Situated along the Mediterranean Sea and nestled between the Ionian and Aegean Seas sits one of the most popular sailing destinations in Europe: Greece. Greece is famous around the world for its paradisical islands, sparkling sea, world-class cuisine and rich culture. With almost six thousand islands and islets Greece is an ideal place for a sailing holiday. Go island hopping or anchor your boat to discover the most beautiful beaches and coves of the Peloponnese. A boat hire in Greece will help you create memories that last a lifetime. What are you waiting for?
If you’re looking for a boat hire in Greece or surrounding areas, the price will differ based on a variety of factors such as exactly where you choose to charter, the time of year and the number of people on board. The size and type of vessel you choose will also affect the price as well as whether or not you opt for a bareboat rental or a skippered boat. Below are some average prices of a yacht charter in Greece by boat type.
£2,955/week in the high season and £1,650/week in the low season for 8 people.
£1,357/day in the high season and £457/day in the low season for 12 people.
£857/day in the high season and £235/day in the low season for 10 people.
£8,300/week in the high season and £3,500/week in the low season for 10 people.
£12,200/week in the high season and £7,600/week in the low season for 12 people.
£270/day for 2 people.
£1,400/week in the high season and £1,225/week in the low season for 6 people.
There are so many islands surrounding mainland Greece, that coming up with a short itinerary for your boat hire can be difficult. Each of the islands has something special to offer, meaning that you should base your itinerary on what sort of holiday you’re looking for.
For a trip where you can admire sensations sunsets and an impressive underwater volcano, you should visit Santorini, the honeymoon capital of the Mediterranean.
On the other hand, Crete is the best place to go if you really want to immerse yourself in ancient Greek culture. To see some authentic artefacts, you should be sure to check out the Archaeology Museum of Heraklion, which is currently home to many of the finds from the excavations at Knossos. If you love hiking and sunbathing on secluded coves, hike along the trails which feature some of Crete’s best beaches like Preveli, Potamos and Elafonissi.
If you want a beach holiday, visit Zakynthos, home to some of the best beaches in Europe. Some of the beaches, including Shipwreck beach, are only accessible by boat, meaning that it is a great place to avoid crowds, in spite of its popularity.
If you’re a bit of a party animal, head on over to Mykonos. While there is still plenty to see here in terms of natural beauty, Mykonos is known mostly for being full of beach clubs and a vibrant nightlife!
Your yacht charter in Greece is also an excellent and unique opportunity to go on an epic island-hopping adventure while enjoying maximum comfort on board. Some of the island groups you can visit during boat hire in Greece include:
Greece is home to a variety of well-equipped harbours. Some of the best include:
The sailing season in Greece generally lasts from May to October with mild weather and little to no precipitation, making for perfect sailing conditions. Most people prefer to set sail on a Greek yacht charter in July and August on account of the ideal water and air temperatures. However, the Meltemi winds are also strongest during this time, and the sway of the waves can increase the risk of seasickness. These winds also have a tendency to be unpredictable, making a skipper necessary as they will be able to pull into a sheltered bay if the winds pick up too much, without any trouble. For slightly cooler temperatures and cheaper prices, we recommend avoiding the high season. Instead, consider visiting Greece during the tail ends of the sailing season such as May or September. You’ll avoid heat and crowds and even manage to save a bit of money!
If you have a sailing licence, a skipper is not required on board your boat hire in Greece and we have a range of bareboat rentals to choose from. However, we always recommend hiring a vessel that includes a skipper or crew on board for a more relaxed and lavish sailing experience. Your skipper will take care of everything from navigating, anchoring and docking. If you have a travel itinerary, a skipper can ensure that you will see everything on your list and more, as they are usually locals who know the area very well. For a more personalised holiday on the water, choose a yacht charter with a skipper!
The type of vessel you choose for your yacht charter will depend on the type of holiday you’re looking to have. For daily hires choose a motorboat, RIB or jet ski to cover a lot of distance in no time! For a longer charter, you’ll need a vessel that includes cabins and amenities on board that help to make your stay comfortable. These types of vessels include catamarans and yachts as well as gulets, though those tend to be more luxurious. Finally, if you want the authentic sailing experience and you have nautical knowledge, opt for a sailboat but be aware that they aren’t advised for people who are prone to seasickness!
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