For those seeking to escape the buzzing Athenian capital for a day, Evermore Cruises offers an efficient way to explore 3 charming islands in just 12 short hours. The voyage at sea contains the perfect itinerary for a day of culture, archaeology, Byzantine art, traditional live music and dance performances, revitalizing dips in the Aegean Sea and for the lucky ones, a glimpse of marine life.
The neighboring Saronic islands, popular among Athenians looking for a weekend jaunt or city break are small and distinctly unique havens from hectic city life. Their picturesque fishing ports, Neoclassical facades, raw, natural beauty and relaxed pace of life simply draw one in.
Anchors up! On a bright and sunny day, we pull away from Flisvos marina at 8:00 AM sharp. As we set sail, we are given the option of enjoying an opulent continental breakfast at the café or sitting on the deck, admiring the seemingly water-colored painted scenery.
“ The romantic island of Hydra is the first stop, popular with bohemian artists looking for inspiration and the jet set alike. ”
The modus operandi on board is an emphasis on Greek ‘Filoxenia’, a term for a very generous spirit and utmost hospitality. The multilingual staff at Evermore Cruises are incredibly educated about the islands’ must-dos and history and are eager to share their knowledge. While out at sea, professional Greek dancers, whom are enthusiastic to teach guests the regional dances of the country, perform as talented musicians play live traditional Greek music-the perfect soundtrack for a journey out at sea.
The romantic island of Hydra is the first stop, popular with bohemian artists looking for inspiration and the jet set alike. It’s easy to understand why the isle is so captivating; it boasts some of the most magnificent panoramic views of calm turquoise waters that seem to stretch endlessly into the horizon. The chora, or main town in the port, is characterized by traditional stone mansions, whitewashed buildings adorned with colorful shutters and brightly hued bougainvillea growing wildly up the walls. We recommend taking a short stroll to the seafront, accessible by stairs, to have a dip in the aquamarine sea or taking a donkey ride from the port, as this is the car-free island’s only mode of transportation.
The next stop on the journey is the emerald green island of Poros, known for its pine trees that line the sandy shores and sheltered bays. The islet’s natural beauty has been a source of inspiration for many poets and writers. Gliding across the calm seas as we approach the island, the vibrantly tinted facades of the port-facing buildings couldn’t help but hold our attention. As the pit stop on this island is short, browsing the shops and taking photos of the traditional fishing boats bordering the marina is the perfect plan.
Setting sail towards the final stop of Aegina, we nibble on a fresh Mediterranean lunch served in the dining room, followed by delicious, thirst-quenching cocktails on the ship deck. Approaching Aegina, we learn of its rich history and special place in Ancient Greece as it is home to the well-preserved Temple of Aphaia, which can be visited on the cruise’s organized excursion. Alternatively, there is a beach excursion to the neighboring island of Agistri, known for its clear crystalline water and powdery, sandy beaches. Aegina is famous for its pistachios, considered the best in the world; stock up on some in the port to indulge in and bring back home, you will not regret it!
Before sailing, don’t forget to bring sunscreen, a towel, a lightweight cardigan or scarf for the breezy morning hours, and an adventurous spirit as you embark on this Saronic bound odyssey!
“ Aegina is famous for its pistachios, considered the best in the world; stock up on some in the port to indulge in and bring back home, you will not regret it! ”