Yachts

There are no hair dryers available on the yacht.  Standard hair dryers will only  work on board when the yacht is plugged into shore power (which isn’t available at all ports) because the large amount of wattage they use (max wattage is 350 Watts on yachts with inverters) .

You can also use the hair dryer in one of the restrooms near the port if you have the correct European adapter.

Lagoon 380, Lagoon 450 and Saona 47:

These yachts have an inverter which allows for a 220V plug that can accommodate items up to 350 Watts. There are plugs in each cabin, but you’ll need to bring is a standard Southern European outlet adapter.

There is a USB plug available in the main saloon (via a 12V cigarette lighter outlet) for charging small electronics like phones. The Saona 47 also has a USB outlet in each cabin.

Items such as a standard hair dryer require too much wattage and can only be used when the yacht is plugged into shore power.

Yes, the yachts have a built in car radio-type interface with external speakers. You can hook your phone/tablet up to the boat’s speaker system via an AUX cord (we recommend you bring your own).

The Saona 47 and Lagoon 380 do not have an ice maker. However the Saona 47 has a large refrigerator that can fit large bags of ice. The Lagoon 380 has a very nice cooler that can also hold a lot of ice for an extended period of time.

During the evenings in Greece the temperature generally drops to a comfortable temperature and there are cool breezes coming off the water. As a result, most nights you can open the port windows and turn on the fans in the cabins without any need for air conditioning. Our Lagoon 380 does not have air conditioning, however our Saona 47 does have air conditioning. It’s important to note that air conditioning systems on yachts require extensive maintenance because of the wear and tear caused by the salty Aegean air, and we cant guarantee that the system will be functioning on all charters.

When the air conditioning is running there are a few things to keep in mind about usage. The restrictions are very important to keep the system from failing due to over-usage as well as excessive fuel consumption. Please keep the following in mind:

  • If the yacht is not connected to a power supply the yacht’s generator will be needed to run the A/C.
    • Some islands don’t offer a power supply in the marina, and on some islands you’ll need to anchor in a bay vs. dock in a marina
  • The generator can be used for up to 3 hours per day, and not past midnight due to the noise it causes while running.
  • It is possible to use the generator for up to 6 hours (the maximum based on manufacturer recommendations), however, this uses an excessive amount of fuel, and an extra charge of €8/hr will be added to your trip cost.

Please speak with your captain if you have any questions at all about the air conditioning and/or generator.

Our boats are all fully insured through Lloyds of London against damage and personal injury. However personal belongings are not insured. These can be insured in through travel insurance in your home country.

Unfortunately, due to insurance policies, we do not have safes on the yachts. The yachts are very secure when locked, and we’ve never had a problem with theft.

If you would like to bring a small travel-sized safe, we recommend something similar to this model:
https://www.amazon.com/SentrySafe-P005C-Portable-Cubic-Black/dp/B004LAMJVI/

We are able to offer wifi on many of our yachts, however if you require wifi please let your Greek Seas representative know so that we can verify that it is available. wifi:

The wifi works via a hotspot connected to the 4G mobile network.  Data can be purchased in 2GB increments. If available, Greek Seas will provide a complimentary 2GB.
If you need additional data that shouldn’t be a problem, just ask your captain.
It is easy to purchase additional data.  You’ll just need to purchase an access code (which you enter online) for more data.  They sell these passes/codes in most markets on the islands and they cost around €10-20 (for 2GB). The skipper can tell you exactly where and how you can purchase them.

We highly recommend turning off all auto updates on phones and computers, this tends to use up data very quickly. Sending photos and streaming also uses up a lot of data. We mention this because people are usually very surprised when the 2 GB is used up in a few days.

One more thing to note is that you’ll have full mobile service while sailing, so check with your home provider because many of them allow for a fairly cheap international plan.

The cabins on sailing yachts are meant to be a nice, cozy place for napping and sleeping.  So there isn’t much space for standing or walking around.  On most yachts, the standard bed size is equal to a Queen sized bed.  Each cabin has windows (deck hatches), which work as skylights as well as a way to and let in sun and a nice cross breeze.

There is space for storing clothing and other personal items, however storage space in the cabins and yacht in general is limited, so remember to follow our packing guidelines and try to bring soft luggage.

Greek Seas currently specializes in catamaran charters. We’ have sold our Oceanis 40 monohull for the 2022 season (however we are able to find a monohull from a partner company if requested).

We believe catamarans provide the best charter experience when sailing the Greek islands. They offer much more deck space for laying out, dining, and relaxing. They’re more stable in general which reduces the already low chances of seasickness.

Food & Drinks

Our captains (who all live in/near Athens) have put together this list of their favorite restaurants, coffee places and street food in Athens.  The list includes a range of price points, tastes and flavors.  The comments below are personal descriptions from our captains.

    • Good seafood restaurants are difficult to find in the center of Athens
    • Souvlaki places are generally very good everywhere.
    • You may need to make reservation at some restaurants, especially if it is Friday or Saturday.
    • Most restaurants accept credit cards.
Black Sheep –  Very nice restaurant in the area of Pagrati, which is a 20min walk from the center and very close to Kalimarmaro Stadium (where the first modern olympic games opening/closing ceremonies were held).  You’ll also find some nice bars nearby.
The Canteen of Karagiorgi ServiasA cool, fairly secret restaurant located in a roof top of a building in Syntaga square. Authentic meat balls, french potatoes, greek salad, 15 tables…. Open only during day time.
Kiki de Grece–   A small bistro in the center of Athens. Very nice food.
Tzitzikas and Mermigas In the center of Athens (Syntagma Square). One of the oldest restaurants. A lot of tourists but the food is still good.\
L’Abreuvoir Very nice, cosy, French restaurant.  It is expensive, but perfect for a romantic honeymoon date.
Dexameni Located just under King George Hotel.  Its nice during the summer because of the small tables in the sloped pedestrian road. Few plates, casual, mostly for beer and only for dinner (its too hot during the day time).
HyrtaNice restaurant with a view to Acropolis. A little bit expensive.

Baba GhanoushTerrific falafel – the best in Athens. Located in the Pagrati neighborhood of Athens.
Klepsidra CafeOutside dining only. It’s similar to “Dexameni”, but just under Acropolis in Plaka. Nice atmosphere, with great local meals.
Yiasemi Very cosy coffee and breakfast place in Plaka.  It has different types of pita and sweets every day.  Highly recommended.
Miran DeliSomething different than any other place. The paradise of traditional greek cold-cuts, cheese and olives. Near Monastiraki. Open only during day time.

We recommend you budget €250-500 per person, per week. That includes all food and drink related expenses.

For hostess and half-board charters you’ll only need to pay for dinners on the islands. Most of our guests find the dinners to be very affordable (€15-30 per person for a large meal including wine).

For charters without a hostess, you’ll likely need €150-200 per person for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks for the week.

The yachts will at least have a basic coffee maker.  It is essentially a filter that you fill with grounds and pour hot water over (there is a kettle on board).

At restaurants tipping is not required and most often people just round up (so if the bill is €18 you can pay €20). Generally 10-15% is plenty. At some of the smaller family owned restaurants on the islands it can be nice to give a larger tip if they provide complimentary food and drinks (you’ll find this is often the case if you dine out with your captains).

For hostess/half-board the hostess will prepare a delicious multi course greek lunch while anchored in a bay.
For skippered-only charters you will typically be sailing during the afternoon, so you’ll be able to enjoy lunch aboard the yacht while anchored in a beautiful cove.  The skipper will anchor for an hour or so and give you time to go to go for a swim, explore and prepare lunch.
We recommend picking up some initial provisions in Athens to cover the first few days at sea. You’ll be able to pick additional food and drinks on the island markets which are much less expensive than Athens.
Since dinners are such a big part of Greek island culture we generally recommend a lighter lunch and you can pick up a afternoon snack on the island when you arrive. Dinner on the islands is usually around 9 or 10pm.

Most guests prefer a quick and easy lunch such as soups, pasta or sandwiches.  However, all of our yachts have an oven and stove so you can prepare almost anything you would like.  We recommend stocking up provisions from the island markets.

Note: On charters without a hostess, it’s common (and appreciated) to offer the captain some snacks and a light lunch during the week.  They are often sailing all day won’t have time to prepare lunch on their own.

Our hostess and half-board option is the perfect way to experience an all-inclusive sailing experience with the expertise of a local talented Greek hostess/chef. Specifically this includes the following:

  • A talented and friendly hostess/chef will assist the captain with sailing and anchoring in port as well as prepare breakfast and lunches throughout your journey.
  • Daily breakfast: Breakfast will generally be continental style, meaning an assortment of pastries, cereal, yogurt, fruit, cheese, bread, etc.
  • Delicious multi course mediterranean lunch: The featured meal will be a delicious multi-course lunch consisting of authentic greek dishes prepared with fresh ingredients from the islands.
  • An assortment of snacks and beverages: We will also include water, fruit, coffee, and snacks as well as a selection of items tailored to your preference which may include juices, soda, house wine and beer to accompany meals and happy hour.

*We’ll reach out to you prior to charter about any specific food/drink preferences or allergies. While on charter, if you have any specific food/drink requests just let the hostess know and as long as the item is available she will pick them up at the markets on the islands (there may be an extra cost for premium items such as high-end wines and liquor).
**Dinners are not included because we recommend dining out at one of the incredible local restaurants on the islands (the captain/hostess will be happy to recommend places).

On hostess/half-board charters your hostess will take care of the initial provisioning. We’ll reach out prior to charter to get your input on preferences or allergies.
On skipper only charters, we’ll have the yacht stocked with some basic items listed below, however we recommend picking up a few things at a nearby grocery store prior to departure. You’ll generally enjoy breakfast and dinner at bakeries/tavernas on the islands each day. However, you will need some provisions to prepare lunch. Most clients prefer a light lunch such as sandwiches or salads, but there is a full kitchen if you’d like to prepare something bigger. We also recommend offering the skipper snacks and a little food for lunch since he’ll be sailing and not have time to prepare his own meal. You’ll just need to pick up enough provisions for the first few days since you can stock up on additional things on the islands where the food is less expensive and usually fresher than in Athens.

The items included on the yacht are:
-Dishes, cups, silverware
-6 liters of water (per person)
-Toilet paper (6 pack)
-Dish soap & sponge
-Paper towels
-Garbage bags

*Note: you also have the option to pre-purchase some initial provisions from an online frocery who will deliver the items directly to your yacht. Your Greek Seas representative will reach out to you with more information in our pre-trip emails.

On a hostess/half-board charter a continental breakfast will be provided on the boat.

On skipper-only charters, most clients prefer to walk to a local bakery and grab some breakfast each morning. You’ll also have time while in port to have some cereal or cook some breakfast on the boat. It’s a good idea to ask the captain what time you will be departing the next morning. Generally it will be between 10am-12pm depending on the length of that days sail.

We highly recommend consulting with your skipper on where to eat dinner, especially on the smaller islands. In Greece, dinners are a very important event for family and friends to get together. Dinners generally last many hours and include many courses of fresh Mediterranean dishes, usually accompanied by carafes of wine. Every island has unique local specialty dishes, which your captain will be happy to explain to you.

If you’d like to get to know your skipper/hostess a bit better, feel free to invite them to dinner on one of your first few evenings. They’ll likely know the best off the beaten path restaurants and local menu items on each island. That being said, the skipper doesn’t expect this at all and understands that every client has their own unique preference and personality.

You’re welcome to dine at any time, but it is custom in Greece to eat later in the evening between 8-10pm.

Misc.

Of course! Charter sailing is a perfect family vacation. It provides the perfect mix of adventure, activities, and relaxation. We do recommend children are old enough to swim for safety reasons.

As of now (July 2021), many countries require a negative COVID test before boarding your flight back home from Greece.  For US guests, the CDC states: “Passengers must be tested with a viral test that could be either an antigen test or a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT).”   You can obtain a rapid antigen test at this testing center near Zea Marina when you return on Friday. You will receive results in less than an hour. You should be able to make an appointment ahead of time as well, and the captain will be able to assist you if needed.  

Greek Seas does not offer bareboat charters.  When charter sailing in Greece we highly recommend sailing with a Greek skipper because of their experience on the Aegean Sea (which can be very unpredictable) as well as their invaluable knowledge of the islands.  

This is a good website for checking ferry times and booking tickets: https://ferries.greeka.com/\n\nIf you are looking to take a ferry we recommend that you book your ferry tickets ahead of time.

Currently, Greece has no known risk of Zika from mosquitos according to the CDC

As of June 2021, all travelers to Greece must fill out a PLF form the day before entering the country. Only one form needs to be filled out per family. You can find the form and more information here: https://travel.gov.gr/. If you have any questions about the form please check the FAQs at el.gov.gr/ as we don’t have any additional information except what is publicly available.  

Recent law changes have made it more difficult for a US citizen to rent vehicles in Greece.  Many places are now requiring you have an IDP (International Drivers Permit).  While some smaller rental places may not require this license, we highly recommend getting one prior to your journey if you’re planning to rent a vehicle, ATV or scooter in Greece.  Luckily it is easy and inexpensive to attain an International Drivers Permit.  The best method we’ve found is through AAA. Here is what they state you’ll need:

    • Two original passport pictures (also available at AAA branch offices*).
    • A valid U.S. driver’s license.
    • Pay $20 USD permit fee and you’re ready to go!

*You can also get the permit through the mail if you can’t visit an AAA office.  You can find information here.

The sailing season in Greece runs from late March through October, with prices as well as the tourist crowds peaking in August.

The chart below will give you a good idea of average air and water temperatures each month of the season in the area around Athens.

Date Avg High Temp (°f) Avg Water temp (°f)
April 70-76 62-68
May 76-81 63-70
June 82-88 72-75
July 89-91 75-77
August 86-90 76-79
September   78-81 72-74
October 72-77 70-72

The winds in the Cyclades pick up in June through September.  This can be great for sailing, but also make for the occasional rough day at sea.  The captain will do his best to take you the best route possible, but if you are worried about rough seas you can chose to go the calmer route through the Saronic.

Peak season and highest prices are from June-September. August is generally the highest season, which can cause more crowds on some of the islands. Off-peak (May and October) has the benefit of generally great weather and less crowds. Note: There is always a chance of high winds or rain during any week during the season. Your captain will do what he can to ensure you have the best charter possible while keep you safe.

Regardless of the route you chose or the month you visit, you will enjoy many sunny days during your sailing trip in one of the most beautiful and ancient landscapes in the world.

“}” data-sheets-userformat=”{“2″:899,”3”:{“1″:0},”4”:{“1″:2,”2″:65280},”10″:0,”11″:4,”12”:0}”>The Greek sailing season generally begins in March and ends in late October. The weather tends to be very nice and warm starting in May through October. The Aegean sea heats up throughout the summer so it is pretty cool earlier in the season and warmer into the August/September months.

Peak season and highest prices are from June-September. August is generally the highest season, which can cause more crowds on some of the islands.

Off-peak (May and October) has the benefit of generally great weather and less crowds.

Note: There is always a chance of high winds or rain during any week during the season. Your captain will do what he can to ensure you have the best charter possible while keep you safe.

At Sea

Your skilled and experienced captain will navigate and sail the yacht, however they will occasionally need some assistance from a passenger with raising a sail and while anchoring in the ports.  If you have hired a hostess or deckhand no assistance will be required.

Nope. Your highly-trained, knowledgeable captain has all skills and know-how to handle all of the sailing.  However, they will occasionally need some assistance from a passenger with raising/lowering a sail and while anchoring in the ports.  If you have hired a hostess or deckhand no assistance will be required.

There are a wide range of activities on the islands from horseback riding to ATV rentals to scuba diving.
Activities do not need to be arranged before you arrive in Greece.  However, we recommend speaking to the captain when you arrive.  If any activities do need to be booked in advance the captain will phone ahead while on charter.
Recent law changes have made it more difficult for a US citizen to rent vehicles in Greece.  Many places are now requiring you have an IDP (International Drivers Permit).  While some smaller rental places may not require this license, we highly recommend getting one prior to your journey if you’re planning to rent a vehicle, ATV or scooter in Greece.  Luckily it is easy and inexpensive to attain an International Drivers Permit.  The best method we’ve found is through AAA.

If you require overnight power for an appliance such as a CPAP machine we highly recommend purchasing a battery pack which can be charged during the day while the motor is running via the 12V cigarette lighter or 220V plug.  We aren’t able to guarantee sufficient power overnight when there isn’t shore power available.

Of course!  We always like to like to mention that the captain must be on hand to supervise and all final decisions are made by the captain.

There is a high degree of difficulty in fishing from a sailboat in Aegean. Most of our captains are not experts at fishing, so it’s not something we often recommend. While we do not provide fishing equipment, you are certainly welcome to bring your own. There may be opportunity to fish at the marinas or while anchored in a bay.
Ideally if you’re interested in fishing in Greece we recommend letting their skipper know when you arrive and they may have some options (and possible excursions) to recommend depending on the route.

Since you’ll be sailing on a boat, seasickness is always a possibility, however we have found that passengers tend to get seasick on smaller charters less often than cruise ships.  This is because you’ll spend most of your sailing time outside and you’ll always be within site of land.   A vast majority of our guests have no issues at all, and even guests who are very sensitive to motion sickness adjust after a day at sea.  We recommend bringing an over-the-counter medication such as Dramamine if you are prone to motion sickness.

  • If you are worried about seasickness, we highly recommend the Saronic route.  This route features shorter sail times and calmer seas than the Cyclades
  • While you’re anchored or docked for the night there will be very little rocking or movement of the boat.

Cell service is very good throughout the Greek Islands, so you’ll likely have service throughout most of your journey.   We recommend that you check with your provider to make sure your phone will work while overseas and you have the best possible pricing plan.

Captains & Hostesses

It is possible to add a hostess to any of our charters as long as there is an extra cabin available for the hostess to sleep in. Here are there details for each yacht:


Lagoon 380: 2 cabins for passengers, 2 cabins for crew. Max 4 passengers with hostess

Saona 47: 4 cabins for passengers, 2 cabins for crew. Max 8 passengers with hostess

Lagoon 450: 2 cabins for passengers, 2 cabins for crew. Max 6 passengers with hostess


Both the skipper and hostess will certainly speak English. They will be happy to answer all your questions in regards to Greek food, culture, history, etc. They will also assist your party in choosing restaurants and ordering local specialties if you would like them to accompany you to dinner in the evenings.

If you think you crew did a great job we recommend tipping them at the end of the charter. They work hard to make your trip unforgettable and they will really appreciate it. There is no standard amount and recommendations vary depending on the size of your group and the yacht.  As a guide, the average tip is usually around €100-€150 per passenger for a skippered charter and €200-€300 per passenger for a skipper/hostess charter.  These are just averages, there is not a specific amount that is expected or required.

On skipper-only charters without a hostess, it is a nice gesture of courtesy to offer the skipper snacks and some lunch during the week.  This is a minimal cost to you and they are often sailing all day won’t have time to prepare lunch on their own.”

Your skilled hostess/chef will assist the captain with sailing and anchoring in port as well as prepare breakfast and lunches throughout your journey. As far as meals and provisions the following is included:
Daily breakfast and lunch: Breakfast will generally be an assortment of pastries, cereal, yogurt, fruit, cheese, bread, etc. The featured meal will be a delicious multi-course lunch consisting of authentic greek/ mediterranean dishes prepared with fresh ingredients from the islands.
An assortment of snacks and beverages: This includes water, fruit, coffee, and snacks as well as a selection of items tailored to your preference which may include juices, soda, house wine and beer.

**We’ll reach out to you prior to charter about any specific food/drink preferences or allergies. While on charter, if you have any specific food/drink requests just let the hostess know and as long as the item is available she will pick them up at the markets on the islands (there may be an extra cost for expensive items such as premium wines and hard liquor). Dinners are not included because we recommend dining out at one of the incredible local restaurants on the islands (the captain/hostess will be happy to recommend places).

Note: The hostess is not permitted to enter or clean guest cabins.

The captain’s first priority is safety, so it’s important to understand that weather-based route decisions will follow this principle. Their second priority is to help you have the best possible vacation. We find that clients who interact with their skipper while on charters have the best overall experience. Don’t hesitate to ask questions if you would like to learn more about sailing, history, or activities on the islands you visit. If you’d like to get to know them a bit better, feel free to invite them to dinner on one of your first few evenings. They’ll likely know the best off the beaten path restaurants and local menu items on each island. That being said, the captain doesn’t expect this at all and understands that every client has their own unique preference and personality.

Generally the skipper will sleep in one of the available cabins. On smaller catamarans this would be one of the standard rooms, while some larger yachts have specific skipper cabins. If you have any questions about this, just let us know.

We only work with a small number of Greek skippers and hostesses who meet our strict standards on sailing ability, local knowledge and friendliness.  We understand that having a fantastic skipper/hostess who know the islands, food and culture is a crucial part of your overall charter sailing experience.

We schedule the skipper/hostess a few months prior to your trip when we know the full booking slate for that week.  If you have a preferred skipper/hostess we’ll do our best to accommodate your request but there are certain weeks they may be unavailable or pre-booked on another trip.

Reservations

Due to a difficulty in matching like-minded passengers on specific boats for specific weeks, we currently are unable to offer cabin charters for the 2019/2020 seasons.  However a private charter aboard our Oceanis 40 is a fantastic experience and an affordable alternative!

If you decide that you’re interested in reserving the yacht we will send over a quote with trip and deposit details and put a hold on the boat for up to a week. We require a 40% trip deposit to reserve the yacht. This deposit can be paid via secure USD ACH bank transfer (we will provide a secure link in the invoice) as well as credit card. Please note there there is a 2.9% processing fee on credit card payments that will be added to the payment. We also accept EUR and GBP wire transfers.

The remaining balance will be due one month prior to charter.

We use Wise (www.wise.com) to get the best possible EUR/USD rate. It’s important to note that the published rate you see online or in newspapers is often the interbank rate (the bank to bank exchange rate).  This is the best possible rate that banks charge each other, however the consumer rate is different.  The consumer rate (the foreign exchange rate you get from the bank for ATM withdrawals and credit card transactions) is generally 3-4% higher.

We pass on the same rate we get from Wise to you, which is generally better than the standard consumer rate.

We believe in transparency and simplicity in our pricing. We want you to have the confidence and comfort of knowing that you will have no out of pocket expenses during your journey except for dinners on the islands and optional gratuity for the crew.
This specifically includes:
Captain: Your friendly, experienced, English-speaking, Greek captain will guide you through your journey.
Amenities such as luxury linens, snorkel sets, motorized dinghy and wifi.
All Charter Expenses including as fuel, marina fees, taxes and end-cleaning
Hostess: Your skilled hostess/chef will assist the captain with sailing and anchoring in port as well as prepare breakfast and lunches throughout your journey.
Daily breakfast and lunch: Breakfast will generally be an assortment of pastries, cereal, yogurt, fruit, cheese, bread, etc. The featured meal will be a delicious multi-course lunch consisting of authentic greek/ mediterranean dishes prepared with fresh ingredients from the islands.
An assortment of snacks and beverages: This includes water, fruit, coffee, and snacks as well as a selection of items tailored to your preference which may include juices, soda, house wine and beer. **We’ll reach out to you prior to charter about any specific food/drink preferences or allergies. While on charter, if you have any specific food/drink requests just let the hostess know and as long as the item is available she will pick them up at the markets on the islands (there may be an extra cost for expensive items such as premium wines and hard liquor). Note: Dinners are not included because we recommend dining out at one of the incredible local restaurants on the islands (the captain/hostess will be happy to recommend places).

**Important Note: Skipper only charters do not includes hostess and provisions**

All payments are not refundable if the trip is cancelled by a guest. However, if COVID-related travel restrictions don’t allow for travel to Greece during your charter dates, we will offer a flexible rebooking policy and work with you to reschedule the trip for a later date at no extra cost. We also strongly recommend our clients purchase travel insurance, which should cover cancelation for other non-COVID related reasons.

We welcome guests from all over the world.

Our trips are priced in the local currency of Greece (EUR). However, we do accept payment via bank/wire transfer in USD, EUR, and GBP. We can also accept credit card payment in USD, however there is an additional 2.9% processing fee added.

Packing & Travel

Yes, we provide luxury linens and bath towels. While we provide a decent amount of towels, some clients prefer to bring or purchase their own beach towel.

Most islands have ATM’s and many restaurants accept credit card.  However,  on some of the small islands, it can be difficult to use credit card or find an ATM. We do recommend taking cash out while in Athens (the airport is the easiest location).

Luggage: If possible, we recommend using small or easily collapsible luggage. Carry-on bags or duffel bags are ideal. It will save a lot of space if your bag can be tucked away in your cabin. Large bags are certainly still allowed, however they may take up extra space in your cabin. The yachts do have extra storage areas, but there may not be enough space to accomodate a high number of large, hard luggage.

Clothing: In addition to what you’d typically pack for a vacation, we recommend our guests bring a long sleeve shirt, sweatshirt or sweater. Even during warm months, the winds can make it feel cooler while you’re at sea. 

Passport: This might be obvious, but it can’t hurt to double and triple check that you packed your passport and that it hasn’t expired. Please note that for travel to Greece your Passport expiry date must be later than 3 months from the date of your arrival in Greece.

Sunscreen: You will need sunscreen in Greece. If you don’t want to bring it, you’ll certainly be able to find some in the supermarkets in Athens or on the islands.

Towels: Bath and beach towels are included on every trip, but some guests prefer to bring their own beach towels for lounging on the yacht.
Medicine: You may not need it, but it’s always a good idea to pack some Dramamine in case the seas are rough. Many standard items (e.g., OTC pain medicine) can be purchased in Athens or on the islands. 

Scooter/ATV rental: Recent changes to Greek law require an international license when renting scooters and ATVs. To get an international license, you’ll need to visit a AAA office and pay a $20 fee. You can read more here.

Transportation and Athens Tours: Greek Seas has partnered with a fantastic company, Hellenic Explorer, that offers transportation between the airport and the marina. They also offer a variety of tours of historic and notable sites in Athens and the surrounding area. They also provide a discount for Greek Seas customers. If you’re interested in inquiring about transportation or a tour you can visit: https://www.hellenicexplorer.com/booking-request. Just mention you’re sailing with Greek Seas and they’ll know the marina to take you to as well as include the discount.

Additional Notes on current COVID policies:
Entry Requirements: Currently, all travelers to Greece must fill out a PLF form the day before entering the country. Only one form needs to be filled out per family. You can find the form and more information here: https://travel.gov.gr/. If you have any questions about the form please check the FAQ as we don’t have any additional information except what is publicly available.

COVID Test: As of now, many countries require a negative COVID test before boarding your flight back home from Greece. The CDC site says: “Passengers must be tested with a viral test that could be either an antigen test or a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT).” Thankfully you can obtain a rapid antigen test at this testing center near Zea marina when you return on Friday. You will receive results in less than an hour. You should be able to make an appointment ahead of time as well, but the captain should also be able to assist you if needed.

It’s important to remember that you’re spending a week on a yacht so there is limited storage space in the cabins. If possible, pack a bag that is either small or easily collapsible. Carry-on bags or duffel type bags are ideal. It will free up a lot of room if your bag can be tucked away. However, this is not required, it just helps to free up room on the boat. Ask you Greek Seas contact if you have any questions or worries

In Athens

  • If you’re interested in tours we have partnered with a fantastic company, Hellenic Explorer, which offers a variety of tours of historic and notable sites in Athens and the surrounding area. They also provide a discount for Greek Seas customers. If you’re interested in inquiring about transportation or a tour you can visit: https://www.hellenicexplorer.com/booking-request. Remember to mention you’re sailing with Greek Seas.Also, if you had some extra time in Athens, our captains we have compiled this extensive list of restaurants and tavernas that may be worth a visit:  https://greekseas.com/faq/do-you-have-any-restaurant-cafe-recommendations-for-athens/

All of our charters return to Zea Marina on Friday afternoon.  The exact time is fairly flexible and depends on what time you leave the final island that Friday morning.  If you have a flight on Friday, just let your captain know at the beginning of your charter.

Check out is 9am on Saturday.  We offer the opportunity for guests to spend their final Friday night on the yacht, but do want to point out that it will be different from previous nights at sea. Since Zea is a busy marina located in Athens it can be loud in the evenings (there are night clubs and heavy traffic nearby) and the air can be seem a bit stagnant when compared to being at sea.  We also like to note that your skipper will depart the yacht on Friday evening so they have a night in their own bed before their next trip on Saturday morning.

Most of our yachts are located at Zea Marina in the Piraeus region of Athens.   The marina is a 20 minute drive from the center of Athens and 45 minutes from the Athens airport. Your Greek Seas representative will provide detailed information with you prior to your charter, including the specific pier where you’ll meet your skipper.

If you need transportation to the marina,  we recommend using our partner, Hellenic Explorer, and booking transportation before you arrive in GreeceThere is a discount for Greek Seas customers.

If you are interested, they also offer a variety of tours in Athens and the surrounding area.

Most of our yachts are located at Zea Marina in the Piraeus region of Athens.   The marina is a 20 minute drive from the center of Athens and 45 minutes from the Athens airport. Your Greek Seas representative will provide detailed information with you prior to your charter, including the specific pier where you’ll meet your skipper.

If you need transportation to the marina,  we recommend using our partner, Hellenic Explorer, and booking transportation before you arrive in GreeceThere is a discount for Greek Seas customers.

If you are interested, they also offer a variety of tours in Athens and the surrounding area.

You can learn more about transportation and tours here: https://www.hellenicexplorer.com/booking-request.

Routes

Visiting Mykonos on charter is sometimes a possibility, however the winds around Mykonos are usually very high (the islands nickname is “The Island of the Winds” because of the very strong winds that usually blow on the island) making it difficult to sail into. You can certainly discuss the option of visiting Mykonos with your captain when you arrive. He’ll have a better idea of the weather forecast.

We recommend a charter with us to visit the authentic and less touristy Greek islands and then booking a stay for a few nights in Mykonos before or after your charter. The flights from Athens are very inexpensive (around €50 one way) and quick (40min) or you can also take a 2.5hr high speed ferry. 

It is not possible to sail to Santorini.

The island is too far from Athens to visit aboard a sailing yacht in one week.  Additionally, Santorini is an island that is best experienced by staying in one of the amazing hotels  and resorts lining the volcanic cliffs. The only port available for a sailing yacht to dock overnight is on the other side of the island from the main town. There is not much around the port and it can take a 45 minute taxi ride to get to the town. This is why we recommend flying or taking a ferry before or after your trip and staying for a night or two in one of many the amazing hotels in Santorini.

Your personalized island-hopping itinerary will include stops on various islands in the infamous Saronic Gulf or Cyclades in the Aegean. You’ll depart each island in the late morning/early afternoon (sailing time will be between 2-5 hours), stopping for a swim, relaxation, and lunch in a secluded cove, before continuing on to the next island. You’ll dock in port in the late afternoon, just feet away from the best activities, restaurants, and bars on the island.

You don’t need to make any decisions as far as the route prior to your arrival. It is part of the nature of charter sailing in Greece that there is a possibility of areas with strong winds/rough seas in the Aegean which may prevent you from sailing comfortably to certain islands on certain days. As a result, your exact route is not planned in advance and will be dependent on the weather/winds. When you arrive at the marina you can discuss your options with your captain who will customize the itinerary based on your interests and the weather.  If you’re looking for a more relaxed trip with calmer seas and shorter sailing times I’d recommend the Saronic. If you don’t mind possibly rougher conditions and longer sail times the Cyclades are a wonderful option as well. All the islands are really incredible and unique on both routes.

Here is a partial list of possible islands in each route:
Saronic: Aegina, Poros, Hydra, Agistri, Spetses, Porto Heli, Ermioni, Epidaurus, Nafplio and Tyros
Cyclades: Kea, Kythnos, Syros, Serifos, Paros, Sifnos, Antiparos