Full Day
Duration
Athens
Location
Jan – Mar 17 (Daily)
Dates

Take a day cruise from Athens to the fabulous Greek islands of Hydra, Poros and Aegina for a relaxing day on the sea. With all your transport, transfers and buffet lunch organized, you can sit back and enjoy your leisurely day cruise with free time on each island to explore.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION ATHENS
DEPARTURE TIME 8:00am
RETURN TIME 7:15pm
WEAR Casual

Sunscreen, hat, beach equipment

DIFFICULTY Due to extend walking and slippery surfaces please inform us if you have walking disabilities or using a wheelchair before booking this tour.
INCLUDED
Pick-up & Drop-off from selected Athens hotels
Buffet-lunch on board
Greek dance show & music
24hrs Assistance phone number
All Taxes
NOT INCLUDED
Travel Insurance
Tips
Guide/Escort
Drinks & beverages
Entrance Fees
Optional tours in Aegina

 

Sea, Sun and Fun!

The most beloved one day cruise to 3 islands Aegina- Poros- Hydra!

7:45am

Transfer by motorcoach from Athens to Flisvos Port and embark on the cruise ship.

8:15am

Sail for the island of HYDRA a favorite of the international Jet-set – Hydra is the beloved muse of painters, craftsmen and photographers. Its unique architecture, crystal clear waters, splendid craft & jewel shops, folk art and the island’s

traditional means of transport – the donkey, make it one of the last examples of “living Mediterranean history”. In Hydra you have time at leisure for strolling, shopping or swimming.

Shortly after departure, our multi-lingual guides and hostesses will invite you to assemble in one of the Lounges, in order to give you all necessary information concerning the ship, the cruise program as well as the islands. This will also be an opportunity for you to get answers to any questions you might have, as our trained staff is there to ensure that you will have a most wonderful day.

In the early afternoon sail for the island of AEGINA, passing through the narrow strait separating the Peloponnesian coast from the island of  POROS.  Aegina, is known for its rich history, inspiring pistachio grove landscapes, Aegina Port’s lively fish market and colorful floating fruit and vegetable marketplace as well as picturesque seaside villages such as St. Marina with its taverns, traditional shops and beautiful golden beaches. During our call at one of the ports you may choose to visit the majestic 5th century BC temple of the Goddess Aphaia (Optional Tour) which is regarded as the best preserved ancient temple of Greece offering a magnificent view of the whole Saronic Gulf.

Lunch is served on board.

Sailing to POROS  the smallest of the three islands- Poros Town rests in a narrow strait between Poros Island and the Peloponnese, quietly nestled in the embrace of deep green pine forests and mildly scented lemon groves. A climb to the town’s magnificent bell tower offers an unforgettable view.

And if you think that the day ends here….. you are mistaken!

A “Traditional Greek Folk Show” with singers and dancers in original costumes form all of Greece who, together with our Officers, Hostesses will entertain and animate you up to the final moment as the ship docks in Piraeus.

7.15pm

Arrival at Flisvos Port and transfer to Athens.

The order in which we shall visit the islands is either Poros – Hydra – Aegina or Aegina – Poros – Hydra which does not change the duration of stay on any of the islands.

Poros Island

Poros is a small, volcanic little island of great beauty with rich vegetation. Much of the northern and far eastern/western sides of the island are bushy, whereas large areas of old pine forest are found in the south and center of the island. It is very close to Athens Greece, and is a popular summer resort to both Greeks and foreigners. Many Athenians have summerhouses here, which can be noticed in the weekends, since the island livens up a lot then. The island’s name means narrow strait, and is separated from the Peloponnese and the picturesque town of Galatas by a 370 meters canal. It is considered a very romantic place, but is also great for families or backpackers. Poros island is a very green island, as the ferry approaches you can admire the pines that cover the small hills and the beaches. The town of Poros is building on the small peninsula of Sferia mainly on the small hill overlooking the port. Towards Mikro and Megalo Neorio you will find marinas for yachts and boats. Recent studies suggest that Poros has been inhabited since the Bronze Age. Graves on the island have been dated to the Mycenaean period, and man-made structures have existed on it since at least 1000 BCE. The ruins of the temple of Poseidon from the 6th century BC and the monastery Zoodochos Pigis (“Life-giving Source”) are the two proper sights on Poros island. There are also many old, interesting buildings in Poros town. The clock-tower offers a breathtaking view, and it is nice just to stroll around here.

Hydra island

Hydra is considered the most cosmopolitan island, and many celebrities from Greece and abroad own houses here, or spend their vacations on this pretty island. Hydra island is a very popular tourist destination, mainly due to its picturesque capital, of red tiled houses and narrow stone-paved streets. Once a major seafaring community, these days the island’s wealth mainly comes from tourism, but fishermen and farmers can still be found. Because of its close proximity to Athens, many islanders go there to find work during the winter months. In the 1950s the film Boy on a Dolphin was filmed on the island, and ever since an array of artists, writers and celebrities set up home on this little island off the Peloponnesian coast. The town of Hydra is amphitheatrically arranged within a close bay situated approximately at the middle of the northern coast of the island. The town is surrounded by bare rocks and steep mountains. The first impression of the visitor as the ship reaches the port is the image of the high impressive old mansions overlooking the town. What follows is the view of the old defensive bastions with their canons on site, still protecting the town from remote and forgotten enemies. The spectacle is completed with the uncountable boats and yachts from any place of the world, mooring at the port. The town of Hydra is the unique settlement of the island; it counts some 3000 permanent residents and presents the originality that no vehicles are allowed within it. The people, locals and visitors, go from one place to another only on foot or on donkeys’ back. There are a number of monasteries in the hills beyond the town, both over an hour’s hike away, but worthwhile for the views and the sense of history they provide. Hydra island has been inhabited since pre historic times, and some believe it was the home of the Hydra – the horrible monster Heracles killed, thus its name. Little has been recorded of the island’s ancient history, but it is known that it played an important role in the 15th century, when people from the mainland and other islands sought refuge from attacking pirates and Turks. Hydra island had an important fleet in the 18th century and it was sometimes called “Little England” because of its European flare and commerce. It was one of the strongest islands during the war of Independence which began in 1821, and contributed with its huge fleet of 130 ships. Many of the buildings around the harbour date back to the 18th century.

Aegina island

Poros Island Poros is a small, volcanic little island of great beauty with rich vegetation. Much of the northern and far eastern/western sides of the island are bushy, whereas large areas of old pine forest are found in the south and center of the island. It is very close to Athens Greece, and is a popular summer resort to both Greeks and foreigners. Many Athenians have summerhouses here, which can be noticed in the weekends, since the island livens up a lot then.Poros Island Poros is a small, volcanic little island of great beauty with rich vegetation. Much of the northern and far eastern/western sides of the island are bushy, whereas large areas of old pine forest are found in the south and center of the island. It is very close to Athens Greece, and is a popular summer resort to both Greeks and foreigners. Many Athenians have summerhouses here, which can be noticed in the weekends, since the island livens up a lot then.The island’s name means narrow strait, and is separated from the Peloponnese and the picturesque town of Galatas by a 370 meters canal. It is considered a very romantic place, but is also great for families or backpackers. Poros island is a very green island, as the ferry approaches you can admire the pines that cover the small hills and the beaches. The town of Poros is building on the small peninsula of Sferia mainly on the small hill overlooking the port. Towards Mikro and Megalo Neorio you will find marinas for yachts and boats.Recent studies suggest that Poros has been inhabited since the Bronze Age. Graves on the island have been dated to the Mycenaean period, and man-made structures have existed on it since at least 1000 BCE.The ruins of the temple of Poseidon from the 6th century BC and the monastery Zoodochos Pigis (“Life-giving Source”) are the two proper sights on Poros island. There are also many old, interesting buildings in Poros town. The clock-tower offers a breathtaking view, and it is nice just to stroll around here.
Hydra island Hydra is considered the most cosmopolitan island, and many celebrities from Greece and abroad own houses here, or spend their vacations on this pretty island. Hydra island is a very popular tourist destination, mainly due to its picturesque capital, of red tiled houses and narrow stone-paved streets. Once a major seafaring community, these days the island’s wealth mainly comes from tourism, but fishermen and farmers can still be found. Because of its close proximity to Athens, many islanders go there to find work during the winter months.In the 1950s the film Boy on a Dolphin was filmed on the island, and ever since an array of artists, writers and celebrities set up home on this little island off the Peloponnesian coast.The town of Hydra is amphitheatrically arranged within a close bay situated approximately at the middle of the northern coast of the island. The town is surrounded by bare rocks and steep mountains. The first impression of the visitor as the ship reaches the port is the image of the high impressive old mansions overlooking the town. What follows is the view of the old defensive bastions with their canons on site, still protecting the town from remote and forgotten enemies. The spectacle is completed with the uncountable boats and yachts from any place of the world, mooring at the port. The town of Hydra is the unique settlement of the island; it counts some 3000 permanent residents and presents the originality that no vehicles are allowed within it. The people, locals and visitors, go from one place to another only on foot or on donkeys’ back.There are a number of monasteries in the hills beyond the town, both over an hour’s hike away, but worthwhile for the views and the sense of history they provide. Hydra island has been inhabited since pre historic times, and some believe it was the home of the Hydra – the horrible monster Heracles killed, thus its name. Little has been recorded of the island’s ancient history, but it is known that it played an important role in the 15th century, when people from the mainland and other islands sought refuge from attacking pirates and Turks.Hydra island had an important fleet in the 18th century and it was sometimes called “Little England” because of its European flare and commerce. It was one of the strongest islands during the war of Independence which began in 1821, and contributed with its huge fleet of 130 ships. Many of the buildings around the harbour date back to the 18th century.
Aegina island Aegina is one of the islands in the Saronic Gulf, just 17 miles (27 km) from Athens. The island, along with offshore islets, comprises the Municipality of Aegina in Piraeus Prefecture, a part of the Attica region. The capital is the town of Aegina situated at the northwestern end of the island. Due to its proximity to Athens, it is a popular quick getaway during the summer months, with quite a few Athenians owning second houses on the island.The people of this island have always been involved with the sea: either as fishermen, sailors or shipbuilders. Some are also farmers, and they grow olives, pistachio nuts and fruit. The town of Aegina has many attractions; a ride through the town with a horse carriage is a nice experience and a good way to enjoy the sights of the capital. The town has many interesting buildings and neoclassical houses; among them is the first Greek government building, the Orphanage building that was founded by the first governor of Greece Ioannis Kapodistrias.Because of its important position in antiquity (Aegina island was a rival to Athens, the great sea power of the era) there are still many ancient sites to see, the most famous being the temple of Athena Afea from the 6th century BC. Surrounded by pine trees, on a hilltop above the town of Agia Marina, this Doric temple, built around 490 BC., is the best preserved classical temple in the Greek islands. Dedicated to the Cretan nymph Aphaia, it predates the Parthenon in Athens by around sixty years. The temple was part of a pre-Christian, equilateral holy triangle of temples including the Athenian Parthenon and the temple of Poseidon at Sounion.Aegina island is famous for growing of pistachio. Pistachio trees have been cultivated in Aegina island since 1860, later spreading to other parts of Attica and Greece. Throughout Aegina, the dominant variety is known by the name ” Aeginis”, or “koilarati” meaning ” round”, a variety considered high-yielding and of a quality lacking in foreign varieties.
A very interesting place to visit is the monastery of Ag. Nektarios. The saint himself is buried here, and is said to hold miraculous, healing powers. Very close to Ag. Nektarios monastery is located Palaeochora, which is an abandoned Byzantine town. Once, was the capital of Aegina island. In this area there are the ruins of a medieval castle.
The Temple of Afea is dedicated to the Greek goddess Afea and is one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. It is located approximately 13 km east by road from the main port (town). It stands on the top of a hill covered by pine trees, offering excellent views of Aegina island and the Saronic Gulf.
The Temple has an unusual plan and it used to have important sculptures, which are thought to illustrate the change from Archaic to Early Classical technique. These sculptures are now housed in Munich’s Sculpture Gallery. There are also a number of fragments exhibited in Aegina’s archaeological Museum and on the site’s Museum.
The temple we see today, one of the finest examples of Archaic architecture, was built ca. 490 B.C. It is constructed of local poros in the peripteral Doric style, with six columns on the short and twelve columns on the long sides. The columns incline slightly inwards and have a cushion beneath the capitals. A large door with marble pilasters led from the front porch to the cella, in which stood the gilded ivory and wood statue of the goddess.

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