Hiking on Hydra | Dream island at the gates of Athens
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Hiking on Hydra

The island beloved by Leonard Cohen

Do you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Athens for a day and experience pure island idyll? Would you like to explore an island on foot and enjoy a dip in the sparkling blue waters? On Hydra you can have this all, and much more!

With one of the most picturesque harbours in all of Greece, Hydra is the jewel of the Saronic Gulf. Magnificent captain’s houses, which testify to the wealth of bygone times, are nestled in the amphitheatre-shaped harbour bay. This is a sight that is sure to take your breath away as soon as you arrive on Hydra. The most striking thing on entering the marble quay of the harbour is the island’s heavenly tranquillity.

Hydra is completely traffic-free, so you can only get around on foot or by donkey. On the island, time seems to have stood still. Hydra’s unique and special charm has already captivated countless artists. The unforgettable Canadian multi-talent Leonard Cohen, who made a name for himself as a musician as well as a writer and painter, fell so much in love with Hydra that he even bought a house and wrote two books on the island.

If you would like to immerse yourself in this unique world, our day tour to Hydra is the perfect choice for you. Join us on a hiking tour and discover this beautiful island and its extraordinary capital.


Highlights

  • Heavenly tranquillity: Hydra is completely traffic-free
  • In the footsteps of an artist: Leonard Cohen’s house on Hydra
  • Picturesque landscape: Discover Hydra’s wild mountains and spectacular coastline
  • Jewel at the gates of Athens: Hydra’s harbour is a delight to behold


12 hrs
May – Oct
Easy
Athens
Athens
Persons: 4+
Age: 14+

Included Activities

  • Guided hike along Hydra’s historic paths
  • Swimming in the crystal-clear, blue sea
  • Picnic in the mountains

Dates

This day trip to Hydra can be booked on any day between May and October.

A minimum of 4 participants is required for the tour to take place.


WHAT TO EXPECT
We collect you from your accommodation in Athens early in the morning and transfer you to the port of Piraeus. Hydra’s proximity to Athens makes it an ideal day trip destination, as it only takes an hour and a half to get there by high-speed ferry.

Once on Hydra, we take the path up to the 588 m / 1,929 ft. high Mount Eros, the highest point on the island. We start the hike directly from the harbour and follow the “main road” that leads to Kala Pigadia. From there we continue along the wide cobblestone road through a dense pine forest to the monastery of the Prophet Elias. After a final climb, we reach the top of Mount Eros, from where we are rewarded with a view across the endless blue sea.

On our way back, we stop for a picnic at the monastery and from there take the same route down towards the harbour town. Before taking the ferry back to Athens in the evening, you have plenty of free time to explore the charming town of Hydra with its distinctive architectural character and unique atmosphere.

Once back in Piraeus, we transfer you back to your accommodation. Ferry: Athens – Hydra 8:00-9:35 / Hydra – Athens 19:20-21:00. The 9 km / 5.5 mi. hike on Hydra takes about 4-5 hours.

When can I do this tour?
This tour can be booked on any day from May to October.

What are the age requirements for this tour?
The minimum age for this tour is 14 years.

In which language is this tour conducted?
This tour is offered exclusively in English.

What food is included?
A picnic lunch is included in the tour price.

Are changes to the tour itinerary possible?
We are constantly updating our unique itineraries based on new information and experiences. The hikes, accommodations, and visits listed are therefore subject to change. We reserve the right to make changes to the published itinerary if, in our opinion, weather conditions warrant it, or the safety of participants can no longer be guaranteed.

How difficult is this tour?
We have classified this 9 km/5.5 mi. hike as easy. It is therefore an ideal outdoor activity for anyone who enjoys walking, has a normal level of physical fitness, and is used to walking for 3-5 hours. Good footwear and surefootedness are required.

What should I bring on this tour?
We recommend bringing as little as possible with you on this tour. Below you will find a small list that you can use as a guideline for what to bring. You can, of course, modify this according to your own personal preferences.

Luggage:

  • 20 L daypack to carry a change of clothes
  • camera
  • water bottle
  • snacks, etc.

Clothing:

  • Casual clothing, if necessary multi-functional shirt
  • Possibly rain trousers / poncho
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Headwear for protection from the sun
  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses

Basic Tour Price

190 € per person

INCLUDED SERVICES

  • Harbour transfers in Athens
  • Ferry tickets Athens – Hydra, and Hydra – Athens
  • Guided hiking tour on Hydra

NOT INCLUDED

  • Drinks & Snacks during the tour
  • Tips for guide and transfer driver

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