Greece is the ideal country for tourists who prefer to spend their vacation on a yacht or a cruise ship. Due to its position and its abundance of natural beauty, Greece offers some of the most excellent cruising and sailing anywhere in the world. Sailing provides a unique opportunity to access an infinite number of secluded shores, beaches and bays of Greek Islands, inaccessible by other means.
During the summer months, the weather is perfect for sailing in Greek waters and relaxing on the deck, although it would be prudent to enquire about weather conditions in the particular area you are traveling.
Greece has one of the largest cruise fleets in the world and the Greek shipping companies offer a wide range of diverse sailing itineraries, and therefore satisfy all preferences. Travelers can enjoy one-day excursions or lengthy cruises aboard luxury liners. You may decide to take a short cruise by ferry boat or to charter your own yacht, and travel to the Saronic Islands, which are the closest to the Athens area. Otherwise you may wish to take a longer cruise through the crystal clear sea to the Cyclades cluster or to the quaint Eastern Aegean Islands. Explore the beauties of the Ionian waters or take a trip to the Dodecanese or the Sporades Islands. Arrange a sailing adventure to Crete and uncover its hidden treasures. Many cruises also include in their itineraries destinations such as Turkey, the Black Sea region, Cyprus, Israel or Egypt. Others may transport you to Malta and Italy. The choices are unlimited.
Most Greek cruise agencies and yacht charter brokerages are located in Piraeus, close to the main port. There you will be able to co-ordinate your excursions and to select the suitable type of cruising or sailing vessel, depending on the duration of your stay and you budget.
Sailing and yachting has recently become one of the most preferred ways to explore Greece. Many travelers put aside a few days during their vacation just to cruise through Greek waters, and to relax under the lucid sun and the clear blue sky. This tourist demand has made the sailing industry a competitive and well-organized part of the Greek tourism sector.
The Attica area is full of marinas and ports, which offer sophisticated and efficient yachting services and information. All yacht documentation issue and fulfillment of sailing requirements can be handled by the many yachting and custom brokers located in the coastal districts of Attica.
Further information can be given from the following marinas and yachting offices and port authorities in the Attica area:
Piraeus Port Authority:
tel: (+30) 210 4226000 to 4, 210 4511310, 210 4511312 to 20
Rafina Port Authority:
tel: (+30) 22940 63491, 22940 22300
For more information about yachting, cruising and anchoring, call EOT (the Greek National Tourism Organization) or visit their site for a detailed list of ports, marinas, charter agencies, yacht brokers and shipping companies.
EOT (the Greek National Tourism Organization):
tel: (+30) 210 8707000, 210 8707181,
e-mail: email@example.com, www.gnto.gr