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

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

Experience the Greek Islands on a full-day trip from Athens to the scenic islands of Aegina, Poros, and Hydra. Take the trip on a comfortable boat with many amenities and a friendly crew. Depart on the cruise from the old port of Athens in Faliro and go to Hydra where you have some free time to explore the cobblestone alleys and see the unique architecture, and the donkeys that still provide public transportation, and go swimming if you like. Y Take an optional walking tour of the town to see historic landmarks and traditional houses (at an extra fee). Later the cruise continues to Poros island, full of green pine forests and scented lemon groves, where you have more time to walk in the town and shop or eat at a local taverna. Continue to Aegina island, known for its pistachio groves and beautiful beaches. Take an optional bus tour of the Temple of Aphaia and the Monastery of Agios Nektarios in Aegina (for an extra fee). During the cruise, enjoy a full meal from a buffet full of various Greek and Mediterranean delicacies. On the way back to Athens, enjoy extra drinks from the bar and enjoy entertainment and dancing presented live by a group of Greek artists and dancers. The cruise will end in the evening when you disembark the boat. If you book the option with hotel transfer, then you will be transferred back to your hotel area in downtown Athens.

From Athens: Day Cruise to Hydra, Poros & Aegina with Lunch

2. From Athens: Day Cruise to Hydra, Poros & Aegina with Lunch

On this full-day island voyage, 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.

Athens: Saronic Islands Day Cruise with Lunch & Audio Guide

3. Athens: Saronic Islands Day Cruise with Lunch & Audio Guide

Explore the Saronic Islands of Poros, Hydra, and Aegina on this day trip from Athens. Cruise over the azure waters of the Mediterranean sea and have free time on each island. Savor a mouth-watering buffet lunch and enjoy an app-based audio tour of the island of Hydra. 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: 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.

From Hydra: Private One-Way Helicopter Flight to Islands

7. From Hydra: Private One-Way Helicopter Flight to Islands

Enjoy a comfortable arrival at the island of Santorini with our private Hydra to Santorini,Mykonos or Athens helicopter flight. After your hotel pickup meet our pilot at the private helicopter launch pad and soar up and away to see the Greek Islands and the Aegean Sea from the air. Our private helicopter can seat up to four travelers and is available for one-way helicopter transfers and day trips between all major Greek destinations and islands.

From Santorini: Private One-Way Helicopter Flight to Islands

8. From Santorini: Private One-Way Helicopter Flight to Islands

Enjoy a comfortable arrival at the Greek island of your choice or Athens with our private Santorini helicopter flight. After your hotel pickup meet our pilot at the private helicopter launch pad and soar up and away to see the Greek Islands and the Aegean Sea from the air. Within limited airborne minutes, touch down at a Greek Island of your choice or Athens. Our private helicopter can seat up to four travelers and is available for one-way helicopter transfers and day trips between all major Greek destinations and islands.

From Mykonos: Helicopter Transfer to Athens or Greek Island

9. From Mykonos: Helicopter Transfer to Athens or Greek Island

Enjoy a comfortable arrival at the Greek island of your choice or Athens with our private Mykonos helicopter flight. After your hotel pickup meet our pilot at the private helicopter launch pad and soar up and away to see the Greek Islands and the Aegean Sea from the air. Within limited airborne minutes, touch down at a Greek Island of your choice or Athens. Our private helicopter can seat up to four travelers and is available for one-way helicopter transfers and day trips between all major Greek destinations and islands.

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based on 1,499 reviews

This activity was worth it! I met so many awesome people. The views while on the water and on the different islands were like nothing I’ve ever seen. I had a full day of activities and I didn’t get burned out, I had so much fun. I went in November so, it was kinda cold but not so cold that it wasn’t enjoyable.

Great trip. The stop at Poros was very short and could probably be skipped all together. Hydra and Aegina were beautiful and we did a donkey ride while at Hydra. Sit on the top deck of the ferry as much as possible. The views were incredible. Highly suggest this trip!

All very well exceeding expectations by a thousand. Excellent service, the boat, the dynamics of the hosts, the guides, excellent Spanish

I loved the tour!! Highly recommended The unmissable views To improve, the food and include drinks (at least during the meal)

It was a lovely experience to see 3 beautiful islands in 1 day