Beyond Athens

A Dazzling Day Trip to Hydra

A great cosmopolitan island escape, with pristine beaches, stunning architecture and international cultural allure


Full Day (11 hours)


Upon request


english, french

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Less than two hours from Piraeus, the island of Hydra is an ideal day-trip destination. Completely traffic-free (no cars or scooters), the port town is positively charming, thanks to the magnificent 18th-century mansions lining the steep streets that rise up from the harbor's edge. The stunning beaches are tranquil, laid-back locations and the island is full of history and cultural charm.

This is a Private Tour

Our private tours can be booked as featured or be customized especially for you.


  • The beautiful port of Hydra, rich in history and cosmopolitan fame
  • Horse riding through the town's cobbled streets
  • A sea-taxi ride, swimming in crystal clear waters and a delicious Greek lunch (not included in price) at a seaside taverna
  • Sightseeing in this historic location, an important center during the 1821 Greek War of Independence

What you can expect

At the port of Piraeus, you'll board the Flying Dolphin for a quick and comfortable hydrofoil ride to the harbor town of Hydra. Once you reach the island you’ll be amazed by the local landscape that has made it a favored retreat of jetsetters and rock stars such as Maria Callas, Leonard Cohen, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Picasso and many more.

Then it's time to saddle up for a family-friendly ride through the town's different neighborhoods, because the best way to explore Hydra is on the back of a horse, the island's traditional means of transportation (no cars allowed!).

After your ride through town, you'll return to the harbor to board one of the island's famed water taxis, the easiest and the most exciting way to reach the island's best beaches. Foremost among these is Plakes Beach, equipped with sun-loungers and umbrellas, where you'll be heading for hours of fun in the sun and the crystal-blue sea, as well as a delicious lunch at the seafront taverna right at the water's edge.

Following lunch, it's back to Hydra Town for a second trip, this time on foot, down the maze-like side streets and by-ways where you'll spot artists' workshops, stylish boutiques, and a number of well-preserved historic residences, some of which, once owned by important figures in Greece's 19th-century struggle for independence, are now museums. Hydra has evolved to a cultural hub, where innovative exhibits, hip happenings and events with international appeal attract famous visitors from all over the world each summer.

Your stroll will end at a family-run pastry shop that's famous for the local sweet (made from almonds) known as amygdalota, and for its rich and delicious homemade ice cream. As you finish your treat on the shaded veranda of the pastry shop, you'll be ready to leave the island with more than just a sweet taste on your lips; you'll have the long-lasting memory of a special day spent on this little gem of an island.


  • Hotel pick-up and transfer to Piraeus port
  • Ferry ride to Hydra
  • Hydra horse ride
  • Transfer to Plakes beach
  • Plakes beach and free time for lunch (not included)
  • Hydra strolling and ice cream stop
  • Ferry ride back to Piraeus
  • Transfer to your hotel

Practical info

Full Day (11 hours)
Walking pace
english, french
Upon request
Group size
Upon request

Good to know

  • Itinerary may be subject to changes during winter and autumn months.
  • Please make sure to bring your own beach towels, as they are not provided on Greek beaches.

What's included

  • Professional, fun, knowledgeable top-rated English speaking tour leader from our specially trained team
  • Round trip transfer from your hotel to the harbor and back
  • Round-trip ferry ride on high-speed hydrofoil in assigned seats
  • Scenic horse ride around the island
  • Water taxi round trip from the center of the island to a secluded beach and back
  • Hotel pick up & drop off, taxes, tolls, gas, 24/7 on the ground support

Not included

  • Lunch / drinks
  • Beach towels
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You'll love:

The feeling of entering another era, where time has stopped

A Dazzling Day Trip to Hydra
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Awards & Accolades


"This was great...we saw all kinds of things we never would have stumbled onto on our own. I highly recommend Alternative Athens!"

Julie Matlof K

"Amazing Tour! It exceeded my expectations. Our guide Demetra was wonderful and had an amazing knowledge of history, archaeology and culture; she did a great job highlighting things of importance and interest, while not bogging us down with too much detail. Our tour included a number of cultural stops (wine tasting, icon painting, Greek lesson, tanner and bellmaker visits, stops for local sweets and food, etc.) and every stop added to the richness of our trip. I honestly cannot say enough good things about Alternative Athens and Demetra!!"

Elizabeth B, TripAdvisor

"Overall, the tour is a MUST if you enjoy seeing a city at night. The way the locals spend the nights in a city tells you a lot about the city's soul...and seeing it with Antonis is the best way to do it.’’"

Sush106 – Texas