Greece Yacht Charter
A crewed motor yacht charter in Greece is heaven on earth, as you float past ancient temples on clifftops, swim off the back of the yacht in blue-green coves, and step ashore in whitewash-and-windmill villages with painted shutters of Aegean blue.
Alternatively, you might like to indulge in a sailing yacht charter in Greece, racing around breathtaking islands on a strong summer breeze, before dropping anchor to snorkel into a glowing sea cave or walk along towering limestone cliffs above stranded shipwrecks.
Ionian Islands Yacht Charter
Lush, green, and mythic, the Ionian archipelago has some of the finest sights to see on a Greek Islands yacht charter, from the caves of Kefalonia to the Venetian palaces of Corfu.
Zakynthos absolutely stuns with its magnificent Navagio Beach, where a smuggler’s shipwreck sits stranded beneath a ring of mighty cliffs, as well as its glowing blue sea caves carved from the limestone. Kefalonia’s dramatic beauty can’t fail to take the breath away, with mountains falling away into gin-clear seas and mighty caves flooded with ethereal light.
The Cyclades Yacht Charter
From the mighty volcanic caldera of Santorini to the glittering party isle of Mykonos, the Cyclades are a visual feast. A motor yacht charter in the Cyclades will take you to Santorini, where infinity pools and luxury spas edge the clifftop of an ancient volcano, and ancient donkey paths lead down to vivid black and red sand beaches. In Mykonos, the superyachts gather in the port beneath the iconic row of windmills, and guests shop the boutiques along the whitewashed lanes and dance in beach clubs by the sapphire sea.
For more staggering scenery but without the crowds, you might visit one of the Cyclades ‘secret’ islands, such as Folegandros, where the sunset views from the deliriously pretty hilltop village easily rival those of Santorini, or the island of Milos, home of surreal, moonscape beaches and hot springs.
For those seeking history, the open air sculpture museum of the sacred island of Delos is a must, while the wealthy island of Andros is magnificent for its forested mountains, splendid waterfalls, and secluded coves.
Athenian Riviera and Saronic Gulf
Just outside Athens lies a stunning coastline of hidden treasures and blissful islands of the Saronic Gulf.
Begin your crewed motor yacht charter in Athens, where you’ll visit the awe-inspiring Parthenon and dine on a flowery roof terrace in the old town of Plaka. Your yacht will then cruise along the wealthy Athenian Riviera, stopping to enjoy the decadent beach clubs of Glyfada and the emerald hot springs of Lake Vouliagmeni.
From there, it’s out into the Saronic Gulf to visit the famed island of Hydra, where the yachting set gathers in a place often likened to St Tropez, and across to picturesque Poros to swim in pine-fringed coves. The idyllic island of Spetses is next, where you’ll still see horses and carriages pass along a waterfront lined with neoclassical facades and pavement cafes, before heading to the Peloponnese peninsula on the mainland, where Porto Heli beckons with its swanky seaside glamour.
The remote Dodecanese Islands are sprawled across the eastern Aegean like lazily scattered jewels, stretching from the far side of the Cyclades to the Turkish coastline. Each of the 15 islands is stunningly unique, from the archaeological treasures of Rhodes, one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, to the supremely picturesque island of Kastellorizo, its jumble of colourful buildings located just three miles off Turkey’s Turquoise Coast.
For an experience not to be forgotten on your sailing yacht charter in Greece, visit the rugged, mountainous island of Nisyros, where sugar-cube villages perch on the edge of an active volcano, and art galleries and hot springs are found along the blackened, vertiginous coast. Meanwhile, you can surf, hike and mountain bike on the island of Karpathos, or visit Symi, where the picture-perfect harbour is lined with fading neoclassical mansions, traditional tavernas, and brightly painted fishing boats.
Patmos is an island of religious pilgrimage where Saint John is said to have written the Book of Revelation, and pretty Kos is the most verdant of the chain, as well as having the best beaches.
The Sporades are blessed with some of the finest beaches in Greece, and beautiful landscapes of pine and olive trees edging secluded coves. With only four of the archipelago’s 24 islands inhabited, the Sporades are a yacht charter destination for those who dream of getting off the beaten track.
Pretty Skiathos is a walker’s dream, with trails leading through the forest, along the rocky coast, and inland to the lake. The island of Alonnisos is home to a superb marine park, where you might see the vanishingly rare Mediterranean monk seal, or swim with the resident dolphins. Skopelos, made briefly famous by its appearance in the film Mamma Mia, charms with its sky-high chapel and beautiful beaches, while Skyros shows off with its whitewashed hill villages overlooking the Aegean.
Create your Dream Greece Yacht Charter
With extraordinary history, delicious cuisine, and scenery straight out of a Conde Nast photo shoot, it’s no wonder that Greece is one of the great yacht charter destinations on earth. To organise a crewed motor yacht charter in Greece or sailing yacht charter in Greece, speak to the yacht brokerage experts at Engels & Völkers Yachting.
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