Experience On Deck

Explore the Greek waters at your own leisurely pace, stopping off for a spot of lunch, a swim, some shopping or at a site of archaeological interest when the mood takes you. Hydra is a good base from which to explore the more secluded bays on the beautiful islands of the Cyclades. Other good spots from which to charter a yacht are Athens, Corfu, Syros, Samos, Lavrion, Kos, Paros and Lefkas. It’s also worth checking out Mykonos, Rhodes and Skiathos.

There are various options: these include self-sail, i.e. skippering the yacht yourself, and sailing in a flotilla. Sailing in a flotilla gives you the privacy of your own boat but with the security of being able to turn to an admiral for advice should your sailing skills feel a little rusty. Most flotillas are organised from the Saronic, the Ionian and the Argolida. A crewed charter can range from having just one skipper onboard to additional cooks and hostesses, while a cabin charter, where you rent a cabin, is more like a cruise.

The long charter season starts as early as March; July and August are high season with their peaking temperatures and sunshine hours while October and November herald the season’s end with the advent of showers.

For information regarding yacht chartering procedures in Greece, click on one of the following links:

Arrival on a privately owned vessel (foreign flag)

Before arriving in Greece on your own vessel bearing a foreign flag, you should obtain information on the basic regulations in force concerning entry and exit, as well as the formalities required.

Information about sailing associations per geographical region, or the requirements for participating in special training programmes, is provided by:

The Hellenic Sailing Federation (EIO)
51 Posidonos Avenue,
183 44 Moschato
Athens
Telephone: 210 9404825 (8 lines)
Fax: 210 9404829

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Did you know?

Greece enjoys more than 250 days of sunshine or 3,000 sunny hours a year.

Greece has more than 2,000 islands, of which approximately 170 are populated.

Greece’s largest island is Crete (3,189 sq.miles) (8,260 sq. km.)

Greece has more archaeological museums than any other country in the world.

Greece is the leading producer of sea sponges