Images of picture perfect beaches and tranquil island lifestyle, inspired by rich history and culture make the Greek Islands much sought after destinations. With over 30 masses appearing in from the country’s surrounding seas, the Aegean Sea is home to a number of volcanic islands ready to escape to.
From the heart of Greece, numerous tours will connect visitors to the islands. Many trips are particularly appealing to travellers who want to enjoy their independence rather than conform to organised activities: cruises and trips coordinate the transport and accomodation, leaving the rest to be arranged by the guests themselves. Below we’ve selected four of the best island tours, these explore different islands and are selected with different budgets and itineraries in mind.
FROM: €109/per person
Cruise to three Greek Islands: Poros, Hydra and Egina on this full-day tour. Each island is enjoyed independently with the tour organising transport, hotel pick-up and drop-off as well as proving a Greek lunch aboard your boat. For an additional cost, tours of the Temple of Aphaia on Egina Island are offered to guests. During the return journey, relax with entertainment of Greek folklore, traditional music and dancing. There is the opportunity to upgrade this tour, and enjoy the comfort of the boats VIP lounge and unlimited refreshments.
From €115/ per person
A unique island in the Aegean Sea, a trip to Hydra transports travellers back in time to an island where modern construction is prohibited and life ambles by at a relaxed Mediterranean pace. Over 12-hours, travel from Athens to Hydra via ferry, and explore the charming streets, family run eateries and local atmosphere of the main town. Very little traffic is allowed on the island, with bicycles, donkeys and water taxis navigating the island’s stone streets and waterways. This tour includes all transport, with all other activities open to guests at their own expense, providing the freedom to enjoy Hydra in your own way.
From €318/ per person
This postcard perfect island is top of many visitors lists when coming to Greece. This tour suits travellers who are looking for independence and to make their own discoveries of the island. The two-day trip includes transport: via ferry or speedboat, an overnight stay in a hotel in the town of Fira or Kamari, and pick-up and drop of from your Athens accommodation. Whether guests wish to relax on the volcanic mass or spend their days exploring, all time is free-time with no other excursions included in the price; though watching the infamous sunset across the whitewashed architecture is, of course, a must.
From €735/ per person
This five-day cruise navigates three of the Greek Islands in the Aegean Sea. With the tour taking care of accomodation and travel, guests are able to organise the rest of their itinerary to suit personal interests and budgets. Whether that means relaxing on the sandy beachs of Syros, heading for the trendy nightlife of Mykonos, exploring the picturesque landscapes of Santorini, or all three; the tour takes care of the boring logistics whilst guests plan the more interesting activities for themselves.