Greece, where International Yachting Company (IYC) first began, is home to a breathtaking 9,000 miles of coastline and over 2,000 islands to explore – many of which are uninhabited. A perfect place to experience on a yacht, Greece has many beautiful anchorages only accessible by boat, and off-the-beaten-track coves to spend your days soaking up the sun.
Due to several successful Governmental plans and restrictions, there were relatively few Coronavirus cases in Greece. As a result, it is the ideal place to book a last-minute summer cruise on board a luxury yacht. Travel restrictions still remain in place for certain travelers and countries of origin, but the majority of European destinations are able to visit without quarantine restrictions; and officials have hinted that US visitors may be welcomed before summer's out.
“Greece is examining the resumption of flights from non-EU countries, such as the US,” Government spokesman Stelios Petsas stated. “Depending on the development of epidemiological data, we will consider opening to other countries, such as the United States,” he said.
The tourism industry in Greece is taking the global pandemic seriously. While moving throughout the country, guests will notice the signs in restaurants and hotels that indicate if the establishments have undergone ‘COVID-19 training.’ Further, the appearance of hand sanitizer stations is now very common in public areas, as both locals’ and guests’ safety is paramount.
Yachts are a private oasis for charter guests. The ultimate way to enjoy a destination with six-star service, in unparalleled luxury. The exemplary cleanliness of yachts is the pride of each vessel’s crew, and these standards have reached new heights in light of the global pandemic. Earlier this year, IYC released the extensive cleaning techniques that its yachts are implementing to ensure yachts remain a safe place for charter guests to relax. Each yacht is disinfected between groups on board and the air is purified on many vessels. A number of yachts use special air filters that reduce the spread of pathogens, as a machine called ‘the Ozone Generator’ can be taken room to room for extra sanitation.
This year, the number of visitors in Greece is well below a typical season, which means the sun-filled, secluded beaches are even quieter than usual. The stunning natural landscape of Greece lends itself to social distancing efforts, as there are hundreds of islands and hidden bays to explore from the sanctity of your yacht.
If you’re seeking peace and tranquility, IYC recommends several Greek spots to visit on board:
Rineia, Mykonos – Cyclades
Mykonos is usually known for its party scene, but cruise for a few miles and you will find yourself on the tiny, deserted island of Rineia. This rustic island has crystal clear waters that invite you to go snorkeling, and beautiful sandy beaches. With no current inhabitants, this rustic island has beautifully clear waters
Seychelles Beach, Ikaria
Over 20km from the nearest town, Seychelles Beach is a tranquil place to soak up the sun and admire the striking limestone formations that surround the sand and water. This secluded cove is a hidden gem on the island of Ikaria. Swim peacefully in its gorgeous blue waters and you will understand why the communities on this island are said to live longer and healthier lives than most.
Agios Georgios Beach, Symi – Dodecanese Islands
Only accessible by boat, this pebble beach is sheltered by breathtaking cliffs. This spot is a haven for those wishing to escape any crowds or tourists. Head to the beach for a day in the sun, or simply anchor in the bay and enjoy the views from afar.
Destinations which typically have more demand in July and August, such as the Mediterranean (Greece, Spain and the south of France) are great for charters up until October, with good weather, warm water and less crowds.
IYC has partnered with Magellan Jets to offer the possibility of private air travel, so clients can have the option of avoiding commercial airports and minimizing exposure to the virus throughout their entire vacation.
IYC has the biggest charter fleet in the world, an unmatched selection of the world’s best luxury mega yachts for charter, with every type of yacht to choose from and for groups of all sizes. With 14 offices in 9 countries IYC’s charter consultants around the world, will assist you in selecting the perfect yacht and help you plan every detail of your next dream vacation, wherever it may be.
Contact the IYC charter team today to organize your luxury charter. The blue seas, clear skies and warm hospitality of Greece await you. For more information, visit https://iyc.com/luxury-yacht-charters/.