The Saronic Islands are the closest group to Athens and are home to some of the most beautiful and fascinating destinations in Greece.
Located along the Saronic Gulf west of the Capital the islands can be reached in under an hour and are often a great choice in inclement weather as they are quite protected from the northerly winds.
Hydra is the most well-known island and is a wonderful place to spend a few nights but if time if short a day trip is still worthwhile.
It’s possible to visit these islands by public ferries of course but there is also another way to visit 3 of the Saronic Islands on a cruise. This day includes everything you could possibly need from your hotel and return.
Further reading: A Complete Guide to Hydra
When to visit the Saronic Islands
The best time to do a Saronic Island Cruise is in Summer when you can explore the many beaches and enjoy swimming and water activities. There are also cliff top bars in Hydra and beachfront tavernas in Poros and Aegina where you can easily while away a few hours.
Spring is also a lovely time to do this cruise with a lot to see and do on the islands even if the water temperatures are still cool.
Even in winter and fall these islands are still a look. They are year-round destinations and home to thousands of residents with tourism being just one of the industries they generate. There is an abundance of history and culture on all three islands and they never fail to disappoint.
Saronic Islands 1-day cruise from Athens
This fantastic tour will see you picked up in Athens and driven by a professional, licensed driver, in a modern vehicle, to Piraeus Port and back. You don’t have to worry about wrangling public transport or trying to get taxi’s which can be challenging at Piraeus at times.
You will be dropped directly at the boarding pier for the 3-level boat and arrive to live-greek music and an optional breakfast.
Enjoy the sparkling Aegean sea as you cruise out to your first destination, Hydra where you have 2 hours to explore and soak up the ambience of this beautiful and very interesting island. Then you’ll sail through the very narrow sea strait to the island of Poros, taking in the close sights of the Peleponnese mainland as you cruise by.
Lastly you will move on to Aegina, and island known for its authenticity, pistachios and the magnificent Temple of Aphaia, built in the 5th century B.C.
Your cruise includes lunch, music and dancing making it an exceptionally well priced day out and something that is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels.
- Private transportation from and to your hotel in Athens or Pireaus
- Sea transport to Hydra, Poros and Aegina
- Food, snacks and drinks including local wine
- Live music and dancing ( optional of course)
- Admission fees to attractions
- Tours on the islands
Temple of Aphaia, Aegina