The full-day cruise from Athens to Aegina, Hydra and Poros islands is one of the most memorable and unique experiences you will have in Greece.
Whether you are on your honeymoon, or you are simply visiting Greece for the first time, the beauty and diversity of the Saronic Islands will definitely surprise you! These 2 islands are located relatively close to Athens and they are an excellent option for a one-day cruise from Athens.
The cruise ship sails early in the morning (8.15am) towards either Poros – Hydra – Aegina or Aegina – Poros – Hydra. Keep in mind that the itinerary and the duration of stay on each island cannot change and are not customizable.
The cruise will start early in the morning. You will be received at the Port of Piraeus by the hostess and a warm welcome from the crew of the ship and you can either enjoy a soft drink at the lounge or stay at the open deck to watch the departure.
Soon after the departure you will need to assemble to the main lounge where you will be given all the information you will need for the islands and your stay on the ship during the cruise.
Two hours after the departure the cruise will take you to the island of Poros, which is the smallest of the islands you will be visiting, but also the greenest, with the most interesting coastline.
Poros is separated from the mainland of the Peloponnese Peninsula by a narrow strait that creates a truly unique landscape. The leisure time in Poros is approximately 50 minutes and you have ample time to walk down its small streets and take as many pictures as you like.
Continuing the cruise, you will be arriving at the port of Hydra, almost an hour and 15 minutes later. We recommend you to be on the deck to watch the arrival, because the island of Hydra is amphitheatrically shaped and offers a unique view when entering the port.
The landscape of the island of Hydra is dramatic and is adorned by the traditional mansions and stone houses that reflect the richness of the island and its old citizens. You will notice right away that there are no cars on the island. Indeed, no vehicles are allowed, so you can only walk, take a bicycle, a donkey or hire a water taxi to visit one of the more remote villages of the island!
Hydra is the ideal island to stroll; beautiful paved streets, quite many stairs and a truly captivating seaside promenade. This is probably the island you will adore due to its uniqueness. You will be staying for an hour and a half in Hydra and when you return on the ship you will have your nicely prepared lunch that will give you a full idea of what the Greek cuisine tastes like.
Two hours later you will be arriving at Aegina, where you can choose what you want to do. Aegina is the largest of the islands and has a number of interesting sites to explore.
There is a guided bus tour on the island that takes you to the Temple of Athena Aphaia, one of the best preserved temples in Greece, which is built on a lovely hill and offers spectacular views to the entire island, as well as the Saronic Gulf and even Piraeus. On the way back to Aegina’s port you will make a short stop to the Byzantine Church of St Nectarius.
The second option you have is the Panoramic Tour that will take you across the island to get an overview of the natural landscape. You will not get to see the archaeological site with this tour though. The tour will end with a stop by the seaside where you can enjoy a small meal with Greek meze dishes and ouzo!
NOTE. You can buy the tickets for both optional shore trips on board, so that you do not need to worry about it.
When you return to the cruise ship, do not think that the cruise is over. The best is yet to come! The crew of the ship along with dancers and singers will dress their original Greek costumes and offer you a Greek Traditional Folk Show on board, to animate you during the return to the Port of Piraeus. The main goal is to feel rejuvenated with this cruise, but also entertained!
The cruise from Athens to Poros, Hydra and Aegina is by far the most popular cruise in Greece: elegant boats, delicious food, live music + dance and a sea of happy faces from all over the world on a wonderful voyage to three Greek islands. Let’s sail together! You only need to bring your camera… we’ll bring the good mood!
N.B. Clients staying in hotels or a friends addresses and are not included in our pick up list, during the booking can choose the Arethusa Hotel, ideally located just next to Syntagma (Constitution) square and Plaka (old town of Athens) in 6 – 8 Mitropoleos street, street of the Athens Cathedral rite in the center of the city. Our guide will ask for you.
Pick up for Clients staying out of Athens; please contact us
If you don’t require a pick-up Athens One Day Cruise starts from the Port of Piraeus, or Trocadero Marina.