Hydra, Greece

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From Athens: Saronic Islands Full-Day Tour with Audio Guide

1. From Athens: Saronic Islands Full-Day Tour with Audio Guide

After a morning transfer by bus from Athens to the port, hop on board a cruise ship and be invited to one of its spacious open decks. From the deck, you’ll have a great vantage point for enjoying views of the Greek coast. An app-based audio tour is also included in your trip. The first stop is the island of Poros, the smallest of the 3 islands you’ll visit on the tour. It’s separated from the Peloponnese by a narrow strait. Have ample time to explore the island and once you’re on board again you’ll be served a delicious lunch as the ship sail towards Hydra. Take in the stunning views as you enter the port of Hydra and see the cove that at one time served as a shelter for pirates. From the open decks, marvel at the dramatic landscapes of this island. As an added perk, download the mobile app (instructions found on your confirmation voucher), put on your headphones, and listen as licensed guides and experts on storytelling present you with original stories and historical information about the area. There will be time for you to explore the narrow, stone-paved streets of the island on foot, or by saddled donkey, which is the traditional mode of transportation. If you choose to go by foot, you can walk along the old seaside promenade and perhaps stop at some of the small shops. When you return to the ship, the captain heads for Aegina which is the largest of the 3 islands on the tour. Apart from its beautiful harbor, there are numerous interesting sites that you’ll have a chance to discover on your own. Alternatively, you can join an excursion to the Temple of Aphaia at an additional cost. Return to your cruise-boat and enjoy your one-hour sail back to the port. Disembark and finish your trip (if option selected) in Athens.

From Athens: Full-Day Cruise to Aegina, Poros and Hydra

2. From Athens: Full-Day Cruise to Aegina, Poros and Hydra

Climb aboard the new "Cosmos" cruise vessel and admire the 21st-century fittings of a 70-meter by 10-meter boat with a capacity for up to 600 passengers. Explore its 5 spacious lounges, state-of-the-art audiovisual systems, and 5 bars. A modern kitchen equipped with all the latest equipment, a specially-designed VIP area for 120 people, and a VIP cabin add to the sense of luxury. Set sail for Hydra and discover an island untouched by time. Explore its cobblestone alleys and unique architecture, and see the donkeys that still provide public transportation. Take an optional walking tour of the town to see historic landmarks and traditional houses. Next, cruise to the leafy island of Poros, full of green pine forests and scented lemon groves. Experience the romance and calm of the island at tranquil beaches. Then, go to Aegina, known for its pistachio groves and beautiful beaches. Take an optional bus trip to the majestic Temple of Aphaea and the Byzantine monastery of Agios Nektarios. Experience Greek hospitality at its finest along the way, and enjoy live entertainment, dancing, delicious food, and much more.

From Athens: Argo and Saronic Islands Cruise with Lunch

3. From Athens: Argo and Saronic Islands Cruise with Lunch

On this full-day island voyage you’ll cruise from Flisvos Marina on a 50-meter state-of-the-art ship. Luxuriously appointed with beautiful lounges and dining areas, you can enjoy culinary delights whenever you like. The air-conditioned ship boasts 2 fully-stocked bars and is equipped with strong Wi-Fi and mobile signals. Relax and enjoy the sea breezes and the pampering as you cruise to the most beautiful islands in the world! Hydra(90-minute visit) The first port of call is Hydra, a small but beautiful island steeped in history and a popular destination that’s not far from the Greek mainland. Its cobblestone streets, where donkeys are the primary mode of transportation, are lined with mansions and centuries-old churches. The town of Hydra was built on imposing rocky slopes, and has remained intact and unspoiled by modern development. Local residents maintain the unique legacy handed down to them by previous generations. Swim in the crystal-clear waters, sunbathe, enjoy the Greek cuisine and hospitality, and search for some souvenirs to help you remember your visit. Poros(50-minute visit) Poros is an island of peace, romance, and relaxation. The island’s pine trees line the rugged shores and the sandy beaches. Approaching Poros by sea you’ll see the historical clock tower atop the island’s highest hill. The beach houses are mostly neoclassical in style, with the first built in 1463 in the area around the clock tower. Explore the town center and the Archaeological Museum. Lining the narrow streets of Poros you’ll also come across shops, cafés, taverns, and many bars playing both Greek and foreign music. Aegina(2-hour visit) Aegina is the land of the legendary Achilles. Visit the Temple of Aphaea, situated atop a pine-covered hill in the northeastern part of the island. This was the prototype for the Parthenon. When the skies are clear, you can see the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion and the Acropolis of Athens from this spot. With the Temple of Aphaea, these temples form an isosceles triangle, which was the holy triangle of ancient times. See the church of Saint Nectarios, which houses a silver urn with the relics of St. Nectarios, the patron saint of the island.

From Athens: Saronic Islands Full-Day Cruise with VIP Seats

4. From Athens: Saronic Islands Full-Day Cruise with VIP Seats

After taking a transfer from Athens to the port, enjoy a welcome drink aboard as the boat sets sail for the cosmopolitan island of Hydra, where you'll have around 90 minutes to do whatever your heart desires. Enjoy the island's unique charms, and see the amphitheater shape that once served as a safe haven for Saronic pirates. From the decks, admire the special architecture and dramatic views of the island, the old traditional stone houses and mansions that silently stood witness to a long and turbulent history. Next stop, the island of Poros. For around 50 minutes, there is an opportunity to discover what makes the island famous - its natural beauty and the pine trees. Stroll around its hidden alleys full of little white houses and admire the famous and historical clock tower of Poros. Continue on to the island of Aegina It is world-renowned for pistachios, unique sandy beaches and the temple of Afea. Stay at the port for around 2 hours, and enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystal clear blue waters or wander around the island and enjoy your coffee. Don't forget to taste the famous pistachio sweets. After sailing back to the port, be transferred to back to Athens.

From Athens: Day Cruise of the Saronic Islands

5. From Athens: Day Cruise of the Saronic Islands

From the meeting point, take a coach transfer to the port, where you will board a cruise vessel for a full-day cruise of the Saronic Islands with lunch. Set sail at 08:15 and cruise to the island of Hydra. Discover an idyllic location untouched by time during your 1-hour stay on the island. Then, cruise to the leafy island of Poros, separated from the Peloponnese by a narrow strait. Get an enchanting view of Poros town, and then spend about an hour on the island, where green pine forests and lemon groves grow in abundance. Continue to the island of Aegina, known for its pistachio groves and beautiful beaches. Take an optional bus trip to the majestic Temple of Aphaea or swim off the nearest beaches during your 1.5 hours on the island. Re-embark the boat, and sail back to the port for a late afternoon arrival, where a coach will be waiting to take you back to your hotel on arrival.

Athens, Acropolis Museum, Cape Sounion, Cruise & Delphi

6. Athens, Acropolis Museum, Cape Sounion, Cruise & Delphi

Take this opportunity to combine half-day and full-day tours to take in a wide range of what Athens has to offer. Over this 3-day period you can set your own schedule and choose which days to take the following tours: Athens Sightseeing and Acropolis Museum Morning Tour: Start with a short stop at the Panathinaikos Stadium, the site of first Olympic Games in 1896. See the most important monuments of Athens, making your way to the Acropolis. Continue with a pleasant short walk, passing by Herodion and the Dionysos Theater, to the New Acropolis Museum, where you’ll have a chance to view the exhibits. Cape Sounio Afternoon Tour: Enjoy a wonderful drive along the scenic coastal road and take in stunning views of the Saronic Gulf. You’ll pass through some of Athens most beautiful suburbs on the way to Cape Sounio, where you’ll visit the 5th-century B.C. Temple of Poseidon, at the tip of Attica. Full-Day Delphi Tour: You’ll drive through Thebes, Levadia, and Arachova on the way to Delphi. Famous for its theater, Temple of Apollo, and ancient ruins, Delphi was considered the center of the earth and the universe in the classical Greek world. Pass by Castalia Spring and visit the archaeological site the Temple of Apollo. Explore the holdings of the Museum of Delphi, including the unique bronze Charioteer, the Naxian Sphinx, and the Statue of Antinoos. Full-Day Cruise to Poros, Hydra, and Aegina: Take a break from city sightseeing and relax on a cruise to the islands outside of Athens. Travel to the green island of Poros, see Aegina's temple of Afaea (optional tour), and discover why Hydra is considered one of the most beautiful of the Greek islands.

Athens Combo: Greek Islands Cruise and the Acropolis Ticket

7. Athens Combo: Greek Islands Cruise and the Acropolis Ticket

Take a day cruise from Athens to the beautiful Greek islands with all your transport, transfers, and a delicious buffet lunch organized ahead of time. Explore the enchanting town of Poros. Then, explore the narrow stone-paved streets of Hydra. You will also visit the numerous interesting sites of Aegina - a popular getaway for Athenians during the summer months. Taste a delicious buffet lunch on board and enjoy a Greek folklore show with traditional music and dancing. An Acropolis admission ticket is included and will be delivered to you the day of your cruise. Visit the breathtaking Acropolis which is probably the most famous and most visited monument in the world from antiquity. It is the symbol of Athens and its most famous landmark. Stroll up to the UNESCO-listed site that served as the ancient citadel and tour the buildings at your own pace.

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What people are saying about Hydra, Greece

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 1,082 reviews

Unfortunately it was quite a rainy miserable day and as such the boat was so crowded it was rather uncomfortable with nowhere to relax. The 3 islands visited were great but would suggest visiting 2 islands would be better. Not enough time for 3 islands by the time you get everyone off and on. Pick up from hotels was efficient but the standout was the entertainment on the way back to Athens, I thoroughly enjoyed the music and the greek dancers and having the opportunity to join in.

Wife's Birthday! I spent memorable! Regarding the sold tours, the one in hydra is basically wasting money to go see the hospital and pharmacy in the village, don't buy it and do your little itinerary on foot! culture is already recommended.

The trip was very nice. The ship was spacious and clean. The islands were very beautiful, although it would be great to have more free time on each island.

Excellent day - seamless from start to finish. A very long day though (6:30am-9pm for us with transfers), come prepared!

It was a fantastic tour. I definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to get a glimpse of the islands.