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It has been a long time since you promised to yourself, the next summer holiday would be aboard a Greece Boat Charter. Greek island hopping was your dream for long and now you are thinking the time has come to materialize this wish. There is no better way to explore the Greek islands unless you are on a boat charter in Greece. You are convinced the time has come, you have picked your Yacht Charter Broker, you have picked your private yacht charter vessel and now you are wondering how long you should use your boat for. Should you do a weekly yacht charter in Greece or should you use your private yacht charter for more than a week?

The decision is not complicated. First it depends on your budget, then on your boat’s cruising speed and of course on the itinerary you wish to follow. The budget and the speed of your boat is well known to you.

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Do you know the distances to be covered among the islands you wish to visit? A Yacht Charter Broker that knows Greece can give you some important guidelines about this topic.

1) If you have decided to charter a sailing yacht or a crewed catamaran in Greece, out of Athens then the choices you have in terms of the itinerary are three. You are going to sail either around the Saronic Gulf or along the Peloponnese East Coast or you are going to visit some of the Cyclades group of islands. Your boat has not a high speed, so if you choose the Saronic you are going to enjoy it to the fullest. Because the Saronic Islands are close to Athens and they are all close together. Following this itinerary, you are not going to have to cover endless distances every day, you will be in great protected waters and you are going to see some interesting beautiful islands such Hydra, Spetses, Poros, Aegina etc. They all have nice fishing villages, history, and sightseeing areas. Interesting nightlife too!  Also, the East coast of Peloponnese could be very interesting for

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you as you could visit some interesting areas such Epidaurus, Nauplion, Monemvasia, go to some Saronic islands and back to Athens. A laid back holiday as well, without having to cover long distances every day!

If you absolutely wish to do the Cyclades on your sailing yacht charter in Greece or aboard your crewed catamaran in Greece, is possible to do so. But in order to avoid extremely long sailing hours… choose to do the upper side islands of the Cyclades. Choose a nice itinerary including Kea, Siros, Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Serifos, Kythnos and back. A week on a sailing yacht doing some of the Cyclades, and not ALL the Cyclades will allow you to relax, to see many places, to meet with locals, to explore ashore and enjoy! Blend with the Greeks, eat ashore, stay at the beach, do some snorkeling and swimming. No rushing.

If you wish to see more islands and include also Santorini on the itinerary, please add a few extra days on your stay aboard. Having no speed and wanting to visit the most possible islands could add stress to your holidays, could make you tired… So you either do fewer islands or you add some days to allow you time for an enjoyable holiday, not rushing in any way.  

If you decide to cruise another area aboard a sailing yacht in Greece or aboard a crewed catamaran in Greece  like   the Ionian islands, the Sporades islands or the Dodecanese group of islands, it is suggested you have more time available or to hire a yacht locally, not from Athens. You can hire yachts out of Lefkas in the Ionian Sea, or you can hire a boat in Kos in the Dodecanese. For the Sporades group of islands, there is no base nearby, so you need to have absolutely 12-14 days available for your charter in order to enjoy your time aboard and avoid extremely long legs to cover.

Luxury Motor Yacht Charter

2) If you have decided to do a Greece Boat Charter aboard a Private Motor Yacht, choose one that has some speed. A motor yacht of appx 18-25 knots per hour is just perfect! It burns a bit more fuel than a sailing yacht or a crewed catamaran in Greece, but it gets you where you wish to go fast! There are also some motor yachts in Greece with speed over 30 knots per hour worth viewing before you book your charter! Ask your Yacht Charter Broker and explain to her/him what you intend to do in terms of your Greek sailing itinerary. If you have one week on a fast motor boat like this, you have time to go to the Cyclades, visit most of the islands, including Mykonos and Santorini.You can also choose to go the other side, to the Ionian Sea for one week. With a high-speed Motor Yacht in Greece, you can do a lot of Greek island hopping! If you add a few extra days to your week…  and you have 12-14 days charter, you can also include Crete in your Greek sailing itinerary, based to weather conditions! Your Yacht Charter Broker will help you understand what is feasible and what not and what is best to cover in one week or suggest to add some extra time if needed to cover more.

Yacht Charter

A common mistake people do when they go on a yacht charter in Greece is to pack their bags with too much stuff they do not really need.

It is important when you go on a Greece Boat Charter to properly fill in your bags with the items you absolutely need and not with more, as space aboard yachts is usually limited.

Some important tips for packing your luggage are shown here below:

Travel documents: Bring along your legal documents such passport and visas, identification documents, credit cards or cash you might need for shopping and for crew tips.

Luggage: Use a medium-size soft bag or duffel for packing your necessary stuff and do not use hard- sided bags. These are difficult to stow away and they can harm the teak decks of your Greece Boat Charter or flooring of the vessel in the interior areas. Duffels can be folded up and stowed away easily in the small storage space of a yacht.

Medication: Bring along your necessary medication. If you are on medication and you forget to bring it along, it might be extremely difficult to find the same product in Greek pharmacies. Therefore, medication has to be one of the first items you should pack. Bring also with you some sea- sickness pills just in case.

Shoes: One good pair for shoes for dinning ashore, your running shoes and your flip flops are items you are going to need. Usually, aboard the yacht, people walk barefoot. A good pair of running shoes is for exploring the islands and your flip flops for combing at the beach.

Clothing: Most of the times while on a yacht charter in Greece, you sail for long hours and you spend lots of time at sea. As a result, one or two pairs of swimming suits are good for one week near the water. Towels are usually provided by the boat, especially if the yacht is fully crewed. If you have a bareboat charter in Greece, you will need to bring along maybe a couple of towels. Fins, snorkels are also provided by the boat if it is fully crewed. Advice your Yacht Charter Broker about the sizes of fins you need for your group so they can have them aboard while you are on your yacht charter in Greece.

Charter a Yacht in Greece

You are going to need t-shirts, shorts and sarongs for women. For long leg protection, one pair of jeans or regular pens, leggins for women. For the night, you might need a light jacket or light cotton sweater and a pair of socks. If you like to have a formal dinner ashore, bring one nice casual dress and for the gentlemen some casual outfit.

Sunscreen, sunglasses, hats. Avoid bringing your own sunscreen as it contains oil, it is not good for travelling. If you are allergic to some commercial sunscreen lotions, then you need to buy and bring the one your doctor has prescribed for you. Sunglasses and hats are also necessary, so bring along.

Electronic devices: While on a yacht charter in Greece, you can use your electronic devices such phones, ipods, laptops, tablets and cameras. Most of the yachts provide electricity converters, but it is always good to have one of your own. Electricity in Greece is 220V. Luxury MOTOR YACHTS or luxury CATAMARANS and luxury SAILING YACHTS in Greece usually have hair dryers aboard. Ask your Yacht Charter Broker if your boat has one, if not, ask them to provide you with one or two.

Personal items: Pack underwear, grooming items, make up items, eye lenses, favorite book-s and music list.

We hope that the above has given you an idea of how to wisely pack your bag for your next yacht charter in Greece! We wish you a great charter and FAIR WINDS!

Yacht Charter in Mykonos

Mykonos Yacht Charter and Santorini Yacht Charter are both extremely popular. Despite the fact that most of the best and reputable boats for charter in Greece are based in Athens, some people chooses to embark on their Yacht Charter in Mykonos or in Santorini. Embarkation there is possible and involves a few scenarios:a) If the Charterer wants to do a weekly charter on a large

a) If the Charterer wants to do a weekly charter on a large luxurious MEGA YACHT or aboard a large luxurious MOTOR YACHT or on a  luxurious crewed CATAMARAN   there is a slight possibility to find a suitable vessel of this size  on the above- mentioned islands. The solution would be is to hire a yacht from Athens. A yacht that would relocate to Mykonos or to Santorini so the guests could embark at their preferred port. This involves an extra expense. The cost of  the fuel that it takes for the yacht to cover 100 miles to sail to Mykonos or  for the 120 miles to cover to sail to Santorini. Some yacht owners also charge a fee for the time that it takes for their yacht to reach either island. If the guests embark on either, and they wish to also disembark in Mykonos or Santorini, then the extra cost doubles, as the Charterer has to also pay for the fuel to bring the yacht back to Athens and a fee for the time that will take to go back to her base. The total extra cost depends on the price of the yacht and on her fuel consumption.

b) If the Charterer wants to use a yacht just for a day charter in Mykonos or for a few days, or for a day charter in Santorini or for a few days in Santorini, there are some small yachts around, based in Mykonos that could be perfect for this purpose. It is certain, that the boats in Athens are more organized, they are fully commercial, they have permanent crews thus the service, on board vessels that come from Athens is higher. On the islands, they have people on board that work just for a few months, they are not permanent and they can be changed from charter to charter. It is a different organizational procedure you cannot compare a commercial charter vessel in Athens with the boats based on the islands.

Yacht Charter in Santorini

Starting a yacht charter in Mykonos or Santorini, aboard a yacht that comes from Athens involves one risk. The weather conditions. If the weather is not favorable, the yacht has a hard time reaching the embarkation port in the Aegean. So, we might have delay on the embarkation time or we might have the scenario to ask the guests to fly to Athens and take the charter from there, due to strong winds and bad weather. From Athens, there are different routes to choose from in case of bad weather in the Aegean Sea. There are route alternatives. The opposite, if you have booked a charter starting in Santorini or Mykonos and the weather is bad, then you have to fly all the guests back to Athens and take the boat from there. Especially during July and August when the “Meltemi winds” blow in the Aegean, you can take a high risk to start a yacht charter in Mykonos or Santorini. It is best to embark/disembark in Athens during these months. If you have a week’s time and the weather is favorable, it is certain you will visit your favorite islands, Mykonos and Santorini without taking any risks.

Santorini Island Greece

Greece Boat Charter is proud to inform you that our house Yacht Charter Specialists have access to all types of yacht charter in Greece: crewed yacht charter, motor yacht charter in Greece, mega yacht charter, crewed catamaran charter in Greece, gulet yacht charter, bareboat charter. All these types of yachts are available with us.

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