Yes it possible! We can visit within a day Aegina, one the most beautiful and historical Greek islands.
We depart in the morning from the port of Piraeus and approximately one hour later we’ll arrive at the picturesque harbor of Aegina, usually full of local fishing-boats and luxurious yachts. Make a note before leaving the island to buy the most delicious local product…the famous pistachios!
In historical terms, there is evidence that the island was inhabited from as early as 3.500 B.C. The island enjoyed strong economic and social growth between around 900 B.C. and 480 B.C., including minting the first coins anywhere in Greece during the 7th. Century B.C.
In more modern times, Aegina was briefly the first ‘capital’ of modern Greece from January 12th to October 3rd 1828.
After visiting the capital town of Aegina with its traditional food-market in front of the harbour, we’ll start exploring the rest of the island which is not only full of beautiful sandy beaches for swimming, but also has some places of great archaeological interest.
Temple of Aphaia.
The Temple of Aphaia (5th century B.C.), dedicated to a daughter of Zeus, a divinity associated with Artemis who was revered as a protectress of women (dedicatory inscription; terracottas), is built on the foundations of an earlier sixth century temple, on the site of a pre-Greek shrine. It is a peripteral temple of 6 by 12 columns, with a pronaos and opisthodomos in antis. The roof of the “naos” was supported by two rows of columns. In the opisthodomos is a stone altar-table. There survive 23 columns of yellowish limestone, mainly at the east end and the adjoining sides, still preserving remains of the original stucco facing; most of the columns are monolithic. The roof and sculptural decoration were in Pentelic marble.
Church of St.Nektarios.
One of the most visited sites on Aegina is the church of Agios Nektarios (Saint Nectarios) one of the largest in the Balkans. The church is still not finished. The mausoleum of Agios Nektarios is inside the church. After you visit the church you can climb the stairs to the monastery of the Holy Trinity. Fourteen nuns are still living in the monastery.
(Duration aprox. 8 hours)
All our private tours are flexible. It is always up to you to change the itinerary according to your wishes.
Admission fees and lunch are not included in the price of the tour.
Temple of Aphaia opens daily: 08:00-19:30 Apr. 1st to Oct. 31st - 08:30-15:00 Nov. 1st to Mar.31st
Adult 6 Euros
Reduced admission (50%) for visitors (Original passport or copy necessary)
Between 6-25 years old, from countries outside the E.U.
Senior citizens of the E.U. aged over 65
Everybody from Nov. 1st to March 31st
Free admission for visitors (Original passport or copy necessary)
Up to 25 years old from countries of the E.U
Children up to 5 years old from countries outside the E.U
Highschool & University students over 25 years old from countries of the E.U. (a certificate from the educational institution certifying tuition and its duration is necessary)
Days of free admission for all to archaeological sites & public Museums
• March 6 (In Memory of Melina Mercouri)
• April 18 (International Monuments Day)
• May 18 (International Museums Day)
• The last weekend of September (European Heritage Days)
• Oct. 28 (National Holiday)
• First Sunday of every month, from Nov. 1st to March 31st
1 January: closed
6 January: 08:30 - 15:00
Shrove Monday: 08:30 - 15:00
25 March: closed
Greek Orhodox Good Friday: 12:00 - 15:00
Greek Orhodox Good Saturday: 08:30 - 15:00
Greek Orhodox Easter Sunday: closed
Greek Orhodox Easter Monday: 08:30 - 15:00
May 1: closed
Holy Spirit Day: 08:30 - 15:00
15 August: 08:30 - 15:00
28 October: 08:30 - 15:00
25 December: closed
26 December: closed