Best Greece Islands for a Blue Cruise Charter in During Peak Season
The comment of “the best” is simply difficult to say since all the Greek islands in the blue cruising routes are amazing – each having its own stunning paradise and excitement. However, there are islands which you can visit during certain times of the season and ones not advisable to visit. The main reason above all is weather conditions.
During the start of mid-June and all the way to the first half of September are the north winds called Meltemi. These are fairly strong winds that start from the Northern Aegean and breeze down south through the central and to the east and west. These winds can get quite fierce and many times, boats such as gulets will need to find shelter in a cove or bay, which can last for a few hours to a few days. Now that is not to say that you cannot travel when the winds are active, but it may take time away from your vacation – especially if you’ve chartered a gulet for a week. Many gulets which are mostly based in Turkey, are delivered to this region for a charter but prefer not to sail in the Cyclades particularly in late June, all of July and August, and the first half of September.
While during this time of year, the Ionian islands are superb with ideal weather conditions as are the Sporades and Saronic. But the thing is, there are very few gulets if any, available in those areas – making your selection highly limited. Gulets are preferred for a variety of reasons. Mainly that they are cheaper than most motor yachts since 4 hours of cruising is included in the charter prices. Also because gulets are very unique. Not one will look or be designed exactly the same as the other. Gulets are hand-crafted and each owner designs and constructs his boat to own preferences.
The ideal Greece island group to hire a gulet for a private charter in Greece is the Dodecanese. Not only do you have 12 islands to choose from (upper and lower Dodecanese), dozens and dozens of gulets to choose from, but the weather conditions are better than the central Aegean (Cyclades). With the close proximity of Turkey, gulets can easily be delivered to either the port of Rhodes or Kos for embarkation and disembarkation.
If your heart is set on seeing islands such as Santorini and Mykonos, the best months to consider would be May, the first half of June, late September, as well as October.
Another point to take into consideration is passenger capacity. With strictly enforced regulations, not all gulets which have the capacity over 12, can commercially travel in Greek waters with over 12 passengers. The choice in the gulets which can are limited and advised to make an early booking as such. If your group is 12 and under, then that wide selection I was talking about is there for the choosing. 🙂
With respect to the Ionians, and embarking from Corfu; again gulet selection is limited anywhere from 3 to 6 in different price groups.
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