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Yacht Charter Greece

Book a yacht charter in Greece and explore a land of sumptuous olive groves and the beautiful islands of the Aegean and Ionian seas, each with its own distinct traditions, culture and landscapes.

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Highlights

  • Ancient ruins
  • Delectable seafood
  • Scenic fishing villages

Yacht Charter Greek Islands

Greece friends enjoying sailing vacation on a yacht

As we’ve bases throughout the region, you’ll have plenty of exciting options when planning your sailing trip in the Greek islands. You can explore thousands of idyllic islands, embrace the laid-back culture, sample delicious Greek food and relax on some of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful beaches.  

Lovers of history and archaeology will find plenty to see and do in Greece. It is, after all, the birthplace of Western civilization, playing a leading role in the development of politics, philosophy, history, the arts and medicine.

During a long sailing season, with a warm, dry Mediterranean climate and pleasant summer sea temperatures, you can discover attractive villages with white houses against turquoise waters. Enjoy an unforgettable Greece bareboat boat rental or skippered yacht charter, packed with fantastic sailing, natural beauty, culture and history. 

To sail Greece, you’ll need a sailing license recognized by the local port authorities. Alternatively, you also have the option of hiring a skipper. Read our guide to sailing qualifications for more information.

Choose a destination below to discover more

Choose your favorite destination in this region

Lefkas

Sail clear sapphire waters to the picture perfect Ionian Islands.

Lavrion

From ‘the gateway to the Cyclades’ discover many fabulous anchorages.

Kos

Spend a dream vacation island hopping in the sunny Dodecanese.

Corfu

Experience the Ionian Islands’ spectacular beaches, mountains and archaeology.

Athens

Cross calm waters to ancient ruins and idyllic secluded islands.

Top things to do in Greece

Ionian Islands

Sail the seven major Ionian islands on a Greece sailing vacation from our bases at Lefkas Marina and Marina Gouvia in Corfu. Head to Paxos, Antipaxos, Zakynthos, Kefalonia and Meganisi, just a few of the many islands with lush, mountainous landscapes and attractive golden beaches.

Saronic and Argolic Gulf

Sail Greece’s romantic Saronic Islands from our base at Alimos Marina. Tour Spetses, known for its running races in spring and autumn, relax on car-free Hydra and swim on Aegina’s fine beaches.

Cyclades

The whitewashed houses with ultramarine domes are typical of the Cyclades. Sail from Tourlos Marina, Mykonos, Parikia Port and Lavrion Port, Lavrion to discover the wonders of these islands, as well as Santorini, Ios and Serifos.

Dodecanese Islands

When you’re on a chartered sailing vacation in Greece, make sure you island hop between the eastern Aegean’s 12 islands, including Kalymnos with its sea sponge harvesters, or walk the unspoiled pine forests of Leros, see rare birds on Tilos, climb to Astypalea’s imposing castle and visit the monastery on Symi. Enjoy these islands from our base Kos Marina.

When is the best time to visit Greece?

Relax in Greece

The best time to visit Greece is between May and October. The summer months of June, July and August have the hottest, sunniest days and warmest sea temperatures.

The climate in Greece is hot, dry and Mediterranean, with temperatures reaching as high as 90ºF in July, while the average is around 81ºF.

Sailing conditions for a Greece yacht charter

Sailing conditions in Greece include the westerly mistral, a pleasant summer wind that blows in from the sea, reaching its peak force in early afternoon. It refreshes the air and chases away any mugginess.

The wind systems in Greece have different characteristics between the distinct island groups.

Ionian Islands: The wind and sailing conditions in the Ionian Sea are ideal and predictable, blowing NW at Force 3 to 5 between May and September. In spring and autumn, the wind is less strong and blows usually SW.

Saronic and Argolic Gulfs: The Saronic and Argolic Gulfs are generally a protected cruising area, with north to NNE winds averaging Force 3 to 4. In the Argolic Gulf during summer, the wind is mostly from the SE and averages Force 3 to 5. During spring and autumn, the winds are normally weaker and blow from the south.

Cyclades: The prevailing wind meltemi blows from the north during summer, peaking in July and August at 10-45 knots, occasionally reaching Force 9. During spring and autumn, winds can also blow from the south. Experience is needed to sail the Cyclades.

Dodecanese: The prevailing wind meltemi blows from the north-east during summer, peaking in July and August at Force 4 to 6. During spring and autumn, winds are calmer and blow SE.

Greece winds and weather system

Sailing conditions in Greece vary depending on the weather systems. Here’s some advice about sailing near our bases.

Athens: The reef of Agios Cosmas, SE of the entrance of Alimos Marina, is difficult to spot at night although there is a light on it. Stay clear of the Mermingia rocks, 4.5 miles SE of Alimos Marina in the direction of Cape Sounio.

Lavrion: Keep clear of Makronisi Island’s reefs at the north, middle and south, as well as the reefs close to the mainland at Cape Sounio and Ali Pasas. There is heavy traffic in this area from steamers, fishing and sailing yachts.

Kos: Keep your distance from the shoals extending from Akrotiri Ammoglossa and be aware of the Meltemi and its strong gusts into the bay.

Lefkas: During your approach to the marina of the main port, stay within the separation system (buoys) to avoid the shallows.

Corfu: When entering the bay of Gouvia, avoid the shallows by keeping to the north side and stay in the separation system (marked by buoys).

What are the mooring fees in Greece?

Mooring fees in Greece are generally low in the public ports on the islands. These cannot be pre booked, so arrive before 3pm as berths are limited. The port officers will come to your boat and ask you to pay at the port office. Mooring fees in Greece range from €5 to €15, depending on the island and boat size.

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Useful information for yacht charters in Greece

Greece griends enjoying saling vacation on board of a yacht

What language is spoken in Greece?

The official language of Greece is Greek, although many locals can speak English, French and Italian.

What is the currency in Greece?

The currency in Greece is the Euro.

How do I get to Greece?

You can get to Greece by flying to Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH) direct from New York with Emirates, or with scheduled stops from San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago with American Airlines. 

You can take connecting flights to the islands or take the ferry. Airports include Aktion Airport (PVK) for Lefkas, Corfu Airport (CFU), Mykonos Airport (JMK) and Kos International Airport (KGS).

What is the Wi-Fi like in Greece?

Wi-Fi in Greece is accessible in many restaurants, bars and town squares. On the islands, you may find speeds vary depending on the signal. You can buy a Wi-Fi dongle at our bases.

Charter a sailing yacht in Greece with Dream Yacht Charter

Yacht charter Greece

You’ll find your perfect yacht with us for your sailing trip in the Greek Islands.

Greece skippered charters

We can find a skipper to sail for you if you haven’t sailing experience.

Greece Easy Crewed charters

Sail aboard a private yacht with your friends and family with our easy to book and affordable Easy Crewed packages – skipper and water toys included! Choose your own itinerary, with the flexibility to add on a hostess/cook for meals if you’d like.

Greece Sail Share charters

Meet new friends and sail Greece from the beautiful island of Corfu with this sailing adventure including a skipper, hostess, and half-board meals. Low package rates and no sailing experience required!

Sailing itinerary Greece

Our knowledgeable teams have put together suggested itinerary ideas for the Ionian Islands, Cyclades, Dodecanese and Saronic Islands to help you plan your Greece sailing vacation.

Whether you want a one-week Greece itinerary, or you plan to sail Greece for two weeks, we’ve got all the advice you need.

Downloads

Athens, Alimos marina

Base Guide Bareboat pdf 539.67 KB
Crew List Bareboat docx 27.93 KB
Crew List Bareboat doc 822.50 KB
Crewchange Bareboat docx 29.75 KB
Health Declaration Questionnaire Bareboat pdf 69.05 KB
Instructions For The Prevention And Treatment Of Covid Bareboat pdf 719.63 KB
Provisioning List Bareboat pdf 119.82 KB
Provisioning List Bareboat xls 177.50 KB
Refundable Deposit Auth Form Bareboat DOCX 23.59 KB
Return Of Refundable Security Form Updated Bareboat pdf 58.02 KB
Sailing Resume Bareboat doc 50.50 KB
Skippered Agreement Bareboat pdf 158.04 KB

Corfu, Gouvia Marina

Base Guide Bareboat pdf 512.21 KB
Base Guide Sail Share pdf 484.76 KB
Crew List Bareboat docx 27.93 KB
Crew List Bareboat doc 822.50 KB
Crewchange Bareboat docx 29.75 KB
Health Declaration Questionnaire Bareboat pdf 69.05 KB
Instructions For The Prevention And Treatment Of Covid Bareboat pdf 719.63 KB
Provisioning List Bareboat pdf 119.82 KB
Provisioning List Bareboat xls 177.50 KB
Refundable Deposit Auth Form Bareboat DOCX 23.59 KB
Return Of Refundable Security Form Updated Bareboat pdf 58.02 KB
Sailing Resume Bareboat doc 50.50 KB
Skippered Agreement Bareboat pdf 158.04 KB
Special Diets Cabin pdf 92.75 KB

Kos, Kos Marina

Base Guide Bareboat pdf 544.65 KB
Crew List Bareboat docx 27.93 KB
Crew List Bareboat doc 822.50 KB
Crewchange Bareboat docx 29.75 KB
Health Declaration Questionnaire Bareboat pdf 69.05 KB
Instructions For The Prevention And Treatment Of Covid Bareboat pdf 719.63 KB
Provision List Bareboat pdf 119.81 KB
Provisioning List Bareboat xls 177.50 KB
Refundable Deposit Auth Form Bareboat DOCX 23.59 KB
Return Of Refundable Security Form Updated Bareboat pdf 58.02 KB
Sailing Resume Bareboat doc 50.50 KB
Skippered Agreement Bareboat pdf 158.04 KB

Lavrion, main port

Base Guide Bareboat pdf 510.24 KB
Crew List Bareboat docx 27.93 KB
Crew List Bareboat doc 822.50 KB
Crewchange Bareboat docx 29.75 KB
Health Declaration Questionnaire Bareboat pdf 69.05 KB
Instructions For The Prevention And Treatment Of Covid Bareboat pdf 719.63 KB
Provisioning List Bareboat pdf 119.81 KB
Provisioning List Bareboat xls 177.50 KB
Refundable Deposit Auth Form Bareboat DOCX 23.59 KB
Return Of Refundable Security Form Updated Bareboat pdf 58.02 KB
Sailing Resume Bareboat doc 50.50 KB
Skippered Agreement Bareboat pdf 158.04 KB

Lefkas, D-Marin

Base Guide Bareboat pdf 519.12 KB
Crew List Bareboat docx 27.93 KB
Crew List Bareboat doc 822.50 KB
Crewchange Bareboat docx 29.75 KB
Health Declaration Questionnaire Bareboat pdf 69.05 KB
Instructions For The Prevention And Treatment Of Covid Bareboat pdf 719.63 KB
Provision List Bareboat pdf 119.81 KB
Provisioning List Bareboat xls 177.50 KB
Refundable Deposit Auth Form Bareboat DOCX 23.59 KB
Return Of Refundable Security Form Updated Bareboat pdf 58.02 KB
Sailing Resume Bareboat doc 50.50 KB
Skippered Agreement Bareboat pdf 158.04 KB

Why should I book with Dream Yacht?

Dream Yacht Worldwide is now the world’s leading yacht charter company and offers you:

  • A diverse fleet of yachts with a wide variety of models and manufacturers to suit every type of sailor.
  • We have 40+ exciting destinations and we’re a pioneer in finding new sailing grounds.
  • You can be assured of our commitment to customer service excellence.
  • You’ll receive a warm and friendly welcome from our base teams who will share regional tips, recommendations and advice.
  • We’re also a trusted seller of new and used boats and an innovator in charter management options – sailing is our business.

What licenses do I need to hire a yacht and sail myself?

The skipper of a yacht has primary responsibility for the safety of the crew and yacht at all times. Many destinations require just relevant experience demonstrated by a sailing resume.

To charter in the Mediterranean, it is mandatory that you hold a sailing license recognized by the local port authorities for bareboat charters in Italy, Greece, Croatia, Spain, Malta, Montenegro and Turkey. Other destinations that require a license include Madagascar, Seychelles, Thailand, Brazil and Sweden. For Belize, the port authority will issue a certificate of competency and an application is made on arrival.

You must take your proof of competency and original certificate with you on your charter. We advise you to contact our team about your qualifications and destination requirements before booking.

By accepting the yacht contract you are confirming that you and/or members of your crew are capable and competent to sail the yacht in the conditions and cruising area of the charter. We reserve the right not to hand over the yacht if, after inspection, it is the opinion that the charterer is not, or may not be competent to be in charge of the vessel.

What is a skippered yacht charter?

A skippered yacht charter is when you rent one of our boats for you and your guests and a professional skipper sails it for you. No sailing experience is needed.

You will need to choose a yacht with a cabin for your skipper to sleep in as they are responsible for your yacht for the duration of your charter. We will find the skipper for you once you have found your perfect destination and yacht.

You will need to pay for your skipper’s food. You can invite the skipper to dine with you on board or out at a local restaurant.

What is the difference between crewed and by the cabin charters?

Our by the cabin charter charters offer exciting destination tours on a set itinerary crafted by our destination experts. You can book a double cabin and private bathroom and will share the boat with other guests who have booked the other available cabins. You will be looked after by a professional skipper and hostess with itineraries ranging from three to 11 nights. There is a set menu and included meals and drinks vary depending on location.

Can you tell me about your yachts?

Our super premier yachts are less than 12 months old from their first charter date, while premier yachts are less than three years old from their first charter date. Our yachts are well maintained and undergo regular, scheduled technical inspection.

In case of emergency, you can rely on our hotline, at any time, seven days a week. If you experience a technical failure affecting major and important parts of the yacht, we will repair the failure within four hours of receiving your call during working hours (8am to 5pm). If you lose more than four hours (during working hours), we will compensate you for one full day. If the repair takes more than one day, we will provide you with a similar boat or compensate you on a pro-rata basis. If restrictions to this guarantee apply in specific areas, this will be detailed during the charter check-in at the base.

Do I need insurance for my bareboat charter?

We highly recommend you arrange travel insurance in case you need to cancel for an unexpected reason to cover non-refundable deposits. Please make sure you have personal travel insurance that covers sailing.

We will insure the vessel throughout the charter with first-class insurers against all risks, to provide permission to charter as under contract terms and to cover third-party liability.

The following options are available in limited locations:

  • Security Deposit: This varies on the size of the boat and when the boat is returned without damage it is refunded.
  • Damage Waiver: The charterer agrees to pay a non-refundable damage waiver at the time of booking, as well as a reduced damage deposit on embarkation that is refundable upon completion of the charter should no damage occur.

Ever considered a Cabin Cruise?

As pioneers in the industry, Dream Yacht was one of the first to develop the Cabin Cruise concept. It’s an ideal choice for solo or couples travelers seeking relaxed adventure, exotic destinations, and unique local cultures in an intimate, social setting – in comfort at sea.

Our promise

Private accommodations

Comfortable and private standard double cabins with ensuite bathroom

Curated itineraries

Experience world-class destinations, local culture and excursions with our expertly curated itineraries

Accessible

An affordable and intimate experience without the need to book an entire yacht or provide sailing qualifications

Vetted crew

Enjoy our professional crew with a strong local knowledge and friendly service

Full board meals

Enjoy fresh and delicious cuisine prepared and served daily

Choose your mood

Relax on deck socializing with fellow travelers, kayak or snorkel from your yacht, or enjoy exploring ashore

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Simply wonderful! Fred + Isabelle were so accommodating and did so much for us. Isabelle’s food was incredible. Thank you so much!

Laura

Exumas Cabin

Great class. Very professional and great service!

Thomas

Antigua Bareboat

Just what we needed to get out of a year of lockdown, see new places and connect with nature. Highly recommended for your next sailing adventure!

Johan

St. Martin Bareboat

Excellent cruise and wonderful stay on board. Skipper attentive, very pleasant and very professional.

Maxime

Guadeloupe Skippered

I have just returned from another fantastic week of sailing at your base in Pula and would like to thank everyone involved for making this possible at such short notice and without any problems.

Mathias

Guadeloupe Bareboat

The marina itself is a perfect base with super facilities! The Lagoon 42 was in good condition and the skipper was fantastic and knew the area very well.

Jonathan

Croatia Skippered

What an EXCELLENT experience. We just returned from a week long charter with skipper from Corfu, sailing around the beautiful islands of the Ionian Sea. Paxos, Antipaxos and the old town of Corfu were beautiful and the secluded bays we got to visit thanks to our local skipper Nicholas were simply stunning. Fly and Flops was yesterday – we will only charter with Dream Yacht for the foreseeable future.

David

Greece Skippered

Our group of 10 had a WONDERFUL time in French Polynesia from May 21-28, 2022! The food was fantastic: captain and cook, husband and wife: Henry and Mehee (sp) were amazing and the whole experience on board was a dream! We can’t wait to book another trip through Dream Yacht

Katie

Tahiti Crewed Premium

Dream Yacht provided a great sailing experience for my extended family on 2 monohulls from Scrub Island. The boats were in very good condition and perfectly prepared, the staff friendly and helpful. I had worked for a number of charter companies over the years but Dream Yacht is one of the

Charlie

British Virgin Islands Bareboat

The new boat was in perfect condition and best condition for exploring bays and islands. I could never have imagined that this could be so much fun and enjoyable and we are already looking forward to the next upcoming trip in the Ionian Sea.er.

Vytautas

Scandinavia Bareboat

Baja is now my favorite place. There was something for everyone: sailing under northerly winds with mostly calm evenings, snorkeling, fishing, secluded sandy beaches, pelican feedings, being greeted by barking sea lions, and exploring the geology of Ispiritu Santo Island. Dream Yacht Base La Paz provided competent professional support with a well-equipped and maintained boat. We were wonderfully cooked by an on-board chef arranged with Dream Yacht, which meant more free time for all of us. An unforgettable vacation and adventure connected with nature.

Taiyoko

Mexico Crewed Premium

All the staff were fantastic and made our trip a memorable one. Incredibly friendly and welcoming, the food was fantastic. The service throughout the trip was always top notch!

Tommy

Thailand Cabin

Absolutely recommendable. Perfect service. Will charter again and recommend Dream Yacht Charter anytime.

Zahradnik

Turkey Bareboat

I just returned from 3 weeks of fantastic sailing with my family on one of your catamarans in Sardinia. My thanks to our skipper Simone and Daniela, our cook.

Giles

Sardinia Skippered

For a first cruise as a skipper, the Mediterranean is perfect. The service of Dream Yacht is too!

Thomas

France Bareboat

We had an incredible trip and got engaged on our very first night of sailing! We will surely come back one day. We were beginners, we were guided very well and that gave us a lot of confidence.

George

Australia Bareboat

The experience on board far exceeded our expectations. Isabelle provided exceptional three course meals. Her creativity and delicious meals were incredible. Thomas was an excellent skipper, he “felt” our needs. Thanks guys!” Spira, bareboat with crew in New Caledonia.

Spira

New Caledonia Crewed Premium

Once again a fantastic sail with a great crew. Thanks again to a great captain and cook. Was totally fantastic.

Connie

Seychelles Cabin

A very excellent sailing vacation – especially the crew was fantastic. I would sail with Dream Yacht again and highly recommend them.

Mark

Guadeloupe Bareboat

I loved the vacation and am not sure this trip can ever be topped. Everything about it was incredible. The captain and crew were great, helpful, friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. We loved it.

Trina

Greece Crewed Premium

We just returned from one of your Lagoon 52F’s last week in St. Thomas! We had the trip of a lifetime sailing around St. Thomas and St. John!

Megan

US Virgin Islands Bareboat

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