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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: Saronic Islands Day Cruise with Lunch & Audio Guide

2. Athens: Saronic Islands Day Cruise with Lunch & Audio Guide

Explore the Saronic Islands of Poros, Hydra, and Aegina on this day trip from Athens. Cruise over the azure waters of the Mediterranean sea and have free time on each island. Savor a mouth-watering buffet lunch and enjoy an app-based audio tour of the island of Hydra. After a morning transfer by bus from Athens to the port, hop on board a cruise ship and be invited to one of its spacious open decks. From the deck, you’ll have a great vantage point for enjoying views of the Greek coast. An app-based audio tour is also included in your trip. The first stop is the island of Poros, the smallest of the 3 islands you’ll visit on the tour. It’s separated from the Peloponnese by a narrow strait. Have ample time to explore the island and once you’re on board again you’ll be served a delicious lunch as the ship sail towards Hydra. Take in the stunning views as you enter the port of Hydra and see the cove that at one time served as a shelter for pirates. From the open decks, marvel at the dramatic landscapes of this island. As an added perk, download the mobile app (instructions found on your confirmation voucher), put on your headphones, and listen as licensed guides and experts on storytelling present you with original stories and historical information about the area. There will be time for you to explore the narrow, stone-paved streets of the island on foot, or by saddled donkey, which is the traditional mode of transportation. If you choose to go by foot, you can walk along the old seaside promenade and perhaps stop at some of the small shops. When you return to the ship, the captain heads for Aegina which is the largest of the 3 islands on the tour. Apart from its beautiful harbor, there are numerous interesting sites that you’ll have a chance to discover on your own. Alternatively, you can join an excursion to the Temple of Aphaia at an additional cost. Return to your cruise-boat and enjoy your one-hour sail back to the port. Disembark and finish your trip (if option selected) in Athens.

From Athens: Full-Day Cruise to Aegina, Poros and Hydra

3. From Athens: Full-Day Cruise to Aegina, Poros and Hydra

Climb aboard the new "Cosmos" cruise vessel on a day trip from Athens to Aegina, Poros, and Hydra. Explore the 5 spacious lounges, state-of-the-art audiovisual systems, and 5 bars of the 70x10 meter boat. Take an optional bus tour of the Temple of Aphaia and Monastery of Agios Nektarios in Aegina. Set sail for Hydra and discover an island untouched by time. Explore its cobblestone alleys and unique architecture, and see the donkeys that still provide public transportation. Take an optional walking tour of the town to see historic landmarks and traditional houses. Next, cruise to the leafy island of Poros, full of green pine forests and scented lemon groves. Experience the romance and calm of the island at tranquil beaches. Then, go to Aegina, known for its pistachio groves and beautiful beaches. Take an optional bus trip to the majestic Temple of Aphaia and the Byzantine Monastery of Agios Nektarios. Experience Greek hospitality at its finest along the way, and enjoy live entertainment and dancing. A modern kitchen, a VIP area for 120 people, and a VIP cabin add to the sense of luxury.

Athens: Sailing Cruise along the Coast

4. Athens: Sailing Cruise along the Coast

Few people know that just half an hour away from the city center, there is a beautiful coastline with sparkling clear waters waiting to be explored. During this tour, you will sail along the Athenian Coast and experience the beauty for yourself. Hop on a sailboat, meet experienced crew and join a heart-filling experience sailing in the Saronic Gulf. Upon leaving the port, the boat will head towards Vouliagmeni Bay, past the Athenian Riviera, for your first swim stop. Enjoy a quick dip in the clear waters before you continue to your second swim stop located off the coast. There you will be served a selection of Greek appetizers and some local wine or refreshments. Learn the basics of sailing from your skipper or just sit and relax in the sun. Explore some hidden coves and drop an anchor in beautiful secluded bays where you will be able to enjoy a swim using the on-board snorkels, flippers and goggles. If swimming is not your thing, then grab a fishing rod and try your luck with fishing. In the mean time, you will be served some authentic Greek tapas and quality Greek wine before making your way back to base for your return. 

Athens Riviera: Catamaran Cruise with Meal and Drinks

5. Athens Riviera: Catamaran Cruise with Meal and Drinks

Enjoy a sailing trip of a maximum of 10 guests on a luxurious catamaran, along the coastline of Athens. Share an all-inclusive cruise, offering the opportunity to discover the enchanting Athens Riviera. Start from the Marina of Agios Kosmas at 10:00 AM, and again at 3:00 PM, with a duration of approximately 5 hours, and sail almost 25 nautical miles in the sea. While onboard, you receive a welcome drink and get information about the vessel orientation and safety briefing. Head out in the blue waters for the chance to sunbathe and swim. During the trip, hear historical narrations across the Athenian coastline. When the wind allows, the catamaran sails will rise, and you can enjoy an unforgettable sailing experience. The captain will make 2 stops for swimming, and you will be served complimentary Greek wine, beer, and refreshments, while enjoying a special Greek barbecue meal, prepared onboard and served at a picturesque location.

Athens Riviera: Sunset Sailing Cruise with Free Wine

6. Athens Riviera: Sunset Sailing Cruise with Free Wine

Sit on the deck of a comfortable sailing yacht and enjoy an evening sunset cruise around the Attica Coast, listening to chilled music while sipping wine. Hop on board a modern sailboat, meet the local skipper and be taken away on a memorable experience, sailing the Saronic Gulf during the most beautiful time of day. The captain sets sail every day at 4:00 PM. Cruise the coast of the Athenian Riviera, while you take-in stunning views. Experience sailing the sea just by the power of the wind. Let your crew look after you and enjoy a glass of wine (or another refreshment) at no cost. Learn the basics of sailing alongside your skipper or just sit and relax watching a gorgeous sunset. Ride the waves and explore the view of Athens from the sea. In the meantime, indulge in some authentic Greek meze (tapas) and high-quality Greek wine before making your return. 

Athens: Ferry Boat Ticket to Aegina Island

7. Athens: Ferry Boat Ticket to Aegina Island

When in Athens, visit one of the world-famous Greek islands for a day or two. Simply book your ferry boat ticket for Aegina which you'll receive in your email. With your e-ticket, go to the harbor of Piraeus, a 30 min metro ride from downtown Athens and board one of the boats. Choose one of the main departure times and a 1-way or 2-way boat transfer ticket. Aegina was the first capital of the modern Greek country in the 19th century and its main town is considered a cosmopolitan in the summer and charming in the winter. On the island, you'll find both organized and untouched human beaches, as well as majestic mansions, ancient Greek temples, arts, culture, and nightlife. There are wonderful mountain hikes for nature lovers and scenic villages with local-made delicacies and traditions. Give Aegina a couple of days more than you originally planned. It will happily surprise you and make you want to return, time and again.

From Athens: Argo and Saronic Islands Cruise with Lunch

8. From Athens: Argo and Saronic Islands Cruise with Lunch

On this full-day island voyage, cruise from Flisvos Marina on a 50-meter state-of-the-art ship. Luxuriously appointed with beautiful lounges and dining areas, you can enjoy culinary delights whenever you like. The air-conditioned ship boasts 2 fully-stocked bars and is equipped with strong Wi-Fi and mobile signals. Relax and enjoy the sea breezes and the pampering as you cruise to the most beautiful islands in the world. Hydra(90-minute visit) The first port of call is Hydra, a small but beautiful island steeped in history and a popular destination that’s not far from the Greek mainland. Its cobblestone streets, where donkeys are the primary mode of transportation, are lined with mansions and centuries-old churches. The town of Hydra was built on imposing rocky slopes and has remained intact and unspoiled by modern development. Local residents maintain the unique legacy handed down to them by previous generations. Swim in the crystal-clear waters, sunbathe, enjoy the Greek cuisine and hospitality, and search for some souvenirs to help you remember your visit. Poros(50-minute visit) Poros is an island of peace, romance, and relaxation. The island’s pine trees line the rugged shores and the sandy beaches. Approaching Poros by sea you’ll see the historical clock tower atop the island’s highest hill. The beach houses are mostly neoclassical in style, with the first built in 1463 in the area around the clock tower. Explore the town center and the Archaeological Museum. Lining the narrow streets of Poros you’ll also come across shops, cafés, taverns, and many bars playing both Greek and foreign music. Aegina(2-hour visit) Aegina is the land of the legendary Achilles. Visit the Temple of Aphaea, situated atop a pine-covered hill in the northeastern part of the island. This was the prototype for the Parthenon. When the skies are clear, you can see the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion and the Acropolis of Athens from this spot. With the Temple of Aphaea, these temples form an isosceles triangle, which was the holy triangle of ancient times. See the church of Saint Nectarios, which houses a silver urn with the relics of St. Nectarios, the patron saint of the island.

Athens: Guided Day Trip to Aegina Island

9. 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: Saronic Islands Full-Day Cruise with VIP Seats

10. From Athens: Saronic Islands Full-Day Cruise with VIP Seats

After taking a transfer from Athens to the port, enjoy a welcome drink aboard as the boat sets sail for the cosmopolitan island of Hydra, where you'll have around 90 minutes to do whatever your heart desires. Enjoy the island's unique charms, and see the amphitheater shape that once served as a safe haven for Saronic pirates. From the decks, admire the special architecture and dramatic views of the island, the old traditional stone houses and mansions that silently stood witness to a long and turbulent history. Next stop, the island of Poros. For around 50 minutes, there is an opportunity to discover what makes the island famous - its natural beauty and the pine trees. Stroll around its hidden alleys full of little white houses and admire the famous and historical clock tower of Poros. Continue on to the island of Aegina It is world-renowned for pistachios, unique sandy beaches and the temple of Afea. Stay at the port for around 2 hours, and enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystal clear blue waters or wander around the island and enjoy your coffee. Don't forget to taste the famous pistachio sweets. After sailing back to the port, be transferred to back to Athens.

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What people are saying about Saronic Islands

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,386 reviews

No complaints, had a great time! Nice and helpful crew members, fantastic lunch, and just enough time at each island to see what we wanted to. About 40 or so people on the boat and I felt like it wasn’t too much that I was just a number. They also provided transportation to and from our hotel.

Very relaxed. Friendly staff. Too bad there was not enough wind for sailing. But we had a wonderful time on the boat, swam and snorkeled in the sea and were offered enough (alcoholic) drinks. And the lunch was excellent, tasty traditional Greek.

Everything went as planned, great guide on the islands, great food on the boat. Everyone was made to feel comfortable, the swimming in the sea was amazing. Definitely recommended.

This trip exceeded my expectations. The staff is very friendly, food was excellent & the islands were beautiful. Highly recommend!

Wonderful catamaran trip really enjoyed ourselves! The boat was very comfortable and luxurious