Private Yacht Charter, Greek Islands

With over 200 islands to explore, the best way to discover the Cyclades is by boat. A private charter allows you the flexibility to explore as you please, at your own pace. Stop off at waterside taverns, marvel at the ruins of Ancient Greece or anchor at some of the most luxurious islands or explore the nightlife of the Mediterranean.

General Information

The yacht charter season in Greece starts from the end of April and ends in late October.

Yacht charters can be bareboat, skippered or crewed:

  • Bareboat is chartering the yacht, no skipper or crew included, as you may possess the requisite yacht master certification and experience
  • Skippered is when a skipper is hired for the yacht charter, who only provides navigation services (no cooking, bedding etc.)
  • Crewed yacht charters are the most comfortable and expensive, where a skipper, a hostess/cook (as well as an optional deck hand) is hired

There are two yacht options are available – Monohulls and Multihulls (Catamarans).

Sailing yachts for charters range anywhere from 30" to 60". Bigger yachts are also available and are only offered as crewed yacht charters which come at a larger supplement. Monohulls almost invariably feature 3 cabins and 1 WC (up to 38"), 3 cabins and 2 WC (up to 42"), 4 cabins and 2 WC (up to 45"), 4 cabins and 3-4 WC (up to 49"), while yachts between 48" and 60" can have 4-6 cabins and 4-5 WC, with or without a humble skipper/crew cabin.


It is a legal requirement that a skipper and co-skipper must be with the boat. The skipper must be certified but the co-skipper can be anyone with some sea experience, even the hostess.  A chartered catamaran with skipper cannot be left unattended (without a skipper).

Peak Season

The first 3-4 weeks of August are high season throughout Greece, receiving both domestic and international tourists.


Most yacht charters in Greece begin and end on a Saturday. You would disembark at 09:00 a.m. Saturday, the time being the universal standard in Greek yacht charters, allowing for the boat to be prepared for its consecutive journey. It is important to note that the rule is that although you disembark by 09:00 a.m. on the day the charter ends, you need to be at the disembarkation port before sundown of the previous evening.

Climate in peak season (July/Aug) around Cyclades islands

The weather is warmest during July and August – and can reach up to 42 degrees Celsius – but being out in the sea on a yacht cools things down by about 3-5 degrees. From June to September, the sun shines nearly always, with the exception of rare short-lived rain spells. It should be noted that there is a recurring meteorological phenomenon called “Meltemi", characterized by strong northerly winds, most prominent in the ever popular Cyclades islands complex. It typically lasts for 3-4 weeks starting any time from the 15th of July to the 10th of August.


You bear the cost of provisions, which extends beyond yourself to daily meals and beverages for the staff onboard. Meal plans and allergies may be discussed with the hostess which will allow you to have some flexibility and opportunities to sample Greek delicacies and dishes.

Internet Onboard

It is common for yachts to offer internet at an extra charge. Typically this would be wireless 2G/Edge/3G/HSPA modem/router to which one can connect to via Wi-Fiwith their device.  The average cost is €80 for 5GB-8GB of data.

Charter Rates

Weekly Bareboat Charter Rates start from €5,000 to €13,000 excluding fees for skipper, host, food, internet, petrol, bond, shore excursions.

Charter costs will vary, based on a number of factors which include the age and quality of the boat. For a quote, please refer to the requirements listed below.

Please Note: As this is a private charter where clients are able to customize their itinerary, quotes will vary and require the following information:

  • Area of sailing (e.g. Cyclades, ArgoSaronic, Ionian Sea, Northern Aegean, Sporades, Dodecanese etc.)
  • Number of guests aboard
  • Bareboat, skippered or crewed yacht charter
  • Monohull or Multihulls (Catamarans)
  • Travel dates

Typically, the cheapest chartered yacht rates would be in late-April, and slightly increasing towards the end of May and early June. Rates would progressively become higher as demand peaks between June and August, with August being the most costly.  Clients must also factor in fuel costs and consumption, dependent on a multitude of factors – being traveling distance and weather. Under ordinary circumstances, it can be expected that 600 litres will be enough for at least two weeks, costing approximately 900 euros. It is standard policy in the yacht charter industry for the client to receive the boat with full diesel tanks (catamarans have two engines) and to refuel it at the end of their journey at their own cost.

One-way journeys in August are not recommended, and are not typically offered, as shipowners prefer not to have convoluted charter plans. It is recommended that clients take a charter from Athens, as it allows for a larger selection of yachts at competitive rates.


The most popular charter is a return trip from Athens to Cyclades Islands.  A charter of 2 – 4 weeks is recommended for the best Greek Island holiday.

Acclaimed to be one of the historical capitals of Europe, Athens has a long, fascinating history with universal significance.

Formed from intensive volcanic activity, Santorini is the glamorous poster-child of the Greek Islands.

Naxos is proudly the largest island of the Cyclades, boasting an amazing waterfront location with an array of paved alleys.

PaParos greece deposit photo

Ios is home to Chora, one of the most picturesque villages in Greece. The nightlife is electrifying which is juxtaposed by the beautiful calm beaches. Ios is a classic Greek island where narrow paved streets meet the golden beaches.  .

On the western end of the Cyclades you will find the beautiful, mountainous island of Kythnos. Surrounded by picturesque beaches and centred with beautiful architecture. Visitors would be remiss to not visit the beach of Kolona with its luscious sand and crystal waters.

Paros is characterised by its stunning beaches, hospitable tavernas and picturesque towns and charming villages, whitewashed dwellings, blue-domed churches, fishing harbours overlooked by lively bars and cafés.

Greece’s most famous cosmopolitan island, a whitewashed paradise in the heart of the Cyclades, the Ibiza of Greece as it is called, is particularly famous for the picturesque town, the fantastic beaches and party-hard reputation.

The island of Delos near Mykonos, is an ark of history, the mythological birthplace of Apollo, The excavations in the island are among the most extensive in the Mediterranean.  It’s a chance to walk around the revival of the glory of the Greek civilization.

Understated and relatively untouched, Tinos typically attracts Greek pilgrims to visit the church of Panagia Megalochari. With over forty traditional villages, the island features incredible craft scattered from the chapels, arches, pigeon lofts and fountains.

Serifos island Cyclades islands

Andros is one of the most popular weekend destinations for those seeking a getaway. Golden Beach and Agios Petros are the tourist hot spots, but one can escape to Chora to discover the wonders in one of many art museums of the island.

Old quarters with incredible Aegean Sea views can be found in the main town, Ermoupolis. Architecture in Syros combines Syros island is an amalgamation of Venetian and Cycladic influence.

Located on the western side of the Cyclades,  It’s landscape has been well preserved and it’s character has been untouched. Serifos is perfect for those who want to explore the many trekking paths.

Sifnos Island Greece


Sifnos delivers an amazing balance between relaxed nightlife, glamorous beaches, Cycladic villages and the culinary delights that Sifnos is renowned for.

Still considered ‘true’ Greece, Folegandros has a laid-back atmosphere where visitors can really soak in the peacefulness that the Cyclades has to offer. Some of the beaches of Folegandros can be difficult to reach, however the effort is kindly rewarded with crystal waters.

The words private and beautiful can be used to describe Sikinos, as the island is unexplored by most. A public winery, walking trails, calm beaches and dance festivals can be discovered on Sikinos.

Important Tips:

I chartered a catamaran in summer 2018 for three weeks, sailing the Cyclades. The most important lesson I learned:
Weather plays the most important part of your holiday. If it’s bad (raining, windy) your boat may not sail till it’s calmer..
Your skipper’s goal is ALWAYS going back to base ON TIME.. if he has any doubt the weather will stop him from returning on time, he will change your planned itinerary.. he will NOT take any risk of not disembarking on time.
Your itinerary should position you at the nearest island at least 1-2 days before sailing to the disembarkation port.

Greece Cyclades Island Map
My favorite islands in the Cyclades are:
Milos, Mykonos, Santorini (Thera), Naxos, Ios
Sifnos is great for shopping the ceramic arts, and Kythnos for experiencing hot spring

by Tina Tong

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