When traveling to the Greek Islands, usually you have to make a stop in Athens. We made a 2 day visit to the ancient city on our way to Mykonos and Santorini. On our first day we explored the main area “Plaka” and toured the infamous Acropolis and other greek ruins. Our 2nd day ended up being a wonderful adventure to Athens’ surrounding islands.
Our day started when a bus came to collect us from our hotel, “The Royal Olympic”. From there the bus took us to the port of Athens where we boarded a large boat to sail us to Hydra, Poros and Aegina.
About an hour away from Athens by boat, is a very small island called Hydra. It is everything you ever imagined in a Greek island. Bright blue shutters on every window and mules trotting around the Island. Hydra is nice place to come for a traditional greek lunch and a wonder around the quaint boutiques.Poros:
Next we crossed the volcanic island of Poros. Here we wandered through the Lemon Forest and treated ourselves to authentic greek yogurt which was one of the highlights of Greece! On Poros you will find traditional greek architecture including white buildings with more of my favorite blue shutters.Aegina:
The best part of the cruise was visiting Aegina. The tiny island is where pistachio nuts originated from, so we munched on the yummiest pistachios before we snorkeled and swam in crystal blue water. The water on this island is the most incredible I’ve ever seen! The beach that we swam on had big beautiful peacocks roaming around and piña coladas served in pineapples! Snorkeling on this island was one of the highlights of the whole trip.The Athens One Day Cruise was such a special way to see the different surrounding islands, I highly recommend it, especially for travelers who like to cram as much in as possible. 3 islands in one day is almost record breaking!