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Last minute yacht charters

Although there is usually a small percentage of last-minutes yachts in the main yacht charter season due to cancellations, these are often (far) more expensive. So, if looking for a reasonable price or even a bargain it is widely recommended to book a yacht 7-12 months in advance. Note that you can typically book flights 330 days in the future.
Booking a charter yacht more than half a year in advance gives you more specific options like the possibility: Guide on sailing the Cyclades - Amorgos island In both Greece and Turkey, last-minute yacht charters are usually more expensive sailing holidays than timely booked yacht charter vacations especially for sailing in June, July, August and first half of September!

Important advice! Only sign a contract with the fleet owner, not with an agent or middleman ! The yacht's name and the yacht's owner should be indicated on the contract.

To cope with a small budget

Warning! What you shouldn't do is rent the cheapest yacht offered by any (that is unreliable) company - you will lose time and money, e.g. on repairs.

Advice! In case of a problem, also without an agent involved, immediately notify the company in writing via SMS/TEXTING or via e-mail - this to avoid "misunderstandings" lateron about what has been said!


If with just two persons, you have three main options for a yacht charter holiday: Guide on sailing the Ionian - Zakynthos beach
  1. Rent a small (30-37 ft) sailing yacht for just the two of you (private charter) - total freedom!
  2. Rent a cabin on a larger sailing yacht: 3-5 other couples or two families, fixed itinerary etc, cheaper.
  3. Rent a cabin on a gulet motorsailer: more luxurious, more expensive, still fixed itinerary.
Option 1, is often by far the best solution, you can sail to beaches and temples when you like and go to places you are interested in...

Island hopping

The best way to explore Greece is not by island-hopping with ferries but on a sailing yacht! and we found ourselves often anchored off in a secluded bay with a stunning temple or venetian castle guarding the cliffs a few hundred metres from us. Of course you can reach these places by ferry, bus and tripper boat, but this way you can spend the night there, explore the archaeological sites as well as these lovely little fishermen ports without all those fellow tourists (they leave around 4 usually).
Ferries only visit the larger islands, not off the beaten track.

Ferries will only dock at the large main port, the interesting places such as beaches, temples and other archaeological sites, picturesque fishing ports are elsewhere on the islands - finding transport by bus or taxi, and lodgings is cumbersome and expensive.

Since you sleep in a comfortable cabin on your sailing yacht - which is also equipped with a galley (kitchen) - it is much cheaper to go island-hopping on a sailing yacht than backpacker's style on expensive ferries.

Skipper and crew

Things to consider about a skipper and possible other crew members:
Sailing resources
 Charter guide :

 Assisted bareboats
 Bareboat requirements
 Choosing a charter yacht
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 Prevent seasickness
 Greek sailing areas
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 Yacht charter provisioning
 Itineraries Ionian
 Itineraries Argo-Saronic
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 Itineraries Dodecanese
 One-way itineraries
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 Sailing between Greece & Turkey
 Greek chart terms
 Greek fishing techniques
 Climate graphs Athens
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 Distances sailing Greece
 Itineraries Ionian + Aegean
Greece :

Ionian Islands
Dodecanese Islands
Cyclades Islands
Northern Sporades
Peloponnese – Athens
Top 10 islands

Yacht charter companies
Tower of winds
Turkey :

Izmir – Bodrum
Bodrum – Marmaris
Marmaris – Fethiye
Fethiye – Antalya
2 April 2019
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