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Exploring Greece On A Private Yacht Charter vs Cruise Ship

Santorini, Greece, luxury yacht charter

Santorini, Greece

Obviously, we are biased. We long ago decided there was no comparison between cruising on a cruise ship versus a private yacht charter. For starters, you will enjoy a customized itinerary, personalized menu, complete privacy, and in-depth exploration, all at your own pace. To show you a clearer picture of the benefits of a private yacht charter, we zoom in on one of our favorite destinations—Greece.

A Yacht Charter vs. Cruise Ship

A cruise ship needs to stick to a schedule—their schedule. When you charter a private yacht, your professional crew will cater to your preferred schedule. Head ashore whenever you want, avoid crowded ports, and enjoy 5-star dining on board, with your own personal chef creating whatever dishes you desire. Your private yacht becomes your very own floating resort, taking you to the most beautiful and secluded places in the world, pampering you and your family or friends throughout the entire vacation.

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Sifnos, Greece

Other reasons why yacht vacations are better than cruise ship getaways include:

  • Choose the type of yacht you want: motor or sailing.
  • Go to any destination you want to see, on your schedule.
  • Slow down your pace and relax; you won’t feel like one of the masses on a yacht charter.
  • Take part in on-board water activities without waiting in line.
  • Enjoy more time in each port or anchorage and truly immerse yourself in the culture.
  • Indulge in a menu tailor-made to your specifications.
  • Go on your own time from location to location.
  • Explore extraordinary underwater life, as the urge strikes.
  • Spend more time in special destinations, enjoying them more deeply.

The Luxury Yacht Charter Greece Experience

Windmills of Mykonos

Windmills of Mykonos, Greece

There are many cruise ship options in Greece that start in Athens and end in Istanbul, traveling over 500 nautical miles. It’s a great way to cover distance—if all you want to do is reach the destination. A yacht charter in Greece, on the other hand, is the perfect way to explore thousands of beaches, ancient civilizations, delicious cuisine, and quaint villages, and enjoy the warm Mediterranean climate on your own terms. It’s your yacht, and your itinerary.

There are over 6,000 Greek islands and islets in the Ionian and Aegean Sea, with inhabitants on at least 200 of them. Each inhabited Greek island has a unique history, with a distinct culture reflected in the island’s architecture. No two Greek islands are alike, and discovering what makes each island special is one of the most satisfying aspects of the private yacht charter experience.

Typically, cruise ships leave from Athens, spend a day each in HydraMykonos, Santorini, Crete, Rhodes, and Patmos, and end in Istanbul. What if, during that

Donkeys on Hydra

Donkeys on Hydra

one day in Mykonos, you discover something that makes you want to stay for at least another day? What if you discover a charming taverna and you want to linger? The whole point of a vacation is to get off the treadmill and drift, savoring each experience and creating memories that remain with you, long after. Your yacht crew will simply adjust to your new desire. A cruise ship can’t.

Here is a closer look at just some of the more in-depth Greek islands you can explore on a private yacht charter excursion.

The Greek Cycladic Islands

Start a one-week charter out of Athens to visit the chic and well-publicized islands of Mykonos and Santorini on a fast-cruising motor yacht. Explore the sacred island of Delos, one of the most important mythological, historical, and archaeological sites in Greece. Greek mythology states that Apollo was born in Delos.

Lion statues, Delos, Cyclades, Greece

Lion statues, Delos, Greece

The Terrace of the Lions and The House of Dionysus with its striking mosaic are just two of the must-see attractions.

Visit the old Chora on Seros Island, hidden up in the mountains from the Barbary Pirates in the 1500s, where Greek Bouzouki music reigns supreme. Seros was an island where wealthy sea captains built fabulous homes in the 1800s. It’s also a unique island of two religions—the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox, both of which show a strong presence, with islanders living amicably side by side.

Cruise into Milos, an island known for its delicious flower honey. It’s also the island of obsidian, a glass-like volcanic rock in high demand for weaponry in antiquity, making Milos a very wealthy island in ancient times. Enjoy stunning sunsets, unique cuisine, and secluded beaches. Milos is very rich in minerals, and is home to bentonite and kaolin, which are widely used in homemade beauty treatments.

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Milos White Cliffs

Located in the heart of the Aegean Sea, Paros Island has one of the nicest traditional Cycladic villages named Naussos. Sit in a taverna in the main quay on the harbor and experience everyday Greek village life. Windsurf or kite surf on the beautiful beaches, and admire the amazing architecture, including whitewashed sugar cube houses.

Sifnos is an island where great reserves of gold and silver were mined in ancient times. Today, a special clay found only in Sifnos is used to make beautiful artistic pottery as well as chimney pots found on the roofs of many buildings. Indulge in wonderful food such as feta and dandelion pie, sizzling calamari, and kaparosalata, a caper and onion salad.

The Greek Dodecanese Islands and Northeast Aegean Islands

If you’re on a one-week charter through the Greek Dodecanese Islands, visit the 15th-century home of the Knights of the Order of St. John in Old Town, Rhodes.

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Patmos Bells

The Cave of the Apocalypse found on the island of Patmos is purportedly where St. John wrote the Book of Revelation. While you’re visiting Patmos, be sure to walk on the paved paths in Chora, the island’s capital, and enjoy a breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea.

The charming, welcoming little island of Symi boasts a low-key vibe. There is a Venetian-style fishing village ringing the main harbor, along with hillsides filled with wild herbs. Sunbathe on one of Symi’s many beaches, including Marathounta and Lapathose.

Kalymnos Island was home to centuries of scuba and skin divers harvesting natural sponges—the main island export that is still harvested by island divers today. The lunar landscape of Nisyros Island is unlike that of any other Greek Island, with volcanic heated thermal springs that have popped up through the island’s surface for centuries.

Then, stop in Chios, an island with a rich history that is said to be the birthplace of Homer. Chios is famous for its mastic tree, the resin of which is used to make medicine and is thought to be the origin of chewing gum. A unique

Fishing boats on Greek Islands

Fishing boats on Greek Islands

decorative pattern for walkways, piazzas, and courtyards can be seen across the island, where small white and black round rocks are painstakingly laid on their sides to create decorative patterns in the paving.

A private yacht charter is the best way to experience the beauty of Greece and its magnificent islands. On a charter, you have more freedom and control. You can do what you want to do, when you want to do it. Your private yacht charter will show you breathtaking vistas,  unspoiled beaches, and remote hideaways. Everything is up to you—the schedule, menu, and activities.

Northrop-Johnson Luxury Yacht Charters provides perfect yacht charter itineraries and the highest standard of service for your yacht vacation. Our private crewed luxury yacht charters are catered to meet your ideal and unique vacation experience. Let’s plan your dream getaway today.

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Yacht Charter Itinerary Cruising the Greek Islands


Ocean bay sunrise , Kea, Greece

Kea, Greece

Cruise through two lovely Greek Island chains, the Saronic Islands and the Cycladic Islands, on this yacht charter itinerary through the Aegean Sea.  This is an excellent itinerary for a one week charter on a sailing yacht or sailing catamaran out of Athens, for lovely, easy sailing every day, while enjoying some terrific Greek Islands.  This is also a great yacht charter itinerary to enjoy on a crewed motor yacht.


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Enjoy a Charter Itinerary of the Greek Dodecanese Islands


Rhodes - Medieval City
Rhodes, Medieval City
From Rhodes to Samos, this yacht charter itinerary cruising through the Greek Dodecanese Islands is cruise through a lovely group of islands; each with its own unique feel.  From Rhodes, once a hub for medieval crusaders, to nearby Symi, quiet and beautiful, to Kalymnos, where locals once free dived for sponges in the depths of the sea, to Patmos, said to be where John the Apostle wrote the Book of Revelations, and where there is a church for every day of the year, and finally to Samos, home of Pythagoras, discover each island for yourself on a yacht charter through the Greek Dodecanese Islands. 


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What can a Blue Monkey do for you?


Rooftops of Santorini, Greece, yacht charter

Santorini, Greece

There are many different ways to arrive in Santorini Island, Greece, however; arriving by private charter yacht cruising into the inner harbor Caldera is the most extraordinary. The present Caldera was created sometime around 1645 BC, by a huge volcanic eruption, during which volcanic ash and debris covered an ancient and very wealthy Minoan trading city near present day Akrotiri, Santorini.  The disappearance of this city, may be the basis of the legend of the “Lost City of Atlantis”.  After cruising into the Caldera in Santorini by charter yacht, head ashore to explore the Akrotiri Excavations, where extraordinary wall murals depicting Blue Monkeys were found.


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Athens, Greece; The Birthplace of Civilization


Fishing boats on Greek Islands

Fishing boats on Greek Islands

When chartering a crewed charter yacht to cruise through the beautiful Greek Islands, surrounded by the blue green waters of the Aegean Sea, the embarkation port is usually Athens, Greece.  There is so much to see and do in Athens, here at Northrop and Johnson Yacht Charters, we recommend spending at least one night either before or after your charter exploring Athens.


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The Sacred Island of Delos, Greece


Ancient Greek ruins at the archaeological island of Delos Cyclades Greece

Ancient Greek Ruins at the Archaeological Island of Delos

Delos, the center of the Cyclades, has been inhabited since at least the 3rd millennium B.C. As did the Hellenic Nation, this island rose in importance and around 480 BC, became the center of the Delian League. The Delian League located their treasury on here solidifying the importance of this island in the ancient world. Today Delos is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important archeological sites in the world. This island, located just next to Mykonos is open to visitors 12 hours during the day, every day of the week. Visiting on a private yacht charter, is so easy.  This island is certainly not to be missed.


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A Lost Civilization, Santorini, Greece


Santorini Excavations

Akrotiri Excavations

Explore the many secrets of the magical mystical Cycladic Island of Santorini, Greece, when cruising the Cycladic Island chain on a luxury crewed yacht charter, as tucked away on the Island of Santorini, excavations continue revealing the remains of an ancient wealthy trading city. This is a city lost in time; covered by ash and debris in the massive volcanic eruption in the 1600’s BC when the island blew its top, literally. It was in 1967 that excavations began in earnest, and still continue at a site in Akrotiri on the island of #Santorini where only 5% of this ancient city is said to be revealed to date. The ruins are fascinating to see, and excavated artifacts are on display at the Archeological Museum in Fira. Include both the #Akrotiri Archeological Site and Archeological Museum in Fira on a land tour when visiting the #GreekIsland of Santorini on a crewed sailing yacht or mega yacht charter.

The lost city was discovered in the 1800’s in fields in an area of the island known today as Akrotiri.  As the origin of the civilization that built this extraordinary city with three story apartment buildings, running water and a city sewer system was unknown, the excavations are now known as Akrotiri by their location on the island.  Today only a small area of what was once an extensive wealthy trading city has been excavated.  That which has been excavated, based on excavations in other parts of the world, is now felt to have been a wealthy Minoan trading city, that clearly evacuated the city before the final and most devastating volcanic eruption on Santorini Island covered the abandoned all for a city lost in time.


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Cruise the Fabulous Cycladic Islands of Greece


Windmills of Mykonos

Windmills of Mykonos

Cruising through the Cycladic Islands on a luxury yacht charter in Greece includes the Greek Islands of Santorini, and Mykonos, considered by many to be two of the top Greek Islands to visit out of over 6000 islands and islets. It is the Cycladic Islands where the well-known cubist white buildings with cobalt blue trim are found, in the old Choras on each island, with little walking streets. The Greek Cycladic Islands are the only island chain seriously affected, however by the Meltemi Winds which can blow at any time from May to October. So that on a #crewedyachtcharter, cruising through the #CycladicIslands is a #yacht charter itinerary only if the Meltemi Winds allow.


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Charter Yacht in Greece Motor Yacht: Suncoco


This charter yacht in Greece, Suncoco is a terrific “double ender” high quality built motor yacht for a #yachtcharter through the over 6000 Greek Islands. Suncoco has 4 guest staterooms, each with an ensuite private bathroom. 3 of the guest staterooms have double beds and the 4th has two twin beds making Suncoco very comfortable for up to 8 yacht charter guests for a great cruise through the lovely Greek Islands.  With an excellent crew and an outstanding chef, Suncoco always has rave reviews for every charter.  You too will have a great charter on board motor yacht Suncoco.

When on board this charter yacht in Greece, the charter can be through the nearby Saronic Islands including Hydra, Spetses and Poros for a one week charter including ports on the Peloponnesian Peninsula.  For a longer charter of at least 10 days, the yacht charter cruise could be through the Cycladic Islands of Greece including Mykonos, Santorini, Milos, Seros, Paros, and Kynthos.  Or on a longer charter of at least 10 days, the yacht charter cruise could be through the Cornith Canal to cruise through the Ionian Islands, including Corfu, and Zakynthos.  Whatever the final itinerary choice and number of days decided for your yacht charter cruise, the crew on Suncoco are sure to create a memorable charter experience.

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Follow in the Footsteps of Ancient Civilizations


Temple of Apollo in antique city of DidymaTemple of Apollo Ruins

Charter today cruising along what were, in the Ancient World: water highways and trading routes.  Cities sprang up in protected harbors which were home to civilization after civilization through the centuries, and which are still today, protected anchorages and harbors to visit on a crewed charter yacht. An Ancient Trading Route ran from Istanbul down the western coast of Turkey and the Greek Dodecanese Islands, along the southern coast of Turkey past Cyprus. Similarly, an Ancient Trading Route ran from Venice, along Croatia, through Montenegro and the Ionian Islands of Greece. It is those same harbors and ports today, and more, which on a crewed yacht charter visit offer a portal into Ancient History.

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