Now is a great time to plan your charter vacation for next spring or summer, and you would have a hard time finding a more historic or alluring place than Greece. It has just about everything – easy cruising conditions, beautiful landscapes, ancient ruins, secluded islands, gorgeous white sand beaches, and waterfront tavernas.
The place to start is Zia Marina in Athens’ port of Piraeus (Athens is pictured above). To give some sense of history, Piraeus has been a port since the 5th century, B.C. Today, Zia Marina is a fully-equipped, modern marina with room for 670 boats; it’s also a charter base for The Moorings.
From there you can plot your own cruising grounds, depending on your experience and desires. Piraeus is on the southern tip of mainland Greece, and it opens to the Saronic Gulf, which offers the possibility of shorter cruises in generally mild conditions but still will lead you to temples, Byzantine castles, small fishing ports and beautiful sandy beaches.
The other possibility is to head for the Cyclades, a group of 21 main islands (and 20 smaller ones) in the Aegean. The winds are stronger there in July and August, but the Cyclades are considered a main part of iconic Greek culture and history. The islands have hillsides dotted with white houses and some windmills; you’ll also find ancient ruins, sunny beaches and small tavernas. The mix of islands runs from the nightlife of Mikonos, a mainstay of Greek tourism, to the natural beauty of Santorini, or to Tinos, the center of orthodox faith.
Either way, on the Saronic Gulf or out in the Cyclades, you’ll be in some of the most picturesque parts of Greece, and you can enjoy snorkeling, swimming, walking on the beaches, exploring the ancient ruins, or relaxing in waterside villages and towns.
The Moorings charter fleet in Zia Marina includes a 514 power cat with four cabins. The fleet has bareboat or crewed charter opportunities. Read more: