Yacht Charter Greece

Discover the passionate, colorful, and intoxicating way of life that the Greeks have been perfecting for centuries on a yacht charter in Greece.

A superyacht charter in Greece promises idyllic scenery in spades. Sitting at the crossroads of three continents, Europe, Asia, and Africa, Greece has been a mecca of civilization for millennia and a great place to bring your luxury yacht. You will be impressed by the sacred terrain drenched in sunshine and history dating back to 270,000 B.C. The Greeks boast a unique and lively culture and warm hospitality that is all their own. Beautiful white-washed towns are the perfect backdrop for lounging on the decks of your luxury yacht, enjoying local gastronomy, and drinking ouzo, a dry anise-flavored aperitif that Greeks say “makes the spirit.”

Why Charter a Yacht in Greece?

Explore Greece at your own pace, cruising the azure blue waters of the Mediterranean, Aegean, and Ionian Seas while enjoying all the luxuries of your own yacht.

If you want to enjoy luxury skippered yacht charters in Greece, the experts at Northrop & Johnson can help. With access to the finest superyachts for charter in the Mediterranean, including those built by pedigree shipbuilders, we can guarantee you a once-in-a-lifetime vacation on the water. Contact our Greece yacht charters specialists today.

Athens, the capital of Greece and a crucial hub for human culture and knowledge

History buffs will be in awe at Greece’s myriad of other ancient ruins and treasures during a Greece yacht rental. Home to the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the hilltop citadel, and a variety of other precious fortunes, Athens, on mainland Greece, is the capital and veritable birthplace of the country.

Here, the tales of Grecian heroes and epic battles against the prevailing gods were born. The city is also claimed to be the birthplace of Western civilization. As you wander through the streets of antiquity, take in the history that abounds, enjoying and exploring every moment. Athens isn’t just old-world, however, as the city has grown to a more cosmopolitan section. You can plan to spend a day ashore in the Psiri district of Athens, a trendy spot to shop, dine, and enjoy a night on the town. Afterward, head back to the comfort of your yacht for a nightcap, followed by a restful sleep in your beautifully appointed stateroom.

Exploring Poros and the Peloponnese on a Greek journey

Just south of Athens, you will find Poros, a small pair of islands in the Saronic Gulf. This archipelago is easily accessible from the mainland and is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enter into a world of pure perfection with our Greece yacht charters cruising the ionian sea. Despite its size, only 31 square kilometers, Poros is home to many irresistible beaches, fascinating archeological sites — including the Sanctuary of Poseidon — and a picturesque little town that will make you feel like you’re in a storybook. The laid-back atmosphere combined with lively tavernas makes Poros a must-visit while on a luxury boat rental to Greece. Don’t skip a stop in Peloponnese, a stunning region in south Greece and an incredible location to explore and admire. There you will find ancient relics and ruins amongst ancient Olympia, where the first Olympics were held in honor of Zeus.

Thessaloniki is widely renowned as the cultural capital of Greece. Situated in Macedonia, the city is heaving with history. Ancient Byzantine walls surround the city and protect its museums, galleries and cultural enclaves. Foodies will appreciate the abundance of incredible restaurants found in Thessaloniki, where you can indulge in fantastic cultural delights and delicacies. Featuring the most incredible Grecian-style fare, diners will be delighted by the options available. Just south of Thessaloniki is the Halkidiki region, which is famous for its incredible sweeping views and beautiful beaches. Have breakfast aboard your luxury yacht in the Aegean Sea, then spend your day lazing on the sand and enjoying lively beachclubs, nightclubs and bars in the evening.

Get in touch with a yacht broker in Greece

Northrop & Johnson is a leading international yacht brokerage with access to the best and most luxurious yachts for charter, including in Greece. With offices in the heart of Monaco, our yacht charter brokers boast unparalleled Greece expertise and market intelligence. We take pride in listening to our client’s needs and crafting exceptional charter itineraries in and around Greece. Rent a superyacht in Greece and enjoy the ultimate vacation on the water. Contact our yacht brokers in Monaco today if you want to charter a luxury yacht in Greece. We will be thrilled to assist you on your yachting journey, showing you the sample itinerary before creating a unique experience for you.

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Charter Highlights Greece

  • Take to the land and explore the world's first Olympic Stadium
  • Visit the National Archaeological Museum in Athens and immerse yourself in Greek mythology and history
  • Relax and dine at the Acropolis Museum Restaurant
  • Take in a movie at the charming open-air Thision Cinema
  • Enjoy Greek fare and stunning views at the cafe atop Mount Lycabettus
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Yacht Charter Greece Guide: FAQs

Why charter a superyacht in Greece?

  • Laid-back atmosphere: A superyacht charter in Greece will be defined by the relaxed atmosphere of the islands and its people.
  • Guaranteed sunshine all year round.
  • Variety of different islands: Every Greek island has its own charm and character.
  • A true retreat: The beautiful nature and coastlines will appeal to all nature-and health-focused charterers.
  • Crystal-clear waters: Best enjoyed aboard a private charter yacht.
  • Merge of cultures: It doesn’t get more historically interesting than the Ionian Islands. Under successive invasions by Phoenicians, Romans, and Greeks, the Ionian Islands have a unique mix of cultural heritage.
  • Meet people: Greece is a hub of the jet set. Mykonos, especially, is ideal for meeting new people and old friends.
  • Incredible coffee: Corfu is not just one of the biggest Greek islands, but it is also known for some of the best coffee in the world!
  • An ideal place for watersports: Check with your yacht charter broker which toys will be a must on Greece yacht charters.

What are the best Greek Islands to explore during a private yacht charter?

Greece boasts thousands of islands spread across several chains: The Dodecanese Islands, the Cyclades Islands, the Saronic Islands, the Aegean Islands, the Ionian Islands, and the Sporades. All offer stunning natural beauty and superb cruising grounds.

An island-hopping adventure in Greece can mean visiting an island group, multiple islands across several island chains, or just visiting a few islands in one archipelago. With a bespoke itinerary tailored to meet your precise needs, the choice is yours.

Some of the most popular destinations in Greece include:

  • Santorini – Part of the Cyclades Islands
  • Mykonos – Part of the Cyclades Islands
  • Crete – Part of the Aegean Islands
  • Rhodes – Part of the Dodecanese Islands
  • Corfu – Part of the Ionian Islands
  • Zakynthos – Part of the Ionian Islands
  • Hydra – Part of the Saronic Islands

If you want to explore Greece’s stunning natural beauty, ancient history, incredible Greek culture, and crystal-clear waters aboard a luxury crewed superyacht, contact the Greece yacht charter brokers at Northrop & Johnson.

What's better, a motor yacht charter or a sailing yacht charter in Greece?

Whether you charter a motor yacht or sailing yacht in Greece depends on your preferences.

Motor yachts are roomier, so you may prefer a motor yacht if you want a luxurious sailing experience with plenty of space and amenities.

If you are looking for an adventure and want to truly experience the Greek coastlines, then a sailing yacht is the right choice. Sailing vacations have advantages over a holiday aboard a luxury motor yacht, such as lower fuel costs and quieter cruising. Sailing yachts are also the right choice for those wishing to enjoy the sheer thrill of harnessing the power of Mother Nature.

Ultimately, it all comes down to your personal boating preferences and if you desire the comfort and convenience of a motor boat. Whether you want to island hop the Greek Islands aboard a luxury motor yacht or sailing vessel, Northrop & Johnson can connect you with your ideal crewed superyacht. Contact our team today.

What to do on a Greek yacht charter?

  • Discover Greece’s rich history, including the fascinating architectural sites of ancient Greece
  • Explore the best hiking spots throughout the islands. One of the best is the Cypress Trail on the island of Kefalonia, which starts from the village of Fiskardo.
  • Indulge in the nightlife of Mykonos and Santorini, two islands that never sleep.
  • Relax on some of the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean, including ultra-exclusive beach clubs
  • Enjoy an island-hopping adventure and explore some of Greece’s most beautiful islands and lesser-known, secluded anchorages
  • Dine on spectacular Greek cuisine at local tavernas and Michelin-starred restaurants – make sure you try the local ouzo!
  • Explore designer boutiques in Athens on mainland Greece
  • Sink beneath the waves and discover vibrant coral reefs, colorful marine life, and fascinating shipwrecks
  • Visit Navagio Beach – commonly known as Shipwreck Beach – on the island of Zakynthos. The beach is home to a wrecked ship and is accessible only by boat due to the majestic bluffs that surround it. The beach is known for its spectacular turquoise waters.

How much does a superyacht charter in Greece cost?

The cost of a yacht rental in Greece will depend on the size of the vessel, its onboard amenities, and its year of delivery, as well as your chosen itinerary, length of charter, and time of year. Expect a luxury yacht rental in Greece to start from US$50,000 per week, with the world’s finest superyacht charters costing upwards of 1 million plus. Northrop & Johnson boasts an exquisite fleet of yachts for charter in the Mediterranean, including Greece. Our charter specialists will listen to your needs and then handpick a selection of vessels.

What is the VAT for chartering a yacht in Greece?

All yacht charters in Greece are subject to a VAT fee, with the VAT dependent on the length of the charter. Northrop & Johnson will advise on the total VAT cost and manage the payment for you, leaving you free to enjoy your time at sea.

What are the best places to embark on Greek yacht charters?

The best places to embark on a Greek yacht holiday include Athens, Mykonos, Rhodes, Corfu, and Thessaloniki.

  • Athens: Embark at Piraeus Port in Athens after flying in directly to Athens International Airport.
  • Mykonos: Fly directly to Mykonos International Airport and start your yacht rental on this picturesque island.
  • Rhodes: Not only is Rhodes a UNESCO World Heritage site, but its Mandraki Marina & Port offers amenities for all yachting needs.
  • Corfu: Not only does Corfu have a great port to embark on your yacht rental, but Ioannis Kapodistrias Airport ensures a smooth arrival to Greece.
  • Thessaloniki: If you want to explore the Northern Sporades islands, the Port of Thessaloniki is the best starting point for your next charter.

Which islands in Greece have their own airports?

  • Athens
  • Chania
  • Corfu
  • Heraklion
  • Karpathos
  • Kefalonia
  • Kos
  • Lefkada
  • Lemnos
  • Lesvos
  • Mykonos
  • Rhodes
  • Samos
  • Santorini
  • Skiathos
  • Zakynthos

What is the best time to cruise the Greek islands?

The best time to enjoy a cruise aboard a luxury yacht in the Greek islands is spring – April to June – summer months, and fall – September to October. These months are less busy than the peak months of summer, July and August, yet the weather is still warm, and there is little chance of rain.

The sea temperature is at its warmest during September and October, having been warmed by the summer sun, making these months ideal for those wanting to maximize time on the water and make use of their yacht’s tenders and water toys. The winter months in Greece are cooler, with a much higher chance of rain, so they are the least popular months for a Greek yacht charter.

What's the wind like in Greece, and is it good for sailing?

The wind in Greece is legendary. Known as The Meltemi, or the Etesian wind, it blows from the end of June through to the end of August. This dry northern wind blows mainly in the afternoons, which means that most motor yachts will move in the morning, while sailing yachts will harness the wind in the afternoon, when it is typically at its strongest, providing truly spectacular sailing conditions. The Meltemi only affects island groups in the Aegean Sea, not those in the Ionian Sea, which is too far west. Yacht captains boast in-depth knowledge coupled with state-of-the-art cruising and navigational technology, ensuring charterers are kept safe at all times and enjoy a comfortable cruise. They will also be able to adapt itineraries if needed.

What are the best groups to go on a yacht charter in Greece?

Multiple groups can enjoy a yacht rental in Greece; however, Greece is an in-demand destination for families. This is because the many islands of Greece offer something for everyone, ensuring amazing itineraries that will suit everyone in your group. The charter specialists at Northrop & Johnson boast in-depth knowledge of Greece and the Saronic Gulf and can tailor itineraries and experiences to meet your group’s needs.

Is a yacht rental in Greece good for older people?

Absolutely, luxury yacht charters are accessible for all, with itineraries and experiences tailored to meet the needs of all age groups. Greece offers fantastic experiences ideally suited to more mature charterers, including world-class museums and fascinating ancient ruins and historical sites, many of which are UNESCO-listed sites. Additionally, Northrop & Johnson boasts a superb fleet of accessible yachts, ideal for those with mobility issues. An accessible yacht will feature wider passageways, providing ease of access for wheelchair users, elevators to all decks, easy-access shower facilities, larger gangways, and strategically placed handrails throughout the vessel. Contact our charter specialists today if you want to visit Greece aboard a luxury crewed yacht.

How do I book a yacht charter Greece?

The best way to book a skippered yacht charter vacation in Greece is via a reputable yacht brokerage, such as Northrop & Johnson. As a leading global brokerage, we have access to a global fleet of luxury yachts for charter, including the finest superyachts for Greece charters. Not only will our team connect you with your ideal vessel, but they will also work with the boat’s Captain to craft a custom crewed charter itinerary with bespoke experiences tailored to meet your needs.

What water sports equipment should I ask for to cruise the Greek Islands?

Greece’s crystal-clear blue waters make it the perfect destination for making the most of your time on the water. Many luxury yachts for charter boast a fantastic selection of water toys. Typical water toys include snorkeling, scuba diving equipment, Jet Skis, water skis, kayaks, standup paddleboards, and inflatables. Many yachts will also boast a tender, making accessing small marinas, coves, and beaches effortless. No matter what water toys you desire when cruising the Greek islands, the team at Northrop & Johnson can help.

Who is going to look after me in Greece?

On a luxury yacht charter, you will be looked after by your private yacht’s crew. The number of crew will depend on the size of the vessel, but all luxury yacht charters will include, at the very least, a Captain, several stewardesses or stews, and deckhands. A luxury yacht may also include a trained private chef, qualified spa therapist, fitness trainer, sommelier, and watersports operator, such as a dive master. A yacht’s crew comprises highly trained and dedicated professionals who will provide exceptional service levels at sea, guaranteeing an incredible experience and a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. During a superyacht charter in the greek waters, you will also benefit from shoreside support from your charter broker at Northrop & Johnson.

How do I get beach club and restaurant reservations for the most exclusive places in Mykonos and Santorini?

Securing a reservation at the most exclusive beach clubs and restaurants in superyacht hotspots, such as Mykonos and Santorini, requires expert knowledge and know-how. Northrop & Johnson’s charter specialists boast a network of contacts, including with the world’s most exclusive restaurants and beach clubs, and will be able to secure a reservation at a time of your choosing. No task is too big or small for our team. Contact us today to book your vacation on the water.

Where do I find a yacht slip in Greece?

There are multiple yacht slips available in Greece. The best way to find a yacht slip is to work with a reputable yacht brokerage like Northrop & Johnson. Our team will also be able to manage the payment of mooring fees.

What amenities can I expect aboard a luxury yacht in Greece?

Aboard a luxury yacht, you can expect amenities that rival the world’s most exclusive resorts. The type of amenities you can expect will differ from yacht to yacht, as no two charter vessels are the same. Here are some amenities you can find aboard a luxury superyacht:

  • Voluminous salons and multiple break-out areas
  • Sumptuous staterooms, may with en-suites
  • A swimming pool, some with counter-flow currents
  • Hot tubs and Jacuzzis
  • A beach club providing immediate access to the sea
  • A superb selection of tenders and water toys, including submersibles on expedition vessels
  • Cinema room with state-of-the-art audio equipment and a library of movies
  • Plenty of sun pads for soaking up the Mediterranean sunshine
  • Helicopter facilities on larger vessels, such as a hangar and helipad
  • Night club with DJ equipment on some vessels

No matter what amenities you would like aboard your luxury yacht in Greece, the charter brokers at Northrop & Johnson can connect you with your ideal crewed boat. Contact our team today.

What types of yachts can I charter in Greece?

As a popular superyacht destination, you can expect a superb selection of luxury yachts for charter, including:

  • Motor yachts
  • Sailing yachts
  • Expedition vessels
  • Catamarans
  • Superyachts & mega yachts
  • Sports yachts
  • Flybridge yachts
  • Fishing yachts

No matter what type of yacht you seek, the charter brokers at Northrop & Johnson can connect you with your perfect yacht. Contact our team today.

What's the weather like in Greece?

Greece enjoys mild weather and light winds throughout the year. During the summer months, Greece enjoys long, hot, sun-drenched days, making this the peak superyacht season. The shoulder seasons, fall and spring, are still warm and are a great option for those who want fewer crowds and slightly cooler temperatures for outdoor pursuits.

Average air temperatures in Greece

Summer (June to August):

  • Daytime temperatures: 30°C to 35°C (86°F to 95°F)
  • Nighttime temperatures: 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F)

Fall (September to November):

  • Daytime temperatures: 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F)
  • Nighttime temperatures: 10°C to 15°C (50°F to 59°F)

Winter (December to February):

  • Daytime temperatures: 10°C to 15°C (50°F to 59°F)
  • Nighttime temperatures: 5°C to 10°C (41°F to 50°F)

Spring (March to May):

  • Daytime temperatures: 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F)
  • Nighttime temperatures: 5°C to 10°C (41°F to 50°F)

What other cruising destinations are near Greece?

The following yacht charter destinations are in close proximity to Greece and its islands:

Get in touch with a Greece yacht charter broker

Northrop & Johnson is a leading yacht charter brokerage with access to the finest charter yachts in Greece, including those built by leading European shipbuilders such as Lurssen, Feadship, Oceanco, Nobiskrug, Sanlorenzo, and Amels. If you want to experience Greece aboard a luxury yacht, our team will be delighted to assist you. We excel at crafting incredible private yacht vacations on the water with itineraries that are bespoke to you. Contact our team today.

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