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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 holiday 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 holiday 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 holiday 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.

Greece catamaran yacht on blue sea

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 any sailing experience.

Sail Share Greece

If a whole yacht is more than you need, reserve a cabin and discover the joys of social sailing at low package rates on a Sail Share holiday leaving from beautiful Corfu.



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 extras.

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 holiday.

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

What is the cancellation policy for Sail Share?

We highly recommend you arrange travel insurance in case you need to cancel for an unexpected reason to cover non-refundable deposits.

Our Sail Share cabin cancellation fees are:

  • More than 90 days before original embarkation date: 25% of the charter fee
  • 89 – 60 days before original embarkation date: 50% of the charter fee
  • 59 – 30 days before original embarkation date: 75% of the charter fee
  • Fewer than 29 days before original embarkation date: 100% of the charter fee

How flexible is the itinerary for a Sail Share charter?

Our yacht itineraries are designed by our destination experts and are set to showcase the best of the destination’s highlights. They are set and not flexible, even if you book all the cabins.

What happens if the weather changes while sailing on a Sail Share charter?

The skipper may decide to change the itinerary if there is bad weather.

Can I choose which cabin I want when I book a Sail Share?

Choose a double cabin with shared bath, or private bath for an additional fee.

Are there child or age restrictions for Sail Share?

Minimum Age: 16 years old

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 accomodations

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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Absolutely amazing! Fred + Isabelle were so accommodating and did so much for us. Isabelle’s food was incredible. Thanks so much!

Laura

Exumas Cabin

Excellent. Very professional and great service!

Thomas

Antigua Bareboat

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

Johan

St. Martin Bareboat

Excellent cruise and very good stay. Skipper attentive, very pleasant and very professional.

Maxime

Guadeloupe Skippered

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

Mathias

Croatia Bareboat

The marina itself is a perfect starting point with great facilities! The Lagoon 42 was in good condition and the skipper was amazing and very knowledgeable of the area.”

Jonathan

Spain Skippered

What an AMAZING experience. We’ve just returned from a week long skippered charter from Corfu, sailing around the beautiful islands of the Ionian. Paxos, Antipaxos and Corfu Old Town were beautiful and the secluded bays we had the pleasure of visiting thanks to our local skipper, Nicholas, were simply overwhelming. Fly and flops are no longer for us – we’ll be chartering with DYC for the foreseeable future.

David

Greece Skippered

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

Katie

Tahiti Crewed Premium

DYC provided a great sailing experience for my extended family on 2 monos out of Scrub Island. The boats were in great shape and preformed perfectly and the staff were friendly and helpful. Having worked for a number of charter companies over the years DYC is one of the best.

Charlie

British Virgin Islands Bareboat

Baja is my favorite place now. There was something for everyone: sailed under northerlies with mostly calm evenings, snorkeled, fished, bummed it on the sandy beaches, enchanted by pelicans feeding, greeted by the barking sea lions and explored the Ispiritu Santo island geology. DYC La Paz base provided competent professional support with a well provisioned and maintained boat. We were nourished well by an onboard cook arranged with DYC freeing us all for more play. A vacation and an adventure connected with nature.

Taiyoko

Mexico Crewed Premium

All staff were fantastic and made our trip very memorable. Incredibly friendly and welcoming, the food was amazing. The service throughout the trip was always first class!

Tommy

Thailand Cabin

Absolutely recommended. Perfect service and set up. Will charter again and will recommend Dream Yacht Charter anytime.

Zahradnik

Turkey Bareboat

I just returned from 3 weeks of amazing sailing with my family on one of your catamarans in Sardinia. I would like to express my thanks to our skipper Simone and Daniela, our hostess.

Giles

Sardinia Bareboat

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

Thomas

France Bareboat

We had an incredible trip and actually got engaged on the first night of our sail! We will certainly be back one day. Thank you for getting us ready for our charter. We were definitely beginners but he gave us a very thorough but very easy to follow training and it gave us a lot of confidence.

George

Australia 

The on board experience was way beyond our expectations. Isabelle provided exceptional three course meals. We could not believe her creativity and delicious meals. Thomas was an excellent skipper. He was always on the lookout for our needs. Thanks guys!” Spira, New Caledonia bareboat with crew charter

Spira

New Caledonia Bareboat

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

Connie

Seychelles Easy Crewed

It’s always a pleasure sailing with DYC in the UK. Great team, great boats, great sailing. Very flexible and work hard to make your trip a success. Many thanks.

Derek

Brittany Cabin

Unforgettable spots to snorkel and beaches. Very experienced crew. Highly recommend.

Simone

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