One Day Cruise From Athens: Hydra, Poros, Aegina

One of the most popular day trips from Athens, not only for tourists but for locals as well, is a cruise to the 3 islands of the Saronic Gulf;  Hydra, Poros, and Aegina.

I have done that excursion in the past with another company when I was a child.  I remember having a good time but apart from that, I don’t remember much. Last weekend I decided to do this day cruise to the beautiful islands of Hydra, Poros, and Aegina with Evermore Cruises and my friends from Travel Bloggers Greece.

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One Day Cruise: Hydra, Poros and Aegina

One Day cruise from Athens - Hydra, Poros, Aegina
Our ship in marina Kalitheas

My one day cruise from Athens

Our ship Cosmos departed from Marina Kalitheas at 8:00 am. There are a number of ways to get there.  You can take your car, take a taxi or public transport or use the transfer service that Evermore Cruises provides.

The brand new Cosmos ship is 70m long, 10m wide and 3m deep and is one of the fastest ships in its category. It has a capacity of more than 600 passengers and spacious indoor and outdoor space that includes 6 bars, 5 spacious luxurious lounges, and a VIP area that can accommodate up to 120 people.

During the cruise, I traveled in the VIP area but also spent some time in other parts of the ship.

One Day cruise from Athens - Hydra, Poros, Aegina
with the girls on the VIP lounge

The first three hours of our cruise, the time needed to get to our first stop the island of Hydra passed very quickly.  During the whole time, there was an experienced multilingual guide that gave us a lot of information about the islands we were visiting and the places we were passing by.

One Day cruise from Athens - Hydra, Poros, Aegina
In one of the outdoor bars

Moreover, the cafe was serving breakfast and refreshments and there was also a live orchestra playing Greek songs. At the VIP lounge, we were served a selection of finger food accompanied by soft drinks, tea, and coffee.

First Stop of the one day cruise from Athens – Hydra island

Hydra is a very picturesque island that looks like a painting. On the island, no cars are allowed and the only mean of transport are donkeys and horses. The island of Hydra was voted as one of the 12 most beautiful islands in the world. The boat stays on the island for approximately 2 hours and you have the opportunity to book a 45 min historical walking tour of the island.  Since I am a fan of historical tours and always want to learn something more about the destinations I visit, I decided to join.

donkeys in Hydra - one day cruise from Athens
horses and donkeys in Hydra

Our tour guide took us through the little alleys of Hydra where we had the chance to taste some local sweet made of almonds from the oldest pastry shop on the island, view a traditional house, and visit a monastery and its museum among other things. We also learned a lot of things about everyday life in Hydra.

The beautiful island of Hydra - one day cruise from Athens
The beautiful island of Hydra

After the walking tour is over there is plenty of time to wander through the streets of the island, take many photos since the place is amazing, and have a coffee at the seafront.

You can also check:  My guide to Hydra island.

The island of Hydra - one day cruise from Athens
The island of Hydra

The complimentary buffet lunch that is offered was served twice. Once between the island of Hydra and Poros for half of the people and once between the island of  Poros and Aegina for the other half.

Lunch was served in the VIP lounge and there was a choice of meat, fish, or pasta accompanied by 2 types of salad. It was all delicious. On the VIP lounge, there is an additional menu on offer where you can order a wide range of starters, salads, main courses, and desserts at additional cost.

One Day cruise from Athens - Hydra, Poros, Aegina
Having lunch

Second Stop of the one day cruise from Athens – Poros island

An hour after our departure from Hydra we arrived in Poros for a 50-minute visit. Poros is a beautiful island with white houses very close to the coast of Peloponnese. On my time there I climbed the steps to the historical clock and enjoyed the magnificent view of the island and Peloponnese. Once we were back onboard a selection of fresh fruit and desserts was waiting for us at the VIP lounge.

The island of Poros - one day cruise from Athens
The island of Poros
One Day cruise from Athens - Hydra, Poros, Aegina
our ship in Poros
One Day cruise from Athens - Hydra, Poros, Aegina
Having a stroll with the girls in Poros
One Day cruise from Athens - Hydra, Poros, Aegina

Third Stop of the one day cruise from Athens- Aegina island

An hour after Poros we arrived in Aegina. The ship stays there for 2 hours and 20 minutes and you can book one of the three tours available or spend some time in the town of Aegina on your own. The first tour takes you by speedboat to the beautiful island of Agistri for swimming at a sandy beach with sunbeds and umbrellas. The boat ride takes only 6 minutes.

The Temple of Aphaia Aegina island
The Temple of Aphaia Aegina Island

The second tour takes you to the ancient temple of Aphaia.  Although I love swimming I decided to go to the ancient temple of Aphaia. The temple was built on the top of a hill full of pines and enjoys an incredible view of the island and the sea.  The third tour takes you to the church of Saint Nectarios which is the patron of the island.

The Church of St Nectarios is one of the biggest in the Balkans and people from around the world come to visit. Our lovely guide gave us a lot of information about the places we visited and the history of the island. After the tour, I spent some time at the port and bought a packet of my favorite pistachios that Aegina is famous for producing.

The-temple of Aphaia Aegina
The temple of Aphaia Aegina
The church of Saint Nectarios Aegina
The church of Saint Nectarios Aegina

The last 1 and a half-hour of our cruise passed very quickly due to the live entertainment onboard that I really enjoyed. The live orchestra played traditional songs from around Greece while two members of the staff danced traditional dances from the different regions.

One Day cruise from Athens - Hydra, Poros, Aegina

After that, the staff showed everyone the steps of the famous Syrtaki and other Greek dances.  The passengers kept dancing until we arrived back in Athens at around 7.00 pm.

One Day cruise from Athens - Hydra, Poros, Aegina
A photo with the dancers

I really enjoyed the one-day cruise with Evermore Cruises and it’s a day trip I would recommend to anyone. You get to see three different Greek islands in one day! In fact, I had a much better time than I was expecting. I knew the islands were very beautiful but I also enjoyed the extra excursions and the time on board with the live music and the Greek dances. I am happy to say that the crew was very organized, polite, and ready to help you.

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I traveled to Hydra, Poros, and Aegina in the VIP lounge that includes:

Lunch Buffet, finger food, welcome drinks & soft drinks, and a transfer service from/to your hotel.

Have you ever done a one-day cruise to the Saronic Gulf?

Did you like it?

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 I was a guest of Evermore Cruises but as always all opinions are my own.

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0 thoughts on “One Day Cruise From Athens: Hydra, Poros, Aegina”

  1. Hi Chrissy, thanks for posting this, I’m planning a trip to Athens and this is exactly what I’m looking for! The ferry is a great way of island hopping too, I went to Kefalonia last summer so I am in love with Greece! I’ll check Olympic Cruises out for next year as you got to see so many beautiful parts of Greece in one go 🙂

  2. I would love to visit Hydra, Poros and Aegina. The Greek islands look so beautiful. The traditional music would have added to the ambience of the day

  3. I like that it’s so close to the mainland and that you can easily do a short cruise like this in just a day. Greece is such a beautiful country and it’s fun to discover new islands, besides the touristy ones. Love that picture Hydra islands, the one with the donkeys.

  4. What a fantastic experience! We are looking at Greek cruises for sometime next year. I had no idea the boat portion of the trip would be such fun! We will have the kids with us and I was worried that the boat time would feel really long….looks like they make that part of the journey fun, too!

  5. Hello, I would like to know what do you think it is better for me to do: go to Aegina for one day or go to the lake Vouliagmeni?
    Thank you!

    • Hello, lake Vouliagmeni is beautiful but it’s just for a swom and a coffee. In Aegina you can also swim but you can also take teh bus from the port and go to Aphaia temple. It really depends on what you prefer. May I suggest a third option? I would go to Hydra for a day which is very picturesque. You can walk on the alleyways and have also a swim.

  6. I am seriously considering this cruise, but I am on a tight budget. I looked at the website, but I’m a bit confused about pricing. Also, do you know if they ever have special rates or discounts?

    • Hello, Stacey. The price of the cruise is 100 euros and it includes the lunch. No drinks. I don’t think they have discounts. If you need a transfer from your hotel the price is 110 as far as I can see. It also includes live entertainment, live music, greek traditional dances etc Now if you are tight on your budget I can alternatively suggest that you visit on your own the island of Hydra the most beautiful of the 3, in my opinion. The return boat ticket for Hydra with a dolphin 1h 50 m each way costs 56 euros. You can check the timetable and prices here If you decide to take the cruise this is the best company to do it.

  7. Hi We are considering travelling to Athens next year and visiting Hydra Poros and Spetses having about 4 night’s on each island would this be easy to do? thanks anne

  8. Hi Crissy, thanks for your advise. Can we ask your opinion 🙂 We are going on last week of May this year and confused with the options of Mycenae & Island of Poros or Cruise to Aegan islands (Aegina, Hydra and Poros). Hope you can give us a good insight. Thanks in advance.

    • Hello Thea,

      Both excursions are great but I would choose the cruise because you get to go to Hydra which i a very unique island and among the most beautiful in Greece.If you do choose to do the cruise to the excursion at the temple of Aphaia in Aegina island. It is very beautiful there.

  9. I loved this post. I shall be following it to the T!

    You are well-travelled and give adequate info on all tours and places. I am really happy to have come across your site.


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