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Day Trip to Hydra Island from Athens

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Athina, Greece
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Overview

Enjoy a day on the island of Hydra on an independent trip from Athens. Catch a ferry to this famous island in the Aegean Sea, and enjoy several hours free to relax, explore, and discover the shops, restaurants, bars, and quaint lanes independently. Drink in the slow pace and perhaps finish with time out on a beach before your return ferry. Round-trip ferry tickets, plus pickup and drop-off at select central Athens hotels included.
  • Ferry crossing to Hydra, a pretty Greek island in the Aegean Sea
  • Relax on the town beaches or take a water taxi to secluded bays
  • Return by ferry in the late afternoon after a day’s idyll
  • Includes pickup and drop-off at select central Athens hotels
After morning pickup from your central Athens hotel (select hotels only), set off by air-conditioned vehicle for Athens’ port at Piraeus. Here, board the ferry for Hydra, one of Greece’s Saronic Islands, located in the Aegean Sea.

Enjoy the scenery and sea air on your journey, admiring the Greek coast and islands along the way. As you approach Hydra Town, take in the natural amphitheater of the harbor, where the quayside is ringed with pastel-colored houses and mansions from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Then, step ashore and enjoy hours to explore and relax as you wish. All your activities on the island, including meals, drinks, boat trips, and sightseeing are at your own expense.

A favorite haunt of artists and musicians in the 1960s and 70s, this picturesque island offers a timeless Greek atmosphere tinged with a cosmopolitan vibe. No motor vehicles are allowed — apart from garbage trucks — with the only transportation provided by bicycle, donkeys, and water taxis — adding to the slow pace.

Perhaps start by watching the boats come and go over coffee, and then delve into Hydra’s quaint, paved lanes. Admire the stone houses and flower-filled gardens, and browse the chic shops and boutiques before enjoying lunch (additional cost) in a taverna or café.

If you wish, seek out some of the pretty beaches. Hydra has many swimming spots and bays, some on the edges of Hydra Town, and some in more remote locations, accessible by boat (additional cost).

As the day draws to a close, perhaps finish at one of Hydra Town’s popular bars. Cocktail lounges and music clubs can be found all around town.

Then, relax on your ferry journey back to Piraeus, where your trip ends with a drop-off at your hotel.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Port of Piraeus
After being picked up from your Athens hotel at approximately 8am, you will be taken to Piraeus Port to embark on the ferry for Hydra.
Stop At:  
Profitis Ilias Monastery Hydra
After less than 2 hours by ferry, you will reach the famous island. You will then have seven hours to independently explore Hydra. Hydra was once a destination popular with fashionable artists during the sixties and has kept a highly cosmopolitan character. There are no cars or motorcycles; garbage trucks are the only motor vehicles permitted on the island. Spend your day walking around Hydra Town admiring the stone houses with flowered gardens, lovely gift shops and picturesque paved streets. Donkeys, bicycles, and water taxis provide public transportation. Hydra has a variety of swimming spots and beaches, some close to town and some remote and secluded, accessible only by boat. Lounge cafeterias, port-side bars and loud clubs are found all over the town with options that can satisfy all tastes. Enjoy a day full of experiences on your own and in the afternoon, take the ferry back to Athens at the conclusion of the tour.
Duration: 7 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Port of Piraeus
You will be transferred back to your centrally located Athens hotel at approximately 8pm.
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Day Trip to Hydra Island from Athens?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Day Trip to Hydra Island from Athens.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Day Trip to Hydra Island from Athens?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Day Trip to Hydra Island from Athens.

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Wonderful service!
tricrafter
, Nov 2019
Trip was very well arranged, communication was top-notch, and service was stupendous. The tour company arranged for a taxi to take us from our hotel to the port of Piraeus. Driver was on-time (early even!) and very friendly. What was even better though, was that the same driver was waiting for us at the port when we returned at the end of the day. Because the port area was more than a little rough around the edges, we didn't want to be hanging around there after dark. We certainly appreciated his being there!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear Guest, Thank you for your fabulous comments. We feel more than happy about you enjoyed so much our Day Trip to Hydra Island from Athens. Hope to see you soon in one of our future experiences. Kindest Regards, Marianna Papakosta
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Visit to Hydra- service highly over charged
alidagc2019
, Oct 2019
The visit to the island itself was amazing:) but the price charged was double what it costs in reality… will not use this platform again!
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Great Day on Hydra
Adventurer826071
, Sep 2019
We had a great day at Hydra. It is the calmest place where you spend a day in a colorful village on the beach, no cars, wonderful beaches, restaurants, cafés, souvenir shops. We took the water taxi to Four Seasons beach, spent 4 hours there and headed back to the Marina. Googled a little bit and found a wonderful restaurant that no other restaurant can compete with “Techne”. Expensive but worth every penny. After that, we took a walk through the alleys of the village and ended the day by tasting some of the local desserts before hopping on the boat back to Athens. One hiccup, and that’s why I’m taking a star off my rating, was the hotel pickup and drop-off. We confirmed our booking as requested 24 hours before the trip and told to be ready by 7:15am. We were ready at 7:00am but after the hotel receptions made several calls, we were sent a taxi that rushed us to the port and dropped us outside to find our way in and search for the boat, which were many. On our way back, there was nobody waiting for us and we had to get out of the port and find a taxi ourselves. This happened to us last year with the same Keytours. Perhaps we were very lucky with them, but this happened twice to us so far. Again, the day at Hydra was one of a kind and I do recommend, but find a decent way to reach there.
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an island not to be missed on the greece trip plan
ZadaBH
, Sep 2018
A great island, where the air is so fresh and clean, no cars, we walked like 4 to 5 hours around the Hydra harbor, and had lunch at a restaurant near the shore. Very quiet place, especially when you move from the Hydra downtown main harbour to the Kamini harbour. The food is delicious, and traditional greek, the ice-cream is yummy.We reserved with keytours, the Taxi driver was so punctual, and the ferry too. Plus the ferry is comfortable and relatively stable for those who have seasickness symptoms like me ;)
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Beautiful island and getting the...
abhome15
, Jul 2018
Beautiful island and getting the water taxi to and back from the 4 seasons resort was quick and easy. Wonderful day on the beach
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Key tours had mistakenly booked us...
Chris
, Jun 2018
Key tours had mistakenly booked us on two tours without us knowing. The 3 island day tour we were picked up for, confirming with the driver that it was the hydra days tour and he confirmed it was, which was not correct. We ended up being taking to the 'marina' and were told by the tour guide to get on the 3 island day tour as otherwise we would be stranded at the marina. The customer service from key tours we experienced was extremely disappointing and unprofessional. We had to contact the company multiple times, each time the staff at key tours said they would contact us and sort the problem out, but we had to constantly ring them to follow up what was happening. Staff at key tours suggested we stay on the 3 island day tour as it was a more expensive tour and it would be easier. However we didn't want to visit the other islands, we wanted to spend the day on Hydra. On checking the prices the hydra island day tour was more expensive than the 3 island day tour. We felt we were inconveniencing them, when in fact it was their error and we were being inconvenienced. In summary, avoid booking this tour. It is much more reliable to organise it yourself. All you need to do is book your ferry tickets through hellenic seaways and private transfer or taxi to and from the Pireaus Port.
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Wonderful and easy way to see a...
alvicars
, Oct 2017
Wonderful and easy way to see a Greek Island if you are pressed for time and don't have time to visit some of the other islands overnight. This tour was a highlight of my trip. The island is a great way to spend the day. If you're there in the summer, be sure to bring a bathing suit and towel and flip flops/sandals as some of the beaches within walking distance to the port can be rocky and harsh on the feet. There's also opportunity to take a quick boat/ferry ride to the better beaches outside of walking distance from the port. The hotel pick-up and drop-off is a fantastic aspect of this tour my taxi driver was wonderfully helpful and friendly. He actually walked me to the ferry to make sure I knew exactly which boat to get on.
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It was beautiful from the pick up at...
Stella K P
, Aug 2017
It was beautiful from the pick up at Athens Hilton and the return from the port too Athens Hilton on time and friendly driver.

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