Best Greek Island Tours from Athens

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Written By: Pavlos Inglesis

Athens is not only the cultural epicenter of Greece and Europe, but also a place that you can use as your base to explore some of the little greek islands around it. The greek islands near Athens provide a glimpse to the past with their cute fish villages and their unique green mediterranean landscape and the great thing is that they are all very well connected to Athens making them ideal for a daytrip (or 2…). Here are the best greek island tours from Athens:

greek island tours from athens
The greek islands near Athens in the Saronic Gulf are little gems full of history and beautiful fish harbours. DO NOT ATTEMPT to visit Santorini or Mykonos on any boat tours from Athens. You won’t get more than 2 hours on the islands and you will spend a day on ferries…

BEST GREEK ISLAND TOUR FROM ATHENS: Hydra, Poros & Aegina Day Cruise with lunch

I am not going to lie to you: you should not even start trying to search for cruises or tours that will take you to Santorini or Mykonos from Athens and back in a day. It’s just not posible because these 2 islands are way too far and it takes 3-5 hours with a ferry to reach them. And back.

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  • You can always arrange your own ferry ticket to an island near Athens through booking from Ferryhopper, but you won’t get any guide or a full tour experience.
  • The best islands near Athens to visit are Egina (Aegina), Hydra and Spetses. These are the most culturally rich as well with centuries of naval (and not only) history and are all worth at least 2-3 hours stay.
  • Aegina is the famous “pistachio island”. In fact, the word for pistachio in greek is literally “Egina’s nut”. You will see them all over the island, and they are considered some of the best in the world.
  • Spetses island and its surroundings are famous for being the greek tycoons’ Mediterranean heavens, with many of the richest greeks actually having villas in the area.
  • There are not that many accessible beaches in those islands and your tour operator might choose to let you swim in just a random bech somewhere which is usually even better as these are the most magical ones.
  • If you have more time than just a day trip from Athens, I highly recommend you stay 1 night in Hydra or Spetses as they are both super cute islands and are ideal for a weekend stay. is the website with the most available rooms and Private Villas in Athens, Santorini , Mykonos & Crete (more than Airbnb!)

Ferryhopper is the best website to book your ferry tickets or check the timetables for Santorini, Mykonos , Crete & all greek islands

Get Your Guide has the best and largest variety of Tours in Athens and the greek islands (Santorini, Mykonos, Crete etc)

Rentalcars is the easiest way to rent a car or a quad for Greece with thousands of available options

Expedia has all the available flights to and from the greek islands

So, without further ado, let’s see the best greek island tours from Athens:

Hydra, Poros & Aegina Day Cruise with lunch

greek islands tour from athens

From Athens: Full-Day Cruise to Aegina, Poros and Hydra

greek island tour from athens

Athens: Boat Tour to Agistri, Aegina with Moni Swimming Stop

greek island tours athens

Athens: Full-Day Island Hopping Cruise with Lunch

greek island hopping from athens

Athens Riviera: Catamaran Cruise with Meal and Drinks

catamaran cruise athens boat

From Athens: Day Cruise to Hydra, Poros & Aegina with Lunch

hydra spetses cruise athens

From Athens: Saronic Islands Full-Day Cruise with VIP Seats

saronic islands cruise from athens

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Pavlos Inglesis
Greek, born and raised in Athens. I have been to almost every greek island and pretty much in every region of mainland Greece. I have also been eating souvlaki and gyros since the 80s. I love being a dad to my 2 beautiful daughters and also taking great photos of the places I visit. This is my blog to help you out explore the places I have visited with my inside tips as a Greek, knowing the ins and outs of my country and culture. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments section under the post you are interested in and I wIll try my best to respond asap.

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