One-day trip to Aegina island from Athens (Private)
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One-day trip to Aegina island from Athens (Private)

Highlights

A surprisingly unspoilt island escape! This beautiful island, beloved of Zeus and blessed with a rich history, gives a great taste of all other Greek islands. Unspoilt landscapes, 19th century charm, lovely beaches and an outstanding cultural tradition in fine arts and handicrafts is what makes Aegina a favorite getaway just a short ferry ride from Athens!

  • Visit the Temple of Aphaia, one of ancient Greece's most graceful monuments
  • Swim at a beautiful island beach, followed by lunch at a family-run seaside taverna
  • Try your skills at traditional local craft-making or learn some traditional folk dances!
  • Discover small villages, hidden corners and enter locals’ homes and workshops

Σύντομη περιγραφή

The trip to Aegina, an island steeped in historical significance, begins with a ferry ride to the island, a relaxing and enjoyable crossing during which you can loiter on deck and watch the playful seagulls or duck inside for morning refreshments in the ship's comfortable lounge.

Upon arriving at the port of Aegina, we will head straight to one of the island's traditional houses; this one has been transformed into a café, where we'll enjoy local delicacies and fresh homemade lemonade in the charming courtyard.

After this refreshing pause, it's off to a lovely modern sculpture Museum with breathtaking views, to quickly view works by an internationally acclaimed modern Greek sculptor and to hear how he was inspired by the mythology and the art of ancient Greece. From here, we'll head inland to the ruins of the island's medieval capital, Paleochora, which is said to have once boasted 365 churches.

Further east lies the Temple of Aphaia, dating from approximately 500BC. It is a remarkable edifice, perfectly placed to afford a stunning view back over the island and down to the shoreline, which is where we'll head next, for at swim at one of Aegina's prettiest beaches. The swim will be followed by a delicious lunch at a local seaside taverna offering authentic island cooking.

Once the meal is done, it's back to the port town for a wander through the colorful alleyways and a taste of some Aegina pistachios, the island's most famous agricultural export. Then we'll meet some of the island’s women that still hold alive its traditions and we’ll find out about the long tradition of arts and crafts that the residents here still maintain; you'll have the chance to try your hand at lace-making or, if you prefer something a little more lively, there will be an opportunity to learn a traditional folk dance!

As the music fades and you finish dancing, your day in Aegina will be at an end, but on the evening boat ride back to Piraeus, you'll have plenty to look back on from your all-day island adventure.

Itinerary

  • Hotel pick-up and transfer to Piraeus port
  • Ferry ride to Aegina
  • Arrival, coffee break and snacks
  • Road trip and Kapralos museum visit
  • Road trip to Paleochora and visit to the Temple of Aphaia
  • Swim at the beach and free time for lunch (not included)
  • City walk and local cultural activity
  • Ferry ride back to Piraeus
  • Transfer to your hotel

What's Included

Included

• Professional tour leader

• Professional English speaking driver

• Transportation by A/C vehicle

• Round-trip ferry ride on high-speed vessel in assigned seats

• Local activity (lace crafts or traditional dances lesson)

• Visit to an artist’s studio & photo stop

• Hotel pick-up & drop off, taxes, tolls, gas, 24/7 on the ground support

Not included

• Lunch

• Food or 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.

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