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Hydra, Poros and Egina Day Cruise from Athens with Optional VIP Upgrade

Αθήνα, Greece

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  • 11 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

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 a welcome drink, as well as transfer from your hotel to port and private check-in.
  • 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, a welcome drink, a shared transfer from hotel to port and private check-in

What's Included

  • Bus Hotel pickup and drop off for options Standard Cruise with Transfer (you can see hotels list)
  • Lunch
  • Vip option only: finger food, unlimited: bottled water, soft drinks and filter coffee
  • Pick up and Drop off from Athens hotels and apartments for VIP service with minivan
  • Guide
  • Breakfast
  • optional tours on island on standard option
  • Pick up from Piraeus port, airport, airbnb and apartments

Departure & Return

Departure Point

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Departure Time

7:30 AM

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

Please Note

Departure point Amalia hotels valid for clients with prepaid transfer from/to port. Pick up service from the seaside hotels available with extra cost. For Vip service please inform us with your address in order to inform you for pick up point and time.

What To Expect

Begin your experience with a pickup (if option selected) 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 time 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 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 ample time 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. Disembark and finish your trip with a drop-off (if option selected) in Athens.

VIP Cruise Experience: Upgrade to enjoy special amenities and be spoiled in the VIP class lounge. Start with a shared transfer from hotel to port, enjoy a private check-in, and then relax in the VIP lounge. Enjoy a welcome drink and savor a buffet lunch in the VIP dining room. The VIP area is equipped with Wi-Fi, and on the second deck a tax-free luxury goods store awaits. In the summer, be charmed by the sun deck and spacious open space with a comfortable sitting area and bar.

Aegina Waterfront

Aegina island

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Poros

Poros island

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Private apartment pickup is not available
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 500 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips


It is a long day, so bring what you need.
Drinks are available on board but are expensive so you're better off buying on the islands once you get there.
It takes the whole day but is well worth the time and cost.
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Go VIP!
Dorothy_C, Jul 2022
We, thank goodness went with the VIP option which is worth every penny! Kostas was outstanding in the VIP lounge! Great trip, loved every second of it, but probably would not have if we had not upgraded as there were hundreds of people onboard, but maybe 20 of us upstairs in the beautiful VIP lounge…highly recommended ♥️
Didn't have much time to...
Anna_K, Jul 2022
Didn't have much time to explore islands and the trip turned out to be expensive (we paid for additional excursions to be able to visit at least a little bit). Maybe going to one island and enjoy it would have been better for us. And less expensive.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
We are thanking you for your feedback. The additional excursions sold on the ship only and are not mandatory to buy them unless you don't wish to explore walking the island. Thank you Hara
The sea, the sun, and three beautiful islands.
Larissa_W, Jun 2022
With the temperatures in the Athens being +33C, being on the sea was really excellent. I was in a VIP lounge, with all the comfort of your own personal space and air-con, but it was pleasant in the main part of the ship as well. I also went for a walking tour of Hydra, which was not too long, and excellent thanks to the guide. The bus trip on Egina was interesting, too, though I found it a bit difficult to understand the guide. The ship crew were very welcoming, friendly and courteous. It lasted nearly 12 hours, but was so pleasurable I was not too tired. Suitable for everyone.
We had a perfect day...
Katherine_M, Jun 2022
We had a perfect day exploring 3 Greek islands. We did upgrade to VIP and I think it was worth every penny. Each family or had their own space with couches to lounge on. Our waitress was very attentive and got us whatever we needed whenever we needed something. We were served a gourmet lunch that was delicious. We were also escorted off the boat first which gave us extra time at each port. Great day and awesome experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great trip
Chad_S, Jun 2022
The beautiful views and swimming in the Mediterranean Sea. The food was good. No need to do the walking tour.
Nice Islands
Susanne_W, Jun 2022
Trip overall was good, really nice islands to get a chance to get a glimpse of. I would not recommend the add on excursion on the island, to me it was rushed and just not worth it. The food on board was just ok, nothing special.
Great service. The...
William_G, May 2022
Great service. The experience was a once in a life time fun filled day. Highly recommend the VIP tickets. Driver was on time and made it easy to get to and from the boat. The food was good and everyone had a great time.
2 travelers found this review helpful
A lazy day with lots of photos
Michael_C, May 2022
Just remember that the boat ride is part of the experience. Most of your time is spent on the boat enjoying the scenery, the people, and the music. Of the 12-hours door-to-door, only about 3.5-hours was time spent on the islands. Enjoy the time to read, converse, dance or review and edit the bazillion photos you will take.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Awful Experience! Never Again!
Nermine_Z, May 2022
Big ship that is overly crowded, playing loud music that is not even greek or new (girls wanna have fun style) and a race to find a place to sit. Low quality tastless non-authentic lunch that we needed to line up for around 15 minutes to get a chicken drum stick, a tiny piece of fish and some green beans and rice that gave us stomach pain and  diarrhea all night long. False advertisement there is no wifi I even asked the agent selling the tours on board and she said wifi is unavailable. And there was no Folklore show. The one star I give is for Hydra which is beautiful but this Island could have easily been reached by any transportation ferry for 10% of the price we paid for this tour. There are daily routes all year round. There is nothing unique in Poros and the last island Egina is allocated  2 hours in order to push people to buy the island tours, otherwise it is boring and there is nothing to do as the agent selling the tours told us. Pushy agents trying to make you buy stuff from the store on-board the ship and from the stores around Egina sightseeing throughout the tours that we purchased at an extra cost. Although it was the priciest activity throughout our stay in Athens, it was the worst. Honestly I feel it was a rip-off. Lesson learnt!
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Dear clients, We are very sorry that the one day cruise didn;t met your expectations and of course we accept your personal opinion . The lunch meal always provided on buffet basis with a lot of options and as the itinerary it is very clear that you have free time on your own at the islands. It is not mandatory to buy any extra tours on the ship except if you wish to add any extra serices. Thanks, Hara Kritikidou Customer Service Manager
VIP was worth the...
Ashley_B, May 2022
VIP was worth the upgrade. Everyone on the ship was absolutely amazing and helpful the guided tours were great!
Islands were great. ...
Crystal_T, May 2022
Islands were great. Booked vip upgrade and had cabin with just a few others so lots of space. Kostas also took care of us and lunch was good. For me perfect amount of time on each island.
Relaxing day trip on the sea!
margaret_m, May 2022
Really enjoyed the boat trip. Staff on board are very helpful and work very hard to ensure the trip goes well
Loved it
Karen_G, May 2022
Lovely trip, nice boat very friendly and beautiful ports and enough time in each stop thank you would highly recommend
Not Worth the Money. Very Boring
Shantia_M, May 2022
This cruise was very boring an at all worth the money spent. They server lunch but it was disgusting, nothing like the food we had already experienced in Greece. The food is very bland and boring. Im so happy my husband and I got food on one of the islands. The boat was not lively like you would like a cruise ship is. Hydra was the best island, it was beautiful and the tour was informational. Other than Hydra, we did not stay long on the other island. There is a option to purchase a tour when you go to Poros, DO NOT PURCHASE. they advertised a site seeing bus tour and did not deliver. The bus was hot, no a/c and it was a regular charter bus with no sites to see. Save your money, do not do this.
Response from Host, May 2022
Dear Client, We are very sorry that the cruise didn't met your expectations and we are suprised for your comments regarding the lunch as Buffet lunch offered with a lot of options. The tours that the cruiseline offering on the boat are optional and can be booked only on the ship and Chat Tours has no any responsibility as no any service providing at the islands for optional Tours. Thank you Hara
Nice day
Nicole_A, May 2022
Boat was much larger than expected and packed full of tourists. However, it was well run, efficient and comfortable. The islands were fabulous and worth the day trip. This is more of an under pendant activity with no education or guide. For an additional fee the boat crew will organize tours on hydra and Aegina.
It was pleasant enough, but I would've saved my money
Erin_L, May 2022
If you just simply enjoy being on the water, this may be the adventure for you. I hoped to see much more of the islands. Learning just how little time we'd get on the islands, we felt compelled to spend the extra money for a walking tour on Hydra and a bus tour on Egina, fearing we might not really get to see much or may get lost if we tried exploring on our own. While our guides were perfectly lovely, we should have saved the additional money spent. Overall, we spent about $380 to mostly look at water and learn very little about the places we were going. Also, the provided lunch was cold and not very tasty, so it was a mediocre day all around.
Response from Host, May 2022
Dear Erin, thank you for your time to write a review for the cruise. Unfortnately this is not guided tour and it is hop on hop off on the islands with cruiseship including entertainmnet and buffet lunch and on the buffet with hot and cold food. We understood that you decided to buy on the boat local tours and as you mentioned you loved them but you felt that was money spent only as the tour didn't met your expections. Kind regards Hara Kritikidou Customer Service Manager
A long but worthwhile day
Antony_W, May 2022
I took the VIP package as I assumed the boat would be very crowded, in the end it was not strictly necessary as there was plenty of space on the boat. However the advantages of the VIP package were pick up from my Air BnB the operator was very helpful. Plenty of space in the VIP cabin with rom to move around. The service from the hostess was very attentive. The snacks and lunch were excellent and beautifully presented, I was expecting mass produced bland food but it was anything but. The day is long so be prepared for the long trips between Islands many in the VIP cabin chose to take a nap and there was space for that. The visits to the Islands gave me an overview which was what I was looking for the stops are not too long. I would recommend it.
Good trip
Lori_C, Apr 2022
Beautiful blue sea and sky. The staff was exceptional!! There was plenty of time on the islands. We did not do VIP, and I didn’t miss it
1 traveler found this review helpful
Vacation
Rafael_P, Apr 2022
Great experience, very friendly stuff, and clean. I would not hesitate to do take this cruise. I Highly recommend.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Good tour so squeeze alot in a limited amount of yime
ErickAquino, Apr 2022
The boat ride it self was ok. The boat staff were great and attentive. It was windy thr day we went so the boat didn't doc at the first port. It's understandable but Hydra was the port we wanted to see the most. Excursion to the temple in Aegina was worth it and the pistachio ice cream by the temple was great. Overa it was a good trip.
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