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.
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
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.
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.