HYDRA, the small island of Saronic Gulf possesses a particularly honorary place between the tourist islands of Country, if indeed someone thinks how small it is. Hardly 55 square klm extent and from population… thousands each summertime (permanent roughly 2.000). The capital Hydra fascinates with the graphic architecture and its countless historical mansions. Green and full of flowers always with the air of the island, demonstrates with pride stoned “villas” of the past, churches, monasteries, fantastic view and unique beaches. And all these, in… very “compact” dimensions and with big movement. Beautiful is considered by all, the full of life, harbor. The capital of Hydra, is a town that startle with its plenitude in all sectors. The nightly amusement and the movement during summertime (where also the island is transformed…) is amazing , the market is full of tourists, the choices for food , coffee, drink unlimited and qualitative, while the hotel units abundant as the beaches.
Aegina island located in Saronic Gulf
Only 17,5 nautical miles from Piraeus (Athens Port) and is the ideal place for weekend or a daily cruise but and a favourite summer resort. Aegina Island, is a rugged island with lots of sandy coves perfect for swimming, while shelter is provided by oaks, cypresses and wild olive trees rather than the usual pines. The capital of Aegina, is Aegina town Aegina is well worth a visit – its splendid neo-classical buildings around the waterfront are reminders of the town’s former status.
The sunsets are spectacular in Aegina island and you can watch the local fisherman tinker with their boats and mend their nets at any time of day. Beyond the row of shops and tavernas you will see the marina, where the caiques (wooden sailing boats) double as market stalls, crammed with fresh fruit and vegetables. Apart from antiquities, Aegina island has much to offer in the way of sandy beaches for sun worshippers and swimming enthusiasts, along with delightful fishing villages, and a richly varied landscape. Agia Marina is the island’s main tourist resort aproximatelly 15 km east of Aegina town. The focal point in Agia Marina is the sandy beach, about half a kilometre long and gently shelving – snorkelling enthusiasts may prefer the rocky area to the left of the port.
South of Aegina town, is the seaside village of Marathon, followed by the fishing port of Perdika (9 km.). From Perdika small boats ferry visitors to the picturesque islets of Angistri and Moni, ideal spots for enjoying nature, solitude and relaxing pursuits. The Island’s most important archeological site is located on the east of the island near Agia Marina where the temple of Aphaia, a very ancient goddess once patroness of Egina, is situated. The first temple was erected in 570 B.C and destroyed some sixty years later. The Temple of Afea, is even older than the Parthenon in Acropolis of Athens, but is remarkably well preserved. Around the Temple are the remains of the priests’ quarters and precinct walls. Aegina island, is ideal base for your holiday, as it is very close to Athens (only 1/2 hour on the hydrofoil) and you can easily visit the other Satronic Islands of Poros, Hydra and Spetses.
POROS island lays right in the middle of the Saronic Gulf, 32 miles from Athens. The Island of Poros revolves in cubistic planes, one of walls and windows, one of rocks and goats, one of stiff blown trees and shrubs and so on. Yonder, where the mainland curves like a whip, lie the wild lemon groves and there in the spring young and old go mad from the fragrance of sap and blossom. Visitors to Poros, immediately become witnesses to a strip of crystal clear waters, fringed by scenery that is blessed by mother-nature. Poros Island looks like a simple prolongation of Peloponesse, since the isthmus that separates it from the Mainland of Peloponesse is narrow. You get a feeling that Poros is a small Vosporus. You enter the harbor of Poros swaying and swirling, a gentle idiot tossed about amidst masts and nets in a world which only the painter knows. To sail slowly through the streets of Poros is to recapture the joy of passing through the neck of the womb. It is a joy too deep almost to be remembered. While staying on Poros Island you can easily visit the Peloponnese mainland, ready to explore Nafplion, one of the most beautiful towns inGreece, the ancient Mycenae, as well as the Epidavros village and the most famous theatre all over the world, the Ancient theatre of Epidavros. From Poros you can also visit Aegina Island, Hydra Island and less than an hour on the Hydrofoil for a daily tour to Spetses.
1st Day:1st Day: Arrival at the airport, welcome of the guests from our representative. As arrival is early in the morning we will grasp this opportunity to get acquainted to Athens city by starting our city tour and sightseeing. Departing from the airport our fist stop as we reach the city center will be the Panathinaiko Stadium where the 1stmodern Olympic Games took place in 1896 (short stop). Tour will pass by the Prime Minister’s residence, Ex Royal Palace guarded by the colorful Evzones and after to Zappion (Conference and Exhibition Hall). Proceed to Temple of Olympian Zeus. Tour will continue to pass by National Garden, Hadrian’s Arc, St. Paul’s Church, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Schliemann’s House (Nomismatic Museum), Catholic Cathedral, Academy, University, National Library, Old Parliament, Constitution Square, Russian Orthodox Church. After that we will visit the famous and astonishing hill of Acropolis. Visit the famous monuments of Propylae, Temple of Athena Nike, Erechtheion and of course the masterpiece of ancient Greek architecture, the Parthenon. Then we will go by foot on the new Acropolis Museum. Transfer to the hotel for check in and some rest. Free afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Athens.
2nd Day: After breakfast free time in order to explore the city or alternatively optional excursion to Cape Sounio until late in the afternoon. Return to hotel and overnight in Athens.
3rd Day: In the morning, after breakfast, we will depart for a full day 3 island cruise, sailing from the port of Piraeus, our first stop is the Island of Hydra, one of the favorite resort islands of the international “Jet-Set”. This unique picturesque island, famous for the architecture of its houses and the narrow pedestrian streets full of designer boutiques will astonish you. In Hydra you have time at leisure for strolling, shopping or swimming. In the early afternoon sail for the Island of Aegina, passing through the narrow strait separating the Peloponnesian coast from the island of Poros. Aegina is famous all over the world for the excellent quality of its pistachio nut production. Upon arrival at the island of Aegina, we suggest you visit the Temple of Afaia, built on the top of the hill during the 5th century B.C. with a magnificent view. This is available as an optional excursion, or you are free to walk around the main town. Don’t forget to bring with you your hat, suntan lotion and of course your bathing suit, because if you don’t want to visit the temple, you can swim in the crystal waters of this island. As we set sail from Aegina, lunch is served on board. Arriving at the magnificent Island of Poros it is suggested that you enjoy a cool drink at one of the traditional Cafés alongside the little harbour and fishing boats, followed by a stroll along the quayside and perhaps a little shopping. After your visit at Poros, it will be time to board your cruise boat for the return to Piraeus early in the evening and overnight in Athens.
4th Day:After breakfast, and check out, free time at disposal for a last stroll around the narrow streets of Plaka for some last minute shopping. At the appointetedtime we will be transferred to The Mc Arthur Glen Designer Outlet Athens that offers your favorite brands in fashion, beauty and home at prices 35 to 70% lower. Designed in a neoclassical style, attentive to the smallest detail, the outdoor center is arranged on two levels at which dominate soft shades with pergolas and paths, and gives the impression to the visitor that walks in a picturesque neighborhood of Athens. Within this atmosphere of unique beauty enjoying your favorite brands at lower prices. The center occupies 21,000 square meters and includes 125 shops, cafes and restaurants. Transfer to the Airport for our return flight.