Beyond Athens

Aigina Island enchantment

A surprisingly unspoilt island escape!

Duration

Full Day (11 hours)

When

Upon request

Languages

english, french

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This beautiful island, beloved of Zeus and blessed with a rich history, gives a great taste of all other Greek islands. Unspoilt landscapes, 19th century charm, lovely beaches and an outstanding cultural tradition in fine arts and handicrafts is what makes Aigina a favorite getaway just a short ferry ride from Athens!

This is a Private Tour

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

Highlights

  • Visit the Temple of Aphaia, one of ancient Greece's most graceful monuments
  • Swim at a beautiful island beach, followed by lunch at a family-run seaside taverna
  • Try your skills at traditional local craft-making or learn some traditional folk dances!
  • Discover small villages, hidden corners and enter locals’ homes and workshops

What you can expect

The trip to Aegina, an island steeped in historical significance, begins with a ferry ride to the island, a relaxing and enjoyable crossing during which you can loiter on deck and watch the playful seagulls or duck inside for morning refreshments in the ship's comfortable lounge.

Upon arriving at the port of Aegina, we will head straight to one of the island's traditional houses; this one has been transformed into a café, where we'll enjoy local delicacies and fresh homemade lemonade in the charming courtyard.

After this refreshing pause, it's off to a lovely modern sculpture Museum with breathtaking views, to quickly view works by an internationally acclaimed modern Greek sculptor and to hear how he was inspired by the mythology and the art of ancient Greece. From here, we'll head inland to the ruins of the island's medieval capital, Paleochora, which is said to have once boasted 365 churches.

Further east lies the Temple of Aphaia, dating from approximately 500BC. It is a remarkable edifice, perfectly placed to afford a stunning view back over the island and down to the shoreline, which is where we'll head next, for at swim at one of Aegina's prettiest beaches. The swim will be followed by a delicious lunch at a local seaside taverna offering authentic island cooking.

Once the meal is done, it's back to the port town for a wander through the colorful alleyways and a taste of some Aegina pistachios, the island's most famous agricultural export. Then we'll meet some of the island’s women that still hold alive its traditions and we’ll find out about the long tradition of arts and crafts that the residents here still maintain; you'll have the chance to try your hand at lace-making or, if you prefer something a little more lively, there will be an opportunity to learn a traditional folk dance!

As the music fades and you finish dancing, your day in Aegina will be at an end, but on the evening boat ride back to Piraeus, you'll have plenty to look back on from your all-day island adventure.

Itinerary

  • Transfer to the port
  • Ferry ride
  • Arrival, coffee break and snacks
  • Road trip and Kapralos museum visit
  • Road trip to Paleochora and Aphaia’s temple visit
  • Swim in the sea and lunch  
  • City walk and local cultural activity
  • Ferry ride
  • Transfer to your hotel

Practical info

Duration
Full Day (11 hours)
Walking pace
Easy
Languages
english, french
When
Upon request
Group size
Upon request

Good to know

  • Itinerary will be subject to changes during winter and autumn months.
  • Please make sure to bring your own towels for the beach, as towels are not provided in Greek beaches.

What's included

  • Professional, fun, knowledgeable and top-rated English speaking guide from our specially trained team
  • Professional English speaking driver throughout the tour,
  • Modern spacious vehicle with AC throughout the tour,
  • Round-trip ferry ride on high-speed modern vessel in designated seats
  • Breakfast, snack and refreshment
  • Local activity (lace crafts or traditional dances lesson)
  • Visit to an artist’s studio and scenic photo stop
  • Hotel pick up & drop off, vat, tolls, gas, 24/7 on the ground support

Not included

  • Entry fees to temple of Athena Aphaia
  • Lunch/drinks except for breakfast 
  • Beach towels
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Soaking up the island atmosphere while discovering everything about this historic spot

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

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"We had Alexandra as our tour guide and she was fantastic! She made the myths and legends so interesting and was very informative. She kept it entertaining, historical and relevant to all the places we visited"

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"Our Night tour went above and beyond any expectations. We had such an amazing time, we're still reminiscing about the night. We weren't just customers, we were friends on a night out. I can't recommend this evening out enough!"

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