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HYDRA island

Prized for its unspoiled character, the island of Hydra offers day-trippers a delightful break from the hustle and bustle of life in Athens. Motor vehicles are off limits in Hydra, which makes the island the perfect spot to enjoy some rest and tranquility. Aside from the occasional donkey ride, walking is the island’s main mode of transportation. The handsome 18th-century mansions along the waterfront are the island’s primary attractions and exploring the beautiful architecture makes for a leisurely sightseeing activity. Known as an artist community since the 1960s, Hydra’s steep stone streets are lined with studios, galleries, craft shops and bars.

Cyclades Islands
Cyclades Islands

Cyclades Islands

The Cycladic islands epitomise the postcard image of the Greek islands: dazzling white buildings are offset by bright-blue church domes, while golden beaches meet an aquamarine sea.

Some of the Cyclades, such as Mykonos, Santorini, Paros and Ios, have vigorously embraced the tourist industry; others, such as Andros, Kea, Serifos and Sikinos, are visited infrequently by foreigners but are favourites with holiday-makers from Athens.

Mykonos is the most expensive and heavily visited of all Greek islands. It has the most sophisticated nightlife and is the undisputed gay capital of Greece.

Barren, low-lying Mykonos would never win a Greek-island beauty contest, but it does have superb beaches.

The town is a mixture of chic boutiques and houses with brightly painted balconies draped in bougainvillea and clematis.

Santorini is regarded as the most spectacular of the Greek islands. It’s a “unique” sight.

Thousands of tourists come every year to gape at the caldera, a vestige of what was probably the world’s largest volcanic eruption, ever.

Despite the crowds who visit in summer, Santorini’s weirdness, apparent in its black-sand beaches and mighty cliffs, holds a distinct allure.

And if you want to escape the tourist crowds, Sikinos, Anafi and the tiny islands to the east of Naxos offer some respite.

Map Dodecanese
Map Dodecanese

Map Dodecanese

Strung along the coast of western Turkey, the Dodecanese islands is much closer to Asia Minor than to mainland Greece.

Because of their strategic and vulnerable position, these islands have been subjected to an even greater catalogue of invasions and occupations than the rest of Greece – Egyptians, the Knights of St John, Turks and Italians have all done their bit as conquerors.

Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands and its town is the largest inhabited medieval settlement in Europe.

The Avenue of the Knights is lined with magnificent medieval buildings, the most impressive of which is the Palace of the Grand Masters, restored, but never used, as a holiday home for Mussolini.

This is your opportunity to explore 3 beautiful islands – Hydra, Poros, Aegina. DO NOT miss it!!!

Join us, and enjoy a popular cruise, delicious food, live entertainment with Greek music, popular Greek songs, and Greek dancing in fully air-conditioned cruise ships.

The brochure price for the cruise & lunch is 99.00 euro. The transfer to/from the pier costs 10.00 euro extra. You can combine it with other guided tours and save.

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Pay the brochure price (min. 2 pax) and get a free airport transfer, or, (all clients) pay 142.00 euro and combine it with a 1-day tour to Delphi (no lunch), or, pay 149.00 euro and combine it with a 1-day to Argolis (no lunch).

The boat sails from marina Falirou.

At 06.50am, the pick-up service starts from hotels in the centre of Athens.
At 07.45am the orchestra welcomes you on board, and the boat departs at 08.00am
After departure, the hostesses will familiarize you with the islands that you will visit. The order in which you will visit the islands may change but this does not affect the time of stay on the islands. Each of the picturesque islands has its own charming and distinct atmosphere. There will be plenty of time for exploration, at your own pace.

POROS Island
is the smallest of the three islands. A green island, with a plentiful supply of fresh water, sandy beaches, and a famous lemon forest. Your time on Poros, almost 50 minutes, is just enough for a short walk to the highest point for a nice view from the clock tower. Sailing to Hydra, you may relax in the lounge or enjoy the sun on the ship’s decks.

HYDRA Island
is your next stop in an hour and 20 minutes, later. It is the island favoured by artists worldwide, has narrow, whitewashed streets, and exquisite mansions. The architecture of the island is striking. The stone mansions have a long history, while the stone-paved streets are waiting to be explored on foot or on the saddled donkeys that are waiting to be hired. Hydra island is world famous.
You will have one hour and 45 min. to enjoy the charms of the island and upon your return on the boat the tables will be ready for your lunch. After your meal, the orchestra, the singers, and the dancers will invite you to join them and dance to well known Greek songs.

AEGINA Island
is the last, but largest of the 3 islands. Aegina is known for its neoclassical buildings, its busy harbour, and its pistachio nuts. The harbour with the old mansions invites you to explore the island further: An optional Tour is organized to visit the Aphaia Temple.
The well preserved temple in Greece is one of the 3 temples in the “Sacred Triangle” of the Greek antiquity. Your tour guide will tell you the story of the site and there after the tour proceeds to the Byzantine Church of St Nektarios. Tickets for the above recommended optional excursions can be purchased on board the ship.

An alternative choice is to stay by the port of Aegina and enjoy a walk or horse-carriage ride around the town or relax in one of the harbour’s coffee shops.

On board again, a “Traditional Greek Folk Show” with dancers in traditional Greek costumes will entertain you until the ship docks, at 19:45 and back at your hotel 20.45

Cruise itinerary


Cruise itinerary

Get on board the ship at 07:50 and depart at 08:00. The order that you will visit the islands may change but the time of stay on the islands will be the same.

 

Time Tour Plan Services
8:00 The boat departs from the pier Hotel pick up starts from 06.50
10:10 Arrive in Poros Island 50 minutes, short stay
11:00 Depart for the island of Hydra Relax in the lounges or the sun decks
12:45 Arrival in Hydra Lunch, on board. 1st sitting
14:45 Departure from Hydra Lunch, on board. 2nd sitting
16:30 Arrival in Aegina Optional guided tour to Aphaea Temple
18:30 Return to the port and sail to Piraeus Live entertainment and floor show
19:45 Arrival at the pier Transfer to your hotel

 

Highlights

Islands of Hydra, Poros, Aegina, Temple of Aphaea and the St. Nektarios monastery, delicious food, live entertainment and Greek folk dancing show.

Departure daily from the marina of TROKANTERO at 08:00 am. Duration: 12 hours.
Return Time: 19.45, and transfer to the pick-up point in the centre of Athens.

Please, do not neglect to read carefully the rules on HOW TO BOOK AND SECURE a booking.
Fill the data on the INSTANT confirmation form, make your booking and get your confirmation in a second.
After receiving our confirmation, and whenever you feel comfortable, please, proceed with the PAY ON LINE website

Right after receiving the message that the money have been deposited, we shall send you the voucher.
Please, follow the rules that we have adopted and have been doing our business for the last 43 years.

There is a cancellation deadline if the bookings are not settled on time.

We cannot be held responsible for misunderstanding, misreading and not noticing such deadlines. Complaints in trip advisor do not justify you.

Press on the INSTANT confirmation link 48hrs before departure, make the booking and get the confirmation in a minute.

For bookings made in the last 48 hours, you will have to visit our office

The optional Aphaea tour is sold on board only, from the ship’s excursion desk.
Aphaea was worshiped at this sanctuary but the myth can be traced back to the 14th c. BC. and according to Greek mythology she was a beautiful young lady, another illegitimate child of Zeus. King Minos of Crete had fallen in love with her. Trying to escape from him she jumped into the sea but was caught in the net of fishermen. They took her on their boat. A fisherman, captivated by her beauty, fell in love and wanted to keep her for himself. Aphaea escaped, got out in Aegina, and asked for help from her half sister, goddess Artemis. She vanished in the woods of the island. When the fishermen arrived on the spot, they found only a statue. “Aphaea” in Greek means ‘invisible.’
The temple of Aphaea is in very good condition. The location together with the Acropolis of Athens and the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, form a “Sacred Triangle” between North, East, and South.

The cruise is organized daily, weather conditions permitting.

Bookings during the last 48 hours can ONLY be made in our premises.


Included in the price:

– The Cruise, the professional guides lectures while on board,
– Transfer from the centre of Athens to / from the pier (see the price you select)
– Lunch on board (buffet lunch & vegetarian plates available) & Local taxes
– Drinks and the optional tours in Aegina are not included, and are paid on board.

Send us your booking request and we shall get back to you asap.

Combine the cruise with a guided tour or airport transfer and win, call us for more details.