Treat yourself to the perfect sailing vacations in Greece ! A cruise around the Greek islands!
Explore the Greek islands at your own pace, choose your activities in the most personalized skippered yacht charter in Greece.
Our departure point is Marina Alimos in Athens, Greece with easy access from Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" (IATA: ATH, ICAO: LGAV ).
Unlike any resort or beachside hotel, a skippered sailing holiday around the Greek islands (the Cyclades or Saronic) offers you the absolute freedom, flexibility, comfort and diversity. YOU set the pace and the schedule can change if you find something interesting along the way or if you like a particular island... read more about sailing holidays in Greece
With accommodation, internet connection, snorkeling equipment, skipper and co-skipper included, few other vacations could offer such an unforgettable adventure and a great value for money.
There are hundreds of charter companies in Greece and thousands of able skippers available for hire, however, you need something more to get your fun, relaxing, 'once in a lifetime' sailing holiday experience you are dreaming about!
The difference between a regular skippered yacht charter and Blue Water Sailing holidays is the unique attention to your desires : we will be there for you with information and suggestions from the moment you start planning your sailing trip until the moment you disembark.
We will not just sail you from A to B like a standard sailing tour based on a schedule: we will adapt your Greek islands sailing cruise to your interest, advice you on the best spots and best Greek islands so you can discover the local culture and traditions in Greece.
Every afternoon we are going to sit down for a few moments and discuss the program for the next day based on your preferences (and the weather conditions) to plan the sailing vacation of your dreams.
Plan or let us plan for you a sailing holiday filled with adventures, fun activities and relaxation on your own private yacht, no strangers aboard, hopping from island to island.
Greece is definitely the best place for sailing holidays. The Greek islands are a world-renowned destination for sailing because of the great diversity (over 9000 miles of coastline), stunning beaches, picturesque villages amazing sceneries and delicious cuisine. A sailing vacation with skipper offers you the possibility to create your own agenda around the 170 inhabited islands of Greece (Cyclades and Saronic) and (why not) other 3000 un-inhabited.
If all the above sound appealing to you - contact us in order to book a Blue Water Sailing tour.
Not much at all. You will get a skippered cruise at the price of a bareboat with rates starting from 2990 Euros per week FOR THE WHOLE BOAT.
What you see below is the sailboat price. In order to get the rates per persons for a sailing holiday in Greece, all you need to do is divide the rates shown above to the number of persons in your party. For example a group of 6 interested in a 7 day trip in May - season B - will pay 4340 euro per boat thus 4340euro / 6 persons = only 723 euro per person for a full week on board your private sailboat.
If you find a few friends to join you...you'll get your dream sailing vacation in the Greek islands at the price you would pay only for a hotel room.
We are trying to make sailing accessible to everybody! So for couples and small groups (up to 4 persons) we have prepared discounted prices as you can see below by selecting the size of your group. Because exploring the Greek islands by sailboat is a unique experience that nobody should miss...
Please select the size of your group :
in order to see the corresponding rates.
Prices / skippered boat (total price for the group)
Sailboat prices :
total price for all your group
Season A 29 May - 17 September
Season B 1 May - 28 May & 18 September - 15 October
Season C 16 October - 30 April
2 weeks - Euro (€)
1 week - Euro (€)
For longer sail cruises please contact us for a quote.
NO extra charge for the skipper. This way you save 980 Euro / week.
Accommodation in 2 double cabins + 2 twin bed / bunk cabins.
Wireless internet connection - up to 3.5 Gb of trafic / week / boat.
Floats for non swimmers (3 noodles).
Snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel and short fins).
Cooking & Dinning Equipment.
Linens & Towels (1 set / week).
Final cleaning at the end of the cruise, upon disembarkation.
Use of 1 stand up paddle board (SUP) Aqua Marina Vapor (with kayak chair) - 150 €/week FREE
Wet suits - shorties (for spring / autum) - subject to availability - FREE.
A "charter-starter" package (the initial food and drinks supplies) can be arranged upon previous agreement. Be greeted by beers chilling in the fridge, water, snack, basic cooking supplies so that you can relax as soon as you arrive on your yacht. contact us for more details.
One, two, three week yacht charter - Monday to Sunday. Check in on Monday 12:00 p.m. / check out on Sunday 7:00 p.m.. Starting end of October, embarkationis 11:00 am and disembarkation 6 pm in order to accomodate daytime hours..
Multi-day yacht charter - Any number of days can be accommodated where possible.
Our base is located in Athens, with fast access to Cyclades islands and / or Saronic islands as well as to the pitoresque Peloponnese coast. Within easy sailing distance, dozen of islands are waiting for you to discover them: Mykonos, the cosmopolitan Poros, the astonishing Milos, Sifnos, Serifos, Syros - Queen of the Cyclades, the beautiful Paros and Naxos, the amazing Santorini, the bustling Aegina island with its fruit filled caiques, the incredibly beautiful Peloponnese coasts and with pretty traditional villages hidden in between lush vegetation (pine forest) and blessed with thousands of years of history- so many amazing places waiting for you to explore them.
However we recommend you don't go to the hassle of trying to decide on a specific itinerary or set your mind on a specific island- many time on board people discover new attractions of the islands they never expected and realize that other places than their initial plan are much closer to their dream holiday… so keeping flexible it your guarantee that you will have the best holidays of your life.
Also sailing conditions vary greatly from area to area making some itineraries appropriate for all people while others are just fort the very adventurous; some itineraries are great for people wanting more time on shore or at the bays swimming and swimming while others just for people willing to spend a long time at sea sailing and enjoying the breeze… keep flexible and let the islands surprise you!!!
Many times we are asked which is the BEST Greek island. The answer is "all of them are simply amazing- it just depends on your interests – and even so there are dozens of islands that fall in your criterias". Some places are great for swimming, others for nightlife, other for architecture and other for hiking. But actually most of them usually offer a perfect combination of all the above. No matter which itinerary you’ll follow, we can guarantee you’ll fall in love with Greece and while on board you will already start to plan your next sailing vacation so you explore more places.
Just let us know your interests and at embarkation we'll advice you on the perfect route and the best islands. 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 sailboat for the number of days you have on board).
What do I have to do?
It´s very easy! Just pick the period for your skippered sailing vacations and contact us for more details.
If you are not decided yet and need more time to plan, upon request we can put your dates on hold for 7 days for FREE.
This will give you the chance to plan your holiday (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 will take your dates.
Basically during a one, two or three weeks on board you can:
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 and sail the Cyclades or the Saronic islands.
after docking at the harbor, 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 architecture with whitewashed houses, colorful windows and flat roof in the Cyclades or let yourself amazed by the Neoclassical and Venetian elegance in the Saronic islands and Peloponesse 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.
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 .
Meal options - Where are we going to eat?
On shore: Each harbor has a large number of restaurants, traditional taverns and bars just within a few meters from the boat which are open for dinner and breakfast, all priced very reasonably. Enjoying local cuisine and island's delicacies at a waterfront tavern while admiring an astonishing scenery is something you'll want to experience over and over again.
On board:Albatross sailboat is equipped with a cooker ( with oven and 3 burners), barbeque on gas, fridge and ice box so meals can also be cooked on board if you prefer. Each island has markets within 50 meters where you can stock up the boat with your favorite food/drinks.
How much time should I spend on board in order to fully experience the Greek islands?
This all depends on your interests but especially on how much time you have available - the more days you have on board the more islands you will be able to explore.
As a general idea during a 7 day trip you would have the chance to visit up to 6 islands whereas during a 2 week trip we usually visit up to 13 islands and during a 3 week trip you can explore up to 20 of the amazing Greek islands.
In order to fully enjoy the magic while sailing the Cyclades islands, at least 2 weeks on board are recommended (preferably 3 weeks, since there are 24 islands in the archipelago).
However one week on board is a great idea for people with a short holiday and in Greece for only 7-10 days .
Most of our guests choose a 2 week trip because of the advantages it has comparing to a shorter one: more islands to visit, shorter sailing time (thus more time to swim / explore the islands), flexible itinerary etc.
Frequently Asked Questions - for more informations about life on board please check our FAQ page.
Why charter a sailing boat in Greece? What are the benefits of a sailing holiday with skipper over a traditional vacations in the Greek islands?
Below you can find a comparison in order to get a better idea of what you get when booking a Blue Water Sailingvacation comparing to a traditional holiday.
Your floating hotel with all the amenities such as hot water, cold drinks, internet and an amazing sea view every night! ... more info at The Yacht 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.
- discover a new Greek island every day (or every couple of days if you prefer).
- explore secluded bays and coves.
- visit the traditional villages of the Cyclades islands with their white washed houses and blue windows and cobble-paved streets.
Same view, same places to visit every day, same activities and taverns, same village to spend your evening.
Flexibility, privacy and freedom
Feel relaxed to make your own schedule and set the itinerary (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.
The Cyclades 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.
Extra Activities and Sailing Adventures
Combine sailing with other activities (sightseeing, trekking, biking) - do them at your pace, and in a different place each day, if you wish.
As your skipper and co-skipper, we will help you discover the hidden beauty of Greece, 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 Alternative Sailing - Other Activities.
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.
Beaches and Destinations
Swim and snorkel 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 isolated cove only for yourself.
Same beach every day together with all the other guest of the hotels nearby.
Almost all inclusive sailing cruise from 2990 per week for the WHOLE BOAT - total price for all the yacht including : skipper, co-skipper, internet, snorkelling equipment, end cleaning.
Pay approximately the same amount only to get a place to sleep!.
There is no yachting qualifications or experience needed in order to participate in the sail trip. Skippered yacht charter is perfect for everybody from young, fun-loving groups to families with children wanting to live the experience of boat a holiday in Greece without the pressure of looking after the boat. Sailing holidays with skipper is also the best option if you are searching for a relaxing holiday and want to discover the Greek islands (sailing the Cyclades and Saronic) without having to worry about anything at all. Just relax and enjoy the trip.