Saronic Gulf Walking Tour

Greece
Walking
Self-Guided
Saronic Gulf Walking Tour

Saronic Gulf Walking Tour

Prices

From $225USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotel

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Highlights

Revel in the beauty, the culture, and the cuisine of Greece’s Saronic Gulf

Take in the incredible beauty of the Saronic Gulf and immerse yourself in the area’s culture.

Relax and socialize at authentic taverns offering homemade food from local produce.

Walk along the romantic Aegina coast surrounded by fascinating landscapes.

Observe the cultural heritage of this authentic Greek Island.

Aegina island, only 1 hour by ferry from Piraeus port, is a wonderful island in the Saronic Gulf. During this short escape, you’ll discover the island on foot, enjoy the splendid views on the mountains of the Peloponnese, and see the surrounding islands of Agistri and Methana.

This tour explores two great walks on Aegina. One walk leads you from the fishing town of Perdika to the summit of Aegina (532m) from where you have a breathtaking 360-degree view on the surrounding islands. You’ll walk through ancient olive groves with olive trees over 500 years old and pass numerous chapels and picturesque churches.

The second walk shows you the incredible cultural heritage of the island: the impressive modern monasteries of Agios Nektarios and Agia Marina, the old Byzantine churches with frescoes in Paleochora, and the Ancient Temple of Aphaia, so proudly built in a strategic location. In the evenings there is ample time to take a stroll through the alleys in Aegina town, nipping a Greek Frappe and live the island life along with the Greeks.

Saronic Gulf Walking Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival at Aegina

Transfer from Athens center or Athens Airport to Piraeus and ferry to Aegina. On Aegina, your luggage will be picked up from the port and you walk to your accommodation in the town.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Aegina
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Walk from Perdika to Marathonas Beach

Today’s walk starts from the picturesque fishing village of Perdika. You travel by public bus or by taxi. From Perdika you ascend inland via old trails along with numerous chapels, ruins of old windmills, and old threshing floors. You walk through the village Sfendouri and ascend through a moonlike landscape of limestone. The views of the surrounding islands like Agistri, Moni and Methana and the mountains of the Peloponnese are superb!

You can take an optional loop to the summit of Mt. Ellanio, which at 532m is the highest summit of Aegina. On top is a church, the perfect picnic spot for today’s walk.

After the descent you continue through the bare landscape to the ‘Eleonas’, a plain with huge olive trees, some of which are over 500 years old. The walk ends on the beach of Marathonas.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Aegina
Distance
3.5 hrs, 10km, 600m ascent, 600m descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Walk from Agios Nektarios to Agia Marina

This is one of the highlights of the Saronic Islands. You start at the massive monastery of Agios Nektarios, located in the center of the island. You can travel there by public bus or private taxi. The Monastery was built for the Holy Nektarios who died in 1920. Thousands of religious people come here every year, seeking help from this miracle-working saint.

After your visit, you walk a short distance to the old town of Paleochora, located on the top of a hill. In the Middle Ages, this was a lively town. Now you can admire 38 Byzantine churches, some in good condition, but many are ruined. From Paleochora the walk continues via a ridge along with ruins of windmills to a nice viewpoint. You descend along abandoned olive groves to Mesargos, and from this village, walk on rural roads and dirt tracks to the nunnery Agia Marina. Shortly after, the unique Temple of Aphaia comes into sight. After your visit to this ancient Greek temple, you descend via a wide track to the seaside resort of Agia Marina. From here you return to Aegina town by public bus or by taxi.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Aegina
Distance
4 hours, 11km, 400m ascent, 550m descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Departure

After breakfast, you travel on the ferry back to Piraeus. In Piraeus, it’s onto your next adventure.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Saronic Gulf Walking TourPrice and Dates

This self-guided walking tour in Aegina Island is always run as a private tour for your group only and the price depends on the types of rooms that you choose and your preferred departure days.

Prices below are per person.

Departure between April 1st and June 28th:

  • Price per solo traveller: €425EUR
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): €375EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €275EUR
  • Price per person sharing triple room: €225EUR

Departure between June 29th and August 31st:

  • Price per solo traveller: €475EUR
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): €395EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €295EUR
  • Price per person sharing triple room: €225EUR

Departure between September 1st and October 29th:

  • Price per solo traveller: €425EUR
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): €375EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €275EUR
  • Price per person sharing triple room: €225EUR
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Accommodation on Saronic Gulf Walking Tour

This tour is based in one hotel. This hotel is usually 4-star and offers modern conveniences that can make this trip more pleasant.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
Rooms are double occupancy. You can pay a supplement to have a private room in a hotel where possible. Solo travellers may be required to pay a supplement.

Hotel Danae in Aegina

Hotel Danae is a romantic hotel that offers free wifi, air conditioning, and attentive concierge. The outdoor pool is perfect for a post-walk splash.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Saronic Gulf Walking Tour?

Meals

3 breakfasts are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 3 nights are included.

Transportation during the Tour

This tour includes pick up from Athens Center or Athens Airport and a ferry ticket from Piraeus to Aegina-Piraeus. It doesn’t include public transport or taxi to and from the walks.

Also Included

  • Luggage transfers upon arrival and departure on Aegina
  • Detailed road book, GPS tracks and maps in English Original map of the region, 1:25 000 (Road Editions)

Not included

  • Flight to and from Athens
  • Public transport or taxi to and from the walks
  • Travel insurance
  • Tourist tax
  • Admissions and entrance fees of any kind
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses such as lunches, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers etc.
  • Any items that have not been specifically mentioned in the program

Optional Extras

  • Transfer back to the airport at additional costs
  • Extra night/s can be booked at the standard accommodation

Frequenty Asked Questions about Saronic Gulf Walking Tour

How hard is the Saronic Gulf Walking Tour?

We rate this tour as a 2/5. The walks are mostly on unsurfaced dirt roads and stony footpaths. Sometimes you’ll walk short stretches on quiet tarmac roads.

I’ve never been on a self-guided trip! How does it work?

Self-guided travelling is not difficult! For many, it is a preferred type of travel since you are in charge of your own time and pace. You are provided with all the information you’ll need to follow the route each day and often have access to phone support or other kinds of assistance. However, self-guided travelling requires good navigation skills and those who don’t feel confident in unknown places should consider booking guided tours.

Do I need a visa to travel to Greece?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Saronic Gulf Walking Tour?

3 breakfasts are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover hiking. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Athens to start this tour?

Fly into Athens International Airport (ATH), from where you will be picked up and taken to Piraeus port.

Where does the Saronic Gulf Walking Tourend?

The tour ends in Aegina, where you can depart to the airport or to a nearby Island.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Greece?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Greece?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

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Prices

From $225USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotel

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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We rate this tour as a 2/5. The walks are mostly on unsurfaced dirt roads and stony footpaths. Sometimes you’ll walk short stretches on quiet tarmac roads.

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