One-day trip to Aegina, Greece
Unspoilt landscapes, 19th century charm, lovely beaches and an outstanding cultural tradition in fine arts and handicrafts is what makes Aegina a perfect getaway just a short ferry ride from Athens! Our private tour can be booked as featured or can be customized especially for you.
What does it include?
- Professional, top-rated English or French speaking tour leader.
- Professional English or French speaking driver.
- Round-trip ferry ride on high-speed vessels.
- Local activity (lace crafts or traditional dances lessons).
- Visit to an artist’s studio and scenic photo stop.
- Hotel pick up, drop off, taxes, tolls, gas, 24/7 on the ground support.
- Entry fees to Temple of Aphaia.
- Food or drinks.
- Beach towels.
- 1-2 persons: 650€
- 3 persons: 750€
- 4 persons: 920€
- 5 persons: 990€
Major groups can be booked.
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 a 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.