A dazzling day trip to Hydra island from Athens (Private)

A dazzling day trip to Hydra island from Athens (Private)


Less than two hours from Athens, Hydra island is ideal for a day-trip. Completely traffic-free (no cars or scooters), the charming port town, lined with magnificent 18th-century mansions, is full of history and cultural charm. Hydra's beaches are stunning and tranquil, and the laid-back atmosphere of Greek island living will win your heart!

  • The beautiful port of Hydra, rich in history and cosmopolitan fame
  • Horse riding through the town's cobbled streets
  • A sea-taxi ride, swimming in crystal clear waters and a delicious Greek lunch (not included in price) at a seaside taverna
  • Sightseeing in this historic location, an important center during the 1821 Greek War of Independence


At the port of Piraeus, you'll board theFlying Dolphinfor aquick and comfortable hydrofoil ride tothe harbor town ofHydra. Once you reach the island you’ll be amazed by the local landscape that has made it a favoredretreat of jetsetters and rock starssuch as Maria Callas, Leonard Cohen, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Picasso and many more.

Then it's time to saddle up for a family-friendly ride through the town's different neighborhoods, because the best way toexplore Hydraison the back of a horse, the island's traditional means of transportation (no cars allowed!).

After your ride through town, you'll return to the harbor toboard one of the island's famed water taxis, the easiest and the most exciting wayto reach the island's best beaches. Foremost among these is Plakes Beach, equipped with sun-loungers and umbrellas, where you'll be heading for hours offun in the sun and the crystal-blue sea, as well as a delicious lunch at theseafront tavernaright at the water's edge.

Following lunch, it's back toHydra Townfor a second trip, this time on foot, down themaze-like side streets and by-wayswhere you'll spotartists' workshops, stylish boutiques,and a number of well-preservedhistoric residences, some of which, once owned by important figures in Greece's 19th-century struggle for independence, are now museums. Hydra has evolved to acultural hub, where innovative exhibits, hip happenings and events with international appeal attract famous visitors from all over the world each summer.

Your stroll will end at afamily-run pastry shopthat's famous for the local sweet (made from almonds) known as amygdalota, and for its rich and delicious homemade ice cream. As you finish your treat on the shadedverandaof the pastry shop, you'll be ready to leave the island with more than just a sweet taste on your lips; you'll have the long-lasting memory of a special dayspent on this little gem of an island.


  • Hotel pick-up and transfer to Piraeus port
  • Ferry ride to Hydra
  • Hydra horse ride
  • Transfer to Plakes beach
  • Plakes beach and free time for lunch (not included)
  • Hydra strolling and ice cream stop
  • Ferry ride back to Piraeus
  • Transfer to your hotel

What's Included

  • Professional, fun, knowledgeable top-rated English speaking tour leader from our specially trained team
  • Round trip transfer from your hotel to the harbor and back
  • Round-trip ferry ride on high-speed hydrofoil in assigned seats
  • Scenic horse ride around the island
  • Water taxi round trip from the center of the island to a secluded beach and back
  • Hotel pick up & drop off, taxes, tolls, gas, 24/7 on the ground support
Not included
  • Lunch / drinks
  • Beach towels

Additional Information

Not accessible friendly. Good to have: Water, comfortable shoes, hat.

These may be times of uncertainty, but nothing keeps true travelers at heart from the pleasure of exploring ? From our side we have taken great care so that your experience is as pleasurable as safe: • Premium small-sized groups up to 8 people for our join-in tours* • Enhanced social distancing with the use of wireless audio guide kits (mandatory for all our guests) • Skip-the-line ticket service for all guests – No queuing for ticket purchases • Outdoor tours for the majority of our experiences • Mandatory mask use by all our guides • Antiseptic gel/wipes available throughout the tour • Individualized tastings for our food tours (no food sharing) • National Health Organization standards implementation on all tours using vehicles • Signed declaration by all tour participants that they are in good health prior to tour start • Flexible cancellation policy, no rescheduling fees • Continuous monitoring of all COVID-19 health & safety recommendations from the WHO and the Greek National Health Organization and implementation of best-practices accordingly. *up to 10 for our Mythology tour

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