Boat trip in Kefalonia

Top boat trips in Greece

Guide to the best boat trips in Greece, visiting beaches and nearby islands

Your guide to the best boat trips in Greece, including beaches and nearby islands that will become the highlight of your holidays in Greece.

Why book a boat trip when you’re in Greece?

From organised excursions to hiring a speed boat and skipper and setting your own course, taking a boat trip in Greece is an experience you’ll never forget. Isolated beaches and neighbouring islands you’d otherwise only have dreamed about become yours for the day.

Whether you’re on a Greek island or somewhere on the coast of mainland Greece, a boat trip lets you get the most out of your destination. In fact, for some of the most famous beaches in Greece, it’s literally the only way to get there. Take a look at Shipwreck beach in Zante and Lalaria in Skiathos and you’ll know what we mean. And then imagine going to either island and not experiencing them.

On Milos, a boat trip introduces you to the many incredible swimming spots around the island and lets you swim in the aquamarine waters of the sea caves of Kleftiko.  Or you could cruise the southern coastline of Kos, where you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to beaches. 

Day trips to neighbouring Greek islands

And it’s not just about the beaches. The experience of setting sail on a converted Greek fishing boat (known as a kaiki) is as authentic as it gets in a country with such a rich seafaring past.

When you’re on Kefalonia, you’ll be entranced by the blues of the Melissani Sea Cave or you could even get a taste of neighbouring Ithaca, the island home of Odysseus and pretty-as-a-picture beaches. And if you think Lefkada (another Ionian island) has amazing beaches, try setting sail beyond the port of Nydri to the islets just beyond Lefkada’s shores.

Boat trips that take you to a different Greece

One of the most beautiful holiday boat trips in Greece is into the marine park around Alonissos, in the Sporades island chain. You’ll visit tiny islets with gorgeous swimming spots and be surrounded by incredible natural wealth that includes the largest population of the incredibly shy Mediterranean Monk Seal. And from cosmopolitan Rhodes, you can get a completely different island vibe by visiting small and sophisticated Halki or Symi for the day.

Even the Cyclades’ two megastars, Santorini and Mykonos, have boat trips to nearby islands that offer a totally different pace of life. From Santorini, you step back 50 years when you arrive at Thirassia (another caldera island) and Delos is a cultural treasure trove that was once much more famous than Mykonos as the birthplace of the god Apollo. Without a doubt, both are among the most memorable boat trips in Greece.

You’ll be amazed how many Greek islands have fascinating smaller neighbours: Saria (next to Karpathos) and Polyegos (by Milos) let you hike them first before settling down to more beach time. The same goes for Chrissi (the golden isle) and Koufonisi (a dessert island) off Crete, and for Antipaxos (Paxos’ exotic little brother in the Ionian Sea) and Samiopoula (next Samos in the North Aegean). 

Boat trips from mainland Greece 

Even Halkidiki, the three-pronged peninsula dripping with beaches in northern Greece, has boat trips that you’ll adore, such as visiting little Ammouliani island and the even smaller cluster of exotic isles next to it known as Gaidouronisia (Donkey Islands), so close you can swim between them.

And, finally, just because you’re in Athens, it doesn’t mean you can’t experience Greece’s amazing islands, with boat trips to the Saronic Gulf isles, visiting Aegina, Poros and Hydra and still being back in time to dine under the Acropolis.

So don’t think twice about adding a boat trip to your holidays in Greece.
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If you’re the kind of traveller who loves exploring everything about a country, you’ll love our guide to the top things to do in Greece. We take you around the leading cultural sites and on food and walking tours and introduce you to the best ways to experience Greece’s magical sea and countryside … all so you can plan your perfect holidays in Greece.

If you’ve booked your holidays to Greece and want to know all the things to do in and around your destination, or if you’re just looking for a bit of inspiration to decide where to go, welcome to our guide to the best things to do in Greece. It’s designed to be both inspiring and practical, helping you choose and plan the experiences you’ll be including on your bucket list.

Pick your perfect beach holiday

For us, Greek beaches are about so much more than sun, sea and sand. They all have their own character and reasons to visit. So we’ve explored all the most famous beaches in Greece and painted the picture for you. (Apologies in advance if it gets you wanting to be there right now.) if you’ve spent any time searching ‘Greece’ on Instagram, you’ve probably been introduced to many of them already. Then again, seeing really is believing.

How to bring Greek culture to life

When we think of Greek culture, we see so much more than temples and marble pillars. For us, Greece’s archaeological sites are alive with the myths and legends of antiquity. So we went looking to answer why Greece is referred to as the cradle of western civilisation at all the top ancient sites and toured museums and art galleries (many modern ones too) on islands and around the mainland. All so you can choose the right experiences for you.

Culture truly is all around you when you’re in Greece, which is why we’ve got a wide range of city and island walking tours you can follow, whether you’re on a city break in Athens or Thessaloniki or visiting a Greek island. We take a ‘locals know best’ approach, seeking out all those hidden gems you won’t find in a guidebook as well as ticking off the highlights. And of course you’ve heard of island-hopping. But have you ever heard of village-hopping? You have now.

Don’t forget to pack your appetite

Whether you’re a card-carrying foodie or looking to get to know Greek food a bit better, you’re in for a treat. We’re more passionate about food and drink than perhaps any other part of Greek culture and it shows in our foodie tours in cities and islands, as well as our vineyard and olive oil tours and our focus on classic Greek products like mastiha from Chios and ouzo from Lesvos.

You’ll find amazing things happening on the food front in Athens. And Thessaloniki might just be the premier foodie destination in Greece. That said, there are quite a few destinations that would disagree. Check out our food and drink tours – definitely some of the best things to do in Greece – and decide for yourself.

Get active on your holidays in Greece

One of our favourite sections in our guide to the best things to do in Greece is the collection of all outdoor activities. We take you to the top of mountains (they don’t all need to be as tall as Mt Olympus, although we take you there too) and trek down some of the most stunning gorges in Europe. If you’ve only ever been on a beach holiday to Greece, you’ll be amazed how many signposted hikes there are on both mainland and islands. There are even hikes that end at the beach. How’s that for a reward after a hike?

We have hiking excursions to some of the most beautiful scenery in Greece (yes, Meteora, we’re looking at you) and ideas for mountain biking, rock climbing, canyoning and even snow skiing. And if you’re a water sports enthusiast, there’s diving, kayaking, river rafting and more.

Boat trips to hidden beaches and islands neighbours

Finally, we went looking for the best boat trips in Greece. Some take you to remote beaches and others into sea caves. There’s even a boat trip from Alonissos that takes you around Greece’s first marine park. Or you could even boost your Greek island holiday by taking a day trip to a neighbouring island, or by adding an unexpected island-hopping twist to Athens getaway to the islands of the Saronic Gulf. We’ve got dozens of boat trips to choose from.

We’re here to give you ideas. The rest is up to you.

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