The top 10 best boat tours in Greece

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There’s no denying it: joining boat tours in Greece is one of the best ways to explore the Greek islands!

And this is not a surprise. With so many islands and a beautiful coastline, Greece is the ultimate country to explore by boat.

If you’re planning on visiting a specific island we highly recommend you join an organized boat tour to the nearby islands. If on the other side you’re visiting a seaside town on the Greek mainland, you can do a boat tour to nearby islands or towns.

So, if you want to find our top selection of organized boat tours in Greece, keep reading!

1. One-day cruise from Athens to the Saronic islands (for those who don’t much have time)

boat tour to aegina

Athens is the best starting point to embark on a tour to the Saronic islands!

During this tour, you’ll have the chance to visit two of the most beautiful Saronic islands, Aegina and Hydra. The first stop of the tour, which starts at 8.30 in the morning, is the cosmopolitan Hydra island. In Hydra, you’ll have free time to stroll around the romantic town, do some shopping, or swim.

The next stop will be Aegina. In Aegina, you’ll do some sightseeing and visit the ancient Temple of Apollo and the Temple of Athena Aphaia. Of course, there will be plenty of time for swimming and sunbathing under the warm Greek sun.

2. Boat tour from Santorini to the Volcano and Hot Springs

Santorini was created after a massive volcano explosion, which gave it its current shape and iconic Santorini caldera. So, a visit to Santorini volcano is a must thing to do if you want to dig deeper into the island’s history and geology!

This tour starts from Fira port in Santorini either in the morning or at noon. The first stop will be Nea Kameni islet. There, you’ll get the chance to walk up the still-active volcano crater and marvel at the lunar scenery. The next stop will be Palea Kameni islet, where you’ll enjoy a swim in the healing hot springs, before heading back to Santorini.

3. Cruise to Paxi, Antipaxos and the Blue Caves from Corfu

boat tour to paxi

This is an idyllic cruise from Corfu!

The first stop of this tour, which starts at 9.00 in the morning, will be the Blue Caves in Paxi, Ipapanti Cave and Ahai Cave. You’ll go inside these caves by boat, getting the chance to enjoy the magical scenery. The next stop will be Antipaxi, a small Carribean-like island with exotic scenery and turquoise waters. There, you’ll visit the gorgeous sandy beaches of Antipaxi and relax on the white sand.

After visiting Antipaxi, you’ll continue to the main island of Paxi. There, you’ll walk around the island’s narrow streets and have a hearty meal at one of Paxi’s traditional taverns. In the afternoon, you’ll head back to Corfu Town.

4. Tour from Mykonos to Delos (one of the most popular boat tours in Greece)

boat tour to delos

This is one of the most popular boat tours in Greece!

Delos was a very important island in ancient times, as it was the sacred island of the Greek god Apollo. There were many buildings and temples on the island, while the Delian games were organized there every five years.

Today, Delos is an amazing archaeological site that revives the charm of the past. If you want a deeper insight into the history of Delos, you should visit the Archaeological Museum of Delos, which hosts findings of excavations carried out on the island.

This tour starts in the morning and ends at noon, giving you the chance to explore this mythical island at your own pace.

5. Boat tour from Naxos to Santorini

boat tour to santorini

During this boat tour, you’ll get to explore the most popular Greek island, Santorini.

Starting from Naxos early in the morning, you’ll sail to Athinios port in Santorini. From there, you’ll do a tour of the most popular villages of Santorini: Oia and Fira. You’ll wander around narrow alleys, marvel at the breathtaking caldera view, do some shopping at luxurious fashion boutiques, and enjoy a coffee with an all-encompassing view of the Aegean Sea.

In the afternoon, you’ll get back to Naxos, just in time for dinner!

6. Snorkeling boat tour to Kleftiko in Milos (for adventure lovers)

boat tour to kleftiko milos

If snorkeling and ocean exploration is your thing, then you should definitely join this boat tour in Milos.

This boat tour will start from Adamas port at 9.00 in the morning. After passing by Klima, a picturesque fishing village, Arkoudes rock formations, and Cape Vani, you’ll arrive at Kalogries or Agathia beach. There, you’ll have the chance to swim in emerald waters before setting off for Sykia Cave, where you’ll also enjoy a swim.

After that, you’ll arrive at Kleftiko, one of the most impressive beaches in Milos. Kleftiko boasts a wild lunar landscape, as it is surrounded by white rock formations. There, you’ll dive into the crystal clear waters along with the captain of the boat. Guided by the captain, you’ll enjoy a snorkeling tour around the sea caves and underwater passages of Kleftiko.

After a seafood lunch on board, you’ll head back to Adamas port in Milos.

7. Pirate Cruise around Zakynthos

boat tour to zakynthos

On this tour, you’ll get to sail on an authentic pirate boat and explore the western side of the island. Starting this tour you’ll visit the beaches of Tsivili and Saint Nicolas as well as the Blue Caves of Zakynthos.

The next stop will be the worldwide famous and super-photogenic Navagio beach. At Navagio beach, you’ll enjoy a swim in beautifully colored waters and sunbathe on the white sand. The boat trip will continue to Porto Vromi, a picturesque fishing village, the Caves of Keri and Oasis beach. After visiting Oasis beach, you’ll head to Laganas bay, where you’ll see the Meditteranean Caretta Caretta sea turtles.

After stopping to Marathonisi for a swim and sailing across Porto Zoro, Banana, Porto Roma, and Argassi coasts, you’ll get back to Zakynthos port.

8. Boat tour from Rhodes to Symi island and Panormitis Monastery (one of the most picturesque boat tours in Greece)

boat tour to symi

This is one of the most popular boat tours from Rhodes!

Simi is arguably one of the most picturesque Greek islands, thanks to its colorful mansions and cute little port. Starting at 9.00 in the morning from Rhodes port, you’ll sail to Symi, where you’ll have about 3 and a half hours to stroll, swim, and shop.

After exploring Simi, we’ll head to the traditional Panormitis monastery on the southeastern part of the island. After that, you’ll get back to Simi for further exploration, before returning to Rhodes in the afternoon.

9. Boat tour from Astypalea to Koutsomitis and Kounoupes islands

tour from astypalea

On this VIP yacht tour, you’re going to explore the islets of Agia Kyriaki, Kounoupes, Koutsomitis, and Agios Fokas, as well as the Reck rocks.

Departing from Pera Gialos marina in Astypalea, at 11.00 in the morning, you’ll visit Agia Kyriaki and Kounoupa islands. After enjoying a light meal, you’ll head to Koutsomitis, where you’ll enjoy a swim in the crystal clear waters and go snorkeling. Then, you’ll head to Agios Fokas island and the site of Red Rocks.

After a seafood lunch on board, you’ll head back to Astypalea in the afternoon.

10. Boat tour from Paros to Mykonos and Delos (a cosmopolitan one)

boat tour to mykonos

Since Paros is close to the most popular Cycladic islands, it is a great starting point for boat tours in Greece. One of the most popular boat tours from Paros is arguably the one to Mykonos and Delos.

The first stop of this boat tour will be Delos, the sacred island of Apollo, an ancient Greek god. There, you’ll visit several important monuments, such as the Temple of Apollo, the Lions of Delos, the ancient theater, and the Temple of Leto. You’ll also visit the Archaeological Museum of Delos, which hosts all the findings of the excavations carried out on the island.

After visiting Delos, you’ll sail to Mykonos, the most cosmopolitan Greek island. There, you’ll have the chance to wander around the narrow alleys of Mykonos Town, visit Little Venice, and the Windmills, before heading back to Naxos.

No matter where in Greece you’re planning on spending your holidays, there’s a huge variety of Greek boat tours you can join.

Trust us, there’s no better way to explore Greece and enjoy your holidays to the fullest!

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