Gulet Cruises in Greece
One of ’Greece’s top three cultural holidays‘ - The Telegraph (UK)
Our stylish cruises through the spectacular Islands of Greece are unforgettable journeys of exploration and discovery, the experience of a lifetime. If what you are looking for is a holiday that offers both delightful relaxation and stimulating fascination, discovering the ancient sites and the welcoming harbours of Greece, then our gulet trips will be perfect for you.
Cruising on a Gulet in Greece
A wide range of gulets are available for travel in Greek waters, but we select the vessels for our tours very carefully to ensure their quality.
Cruising through the Greek islands is a wonderfully adventurous experience that has a subtly different feel to our voyages along the Croatian or Turkish coasts. Surrounded by the wide open sea, hopping from island to island, the horizon dotted with enigmatic rocky outcrops, confers a feeling of bold exploration, enhanced by the ambience of the islands themselves. Usually relatively, small, sparsely inhabited and wonderfully diverse in flora, fauna, local traditions, architecture and archaeology, each island is a small world unto itself.
The Greek islands and the Aegean Sea are a fascinating area to explore, not least because of the region’s long and complex maritime history. The Aegean has been a cultural crossroads and melting pot since the beginning of human presence. Over the millennia, many peoples have travelled these waters and settled the islands, from the first Palaeolithic seafarers, via Neolithic farming communities, Bronze Age traders, Greek colonists and Roman exiles to Byzantine monks, Venetian adventurers and Ottoman pirates.
On our cruises, the larger islands such as Samos, Kos and Rhodes, famous for their imposing Crusader castles and enormous ancient temples, are juxtaposed with the smaller islands that provide a more intimate view of traditional Greek island life, with their picturesque harbours, winding streets, small town squares, simple family-run tavernas and beautiful domestic architecture. Steeped in history, these islands are also blessed with natural beauty - from volcanic landscapes to coastlines bathed in sea sparkle – and provide a fascinating journey through Greece’s past and present.
Please note that if a gulet is Turkish flagged it must start and finish any charter in Turkey, in order to comply with international cabotage regulations.
Beyond the sheer pleasure of being aboard, our guests can engage in a variety of activities, among them swimming, snorkelling and kayaking, and of course the range of land excursions to the beautiful villages and fascinating archaeological sites, for those eager to explore the history and local culture of Greece. Our guides, who are true connoisseurs of the areas we travel, will introduce you to the finest and most authentic local cuisine: our cruises in Greece include a range of shore meals at carefully selected venues in towns and villages, ranging from traditional family-run tavernas to more sophisticated restaurants that have transformed the local culinary tradition into true gastronomic highlights.
On most of our cruises, we spend about four hours per day travelling leisurely along the shore or between islands. We mostly travel by motor, to make sure we reach our various destinations on schedule, but time and conditions permitting, we occasionally have the opportunity to travel under sail.
We have been organizing scheduled tours through the Dodecanese and Cyclades islands for many years, and the combination of relaxing on-board travel, swimming in the beautiful waters of the Aegean, sampling delicious food on and off the gulet, and of course the thrill of our archaeological adventures on diverse and fascinating islands, makes them a perfect destination for private charters. Even for a group with diverse ages, interests or likes, the islands have something to offer to everyone.
"We thoroughly enjoyed our Dodecanese cruise. Our creature comforts were considered at all times and it was a wonderful mix of visits to amazing sights and pure relaxation. Our guides couldn’t have been more professional and their knowledge of their chosen fields ensured that each visit was enjoyable as well as educational. We couldn’t recommend it more highly and hope to return to take another tour."
Jennifer Bowman, Victoria, Australia
Getting In Touch
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Average rating 5 out of 5 from 500 reviews for Gulet Cruises in Greece, according to AITO reviews.