Three Island Cruise
Many people ask us about visiting an island or two during their stay. With the Three Island Cruise, you can spend an entire day exploring three very different — but equally beautiful and exciting — islands in the Saronic Gulf, just a little while off the Athenian coast.
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Discover three beautiful Greek islands on this full-day cruise from Athens. Sail to Poros, Hydra and Egina in the Saronic Gulf and enjoy free time at each island to stroll, sightsee and shop as you wish. A delicious lunch and Greek folklore show aboard your ship are included, and a guided excursion to Egina’s ancient Temple of Aphaia is also available at your own expense. Upgrade to the VIP experience for access to an exclusive lounge with unlimited drinks, as well as a private transfer from your hotel to port and private check-in. Highlights Full-day cruise to Hydra, Poros and Egina from Athens Enjoy free time to explore each island independently Join a guided trip to the Temple of Aphaia on Egina island (own expense) Relax with a Greek lunch, served on board your ship Upgrade to the VIP experience for exclusive lounge access, unlimited drinks, a private transfer from hotel to port and private check-in What You Can Expect Be spoilt with the VIP Cruise Experience option Begin your experience with a pickup from your Athens hotel or a central meeting point. Then, travel by air-conditioned coach to Piraeus port to catch your ship. Step aboard and cruise to your first destination: the island of Poros. As you take in the views and sea air, hear about the culture and sights on the three islands so you can make the most of your time on each. Arrive at Poros and enjoy around an hour to explore independently. Visit a waterfront taverna, shop for souvenirs or, if you wish, head for Trinzia, a Russian dockyard dating from the 19th century. Alternatively, visit Poros’ so-called Lemon Forest — an idyllic spot filled with citrus trees, windmills and waterfalls. Back at sea, enjoy a delicious Greek lunch at one of two sittings in the ship’s restaurant — either during your 1-hour cruise to Hydra or the next leg of your journey between Hydra and Egina. As you approach Hydra, admire the pretty harbor and get tips from your guide on what to see and do on the island. Head ashore at the colorful capital and enjoy around two hours to look around on your own. Amble down the narrow lanes, relax over coffee, or buy souvenirs in the quaint shops. Afterward, cruise to Egina, also known as Aegina. Here, either join an optional excursion (own expense) to see the well-preserved ancient Temple of Aphaia or delve into the picturesque port town. Stroll along the harborfront, visit an ouzeri or café, or browse the shops. Return to your boat and sit down to enjoy a Greek folklore show of traditional music and dancing as you sail back to Piraeus. After an hour at sea, disembark and finish your trip with a drop-off in Athens. VIP Cruise Experience Upgrade to enjoy special amenities and be spoiled in the VIP class lounge. Start with a private transfer from hotel to port, enjoy a private check-in, and then relax in the VIP lounge. Savor a buffet lunch in the VIP dining room and make the most of unlimited wine, beer, soft drinks and coffee through the day. The VIP area is equipped with Wi-Fi, and on the second deck a tax-free luxury goods store awaits. In the summer, you’ll be charmed by the sun deck and spacious open space with a comfortable sitting area and bar.
- Hotel pickup and drop off (selected hotels only)
- Sightseeing cruise
- Port pickup and drop off for options VIP Cruise Experience and Standard Cruise with Transfer
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- VIP experience with exclusive lounge (if VIP option selected)
- Welcome drink, finger food, free tour, meeting with captain (if VIP option selected)
Standard Cruise with Transfer:
Standard Cruise Experience to Hydra, Poros and Egina from Athens with shared transfer (selected hotels only) and lunch
VIP Cruise Experience:
Cruise Experience to Hydra, Poros and Egina from Athens with shared hotel transfer, served buffet lunch, . Free shore excursion, access to exclusive VIP lounge and bar, finger food, meet captain
Read more about Greece Hydra, Poros, and Egina Cruise from Athens, VIP Option 2018 at: https://www.viator.com/tours/Athens/Hydra-Poros-and-Egina-Day-Cruise-from-Athens/d496-3140_27?pub=vcps
Standard Cruise only:
Standard Cruise Experience to Hydra, Poros and Egina from Athens with Lunch (hotel transfer not included)
- Entrance Fees
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Gratuities (optional)
Departure from Apartment
Start Your Day Right
At the appointed time, your driver will meet you at your place of accommodation and take you directly to the port, where your cruise day will shortly begin!
Island 1: Hydra
The first stop on your leisurely Saronic cruise will be Hydra (pronounced ee-dra). Chic and trendy due to its spectacular light and quiet, car-free living, Hydra is a popular weekend getaway spot for jet-setting Athenians, as well as artists and vacationers from around the world. Here you can wander its maze of narrow pedestrian paths near the harbor, perhaps stopping in one (or a few!) of the island’s many art galleries and local boutiques. The island also offers a winding, intricate network of walking paths, which anybody with an inclination for a little extra peace and quiet will surely be delighted by.
Island 2: Poros
Calm and Pine-Trees
Though Hydra is far from a bustling metropolis, your next stop, lush, green, and pine-scented Poros, will make it feel like the heart of Manhattan by comparison. Largely untouched by tourism, the town at Poros is a calm and tranquil destination, a chance to see life as it is on hundreds of small Greek islands throughout the Mediterranean. A walk up to Poros’ clock tower, the highest point in the town, is an excellent way to spend your time on the island – the view across the rooftops to the water on one side and the thickly-forested pine trees and vegetation that dominates the other truly cannot be beat.
Island 3: Aegina
Nuts and Temples
The final destination on your island cruise is Aegina, the largest of all the Saronic islands. Its lively fish market and miles of pistachio groves help sustain a lively year-round population, and it is probably best known in tourism circles for its majestic 5th century temple of the goddess Aphaia, built on a mountaintop with a dramatic vista overlooking the entire gulf and the impressive Byzantine monastery of St. Nectarios. The local shop and beach scene on Aegina offers plenty more to occupy your time there, and you’ll almost certainly find yourself wishing you could stay juuuust a little longer!
Time to Reflect
Your driver will meet you at the port upon your return to take you back to your place of accommodation, by roughly 8 PM.
Have you already booked accommodations for your time in Athens? If not, let us take care of everything, and stay hassle-free! Our Greek apartments are centrally located, impeccably maintained, and include the possibilities to accommodate anywhere from 2 to 20 guests. All of our apartments come with luxury Posturpedic mattresses imported from the US, kitchens with fully loaded appliances, and, a rarity in central Athens, washing machines and dryers. Several have balconies or verandas, and nearly all have grand views of the city and its landmarks. For more details, see the Accommodations drop down menu above, and go check out our primary booking website at www.greekvacationrentals.com. In the meantime, feel free to browse your options here:
- 2 Bedrooms (sleeps up to 6), 1.5 Bathrooms
- 1 block away from Acropolis & Ancient Agora
- Private courtyard & garden
- Perfect for families
- 4 Bedrooms (sleeps up to 12), 4 Bathrooms
- All bedrooms include en-suite bathroom
- Veranda and rooftop terrace with unobstructed Acropolis view
- Fully stocked luxury kitchen
- Option for private chef and maid services
- 3 Bedrooms (sleeps up to 12), 3 Bathrooms
- Landscaped outdoor terrace (shared with our neighboring Acropolis View Beta apartment)
- Extensive common area/living space, perfect for large groups
- Recently rehabbed/renovated with brand-new kitchen, appliances, & plumbing
- 3 Bedrooms (sleeps up to 8), 2 Bathrooms
- Landscaped outdoor terrace (shared with Acropolis View AlphaPlus)
- 3 Museums within 1 mile; Acropolis & Old City within 2 miles
- Bedrooms are perfect for families with children
- Created especially for large travel groups: combines Acropolis View AlphaPlus & Beta to form 6 Bedroom, 5 Bathroom megasuite that sleeps up to 24 guests.
- 3 Bedrooms (sleeps up to 9), 2 Bathrooms
- Multi-level apartment, perfect for couples and families travelling together
- Two private verandas, plus roof terrace overlooking Acropolis
- Indoor parking included
- Fully stocked luxury kitchen
- 2.5 Bedrooms (sleeps up to 8), 2 Bathrooms
- Downtown location, walking distance to Acropolis
- Two private verandas perfectly overlooking Mt. Lykavittos
- Two farmers markets nearby – perfect for those who love home cooking!