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Explore a different island every day on your sailing holiday in Greece.

Picturesque fishing harbours, idyllic anchorages, history and culture - Greece is the perfect destination for your next Mediterranean sailing holiday. So many Greek islands to discover and so conveniently arranged within easy sailing distance. Charter a yacht and return to your favourite sailing area or discover somewhere new to sail in Greece. Each harbour and island you visit is unique. Sailing in Greece is a fabulous island-hopping adventure holiday and the most popular sailing holiday destination in the world.

Sailing areas for Greece Yacht Charter

  • Overview



    The Acropolis, Athens












    Petriti, Corfu

    • Young or old, experienced or novice, Greece has something for everyone!
    • Step back in time visiting the ancient sites of Athens
    • Enjoy freshly caught fish, stuffed vine leaves, meatballs and Greek salads
    • Average summer temperatures of 26-30 degrees
    • Full days sailing & stronger winds in the Aegean lure experienced sailors
    • Families may enjoy line of sight sailing & lighter winds in the Ionian
    • Flotilla options in the Ionian, Saronic, Sporades and Dodecanese
    • Sail and Stay options in the Ionian and Saronic
  • Ionian

    Ionian sailing holidays

    The Southern Ionian is a firm favourite amongst many sailors and for good reason! The shorter distances between islands mean you are never far from another idyllic bay or traditional fishing village. A perfect choice for couples, families and groups wanting lighter winds and easy navigation around picturesque islands.

    For charters in the Northern Ionian, start your holiday from Corfu and enjoy some longer passages, reliable winds and an 'off the beaten track' feel. Daily flights into Corfu make this area very accessible and with just a 15 minute transfer from the airport to the marina, you will soon be settling into holiday mode!

    We have rated this destination a 'Level 1' (levels info)

  • Saronic Gulf

    Saronic Gulf sailing holidays

    Start your charter from Athens and experience a fantastic taste of what Greece has to offer. After setting sail into the Saronic Gulf it is easy to forget that you are only a short distance away from the hustle and bustle of a capital city. Unspoiled islands, ancient temples and bustling towns all await you. Reliable winds and average daily sailing distances of around 19nm make Athens a great option for couples, groups and families alike.

    We have rated this destination a 'Level 1-2' (levels info)

  • Skiathos

    Skiathos sailing holidays

    Skiathos is a fantastic sailing destination for sailors seeking fresh breezes in an unspoilt area. With fewer yachts based here than in other areas of Greece, it is possible to get the 'off the beaten track' feel which is appealing to so many.

    We have rated this destination a 'Level 2' (levels info)

  • Aegean

    Aegean sailing holidays

    Marvel at the beauty of the quintessential Greek landscape with turquoise waters and white villages dotted with blue domed rooftops. You will find this and so much more starting your sailing holiday from Lavrion or Paros in the Aegean. This sailing area is suited to more experienced sailors looking for stronger winds and longer passages. We have rated this destination a 'Level 2-3' (levels info)

  • Dodecanese

    Dodecanese sailing holidays

    A sailing holiday from Kos in the Dodecanese, offers a great variety of unspoilt, historic and culturally rich islands to visit. Longer passages and stronger winds make the Dodecanese suitable for more experienced sailors. We have rated this destination a 'Level 3' (levels info)

Sailing holiday experiences for Greece Yacht Charter

Yacht Charter Sailing Holidays in Greece

Yacht charter

Yacht charter gives you freedom to explore at your own pace. Discover your favourite Greek getaway - Corfu, Lefkas & Palairos, Athens, Skiathos, Paros and Lavrion or Kos.

Yacht charter

Flotilla Sailing Holidays in Greece


An ideal mix of sailing your own yacht with support and advice from the lead crew. We offer 5 flotillas in Greece in the Southern Ionian, Corfu, Athens, Dodecanese and Sporades.


Learn to Sail Sailing Holidays in Greece

Learn to Sail

Add a flotilla instructor for a 3-day refresher or 6-day introductory course on our Ionian or Athens flotillas. Or book an RYA course on the beautiful Greek island of Aegina.

Learn to Sail

Crewed Yacht Sailing Holidays in Greece

Crewed Yachts

For that special vacation charter a crewed yacht in Corfu or for larger groups a Lagoon 560 available from various bases in Greece.

Crewed Yachts

Motor yacht Sailing Holidays in Greece

Motor Yachts

We offer an excellent range of flybridge motor yachts and sports cruisers for bareboat charter in Greece as well as crewed motor yachts.

Motor Yachts

Sail and Stay Sailing Holidays in Greece

Sail & Stay

Extend your Greek sailing holiday with a week in a hotel.

Sail & Stay

"Just to say that we had a really good holiday in the Ionian sailing with Odyseuss Sailing flotilla. They were up to the usual high standard of boat, customer service - our friends that we went with were very impressed for their first time sailing. Hope to go again next year."

Ionian Flotilla 2019 - J.D.

Sailing Qualifications

To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). For charters in Greece, you must now have the ICC certificate. You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.

The port authorities in Greece are now insisting on one of the following practical certificates: RYA ICC (International Certificate of Competence), RYA Coastal, RYA Yachtmaster, ASA IPC (International Proficiency Certificate) or the IYT (International Yacht Training) Passport. If you hold an RYA Day Skipper or ASA104 it will no longer be accepted and you need to obtain either an ICC or IPC from the corresponding issuing body (RYA or ASA). If your RYA Coastal/Yachtmaster or ASA105/106 certificate is more than 12 years old and does not have a photo ID, then we would also strongly advise applying for an ICC or IPC. If you are a member of the RYA or ASA, you may qualify for a discount or free certificate, otherwise, you will have to pay. The approximate cost is £50. Please use this link - RYA application for the ICC or ASA application for the IPC.

For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.

RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.

For Seychelles, the local authorities require an ICC for the skipper of a bareboat or flotilla yacht charter.

For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.

If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?

Sailing Levels

Level 1

Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.

Level 2

Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.

Level 3

Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.