Valef Yachts, Iconic Luxury Greek Yachting Brand Celebrates 50 Years

Christina O

Greek heritage merges with fabled luxury as Valef Yachts proudly celebrates 50 years of iconic luxury yacht charter services in Mediterranean since 1969. As the first yacht charter company established in Greece, the family-owned and operated Valef Yachts single handedly brought international attention to the yachting world in Greece and the Med, catering to the glamorous jet set, dignitaries, celebrities and discerning travelers. The company is renowned for its discrete personalized luxury yacht charters, attentive crews and tailor made concierge services, offering the highest standard in hospitality creating the ultimate dream yachting vacation experience.

The Valef story began in 1969, when owner Vassilios (Bill) Lefakinis, a graduate of Wharton School of Business, founded Valef Yachts, fulfilling the desire of well-heeled travelers clamoring for the untouched beauty and glamour of the Mediterranean. Valef provided luxury, privacy and comfort and a preferred home away from home to explore the hidden gems and cosmopolitan enclaves of this then emerging and exclusive global destination. As the company grew, Valef refined their services and even launched Greece’s first yachting magazine, ‘Sea & Yachting”. Soon film, TV shoots and celebrities came calling, bringing more international visibility to the brand.

Valef has established itself as the gold standard becoming synonymous with luxury yachting in the Med and continues this legacy today. Guests can travel back in time and charter the “Christina O” the mega yacht owned by the legendary Aristotle Onassis and Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis, that has since been refurbished and outfitted with the latest technology and equipment.

Still with a finger on the cultural pulse, Valef Yachts is continually featured in travel shows, fashion shoots and high profile events, and are the go-to among leading media, publishing and film industry tastemakers.

Bill has since retired to Philadelphia where his wife Kathy, who joined the company as president in 1980, spearheads the US office today. Their two daughters, Alexandra and Kassandra oversee the Greek office attending to all clients’ needs, strengthening long-term relationships.

With the Lefakinis family at the helm, the Valef Yachts’ legacy continues as a full-service yacht charter company known for its expert guidance, authenticity, discretion and client pampering, offering yachting all over the Mediterranean, inviting guests to “Rent the Yacht, Own the Feeling”.

Valef charters begin with a warm welcome from a dedicated and highly trained crew, taking guest on a choice of excursions through the Greek islands or to the far corners of the Mediterranean including Turkey, Croatia, The French Riviera, Amalfi Coast, Sardinia, Capri, Balearic Islands of Spain and beyond. Valef Yachts also offers full concierge services, providing first-class private land and air arrangements, accommodations, guides, event planning, personalized itineraries, and special request arrangements. A Valef representative is on call 24/7 to cater to guests’ needs throughout their vacation, and with offices in the US and Greece, the Valef team provides accessible planning service and consultation in multiple times zones.

For more information and inquiries visit or email, or call +1 267 404 2415 in the US.

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