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Greece

Greece Yacht Charter & Sailing Holiday

The home of Western civilization

With more than 8,000 miles of coastline and over 2,000 islands to discover, the best way to experience Greece and her many destinations is by boat. A Greek sailing holiday allows you to explore the ruins of ancient Greece, sample some traditional mezé at friendly waterside tavernas, and stop off at some of the country’s famous party islands for the best nightlife in the Med.

Take the helm of a beautiful chartered yacht and experience prolonged periods of open-water sailing as you strike out for the scattered Saronic Islands, or enjoy easy line-of-sight exploration through the famous Heptanese Islands off Greece’s west coast.

Sailing in Greece is a near-mythical blend of line-of-sight cruising and longer, more challenging passages. The Ionian Sea’s light winds and warm waters invite sailors of all abilities to take on a real adventure, while the Saronic caters for those looking for a more testing voyage. Set sail from our base in Lefkas for some classic Greek island hopping, or go to Corfu for some steady coastal cruising. Our Athens Zea base is the ideal launchpad for trips into the Cyclades and wider Saronic.

Explore Greece

An ancient civilisation

Situated at the crossroads of Asia, Europe and Africa, it’s hardly surprising that Greece has given rise to some of the greatest early civilisations in human history. The ruins and relics of these civilisations remain today, just waiting for intrepid travellers to rediscover them on an awe-inspiring Greek sailing holiday. 

Considered the birthplace of philosophy, democracy, theatre and many of the modern sciences, Greece has a legacy that few other destinations on Earth can match. Sail through the Ionian and Aegean seas and encounter ancient history, broad sandy beaches, welcoming tavernas and nightspots that never sleep.

Grecian highlights

From the ancient capital of Athens to the picturesque island of Corfu in the north and unspoilt Lefkas in the east, Greece is a country of unparalleled variety, profound culture, rich history and natural beauty.

Greece’s quiet, traditional fishing villages, cosmopolitan cities and secluded anchorages provide a perfect alternative to the country’s lively party spots. The Aegean islands are ideal for diving and snorkelling, with incredible local wildlife including rare sea turtles for those lucky enough to spot them. With so much to see and do on a Greek sailing holiday, one trip is barely enough.

Buy More Time to Explore

Start your Grecian sailing adventure at 3 p.m. by requesting an Early Boarding*. Use that extra time to settle in and embark on your adventure hours ahead of schedule. Contact your Vacation Planning Specialist today and ask for early boarding.

*Early boarding is a pre-paid extra. Subject to availability on request.

Where is the best place to sail in Greece?

Whether you’ve been soaking up the incredible sights of Greece for years or this is your first time exploring the Aegean and Ionian Seas, you’ll want to ensure your itinerary takes you to the best spots in the whole Mediterranean for relaxation, adventure, fun and, of course, sailing. 

Athens

Set sail from Athens and experience history like never before. After uncovering ancient ruins and temples on shore, take the helm and sail to the traditional fishing village of Perdika. Explore the mountains of Methana and take in the breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea. Explore further afield and sail around the Cyclades, discovering islands such as Mykonos and Paros.

Lefkas

Sailing in Lefkas offers a unique and enchanting experience as you cruise around the mesmerising Ionian Islands. Learn about the cultural richness of Lefkas as you wander around the castles and ancient ruins of Prevesa. Moor up on Sivota Mourtos and snorkel in the crystal clear waters. Love water sports? Head to Lakka where you’ll enjoy a thrilling afternoon of windsurfing and water skiing.

Corfu

Do you want your sailing holiday in Greece to have the perfect balance of beautiful beaches, stunning scenery, gorgeous architecture, delicious food and plenty of opportunities for relaxing? Climb aboard one of our world-class yachts and cruise around Corfu. Whether you soak up the sun on Voutoumi Beach, tuck into freshly caught seafood in Petriti or spend your afternoon taking in the sights of Corfu’s Old Town, we know you’ll have a holiday to remember.

What are the best things to do in Greece?

Your Greece sailing itinerary will differ depending on which of our bases you set sail from. One thing is for sure, you will find something for everyone to enjoy no matter where you visit in Greece! Take a look at some of the best things to do in Greece, depending on whether you’re exploring AthensCorfu or Lefkas.

Relaxing

Greece is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, many of which are quiet, secluded and perfect for switching off from the world. During your Athens sailing charter, sunbathe on the golden sands of Mikro Beach. Book a Corfu yacht holiday and discover the beautiful Chomi Beach, only accessible by boat. Heading to Lefkas? Relax in the crystal clear water that surrounds Milos Beach.

Exploring 

No matter which of our incredible sailing destinations you book, you’ll have opportunities to explore and uncover Greek treasures around every corner. Cruise around the Ionian Islands and discover uninhabited islands. Moor up and wander around traditional villages, learning about their history. Scuba dive in the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea and come face to face with marine life.

Eating and drinking

Much like many of our Mediterranean destinations, Greece is renowned for its incredible cuisine. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite to eat before heading off for a day of exploring, want to experience traditional Greek appetisers for lunch or can’t wait to try fresh dishes for dinner, your mouth will be watering all day. A few of our favourite Greek dishes you should try include Tzatziki, Courgette Balls, Dolmades and Briam.

Underwater adventures

Whether you’re on a fun-filled family holiday or want to try something new as a couple, the Aegean and Ionian Seas are perfect for snorkelling, scuba diving, windsurfing, kitesurfing and so much more. Scuba dive down to the Kyra Leni Wreck near Athens and count how many lobsters you come across. Snorkel amongst the countless rock formations at Paleokastritsa in Corfu. Want a challenge? Moor up at Agios Ioannis in Lefkas and try your hand at kitesurfing.

History and culture

When you think of Greece, you likely picture ancient ruins, temples, castles, and a rich history. One of the most historically important places in the world, wherever you are in Greece, you’ll expand your mind and learn something new everyday. Some of our top historical sights in Greece include:

  • The Acropolis
  • The Castle of Agia Maura
  • Temple of Hephaestus
  • Temple of Poseidon
  • The Achilleion Palace
  • Old Fortress of Corfu
  • Agias Mavras Fort

When is the best time to visit Greece?

The best time to visit Greece is between April and October.

Greece is the ideal Summer holiday destination for familiescouplesgroups and first-time sailors. With hot temperatures and a low tidal range, you can enjoy a Summer of snorkelling, island hopping, sunbathing, swimming, exploring, eating authentic Greek cuisine and so much more!

The sailing season in Greece is long, which means you also have the option of booking your yacht charter outside of term time if you’re looking for a quiet, peaceful sailing holiday. 

The Winter months bring windier and wetter sailing conditions which is why some of our bases, such as Lefkas, close between November and April. If you’re looking for a Winter sun sailing holiday, why not have a look at our dreamy Caribbean sailing destinations?

What are the sailing conditions in Greece like?

Greece is a sensational sailing destination, thanks to its warm weather, crystal clear waters, prevailing winds and cloudless days. Several of our Greek bases are ideal for first-time sailors due to the fantastic sailing conditions.

Depending on which of our bases you’re setting sail from, you could enjoy sizzling Summer temperatures of up to 32°C. This makes it the perfect weather for hiring a skipper and spending your days sunbathing up on the deck of your catamaran.

Prevailing winds that you need to be aware of in Greece include:

  • The Meltemi
  • The Sirocco
  • The Maestral

Take a look at the ‘sailing conditions’ tab for our AthensCorfu and Lefkas bases to learn more about the average temperatures, rainfall and wind speeds.

How much does a yacht charter in Greece cost?

Design your own Greek adventure with Sunsail.

You have the freedom to decide everything, including:

Your idyllic yacht charter in Greece will vary in cost depending on what your vision of the perfect sailing holiday looks like. Choose your base and build a quote today to find out how much your yacht charter in Greece will cost.

How much are the mooring fees in Greece?

marinas, you may be expected to pay a 50-60% supplement if you are sailing on a catamaran.

You’ll find cheaper mooring fees in Greece than any other destination in the Mediterranean, so you’ll only need to allocate a small budget to mooring fees. 

It depends on which marina you moor up at on your Greece sailing holiday as to how much you will need to pay. 

Other factors include:

  • The size of your catamaran or monohull
  • How long you plan on staying to explore the wonders of each island
  • The time of year

Take a look at our AthensCorfu and Lefkas bases to learn more about mooring fees in specific parts of Greece.

How long does it take to sail Greece?

Discover Greece’s natural beauty, stunning beaches, vibrant culture and rich history in your own way. Whether you want to explore one day and sunbathe the next, or uncover a new wonder everyday, you can chart your own destiny when you sail with Sunsail.

With Sunsail, you have the freedom to decide how long you want to spend cruising around the Aegean and Ionian Seas. We have bespoke itineraries for each of our destinations in Greece, ranging from one-two weeks. This offers the perfect amount of time to explore secluded coves, snorkel among the marine life, taste incredible Greek cuisine, relax on beaches and still have time to island hop.

If you have any questions about the length of your Greek sailing holiday, or any of our carefully-crafted CorfuAthens or Lefkas itineraries, please get in touch with us today.

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