The Aegean & Ionian Seas: A Greek Review

Greece- images of Mt Olympus and The Parthenon…Gods and Goddess’ such as Zeus, Poseidon, Hera, and Athena. History- 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, culture, science, mathematics- we spent our childhoods learning of this fascinating region, why not sail there…

The picturesque towns among the 6,000 Greek Isles- of which, only 227 are inhabited- are beckoning to be explored…and the best way to see this region is by boat! Pleasant breezes and dry summers make Greece the perfect destination to charter during the months of April-October

With the Aegean Sea to the east and the Ionian to the west, your choices for charter seem almost endless.

The pricing in Europe is different from the Caribbean. They have it as cost (cost of the boat) + VAT (tax) + APA (operating and provisioning expenses). The cost is the weekly rate for the charter which would be paid through WLMS Charters. The VAT for Greece is 12% and the APA is 20%. The APA covers: fuel, water, food, licenses, alcohol, and any specific items you would like provided to you. Money that is not used for provisioning would be reimbursed to you- or, if you spend additional, they would charge you. This is the industry standard for the region. For more information, please visit: Our FAQ-MED TERMS.

Our Featured Yachts for Greece represent a small sample of what is available, please feel free to us our SEARCH TOOL or visit our more comprehensive list of Greek Yacht Options. As most prices in The Med are in Euros-the pricing provided here is an estimate. Contact us direct for specific quotes and availability- we will convert to Euros at time of booking.

Richard Beard
Richard Beard
Once again, Mandy and WLMS hit a home run! We had a great family trip on Oceana, a great boat for 6 people. Umbi and Judith could not have been a better crew! Judith is an excellent chef and we could not have asked for a better week of dining. We loved everything she prepared. Umbi was a great and attentive captain that delivered on some great spots in the BVIs that we had not visited on previous trips. Oceana was a great 48' cat with lots of fantastic upgrades. We would recommend the Cat and the Crew to anyone!! Chartering a Cat in the BVIs is the best trip we have ever done! If you are looking to relax and see some incredible islands, sailing in the BVIs is the best you can find. Great value! We all give it 5 stars!! And Mandy Walker at WLMS makes it so easy! And she knows the islands well!!
Robert Sparrow
Robert Sparrow
Mandy and WLMS helped steer us to the perfect boat and crew for our recent BVI adventure. Our catamaran “The Pursuit” along with Cap’n Ron, Katy, and Chef Val could not have been better for our group of 5 retired couples. Truly great folks and fun to be with. Mandy was there at every step to help guide us through the process and answered all of our questions along the way. She even coordinated her driver in St. Thomas to help get us around the island for the days we stayed in advance of the sail. Mandy’s knowledge, professionalism, and care for her clients was key to our enjoyment and we will not hesitate to work through her again for our next trip.
Allen Johnson
Allen Johnson
We have had the pleasure of working with Mandy and Rory now on 2 occasions. When we decided it was time to arrange another adventure there was no hesitation in who we would entrust to find and plan the perfect charter. They are so efficient, responsive and professional they make the process from start to finish both fun and informative. These ladies know the business, the locales, the boats, crews and everything that will leave you feeling 100% confident the trip will be flawless. We have now visited the BVI and Greece with them so their expertise and knowledge are wide reaching. I cannot recommend them enough and they will be our go to for the next trip without question...Croatia and Turkey high on the list! Thanks WLMS:) See you soon.
Ashley Clark
Ashley Clark
As a travel agent I can easily say that Mandy is a dream to work with (and trust me I can't say this about everyone). She is always quick to respond with a phone call, text or email. We found the perfect boat for my clients, the Midnight Moon. Not only did they love the boat but they loved the crew just as much. They had so much fun in the Bahamas. I can't wait to work with Mandy on another trip. She is truly such a nice, genuine person and is on top of everything.
Leigh Bayouth
Leigh Bayouth
Wow! Mandy with WLMS is fantastic! We just took the best vacation of our lives on the Midnight Moon through the Bahamas. It could not have been better. Thank you so much!!
John Fuller
John Fuller
One of our best vacations ever! This was exactly the relaxing trip we needed. Max and Whitey, our incredible crew, were an essential part of that. So experienced, knowledgeable and talented, they were wonderful company and peerless hosts. If you are ever lucky enough to book a cruise on the Nutmeg with them, don’t miss your chance. We all still miss Max’s delicious meals and Whitey’s jokes! Planning and then taking this trip in the midst of the Omicron wave of the pandemic was confusing and nerve wracking! If not for Mandy Walker, our cruise broker, Max, and Whitey, it never would have happened. They kept us up to date on changing restrictions and offered sound advice on how to navigate testing requirements. We had never done a private cruise before and lucked out in finding Mandy. She worked hard to understand us and our needs and then recommended a crew and boat that were a perfect fit for us. I talked with a number of yacht brokers before working with Mandy and none were as thorough and professional as she. The BVI certainly delivered for us with perfect weather and amazing sunsets. But Mandy, Max and Whitey made this a trip we will never forget.
L Navarre
L Navarre
Our experience working with Mandy was absolute perfection. Our charter was originally scheduled to set sail in March of 2020 but was suddenly cancelled due to Covid. During that crazy time of uncertainty, Mandy kept in very close contact with us regarding the future of our charter and was able to get us re-scheduled for 2021 on an incredible boat with a top notch crew. From the very first phone call to the day of the charter 18 months later, every question we had was answered quickly. We felt like she had a genuine interest in helping to make our vacation one to remember, which it most definitely was.
Bruce Whitehead
Bruce Whitehead
Mandy Walker did a fabulous job planning and executing our family vacation to the BVI's. The boat that she recommended fit our needs perfectly and the crew could not have been better. She made everything so easy. We had a wonderful time. Thank you Mandy!!
Emily B
Emily B
Working with Mandy at WLMS Charters is perfection. My journey with her started 4 years ago. I had been looking at houses to rent after going on a cruise to Tortola and while searching some boats came up. Sailing peaked my interest because I had done a sailing trip when I was younger. Behind the inquiry was Mandy. Just in email I knew she was the right person to pick the right boat and crew for a trip with my then 4 year old and almost 10 year old. We picked a crew and boat and then the hurricanes hit. She stood by replying to emails instantly and assuring us we could either delay our trip or be refunded. I later found out she was going through something personal and I would have never known because of her professionalism through it all. We decided to delay after shuffling boats and a new crew and charter 1 happened. Then charter 2 and just 3 days off the boat from charter 3. The most recent charter we had another family so a larger boat and new crew were in order and she once again guided us to perfection. She truly listens and knows the industry very well. I would charter a boat without knowing anything about it with her recommendation anyday. I can not say enough how easy Mandy is to work with and how thorough she is . 3 years and 3 charters later with Mandy guiding us. Time for charter 4!
Kelly Hennessy
Kelly Hennessy
Working with Mandy to book our dream vacation was flawless. Mandy is responsive, intuitive, organized, and extremely helpful in finding the best charter for your needs. After reviewing the different options she sent us, we ended up on Playtime. We had an incredible time sailing through the BVIs and couldn't have been happier. Our Captains, Kelsey and Tyler, were absolutely wonderful and made this trip even better than we thought possible. Thank you Mandy for making our dreams come true!


General Itinerary: (Please note: this is a general itinerary of what you can expect. Your actual itinerary will be dictated by weather conditions at the time of charter along with your group’s preferences) Please only use the following itinerary as a guide for ideas to discuss with your crew.

Day 1: Athens to Poros

31 nautical miles

About three hours aboard a yacht that cruises at 10 knots

About five hours aboard a sailing yacht that cruises at 6 knots

Leave the bustling tourism locations in Athens in your wake as you cruise to Poros, where your charter yacht can dock just steps from town. Wander through the streets with the locals, listen to the Greek music at the open-air restaurants, and peek in the shops before returning to your yacht for dinner overlooking the nightlife scene.

Day 2: Poros to Hydra

13 nautical miles

A little more than one hour aboard a yacht that cruises at 10 knots

About two hours aboard a sailing yacht that cruises at 6 knots

Cruise into Hydra, one of the pret- tiest ports in Greece. No cars are allowed, so boats, mules, and feet are the primary sources of trans- portation. The quiet and solitude are mesmerizing, as are the color- ful homes that climb up the moun- tainsides surrounding the port.

Day 3: Hydra To Spetses

21 nautical miles

About two hours aboard a yacht that cruises at 10 knots

About three and a half hours aboard a sailing yacht that cruises at 6 knots

As with Hydra, cars are not allowed on Spetses, so your choices for exploration include horse-drawn carriages, walking, or mopeds. Narrow, stone-paved alleyways will en- chant you in every direction, as will homes that date to neoclassical times.

Day 4: Spetses to Astros

18 nautical

Less than two hours aboard a yacht that cruises at 10 knots

About three hours aboard a sailing yacht that cruises at 6 knots

A castle built on the remains of a Venetian fortress overlooks this port, which is so charming that it’s a favorite getaway spot for Athens residents. The bay is also a favorite among  boaters who want to relax at anchor and enjoy a swim off the aft deck.

Day 5: Astros to Leonidio

15 nautical miles

One and a half hours aboard a yacht that cruises at 10 knots

About two and a half hours aboard a sailing yacht that cruises at 6 knots

Leonidio projects a powerful ambience of wealth. The local homes include mansions, and historic architecture has been preserved as a local treasure. The cliff sides are absolutely majestic.

Day 6: Leonidio to Aegina

50 nautical miles

About five hours aboard a yacht that cruises at 10 knots

About eight hours aboard a sailing yacht that cruises at 6 knots

Enjoy scenic cruising as your charter yacht begins its course back towards Athens, first stopping at the island of Aegina. The Temple of Aphaia is here, dating back to 490 B.C. It is incredibly well preserved and almost always devoid of the crowds that wait in line to see similar temples on the mainland.

Day 7: Aegina to Athens

13 nautical miles

A little more than an hour aboard a yacht that cruises at 10 knots

About two hours aboard a sailing yacht that cruises at 6 knots

Spend most of your day at anchor in Aegina, enjoying the local beaches, warm waters, and summer sunshine. Swim and snorkel using your charter yacht’s gear, and then have a late, leisurely lunch in a place that feels far from civilization.

Day 8: Athens

0 nautical miles

Spend your final morning enjoying a shore tour in Athens before heading to the city’s international airport, or to your local hotel. If you prefer, sleep late aboard your charter yacht and enjoy an onboard pre-flight brunch.