A cruise to the three islands of Aegina, Hydra and Poros is an amazing opportunity to visit places with their own unique characteristics and enjoy true Greek dance and folk art.
Our journey will begin early in the morning at the port of Athens. On a magnificent ship you will set off to the farthest point of our route – the island of Hydra.
You will spend about three hours sailing, but this time will fly by unnoticed; the cultural program of songs and dances will swirl around you in a whirlpool of Greek mood, and you will feel like a true Greek. And real Greek food will strengthen this feeling so much that it will be very difficult to resist dancing.
At each stop, the ship’s crew sets a special clock, which indicates the time the ship departs for the next voyage.
Hydra is a small, rocky, but simply stunning island from the first step. Local shipbuilders invested enormous efforts in the development of the Greek navy. The island’s financial income comes from tourism, the sale of souvenirs and the extraction of sea sponges.
But still, the main feature remains the island itself, as well as the basis of the entire cruise around the islands. Even though information about Hydra appeared only in the fifteenth century, being here is like moving to Ancient Hellas – a small village, rocks and donkeys are the only local transport. Chora is a bright splash among the gray rocky landscape. The picturesque mansions here, which once belonged to sea captains, are real museums with antique furniture, old paintings and tapestries.
Chora is a bright splash among the gray rocky landscape. The picturesque mansions here, which once belonged to sea captains, are real museums with antique furniture, old paintings and tapestries.
There are more than 300 churches and 6 monasteries, you can visit two of them, Prophet Elijah and St. Eupraxia. The first monastery is for men, the second is for women. From a height of five hundred meters, every guest will see the stunningly beautiful sea and islands of the Saronic Gulf.
Next we will go to the island of Poros. During the voyage, a delicious national lunch awaits you.
Poros, with its pristine coastlines and a huge amount of greenery, creates the impression of a paradise. In ancient times, the island was glorified by the miners of Parian marble. The well-preserved ruins of an ancient temple, built in the sixth century BC and named after Poseidon, are interestingly combined with the monastery of Our Lady of Life-Giving. This is a common unique feature of the entire country, a combination of ancient Greek culture and the Christian religion. The population of the island is 4000 people, it is divided by a sea canal into two parts – Kalavria and Spheria.
The island of Aegina will be the final point of our voyage. The terrain of this place combines volcanic rocks and coastal plains. Aegina pistachios, olives, grapes and almonds are known all over the world. The island’s main city and namesake was the capital of the new Greek state from 1827 to 1829. The first newspapers and the first coins of free Greece were produced in local printing houses and mints.
At the end of this spectacular island cruise, we will return to the ship and head back to the port of Athens.
Departure: from Marina Flisvos (Palaio Faliro) at 08:00 and back at 19:30.
The program includes:
• Visits to three islands are planned.
• Buffet lunch on board with Mediterranean cuisine in the cruise ship restaurant.
• Entertainment with music and folk dancing.
Time spent on the islands (subject to change):
Hydra – 1 hour 30 minutes
Poros – 50 minutes
Aegina – 2 hours 30 minutes