Spend nine days getting your sea legs with this sailing itinerary. Once believed to be one of six entrances to the Underworld, the Saronic Gulf is now one of the most popular yacht spots in Greece. You'll travel to a new island each day, taking in harbor towns and historic temples and churches, sampling island specialties, and enjoying the sea breeze.
As soon as you step foot onto Hydra, you'll recognize the island's allure. The Greeks built the main town amphitheatrically, adorning it with secluded squares, 18th-century mansions, old captains’ homes, churches, wells, and marble-covered lanes. As a result, the island's leisurely daily life hardly feels like the 21st century, as the locals transport everything by mule, cart, or hand.
Enjoy exploring the main town, admiring well-preserved mansions, monuments, and museums. Then, stroll along the waterfront, discover local neighborhoods, and wander the picturesque alleyways that seem never to stop twisting and turning. Finally, learn about Hydra's history and how it played a crucial role in the Greek Revolution of 1821. The island's inhabitants banded together with the Spetses and Psara, leading the revolution by sea.
Before heading back, take a water taxi to a secluded beach, enjoy a swim, and relax with a traditional lunch by the sea.
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Itineraries with Day Trip to Hydra from Athens
Get a full picture of Greece's offerings with this expansive itinerary. Start off with five days in Athens, then head to the islands to see the two stars of the Cyclades, Santorini and Mykonos. Down to Crete next for both trekking and village tours before you head back to Athens to explore more sites of the mainland both in the city and in neighboring Nafplio.