Day cruise from Athens to the Saronic Gulf

Croisière dans les îles du golfe Saronique, Poros, Athènes, Grèce

Cruise the islands of Poros, Hydra and Aegina from Athens

Greece is renowned for its architectural splendor, temples and mythology, but did you know that it also boasts some of the most beautiful islands in the world? Now it’s possible to set off from Athens on a day cruise to discover the Greek islands, those gateways to sun, sea and history.


Croisière dans les îles du golfe Saronique, Egine, Athènes, Grèce

Flickr – Tilemahos Efthimiadis

The Greek islands have always been portrayed as picture postcards, simply because they are. Each of the islands is a little haven of peace, a paradise that can be discovered by boat from Athens.

On every island, you’ll find the sea, with its sensational turquoise waters, its unique skyline and the rocks that cut your gaze in the distance. With their varied landscapes and diverse heritage, the Greek islands vie with each other in beauty to bewitch the visitor in you. Among the best-known are Santorini, Poros, Aegina, Corfu, Mykonos and Rhodes. But you’ll want to concentrate on just 3 of them to get the most out of your visit.

A tailor-made day

From your hotel, a shuttle bus will take you to the port of Piraeus, where you can explore the Greek islands at your leisure. The cruise is peaceful, and you can enjoy delicious food on board, as well as exotic dances and traditional music such as the famous Sirtaki. Then it’s off to visit the most beautiful islands of the Saronic Gulf: every island has its own magnificent treasures.

A cruise to 3 islands off the coast of Athens

Aegina is famous for its history, but also for its pistachio plantations and small villages with their feet in the water.

Poros is an island of voluptuous pine forests and lemon groves.

Hydra is the island of artists and craftsmen (painters, photographers, sculptors): the island’s originality lies in the fact that you can visit it by traditional means of transport, namely by donkey.

Croisière dans les îles du golfe Saronique, Poros, Athènes, Grèce

Flickr – Tilemahos Efthimiadis

At the end of your visit to one of these islands, you can hop back on your cruise ship, enjoy a typical lunch and discover the nuggets of other islands. For all your travel needs, a bus will be waiting for you to optimize your visiting time and set off in search of temples and remote places.

When you return from your day tour of the Greek islands, you’ll have the chance to watch and take part in a traditional Greek folklore show.

To sum up, the excursion to the Greek islands from Athens takes around 11 hours. A bus picks you up at the foot of your hotel at around 7:00 a.m., and you can visit up to 3 small islands during the day, spending 2 hours on each. Please note that, depending on the weather, the order of island visits may change.

Have you explored the islands of the Saronic Gulf on a cruise?