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Athens: Boat Tour to Agistri, Aegina with Moni Swimming Stop

1. Athens: Boat Tour to Agistri, Aegina with Moni Swimming Stop

Discover the Saronic Sea on a wooden sailing boat with this tour from Pireas. Sip on welcome drinks and snack on pastries on the way to the islands of Agistri and Aegina. Go for a refreshing dip in Moni or Metopi. Savor an authentic Greek lunch paired with traditional wine and beers.   Begin the excursion at Marina Zeas. The first stop of the cruise is the island of Agistri, surrounded by vibrant blue waters and clothed in pine trees. Here you can connect with the lush nature and feel the presence of ancients Greeks and deities while swimming and relaxing on the hot fine sand of the long flax-golden beach between Megalochori and Skala. Adventure lovers can join the optional bike tour between Melalochori and Chalikiada Beach. From there, move onto the island of Moni or Nisis Metopi (depending on the weather). While here, you will be served a delicious traditional Greek lunch, accompanied by traditional wine, beer, soft drinks, and coffee.  Once you've finished your feast, have the chance to jump off the boat, snorkel, swim around the boat, or swim to the island. This gorgeous and unique island has no inhabitants but is populated with law-protected deer, wild goats, rabbits and peacocks. Make a final journey towards ards the beautiful island of Aegina. Aegina is famous for its white stone houses, flowery backyards, pistachios, the red volcanic landscape, sensational food, the temple of Apollo, and the temple of Aphaia. Here, enjoy the crystal-clear water and sandy beaches of the island, while exploring the breath-taking waterfront and traditional Greek cuisine. Sail back to the port of Marina Zeas while enjoying the ambiance of select and chill music, delicious Mediterranean fruits, coffee, and drinks. 

Athens: Guided Day Trip to Aegina Island

2. Athens: Guided Day Trip to Aegina Island

You will depart together with your friendly archaeologist guide from the “Smart-Eco-Pickup” at Piraeus Metro Station. From here you can admire the Port of Piraeus; the chief sea-port of Athens since antiquity. It is the largest port in Greece, and one of the largest ports worldwide, and your archaeologist will tell you all the secret stories behind it. From here you will board a ferry, from where you will feel the sea breeze with a nice cup of coffee whilst taking amazing pictures of the seagulls and surrounding scenery. After 1 hour and 15 minutes, you will reach the traditional island of Aegina, the "island of artists". Here you will have about 3 hours to walk around through the picturesque alleys, the charming local shops, and restaurants, as well as the traditional fish market. Aegina is well known for the traditional pistachio nuts, and you will have the chance to taste these delicious products directly from the local producer. They are used in various sweets such as baklava, kataifi, sweet cakes, ice cream, butter, chocolates, and liqueur. The horse carriages in the picturesque squares of the island bring back retro memories of years gone by, and whilst there you can take the chance for a romantic ride around the “chora” (the capital of a Greek island). You can taste fresh homemade delicacies in a cozy tavern against the harbor, from a “balcony” above the sea. The hospitality at its highest level becomes one with the traditional appetizers, as you experience the welcome of the friendly islanders. After being enchanted by the island life and the majestic landscapes, you will complete this unique experience with a relaxing return by flying dolphin. You will head back to Athens, where you will return to your point of origin.

From Athens: Delphi Small-Group Day Trip with Guided Tour

3. From Athens: Delphi Small-Group Day Trip with Guided Tour

Embark on an unforgettable guided day trip from Athens to Delphi, the navel of the ancient Greek world. Visit the Delphi Archeological Site and museum and see the Temple of Apollo, the Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia, and more. Later, get free time to explore a scenic village. The morning of your trip, meet your licensed tour guide and depart in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. The drive takes about 2.5 hours going each way, so sit back and enjoy the passing scenery as you pass through the Boeotia plains. As you travel, begin to immerse yourself in Ancient Greece as your guide tells tales about ancient Greek mythology, King Oedipus, God Apollo, and more. Your first stop will be at Kryas Livadeia Springs, a picturesque valley near the city of Levadia. Streams, limestone formations, stone and wooden bridges, and walking routes along the banks create the perfect scenery for a photo walk. During a guided tour through the archaeological site, see some of the most important and unique archaeological monuments, such as the Temple of Apollo and its oracle, the Athenian Stoa, the Polygonal Wall. Later, you can visit the Archaeological Museum of Delphi (entry fees paid on site), which hosts globally known pieces of art like the Sphinx of Naxos, the Statue of Antinous, the Siphnian Treasury, and the Charioteer of Delphi. After the visit to Delphi, hop back on the bus to the multicolored village of Arachova, built on the mountainside. Get free time to arrange for lunch on your own at a traditional taverna (costs not included). Take time to go on a stroll around the village’s narrow alleys, enter some artisanal shops for local delicacies, and admire the local hand-woven carpets. In the late afternoon, depart for your return to Athens, on another 2.5-hour drive.

From Athens: Day Cruise of the Saronic Islands

4. 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.

From Athens: Cape Sounion Private Day Trip at Sunset

5. From Athens: Cape Sounion Private Day Trip at Sunset

Spend the day driving along the coastline of Greece. Drive from Athens to Cape Sounida, making stops for photos, before arriving at the Temple of Poseidon to watch the sunset. Eat dinner with a breath-taking view and relax with a private car back to your hotel. Begin the tour by driving along the Athenian Riviera, stopping along the way to capture photos on the scenic route. Pass the suburbs of Glyfada, Voula, Vouliagmeni, and Varkiza.   Stop at the picturesque peninsula of Vouliagmeni. This is the most expensive piece of land in the whole of Greece. Its mild climate and water temperature make it an all-year-round popular spot. Continue along the dreamy coast, taking in the Aegean, the Saronic Gulf, and its small islands. Be delivered to Cape Sounion in time for the sunset. A perfect place to share precious moments with family, friends, or a significant other.  Visit the Temple of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea. It is surrounded by the remains of its fortifications, gateway, and houses. Admire the ruins that remain after over 2000 years. Finish the evening by enjoying dinner by the sea. Below the site are several taverns, ideal for a romantic dinner for honeymooners. After dinner, your driver will return you to your hotel in Athens.

Athens: City Highlights Private Tour with Temple of Poseidon

6. Athens: City Highlights Private Tour with Temple of Poseidon

Discover the highlights of Athens on this family-friendly tour as you see sights like the acropolis, the Panathenaic Stadium, Prime Minister’s residence, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Journey through the Greek Riviera on the way to the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion. Be picked up from you accommodation in Athens or Pireas in an air-conditioned Mercedes and head to the Acropolis. See the Parthenon that was dedicated to the goddess Athena at Parthenos and the entrance to the sacred area at Propylea. View the columns of the 420 BC temple of Athena and Nike. Stroll pass the Erechtheion with its maidens statues, the Roman theater of Odeon of Herodus Atticus, and an ancient Greek Theatre of Dionysus. Step into Greek mythology as you see the Hill of Ares where the god Ares is said to have had a trial. Visit the Temple of Zeus and the Panathenaic Stadium which hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Drive by the Prime Minister’s residence at Maximou Mansion which was the former royal palace. Continue past the House of Parliament and stop at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to watch the changing of the guard. Head up to the highest point of in Athens at Lycabettus Hill to capture pictures of panoramic city views. Get out of the city on a scenic coastal road through the Greek Riviera. Travel through some of Athens’ suburbs and resort areas like Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, and Lagonisi on your way to the stunning coastal temple of Poseidon at Sounion. Have the option to stop to purchase lunch or have a coffee break on the waterfront. Return to your accommodation in Athens.

2-Day Athens & Delphi Sightseeing Tour

7. 2-Day Athens & Delphi Sightseeing Tour

Visit some of the greatest treasures of Ancient Greece on a 2-part tour of Athens and Delphi. Spend a day exploring the archaeological sites of Athens, including the location of the first modern Olympic Games, and the city’s main highlight, the dramatic Acropolis. Continue the next day – or at a time to suit – to the Delphic Oracle on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Day 1: Athens Start your full-day sightseeing tour of Athens at Panathinaiko Stadium, birthplace of the modern Olympic Games. Built in 1896 in the central city district of Pangrati, the stadium is the only one in the world to be constructed entirely of white marble. Next, drive past the Greek Prime Minister’s residence and the Royal Palace. Admire the traditional uniforms of the Evzones Guards, and continue to the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus. Drive past the National Gardens, the beautiful Arch of Hadrian, and the Old Parliament. One of the highlights of the day will be a trip to the Acropolis, the most impressive site in all of Greece. Visit the magnificent 5th-century B.C. temple of Pantheon, dedicated to the goddess Athena. Explore the Erechtheion, site of the sacred olive tree that sprouted after Athena struck the ground with her spear. Continue to the impressive stone theater of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. And enjoy spectacular views of Athens from the top of the Acropolis, before exploring the treasures inside the new Acropolis Museum. Stroll through the purpose-built galleries, housing approximately 4,000 objects from Ancient Greece. Day 2: Delphi Depart from Athens in the morning and drive to the spectacular city of Delphi. On the way, you will pass the two small towns of Livadia – where you will pause for a break - and Arachova. Once regarded as the center of the world, Delphi was connected to the worship of Gaia, another name for Mother Earth, and guarded by a Python dragon that was killed by Apollo. Visit the Temple of Apollo, location for the great Oracle of Delphi. Continue to the theater, where up to 5,000 spectators would watch famous Greek plays, poetry readings, and festivals. Situated at the top of the hill, it rewards visitors with superb views of Parnassus and the valley below. After touring the archeological sites, you will be free to explore on your own. Stroll around the narrow streets of the modern town of Delphi, and enjoy a cool beer in one of its welcoming taverns.

Athens, Acropolis Museum, Cape Sounion, Cruise & Delphi

8. 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

9. 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.

From Athens: Private Day Trip to Aegina Island

10. From Athens: Private Day Trip to Aegina Island

Once you arrive, you will immediately notice the neoclassical buildings in earthy colors, the traditional houses with small courtyards filled with trees and flowers, and the narrow streets where you can explore the traditional shops and taverns. Wander through the paved alleys between mansions, churches with blue domes, and popular art shops. You can choose to stroll among the local boats which have been transformed into floating grocery stores. Do not forget to buy some of the famous peanuts from Aegina's unique peanut variety. You can also make a worthwhile visit to one of the traditional ouzo taverns, where you can taste fresh seafood with ouzo or tsipouro. Admire the Temple of Aphasia and the beautiful coastline of Perdika before being driven back to Athens.

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4.6 / 5

based on 129 reviews

Lovely day trip from Athens. We had the hotel pick up and drop off which was useful (arranged last minute as well, so appreciated the help!) The boat is beautiful, enough room to move around and also sunbathe on deck. Crew were more than helpful, including getting us drinks where possible (though it is self serve) and keeping an eye on us at the swim stop. Both islands were beautiful, the bike tour on Agistri was well worth it. On Aegina we got some ice cream and then walked to a quieter (and better) beach behind the temple. Overall wonderful tour and would recommend if you only have a few days in Athens and want to get some sun and sea!

I booked a second tour with this company this time on a ferry to an island. I was lucky to find that my guide was the same as before, Demi. She’s still excellent, accommodating, prepared, and polite with all the guests: human and animal “we had a cute doggo”. She also always has new and Intresting stories and facts and her knowledge about the history and archeology of Greece is like non-other, all said in comedic simple stories and comments.

All I can say is wow. Great service we were picked up directly from the hotel and dropped off there again. The mini van was new and clean and the driver was super motivated. Cape Sounion was fantastic a dream and afterwards we had dinner right by the sea . The money was worth it. Thank you very much for this trip and great service.

The boat cruise was fun. There was drinks and we got a delicious buffet meal. We spent a little time on the islands. The staff was kid and accommodating. I would highly recommend if you are looking for something to do in Athens.

A great day out! The crew were amazing, food was incredible and there were some truly breathtaking sights! Highly recommend it