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    Enjoy the perfect serenity only sailing skippered charters can provide.

    Pause time, live the moment. Breathe! Look around you, see the beauty of the Greek islands. Differently. If you love sea and peaceful moments. If you consider broadening your horizons whilst escaping from the typical vacation rules. If you seek to live Greece with a unique and unforgettable way, then visit the Greece with our private sailing skippered cruises.

    Yachtsailing.gr has been offering weekly skippered charters in Greece onboard our privately owned sailing yachts and catamarans. Unlike conventional means of vacation that cannot reveal the hidden beauties of the Greek islands our skippered sailing yachts will let you explore Greek paradise with the help of our professional skippers.

    Skippered sailing Greece, is by no doubt, the best vacation moments you will experience and will remember for a lifetime. Your captain will take you to hidden treasures of the Greek seas, you will get the chance to see isolated bays were there will be just you and the sound of the salty wind, if you prefer your privacy. Onboard you will have the amenities of a floating villa and you can choose upon desire either to stay onboard, or experience the island hopping which means visiting a unique island each day or two.

    Would you like to see as many islands possible during your trip? Or you just prefer to relax and lose the sense of time? It’s up to you! Your skipper will plan a trip according to your preferences.

    Not only inexperienced guests are interested in the skippered chartered sailing vacation. If you are an experienced sailor who just wants to relax and let the responsibility of the yacht and guests to one of our selected professional skippers, then you may also do so. Moreover our captains have the inside local knowledge of all pristine locations in the Greek seas but also the unique restaurants and traditional places not known to everyone. Your skipper most of the times acts like a tour guide throughout your sailing trip and ensures you will be getting the most out of your vacation moments.

    But to those of you that are first time sailors and are considering of visiting Greece for the first time there is no doubt that with the service of our skippered sailing charters you will meet Greece and get the local insights in a short period of time. If this is your first charter holiday with a group of friends or family try our services and enjoy a great level of freedom, safe and trouble free with no hidden charges or surprises. Yachtsailing.gr operates with an amazing score of 87% of repeated clientele which proves our devotion to what we offer. Feel free to read though our testimonials page as well as our TripAdvisor reviews.

    Visit Greece with our skippered sailing charters and live an experience full of joy and happy faces. We will be very happy to see you onboard soon

     

How it works

Decide when

Our private sailing cruises operate on a weekly basis. This means you can choose between a single, 2 week or 3 week sailing skippered charter. Our departures takes place on Saturday

Select your yacht

Use our search button to select your yacht according to the number of guests and your accommodation needs.We have available 16 yachts and catamarans privately owned for you to choose from.

Add your skipper

Just add your desired skipper after you have selected your yacht. Our professional skippers are highly qualified and experienced to navigate you in the Greek islands. You can learn more about our skippers in the Skippers page.

Main benefits of our private skippered charters

Best quality yachts

All of our yachts are the latest models available, yearly inspected and certified by the Lloyds registry. Before your departure your yacht will comply with the amenities of a 5 star hotel.

Professional Skippers

Highly trained with years of experience sailing in Greece, our professional skippers have an inspirational insight on their service. It is more than just business.

Exceptional value for money

Incomparable value to any other vacation type. Compare the price of a skippered charter and see the huge difference to the service and experience you will be getting compared to what you are paying.

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What's included

Included

  • Your sailing yacht
  • Outboard and dinghy
  • Bed linen for all guests
  • Full galley equipment
  • Full set of Towels, beach towels and tea towels
  • Hifi and cockpit speakers along with aux input
  • Comfortable cockpit cushions
  • Snorkeling equipment in customized sizes
  • All safety regulations equipment
  • 24h support line during charter
  • Weather forecast report
  • Trip planning with tips and suggestions
  • Generator & A/C (depending on the yacht model)
  • 3G Internet onboard for all your trip
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Extras

  • Skipper (add during booking-1050 Euros/week)
  • Hostess (1050 Euros/week)
  • Stand Up Paddle (200 Euros/week)
  • SeaDoo sea scooters (150 Euros/week)
  • Inflatable Canoe (80 Euros/week)
  • Underwater cameras (50 Euros/week)
  • Portable Bicycle (100 Euros/week)
  • Action cameras (70 Euros/week)
  • Safety crib (50 Euros/week)
  • Fishing rod (50 Euros/week)
  • Shopping on board (free of charge)

 

We are happy to hear any request you may have in order to have everything set for your sailing cruise in Greece

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Described as 'Impeccable Organisation' - 5 Star TripAdvisor rating -Read the reviews

These folks are the best. We could not have been more pleased. Eight of us took an Oceanis 54 ("BlackJack") on a seven day trip around the Cyclades. The boat was fabulous, the skipper was amazing and the islands were beautiful. Most importantly, from day one and our first communication with them, we felt totally confident dealing with these folks. Maria, Dimitris and Eugene are the consummate professionals. They are warm, knowledgeable and extremely helpful. As sailing neophytes, we knew nothing, and they went out of their way to make our whole experience an absolute joy. We had the best vacation and I could not recommend them more highly. I can't wait to do it again.

“The best vacation...what an experience!”

In January 2015, our family (a group of 8, all adults) decided to go on a sailing adventure in Greece. We received a quote from Maria at Yachtsailing.gr for several sailboat options. After emailing with Maria back and forth a few times, it was clear that she was honest, kind, and professional. To make a long story short, she put in so much extra work to ensure that our trip (7 days in the Cyclades) was incredible. Throughout the entire planning process, she was supportive, helpful, and flexible. I would recommend taking her advice at every opportunity- she is very knowledgeable.

When we arrived at the marina, it was clear that we chose a fantastically well-run company to work with. Maria and Eugene greeted us at the marina, and they were both highly professional and personable.The sailboat that we chose (Beneteau 54 2009) was in excellent condition and was very clean. The yacht was beautiful, and the pictures that we had seen on their website were accurate. It was a good size for us; we had 8 adults and we all slept in pairs in the 4 sleeping cabins, and our skipper had a separate cabin. I am convinced that George, the skipper they paired us with, is the greatest skipper out there. He was exactly the type of person that you would want to take you anywhere, and was gracious, trustworthy, intelligent, and extremely capable! The people who work with this company are the type of people that you will want to stay in touch with, and I hope that we get the chance to sail with them again. We felt safe and cared for and I could not recommend this company highly enough.


“Amazing staff go above and beyond to create your dream sailing adventure!”

Outstanding experience! The boat, the service, Maria and Eugene and their customer service! We had 4 adults and 5 kids ages 5-12 on the 54ft sail boat, and it was amazing! My wife who has always been afraid of the water is now demanding to do it again next year! And we will. And the skipper was great, made us all feel safe. Can't wait to do it again with the same company!


“2 families from NY with kids”

What inspires you? Many things provide inspiration-seeing success stories and big accomplishments, hearing great person’s inspirational ideas or just the naked beauty of nature that will remind us how lucky we are to be alive.Escape the traffic and enjoy the perfect serenity only sailing skippered charters can provide. Private sailing skippered charters in Greece gives you the freedom to enjoy the beauty of the Greek islands at your own pace, sail as much as you want and whenever you feel like it. There is no other vacation identical to a sailing cruise. You are seconds away from the sea, onboard a floating home. If not you then who? If not now, then when? Still not convinced? Visit Greece with our sailing skippered charters and enjoy a vacation paradise.

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Practical information on our skippered charters

Let me just point out some of the main characteristics of a skippered charter in Greece. Your yacht will be waiting in our home port, in Athens (Alimos marina) and will be ready for departure at your signal. For those of you that are visiting Greece for the first time we provide the ability to have a daily city tour in the city of Athens and visit the Acropolis and many other interesting sightseeing which have brought Athens in the first place of the global ranking in terms of historical interest. You captain will be on standby to serve you in the best possible way and sail you to the most efficient locations in accordance to the weather.

All of our skippers are licensed and fully trained to provide, professional and high standard services to all of our guests. Most of the times the skipper acts as a guide not only for the sailing part but also in the Greek islands. He will be heading you to choices known only to locals rather than the most touristic ones usually found in the front window of the islands. In most cases all of our guests invite our captains to share stories, moments and experiences together, while having dinner in various traditional tavernas. Meet our skippers in our separate detailed page with our crew profile information along with photos and comments.

In most of the cases our guests select to have onboard one of our hostesses. A hostess can prepare breakfast and dinner according to your taste preferences while she could be helping you in keeping the boat clean and in order. A hostess is also a great help if you are having young children onboard and you like to spend some time of free moments. She would be sharing some of the time to keep the kids occupied while you will be having a swim and enjoying your free time.

Most of our departures take place on Saturdays and operate on a weekly basis. This means practically that you can sail on Saturday and you will be returning on Friday afternoon, spending the time onboard having a cocktail or visiting the city center (check here how to explore athens sightseeing) while the next Saturday morning you would have to disembark (if we are talking for a one week cruise).

People wonder if a week is enough.. Well this depends on two main principles:

a) Where you plan to go and what you have in mind in exploring: To my opinion when you are on sailing vacation you need to consider various factors to have the best sailing experience. One would be to take under consideration how much would you like to sail per day. And when I mean you, I am talking about all of the crew. Many times women and children are less experienced and would not prefer to sail more than 2 hours per day-at least the first days of their vacation. This is something you need to take under consideration in order to prepare a successful route. The second would be the weather. You need to understand that the best vacation is a combination of weather and location. The most beautiful bay combined with an unpleasant weather does not add up to the best result. RELAX! That is the strong advantage when sailing from Athens. That is, you have the possibility, according to the weather, to plan a route that will be compatible with the nature conditions at the time of your arrival. In case of very strong winds you can sail in the marvelous Saronic gulf that is always calm and fully protected, while your skipper will take you to calm and isolated bays. On the other hand if you enjoy sailing you have the possibility to sail to the Cyclades and visit this complex of islands among which are, Mykonos, Paros and Santorini. If you are planning to visit Santorini, I would suggest that you would need a two week sailing skippered charter since you will need to cover a lot of miles for a one week trip.

b) The number of islands you want to explore: Again, my idea is that you are on vacation! Greece has approximately 2500 islands. There is no way that you will be visiting all the islands in just a single trip. Our suggestion is to enjoy the moment and spend as much time as you feel like it in every place. There is no harm done if you are having a great time in Milos, to leave ‘because the program says so’.. This is why a skippered charter in Greece is the ultimate vacation option. You have the freedom to sail, to stay anchored, to swim or to do as you please depending on your desire. Therefore, seize the moment and look around you. This is what vacation is all about! To lose the track of time and enjoy pure emotions and heartbeats.

Normally in a weekly sailing cruise you should be visiting aprox 6 islands during your trip. For some of you this is not sufficient, however this depends on the time that you have available for vacation. It is logical that the more time you have available the more islands you could explore. Moreover the weekly sailing charter is perfect for those of you visiting Greece for 10 days where you can still have some time to visit Athens and the suburbs nearby. For us the ideal length of a skippered sailing cruise in the Greek islands is a period of 2 weeks. This is simply because you may have more options in terms of more islands to visit-more than 12, flexibility according to the weather, availability to relax in an island for more than 1 day and many others. If you are one of the lucky ones who will get the chance to have 3 weeks available for their vacation then we can guarantee you will losing the track of time and you will have a great experience to remember.

As mentioned previously the key concept of our private skippered charters is that we will spend time with you to choose exactly the itinerary that matches to your expectations. It is not just a fixed route to follow with predefined stops. Of course we know the ‘must see’ locations and we will put them on the table during our sail planning, but one thing is certain. You will experience the island hopping (click to see how to do island hopping in Greece), a lot of swimming and diving in different bays and crystal waters will yacht will provide you with all the amenities of a hotel. Furthermore during your island hopping you will have the chance to discover why each of the Greek islands, is unique. Most of you may be familiar with Mykonos and Santorini but trust our word, there are equally beautiful islands such as the famous ones, such as Kythnos, Serifos, Sifnos, Milos, Paros, Antiparos, Kimolos and many others. Each with unique history and places to visit as well as different cuisine recipes.

According to the above we will determine the best route for your preferences and will be sailing to the first island shortly. A good tip is to have a shopping list, which we offer as a free service, this way you will be having all of your shopping onboard when you arrive and you will save energy not waiting in the lines of the local supermarkets.

In addition you have the possibility to ask for some of our optional extras. Among those you will find internet connection to have onboard during your trip, stand up paddles for those of you that are more active or you wish to keep your younger kids occupied, two-seated canoes that we guarantee that will cause a lot of laughter and action or underwater cameras to capture your adventurous moments.

Once you set sail, this is it. You are on sailing vacation. Your captain will be glad, for those of you that want to acquire some knowledge, to show the basics around sailing and navigating. This is mainly interesting for children but for adults as well that would like slowly to get familiar with what sailing is all about. Moreover in just about couple of hours you will be relaxing in the middle of a beautiful bay making plans on where to have dinner or walk in the little white stripped alleys throughout the islands.

Since we mentioned dinner, with a skippered sailing cruise you have the choice whether to have lunch or dinner onboard or in every island you may reach. In the islands there are the typical local restaurants called ‘tavernas’ where you will taste traditional food (check this article for greek food you are going to taste in greek islands - videos included) based on local ingredients and cooked with different recipes in each island. Each location is famous for a specific ingredient and product while there are famous recipes for different islands. A tavern is not a must if you are looking for something super fancy but we highly recommend trying this type of restaurant during your trip. Most of them are placed right beside the sea so you will most probably tasting the delicious meals while the little waves will be passing by next to you. The other choice is to cook onboard-your yacht is equipped with a fully functional galley which operates with gas and has 2-3 burners available plus an oven with a grill. If you have a hostess onboard then most probably in the morning you will decide what type of ingredients you would prefer for the day’s dinner and she would prepare everything to be ready for the day. In the islands there are super markets with super fresh material so we are quite certain that you will be more than happy with the result.

All of the above consist a super-premium vacation type. The type that you would probably pay a fortune to have as a result. But still, the skippered charter we offer in Greece is the most affordable vacation type someone could ask for. The value you will be getting for your money is incomparable to any other vacation type. If you compare the price of a skippered charter to a typical stay in one local hotel for a week you will notice that there is a huge difference to the service and experience you will be getting compared to the amount you will be paying. Moreover, you need to appreciate there is no other vacation that would allow you to wake up and dive into the most immaculate clear blue waters in just seconds.

For those of you wondering how easy it is to book a skippered charter in Greece with Yachtsailing.gr we answer at once. VERY EASY! Just select the dates (you will find at the top bar on your browser) you will be visiting, let us know the number of guests on board, add the skipper and that’s it. Your sailing dream has just started. We encourage you to contact us via email in case you would like some clarifications and suggestion on possible questions you may have. We expect to see you onboard soon.