Athens and the Islands Short Break
- Immerse yourself in the history of Ancient Greece on this 4-night holiday to Athens.
- Stay in the centre of the city with easy access to all the must-see attractions.
- Explore the highlights of Athens on a half day city tour with an expert local guide.
- Discover the beautiful Greek islands of Hydra, Poros & Aegina on a full day guided cruise.
- Enjoy free time to discover Athens on your own, with tips from our local guide.
Your Guided Group Holiday To Athens
Journey back in time with us to one of the world’s oldest cities and into the heart of Ancient Greece on this fascinating 4-night holiday to Athens. With a history spanning over 3400 years, the Greek capital of Athens holds a multitude of ancient treasures and ruins, ripe for exploration. On this perfectly-paced holiday, we’ll wander through the awe-inspiring hilltop citadel of the Acropolis to admire the incredible Parthenon and soak up the city’s unique atmosphere as we stroll along the historic streets of the Plaka district, known as the "Neighbourhood of the Gods". We’ll also enjoy a full-day cruise to the three beautiful islands of the Saronic Gulf; Hydra, Poros and Aegina. This holiday includes plenty of leisure time to immerse yourself in the history, culture and beauty of Athens at your own pace.
Please Note: Some excursions on this holiday will involve walking on hilly terrain and uneven surfaces.
Activity Level: Leisurely
Travel to Greece
Arrive in Athens
Upon arriving in Greece, you will be met by our local representative at the airport, who will assist you in the transfer to your hotel.
Half Day Guided Tour of Athens
Begin your Greek adventure with a half day guided sightseeing tour of Athens. Today you will see the breath-taking Acropolis, an ancient citadel perched on a hilltop overlooking Athens. This wonderful settlement is home to the Parthenon, a beautiful Doric temple, and the Erechtheion, a temple dedicated to Poseidon. You will also see the Panathinaikos Stadium, host of the first modern Olympic Games and the only stadium in the world that is entirely built of marble.
Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, to discover the city in your own time. Your guide will be delighted to suggest places of interest to you. For a taste of local tradition, visit the Parliament and see the changing of the guards that take place every hour.
Cruise to the Three Beautiful Islands of the Saronic Gulf
Your day begins with an early transfer from your hotel to the port, where you will cruise to the three beautiful islands of the Saronic Gulf; Hydra, Poros and Aegina (lunch included). Your guide will help you to become acquainted with the ship and give you information regarding the programme for the day, including details of the optional activities you can book while on the cruise (not included). Hydra, with its close proximity to Athens, is a very popular weekend destination. The harbour boasts traditional stone houses and mansions surrounded by crystal clear waters. Motor vehicles are prohibited on the small island ; traversing the narrow stone-paved streets is on foot or by traditional "vehicle" ; the saddled donkey. Poros, the smallest of the three islands that you'll visit, has the benefit of the narrow strait, offering a most enchanting view of the town of Poros. On Aegina, the largest of the three islands, there will be free time to visit the Temple of Afea or the Church of Saint Nektarios, whose relics are display. Or you can spend your time enjoying the cafes and shops, before heading back to Athens.
Free Time in Athens
With a full day for exploration and relaxation, you could start with a stroll through the buzzing Plaka district. Check out the pavement cafes, archaeological sites and churches and enjoy a typical Greek lunch at an atmospheric taverna.
Return Home From Greece
Transfer from your hotel to Athens Airport for your flight home, with guide assistance.
Know before you go
Will I be met at the airport?
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your Travel Department guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
Do I need a Visa?
Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each country's entry requirements
What if there is an emergency?
We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.