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So much of the success of a yacht charter is the amazing crew that you will find awaiting you aboard, to pamper you and charm you.

Your captain is your guide on your dream cruise, navigating you through majestic waters, keeping you safe, and offering ideas for entertainment on the islands.

We have asked one of our preferred yachts’ Captain a few questions about his experience and yacht chartering because a yacht charter is more than a mode to travel the Greek islands, it is the connections made on the way!


Captain Manthos of Albator 2 profile

What is your favorite thing about YACHTING? 

“The navigation, from planning itineraries to cruising between islands to docking in out-of-the-way places. Also, l like to satisfy the customers, service their needs and keep them happy and safe.”

How long have you been yachting and how did you choose this field? 

“I am working in this field since 2003. I am a seaman so l chose yachting in order to have the job that I love and at the same time work and live close to my family. I am living my dream job.”

Are you from a certain island in Greece?

“I am from the beautiful Cycladic island of Santorini. I am happy to show clients my native island.”

What is your favorite thing about being a Captain aboard a Charter Yacht?

“It gives the opportunity to meet new people and show them the unlimited beauty of Greece!  Starting from our waters and Islands.”

What is your favorite feature about the yacht you Captain, Albator 2?

“The bridge is my ‘Kingdom’!”

What does the Greek word ‘PHILOXENIA’ (hospitality) mean to you?


What is your favorite cruising area? What is your favorite destination in Greece?

“My favorite cruising area is the beautiful Ionian Sea of Greece and my favorite destination there is lthaka island.”

What do you wish for guests aboard to leave the yacht feeling?

“The best cruising memories and the feeling that they can’t wait to come back on board!”

“As you set out for Ithaka
hope the voyage is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.”

Read the inspiring full poem ITHAKA by CP Cavafy here


Ithaka - Summer Vacations in Greece
Luxury sailing yacht at anchor in a beautiful lagoon on Ithaka island.

albator motor yacht detAIL1 - Valef Yachts Chartering - 3868Ithaka represents the ‘return to the haven’, and is the 2nd smallest island in the group of 7 main Ionian islands. It is truly a place to visit via sea to access the most unique places it has to offer, such as its special coves. It’s an island no one can forget once they have visited, making each visitor feel like a special guest.  These destinations deserve to be visited with a Greek crew to unlock the beauty those in the know can offer.  Aboard your charter yacht, feel like a King returning home to paradise.

<<Trireme, yacht detail onboard Albator 2

Santorini, Manthos’s native island located in the Aegean sea, is the renowned volcanic island, situated on a caldera. Also highly fabled, it is said to be the original location of the mythical civilization of Atlantis. An ancient dig in Akrotiri at the end of the island offers insight into its ancient civilization where visitors can explore networks of small homes, art, and artifacts just as they were in their time before the volcano eruption put an end to life existing there. The beautiful topography of this island offers steep cliffs with little towns atop offering incredible views to the horizon and sea, black and red sand beaches, hot springs and beautiful lesser-known countryside with vineyards. The quality of the volcanic soil makes for unique tasting produce. The white wine is famous here so be sure to sample some.  The rich in flavor and minerals tomatoes are prepared here in a local dish called “tomato-keftedes” or tomato-fritters (check pic & recipe below!).  Indulge your tastebuds and every other sense.


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Red sand beach in Santorini
One of the most famous beaches in the world, Red Beach, Santorini.



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