Greece is the most favourite of the yacht charter destinations in the world with deep blue skies, white villages, vibrant nightlife, clear shimmering waters, breathtaking scenery and delectable dining. Greece has an enticing mystique with it’s ancient history, the marvelous climate or the warm hospitality of its people while you cruise the hundreds of miles of picturesque, unspoiled coastline and sparkling clear waters.
The most popular sailing areas:
Athens, the Argo-Saronic gulfs and the eastern Peloponese
The Ionian islands
The Sporades islands, Volos and Evia
The Cyclades islands
The Dodecanese islands
Explore the magnificent Greek waters and idyllic islands, perfect beaches, indulge in authentic Greek cuisine and immerse yourself in the unique culture that each island has to offer.
The Greece Charter Yachts season in Greece starts early April and ends in November. April, May and June offers an abundance of flowers and lush green islands due to the spring rains. This particularly concerns the Cyclades and Dodecanese, which will gradually turn dry and barren during the high season. The Ionian and Northern Aegean islands will remain green throughout the whole season.
High Season offers the following:
A lot of tourists on the popular islands of Mykonos, Ios, Santorini, Kos, Rhodes, Lesvos, etc.
The strong Meltemi wind could be a nuisance in the Aegean Sea.
All tavernas, museums and mineral baths will be open.
In September and October the amount of tourists will drop dramatically with steady winds in the Ionian (Maistro wind) and no Meltemi winds in the Aegean.
Greece has been known since ancient times as Hellas. It has a population of 11 million. Athens is the nation’s capital and largest city. Greece declared independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1822 and it joined the EU in 1981. Greece has a large number of islands ranging from around 1,200 to 6,000 depending on the minimum size. The number of inhabited islands is between 166 and 227. The largest Greek island by area is Crete, located at the southern edge of the Aegean Sea. It is a yacht rental paradise with numerous uninhabited islands to explore!
Official language : Greek
Total area : 131,957 km2
Population : 10,816,000
Currency : Euro(€)
Greece Yacht Charter “Must Do”
Discover Greece’s ancient world and mythology in its abundance of archaeological sites and the most popular Acropolis which rises high and proud and visible from any corner of Athens showing off the renowned Parthenon. With one of the Mediterranean’s hottest and driest summer climates, you’re guaranteed to experience an unforgettable summer with a tan to make everyone jealous. Enjoy freshly caught calamari and Greek delicacies made from local, home-grown produce.
Non EU members apply for a Schengen Visa from your nearest Greek Embassy or Consulate.
Health and Safety Advice
|AXD||Alexandroupolis International Airport “Dimokritos/Democritus”|
|ATH||Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”|
|CHQ||Chania International Airport “Ioannis Daskalogiannis”|
|CFU||Corfu International Airport “Ioannis Kapodistrias”|
|HER||Heraklion International Airport “Nikos Kazantzakis”|
|KLX||Kalamata International Airport “Captain Vassilis Constantakopoulos”|
|KVA||Kavala International Airport “Megas Alexandros”|
|EFL||Kefalonia Island International Airport “Odysseas/Ulisse”|
|KGS||Kos Island International Airport “Ippokratis/Hippocrates”|
|LXS||Lemnos International Airport “Hephaestos”|
|MJT||Mytilene International Airport “Odysseas Elytis”|
|RHO||Rhodes International Airport “Diagoras”|
|SMI||Samos International Airport “Aristarchos of Samos”|
|SKG||Thessaloniki International Airport “Makedonia/Macedonia”|
|ZTH||Zakynthos International Airport “Dionysios Solomos”|
Flight time from UK: Approx 4 hours.
Please note that normally Greek boat charters depart from Athens (Pireaus and surrounding areas) unless arranged otherwise.
The weather in Greece and its islands is best enjoyed from May to September. Island temperatures typically reach the mid-30°C in the country’s hottest months (July and August). Some islands such as Corfu enjoy slightly more comfortable temperatures reaching the mid-high 20°C. Crete, however, can reach the low 40°C in its southern parts.
New Greece Boat Rental VAT rates:
According to the new Greek Law VAT is now 24% instead of 23%.
The new rate of VAT is due for all charters executed in Greece from 1st of June 2016 onwards, irrespective of the date the charter contract was signed. The new VAT rates are as follows:
A. Charter duration of 3 days or more
- Category I, vessels entitled to perform International cruises: Discount 60%, therefore the applicable VAT rate is 9,6%.
- Category II, vessels entitled to perform Long Range cruises within the Greek waters: Discount 50%, therefore the applicable VAT rate is 12%.
B. Charter duration up to 48 hours
- There is no discount for cruises up to 48 hours, regardless of a vessel’s category, therefore full VAT of 24% is due.