If you are in Athens, traveling to Aegina (Aigina) is one the best island getaways and a real Greek experience. A perfect PRIVATE day trip to the pristine beaches and an authentic destination without the "hordes of tourists" but with small scale beauty and simplicity. The island feel, the food, the culture, the mythology is all there!
Start with a hotel pick up, then a great boat ride enjoying the views from the ferry's decks.
Explore this pine-tree green island with your private driver/guide and with full flexibility that a really private tour offers. A beautiful and relaxing island in the Saronic Gulf with small fishing villages, "swimming pool like" beaches and surrounded by smaller isles.
Start with Aegina harbor. Explore the highlights like Perdika fishing village and the Temple of Athena Aphaia with the amazing views. Let your guide recommend the best location for an authentic lunch with the locals.
Enjoy sunset while cruising back to Athens.
A private tour to Aegina ("Aigina" from Greek) island is a perfect day trip if you have limited time or you just want to enjoy an authentic Greek island and even swim at a Greek island beach if the time of the year is right. You'll save yourselves the hussle of traveling/flying/booking just to meet the crowds. You'll miss nothing! No compromises!
After a morning pick up from your Athens base you drive to Piraeus port in a private vehicle to board the ferry for a great 1 hour 10 min ride to the crystal clear water island of Aegina.
Scroll around the beautiful harbor before setting to explore:> Temple of Athena Aphaia: The Doric temple of Athena Aphaia was built around 420 B.C. on the site of a former temple. It is situated on top of a rock and it was dedicated to goddess Athena. The amazing thing is that this temple of Aegina, the temple of Poseidon and the Acropolis geographically form an isosceles triangle. But the views... are even better than Cape Sounion/Temple of Poseidon with its famous sunset and the crowds! Learn about the daughter of Zeus with whom the Minoan king and a fisherman fell in love but she escaped from both to fade out (synonymous to goddess Aphaia) in the woods of Aegina island. > Monastery of Saint Nectarios: The monastery was established by the saint himself, who was an Orthodox bishop, in 1904. Agios Nektarios lived in this monastery from 1908 to 1920. Today, this monastery is considered an important religious centre in Greece.
> Lunch next to the sea (own expense)> Perdika picturesque fishing village: Perdika is a picturesque, seaside village on the southern side of the island, with amazing views and a beautiful port facing the amazing isle of Moni. > Paleohora village: This enchanting remote hillside is dotted with the remains of a Byzantine village. More than 30 surviving
churches punctuate the rocky heights of the original citadel, and several have been refurbished. They are linked by a network of paths, carpeted with wildflowers in spring.
> OPTIONAL: Moni isle for lunch and swimming in the amazing water.> OPTIONAL: Who wouldn't like to swim in Aegina's water? If not your thing, you will at least visit Sarpa beach -the most beautiful on the island- or the nearby Klima Beach. For an amazing swimming experience visit the Moni isle right next to Perdika village.Finally, back on the ferry for another experience through the deep blue and an amazing sunset. Final drop off in front of your Athens base.No long ferry crossings, no flights, no bookings, no crowds, no worries!