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Poros & Hydra: Pearls in the Saronic Gulf
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Poros & Hydra: Pearls in the Saronic Gulf

Poros & Hydra: Pearls in the Saronic Gulf

  • Athens: discover historical Athens on foot
  • Walk through the fir forests of Poros
  • Picturesque peninsula of Poros
  • Walking paradise on Hydra
  • Preserved town of Hydra with cobbled mule tracks
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Route

Start: Athens               Finish: Piraeus (Athens port)

Day 1: Arrival in Athens (5 KM)
Day 2: From Athens to Poros (5 km)
Day 3: Circular walk on Poros (10 km)
Day 4: Travel from Poros to Hydra. Afternoon walk (4 km)
Day 5: Walk on Hydra (10 or 16 km)
Day 6: Circular walk on Hydra (10 km)
Day 7: Walk on Hydra from Ledeza to Hydra town (9,6 or 17,2 km)
Day 8: Departure

Day 1:    Arrival in Athens (5 KM)

Arrival in Athens airport. You travel by public transport from the airport to Athens city hotel or you take a taxi. 

Time permitted you can explore the center of Athens and soak up the atmosphere of the old town with its colorful shops, the central fish- and meat market and the old quarter of Plaka situated at the foot of the Acropolis Hill. On top of the Acropolis you find the ancient Temple of Parthenon and at the foot of the hill the splendid new Acropolis Museum.

Challenge: 2-6 hrs, 5 km, 100m ascent, 100m descent

Day 2:    From Athens to Poros (5 km)

Pick-up at the hotel in Athens and transfer to the port of Piraeus. Ferry or high-speed to Poros (if a ferry is available with an acceptable timetable, we book the ferry).
In the afternoon there is time for a nice walk on the peninsula of Poros town. First you walk through this unique town with its brightly coloured houses up to the ruin of an old windmill. Here you will enjoy breath-taking views across the narrow Galatas channel toward the high peaks of the Peloponnese. You continue until the ridge and follow a partly paved path (kalderimi) all along the ridge to the church of Ag. Anargyroi. Sitting in front of the church you will have a 360 degree panoramic view. You descend via a different path back to Poros town where you can relax in one of the cafes or eateries.

Challenge: 2 hours, 5 km, 120m ascent, 120m descent

Day 3:    Circular walk on Poros (10 km)

Today’s walk leads you first along the coast toward Kyani Akti, from where you ascend through forested areas and small olive groves toward the archaeological site of Poseidon.
The Sanctuary of Poseidon deserves a visit. It is situated in a strategic position, 200m above sea level. The sanctuary was dedicated to the worship of Poseidon, but there is evidence that the site was already inhabited in prehistoric times. There are still excavations taking place.
Leaving the site behind you, you ascend further via a fire lane; a surprisingly nice section! You come to a forest road and reach the highest point of today. Zigzagging down via forest roads, you come to the main tarmac road which you follow shortly. Then you turn onto a nice path and descend through open woodlands until the coast at the area Perlia where your hotel is located.

Challenge: 3,5 hours, 10 km, 500m ascent, 500m descent

Day 4:    Travel from Poros to Hydra. Afternoon walk (4 km)

You travel today by high-speed from Poros to Hydra (several departures daily). The striking difference between Poros and Hydra becomes clear as you near the island of Hydra. Whereas Poros is covered with pine forests, Hydra consists mostly of rocky mountains and a curved coastline.
The main town and port are among the most beautiful in Greece, with preserved neo-classical mansions, white-washed village houses and narrow cobbled lanes climbing steeply up from the horseshoe shaped harbour. Quite rightly, the whole town is preserved as a national monument.
In the afternoon you can do a lovely walk on Hydra as you get to know the town and the sparsely-populated area inland. 

Challenge: 3 or 5 hours, 10 or 16 km, 150m or 350m ascent, 150m or 350m descent

Day 5:    Walk on Hydra (10 or 16 km)

The first of the two main walking routes crossing Hydra begins at Hydra’s main town and ends on the western side of the island, with Bisti Beach and the small church of Ag. Georgos. This side of the island is covered with rich vegetation and the pine forest reaches down to Bisti beach, offering a very different side of the island than the one usually associated with Hydra: a formation of bare rock. 

First you walk along the north coast through the villages of Kaminia, Vlychos, Plakes and past the Bay of Palamidas with its small dockyard. From there you have the option of returning to the town of Hydra via a different route OR walking further inland to ascend to the village of Episkopi. After Episkopi, the footpath continues southwest, toward the coast. You will enjoy impressive views and walk mainly through lush vegetation. Your route ends at the picturesque bay of Bisti with its small church, Agios Georgos. In high season there are sunbeds for rent. You will return to the town of Hydra by water taxi (not included in standard arrangement).

Challenge: 3 or 5 hours, 10 or 16 km, 150 or 350m ascent, 150 or 350m descent

Day 6:    Circular walk on Hydra (10 km)

The circular walk for today takes you to the summit of Mount Eros on the island of Hydra, 588m.
A wide “kalderimi” winds uphill from the town of Hydra to the Monastery of Profitis Elias, situated just 100m below the summit. From here a trail leads up to the summit, where you can enjoy splendid views over Hydra, the surrounding islands and the Peloponnese. The return route to the town of Hydra follows a different trail, descending gradually to the settlement at Episkopi then swiftly back to Hydra.

Challenge: 6 hours, 10 km, 700m ascent, 700m descent

Day 7:    Walk on Hydra from Ledeza to Hydra town (9,6 or 17,2 km)

For today’s route on Hydra you will be taken by a water taxi to Ledeza Bay (optional). From the bay you ascend to the Monastery of Zourvas, situated in a barren landscape, dominated by stone. You can choose to walk directly back to the town of Hydra via a clear footpath. You will walk through wooded areas as well, full of cedars and oaks. The route passes the monasteries of Aghia Matrona and Aghia Triada. Via a dirt track you reach the monastery of Aghios Nikolaos and descend to the town of Hydra.

For the longer walk you first continue further east, to the lighthouse of Zourvas, via the church of Agios Ioannikios. This church seems to be hanging from the cliffs while the sea shimmers 100m below, creating a dazzling sight. The end of the route is marked by the stone lighthouse of Zourvas, which is now automated. The only guests in the area are wild goats that roam and graze on the land. You return on foot to Zourvas Monastery then follow the standard route via Aghia Matrona, Aghia Triada and Aghios Nikolaos and return to Chora via a saddle marked by windmills.

Challenge: 3,5 or 6,5 hours, 9,6 or 17,2 km, 468m ascent, 440m descent

Day 8:    Departure

 

You walk with your luggage to the port via the cobbled streets of Hydra. At the port, you board a high-speed vessel to travel back to Piraeus. Optionally you can book a transfer to Athens airport for your flight departure or you can book additional nights in Athens.  

 

accommodation

All hotels of this trip are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.
Below you find the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, we book a similar alternative for you and inform you about the alternative booked. 

Extra overnight:
You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way. We can also book a hotel in Athens for you before and/or after the trip.

Remark: The hotel Hydrousa in Hydra is closed during the winter season November-March. You will stay at an alternative accommodation in the winter. This might be the case for Poros too, since hotel Saga might occasionally close for a short period during the winter.  

Novus Hotel
Novus Hotel (Athens)

A modern 4-star hotel with a pleasant 'vibe' and superb views from the rooftop terrace over the city of Athens and the Acropolis. On the rooftop you also find a small swimming pool.  

www.novushotel.gr

Saga Hotel
Saga Hotel (Poros)

This completely renovated hotel is conveniently located in the area Perlia within walking & cycling distance from lively Poros town. Great views on the harbour and the mountains of the Peloponnese, a lovely pool and spacious rooms. The owners Takis and Zefi offer great hospitality!

www.saga-hotel.com

Hydroussa Hotel
Hydroussa (Hydra)

On Hydra island you will stay in the traditional hotel Hydroussa, a charming, historic mansion offering all modern comforts you need. There is a quiet courtyard that serves in the morning as breakfast area. Because there are no cars on Hydra, there is always a serene and peaceful atmosphere. 

www.hydroussahotel.gr

practical info

 

Starting on any day of the week from March 23rd to october 25.  In case you want to book in winter prices are on request.  The hotel Hydrousa in Hydra is closed during the winter season November-March. You will stay at an alternative accommodation in the winter. This might be the case for Poros too, since hotel Saga might occasionally close for a short period during the winter.  

The nearest airport is Athens 

From Athens airport you travel easily by public transport to your hotel in Athens down-town. At the end of the tour, you travel from Piraeus to Athens Airport by public Expres bus, or you can take a taxi. 

You may also book a private transfers from/to the airport by taxi with S-Cape.

We can send you GPS tracks of this trip upon request and after booking.

included

Included

  • 7 nights accommodation in the following hotels on a Bed and Breakfast basis 
  • Taxi transfer Athens hotel-Piraeus
  • Ferry or High-speed Piraeus-Poros in tourist class
  • High-speed Poros-Hydra and high-speed Hydra-Piraeus in tourist class
  • On Poros and Hydra guests walk to the hotels. On Poros luggage will be transferred from/to the port.
  • 24-hour telephone assistance, just a phone call away
  • Detailed route descriptions and maps in English
  • Original walking map of Hydra

Optional services (can be booked in advance)

  • Taxi transfer Athens Airport-Athens (can be done easily by public transport!)
  • Taxi transfer Piraeus-Athens Airport (can be done easily by public transport!)
  • Water taxi Hydra town-Ledeza Bay (can also be arranged by client locally on the spot)
  • Additional night/s at any of the accommodations along the way

(*) Tourist tax is not included. 

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