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.
If you’re booking a yacht charter in Greece for the first time, you may be unfamiliar with many of the companies that specialise in this part of the Mediterranean. To help you navigate these waters, we’ve done our own research and picked out three companies that we’d recommend for Greek yacht or bareboat charters. We hope you find our conclusions useful.
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 boat rental and 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 300 vessels in total, all available bareboat. If you’re looking specifically for a catamaran, then Sailo also impress with 161 available in total.
Odyssey Sailing have yachts for charter across a wide number of Greek destinations, with a huge choice of monohulls, sailing boats, catamarans and motor yachts available. The company offers a variety of experiences, including expert-run, fully-accredited sailing courses as well as the chance to charter a yacht as part of a flotilla, where you can join a group of other yachts on a set itinerary. They also offers cabin charters, allowing you to share your yachting adventure with other guests on the same vessel. The company’s website has a comprehensive page dedicated to client feedback dating back to 2003. Charter enquiries can be made via a simple request form where you specify the type of yacht you’d like to charter along with your preferred destinations and dates of travel.
Specialising in sailing charters, Sail Ionian offer a similar variety of experiences as the company profiled above. Among their offerings are bareboat yachts, skippered yachts, assisted sailing charters where you’ll be accompanied by an experienced sailor for the first couple of days, sailing lessons, informal flotillas, and sail and villa packages which give charter guests the chance to spend time on land in a luxury villa as well as on their yacht. Sail Ionian have a total of 18 sailing yachts in their fleet – including several catamarans – ranging from 10 to 17-metres. A generous welcome pack containing fruit, drinks, bread, tea, coffee and cleaning materials are provided on all charters, along with bed linen and towels. Yachts also come with dinghy with good size outboard engine and fuel. A weather update is provided by SMS daily as well as a support line for any questions you may have during your charter.