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The ultimate way to discover and sail the greek islands is on board your own private, comfortable, economical and environmentally friendly sailing yacht..

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THE WHOLE TRIP CAN COST LESS THAN JUST BOOKING A HOTEL WOULD.

When you organize your family and friends to share in the trip with you, a yacht charter will cost less than booking a hotel would, and your transportation from port to port is included . Our yachts can accommodate from two up to twelve persons.

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From the moment of initial contact with Captain Yiannis, everything was seamless.

Our experience has been nothing short of exceptional.

From the moment of initial contact with Captain Yiannis, everything was seamless. This company and the entire team could not have been more helpful! We live in the USA and never had a problem with communication. The Catamaran we selected was the Lagoon 450F. It was beautiful, spacious, clean, and easy to live on for a week as we sailed to beautiful beaches.

The Ionian Islands we visited were breathtaking, especially Kefalonia – it was our favorite! Above all, the feeling of safety that Captain George ensured throughout our trip made our journey even more memorable. We can’t wait to experience it again.

So, if you’re looking for an unforgettable sailing experience around the Greek Islands with a professional company and a knowledgeable and friendly guide, look no further!

Caroline Groeneveld July 7, 2023

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The Great Greek Adventure

We have seen many islands thanks to Yannis, who has an unsurpassed knowledge of the, and we might add amazing docking skills! Matoula has been an amazing hostess, a wonderful cook and always gracious with a beautiful attitude. We will never forget our Great Adventure!

Danny and Karen June 7th 2019

A safe pair of hands, experience and unlimited knowledge.

We’ve just spent a week sailing the Greek islands with Captain Yiannis. If your looking for a safe pair of hands, experience and unlimited knowledge of the Greek islands then Yiannis is the captain you need.

Jeff Brown May 10th 2019

Great knowledge of the area and its history.

Excellent week of sailing in the Greek Islands with Yiannis. He has great knowledge of the area and its history. He showed us unique beaches and key sites on the islands. A memorable week of adventure, drama, and weather. A great first visit to the country of Greece and its islands. Recommend Yiannis as a skipper and guide for your trip.

David and Suzanne Kelly September 25, 2021

The kids enjoyed jumping off the boat and even steering.

We made it back safely and happily to Paros today. Yianni showed us secluded beaches, surprising chortas and agreed to take us to santorini even though he hates sailing there! The kids enjoyed jumping off the boat and even steering it on occasion. It’s a beautiful part of the world and we’d definitely recommend exploring it.

Christine August 22, 2021

Yannis is a superb captain

First and foremost, Yannis is a superb captain. He is a true professional and puts the comfort and safety of the guests first. We had a superb week and thanks to the knowledge of Yannis we visited hidden beaches and places that were sublime. Yannis is passionate about sailing, and we all improved our sailing skills and learned about sailing this magical part of the world.

We cannot wait to return and know that Captain Yannis is our go-to Greek master of the seas.”

Kim Cornwall and friends October 14, 2021

The best tavernas for dining and the most interesting places to visit.

My friends and I had a terrific sailing trip with Cpt. Yiannis. We sailed islands from Athens to Milos for a week. [...] Captain Yiannis was not only an outstanding skipper, but he also is a very knowledgeable tour guide. [...] Also, he had tremendous knowledge of any island we stopped on the way and recommended the best tavernas for dining and the most interesting places to visit.

The captain was very professional and sailed extremely safe and responsible. Great guy, a great captain, thank you, Captain Yiannis!

Remis – Boston, USA June 26, 2021

Yannis gave us the ideal family yacht

We had a wonderful week of sailing in the Saronic Gulf end of August. Yannis gave us the ideal family yacht for this bareboat charter trip . Together with the charter company we felt us in very good hands, for all questions we had. Except in this year 2020, with these special conditions!

Thanks Yiannis.

Marc Schwarz September 6, 2020

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One of the best places for a yacht charter holiday: Greece . Greece is a country with thousands of islands throughout the Aegean and Ionian seas. Influential in ancient times, its often called the cradle of Western civilization and this history can be found in Greece still. A luxury yacht charter holiday can be a dream way to experience the Greek islands. From April onwards we offer vacations with an unparalleled sense of freedom and connection with nature.

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Chartering a Luxury Sailing Yacht, Catamaran Yacht, or Motor Yacht, with skipper or with a crew, in Greece with friends or family is a unique way to explore the beauty of the islands and mainland Greece. Nothing compares to the freedom and excitement one feels on a luxury yacht charter holiday amongst the Islands.

We work with a small selection of well maintained and equipped yachts and can help you find the most suitable yacht, step-by-step! Some of the yachts we offer are featured on this website.

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Gianetti Star 64 6 GUESTS PLUS CREW AVAILABLE IN CYCLADES FROM € 14.500 PER WEEK

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BENETEAU OCEANIS 51.1 8 GUESTS PLUS SKIPPER AVAILABLE ALL OVER GREECE FROM € 5650 PER WEEK WITH SKIPPER

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FOUNTAIN PAJOT 50 10 GUESTS PLUS CREW HOMEPORT ATHENS, AVAILABILITY FROM € 16000 PER WEEK WITH CREW

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LAGOON 52 12 GUESTS PLUS CREW AVAILABLE FLEXIBLE FROM € 12600 PER WEEK WITH CREW

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ICON 64 22 Knots, 8 GUESTS PLUS 3 CREW LOCATION FLEXIBLE FROM € 15000 PER WEEK

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ALALUNGA 78 28 KNOTS, 10 GUESTS PLUS 4 CREW ATHENS BASED, AVAILABLE CYCLADES FROM € 26000 PER WEEK

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Classic Motor Sailor 10 Knots, 8 GUESTS PLUS 3/4 CREW NORTH AEGEAN, SPORADES, CYCLADES FROM € 17500,- PER WEEK.

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Classic MOTOR SAILOR 10 Knots, 10 GUESTS, 4 CREW FLEXIBLE STARTING PORTS: EAST MED FROM € 19000 PER WEEK

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All-Inclusive Yacht Charter Sailing Vacations

An all-inclusive yacht charter experience with fine sailing yachts in greece. let’s explore the greek islands together and make every day a dream memory for a lifetime.

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No hidden fees or extra charges.

The best types of vacations are when you don’t need to worry about anything. And that’s the great thing about all-inclusive luxury vacations with Greece OnBoard .

All you must do is reserve your vacation, pack your luggage and look forward to a week of fun, adventure and excitement. The rest, well, leave that to us!

A fully all-inclusive luxury experience where almost everything is thoughtfully curated: starting from your arrival and warm welcome on our boats to your departure back home. Until next year! 

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Vacation in Greece with a sailing yacht

What is your ideal vacation.

Does it involve sailing on beautiful seas, feeling sunshine and warm wind on your face, and immersing yourself in rich cultural sights?

Travel to the Greek Islands , and see Greece the way it was meant to be seen from the sea, while an experienced sailing team does all the work. This leaves you free to sail through the islands while you relax and enjoy all of the experiences and sights that Greece has to offer.

Ready for an exciting and carefree trip to the Greek Islands?

Keep reading to find out why sailing with Greece On Board is the best way to make your dream trip come true.

Why Greece?

Greece has some of the best waters for sailing in the world. The beauty of sailing the Greek seas, traveling from island to island, fills the five senses. It offers you idyllic views, blue seas, and geographic and historic riches.

Visit endless sandy beaches, private rocky coves, and quaint Greek villages. Feel the warm wind on your face, taste the authentic flavors of the country, and experience the genuine friendliness of the Greek people and the richness of Greek culture.

See the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets and fill your days with seaside memories you will never forget.

Charter a Sailing Yacht in Greece

We know that Greece is a fabulous destination. But, why charter a sailing yacht or catamaran?

Build Your Own Itinerary

Sailing yachts are your luxury transportation and accommodations on the sea, with the ability to build your own itinerary. You can wake up in a new place each day or spend several days in the same picturesque place. It’s all up to you.

Greece on Board offers 7-and-15-day itineraries.

Good for a Range of Travelers

Another reason sailing yachts are a great choice is that they cater to a wide range of people. Whether you are a beginner sailor or an experienced one, if you prefer to be active or to take things slow, chartering a sailing yacht is an excellent choice. Families, couples, friends, and adventurers-it’s an unforgettable experience no matter the size or interests of your group.

Your Own Skipper and Team

The best reason to charter a sailing yacht is that you can see the Greek islands from a private vessel with your own skipper and experienced team. You just have to relax and enjoy the ride.

It’s an Immersive Experience

There is nothing like sailing on the Greek seas. Let the skipper and his crew harness the wind and take you from one breathtaking island to the next.

Sailing by wind is one of the purest experiences in life. Our sailing vessels not only provide transportation but a full, immersive travel experience that offers our guests a deep connection to nature and the sea. No engine noise or rumbling, just following the ebbs and flows of the water around us and the wind that guides us, lulling our guests into a state of relaxation and happiness.

Sailing Destinations

Greece on Board offers a variety of destinations on your 7-or-15-day private sailing yacht sailing trip. Some of the island destinations might be changed because of weather or sea conditions, but your skipper has the experience of knowing when to adjust course if necessary. Here are some of the wonderful places we have the possibility of visiting.

The Saronic Gulf

The Saronic Gulf is a body of water nestled between mainland Greece and the Southern Peloponnese, a short sail from Athens.

An ideal place to sail for people looking for a relaxing, easy sailing vacation, the Saronic Gulf offers calm waters, natural beauty, and beautiful historical and waterfront sites.

There are many beautiful places to visit on the Peloponnesian coastline in addition to many picturesque islands in the Saronic Gulf. We highly recommend including Hydra, Spetses, and Poros.

The Cyclades

A sailing trip to the Cyclades offers a trip through the pearls of the Aegean and some of the most visited destinations in Greece.

There is a reason people love the Cyclades . The architectural scenery of white-washed houses, hilltop churches, and idyllic villages dazzles the eyes. There are unlimited beaches, coves, and blue waters to explore.

While the water conditions in the Cyclades are sometimes rough during July and August, it might be enjoyable for more experienced sailors.

Some of the islands that the Greece on Board team can include in your Cycladic itinerary are:

What’s Included?

Your all-inclusive sailing trip includes everything you need for a hassle-free vacation. We handle everything to make sure your visit to Greece is a dream come true.

The Sailing Yacht

Greece on Board has its fleet of impressive sailing yachts and catamarans. Choose the luxury charter yacht of your choice. The different vessels offer a range of cabins and amenities and can accommodate from 4 to 8 guests.

Itinerary Consultation

Our team will be in touch to build the ultimate vacation for you. They want to hear about your choices, preferences, and expectations for the journey and will customize your itinerary.

Experienced Skipper and Team

An experienced skipper is an important element of your trip. Our skippers know the waters around the Greek islands and have a deep sailing knowledge of the areas to visit. Experienced sailors fluent in English will guide you and provide information about all of the places you will see on your journey.

Fuel and Port Fees

Our all-inclusive pack includes all the fuel costs. The port fees required at each marina are also covered as are the power and water needed for your trip.

We also offer many extras in our all-inclusive package. These include:

  • Free unlimited Wifi
  • A wine cellar full of great wines to choose from at great prices
  • Beach towels
  • Bed linens and bath towels
  • Transportation to and from Athens International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos)
  • Fun Water Equipment (snorkeling sets, underwater camera, inflatables, etc.)
  • The option of a hostess at an additional charge
  • Safety equipment
  • VAT and taxes

*Visit our website to determine what is not included or requires extra charges

Sail With GreeceOnBoard

With our sailing trips, you will have the opportunity to sail the most beautiful waters in the world, in a luxury sailing yacht, while enjoying the rich culture that Greece has to offer. Come and enjoy the sun, sea, culture, and food, and experience the Greek islands with style and comfort during your sailing adventure.

Contact Greece on Board today to request a booking or to get additional information. Reserve your vacation, pack your bags, get ready for a week of unforgettable fun and excitement, and leave the rest to us! We have your skipper and boat, Greece awaits you .

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All offers and One-Way Trips are Skippered.

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Testimonials.

We couldn’t have asked for a better Capitan in George. He was a knowledgeable guide that kept us safe, but helped us optimize for fun. Can’t say enough about George and the Greece on board staff. Forrest S Jul 2022 Sun, wind, water, family. Beautiful islands, great food, and amazing people. Highly recommend looking into and talking more with George about the possibilities!!

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Greece is the sailing wonder of the world, made up of 4500 islands set in a wine dark sea. Each island showcases its own ancient monuments and mythological stories. Sail crystal-clear waters on a yacht charter or sailing tour, to a mix of tiny, quaint harbours and cosmopolitan towns; or dine in style at welcoming tavernas and embrace the warm hospitality only the Greeks can offer.

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Set in the heart of the South Pacific Ocean, Tahiti and the Society Islands of French Polynesia are a tropical paradise made up of lush volcanic islands, surrounded by pink sand, aqua blue lagoons and fringing barrier reefs. Discover the ‘joie de vivre’ on a yacht charter or sailing tour to one of the most romantic destinations on Earth.

The most sought-after yacht charter destination in Europe, Croatia boasts 1,000 miles of forested Adriatic coastline. Explore UNESCO heritage towns, spectacular Roman architecture and pristine national parks. Dine on succulent seafood and home-made pasta while celebrating some of Europe's best nightlife. Croatia has it all, and is the gem of the Adriatic.

British and US Virgin Islands

Made up of 50 lush islands, the BVIs have long been the number one yacht charter sailing destination in the Caribbean. Picturesque scenery and a fun-filled island atmosphere make them a haven for yacht charter enthusiasts and for first-time sailors enjoying sailing tours.

The USVI consist of 4 larger islands; St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island, and some 50 smaller islets and cays. Crystal clear waters, stunning snorkeling and beautiful anchorages make the USVI a must see sailing destination. 

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Scattered over a quarter million square kilometres north of Cuba lie the 700 islands which make up the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Famous for pink sand, pick conch shells and a smiling friendly people, The Bahamas are a picture perfect paradise!

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The sophisticated Windward Islands boast volcanic peaks, rainforests, miles of black sandy beaches and colourful French and Creole restaurants. The islands were chosen by the rich and famous for their un-spoilt charm and natural beauty. There is something for everyone at countless anchorages on exciting sailing tours.

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Which charter is right for you?

Whether you’re new to the sea, or a seasoned sailor, Poseidon Charters offers yacht charter and sailing tours for everyone. Read our handy guide on the difference of each of the charter types. 

Yacht Charter

For the experienced sailor. A yacht charter or bareboat means you are renting a monuhull or catamaran, without professional crew and sailing it yourself. In most destinations, a sailing certificate is required to skipper a boat on your own itinerary.

Skippered Yacht Charter

For the novice sailor. Charter a yacht with a professional skipper who will sail the yacht and provide local knowledge. Choose a monohull or catamaran yacht then sit back and relax while the skipper provides stress free sailing.

Luxury Yacht Charter

For the discerning sailor or traveller. A private yacht charter of a luxury motor, catamaran or monohull yacht, with the highest standard of service. Depending on the size of yacht, the crew ranges from two to ten crew and includes a chef for a high-end yachting experience.

Cabin Charter

For the adventurous sailor. Cabin charters are sailing tours booked by the cabin on a shared yacht. There are professional crew onboard who are your guides, prepare the inclusive meals and sail the boat. Cabins on sailing tours are available on catamarans or monohull yachts dependent on destination.

The Aegean Adventure

For over 30 years we were lucky enough to be able to sail the wonderful Aegean Sea in Greece on our by the cabin tours around the Greek islands. We sailed with 1000's of guests from all over the world sharing our passion for Greece. Thank you to everyone who sailed with us over the last 30 years you have made Poseidon Charters what it is today. In 2022 we Poseidon Charters decided to stop offering our cabin charter in Greece and now focuses on offering yachts with crew. Greece is still our number one destination of course, so why not take a look at which option is best for your next sailing vacation. 

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We no longer run our flotilla on a regular basis, but when a group of five friends wanted to sail together they formed their own flotilla and we provided the yachts, captains and hostesses for them. 

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Poseidon Charters has just returned from Greece where we attended the Eastern Mediterranean Yacht Show - EMMYS on the island of Poros. 

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A yacht charter in Greece offers the ultimate superyacht experience for those seeking sun-drenched days, a rich and vibrant culture , coupled with a generous portion of exclusivity and luxury. Explore ancient ruins and UNESCO World Heritage sites, indulge in award-winning cuisine , relax at exclusive beach clubs, drop anchor at uninhabited islands , or dance the night away at some of the Mediterranean’s hippest night spots. Cruise the crystal-clear waters of the Aegean Sea and take your pick of more than 6,000 islands and islets . Our charter brokers go to great lengths to ensure every detail of your charter getaway is flawless, including crafting bespoke itineraries and experiences. Contact Moran today.

Why charter a yacht in Greece?

Here are just some of the many reasons you should choose Greece as your next superyacht charter destination:

  • Incredible cuisine and fresh seafood at local tavernas
  • More than 6,000 islands, many of which are uninhabited
  • The birthplace of democracy, stunning UNESCO World Heritage sites, and ancient ruins
  • Crystal-clear waters, ideal for making the most of your yacht’s water toys
  • Glamorous nightlife and exclusive beach clubs
  • Amazing wildlife both above and under the waves
  • Adventures and experiences to suit everyone
  • Easy access with multiple international airports accommodating commercial airlines and private jets

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The Cyclades

Located in the Aegean Sea, the Cyclades sit southwest of mainland Greece and consist of hundreds of islands, many of which are uninhabited. The Cyclades’ most popular superyacht destination is arguably Santorini; however, beyond this uber-exclusive port of call lie plenty of island gems to cruise to, including Ios, Paros, Antiparos, Mykonos, and Milos. Enjoy an island-hopping adventure soaking up the Cyclade Islands’ stunning natural beauty, superb beaches, and white-washed towns.

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The Ionian Islands

The Ionian Islands boast some of the Mediterranean’s most idyllic island gems. Made up of 14 islands, such as Corfu, Zakynthos, Kefalonia, Paxi, and Kythira, the Ionian Islands are known for their superb ancient wonders and modern-day marvels. Explore historic towns rich in Venetian and Byzantine architecture, discover abundant olive groves, or relax on white sandy beaches, such as the iconic Smuggler’s Cove on the island of Zakynthos. There’s no question that the best way to explore the Ionian Islands is by luxury yacht.

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The Dodecanese Islands

Lying in an elegant arch that runs parallel to the Turkish coast, the Dodecanese Islands are rich in history and boast a vibrant tapestry of cultures. Many of the islands can trace their roots back to the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Highlights include the islands of Rhodes and Kos, rich in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, while lesser-known islands such as Lipsi, Tilos, and Symi offer tranquil charm in abundance. Island-hop these fascinating islands at your own pace while enjoying all the luxuries of your private yacht.

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What are the best Greek Islands to explore?

With more than 6,000 islands to explore, spanning major island chains such as the Cyclades Islands, the Aegean Islands, the Sporades Islands, the Ionian Islands, the Dodecanese Islands, and the Saronic Islands, there’s a Greek locale to match every desired experience. Whether you want an off-the-beaten-track feel or want to be in the heart of all the action, Greece offers the ideal spot. Some of the most popular with yachting enthusiasts include:

Considered one of the most dazzling and exclusive of all the Greek islands, Santorini offers charm in abundance. Explore cobbled streets drenched in bougainvillea, party at decadent beach clubs, or enjoy dining at some of Greece’s most spectacular restaurants.

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Sandy beaches lapped by turquoise waters, striking interiors, and pretty whitewashed buildings are the hallmarks of Mykonos. This Greek Island is known for its ultra-hip nightspots that attract internationally acclaimed DJs, refined beach restaurants, and label-laden boutiques.

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Pretty Crete is one of the largest and most populous islands in Greece, known for its rich culture, superb cuisine, and spectacular National Park. Explore cities steeped in history and fascinating ancient ruins such as Knossos, first occupied during the Neolithic era, 7,000 B.C.

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Considered one of Greece’s most romantic destinations, pretty Hydra will seduce you with its quaint towns and relaxed atmosphere. Hydra is a car-free island, giving it the feel of a bygone area that over the years has attracted renowned artists and jet setters in equal measure.

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There’s lots going on in Rhodes, with plenty to see and do, making it a popular yachting destination. Rhode’s Medieval Old Town is a must-visit and is regarded as one of the best-fortified cities in Europe. On Rhodes, you’ll also find the ancient Lindos Acropolis.

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While not technically a Greek island, mainland Greece should not be ignored. Athens is brimming with Greek culture and mythology, exclusive restaurants, designer boutiques, and world-class offerings. A must-visit is the Acropolis of Athens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered the most complete ancient Greek monumental complex.

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How can Moran Yacht & Ship help me charter a yacht in Greece?

No matter which island you fancy exploring during a private yacht charter in Greece, Moran Yacht & Ship’s charter specialists will listen to your needs and then craft a bespoke charter itinerary. Thanks to our superb contacts, we can also secure your reservations at the most exclusive restaurants and beach clubs, as well as arrange for private guided tours. With access to the best yachts in Greece, our expertise and knowledge is second to none. Contact our charter team today and start your Greece yacht charter vacation.

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When is the best time to explore Greece on a luxury yacht?

The summer months are high-season in Greece for superyacht charters, when you can expect the best weather. Additionally, the shoulder season – late spring and early fall – are also popular, especially for those seeking a less crowded time to explore the region or perhaps wanting slightly cooler temperatures for inland exploration.

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What are some highlights on a greece luxury yacht charter.

Some highlights of a luxury yacht charter in Greece include:

  • Explore Greece’s ancient wonders. The most famous, such as the Acropolis, can be found in Athens, however, many of the Greek islands boast historically significant heritage sites.
  • Soak up the sun on uninhabited Greek islands; with more than 6,000 islands and islets to explore, you will be spoilt for choice
  • Explore local vineyards and olive groves
  • Feast on delicious Greek cuisine at local tavernas
  • Hike stunning national parks and discover Greece’s varied landscape
  • Sink beneath the waves and discover vibrant marine life and fascinating shipwrecks.

What are the air temperatures on a Greece luxury yacht charter?

Spring (April to June): Spring is a pleasant time to visit Greece, with mild temperatures ranging from around 59°F (15°C) to 77°F (25°C).

Summer (July to August) : Summer is the peak yacht charter season in Greece, with hot and dry weather. Average temperatures range from 77°F (25°C) to 95°F (35°C) or even higher.

Fall (September to November) : Fall is another favorable time to visit on a luxury yacht charter, as crowds thin out and temperatures become more comfortable. Expect average temperatures from around 68°F (20°C) to 77°F (25°C).

Winter (December to February) : Winter is the off-peak season in Greece, with cooler temperatures and some rainfall. Average temperatures range from approximately 50°F (10°C) to 59°F (15°C).

What's the water temperature like on a Greece yacht charter?

The water temperature in Greece varies throughout the year, with warmer temperatures during the summer months and cooler temperatures in the winter. Greece has a Mediterranean climate, and its coastal waters are influenced by this climate pattern. Almost all yacht charters in Greece are during the late spring, summer, and early fall, when the water temperatures are welcoming and the weather is at its best.

  • Water temperatures can range from around 57°F (14°C) to 64°F (18°C).
  • Water temperatures in Greece during the spring months can range from approximately 59°F (15°C) to 68°F (20°C).
  • Water temperatures during the summer months typically range from about 70°F (21°C) to 82°F (28°C).
  • Water temperatures during the fall months can range from around 68°F (20°C) to 75°F (24°C).

Where can I embark on a Greek Islands yacht charter?

The embarkation destination will depend on your cruising itinerary. Many of the larger Greek Islands boast international airports that accommodate commercial airlines and private jets, ensuring easy access to your yacht charter. The most popular destinations to embark on a Greece superyacht charter include:

  • Thessaloniki

How much does a yacht charter in Greece cost?

The cost of a luxury yacht charter in Greece will depend on several factors, primarily the size of the boat, its onboard amenities, your cruising itinerary, and the length of the charter. Every yacht charter is unique, from the yacht’s onboard amenities to the cruising itinerary and choice of experiences. Moran Yacht & Ship are specialists in Greece yacht charters and have access to the world’s finest superyachts and mega yachts for charter in Greece. Whether you fancy an island-hopping adventure that takes you from one paradisiacal beach to the next, or exploring Greece’s ancient wonders, Moran’s team of veteran charter agents can help. We will listen to your needs and connect you with your ideal vessel, ensuring you enjoy the ultimate charter experience. Contact our team today.

How can Moran help me charter a yacht in Greece?

If you want to discover the land of ancient gods on a Greece yacht charter, the Moran Yacht & Ship charter brokers can help. We are a leading yacht brokerage with exclusive access to the world’s finest motor yachts and superyachts for charter. We specialise in curating extraordinary yachting experiences that exceed expectations. Contact our team today.

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A pristine beach reached aboard a bareboat charter in Greece.

We can offer you a yacht charter from Athens to sail to the nearby islands of Saronic and Cyclades or a yacht charter from the Aegean bases for Cyclades and Dodecanese, or a yacht charter from the Ionian bases.

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Carefree sailing with a bareboat yacht charter in Greece - Sailing Heaven

All the seaside places in Greece are so captivating that it is the ideal place to start planning your sailing holidays. You’ll find stunning turquoise waters, magnificent natural formations, quaint fishing villages, renowned tourist destinations… but if quiet is more your thing there are endless secluded coves to explore.

Ready to set sail? Get your personalized bareboat charter quote today

Skippered yacht charter greece.

Sailing holidays on a yacht rental is not just for sailors. It is for everyone seeking something more than the sea, the sun, and a sunbed. We provide professionally trained skippers for those who wish to rent a yacht and enjoy relaxing sailing holidays in Greece or those who wish to get involved and learn the ropes and the sails during a skippered yacht charter in Greece. After all, learning how to sail is easy. Depending on crew eagerness, our skipper will not only show how to navigate but will also provide firsthand knowledge of the Greek island destinations.

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  • need more experience and more confidence to take a yacht rental on their own
  • want to get familiar with the Greek waters (first time to Greece)
  • need a hand because no other in their crew may provide sufficient help
  • need a guide to be with them and show the best coves and secluded bays for moorage and/or swimming, as well as the best places in seaside villages to eat and drink
  • want to relax and enjoy leaving the helm and sails in the hands of someone who can be trusted

Our skippers are hospitable, friendly, discrete and knowledgeable about every destination and you will discuss together your preferences and plan your route. Choosing a skippered yacht charter, you also hire the skipper who will take care of the yacht for you and will ensure that you get the most out of your sailing holidays in Greece. When you select from our yachts for rent, keep in mind that you have to provide a cabin or berth in cabin for your skipper as he is obliged to sleep on board. Apart from the skipper’s fee, you have to also provide his meals either from the meals you prepare on board or at an eating place ashore. The skipper’s fee, regardless of the season and the people on board, is €140 to €190 depending on the yacht rental. You may wish to hire also a cook/hostess. The fee per day is generally 10 euro less than the skipper’s and you need to provide berth and meals as for the skipper. The running expenses for a skippered yacht charter are just like those of a bareboat charter (fuel, gas, water, meals, port/marina fees, etc.), plus the costs for the hired crew as above. Although some of our yacht rentals are offered only skippered (yacht charter prices include skipper’s fee), you may choose any of our bareboat charter yachts fitting your needs and let us know if you wish to have a skipper (select the check-box on the form of the yacht rental booking request).

The Greek unspoiled coastline and offshore islands have so many spectacular spots to visit that it is a natural start to any itinerary. Skippered yacht charter in Greece is all about your own private cruise where you can plan your own itinerary and visit exactly the places and attractions you want, from some of the world’s few truly iconic destinations to serene coves that are not accessible by land.

Want to experience a sizzling skippered sailing holiday in Greece?

With so many islands dotting the Greek archipelagos, the route options seem limitless. When you rent a boat with us you are free to compose your own itinerary.

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Discover the Greek Islands from your own luxury private yacht

LUXURY YACHT GREECE

Charter a private yacht in Greece and enjoy a luxurious island hopping adventure in the Cyclades Islands. Begin your luxury tour of Greece in Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization where you will visit ancient highlights such as the Acropolis, the Museum of the Acropolis, and the ancient Agora. Then, board your luxury yacht in Athens’ port and cruise towards the Cyclades Islands. Spend the following days hopping from island to island where our expert team members will be awaiting you, disembarking for a variety of active adventures, sightseeing, and immersive experiences. While on your Greece private yacht adventure, visit popular islands such as Mykonos, known for its lively beaches and active nightlife, and Santorini, for a magnificent sunset hike around the caldera. You will also have the chance to explore islands that are less frequently visited. Stop at Polyaigos Island to swim at deserted beaches, enjoy a delicious dinner at a local tavern in Sifnos, and wander through the most charming white streets of Paros. Along the way, there will be plenty of opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing aboard your luxurious yacht. Blue Parallel will handpick the vessel for your private yacht charter in Greece based on the needs of your group. All of the luxury yachts are fully staffed with an attentive captain and crew.

A Taste of Blue Parallel's Insider Access

  • VIP Airport services in Athens
  • Exclusive private opening of the Acropolis Museum
  • Private luxury motor yacht with expert crew in the Cy clades
  • Visit a local’s home in Paros where you can learn about the ancient weaving techniques of the region
  • Traditional culinary experience in a private home with breathtaking views of Paros
  • A surprise musical performance in a spectacular natural setting in Santorini
  • Private volcanic wine tasting experience in Santorini
  • Private helicopter services

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Athens (2 Nights)

Your private tour of Greece begins in Athens, one of the world’s oldest cities. You will be taken by private transfer to your hotel in downtown Athens with views of the Acropolis. Once a powerful city-state and a center for the arts, learning and philosophy, Athens was home to Plato’s Academy and Aristotle’s Lyceum, and is often referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy. Its heritage of the classical era is still evident and represented by ancient monuments and works of art dotted throughout the city, the most famous being the Parthenon.

After you settle into your luxury hotel, visit the innovative Acropolis Museum with your expert guide. The museum’s glass design is equal in size and shape to the Parthenon, and rotates the marble sculptures and findings exactly as they were placed at the Parthenon centuries ago. After your immersion into the rich history of the Acropolis, dine at a nearby restaurant with breathtaking views of the Acropolis.

The next day, visit the Acropolis itself, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most important ancient site in the Western world. Later, explore the Plaka neighborhood built on top of the residential areas of the ancient town of Athens and finish at the Ancient Agora and Roman Forums, all walking distance from your hotel. Enjoy lunch at a traditional tavern before heading back to your hotel to spend some time at leisure. Later in the evening, dine at a gourmet restaurant in town.

Yachting through the Cyclades Islands (7 Nights)

Your Greece private yacht charter begins at the port of Piraeus in Athens, where you will board your luxury motor yacht and embark on a 7 night private cruise through the Greek Isles. The yacht will be equipped with a dedicated crew giving you the flexibility to alter the itinerary when needed, according to weather or personal preferences. Please see below for a suggested Blue Parallel itinerary centered on privacy and beautiful, secluded locations. Services of personal hosts or guides will also be provided during land excursions when applicable.

Sifnos (1 Night)

On your first day, sail to Sifnos Island where you can take a scenic hike to Kastro, a picturesque, car-free village with over 3,000 years of history, for a walking tour through the ancient streets with your expert guide. Later, enjoy cocktails on the terrace of a local cafe, enjoying impressive views over the surrounding sea and mountains before continuing down to the bay where you can enjoy a unique dinner at Cantina, overlooking the water.

Milos (1 Night)

In the morning head to the uninhabited island of Polyaigos to swim in its crystal clear waters and enjoy its deserted beaches. You will make stops at different emerald bays that explode in blue color due to the underground white clay at the ocean bottom. In the afternoon, continue your Greece private charter with a visit to Milos Island, an idyllic place for those who want to experience Greece in all its beauty while skipping the crowds found on the more popular islands. On the way, stop at Sarakiniko beach located on the north shore of Milos island for an afternoon swim. Dock for the evening at the main port and enjoy dinner at a local taverna.

Santorini (1 night)

Continue your private yacht tour of Greece in Santorini, the largest island of a small circular archipelago in the southernmost point of the Cyclades Islands. Enjoy boating along the caldera with stops at the famous red and white beaches made of solidified lava for swimming and snorkeling. In the afternoon, take a private transfer to Imerovigli where you can start your hike to Skaros Rock and later continue along the caldera to Oia. This is an awe-inspiring 2.5 hour hike along the cliffs of the caldera, passing charming white churches and traditional cave houses with views of the Aegean Sea. End the hike at Oia in time to watch one of the world’s best sunsets and enjoy a fresh seafood dinner right on the water at Ammoudi port.

Antiparos (1 Night)

The next morning, you will explore Akrotiri, a Minoan Bronze Age settlement that was destroyed in a volcanic eruption around 1,500 BC. Later, enjoy a private volcanic wine tasting at an exclusive vineyard near Akrotiri. Return to your yacht where you can enjoy lunch onboard and in the afternoon, sail to Antiparos where you can enjoy an incredible sunset at Captain Pipinos.

Paros (1 Night)

Your private Greece tour continues to Paros where you spend the morning exploring its northern beaches such as Santa Maria bay where you can snorkel or dive. After lunch onboard the yacht, continue to Parikia and Naoussa, both known for their traditional Cycladic architecture, shopping, and little cafes. Then, in the late afternoon, head to a private home where you can enjoy a traditional culinary experience and cooking lesson in a traditional farm house. Following the class, enjoy the fruits of your labor for dinner with an unforgettable view of Paros.

Mykonos (1 Night)

In the morning, depart for Mykonos Island. Before reaching the main island, enjoy a private archaeological tour of Delos Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and ancient administrative center. Continue on to the uninhabited island of Renia for swimming in remote coves. Enjoy fresh grilled fish for lunch, then disembark at Mykonos town – the famed cosmopolitan destination and nightlife hotspot – for some shopping and sightseeing. In the evening, enjoy a gourmet dinner at one of Mykonos’ best restaurants.

Kythnos (1 Night)

Head west to end your private yacht charter in Greece in Kythnos. Kythnos Island is known for its traditional villages, beautiful beaches and rolling hills. On this agricultural island, life is simple and most of its beaches are unspoiled. Upon arrival, head to the stunning Kolona beach which connects the island of Agios Loukas with the rest of Kythnos and forms a golden stretch of sand with crystalline sapphire waters on both sides. Only reachable by boat (or on foot), this unique characteristic creates a romantic and tranquil atmosphere. End the day with a farewell BBQ on the beach, prepared exclusively for your party.

Disembarkation / International Departure

Your luxury Greece tour ends with an early morning departure for Athens port. Upon arrival, enjoy a private transfer to Athens international airport to catch your flight home.

Map showing route and destinations of luxury Private Yacht journey in Greece

DESTINATIONS TRAVEL TIME
ATHENS SIFNOS 5 hrs 30 min
SIFNOS MILOS 1 hr
MILOS SANTORINI 4 hrs
SANTORINI ANTIPAROS 4 hrs 30 min
ANTIPAROS PAROS 15 min
PAROS MYKONOS 2 hrs
MYKONOS KYTHNOS 2 hrs
KYTHNOS ATHENS 3 hrs 30 min

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Luxury yacht cruises in sea near rocky cliffs in Greece

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Recommended stay 9-12 days
Price reference

Note: Prices will vary based on the specifics of your itinerary and the number of passengers in your party.

Our trips to Greece are highly customized and include a choice of sea-based and land-based adventures. Pricing varies depending on the type of itinerary, period of travel, and accommodations, which ranges from a private charter, luxurious land-based lodgings, or a combination of both. Please get in touch with our team of travel experts at +1-301-263-6670 or [email protected]  to find out more about pricing and itineraries for our tailor-made Greece journeys.

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Unpack your bag once and not worry about anything else for the next few weeks. At each destination we'll give you information about the island, the best sites and points of interest, modes of transportation and even restaurant recommendations. All you have to do is decide on what best fits your groups interests. You won't need to spend hours combing through books wondering what the best sites to see are.

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... discovering secluded bays, sampling the local delicacies of each destination, exploring archeological sites and temples, discovering a few off-the-beaten-path places and walking their picturesque harbor villages with narrow streets, snorkeling in the most amazing places, spending the night onboard in an astonishing scenery and much more.



If all the above sound appealing to you - in order to book yourGreek island sailing cruise.

 

How much does a yacht charter costs?

The charter rates below are the prices for the whole yacht (per sailboat - NOT per person). In order to obtain the charter rates per person for a short Greek islands cruise, you simply divide the rates listed below to the number of persons in your party. For example a group of 6 interested in a 5 day trip in June - season B - will pay 3490 euro per boat thus 3530 euro / 6 persons = only 588 euro per person.

Incredible value for money - cheaper than any other holiday option and an absolute superior experience to the typical "ferry to an island / stay in a hotel" alternative.

           
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(includes food bonus of 210 euro/week). VAT not included - recommended to be paid on board directly to the captain.


The above packs will make it super easy to plan and budget for your sailing vacation. No hidden costs and a flat rate for the extra expenses associated with hiring a boat.



We offer our guests the advantage to pay a flat rate prior to setting sail, and that’s it!

After surfing the web and looking at different options for your sailing vacation, you might have noticed most yacht rental are structured similarly with renting a car. The charter rate covers the price for hiring the yacht itself (just like the car rental price covers the car itself).

And all the other aspects/costs involved are on you to cover as you go. For a car that would be things like gas, toll rates. With similar structure, when you are budgeting for your sailing holidays, you will have add on top of the charter rate, the other expenses involved as they appear. The trouble with this approach is that for a yacht the total/ final price the extras add up to varies several factors. Which makes it difficult for the traveler to figure out the total price he will end up paying (an aspect that will naturally might make him worried or anxious).

For example while the rate applied for skipper services is pretty much standard for all companies (200 - 260 euro/day), all the others extra can range according to many factors. How much fuel you are going to use depends on how long the engine will be running - more specifically on the distance to your favorite destination and weather condition. "But won't we be sailing most of the time-why are we discussing fuel?' you might be wondering. Please read below the paragraph marked with **

So we are taking a different approach. In order to avoid the hassle of having an expense account open , we have grouped everything in the : "All costs included" combo of 350 euro/day to include the expenses associated with chartering the sailing yacht (skipper, fuel, final cleaning, etc) that will guarantee worry free vacations. You won't have to keep an expense account open. You simply pay a one-time flat rate - divided in between the members in your group prior to setting sail, and that’s it! Much easier to plan and budget for! No hidden costs, no surprise at the end of the trip.

** How much will we be sailing /motoring? Well...it all depends on the wind conditions and the distance to the next destination. So let's take for example a sail from Mykonos to the port of Paroikia in Paros that is 28 nautical miles apart (a good average).

  • In favorable weather conditions a sailboat is perfectly capable of reaching a destination powered only by sails. With a good wind speed (10-12 knots or more) a sailboat would be a moving with a regular speed around 7 miles/hour. Thus, assuming a proper breeze, you would be covering the 28 nautical miles distance in about 4 hours.
  • But when winds are very mild or from an un-proper direction, the speed a sailboat can reach just on sail power can drop significantly - even as low as 2-3 miles/hour. As a result, if you try to save fuel and move just on sails, you would be covering the same distance in 9-10 hours (no time left for swimming or exploring the island you are heading to). This is when the engine is one's best friend! Is helping to go up to the regular speed of 7 knots so you reach the destination you wish, the day you wish in a reasonable time. This is an especially important aspect for many of our guests as soon as they realize a regular day on board is divided in several parts (the 3-5 hours travel time to the next destination, the 1-3 hours stop for a swim, the late afternoon/evening for exploring the islands you reach, on-shore activities, exploring the villages and dinner).
  • With a 4 hours travel there's time to mix all these in a single day.

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Prices in Euro (€) per DAY 1350 1150 950
10% discount for couples or party of 2 persons

Depending on each situation, a one-way fee applies in order to cover the cost of the boat travelling from the base/regular embarkation point to the pick up point of your choice (fuel + rate for the day/s when it cannot be chartered as it will be traveling to the island you prefer to embark at).

Thus the one way fee depends on the distance to the destination chosen and can vary from 800 euro to 1450 euro.

Please contact us for more details.


: Indulge yourself with the perfect sailing cruise to the Greek islands on board our limited edition sailboat. Built in Greece specifically for handling any sea conditions in the Aegean archipelago, the sailing yacht Albatross is a fast leisure boat with excellent sailing capability.


For guests' exclusive use there are 2 double and 2 twin cabins accommodating 8 travelers. The skipper has separate quarters. For larger group of 9-10 persons special sleeping arrangements might sometimes be done - please contact us for more details before booking.



: Explore Greece in style on board Freedom sailboat! Freedom is an amazing 52 feet sail yacht with an excellent sailing behavior and beautiful classic lines. It's luxuary wood interior and comfort can accomodate up to 6 guests.


For a detailed list of the amenities please check page.

Our team - The skippers

We are a boutique yacht charter company whose main focus is treating our guests individually and striving to make their dream reality. The two of us, Adriana and Radu are the owners of the Albatross and Freedom, and it is our great pleasure of sailing you around the Greek islands. We like to see and treat each person on board more as a friend rather than a typical client.

... skipper and sailing instructor - probably the most friendly, dedicated and customer orientated person you will ever meet.

Currently, at the age of 47, she is an incredibly passionate professional captain and mariner, very enthusiastic to introduce the ultimate experience to the guests on board Albatross. Combining incredible sailing skills combined with her love of the sea and in depth knowledgeable of Greek islands, she shares her infectious enthusiasm about the history and culture guaranteeing a once in a life-time journey through the Greek islands.


" sailing school in Austria - from 2006 through to 2018 by The Austrian Sailing Federation (OESV).

With an in depth knowledge and experience relating not just to sailing but also to paragliding, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, mountaineering and touring in Austria, Switzerland, France, Monaco, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Hungary, England, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain (Tenerife), Germany, Croatia and Hawaii, Rita is now looking forward to showing you the best of Greece!


 

... two young, passionate and dedicated people, with a great love for adventure.

They have turned their lifelong love for sea and travelling into a company meant to create once in a lifetime sailing experiences. Together they have clocked thousands of miles becoming the Greek island tourism experts.

The last 12 years they have been sailing, exploring and enjoying the Greek islands that they now consider their home and know them like the back of their hand.



Adriana will focus her attention to detail from the first email to the moment you disembark and will ensure that your sail experience will be as close as possible to your wildest expectations.


She is also the person answering all you emails regarding your sailing adventure.


Radu is a dedicated person always focused on delivering what the customer is looking for in a safe and fun manner. He has mastered every secret of Greek sea and is now looking forward to share them with you. Highly motivated he will go out of his way to turn your sailing cruise in a once in a life-time experience.

Many of our guests refer to him as an "expert seaman" and you can be sure that from the first moments on board you will feel safe and confident it his hands.


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There is a great diversity of amazing places and islands within an easy sailing distance for a short sailing cruise. The program and the sailing route will be adapted to the prevailing wind and weather conditions.


Customized sailing itinerary: just let us know your interests and at embarkation we'll advice you on the perfect route for your sailing cruise in Greece. We consider that this is YOUR sailing trip and we will make sure you will get the best of it! This is why before setting the sails we discuss your individual requirements and ideas so we take a route as close as possible to your dream (weather permitting and within reality of a sailing yacht for the number of days you have on board).

It´s very easy!Just for more details about the sailing trip, mentioning whether you are looking at the full week sailing or a 4-5 day charter option.


If you are not decided yet and need more time to plan, upon request we can put your dates on hold for a few days for .

This will give you the opportunity to plan your sailing cruise (find air flights and contact the other charter companies in order to be sure you've got the best option) without having to worry that somebody else might take your dates.




Each island, the little ports and villages have a variety of restaurants, traditional taverns and bars just within a few meters from the boat, opened till after midnight, all priced very reasonably. Enjoying local cuisine and islands' specialties at a waterfront tavern while admiring an astonishing scenery is something you'll want to experience over and over again.


Our sailboats are equipped with a cooker ( with oven and 3 burners), fridge and full galley equipment, so you can also cook on board if you prefer. Provisioning is very easy - most islands have grocery stores/markets within a couple of minutes walk where you can stock up the boat with your favorite food/drinks

Program on board and on shore / Extra activities

The yacht charter in Greece come with much more besides sailing : exploring, sightseeing and archaeology, biking, trekking - for more info please check our alternative sailing - other activities page.

Basically during a sailing cruise to the Greek islands, each day will feel like a full vacation thanks to the mix of so many activities:

  • set sails to a new destination and stop in different coves in order to relax, spend a few hours sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling the clear blue waters of the Cyclades and the Saronic islands.
  • after arriving to our destination, explore the picturesque villages in the islands, get lost in a maze of narrow cobbled paths, enjoy the unique scenery and scenic landscape. Admire the traditional Greek island architecture with whitewashed houses, colorful windows and flat roof or let yourself amazed by the Neoclassical and Venetian elegance in the Saronic islands and Peloponnese coast with buildings covered in bougainvillea, lively coffee shops and traditions restaurant, old churches, small shops and so on.
  • nightlife: enjoy the cosmopolitan atmosphere and the vivid nightlife, have late dinners at traditional family owned restaurants by the seaside with the best possible view, sip a delicious cocktail at on the dozens of bars in the harbor and why not?...party till dawn at one of the clubs in the islands.
  • discover the Greek history and archaeolog
  • sail & hike - walk and explore the old mule tracks, admire Byzantine churches ancient settlements, discover the unique fauna & and flora (the Cyclades islands have 1400 species from which 83 are endemic), the breathtaking landscapes, hike and conquer the peaks of the mountains for an unforgettable view of the Aegean Sea. On board you will find hiking maps.

How long should I plan my sailing cruise in order to fully experience the Greek islands?

This all depends on your interests but especially on how much time you have available in Greece - the more days you have on board the more islands you will be able to explore.

Each day you will be visiting a new island ( and you will be surprise at how different each of them is ). Thus the more days you have on board, the more varied and flexible the itinerary will be and the more you will experience.

In order to enjoy the full magic the Greek island can offer, we'd recommend at least 5-7 day on board. If your program only allows a shorter 3-4 day cruise - no worries. That will be a great first experience and you can always come back next year for a 1-2 week adventure sailing the Greek islands.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.


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The most amazing week onboard Albatross with Radu and Adriana exploring some of the Cyclades and Saronic Islands. From the very first contact the emails were so extremely detailed and informative we knew right away we found the right crew - miles ahead of the others we contacted. Perfectly 5-star spot on Adriana! Stepping onboard the Albatross we felt very welcome and at home from the start. Out at sea there was not a single moment we did not feel perfectly safe. Radu, your calm command of the vessel and safety above all approach is truly admirable. How well you work together as a team is an inspiration and was so reassuring. Thanks for all the information and suggestions - this made our time off the boat exploring so much easier. Overall, you exceeded all expectations - we could not have asked for a more relaxing and enjoyable week! Wonderful memories we will cherish always! Can’t wait to return next year and explore more islands with you.


This vacation was a longtime bucket list item and over 1 year in the actual planning. We had a fantastic 2 weeks visiting numerous islands in the Cyclades with our 2 sons and their wives. We have our own sailboat at home but the harbor system and mooring is very different from how it is done in Canada. Adriana and Radu handle their boat with skill and confidence; we could just sit back, relax and try to learn how it is done! Their local knowledge is indispensible for knowing which harbors were best to visit based on the daily weather and wind, and where to find the little bays and inlets for swimming. As we arrived at each destination, Adriana would pull out books and maps from her collection and give us tips for the best things to see and do. There are always options, and Adriana listened to every word, then did her best to accommodate our wishes.
The sailboat is well setup, excellently maintained, and was very comfortable for the 6 of us. We were able to use the extra cabin to store some of our stuff; this is a sailboat and you do need to heed Adriana's advice to pack lightly! Supplies were readily available at all the harbors so we periodically restocked for breakfast and lunch items. We found it easier and very affordable to eat dinner at the local tavernas, and Adriana and Radu always had suggestions for those as well. We spent one beautiful night at anchor in Kleftiko Bay (Milos) and grilled fish we had bought that morning from the local fishing boat on the same pier where we had moored. Certainly, could have done that a few more times :)
Apart from our own food, boat friendly shoes and beach/swim towels, everything else is on the boat. Once we had picked out appropriate sizes of snorkel gear, it was set aside. The galley was well equipped and has a large fridge (kept our ice frozen for a whole week!). Radu and Adriana use the forward V-berth (as you can see on the diagram on their website) and were extremely conscientious about not interfering with our own activities (e.g. they would wait for us to be done or off the boat before making their own breakfast). We were very happy that they did accept to join us for dinner towards the end of the trip (it was my birthday :)) as we had quickly considered them to be friends.
They were always thinking of how they could make our trip even more enjoyable than it already was! For example, we had opted to spend a bit of extra time on Tinos and not stop at Delos based on weather. But as we got close to Delos, the strong winds forecasted had not developed, so that option was reconsidered and we did stop and visit this amazing archeological site. Anchoring and preparing the dinghy takes a bit of time and extra work, but they never once minded going the extra (nautical) mile!
One thing to keep in mind is that most of the islands are best toured with a rental car. We had not considered that in advance although someone else mentions it in another review here. Radu would accompany us to the rental office (always near the harbor) and ensure we were properly looked after. The rates were quite reasonable and the smallest vehicles are adequate. Our trip was in early May and the weather was perfect. We packed a lot into our two weeks; towards the end we forced ourselves to slow the pace a little so we could just sit back and relax a bit on the boat (which you can do while sailing between islands although not so much when the wind picks up).
Definitely would do this again with Adriana and Captain Sparrow (Radu) on the good ship Albatross!


This was our second trip with Blue Water Sailing charter put of Athens. A year and a half ago we took a one week trip with them. This time we chose do cruise with them two weeks. I wish we had done a three week cruise. The boat is comfortable. We each had our own stateroom. There are four on the vessel for customers. Two bathrooms, a very functional kitchen and a nice salon area. The crew is extremely knowledgeable about each island they took us too. Explaining all our options once we arrived. The price was extremely seasonal. If you are thinking about a Greek Island vacation you should totally check this charter out.

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Radu and Adrianna will provide you with a sailing experience of a lifetime. We were two couples for 5 days. Beautiful boat. Plenty of room. Unsurpassed hospitality from the hosts. After we sailed the Saronic gulf for 5 days, we spent another week on other islands.....but the sailing was by far the best part of our trip. You really want to meet and sail with these people. They are fantastic.


This was a trip of a lifetime. There was nothing that could be improved upon. Adrianna and Radu (skippers) were informative, flexible and accommodating. We felt very safe in their care. They tailored the trip to our preferences and in accordance with the weather. They provided very helpful advice regarding sites to see on each island as well as where to shop and eat. This was an unforgettable vacation and I would highly recommend travelling with Blue Water Sailing.


I’m sure there are a lot of ways to see Greece and many sailing options but the best way is sailing with Blue Water Sailing Greece. Radu and Adriana made our trip so special, it was like having our own tour guides that were specialists of each place/island we visited. We so looked forward to the briefing of each place when we docked in the marinas. We actually had to start recording the briefing due to the fact they were so informative and we didn’t want to miss anything. There were 8 of us on the trip and no one could have imagined what we experienced.


Adriana and Radu made us feel part of their family our our family holiday this September. Radu's sailing is wonderful to watch and I reckon he can take their boat anywhere. Nothing was too hard for them as they took us to the swimming and snorkeling wonderland around the Cyclades and Saronic islands. The Albatross has first class accommodation and it's obvious they care for their boat greatly. Can't wait till we have the chance to go with them again to even more islands. Harvey and family from Australia.


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Frequently Asked Questions - for more informations about life on board please check our FAQ page .

Why book a mini sailing trip what are the benefits of a short sailing cruise with skipper over a traditional trip.

Below you can find a comparison in order to get a better idea of what you get when booking a Blue Water Sailing tour comparing to an ordinary trip ("get the ferry, find your hotel" style).

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Your with all the amenities such as hot water, cold drinks and an ! ... more info at menu

Try to find a hotel with a sea view, pay an exorbitant price just for having the 'privilege' of seeing a bit of sea from one corner of you balcony.

Endless possibilities:

- discover a (or every couple of days if you prefer).

- explore .

Same view, same places to visit every day, same activities and taverns, same village to spend your evening.


Feel relaxed to make (weather permitting). Discover the Greek islands and their secluded bays at your own pace.

Visit small islands in the Cyclades and Saronic and out of the way beaches, many of them accessible only by boat.

islands are renowned for their crystal clear waters and sandy beaches.

Participate in daily trips only to nearby places and respect a schedule that might not fit you (depart late, return earlier that you wish and miss that incredible sunset on board). Share the boat with other 100 people.

Combine sailing with other activities ( ) - do them at your pace, and in a different place each day, if you wish.

As your skipper, we will help you discover the hidden beauty of , suggest the best destination for your favorite activities, help you find the best snorkeling spots and discover the secret beauty of the Greek villages ... more info at page.

Figure by yourself where is the best spot for swimming and them find a way to get there.

Try to find out by yourself if your favorite activity is available in the area of your hotel. Otherwise, try to rent a car or wait for hours for a public bus to take you to that place etc.

and every day in a different bay, and why not - a different island if you prefer

Avoid the crowded and noisy beaches in high seasons and choose an .

Same beach every day together with all the other guest of the hotels nearby.

One short sailing cruise starting from for the - total price for all the yacht including : skipper, co-skipper, end cleaning.

Pay approximately the same amount only to get a place to sleep!.


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No previous experience or yachting qualifications are required in order to participate in the sail trip. A mini cruise vacation is perfect for groups and families wanting to live the experience of a short sailing cruise in Greece without the pressure of looking after the boat. A mini cruise charter with skipper is also the best option if you are searching for a relaxing cruise and want to discover the Greek islands without having to worry about anything at all. Just lay back and enjoy the trip!


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WHICH ARE THE BEST GREEK ISLANDS TO VISIT IN 2024

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Greek Island hopping is on the top of everyone’s bucket-list but with over 220 inhabited islands it can be quite overwhelming trying to work out which are the best Greek Islands to visit on your vacation.

Whether you are looking for the best Greek Island for couples or the best Greek Island for families , groups or solo , we’ve broken it down and listed some of our favourites to make it easier for you.

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Whether you’ve been before or it’s your first time it can be hard to process all the information out there. Be sure to check out our complete Planning Guide as well as our FREE 13-page downloadable itinerary.

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Top Greek Islands for couples

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Considered one of the most romantic locations on the planet there’s a reason more people propose in Santorini than anywhere else in the world.

This stunning and completely unique island has everything any couple could wish for. Offering spectacular views, world-famous sunsets, unusual beaches, wine tasting, history and dining options galore you can be as busy or as chilled out as you like.

It can be expensive to stay in Santorini, especially if you want to stay in a cave room with the famous caldera view – one of the most sought after views in the world, but it is also quite possible to do it on a budget , and even for families travelling with children .

There’s no shortage of things to do in Santorini and its close proximity to other islands and its recently renovated airport means it’s easy to get to and to include in any island-hopping itinerary.

When to visit Santorini

Unlike many of the Greek Islands Santorini is a year-round destination.

The summer months of June, July, and August are the absolute peak when Santorini is absolutely bustling with visitors. This is when the weather is the warmest and there are many great events happening. It is also when prices are at their peak due to demand.

A good compromise is to travel in the shoulder season, especially April, May, June or September/ October . In these months, the weather is still warm and there is plenty of buzz about the place, but you’ll have a little more room to enjoy Santorini with your loved one, without the crowds.

How to get to Santorini

There are a couple of ways to get to this iconic island.

You can fly direct to Santorini from various European cities, especially in summer (there are significantly fewer direct flights off-season). You can usually fly direct from cities including London, Madrid, Paris, and Brussels.

If you are flying from outside Europe, or outside the peak tourism season, you may need to fly to Athens first.

Catching the ferry to Santorini is, of course, the other way to get there with Ferries from Athens  arriving several times a day. You can either catch the fast ferries which take about 5 hours or the slower Blue Star ferries which have big outdoor decks, restaurants and even cabins.

You can also arrive by ferry from neighbouring islands such as  Naxos  and Ios or even  Crete  or  Rhodes .

TIP : Both the port and the airport can be quite nuts in summer and there can be long waits for the cablecar, taxis and donkeys . It REALLY pays to have a private transfer waiting for you! 

Where to stay on Santorini

There are 17 towns and villages on Santorini, although most tourists stay in just 4 or 5 – Fira, Oia, Imerovigli, Pyrgos, Kamari and Perissa. Fira is the capital and is where you will find most services including the bus depot. It, along with Oia and Imerovigli are located on the Caldera of the Volcano and have the famous sunset views and Cave Hotels, hence they are the most expensive destinations.

For couples & solo : Ducato Di Oia ( adults only) suites in Oia or Above Blue Suites in Imerovigli for more isolation and at a lower price point. Kivotos in Imerovigli for a splurge or Abelonas Retreat on a tight budget. For something a bit different stay at Pyrgos 1870 winery.

For families and groups : White Harmony Suites have 2 bedroom suites or Theoxenia Boutique Hotel have quad rooms and are not far from, dare I say it, McDonald’s.

In Oia we have had a great stay with our family at Armeni Village and Myst Boutique Hotel is also worth checking out. If you want to be right near a beach then Crystal Blue in Kamari is great or Damma Luxury Villas have a 4 bedroom beachfront villa that can sleep 8.

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Still unspoilt by commercial tourism yet developed enough to offer something for all budgets Milos has extraordinary landscapes, hidden coves and beaches and small, quaint, hard to reach fishing villages that are perfect for couples who like to self explore and relax. It also has some of the best food in the country.

One of the main attractions of Milos is its many extraordinary beaches including Sarakaniko which is often described as a ‘lunar’ landscape and is very popular on Instagram! The island has enjoyed a long and profitable mining history for hundreds of years and the various colours of the mineral composites are seen everywhere making it very unique.

The island is also renowned for its excellent food and wine and its many caves and water activities. 

How to get to Milos

There is a small domestic airport on Milos that is serviced by  Olympic Airlines / Aegean,  and  Sky Express.  Like many of the islands all flights are to and from  Athens .

You can travel by ferry to Milos from mainland Greece through the port of Piraeus in Athens. The main port of Milos is Adamas which is located in the center of the island.

The ferry route from Piraeus to Milos runs regularly with weekly trips and the ferry journey between the two ports lasts from 3 to 7 hrs.

If it’s a special occasion and you are keen to get to Milos quickly then a private helicopter transfer is the way to do it. Flying in over the Greek Islands in your  private helicopter or jet  will be an experience you will never forget and if its a special occasion this is one experience you will not regret investing in. Click  here for a quote . 

Where to stay on Milos

With limited development, no big resorts or chains and few hotels, Accommodation on Milos books out quickly each year so don’t procrastinate on this one! Milos is certainly no longer a secret but luckily development is slow, making  places to stay in Milos limited. Book early and don’t miss out, which many people do, especially in Summer.

We love staying in Pollonia which is a charming fishing village with a lively dining scene and the stopping off point to get to neighbouring Kimolos island . Here we recommend Ostria Vento, Captain Zeppos   and Delmar Suites.

Another good place to stay is the small capital Plaka which has wonderful views and charming small alleyways and tavernas. Check out Arethousa here.

In the port town of Adamas its hard to beat Hotel Dionysis   or Medousa   while the southern beaches also have a couple of stunning small hotels, namely Psaravolada Hotel   and Artemis Deluxe Rooms.  

Further reading:

Where to stay on Milos  ( what are the different towns and villages and best hotels/Airbnb’s)

Things to do on Milos  – a quite extraordinary list!

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Only a 7-minute ferry ride from its much busier big sister Paros , Antiparos is a small island in the Cyclades with little development other than a lovely Chora(town) and seaside villages.

Home to a number of celebrities, including Tom Hanks, you can see why they chose this island to get away from it all. Home to beautiful beaches and the biggest vertical cave in Europe. Check out our complete Antiparos guide ! 

How to get to Antiparos

Antiparos Island is located one nautical mile southwest of Paros Island. There is no airport on Antiparos, and the only island that connects to it by ferry is Paros which you can get to by Ferry or by flying from Athens.

Paros to Antiparos from Pounta

Buses  depart frequently from the main Paros port, Parikia, as well as most popular villages around the island. From there, travelers can take the vehicular ferry over to Antiparos, which takes 7 minutes. You can take your car or just leave it in the parking lot in Pounta and ride as a walk-on passenger.

In 2021 the Antiparos – Paros ferry tickets will cost €2 per passenger and €7,30 per car. Children ride for free, and all tickets are one-way.

Tickets are only sold inside the boat and cannot be prebooked. They run  daily  Monday to Sunday all year around. (If the winds allow it.) During peak season, you may not get on the first ferry you want and might have to wait for the next.

Ferry to Antiparos from Parikia, Paros

There is also a small boat operating daily between the main port of Paros, Parikia, and Antiparos that only takes passengers and no vehicles. 

Where to stay on Antiparos

This is a small island with just a handful of places to stay.

For couples we recommend  Artemis Hotel which has lovely sea views from the rooms as well as a rooftop terrace and a plunge pool. The décor is modern and chic, yet the hotel is surprisingly affordable.

If you’re on a tight budget, then check out <a” href=”https://www.booking.com/hotel/gr/nicolas-apartments-antiparos.en.html?aid=1709618&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1″>Nicolas Studios< which are in the town but in a quiet spot. The rooms are basic but spotlessly clean, and they have a small kitchen. You can walk to most things, including the local tavernas and shops. </a”>

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Located just 10 kilometres south of Corfu this Ionian island is mostly covered in vineyards with a number of good beaches and one main harbour town. The azure waters are spectacular and popular with sailors and people who really want to be left alone.

This is the complete antithesis to Santorini in many ways with few tourists, affordable prices and a very laid, back, relaxed feel, especially in Summer.

When to visit Paxos

The best times to visit Paxos is April to September. High season is late June to early September, and prices will reflect that as will accommodation availability.

Summer is wonderful with warm water,  blue skies every day and a fun holiday atmosphere. It doesn’t get as busy as most of the other islands and retains an authentic look and feel.

How to get to Paxos

One of the best things about Paxos is that it is fairly hard to get to. There is no airport here and the closest one is on Corfu, which has a small international airport welcoming flights from Athens and several European and UK destinations.

From Corfu you need to catch a ferry to Gaios on Paxos.

Ferries to Paxos

Kerkya Lines run a ferry service for both vehicles and foot passengers that leave from Corfu’s New Port and also from Igoumenitsa on the Mainland, which takes around 3hours 15mins.

Kamelia Lines offer two passenger-only ferry services from Corfu to Paxos, (see timetables ). “Despina” takes around 90 minutes whereas the new “Christa” service takes one hour.

The Dolphini hydrofoils also depart from the New Port in Corfu for Paxos in the summer and also take one hour.

Where to stay on Paxos

Most people choose to stay in or around the main town of Gaios which has a charming port with a narrow channel overlooking a small island. There are some lovely, leafy tavernas and seafront bars here that are popular with sailors and other visitors in Summer and Spring.

Paxos Fairytales is a lovely place for couples to stay and everything is on your doorstep. Otherwise, we love Blue Horizon which is a 20-minute walk into town and is located at the mouth of the harbour with views out over the sea.

Other places worth checking out on the island are Paxos Club Resort and Spa and PaxosBlue Suites and Villas .

Further Reading: A Complete Guide to Paxos

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Beautiful Symi is a small island in the Dodecanese just north of Rhodes , with very distinctive and well preserved coloured houses and beautiful neo-classical buildings spilling down the hills to the harbour.

The island is best known for its harbour but beyond that, there are fabulous coastal hikes and coves and caves to explore and castle ruins and monasteries.

With many stairs to be traversed, it is well suited to fit and healthy people and there are enough hidden gems to keep everyone happy. Great for the architecture buffs.

Its’ also popular with culture vultures who come for the Symi International Film Festival as well as live music, book fairs and outdoor theatre that all occurs between July and September. 

How to get to Symi

Symi has two ports for ferries to arrive and depart: Symi Town and Panormitis. From Piraeus (the main port in Athens), the journey to Symi is a long one, taking around 20 hours to complete. There are also daily ferries to and from Symi to nearby major islands such as Kos and Rhodes. 

Island hopping around the region is made easy thanks to Symi’s many connections with smaller islands – Amorgos, being one of them, and Kasos and Katapola among the others. 

Flights to Symi are unfortunately not possible – the island does not have an airport. Everyone arrives on the island by boat. The closest airport is on the nearby island of Rhodes. Rhodes Airport is connected by direct flights to and from Athens, Thessaloniki and Heraklion (on Crete).  

Where to stay on Symi

Accommodation on Symi is not widespread. It’s mainly made up of small hotels and private houses for self-catering options and most of them are located in the port town of Symi Town (which is also called Gialos). 

There are some charming neoclassical villas that make up some of the accommodation options here. These include  Marika’s Deluxe Rooms  – an elegant villa with polished rooms close to the port – and  Symi Nautilus Luxury Suites  which boasts self-catering rooms in a stunning neoclassical mansion. 

We also love  Marina Studios  – be sure to book a Harbourview room, and  Kokona Hotel  too, both elegant and good value.

Just around the bay from the Gialos is the town of Pedi. This is a great alternative to the busy area around the port of Symi Town. 

Our pick here is  Pedi Beach Hotel.  Alternatively, you could try  Gompos Apartment  with its sea views and modern interiors.

To the north of Symi Town is Nimborio. This quiet village was once the ancient capital of the island, where King Nireus (as mentioned in The Odyssey) lived. Here you should check out seaside apartments such as  Niriides Hotel Apartments.

Further Reading: A Complete Guide to Symi!

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Hydra has been home to young bohemians and wealthy Athenians for decades and is situated close to Athens in the Saronic gulf, in the Saronic Islands .

With no cars or scooters, couples love to explore Hydra on foot or in water taxis and there are some very fashionable shops, tavernas and clifftop bars that can be a lot of fun. This island is particularly popular with lovers of music and literature as it was home to people like Charmaine Cliff, George Johnson, and Leonard Cohen for many years.

Nowadays, Hydra remains a much-loved hotspot but has avoided the mass tourism of some other well-known islands. This is partly due to stringent planning regulations, which have ensured that the island’s quaint charm remains intact.

As a result, Hydra oozes charm and charisma, with donkey carts and beautifully restored neo-classical mansions lining what is considered to be one of the prettiest harbours in Europe.

While Hydra is calm and traditional when the sun goes down there are plenty of bars and tavernas that get quite lively, especially in summer. 

How to get to Hydra

There is no airport on Hydra or, in fact, any of the Saronic islands. The closest one is  Athens . A trip to the Saronics will always involve the sea even if you drive to the Porto Heli Peninsula on the mainland and catch a small ferry over to Poros, Hydra or Spetses .

Luckily these islands tightly hug the Saronic gulf and are probably the most protected in Greece in terms of wind and bad weather. It is highly unlikely you will experience seasickness in this area and ferry cancellations are not common.

Visiting Hydra is also a popular day trip from Athens. You can do this on the public ferries as mentioned above or join a  full day cruise  which visits Poros and Aegina as well and includes lunch!

There is also a  VIP cruise  option which includes your transfers in Athens, priority boarding and access to a VIP lounge on the boat. 

Where to stay on Hydra

While a daytrip to Hydra is great staying a few nights is even better. The island really comes alive at night, especially late when the locals come out.

Most visitors to Hydra stay in Hydra Town (also known as Idra). It’s basically impossible to land on the island without taking in the beauty of Hydra Town. The town is wrapped around the island’s port, which is also one of the most beautiful sights on the island.

This is where you’ll find most of the island’s amenities and attractions. The bars of Hydra Town have long attracted an eclectic mix of visitors – from 1970s rockstars to local Greek youths indulging in a good time. Equally, there’s fabulous diversity in the eating options too – from small traditional tavernas to upmarket restaurants.

For a great budget option check out Amaryllis Hotel.   Hotel Sophia is a lovely mid-range hotel and for something really special look at Hydrea Exclusive Hospitality.

Elsewhere on the island we recommend  Hydra Erato and  Four Seasons Hydra Luxury Suites in Vlichos Beach and  Villa Ada in Kamini. If you love the feel of the sand beneath your toes then you’d best head for Mandraki. Not only does it offer Hydra’s only sandy beach, but it’s also a lovely place to stay on Hydra.  Villa Mandraki and  Mandraki Beach Resort are both excellent. 

Further Reading: A Complete Guide to Hydra

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Naxos is a perennial favourite with families with it’s wide, shallow, sandy beaches and family-friendly villages and tavernas making it one of the safest and most enjoyable islands for families to holiday in Europe.

Naxos is the largest island in the Cyclades and is only a 30-minute ferry ride from Paros, its smaller but busier neighbour. Naxos Town, in particular, is a great spot to base yourselves as it is home to both the Port and the Airport, has good family-friendly beaches and lovely family-run cafes, tavernas and shops. There’s a wide variety of accommodations to choose from and many are very good value for money too.

It’s a good idea to hire a car for a day or two and get out and explore all the island has to offer . You can visit farms and vineyards, Rina Cave and Aliko Juniper Forest, visit ancient sites such as the Temple of Demeter and the much-photographed Portara Gate near the port. There’s even a castle for the kids to explore too.

Naxos is also known for its food and in particular, its honey, herbs, cheese and potatoes. There is even a world-famous potato festival each year and they currently hold a Guinness Book of Records record!

The other great thing about Naxos is that it is right next to the lovely group of islands called the ‘Small Cyclades’ which can be visited on a day trip, or stay a few days.

How to get to Naxos

There is a small airport just south of Naxos Town which has daily flights to Athens and sometimes other European destinations in Summer via Charter flights.

You can also catch the ferry with regular connections between Athens, Santorini and the other Cycladic Islands such as Paros, Ios, Mykonos and Amorgos.

Where to stay on Naxos for families

The main town is known as Naxos Town or Chora which translates to ‘Town’. It was the seat of the Venetian Duchy of Náxos, who ruled most of the Cyclades from the fortress after 1204.

You will find everything here that most port towns have – souvenir shops, backpacker hostels, cafes, tour desks and more. It’s also where the ferry terminal is located as well as close to some excellent beaches, so for many people, it is easy to base themselves here.

You will find a good mix of accommodation in Chora as the hotels and villas spread right around to St George Beach, one of the best beaches in Naxos. Families love Hotel Grotta  or  Nastasia Villa, and  Astir of Naxos  for a splurge.

Agios Prokopios is also popular with its wide sandy beach and deep turquoise water. It’s considered one of the best beaches in Greece and it is no wonder it is popular, particularly with families. Here have a look at Astra Apartments  and   Villa Adriana Hotel.

We also love  Sofia Studios and   Naxian Breeze in beautiful Agios Anna, a little further down the road and again with a long sandy beach and a small port that is home to some local fishing boats. 

Things to do on Naxos

The Best Beaches on Naxos  

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Crete is the largest Greek Island and the 5th largest island in the Mediterranean. The capital and the largest city of Crete is Heraklion. Crete is a big part of the economy of Greece both in heritage, industry, and tourism. There is so much to see and do it is like visiting a whole other country.

Families are delighted with the huge number of safe, beautiful beaches – including some of the best in Europe, and the many cafes and tavernas that are so family-friendly.

There are small neighbourhood trains that are offered for transport in some of the better-known beach areas and there are many other things to do covering historical sights, outdoor adventures, water sports and even shopping.

It’s also a great place for a family road trip . With a car, you can explore all the incredible sights and sites and travel at your own pace around your family’s needs and likes.

How to get to Crete

Crete has 3 airports and they welcome thousands of visitors a day from all over the world, especially in Summer and Spring. It’s a pleasant 50-minute flight from Athens and there are direct flights also from places like London, Berlin and Moscow.

It is also possible to arrive by Ferry with connections to and from Santorini, Rhodes, Athens and even the small Ionian island of Kythira. 

Where to stay on Crete

If you’re looking to enjoy the best amenities that Crete has to offer, including theme parks and shopping centres, the most popular tourist areas in the north of Crete are a good choice.

Generally, they offer the best transport links as well as plenty to do, see and eat! There are some wonderful houses and apartments to rent too including converted windmills!

Bustling Chania is one of the most popular places to stay in Crete, and also one of the most charming. It offers a stunning beautiful Old Town, where you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time as you wander the laneways. Here, you’ll find plenty of excellent restaurants, bars and shops around the fourteenth-century Venetian harbour.

Porto Antico is a lovely small, family-run hotel with a great view of Venetian harbour too and it’s very budget-friendly. Just outside town, you will find Kedrissos Hotel and Sansal Boutique Hotel which are both on the beach, have great swimming pools and family rooms.

Near Heraklion, you will find the very popular Mitsis Laguna Resort and Spa and Creta Maris Beach Resort, both heaving with amenities and activities for children and with huge swimming pools. 

Further Reading: Road Trips in Crete  

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The Ionian island of Corfu is a perennial favourite with families with plenty of sunshine and beautiful beaches.

But there are also plenty of modern-day family attractions such as waterparks and aquariums and there are many big resorts catering to families of all shapes and sizes.

It’s a big island so it pays to have a car to explore but you can also rent boats or do numerous tours. If big resorts and hotels aren’t your thing then Corfu Town has a lot to offer as does the beautiful villages of Paleokastritsa which is worth a week all on its own. There’s a wide range of accommodation for everyone.

Venetian mansions and the focal  Venetian Castle , French arcades, Byzantine churches, British monuments and even a  cricket pitch  are among Corfu Town’s many charms. There is even a very good  Holocaust Monument that highlights the impact the second world war had on this part of the world.

Paleokastritsa (see image) is an iconic, scenic spot to spend your Greek holiday. In fact, it remains one of the best family holidays we have ever had.

Situated on a dead-end road on the western side of Corfu it becomes a bustling resort during the day when day-trippers and cruise passengers arrive and is surprisingly tranquil at night when most of them leave. There is a lot to see and do especially if you are into water sports with a wide range of boats and boating activities on offer including very modern glass bottom boats. There is also good snorkeling and diving, parasailing, canoeing, and even little pedal boats you can rent on the beach.

At night there are a variety of excellent tavernas to choose from for a variety of budgets. Many are west-facing so have beautiful sunsets and some also have live entertainment and dancing. It is really a great spot for everyone!

How to get to Corfu

Corfu is the Northernmost Ionian island so is quite a distance from most of the Greek Islands and even much of the Mainland.

You can get to Corfu by ferry from Mainland Greece or Italy or by plane from Athens and several European destinations such as the UK, Italy, and Germany.

Ferries to Corfu depart daily from the port of Igoumenitsa in north-western Greece and the journey takes about 1 hr.

Where to stay on Corfu

In Corfu Town we love  Mayor Mon Repos Palace Art Hotel and  Rodostamo Hotel & Spa.

Olive Grove Luxury Maisonette is great for families with washing and kitchen facilities and is a short walk into the old town.

Just north of Corfu Town is the impressive Ikos Dassia beachfront resort which has a great pool and plenty of things to keep the kids occupied while Agios Gordios Beach Resort to the south is the pick of family accommodation there.

Paleokastritsa has very small hotels but lots of great watersports and activities. We stayed with our kids at Zefiros Traditional Hotel and loved it. It was like being in The Durrells! North of there Pictures Suites in Agios Stefanos is worth a look.

Be sure to hire a boat and explore!

Further reading: Where to stay in Corfu

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Similar to Corfu in many respects but located on the other side of the country, Rhodes is in the Dodecanese Islands near Turkey.

Rhodes has a lot of diversity and offers something for all budgets. Theres something for everyone, from the party-hard crowd to young families looking to enjoy a relaxing beach break. There are a lot of historical sights on the island and a wide range of things to see and do . Many areas are very developed with big resorts and beach activities whilst other areas still underdeveloped and authentic. The medieval town retains its enduring charm.

For families in particular there are plenty of attractions for kids, and the kids-at-heart.

Rhodes has more than its fair share of beautiful beaches and is home to some of the  most beautiful beaches in Greece .

Historically, Rhodes is one of the most significant of the Greek Islands. Perhaps most famously, it is believed to have been the site of the Colossus of Rhodes , one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. If you are a history lover or keen to explore  ancient sites about Greek mythology  then Rhodes is the perfect choice.

There are also things like The Valley of the Butterflies, the amazing Toy Museum, Theme Parks, Waterparks, beautiful St.Pauls Bay , and the Marine Aquarium that are great days out.

How to get to Rhodes

Rhodes is fairly easy to get to with a modern International Airport and busy ferry port.

Getting to Rhodes from Athens and Thessaloniki is quick and easy. There are multiple flights per day from both cities. You can also get to Rhodes by ferry from Athens. The fastest ferries run every night, while the slowest ones take a few days and make for a great island-hopping adventure

There are no direct flights from Santorini to Rhodes but there is a ferry that connects both islands. It’s a long trip so book a cabin and sit back and enjoy the ride.

Where to stay on Rhodes

There is a lot of diversity in the accommodation choices on Rhodes. We love to stay within the walls of Rhodes Old Town, at least for a few days, before moving to a beachside location in summer.

In Rhodes Old Town we love Evdokia Hotel which has family rooms with kitchenettes and is a short walk to the Grand Masters Palace. In Camera Art Boutique Hotel is also worth a look and has a lovely, peaceful rooftop terrace.

Great beachfront accommodation for families includes Moscha Hotel and Ammades Epsilon Apartments in Faliraki and Lindos Athena in Lindos.  

Further reading: Rhodes Accommodation Guide

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Located in the heart of the Cyclades Islands in Greece there are over 120kms of coastline and 10,000 inhabitants on Paros. Beautiful beaches, medieval villages, wineries, harbours and easy access to neighbouring islands, they say Paros is like Mykonos was 20 years ago. It has all the charm and atmosphere but without the crowds and the steep prices, particularly in summer.

Paros is the perfect choice for large groups. There are 2 main towns and numerous small villages. Naoussa is the most vibrant and has many excellent tavernas and bars that open until sunrise while the port town of Parikia has plenty of choices for both things to do and dining options.

Paros is one of the easiest islands to access and it is relatively close to Athens . It’s no wonder it is often chosen as the perfect venue for big celebrations and in fact, we took 41 of our own friends and family there for a big birthday bash of our own!

How to get to Paros

There is a small domestic airport on Paros that is serviced by  Olympic Airlines / Aegean,  and  Sky Express.  Like many of the islands, all flights are to and from  Athens .

If you book early enough flights can often be cheaper than the Ferries and it is certainly quicker. The airport is quite new but small and there are only two gates so plan your visit carefully. There are hire car desks at the terminal and the airport is slated to expand and will be able to take International flights in the future.

You can also travel by ferry to Paros from mainland Greece through the ports of Piraeus, Rafina and Lavrion in Athens. The main port of Paros is Parikia which is located on the western side of the island.

The ferry route from Piraeus to Paros runs regularly with 2 ferries a day in the low season and up to 5 in Summer. The ferry trip from Athens to Paros takes between 3 and 7 hrs depending on what ferry you book.

Paros is also well connected to most of the other islands in the Cyclades group. Mykonos , Naxos , Syros , Ios , Santorini and Milos all have regular direct services during the tourist season and they, in turn, connect to other islands such as Amorgos , Folegandros and Sifnos .

Where to stay on Paros for Groups

Paros, in particular, has a lot to  offer  and a lot of excellent accommodation catering for all budgets. There are no high rise and big all-inclusive resorts so the emphasis is on small family-run boutique hotels and rooms.

Naoussa is a lively fishing village at the north of the island, about a 15 minute drive from the port in Parikia and about 30 minutes from the airport. It is slightly more upmarket, and more expensive than Parikia and has many excellent bars and tavernas around the main square at the port and lovely shops and boutiques, as well as a winery.

The nightlife can get pretty busy here in peak periods with many bars open until dawn and a vibrant party atmosphere. There is a lot to do and for many people really no need to leave the town at all!

Even if you stay elsewhere on the island chances are your group will end up in Naoussa a lot, especially at night, so why not stay there.

We stayed with our big group at   Paliomylos Spa Hotel which we cannot speak highly enough about. The service is amazing ( owned by Greek Australians).

It’s also worth checking out Stelia Mare Boutique Hotel in Naousa and Onira in Parikia which has lots of free parking and a bar.

If you would prefer your own Villa it’s hard to beat Krotiri View and Alfa Luxury Villas . 

Things to do on Paros

Day Trips from Paros

A Complete Guide to Naoussa

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The largest of the Ionian Islands, Kefalonia is the new hotspot in international travel as more people explore its verdant mountains and sky blue beaches.

Known for its excellent wine and stunning coastline its wise to rent a car on Kefalonia as it’s a huge island and there is much to explore and a wide range of things to see and do for all ages.

It’s such a big island it can takes weeks to cover it but even with just 4 or 5 days it packs a lot of punch. With some of the best beaches in Europe, dramatic caves, charming neo-classical villages, wineries, historical sites, hiking and easy day trips to neighbouring Ithaca & Zakynthos there is something for everyone of all ages on this island.

The waterfront towns of Fiscardo and Assos are excellent locations for groups to base themselves and there are many all-inclusive resorts as well, especially in the south.

Further reading: The best beaches in Kefalonia

How to get to Kefalonia

There are daily flights from Athens to Argostoli, and charters departing from other European cities. If you are planning on visiting Kefalonia from the UK, there are weekly flights from London to Kefalonia, departing from Manchester and Birmingham with more in summer of course.

There are numerous ferries from Patras in the western Peloponnesus on the Mainland to Kylini. These routes run every day and connect with Buses to Kefalonia from the Bus Terminal A in Athens. There are also ferries from Ithaka island to Fiscardo and from Lefkada island to Sami.

There are also ferries from Ithaki to Fiscardo and from Lefkada to Sami. 

Where to stay on Kefalonia for Groups

Argostoli is the capital of Kefalonia and the largest town, with a population of just over 10,000 people. It was devastated in the earthquake of 1953 so largely rebuilt and sadly lacking many buildings from before that time. Because of the rebuild, however, it is set out in a grid pattern and easy to get around. Here, Panorama Fanari Studios and Apartments  is an excellent mid-range hotel with well-appointed self-contained apartments that are great for groups and families.

Lixouri is the second largest town. It is situated on the western Paliki Peninsula which is covered in farmland, vineyards and fruit and olive groves. It is only 30 minutes by car from Argostoli ( a very scenic route) or by ferry, which usually runs every 30 minutes or so in summer. It can be very busy in summer as there is quite a lot to see and do in the area including visiting famous  Xi Beach  and various statues, museums, and monuments.

In Lixouri we recommend The Leaf House for groups or Kymata Bohemian Beach Resort if you prefer a hotel.

Agia Effimia is an authentic Greek village which has all the necessary amenities like tavernas, supermarkets and a laundromat without too many tourists. If you are after something here for a large group check out Santafemia which is right across from the waterfront and sleeps up to 12 people in 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The views are wonderful and it is very well equipped. 

In beautiful Assos ( one of the most photographed villages in the Ionians) check out Gardenia House which is perfect for groups, with 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. You could sit on its lovely terrace and gaze at the views for years!

At the northern tip of Kefalonia is Fiscardo a lively and upmarket fishing village popular with yachts and with plenty of great beaches and tavernas. Emelisse Nature Resort  is stunning and considered one of the best on Kefalonia. It is surrounded by Cyprus trees and the sea and has two restaurants and excellent facilities.

Angel Apartment  (the last building on the right in the photo below) is a beautifully converted loft apartment right on the harbourfront in Fiscardo and can sleep up to 7 people. It is a very beautiful and elegant place to rent with great views over the marina.

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Known as one of the premier party destinations on the planet Mykonos is loaded with stunning beach clubs, elegant restaurants and numerous celebrities, especially in Summer.

This glamorous Island is best known as one of the best Greek party islands with its celebrity superyachts and luxurious beach clubs, although that’s not all there is to it. While the nightlife is bustling, there are also excellent restaurants, interesting cultural attractions, and beautiful landscapes as well as some very good beaches to enjoy. If you can tear yourselves away from the beach and the clubs and bars there are also cooking classes to do, breweries to visit and the sacred island of Delos right next door. It’s worth doing a private tour there and perhaps also a sunset cruise or a boat trip around the island as well – there are plenty of things to do in Mykonos for everyone!

Probably the most expensive destination for groups Mykonos suits those with deep wallets and short memories but you sure will have some stories to tell! 

How to get to Mykonos

The fastest way to get to Mykonos is by flying. There are direct flights from the Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH) to the Mykonos International Airport (JMK) available year-round.

Alternatively, there are a number of places in Europe and the UK, which offer direct flights to Mykonos such as London, Vienna, Amsterdam, Paris, and Frankfurt to name a few.

While the number of flights available usually increases during the high summer season, most of these cities do offer flights to Mykonos year-round.

Where to stay on Mykonos for Groups

Mykonos Town is famed for its nightlife and there are also a number of cultural activities including open-air museums, churches, and tavernas, especially around the beautiful Little Venice area. It’s also within very close proximity of the beautiful windmills of Mykonos, so you’ll never forget that you are on the stunning island!  It is also well-connected to other places on the island via public transport and is close to the ferry terminal too.

For a truly incredible experience in Mykonos Town check out nearby  Boheme  with its ultra-cool Boho interiors. Not far from there is  Portobello Boutique Hotel   which is a lovely mid-range option. Villa Kampani is also right on the Old Harbour and can sleep 8 people in stunning, sophisticated luxury.

If your group wants to be right by the beach and/or the beach clubs then Villa Thalia near Ornos is an incredible value offering 4 bedrooms, a big swimming pool, and beautiful views over the area. It can also sleep up to 12. Villa Santa Katerina is the perfect luxury option and is right next to Nammos Beach, sleeping 12 people with an infinity pool and spectacular views over the whole bay.

For something truly unforgettable checkout Bill & Coo Suites and Lounge, a super cool hotel and a member of the Leading Hotels of the World.

Mykonos vs Santorini

Things to do on Mykonos

10 Best Villas and Apartments on Mykonos

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Located just 2 hours southeast of  Athens  by Fast Ferry or north of  Santorini is the capital of the Cyclades Islands, Syros. Also known as Siros or Syra this island is very different from the others in the group with its colorful neo-classical buildings and many impressive Government buildings, museums, theatres, and even a casino!

Syros is in the Cyclades Islands, a group of islands in the Aegean Sea. To be exact, you’ll find it 78 nautical miles southeast of Athens. It’s a medium-sized island, with an area of 83 square miles.

Though Syros itself is fairly rural, being the administrative capital of the region it’s home to over 21,000 people and boasts a relatively large port-town capital. Thanks to its location, the island is something of a ferry hub to more northerly islands in the area. 

How to get to Syros

There is both an airport and ferry port on Syros making it fairly accessible, and it is a year-round destination too.

FLYING TO SYROS

Syros has its own  airport  with direct flights from Athens taking just 25 minutes. During summer (high season), flights should be booked in advance as there’s only one airline making the trip – though they do fly all year round.

You cannot fly from any other island to Syros island.

FERRY TO SYROS

With its history as a port of call, Syros is well connected by boat, and reaching it by sea is simple. The ferry to Syros from Piraeus, the main port of Athens, takes between 2.5 and 4 hours depending on which ferry you book.

Syros can also be reached via ferry services from another Athens port, Rafina, which runs from May to October. This daily service takes 1.5 hours. 

Where to stay on Syros

The capital of Ermoupolis is a good place to start your adventures. This attractive port town, with its beautiful 19th-century buildings and cosmopolitan atmosphere, is full of accommodation options.

The new  DIIO Suites have amazing views of the port and are very well-priced. Also with amazing views, but this time of Verona bay lined with gorgeous colorful neo-classical buildings, it’s hard to beat Pafsilipon Suites .

You can also find hotels such as charming  Wind Tales situated high on a hilltop in a medieval part of the town and close by, for something really unique, how about staying in a windmill? Situated high on the hill in Ano Syros up behind Ermoupoli is  Anemomylos Windmill which is a fair way from the center of town but with incredible, panoramic views.

If you are looking for a bit of a splurge the stunning  Aristide Hotel  is a design dream and, in our opinion, one of the most stylish hotels in the Greek Islands.

Galissas is one of the most popular of Syros’ tourist resorts and has one of the best and biggest beaches on the island. It’s located five kilometers from Ermoupolis and is on the western side of the island so the sunsets are wonderful. Here Dolphin Bay Resort  is very popular with families and  Hotel Benois  and  Remvi  with couples. For something more independent  Caviri Apartments , is surrounded by nature.

Kinion (Kini) is another nice beach village with a lovely west-facing beach. Here you can’t go past  Oro Suites  which are very chic and modern and only steps from the beach or the lovely  Blue Harmony Hotel which is a perennial favorite for good reason.

A Complete Guide to Syros

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With an infamous international airport right on the beach, Skiathos is particularly popular with the British and is a great base to explore the Sporades islands, including its Mama-Mia famous neighbour, Skopelos.

Located in the northwest Aegean Sea the Sporades Islands are some 200 kilometres north of Athens and sit off the Pagasetic Gulf in the Pelion region of the Mainland. Skiathos is the closest to the mainland and the easiest to get to, making it also the most popular.

There are a lot of great beaches to explore on Skiathos including Koukounaries, Paraskevi, Kanapitsa, Megali Ammos and iconic Lalaria Beach as well wonderful hiking trails that afford some of the best views in Greece.

There are plenty of ruins and Monasteries to explore as well and of course excellent tavernas to eat at, but what makes this the best island for groups in the Sporades is its vibrant bar scene, especially in Skiathos Town. When the sun goes down this is where you will find people dancing until dawn!

Grab a car and get out and explore some of the more remote beaches and hiking tracks. Its also worthwhile doing a day trip to neighbouring Skopelos and, if time permits, places on the Pelion too.

There’s some lovely places to stay to suit all budgets. 

How to get to Skiathos

There is a small international airport on the island, Alexandros Papadiamantis Airport , which receives flights from Athens and places like the UK, Italy and Sweden. Flights are fairly infrequent, often just one a day even from Athens, and often at odd times. Skiathos airport is however quite famous as its runaway is so close to the road and the beach. There are thousands of videos on the internet if you look them up!

You can also ferry to Skiathos of course and there are a couple of ways to do it. Either board one from Mantoudi Port on the island of Evia north of Greece ( you can drive here over a causeway) or from Agios Konstantinos port in Volos on the Mainland which is a little further away. Both of these can be reached by KTEL bus from Athens.

You can connect with Skopelos and Alonissos islands from Skiathos by ferry. 

Where to stay on Skiathos 

Most groups will want to stay in or near Skiathos Town for easy proximity to the bars, restaurants and transport. 

Villa Ftelia is a gorgeous 2 bedroom villa that can sleep 6 people and has a garden, pool and bar. It is a short stroll to supermarkets, shops and tavernas as well as the beach. Poseidon Villa Skiathos has 3 bedrooms and an absolute beachfront location as well as a lovely, private garden.

If you would prefer a small hotel for your group check out Villa Elexis in Megali Ammos with its incredible views or Almira Hotel with its huge swimming pool.

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Yes, Hydra is included above in the sections for Couples but it is also a great choice for Solo travellers too.

Often referred to as the ‘birthplace of Bohemia’ due to its popularity with writers and artists in the 1960s and ’70s, and with no cars or scooters, Hydra is a great choice if you are travelling to Greece alone.

You don’t need to rely on hiring a car or other forms of transport to get around, nor cope with the road rules and conditions.

The harbour in Hydra Town is considered one of the prettiest in Europe and the hills surrounding it are covered in beautifully restored neo-classical mansions that were once owned by Shipping companies, Captains and their families. Today these are often owned by wealthy Athenians who visit Hydra and its neighbour Spetses on weekends and holidays.

Hydra can be explored on foot or by using the water taxis that scoot around the island. It is also possible to visit the neighbouring Saronic islands and the local mainland by ferry as well.

Located less than 2 hours by ferry from Athens, Hydra is a great spot for solo travellers to get an authentic Greek Island experience and also enjoy fantastic swimming conditions and great bars, tavernas and a multitude of Galleries and other cultural activities. 

There are no airports in the Saronic islands and they can only be visited by sea. 

From Pireaus Port Hellenic Seaways Flying Dolphin and Hydrofoils run daily trips to Hydra and several times a day in Summer. Tickets are usually €28 per person and the journey takes 90-120 minutes.

By Water Taxi

From Varkiza Marina in Athens, you can pre-book a sea taxi  to take you to Hydra Town, Kamini, Vlychos, Plakes or Mandraki. This takes 2 hours and costs €500 one way for up to 8 passengers. 

A Day trip to Hydra

Hydra is also a popular day trip from Athens. In fact all the Saronic Islands with the exception of Spetses which is the furthest away.

You can either use the ferry system as mentioned above or join a  full-day cruise  which visits Poros and Aegina as well and includes lunch!

Where to stay on Hydra 

  Hotel Sophia is a small, charming hotel right on the waterfront overlooking the harbour in Hydra Town. It is one of the oldest hotels on the island and visitors are always welcomed warmly. Ask for a seafront room with a balcony and watch the hustle and bustle of the harbour unfold.

If you are after a luxury option then Hydrea Exclusive Hospitality  is one of the most exclusive hotels on the island. Perched on the hill overlooking the harbour in a converted mansion built in 1803 the hotel has won awards for it’s elegance and location. The views over the town are breath-taking and it’s just a short stroll to Spillia beach and the clifftop bars and restaurants. It also has its own small, private beach and sunbeds.

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In Ancient times Ithaca was the Kingdom of Odysseus, the hero of the Trojan War and husband to faithful queen Penelope as featured in Homer’s The Odyssey and The Iliad (the first modern book).

Today Ithaca is a much smaller and quieter version of its close neighbor,  Kefalonia , in the Ionian Islands in Western Greece. It is a charming and very authentic island that has managed to strike a perfect balance with seasonal tourism.

It’s a great choice for solo travelers looking for some peace and solitude yet in a setting where they can soak in the local culture and sit and watch the world go by at one of the many tavernas or cafes in the main harbor, or the sailors and superyachts in the many bays.

It is easy to see why Odysseus found peace on this island and a holiday in Ithaca will likely leave you feeling relaxed and yearning to stake out a place of your own. 

How to get to Ithaca

This does take a bit of effort as there is no airport on this island. You need to fly or ferry to Kefalonia, make your way to the port of Sami, and then ferry from there to Vathy on Ithaca. That leg is only 40 minutes. There is also a ferry to Lefkada island in the north and a small ferry from Sami to the village of Aetos as well.

There are also  day trips to Ithaca from Fiscardo  at the northern tip of Kefalonia. It’s a great day out with lots of swims and fun for all ages. Group Day trips are also on offer  from Agia Effimia  during Summer as are  private sailing cruises.  

Where to stay in Ithaca

Most Solo travelers prefer to stay in Vathy as it has all the amenities, shops, and some excellent cafes and tavernas. Some very good boutiques and galleries too!

For budget travelers, Epicharis Studios  have comfortable rooms with port views or for something a little more luxe check out Perantzada Art Hotel, right in the port and housed in a 19th-century neoclassical building.

Elsewhere on the island, Kioni apartments in Kioni are well appointed and have lovely views over the harbor, or Nostos Hotel  in Frikes is popular and has a nice pool.  Cavos Sunset view cottages  have incredible sunset views and are close to Dona Lefki, one of the best tavernas in the Ionians.

Further reading: A Complete Guide to Ithaca  

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Once home to shipping magnates and tycoons modern-day Chios is a big island, mostly untouched by tourism, and a beautiful place for an authentic Greek adventure. Located in the Northern Aegean just off Turkey, Chios has a colourful and fascinating history involving the Ottomans and Byzantines over thousands of years.

It has a fascinating, albeit sometimes tragic past with a history of relentless conflict with its neighbour as well as other invaders.

There are a number of things that make Chios (pronounced “He-oss” and not to be confused with the similar-sounding Ios island in the Cyclades) quite unique and different from the other  Greek Islands .

Learn about the unique ‘mastic’ trees that made the original chewing gum and is now a highly sought after commodity. When you drive around Chios in summer you will smell the Mastic trees and the rosemary and oregano growing wild near the road, hence the term the ‘fragrant island.

There are also numerous excellent, and often deserted beaches, some fascinating architecture, beautiful Monasteries, and many historic buildings and churches including the excellent Archaeological Museum , the  Byzantine Museum , housed in the  Mecidiye Mosque  on Vounakiou Square, and the  Maritime Museum  which houses paintings, ship replicas and navigational instruments from the islands Naval history.

Agriculture is now Chios’s main industry and there are many opportunities to see and learn about citrus, olives, figs, cherries and of course, mastic. 

How to get to Chios

Learn about the unique ‘mastic’ trees that made the original chewing gum and are now a highly sought after commodity. When you drive around Chios in summer you will smell the Mastic trees and the rosemary and oregano growing wild near the road, hence the term the ‘fragrant island.

Agriculture is now Chios’s main industry and there are many opportunities to see and learn about citrus, olives, figs, cherries and of course, mastic.

Further reading: A complete guide to Chios

Chios hotels for Solo travellers  

Most people visiting Chios tend to stay either in Chios Town or Karfas, a modern beach resort town about 20 minutes south of Chios Town that is still fairly quiet compared to its counterparts on some other islands. Karfas has a nice wide beach so is a great spot for visitors.

Sun Rooms  are clean, comfortable rooms in Chios Town just a two minute stroll from the beach. It’s a safe, authentic area and the rooms are hosted by a very friendly and helpful lady who has really gone out of her way over the years for many guests

To experience staying in a traditional castle  Mesta Magic is located on the western side of the island and provides an authentic experience you will never forget!

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Ios has a reputation as a bit of a Greek party island and if you are under 30 you will definitely love your time here. There are many hostels and budget accommodation places to be found in the Chora as well as plenty of bars, tavernas, and clubs. It’s easy to meet people with similar interests and make some new friends for life!

But it’s a fairly small island and quite beautiful, so even if you are older if you visit outside summer and/or stay a little further out of town you will still love this island. There are some excellent beaches, which is where everyone heads the day after the night before, including Milopota which is one of the best beaches in Greece.

There’s a huge amount of activities to do including watersports, diving and shopping and there are even some ancient sites to explore including Homer’s Tomb.

It is also right in the middle of the Cyclades Islands group with Santorini, Milos, Sifnos, Amorgos, Naxos, and Paros all with one hour in any direction so you can happily explore them as well on day trips.

How to get to Ios

There is no airport on Ios so all visitors arrive by Ferry.

You can fly to Paros, Naxos or Santorini and ferry from there or go direct from Athens which takes between 5 and 8 hours.

Ios is located right in the middle of the Cyclades islands so it is perfectly placed for an island-hopping itinerary.

In fact, if you are moving between the Western and Eastern Cyclades chances are you might stop here anyway. 

Where to stay on Ios

Most people tend to stay in or near Chora for easy access to the bars and clubs at night. There are a lot of hostels for budget travellers and small hotels and pensions.

If you want to meet other people and be close to all the action then you can’t go wrong at Ios Resort Hotel , while Liostasi Hotel is one of the best on the island. The talk of the town this summer has been the opening of Calilo, an Instagrammers dream and already a favourite with the celebrity set.

For a bit of peace and quiet and a more traditional Ios experience check out Gorgona overlooking Mylopotas Beach with balconies and terraces and traditional Cycladic style.

Further reading: Our Complete Guide to Ios  

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This Gorgeous Greek Island Has More Than 20 Beaches — How to Plan the Perfect Visit

Mykonos is also known for its epic party scene, charming villages, and gorgeous resorts.

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The Greek island of Mykonos has long beckoned travelers with its whitewashed homes, crystal-clear waters, rich culture, and, of course, fantastic parties. And that's just the beginning. 

"It’s a lively town that offers a perfect mix of boutique properties, beautiful beaches, local shops, and a hot food and nightlife scene. Its international airport and proximity to the other Greek islands , as well as to Athens, make it an easy destination to access and an ideal spot to add to a longer itinerary," Liam Dunch, Abercrombie & Kent's global group product manager for Europe, shared with Travel + Leisure . 

Shannon Yates, a country specialist for Greece at Audley Travel, agrees, noting that the beaches are the best in the region, and reason enough to visit. 

"Mykonos has some of the best beaches in the Cyclades. Due to the shape of the island, lots of beaches are nestled into coves that are relatively protected from wind, making for pleasant beach days," Yates says. "The sand is also high quality, the water is the quintessential turquoise color we think of when we think of a Greek island, and the weather is reliably warm." 

Ready to start plotting your trip to the island? Here's everything you need to plan the perfect trip to Mykonos. 

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Best Hotels and Resorts

Katikies mykonos.

Located above the Agios Ioannis beach, Katikies Mykonos offers both fantastic views and intimate charm. Here, guests can book oversized, light-filled suites, which open to private patios with plunge pools. And when you're ready for a bite, head right to Botrini’s Mykonos, the on-site fine-dining restaurant serving delicious Greek cuisine.

Cavo Tagoo , which also comes with a privileged location near Mykonos Town, is beloved for its commitment to minimalist, whitewashed decor with splashes of decadent gold hues throughout. As for the common spaces, guests can dive into the property's stunning infinity pool that disappears into the horizon, unwind in the spa, and dine at Meraki Restaurant, which highlights Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. 

Kalesma Mykono

Kalesma Mykonos , voted one of T+L readers' favorite hotels in Greece in the 2024 World's Best Awards , is as stunning as a hotel can get. The luxury resort sits atop a hill, providing panoramic views from every corner. The resort embraces a minimalist style that's both soothing and helps put the focus back on the island's natural beauty. Each of the spacious, airy suites comes with chic furnishings and opens to a patio with private plunge pools, so guests always feel like they're in complete solitude. Kalesma Mykonos also has several fantastic dining venues, too, including Pere Ubu, which specializes in Greek small plates. 

Cali Mykonos

Cali Mykonos , located on Kalafatis Beach, perfectly blends traditional Greek design with a more contemporary aesthetic featuring earth-toned walls, white and cream furnishings, and suites with private plunge pools and sea views. The hotel also has plenty of wellness offerings, including regular yoga sessions, a state-of-the-art gym, and a brand-new spa opening in 2025.  

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Best Things to Do

Visit the windmills..

No visit to Mykonos is complete without a stroll through the iconic windmills of Kato Mili. The windmills, some of which were built between the 15th and 16th centuries, have become Instagram famous in their own right, thanks to their picture-perfect appearance and location. Swing by during sunset to see them with the crowds, or head there in the early morning to have them a bit more to yourself.

See Little Venice.

Explore the charming district known as Little Venice, an area filled with colorful buildings sitting on the water's edge. The spot is known for its utter romance and distinct architecture, with buildings featuring balconies hovering over the water — these were used by Greeks to load their goods directly onto boats and (hopefully) avoid pirates.  

Walk and shop around Chora.

Spend some time walking through the main village of Chora, a.k.a. Mykonos Town, weaving your way through the narrow streets and dipping in and out of stores to find the perfect souvenir. 

Hit the beach.

There are 22 official beaches and several other unofficial options to spend your days on while on Mykonos. There's Ornos, the ideal spot for those seeking sandy shores and fantastic food, Platis Gialos, which has a bit more of a scene, and Elia, for anyone wanting to sunbathe while avoiding tan lines, if you catch our drift.

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Best Nightlife

Cavo paradiso.

Dance the day and night away at Cavo Paradiso , a club that sits on a cliff's edge, offering fantastic views and vibes. Come to catch a DJ performance and see if you can make it to its 7 a.m. closing time.

Skandinavian Bar & Disco

Skandinavian Bar & Disco has kept the party going since the late 1970s. Here, guests can dance between three rooms, including an open-air courtyard. Book a table, bottle service, or even a special "last fling before the ring" package for a perfect bachelor or bachelorette experience. 

Paradise Club

Party right on the sand at the open-air Paradise Beach Club , which attracts thousands of revelers who want to dance all day and night. You can come and go as you please — the party will still be going when you come back. 

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Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Mykonos is during its summer season, between late May and late September. This when the weather is at its prime, with temperatures averaging between the high 70s and mid-80s, according to Weather Spark . However, this is also when the island is at its busiest, with tourists flocking to the beaches, clubs, and restaurants. So, if you're hoping to see the island when it's a bit calmer, consider doing during another time. According to Yates, "The best time to visit Mykonos is outside the busy summer peaks, during spring (April to June) and early fall (September and October). Temperatures are warm but not stifling, and destinations are open but relatively quiet." And coming in mid-September means you may be able to hit the Harvest Festival , where you can dine and drink with the locals. 

How to Get There

Mykonos is easily accessible by plane thanks to the Mykonos International Airport, located just a quick drive from Mykonos Town. The airport is serviced by airlines like Aegean, Air France, EasyJet, and Lufthansa, with most flights connecting through Athens. 

The island is also serviced by regular ferries, which connect to several other islands, as well as direct ferries to and from Athens. Direct ferries take about 2.5 hours. 

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Villages to See 

Mykonos town.

Mykonos Town is the heart of the island. Known for its vibrant nightlife, dining venues, and picture-perfect cobblestone streets, it's a place worth exploring for at least a full afternoon during your stay.

The beach village of Ornos is also worth an entire day's excursion. Here, travelers can lounge on the sand or rent loungers for extra comfort before visiting the nearby restaurants for some of the best Greek food on the island.

Escape the chaos of the island's more touristy areas with a visit to the traditional village of Ano Mera. Though it's the second-largest village on Mykonos, it's still considerably smaller than Mykonos Town. And there's lots to do here, too, like visit the 16th-century monastery, Panagia Tourliani; sip varietals from the wineries; and explore the Gyzi Castle. 

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How to Get Around

Renting a car is a great choice for anyone looking to explore more of the island on their own schedule. There are plenty of major car rental services available, including Hertz, Europcar, and Budget. 

By Public Transit

Mykonos has a robust bus system that takes travelers to and from major towns and beaches.

Travelers can also opt to get around via moped, which can be easily rented at several retailers on the island. Just make sure to be extra cautious and always wear a helmet.

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'Yacht trip to Russia': Senators publish list of Clarence Thomas’ gifts from benefactors

T wo Senate Democrats have published a list of roughly three dozen lavish gifts Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas received from right-wing billionaires during his time on the Court.

On the eve of the Independence Day holiday, Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) and Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) called on Attorney General Merrick Garland to appoint a special counsel to investigate Thomas for "possible violations of ethics and tax laws" in his "repeated and willful omissions" of gifts from wealthy benefactors.

"The scale of the potential ethics violations by Justice Thomas, and the willful pattern of disregard for ethics laws, exceeds the conduct of other government officials investigated by the Department of Justice for similar violations," Whitehouse and Wyden wrote. "The breadth of the omissions uncovered to date, and the serious possibility of additional tax fraud and false statement violations by Justice Thomas and his associates, warrant the appointment of a Special Counsel to investigate this misconduct."

READ MORE: Expert: Clarence Thomas could face 'criminal prosecution' by not paying taxes on gifts

On page 14 of the PDF Whitehouse posted to his Senate website, there are two lists of gifts to Thomas. The first list describes gifts from far-right real estate magnate Harlan Crow, and the second list shows gifts from other wealthy sponsors, like entrepreneur Anthony Welters — who "loaned" Thomas a luxury RV and then later forgave the loan — and billionaire Wayne Huizenga.

The gifts from Crow date back to 2003, and list excursions like "Yacht trip to Russia and the Baltics" and Helicopter to Yusipov Palace, St. Petersburg." Out of the roughly two dozen gifts Crow gave to Thomas, four are private school tuition payments for his grand-nephew. Many of Crow's other gifts were private jet flights and yacht cruises, including one Sens. Whitehouse and Wyden described as "around Greek islands."

And out of the gifts on the second list, three were from Huizenga, two were from Welters, and five were from former Berkshire Hathaway board member David Sokol. Billionaire Warren Buffett, who owns Berkshire Hathaway, forced Sokol out in 2011 after he learned that Sokol bought a stake in a company he later convinced Buffett's company to buy. Buffett called Sokol's actions "inexplicable" and "inexcusable."

"No government official should be above the law. Supreme Court justices are properly expected to obey laws designed to prevent conflicts of interest and the appearance of impropriety and to comply with the federal tax code," the senators wrote. "We therefore request that you appoint a Special Counsel authorized to investigate potential criminal violations by Justice Thomas under the disclosure, false statement, and tax laws; pursue leads of related criminal violations by donors, lenders and intermediate corporate entities; and determine whether any such loans and gifts were provided pursuant to a coordinated enterprise or plan."

READ MORE: Clarence Thomas cut off contact with man he raised 'as a son' — now he faces decades in prison

In 2023, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Davide Cay Johnston commented that it was possible Thomas could face " criminal prosecution " by not paying taxes on the previously undisclosed gifts from Crow and others. He opined that any lower-level court judge would not be able to avoid the charges if they failed to pay taxes on gifts worth millions of dollars.

"What Clarence Thomas has done would result in not only any judges in America being removed from the bench, but there is a good chance it would result in criminal prosecution for income tax fraud and for false filings in his mandatory financial ethics disclosure statements," Johnston said in December.

Last month, anti-corruption watchdog group Fix the Court totaled Thomas' gifts and found that the conservative jurist had received approximately $4 million in gifts dating back to 2004 – far more than any other justice on the Supreme Court. And of the 193 gifts Thomas received, he only listed 27 on his required financial disclosure reports.

Click here to read Whitehouse and Wyden's full letter to Garland.

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A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Skiathos vs. Moscow for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

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Which is Bigger, Skiathos or Moscow?

Should you visit skiathos or moscow, which is cheaper to visit which is more expensive for vacation.

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Skiathos and Moscow can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Skiathos or Moscow?

Nestled in the azure waters of the Aegean Sea, Skiathos is a small but captivating island that packs a big punch when it comes to natural beauty, pristine beaches, and vibrant nightlife. As part of the Sporades archipelago, this verdant paradise offers a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure for all types of travelers. While Skiathos can be pricier than some other Greek islands due to its popularity, savvy travelers can still enjoy its charms without breaking the bank. To save money, eat at local restaurants, take public transportation, and find small, local hotels for accommodation.

Moscow is the capital of Russia and is notable for its important role in history. It's a very sprawling city with many museums and fascinating buildings. Ten percent of Russia's population lives in this capital city and it's a financial and political center for the country. The Moskva River weaves its way through the city and you will find most of the city's sights and attractions on the northern side of the river.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Sightseeing Tours in Greece , and The Best Vineyard & Wine Tours in Greece .

Which place is cheaper, Moscow or Skiathos?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

  • Skiathos Prices Greece Prices Moscow Prices Russia Prices
  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day Skiathos € 358 Moscow € 61

The average daily cost (per person) in Skiathos is €358, while the average daily cost in Moscow is €61. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Skiathos and Moscow in more detail.

Accommodation

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person Skiathos € 215 Moscow € 38
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room Skiathos € 430 Moscow € 76

Compare Hotels in Skiathos and Moscow

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Local Transportation

  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc. Skiathos € 115 Moscow € 5.93

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Moscow

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Moscow are as follows:

  • Two Metro Passes € 1.42

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Moscow

Also for Moscow, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private Transfer from Singkarak to Padang Airport (PDG): $170
  • Private Transfer from Rangkiang Luluih to Padang Airport (PDG): $170
  • Private Transfer from Suka Mulia to Pekanbaru Airport (PKU): $170
  • Private Transfer from Nagari Sikucur to Padang Airport (PDG): $136
  • Private Transfer from Padang Panjang to Padang Airport (PDG): $136
  • Private Transfer from Batusangkar to Padang Airport (PDG): $136
  • Private Transfer from Nagari Sungai Asam to Padang Airport (PDG): $136
  • Private Transfer from Palembang Airport (PLM) to Palembang: $94
  • Private Transfer from Palembang Airport (PLM) to Talang Jambe: $94
  • Private Transfer from 8 ILIR to Palembang Airport (PLM): $94
  • Private Transfer from Palembang Airport (PLM) to 8 ILIR: $94
  • Private Transfer from Bukit Baru to Palembang Airport (PLM): $94

Is it cheaper to fly into Skiathos or Moscow?

Prices for flights to both Moscow and Skiathos change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.

  • Food Meals for one day Skiathos € 74 Moscow € 14

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Skiathos

For Skiathos, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Boat Cruise with Dinner & Sunset Viewing: $141

Typical Food Prices in Moscow

For Moscow, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:

  • Lunch for Two € 5.77
  • Lunch in the Center Market € 3.14
  • Breakfast for 2 € 10

Entertainment

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc. Skiathos € 45 Moscow € 15

Tours and Activities in Skiathos

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Skiathos.

  • 1 Hour Skiathos Photoshoot Experience (up to 2 people): $191
  • From Sea and Sun Island Day Cruise: $51
  • Full Day unforgettable tour of the Northern Sporades: $2,818
  • Boat Cruise with Lunch: $130
  • Full-Day Sailing Cruise with Lunch: $146
  • Mamma Mia Island and Beach Day Cruise: $52
  • Private Day Cruise with a Speed Boat around island: $293
  • Private Yacht Cruise with Swim Stops: $1,084
  • Traditional Boat Cruise with Swim Stops & Lunch: $146

Typical Entertainment Prices in Moscow

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Moscow's activities, tours, and tickets:

  • Theater Tickets € 12
  • Kremlin Entry (2) € 10

Tours and Activities in Moscow

For Moscow, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 2 Days Private Tour to See Bull Race and Raflesia Arnoldi Flower: $250
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day Skiathos € 23 Moscow € 7.62

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Skiathos and Moscow, we can see that Skiathos is more expensive. And not only is Moscow much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Moscow would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Moscow and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Skiathos would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Skiathos than you might in Moscow.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Skiathos Expensive? and Is Moscow Expensive? .

Moscow has a larger population, and is about 2000 times larger than the population of Skiathos. When comparing the sizes of Skiathos and Moscow, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.

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Greek coast guard and a Turkish fishing boat collide in the north Aegean. Officials say it’s minor

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A Greek coast guard vessel was involved in a minor collision with a Turkish fishing boat in Greek waters off a tiny Aegean Sea islet rock on Thursday, officials in Athens said.

A coast guard statement said nobody was injured in the incident off Greece’s Zourafa in the northeastern Aegean, and neither vessel appeared to have suffered severe damage.

The statement said the coast guard vessel was sent to chase away the Turkish boat that was fishing inside Greek waters. It said the collision was caused by the Turkish captain’s “abrupt change in course.”

Zourafa is surrounded by rich fishing grounds, which often leads to tension between Greek and Turkish fishing crews.

The two neighbors, NATO allies and historic regional rivals are at odds over issues including Aegean Sea boundaries and offshore exploitation rights. The latter led to a surge in military tensions four years ago.

Relations have improved since, and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Wednesday on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Washington.

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Where are the fires in Greece? What wildfires in Kos mean for your trip

After Greece experienced its earliest ever heatwave last month, continued extreme temperatures have caused wildfires in Kos, Chios and Crete

Liv Kelly

Greece is only set to get busier over the next few weeks, with tourists from all over flocking to the country’s islands to enjoy its glorious sandy beaches and guaranteed sun. However, Greece’s  earliest-ever heatwave  in June marked the start of another summer of extremely high temperatures and wildfires . 

Only a couple of weeks after the  Paphos wildfires,  tourists have described ‘apocalyptic’ scenes of smoke after more wildfires broke out on Monday July 1 on the islands of Kos, Chios and Crete. Understandably,  this is worrying news if you’ve got an upcoming trip to Greece. Here is everything you need to know about the wildfires in Greece and how they might affect your holiday. 

Where are the wildfires in Greece? 

The islands of Kos , Chios and Crete  saw wildfires spread from Monday July 1, for the following couple of days. In eastern Kos, a wildfire broke out in Antimachia early Monday afternoon and spread towards the tourist resort of Kardamaina. 10,000 people were evacuated and took shelter in schools, sports stadiums and hotels in Antimachia, Mastichari and Marmari, according to Ekathimerini.com .  It’s thought that at least 3,300 acres of land on the island have burned at the time of writing.

On the island of Chios, the northwest town of Sidirounda saw a blaze break out, but was diverted away from residential areas this morning thanks to additional firefighting forces dispatched from Lesvos and Athens.  Vianos on the southern coast of Crete also saw a wildfire break out, and the village of Katofygi was evacuated as a precaution – this fire has also now been contained to a ravine. 

The island of Serifos and the Attica region around Athens also saw fires break out over the weekend (June 29 and 30) but these had been controlled and subsided by Monday morning. 

Is it safe to travel? 

News of wildfires is of course a concern if you have a trip booked to Greece, but there is currently no official advice against travelling to the country. Instead, you should follow local advice on how to stay safe in the heat and check if there is a risk of wildfires in the area you’re staying. 

Those travelling to Kos, Chios and Crete might face difficulties as the islands have carried out evacuations. 

The good news is that Greece has amped up its prep for the summer ahead. More staff have been hired and trained, and the use of drones and early warning systems have proved useful in tracking potential wildfires so far.  

What started the fires in Greece? 

The prolonged drought and dry weather that Greece has experienced has led to what  Sky News describes as ‘tinderbox-like’ conditions. Paired with unusually strong winds, conditions have been prime for the outbreak of wildfires. 

Can I get a refund if I choose not to travel because of wildfires? 

To see what can be done, it’s best to contact your accommodation, flight or trip provider directly – the likelihood of a full refund can be unclear when travelling to Greece has not been advised against.

Under the Package Travel Regulations, travellers who have been evacuated can likely seek reasonable compensation for their trip if the holiday company they booked with fails to proactively offer a refund or vouchers. 

If you are already in Greece and want to return home early, it’s possible (depending on your trip provider) that you’ll be able to do so at no extra charge. Whether  you’ll be refunded for the rest of your holiday all depends on your trip provider and insurance policy.

What’s the latest UK Foreign Office advice? 

The UK Foreign Office has not yet issued any advice against travelling to any parts of Greece, but its section on forest fires and wildfires says: ‘There is a high risk of wildfires during the summer season from April to October. Wildfires are highly dangerous and unpredictable. The situation can change quickly. To avoid starting wildfires: leave no litter, especially not glass which is known to start fires; make sure cigarettes are properly extinguished; do not light barbecues. Causing a wildfire or a forest fire is a criminal offence in Greece – even if unintentional. If you see a fire, call the emergency services on 112.’

It also encourages you to follow @112Greece for official updates on X (fka Twitter), and to follow guidance issued by the local emergency services. 

What started the fires in Greece in 2023? 

Last summer, Europe experienced extremely hot and dry weather conditions which, combined with strong winds, put plenty of areas at high risk of wildfires.

However,  a senior climate crisis official said the majority of fires were started by ‘human hand’. As of late August 163 arrests have been made on fire-related charges. 

Where else in Europe has been affected by wildfires?

Wildfires have also broken out in Türkiye  as the temperature reached between eight and 12C higher than seasonal norms. Following fires in Antalya’s Kumluca in June, blazes have broken out  in the Selçuk and Menderes districts of İzmir, and in Susurluk, Balıkesir, in the last week. H undreds of hectares of land have been destroyed.

Greece’s extreme temperatures led to  Athens closing schools and tourist attractions , including the Acropolis, last month. Paphos in Cyprus also experienced wildfires .

Elsewhere in Europe, areas of southern Switzerland, northeast France and northern Italy have been battered by torrential rain and storms , and seven people have reportedly died. 

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The secret European island with swimming pigs and clear blue seas – and it can only be reached by boat

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A SMALL private island in Europe is home to remote beaches, crystal clear waters and a family of swimming pigs - and it's accessible to tourists by boat.

In the summer months, swimming off the shore of a Greek island sounds idyllic.

The island is most famous for its family of resident pigs

It turns out that humans aren't alone in thinking this, with pigs also apparently prone to taking a cooling dip in the sea.

The small island of Atokos is uninhabited by humans, but its family of black pigs is becoming famous for their days out at the beach.

There's plenty more on the island for tourists to enjoy of course, including walking along hiking trails and snorkelling in the clear blue waters and looking at the wildlife under the sea.

However, it's the pigs that tourists often tell their friends about after heading for a day out at Atokos.

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How they came to be on the island in the first place is something of a mystery, but there are some theories that the locals argue over.

Some claim that sailors brought them to Atokos as a source of food, before abandoning them.

However, other people them to be the descendants of a family of pigs that survived a shipwreck and washed up on the island.

Regardless of how they arrived, they have become something of a tourist attraction in recent years, with people coming to join them for a day paddling in the shallow waters of their private bay.

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Meraki Sailing , who arrange trips to the island for tourists, wrote: "Whether you choose to observe them from a distance or interact up close, the pigs of Atokos are sure to leave a lasting impression on all who encounter them.

"Visitors to Atokos are often taken aback by the sight of these four-legged islanders, who seem to lead a carefree existence amidst the stunning natural beauty of their surroundings.

"They are friendly and sociable creatures, often approaching visitors with curious sniffs and grunts, as if welcoming them to their island home."

For anyone interested and wealthy enough to make their stay on Atokos a permanent one, the island is currently for sale, according to Domus Real Estate .

While there is no price listed on their website, Travel.gr claim that three years ago the "secret island" was available for around €40m (£34m).

The publication seems to suggest that the island's uniqueness makes it worth a punt for anyone with the cash to spare.

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They wrote: "Atokos is a place a lifestyle magazine would write about being an experience you must have at least once in your life.

"Of course, in Greece there are many such ‘secret’ locations, each with its own beauty.

"But the truth is that the climate, the terroir and the peace of the Ionian Sea make a very special, unique combination here."

To reach Atokos visitors can take a taxi boat from most of the surrounding islands, including places like Ithaca, Kefalonia and Lefkada .

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