Greece has always been a popular summer holiday destination and in recent years the June and July months have seen a record 3 million plus visitors descend on the country from Corfu to Karpathos, yet a luxury yacht charter in autumn ensures that visitors have peace, privacy and access to some of the best beaches by water while still revelling in the warm sunshine.
Cruise at your own pace to some of the 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country, or disappear among the sandy island coves for quality time with family and friends without having to battle the crowds for a spot on the beach. When food, fuel and entertainment are all included in one package, it’s easy to keep an eye on the budget too. Here are five more reasons to visit Greece on a superyacht in autumn.
1. Warmer than the West
The water temperature of the Greek waters hover around 25°C/77°F into October and sometimes even November. This makes the region enticing for water sports-focused groups looking to enjoy bath-like temperatures, and the transparent seas are perfect for beginner Scuba divers to practise their skills without the worry of becoming too cold. The dry climate and warm sunny days create ideal conditions for beach games or sunbathing aboard your luxury yacht, and guests will be more than happy to explore incredible towns such as Santorini in the warm night air.
2. A personalised itinerary
One of the greatest benefits of a luxury yacht charter at any time of the year is the ability to visit multiple locations and tourist attractions without wasting hours in traffic, and you can pick and choose where you go according to your interests. The Ionian Islands are a treat for those looking for beaches and natural beauty in abundance, while the Cyclades and Dodecanese Islands host some of the most iconic landmarks and ruins within the Greek yachting grounds. You and your guests have free reign of the on-board facilities while your captain cruises between destinations, ensuring you can make the most of your time. A luxury yacht charter also offers a great deal of flexibility and if the weather turns or you find that your secluded anchorage is already taken; it’s a simple matter of cruising off to another fantastic location, which could be just around the corner.
3. A more personalised service
Unlike a hotel where there is a low staff to high guest ratio, a yacht offers a far more personalised experience: Crew such as Scuba diving instructors and yoga teachers can tailor their programmes towards individual fitness levels, experience and interests, while the professional on-board chef is trained to create exceptional meals while catering to different dietary requirements and all food allergies.
4. Privacy away from the shores and fewer tourists
The summer holidays end in August and most colleges and universities commence their courses in September, leaving a stark contrast between the peak of the summer yacht charter season and the onset of autumn. Fewer tourists mean that you will be free to take your time exploring the ruins, museums and galleries in the much frequented Cyclades and Dodecanese Islands, while there will be plenty of deserted beaches among the Ionian and Sporades Islands for a private candlelit dinner along the shore.
5. Great last-minute specials
As the summer season winds down and some tourist attractions reduce their hours, there’s the opportunity to grab a luxury yacht charter bargain during the autumn ‘shoulder season’. Some Owners might be offering extra days for free, while others could slash their weekly rate considerably – yet you’ll still experience the same quality service and amenities on board among the same stunning surroundings and wonderfully warm weather.
Article by Rachael Steel
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