island located in the middle of the Ionian. Yachts are based at Lefkas Marina, which is short walk from Lefkas Town. Nearest airport is Preveza which is located on the mainland (joined by a short bridge). Journey time is about 30 minutes from Preveza Airport.
A bustling, manic and beautuful city which overlooks the Saronic Gulf. Yachts are berthed in Alimos (Kalamaki Marina). A taxi from Athens airport takes about 45 minutes, there are also bus and rail options.
Lavrion is very much a working port located on the easterns side of the Athens peninsular, about 45 minutes south of the airport. An ideal location for heading out to the Cyclades.
Skiathos and her neighbouring Islands - the 'Sporades' nestle in the sparkling Northern Aegean. A 10 minute taxi ride will have you from the airport to Skiathos Town quay where you will find the yachts berthed.
A short taxi ride from Mykonos Airport, Tourlos Quay is the home base (just north of Mykonos Town).
Located just off the Turkish Coast near Bodrum, Kos gives easy access to both the northern andd southern Dodecanese Islands. Kos marina is just outside of Old Kos Town.
Further south from Kos lies the larger island of Rhodes. A 20 minute taxi ride will have you in Rhodes Town where there are plenty of facilities for the yachtsman.
All locations we feature are within easy reach of an airport. Transfers can be arranged. Be aware that often flights are only on one or two particular days of the week , so they might not co-incide with Saturday starts and finishes on the yacht. For instance, from the UK, presently Preveza (for Lefkas) only has direct flights on Sundays. Just let us know if you need any help with getting to your chosen destination.
Charters generally run Saturday to Saturday at all locations. One way sailing options are often available early and late season.
As with all bareboat charters, prior experience of sailing a similar sized yacht is pre-requisite. Skipper will need a practical sailing qualifications such as RYA Day Skipper or and ICC, 1st Mate ideally needs the same but usually a copy of sailing experience will suffice. Copies of certificates will be asked for prior to your charter for us to obtain the correct yacht paperwork, without which you cannot sail!
Is the € EURO. In most towns ATM's are available. We suggest using credit/debit card where available and keeping some cash aside for the smaller establishments.
Your charter fee will include any applicable taxes to the yacht. Most travellers just require a full passport but do check with your local consulate for latest information Once out sailing, overnight costs are minimal. If overnighting at a restaurant with it's own pontoon, there will rarely any charge if dining at the establishment. Similarly if at anchor or stern to in a bay there are not usually any fees. Town quays usually make a modest charge and may include electricity, water and fuel - but not always! Berthing can often be bows to, so be careful after coming back after a night on the Ouzo!
Some yachts are 2 versions of the same type, with battened or furling (B/F) mainsail so please do check with us upon enquiry if you have a preference. One-way sailing between bases is possible subject to availability and applicable supplement.