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Athens: Guided Day Trip to Aegina Island

1. Athens: Guided Day Trip to Aegina Island

You will depart together with your friendly archaeologist guide from the “Smart-Eco-Pickup” at Piraeus Metro Station. From here you can admire the Port of Piraeus; the chief sea-port of Athens since antiquity. It is the largest port in Greece, and one of the largest ports worldwide, and your archaeologist will tell you all the secret stories behind it. From here you will board a ferry, from where you will feel the sea breeze with a nice cup of coffee whilst taking amazing pictures of the seagulls and surrounding scenery. After 1 hour and 15 minutes, you will reach the traditional island of Aegina, the "island of artists". Here you will have about 3 hours to walk around through the picturesque alleys, the charming local shops, and restaurants, as well as the traditional fish market. Aegina is well known for the traditional pistachio nuts, and you will have the chance to taste these delicious products directly from the local producer. They are used in various sweets such as baklava, kataifi, sweet cakes, ice cream, butter, chocolates, and liqueur. The horse carriages in the picturesque squares of the island bring back retro memories of years gone by, and whilst there you can take the chance for a romantic ride around the “chora” (the capital of a Greek island). You can taste fresh homemade delicacies in a cozy tavern against the harbor, from a “balcony” above the sea. The hospitality at its highest level becomes one with the traditional appetizers, as you experience the welcome of the friendly islanders. After being enchanted by the island life and the majestic landscapes, you will complete this unique experience with a relaxing return by flying dolphin. You will head back to Athens, where you will return to your point of origin.

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2-Day Athens & Delphi Sightseeing Tour

2. 2-Day Athens & Delphi Sightseeing Tour

Visit some of the greatest treasures of Ancient Greece on a 2-part tour of Athens and Delphi. Spend a day exploring the archaeological sites of Athens, including the location of the first modern Olympic Games, and the city’s main highlight, the dramatic Acropolis. Continue the next day – or at a time to suit – to the Delphic Oracle on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Day 1: Athens Start your full-day sightseeing tour of Athens at Panathinaiko Stadium, birthplace of the modern Olympic Games. Built in 1896 in the central city district of Pangrati, the stadium is the only one in the world to be constructed entirely of white marble. Next, drive past the Greek Prime Minister’s residence and the Royal Palace. Admire the traditional uniforms of the Evzones Guards, and continue to the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus. Drive past the National Gardens, the beautiful Arch of Hadrian, and the Old Parliament. One of the highlights of the day will be a trip to the Acropolis, the most impressive site in all of Greece. Visit the magnificent 5th-century B.C. temple of Pantheon, dedicated to the goddess Athena. Explore the Erechtheion, site of the sacred olive tree that sprouted after Athena struck the ground with her spear. Continue to the impressive stone theater of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. And enjoy spectacular views of Athens from the top of the Acropolis, before exploring the treasures inside the new Acropolis Museum. Stroll through the purpose-built galleries, housing approximately 4,000 objects from Ancient Greece. Day 2: Delphi Depart from Athens in the morning and drive to the spectacular city of Delphi. On the way, you will pass the two small towns of Livadia – where you will pause for a break - and Arachova. Once regarded as the center of the world, Delphi was connected to the worship of Gaia, another name for Mother Earth, and guarded by a Python dragon that was killed by Apollo. Visit the Temple of Apollo, location for the great Oracle of Delphi. Continue to the theater, where up to 5,000 spectators would watch famous Greek plays, poetry readings, and festivals. Situated at the top of the hill, it rewards visitors with superb views of Parnassus and the valley below. After touring the archeological sites, you will be free to explore on your own. Stroll around the narrow streets of the modern town of Delphi, and enjoy a cool beer in one of its welcoming taverns.

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From Athens: Full Day Private Sailing Trip to Aegina Island

3. From Athens: Full Day Private Sailing Trip to Aegina Island

You will meet the tour crew at the designated meeting point at about 8:30am (usually Alimos marina), and after a short safety briefing upon boarding you will set sail to Aegina Island, famous for its pistachios. On the way there, you'll make a stop to enjoy swimming & snorkeling in the turquoise crystal clear waters. Thecrew will prepare delicious local delicacies, while you swim.  Early in the afternoon, you will reach the port of Aegina, where you will be free to visit Aegina town center. Walk through its alleys with their charming shops, or even walk alongside the picturesque port, admire the beautiful neoclassical buildings and enjoy a cup of iced coffee. If you are a history aficionado, it is also recommended that you visit the Temple of Apollo at the archaeological site of Kolona, which is walking distance from the port. Once there, do not miss the chance to visit the Archaeological Museum, the first ever built in Greece (in 1829). Then, return back to the boat and sail back to Athens (approx. 3.5 hours sailing), reaching the port during the evening. Don't forget to buy some fresh fruit and vegetables from the floating groceries (traditional boats in the port selling fruits & vegetables), which you can enjoy on board. And of course, fresh raw plain or roasted local pistachios!

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Athens Combo: Greek Islands Cruise and the Acropolis Ticket

4. Athens Combo: Greek Islands Cruise and the Acropolis Ticket

Take a day cruise from Athens to the beautiful Greek islands with all your transport, transfers, and a delicious buffet lunch organized ahead of time. Explore the enchanting town of Poros. Then, explore the narrow stone-paved streets of Hydra. You will also visit the numerous interesting sites of Aegina - a popular getaway for Athenians during the summer months. Taste a delicious buffet lunch on board and enjoy a Greek folklore show with traditional music and dancing. An Acropolis admission ticket is included and will be delivered to you the day of your cruise. Visit the breathtaking Acropolis which is probably the most famous and most visited monument in the world from antiquity. It is the symbol of Athens and its most famous landmark. Stroll up to the UNESCO-listed site that served as the ancient citadel and tour the buildings at your own pace.

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Athens, Acropolis Museum, Cape Sounion, Cruise & Delphi

5. Athens, Acropolis Museum, Cape Sounion, Cruise & Delphi

Take this opportunity to combine half-day and full-day tours to take in a wide range of what Athens has to offer. Over this 3-day period you can set your own schedule and choose which days to take the following tours: Athens Sightseeing and Acropolis Museum Morning Tour: Start with a short stop at the Panathinaikos Stadium, the site of first Olympic Games in 1896. See the most important monuments of Athens, making your way to the Acropolis. Continue with a pleasant short walk, passing by Herodion and the Dionysos Theater, to the New Acropolis Museum, where you’ll have a chance to view the exhibits. Cape Sounio Afternoon Tour: Enjoy a wonderful drive along the scenic coastal road and take in stunning views of the Saronic Gulf. You’ll pass through some of Athens most beautiful suburbs on the way to Cape Sounio, where you’ll visit the 5th-century B.C. Temple of Poseidon, at the tip of Attica. Full-Day Delphi Tour: You’ll drive through Thebes, Levadia, and Arachova on the way to Delphi. Famous for its theater, Temple of Apollo, and ancient ruins, Delphi was considered the center of the earth and the universe in the classical Greek world. Pass by Castalia Spring and visit the archaeological site the Temple of Apollo. Explore the holdings of the Museum of Delphi, including the unique bronze Charioteer, the Naxian Sphinx, and the Statue of Antinoos. Full-Day Cruise to Poros, Hydra, and Aegina: Take a break from city sightseeing and relax on a cruise to the islands outside of Athens. Travel to the green island of Poros, see Aegina's temple of Afaea (optional tour), and discover why Hydra is considered one of the most beautiful of the Greek islands.

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Athens: City Highlights Private Tour with Temple of Poseidon

6. Athens: City Highlights Private Tour with Temple of Poseidon

Discover the highlights of Athens on this family-friendly tour as you see sights like the acropolis, the Panathenaic Stadium, Prime Minister’s residence, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Journey through the Greek Riviera on the way to the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion. Be picked up from you accommodation in Athens or Pireas in an air-conditioned Mercedes and head to the Acropolis. See the Parthenon that was dedicated to the goddess Athena at Parthenos and the entrance to the sacred area at Propylea. View the columns of the 420 BC temple of Athena and Nike. Stroll pass the Erechtheion with its maidens statues, the Roman theater of Odeon of Herodus Atticus, and an ancient Greek Theatre of Dionysus. Step into Greek mythology as you see the Hill of Ares where the god Ares is said to have had a trial. Visit the Temple of Zeus and the Panathenaic Stadium which hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Drive by the Prime Minister’s residence at Maximou Mansion which was the former royal palace. Continue past the House of Parliament and stop at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to watch the changing of the guard. Head up to the highest point of in Athens at Lycabettus Hill to capture pictures of panoramic city views. Get out of the city on a scenic coastal road through the Greek Riviera. Travel through some of Athens’ suburbs and resort areas like Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, and Lagonisi on your way to the stunning coastal temple of Poseidon at Sounion. Have the option to stop to purchase lunch or have a coffee break on the waterfront. Return to your accommodation in Athens.

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From Athens: Private Day Trip to Aegina Island

7. From Athens: Private Day Trip to Aegina Island

Once you arrive, you will immediately notice the neoclassical buildings in earthy colors, the traditional houses with small courtyards filled with trees and flowers, and the narrow streets where you can explore the traditional shops and taverns. Wander through the paved alleys between mansions, churches with blue domes, and popular art shops. You can choose to stroll among the local boats which have been transformed into floating grocery stores. Do not forget to buy some of the famous peanuts from Aegina's unique peanut variety. You can also make a worthwhile visit to one of the traditional ouzo taverns, where you can taste fresh seafood with ouzo or tsipouro. Admire the Temple of Aphasia and the beautiful coastline of Perdika before being driven back to Athens.

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What people are saying about Saronic Islands

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 129 reviews

The whole experience was amazing! The tour was very well organized and followed in a timely manner. All the COVID protocols were followed at all times. Our tour guide Gary is an archeologist and she was willing and able to explain and answer all them questions for the group. Overall, it was a very relaxing day trip to Aegina were we visited the Temple of Apollo and museum, walked through the port and shops and had plenty of time to relax and eat at the beach! Highly recommended!

What an amazing experience! Both Aegina and Agistri were stunning islands that had a lot to offer. They were quieter and more serene than islands like Santorini, which we found to be more touristy. I would definitely recommend this tour! Our guide was wonderful and the day was splendid!

Egina is a very nice island with a special relaxed atmosphere. Temple of Aphaia deserves a visit. Maria was an excellent tour guide and made the day truly enjoyable.

I thought it was soooooo fun with a guide and fun about the booking. I recommend everyone to try it once and get involved only then realize what I am saying

Excellent company excellent guide excellent customer service.