There’s a lifetime of adventure across the waters of the Ionian and Aegean Seas, surrounding the European country of Greece. From exploring ancient Greek ruins in Athens to lounging on breathtaking, cliffside beaches, Greece offers delights for boaters, history buffs, shoppers and food enthusiasts alike.
With 315 cloudless days, steady winds and 80°F weather during the peak sailing season, vacationers hit the waters every April to October. Yacht charterers can choose from several vastly different itineraries, or plot their own course on a bareboat excursion. Island hop within the Cyclades, Dodecanese, Sporades or Ionians— much like you would in the Caribbean — or extend your stay to explore multiple regions. The choice is yours when sailing between the Greek islands.
No matter where you anchor, Greece is lined with lush greenery, brilliant blue backdrops and charming architecture. From the coastline of Athens to faraway island escapes in the Aegean, the southern side offers days of adventure. Likewise, Greece’s western Ionian Sea welcomes many yachters, all eager to see the pastel-colored buildings of Corfu or pass the time on the open sea. The region’s annual events are the cherry on top of your international getaway— extra fun with locals, to immerse yourself deep into Mediterranean culture.
Greece and its many neighboring islands commemorate the region’s rich culture with a number of events and activities throughout the year. Whether you attend the Athens Epidaurus Festival for unbelievable theater, ballet, opera and jazz performances or join in on unique European unification or independence day celebrations, there’s no way you won’t leave without a greater appreciation for the Mediterranean. Explore what’s happening the month of your Greece yacht charter and pencil in time to mingle with locals.
There’s no short supply of sun in the Mediterranean. Greece in particular experiences roughly 315 beautiful, cloudless days a year. During the region’s sailing season— from April to October— you’ll find clear horizons and pleasant temperatures. Midsummer is a favorite time to charter, as the winds are most gentle and the evenings long, perfect for enjoying colorful sunsets.
The waters of the Aegean and Ionian seas are affected by two dominant winds— Meltemi and Sirocco— however, the intensities will vary on the time of year you travel and which region of Greece you sail. For example, those in the Saronic Gulf (near Athens) often enjoy its more flat waters. But because winds can reach up to 40 knots and be quite unpredictable almost anywhere, all Greece yacht charters must have previous sailing experience, a license and at least one certified skipper aboard. Overall, warm 70-80°F breezes and the variety of itineraries make any cruising day a thrilling adventure.
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Because we offer several different sample itineraries for Greece yacht charters, those who travel with us launch and depart from a number of different Mediterranean ports. No matter if you’re exploring the Ionian Islands, the Cyclades or the Dodecanese Islands, many travelers arrive via the Athens International Airport (ATH) or the Mykonos International Airport (JMK). From the U.S., various airlines, including Emirates, offer direct flights from certain cities. Or, oftentimes cheaper connections are an option through American Airlines.
Passports are required for U.S. citizens who visit Greece, and bareboaters must come with a special sailing license to hit the waters. Although traveling to Europe can be lengthy, it’s well worth it! Our team at VI Sailing can help you find lodging, should you need to book a hotel prior to or after your charter, as well as to provide options for trip insurance. Just give us a call. We make sailing the Mediterranean a breeze!