Nestled in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, the so-called “cradle of Western Civilization” carries with it a sense of mystery and allure that attracts a steady stream of visitors from far and wide. The country is also a delight for yachters, with its eternal blue skies and turquoise waters providing idyllic cruising grounds. Off-board, the stimulus continues in traditional Greek villages dotted with quaint white houses and charming tavernas serving fish caught fresh from the sea.
A sailing yacht sits in Mytilene Yacht Club on the Greek island of Lesbos (Photo: panagiotis karalis via Flickr)
Whether you’re visiting the famous coastal capital of Athens where ancient wonders sit side by side with state-of-the-art marinas, or the myriad of beautiful islands that are a haven for tourists, Greece offers a wealth of opportunity for memorable yacht charters. If you’re based on the mainland, convenient day sails can be made to several of these islands, giving you the chance to experience the country in all its glory.
A few years ago the influential Conde Naste Traveller magazine described Sailo as “the Airbnb of boats and yachts”, and a peruse of their website soon tells you why. Sailo are an international bareboat yacht rental and crewed yacht charter company that allows boat owners and renters to find charter companies and their vessels. Visitors can pick from thousands of uncrewed and crewed yachts based on date, location, price, size, and user reviews, and you can also create bespoke searches based on your specific trip preferences. When we looked for bareboat and other yacht charters in Greece, we found hundreds of vessels, all available bareboat. If you’re looking specifically for a catamaran, then Sailo also impress with 161 available in total.
Boatbookings are one of the biggest and most well established company’s operating in the yacht charter space. The company has a total of 516 yachts available to embark on charter adventures in Greece, with every preference catered for. Among their fleet are yachts ranging from 10 to 100 metres, 261 of which are offered as bareboat (no skipper or crew) and the rest as crewed yachts. Another advantage is that Boatbookings have over 100 catamarans available for Greece charters, with cats being the most common request from prospective charterers. Additionally, the website offers a useful review section so you can read about the experiences of previous guests before you take the plunge.
Billed as a “trusted community marketplace” for yacht charters, Ritzy Charters is our number one resource crewed yachts in Greece. For motorboat and sailing charters in Greece, the company offers a huge variety of crewed yachts across several categories, including luxury yacht charter, motorboats, monohulls and catamarans. According to our searches, the cheapest available boat currently listed for charter in Greece is priced at €3,500 per week, which gets you a 19.5-metre sailboat charter yacht that sleeps six and has a crew of two. The booking process itself is intuitive and simple – all you do is fill in some key details about your trip, including number of guests, dates, preferred itinerary and special requests, then you ask for a quote and wait for the company to send back a short-list of vessels based on your requirements.