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There's a cruise that you can take as a day trip from Piraeus while staying in the Athens area - it goes to Hydra, Aegina, and Poros. Does anyone know what I am talking about? I know some people who did it and loved it, and I want to do it, too. I want to be able to book it in advance. I can't find anything about the cruise unfortunately! Does anyone know about it and can steer me in the right direction?
 
Several companies offer basically the same three-island tour. You can check out on-line C.H.A.T. Tours (www.chat-tours.com.) Tour #27, Viator, GetYourGuide, and Trip Advisor’s listing of the 10 Best Saronic Gulf Tours. I took the C.H.A.T. tour years ago and even then, I was a bit turned off by how touristy it was. Having a standard buffet lunch on board was not my idea of actually getting a sense of places. However if your time is limited, it IS a very efficient way of seeing three extremely popular Saronic Gulf islands.

You can also visit any one of these islands on your own via hydrofoil from Piraeus for a great day trip. In recent years we’ve focused on Aegina because it’s the closest to Athens, has a lot to offer including the Temple of Aphaia, and it’s possible to also visit the more secluded islands of Agistri and Moni.
 
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There's a cruise that you can take as a day trip from Piraeus while staying in the Athens area - it goes to Hydra, Aegina, and Poros. Does anyone know what I am talking about? I know some people who did it and loved it, and I want to do it, too. I want to be able to book it in advance. I can't find anything about the cruise unfortunately! Does anyone know about it and can steer me in the right direction?
Yes, I did it many years ago when I was in Athens. You should be easily able to do when you're in Athens, unless things gave drastically chsnged! It seemed to be advertised everywhere. Ask at the front desk of the hotel you're staying it if you don't see advertising for it.
 
There's a cruise that you can take as a day trip from Piraeus while staying in the Athens area - it goes to Hydra, Aegina, and Poros. Does anyone know what I am talking about? I know some people who did it and loved it, and I want to do it, too. I want to be able to book it in advance. I can't find anything about the cruise unfortunately! Does anyone know about it and can steer me in the right direction?
Just Google Athens day cruises and several should come up. I have done this with guests several times over the years. Just be aware that you only spend a brief time on each island. As an alternative, we have been recommending to just spend a day or two on Aegina. You can rent mopeds or 4 wheelers and tour the island sites and beaches. By fast ferry it’s only a 40min trip.
 
My mother did a three island cruise that involved Hydra, Poros, and Aegina. She said it was a blast! However, she doesn't actually remember Poros and she said there really wasn't enough time on Hydra to see anything. Aegina, for her, was a highlight. She said if she could do it all again, she'd do one island at a time, starting with Aegina. Something to think about!
 

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Additionally, are there any cultural norms or safety tips I should be aware of? I’m excited to explore the city's vibrant culture, but as a solo traveler, I want to make sure I’m well-prepared.

Lastly, if anyone has tips on navigating the public transportation system or insights on day trips from Athens, that would be incredibly helpful.

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I am visiting Athens and want a feel for where to go that pertains to Greek mythology.Of course, the Acropolis is on my list, but I wish to explore other places related to gods, goddesses, heroes, and their legendary tales as well.

For those of you who have ventured on similar quests or possess knowledge about Greek mythology's physical footprints in Athens, could you recommend:
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I'm planning my very first trip to Athens, Greece, and I'm super excited! I've heard so many amazing things about this historic city, but I want to make sure I don't miss out on any must-see spots or hidden gems.

For those of you who have been to Athens before, what are the key things I absolutely need to visit? Here are a few things I've heard about:
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I'm planning a trip to Athens and compiling a list of must-see places. I came across the Benaki Museum, and it caught my interest. From what I've gathered, it seems like a place rich in Greek history and culture, housing a diverse collection that spans the ages.

However, I'm trying to manage my time in Athens effectively since there's so much to see and do. For those who have visited the Benaki Museum, would you say it's a worthwhile addition to my itinerary? I'm particularly keen on understanding if its collections are uniquely representative of Greek heritage in ways that other museums in the city might not offer.

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