Greece has almost 6,000 islands, each with its own character and features – cuisine, customs, historic ruins and a vibrant, alluring contemporary culture that enchants and entices. The perfect way to explore these islands, many of which are only accessible by sea, is by luxury charter yacht allowing you to sample this fantastic diversity.
Here are some of our and our charter guests favourite islands to visit:
Mykonos, Greece's most glamorous and popular island, is a whitewashed paradise in the heart of the Cyclades. Despite its popularity, there is a simple, traditional side to life here and there is ample diversity to experience. Whether you are looking for night life, celebrity spotting and entertainment, or wishing to explore the island's history and traditions, Mykonos surpasses expectations.
Great poets have sung its praises for centuries. There are not many places in the world where you can enjoy exquisitely clear waters while perched on the rim of a massive active volcano in the middle of the sea! Its iconic whitewashed cubiform houses clinging to the multicoloured cliffs and blue domed churches mirroring the blueness of the sea are synonymous with Greece itself. It is easy to see why Santorini features on so many travellers' bucket list!
Ithaca offers an enchanting, laidback charm. With very little tourist development and a slower pace of life the island boasts ancient ruins, tiny harbours, lush greenery and a rugged coast fringed in turquoise waters. There are some great hiking trails as well as stunning and secluded coves that make perfect anchorages. Ithaca is, of course, the mythical home of Homer's Odysseus which certainly adds to the romance of this somewhat sleepy but very special island.
Hydra, built in the shape of an amphitheatre on a slope overlooking the sea, is one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Traditional stone mansions, narrow cobble-stoned streets, secluded squares and an absence of cars, replaced by more than 500 donkeys, are why Hydra has managed to preserve its distinctive atmosphere.
While approaching the port of Symi, one has the overwhelming feeling of entering a perfectly painted image of a scenic traditional village. The colourful houses climb up into the slopes of the surrounding hills. It is a town of cobbled courtyards, pebbled mosaics and trailing bougainvillea flowers. The beauty of Symi is unique and the rich mythological history captivating.
Poros is known for its lush pine trees, crystal clear waters and sandy beaches, a lively waterfront adorned with shops, cosy cafes and restaurants, a picturesque capital with grand traditional mansions and picturesque cobbled streets. It's also home to a wide selection of entertainment venues, making Poros a cosmopolitan, interesting island that suits charter yacht guests of all ages and inclinations.
Whether you're seeking a motor yacht, sailing yacht or catamaran, Luxury Charter Group can offer you a range of yachts, and help tailor an itinerary to create memories for a lifetime. Here's a selection of popular crewed charter yachts in Greece
This elegant Sunseeker 131 offers 40m (131ft) of pure indulgence for her charter guests, extending over four decks, with generous deck space, loads of light and luxury amenities. Guests are spoilt for choice when it comes to leisure and lounge areas, with several decks dedicated to socialising. With her large swim platform and garage, AQUA LIBRA 131 is laden with the latest gear for on-water fun, whether that’s a leisurely trip to shore for lunch or sightseeing, or a high adrenaline activity such as jetskiing or wakeboarding.
DALOLI is a superbly spacious 120ft (36.58m) Baglietto motor yacht with plenty of family-friendly features and accommodation for 12 guests in 5 suites. Blessed with a massive aft deck for socialising and dining alfresco, DALOLI is an entertainer's dream boat! On her brilliant sundeck, there's the perfect space for intimate celebrations and meals. Sun lounges, bar and shade awning add up to complete relaxation with views to the horizon.
PARIS A is a luxury Maiora 114.99ft (35m) motor yacht ideal for charter for up to 12 guests in complete luxury. Inside, PARIS A has fresh, contemporary styling with a spacious saloon and formal and casual dining and lounge areas. On deck, PARIS A has several spaces for charter guests to relax and soak up the sun and views. The main deck aft is popular for alfresco dining, and on the flybridge there is a bar and a barbeque.
SANJANA is a 107ft (32.61m) Notika luxury motor yacht fully equipped and ready for charter in the Greek islands with accommodates for 10 guests in 4 staterooms. Her interior is modern, warm and welcoming. The dark timber saloon is aft of the dining area with three large settees, ideal for reclining and socialising with large glass doors which lead onto the spacious aft deck and alfresco dining area. There is a superb sundeck complete with bar and two massive sunpads. On the foredeck is another sunpad for taking in the views.
At 89.99ft (27.43m), the Maiora 27 CUDU boasts accommodation for 10 guests in 4 staterooms. CUDU's interiors are serene and tranquil, with a spacious saloon and ample outdoor spaces on the top and aft deck and state of the art AV equipment throughout make CUDU the ideal charter vessel for entertaining. The upper sundeck has sunpads or you can recline in the shade under the large bimini, with bar, barbeque, lounge area and table. The aft deck is ideal for dining undercover and with splendid view on all sides.
Mythos is a 27.12m (85ft) Technema 85 motoryacht built in 2009 by Italian yard, Posillipo and refitted in 2015. With her warm and inviting chic, modern interiors, MYTHOS is ideal for cruising the Greek Islands in absolute comfort and style. MYTHOS' spacious flybridge is a great place for charter guests to socialise and relax, with sunpads, barbeque, bar and ice-maker. The aft deck is ideal for meals and inside, the impressive saloon has a dining table for eight, bar and lounge area with large flatscreen TV and entertainment system.
For further details about the Greek Islands and the sensational super yachts available for charter here please contact the Mediterranean specialists at Luxury Charter Group.