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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, coffee, and drinks. 

Athens: Guided Day Trip to Aegina Island

2. Athens: Guided Day Trip to Aegina Island

Depart Athens with your archaeologist guide with a “Smart-Eco-Pickup” at Piraeus Metro Station. Admire the Port of Piraeus, the largest port in Greece and the main sea-port of Athens since antiquity. Hear the secret stories behind this ancient port. 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 1.25 hours and reach the island of Aegina, the "island of artists." 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 pistachio nuts and taste these delicious products directly from a local producer. See how these nuts are in various sweets such as baklava, kataifi, sweet cakes, ice cream, butter, chocolates, and liqueur. Hear the clatter of horse carriages in the picturesque squares of the island bring back retro memories of years gone by. Purchase a romantic ride around the “chora” (the capital of a Greek island). Buy fresh homemade delicacies in a cozy tavern against the harbor, from a “balcony” above the sea. After being enchanted by the island life and the majestic landscapes, you will complete this unique experience with a relaxing return to Athens, where you will return to your point of origin.

From Athens: Day Cruise of the Saronic Islands

3. 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: Ferry to Aegina & Temples Private Day Trip

4. From Athens: Ferry to Aegina & Temples Private Day Trip

-Early in the morning, we will catch the ferry in Piraeus port for Aegina island. After 1 hour we reached our destination. First stop will be the ancient settlement of Colones, where you will admire the Temple of Apollo and so many foundings inside the archaeological museum. After that next stop will the Temple of Afaea. The view is breathtaking since you can see the whole Athens and Attica mountains from up there. Only a few kilometeres away, you will visit the church of Saint Nektarios and the little house he used to live in, near the monastery. Its swimming time in Clima beach and enjoy the blue waters!! Afterwards you visit Aegina town,which is called the ''peanut island'' because of a particular kind of peanut produced only on this island and famous worldwide. You will have the chance to try for free and buy as much as you want. After lunch in the town of Aegina, you will have 30 minutes free time to explore the centre and do some shopping. Then, we will catch the Ferry back to Athens

Athens: VIP Cruise Seats with Lunch from Athens to Saronic

5. Athens: VIP Cruise Seats with Lunch from Athens to Saronic

The daily cruise goes to three magical Greek treasures of Hydra, Poros and Aegina. Crossing the Saronic Gulf Islands isn’t just a trip but is an experience that you’ll never forget. Board a new cruise vessel meeting all the modern requirements of the 21st Century with a 70 meter long, 10 meter wide and 3 meter deep ship capacity for 600 passengers. Sail the seas of the Saronic Gulf with five brand new bars, five spacious and luxurious lounges of high aesthetic quality, state-of-the-art audiovisual systems, a modern kitchen featuring the latest equipment, a new specially designed VIP area for 120 people and one VIP cabin. This new vessel promises its passengers comfort, entertainment and luxury that the one-day cruise market has never seen before. Come on-board and experience the harmonious combination of Greek hospitality and multicultural co-existence. A big group of people of different nationalities, customs and cultures along with unique Greek hospitality and entertainment will travel like never before. Dance and sing together across the deep blue Mediterranean waters, enjoying the sun and tasty foods and delicacies. The cosmopolitan Hydra with its cobblestone alleys, its unspoilt unique architectural beauty, as well as the traditional means of transportation that you can still find on the island, its donkeys will make visitors fall in love at first sight. Enjoy a walk and discover the historic landmarks. Then visit the leafy island of Poros with its insuperable natural beauty and thousands of pine trees expanding from the steep and sandy beaches, composing the romance and calmness of the island. Head to the historical Aegina, which took its name by the beautiful nymph that was kidnapped by Zeus. Aegina is well-known across the world for the delicious pistachios, the beautiful beaches, the Temple of Aphea and St. Nektarios Monastery. Additionally, you can book transportation, breakfast on-board and excursions on the islands for an extra fee. The local tour provider also organizes shore excursions in Hydra and Aegina. The shore excursions include a Hydra walking tour, a swim escape to Agistri Island with traditional boat from Aegina and the experience of Afaia Ancient Temple and the Greek Orthodox Monastery of St. Nektarios on Aegina by bus.

2-Day Athens & Delphi Sightseeing Tour

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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.

Greece: 5-Day Tour of Classical Greek Sites from Athens

9. Greece: 5-Day Tour of Classical Greek Sites from Athens

Discover the essential sites of classical Greece on an immersive 5-day tour from Athens, and marvel at the ruins of Epidaurus, Mycenae, Nafplion, Olympia, Delphi, and Meteora. Follow in the footsteps of Greek gods in Delphi, and explore the Byzantine monasteries of Meteora. Admire feats of engineering, such as the Corinth Canal and modern Rio–Antirrio Bridge, and much more. Day 1: Depart from Athens for the Corinth Canal, a masterpiece of engineering that connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. Continue to Epidaurus to visit the UNESCO World Heritage monument reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo's son Asklepios, and the most celebrated healing center of the classical world. See the well preserved theater, still in use today thanks to its amazing acoustics. Your next stop will be Nafplia, where the afternoon is at leisure to walk in the old town or visit the new Nafplion Gallery to see paintings dedicated to the Greek Revolution of 1821. Overnight at Nafplion. Day 2: Depart Nafplion at around 12:30, traveling through the plain of Argos to Mycenae, where you will see the Tomb of Agamemnon. Then, depart for Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games, driving through the cities of Tripolis and Megalopolis along the way. Overnight in Olympia. Day 3: Visit the archaeological site of Olympia to see the Temple of Zeus, Temple of Hera, and altar of the Olympic Flame. Admire the historic Olympic Stadium and learn more about the site at the dedicated museum. Continue to Rion via Patras, crossing the channel to Antirion on the new, state-of-the-art suspension bridge. Pass the city of Nafpaktos, before traveling along the coastal road to Delphi, known in ancient times as the “Navel of the World.” Visit the picturesque mountain village of Arachova in the afternoon, before an overnight stay in Delphi. Day 4: Explore the archaeological ruins of Delphi, where the museum contains the famous bronze Charioteer, Naxian Sphinx, and Statue of Antinoos, providing an insight into ancient Greek culture and history. Get spectacular views of the surrounding mountains from the Temple of Apollo, famed for its oracle. In the afternoon, you will drive through central Greece, passing the cities of Lamia and Kalambaka en route the Byzantine monasteries of Meteora. Overnight in Kalambaka. Day 5: Spend the morning exploring the mountain monasteries of Meteora, including the cliff-top Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron, accessible via rock-cut stairs. On your return to Athens, there is an optional stop at a factory that makes Byzantine style icons. Continue to Athens, via the heroic monument of Leonidas (King of Sparta) at Thermopylae, before an arrival in the Greek capital in the late afternoon.

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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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 146 reviews

This trip just blew me away. It greatly exceeded my expectations in all aspects except one sad incident that I will speak to. All the arrangements (pick up, drop off and service during the cruise) were superb. Particular mention to be made of Kostas (the attendant in the VIP cabin). He was friendly, attentive and on top of things. The 10 am appetizers were appetizing and the lunch was delicious. The incident that I was unhappy with involved a staff member (I believe it was the purser dressed in tight pants and a jacket). During the music and dance show in the last leg of the journey, me approached me to confirm my drop-off. He accidentally kicked my glass of Uzo. Offered no apology and proceeded to leave. He then realized that I was not a happy camper and remarked “I will send another one”. Well that never arrived. His demeanor was, at best, stand-offish. Left a very bad taste in my mouth at almost the end of the cruise.

It was wonderful from beginning to end. Pavlos, Muhammad, and Ana were all great. Pavlos and Muhammad were the best. Ana's food is to die for. Very nice and would definitely do it again.

Wonderful boat and amazing staff. We loved the port visits and especially the swim stop. The food was great too. Did I mention how amazing the staff was!!

Despite the different nationalities, we were all a big circle of friends and the crew of the ship was one of them.

Very nice staff, a nice ambience and very good food.