Day cruise to Hydra, Poros, Aegina

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  • Intro
  • The cruise
  • Transportation in Athens
  • Hydra
  • Poros
  • Aegina
  • Extras
  • Tips

Get to know the  three fabulous Greek islands of the Argosaronic Gulf, Hydra, Poros and Aegina with a cruise ship that offers comfort and quality. Enjoy free time and discover the hidden sites on each of them. This is one of the most popular day cruises in Greece!

If you're looking for a day of relaxation and exploration in the beautiful Greek islands, a day cruise to Hydra, Poros and Aegina is the perfect option. These three islands are known for their stunning landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture, making them ideal destinations for a day trip from Athens.

The day cruise typically departs from the ports of Marina Kallitheas or Marina Falirou, which are conveniently located just a short distance from Piraeus port and only a few kilometers away from Athens city center. Most cruises offer hotel pick-up and drop-off services, making it easy for travelers to join the excursion without worrying about transportation. There is also the alternative of using private transportation, from more convenience and privacy. You can find more information about the service by clicking in the following link:

The first stop on the cruise is usually the charming island of Hydra. Known for its picturesque harbor, narrow cobblestone streets, and traditional stone mansions, Hydra is a popular destination for artists and photographers. During your visit, you can explore the island on foot, visit the Historical Archives Museum, or simply relax at one of the waterfront cafes and watch the world go by.

After departing from Hydra, the cruise continues to the island of Poros. This small but lively island is famous for its lush greenery, crystal-clear waters, and traditional Greek architecture. Upon arrival, you can take a leisurely stroll through the town, visit the iconic Clock Tower, or enjoy a swim in the inviting waters of the Aegean Sea.

The final stop on the day cruise is Aegina, the largest of the three islands. Aegina is known for its pistachio groves, neoclassical buildings and ancient ruins, including the impressive Temple of Aphaia. Visitors can explore the island's main town, sample delicious local cuisine at one of the waterfront tavernas, or visit the bustling fish market to experience the authentic island lifestyle.

Throughout the day cruise, passengers can enjoy onboard amenities such as sun decks, bars and restaurants, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Many cruises also include entertainment options such as live music or traditional Greek dance performances, adding to the festive atmosphere.

Overall, a day cruise to Hydra, Poros, and Aegina offers a perfect blend of relaxation, sightseeing and cultural immersion. Whether you're interested in history, nature, or simply soaking up the Mediterranean sun, this day trip is sure to provide an unforgettable experience. With convenient departure from Athens and a well-planned itinerary, it's an excellent way to make the most of your time in Greece and create lasting memories of your visit to the Greek islands.

Information about the cruise

Begin an unforgettable cruise experience, departing at 8am from Marina Kallitheas (aboard the Cosmos vessel) or Marina Falirou - Trokantero (aboard the Platytera ton Ouranon vessel). Our first destination is the picturesque port of Hydra, approximately 3 hours away, depending on weather conditions. You'll have about 2 hours to explore the charming streets of Hydra before we continue our journey to Poros, where you'll have approximately 50 minutes to wander through the scenic alleys of the capital.

Our final stop is the beautiful island of Aegina, where you'll have a leisurely 2-hour stay to immerse yourself in its authentic beauty and captivating landscapes. Don't miss this opportunity to experience the magic of these stunning Greek islands!

Onboard the ferries, passengers will find many conveniences which contribute to a memorable experience; from sunny decks to comfortable VIP seating areas with buffets featuring gourmet Mediterranean delicacies or a la carte menus complemented by an outstanding selection of wines.

One certain fun activity is that passengers can socialize on the open decks and take dance lessons from professional dancers while cruising in the Argosaronic Gulf!

Transfer options in Athens

Getting from Athens city center to Piraeus harbor

  • By taxi: A taxi will normally take about 20 minutes to drive from Omonoia or Syntagma area to the port of Piraeus. The distance is about 10 km. Best is to pre-arrange, with your hotel receptionist, the taxi drive to Piraeus or to book a taxi online
  • For more than 4, ask for a transfer to the port with a minibus up to 9 passengers
  • By metro: The Green Line goes to Piraeus station exactly in front of the Piraeus port. If you are coming from Syntagma, Plaka, or Omonia you will need to switch trains at Monastiraki station to get on the Green Line. The metro runs from 5 am to midnight and the trip takes approx. 20-25 minutes
  • By public bus: Take the bus nr. 040 from Syntagma Square or nr. 049 from Omonia Square to Piraeus port (Karaiskaki Square), right outside the ferry harbor. The bus runs every 15 minutes, 7 days/24 hours and the trip takes about 25 to 35 minutes

What to do in Hydra

Hydra, known as the Queen of the Saronic Gulf, stands out as one of the five islands in this picturesque region. Situated on the eastern side of the Peloponnese, south of the port of Piraeus in Athens, Hydra exudes a captivating charm with its stunning architecture, narrow pathways, and breathtaking landscapes.

What sets Hydra apart from other destinations is its unique transportation system. Unlike many other places, cars are strictly forbidden on the island. Instead, visitors can explore the island on foot or by bicycle.

In addition to its distinctive mode of transport, Hydra boasts beautiful beaches, most of which are adorned with pebbles and surrounded by lush greenery. These natural wonders offer a serene escape for those seeking relaxation and tranquility.

The main town of Hydra is a vibrant hub, offering an array of dining options featuring delicious local cuisine. The town also boasts elegant bars where visitors can unwind with a cocktail while enjoying the soothing sounds of the island.

It comes as no surprise that Hydra has captured the hearts of many renowned personalities, including Leonard Cohen, Aristotle Onassis, and Maria Callas. Its timeless elegance and dreamy ambiance continue to attract visitors from around the world, making it a preferred destination for those seeking a touch of sophistication and allure.

In conclusion, Hydra's enchanting allure, combined with its unique transportation system, numerous beaches, and vibrant town, make it a truly captivating destination. Whether you're exploring its charming streets or basking in the natural beauty of its beaches, Hydra offers an unforgettable experience that has charmed some of the world's most discerning travelers.

Summing up, here you can get some ideas of what you can do in your 2-hour stay in Hydra:

  • Get lost in the narrow streets, full of shops, cafes, churches and old mansions
  • Pay a visit to the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin, Lazaros Koundouriotis Historical Mansion, Historical Archives Museum, Panagiotis Tetsis House, the Bastions with the cannons, the Merchant Marine Academy, the Melina Mercouri Auditorium, the Ecclesiastical and Byzantine Museum
  • Walk Leonard Cohen Street
  • Climb up the hills around the port for memorable views
  • Walk to Kamini neighbourhood, 15 minutes from the port of Hydra

What to do in Poros

Poros is made up of two islands, Sfairia and Kalavria, which were once connected by a narrow isthmus only 150 meters wide. The volcanic island of Sfairia is rugged and dry, yet its beauty is undeniable. The city of Poros is built amphitheatrically on the two hills of Sfairia, making it one of the most picturesque capitals in the Aegean. This bustling city serves as the island's hub of activity, offering numerous restaurants and traditional tavernas along the waterfront, making it a magnet for tourists. Poros is a lush and verdant island, adorned with pine forests, charming villages and stunning beaches with lush vegetation and crystal-clear waters.

Poros is a true gem, known for its lush greenery and abundance of pine trees. The island is famous for its unique 'Lemon Forest', a rare sight in Greece. A leisurely walk or bike ride through the lemon groves is a sensory journey, complete with a delightful surprise - a waterfall nestled within the vibrant citrus forest. Often referred to as the 'Venice of the Saronic Gulf', Poros is distinctively positioned, separated from the Peloponnese by a narrow channel of water. Notable attractions on the island include the renowned Clock Tower, offering breathtaking panoramic views from the town's highest point; the charming Chapel of Panagitsa, a small white and blue chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary, located at the end of Askeli Beach; the Hatzopoulios Municipal Library housed in a neoclassical building in Poros town and the Archaeological Museum showcasing artifacts from the Mycenaean Civilization to Roman times, including pottery and figurines.

Poros is a captivating destination that offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, historical landmarks and vibrant culture. Whether you are seeking a tranquil retreat surrounded by lush landscapes or an exploration of rich historical heritage, Poros has something to offer for every traveler. With its striking scenery, charming architecture, and warm hospitality, Poros invites visitors to immerse themselves in its unique allure and create unforgettable memories.

During your 50-minute stay in Poros, you will have time to explore the main town with its highlights, such as:

  • Archaeological Museum of Poros
  • Municipal Library
  • St. George Church
  • Lemon Forest
  • Folklore Museum
  • Clock Tower
  • or just stroll around the picturesque streets

What to do in Aegina

Aegina, following Salamis, ranks as the second largest island in the Saronic Gulf, situated southwest of Athens. It presents an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, even for just a weekend, due to its close proximity to the Greek mainland. What sets Aegina apart is not only its mere 35 km distance from the port of Piraeus, but also its popular ferry connection from Athens, making it a vibrant all-in-one destination not only during the summer months.

As your ship approaches the port in the town of Aegina, you'll be captivated by the charm of the picturesque villages adorned with colorful houses. Aegina’s main town and its surrounding villages offer an abundance of cafes, bars, and dining establishments where you can savor authentic Greek cuisine right by the shore. Don't miss the opportunity to indulge in the renowned Aegina pistachios, which are locally grown and celebrated worldwide.

In Greek mythology, Aegina is said to have derived its name from the nymph Aegina, who was famously abducted by Zeus. One of the most captivating attractions on the island of Aegina is the Temple of Aphaia, which is located on a hilltop adorned with pine trees.

In the history of modern Greece, Aegina held the distinction of being the first capital after the War of Independence, contrary to popular belief that Nafplio was the initial capital. Aegina's rich history and traditions are deeply rooted in its rural heritage.

A 2-hour stay in Aegina, will be enough for you to visit:

  • the ancient Temple of Aphaia
  • the Temple of Apollo
  • the archeological Kolona
  • Church of St. Nektarios
  • Paleochora, the island's old capital
  • have one pistachio sweet in a cafe along the beautiful port

Tour options

When visiting the beautiful Greek islands of Hydra, Poros, and Aegina, there are a variety of tour options to choose from, each offering a unique and memorable experience.

For those who enjoy exploring on foot, the Walking Tours on Hydra and Poros provide the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the charm and beauty of these islands. As you stroll through the picturesque streets and along the scenic coastlines, you'll have the chance to take in the stunning views and learn about the rich history and culture of each island.

If you're interested in delving into the ancient history of Aegina, the Classical Tour is not to be missed. This tour brings the island's spectacular ancient history to life, allowing you to explore archaeological sites and learn about the fascinating stories and legends that have shaped Aegina over the centuries.

For those who prefer a more relaxed and scenic experience, the Panoramic Tour offers a leisurely drive through the natural beauty of Aegina. As you journey through the countryside, you'll have the opportunity to soak in the mythical charm of the island while enjoying breathtaking views and serene surroundings.

No matter which tour you choose, one thing is for certain - you'll have the opportunity to indulge in the pleasures of authentic Greek cuisine at every stop. From the famous Greek street food, pita pies, with a local twist featuring the freshest ingredients, to fine wines and a delicious array of sweets, such as the energy-boosting 'pasteli' made from pistachios and pure Greek honey from Aegina.

So whether you're drawn to the allure of ancient history, the beauty of nature, or the delights of Greek cuisine, a visit to Hydra, Poros, and Aegina offers a truly unforgettable experience. With a variety of tour options to choose from, there's something for everyone to enjoy on these captivating islands.

Tips for the cruise

There are 2 types of tickets for the cruise, the standard and the VIP. By choosing the standard option, guests will receive the lunch buffet at no additional cost, while any other services such as tours, hotel transfers, refreshments, and coffee will incur an extra charge. 

The VIP ticket offers exclusive benefits such as access to the separate VIP lounge with a business class buffet, first-class finger food, a welcome drink (alcohol not included) featuring Greek ouzo & meze, hotel transfer, fast lane embarkation, and a choice of tours: Hydra Walking Tour or Temple of Aphaia & St. Nectarios Excursion. Additionally, guests will enjoy a private tour on the bridge by the captain.

Tips:

  • There is the opportunity of having a specific meal by informing the ship's staff at least 2 days before the cruise
  • Swimsuits and sandals are not allowed in the vessels' dining areas
  • Wear cofortable sneakers for more convenience in exploring the islands
  • In case you forgot your camera or your phone is out of battery, a professional photographer will assist you
  • Infants above 3 months old, are allowed but no supplies are provided by the staff, so do not forget to bring your own
  • Smoking is allowed only in specially designed areas (open deck)
  • Breakfast is optional and is paid complementarily
  • Every passenger has to bring only 1 piece of buggage
  • Pets are not permitted
  • There is WiFi available on board
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