Aegina is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece in the Saronic Gulf, 27 km (17 mi) from Athens. Tradition derives the name from Aegina the mother of the hero Aeacus, who was born on the island and became its king. During ancient times Aegina was a rival of Athens, the great sea power of the era.
Temple of Aphaea, dedicated to its namesake, a goddess who was later associated with Athena; the temple was part of a pre-Christian, equilateral holy triangle of temples including the Athenian Parthenon and the temple of Poseidon at Sounion.
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.
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.
Note: The itineray may vary according to local conditions.
Special Notes: All rates are in Euro funds. Our quotes include all taxes, vehicle and English speaking driver, highway tolls, car fuel, and parking and exclude lunch, entrance tickets and guides in sites . Payments are to be made in cash (Dollars or Euros) at the end of the services or prepayment by paypal (4% extra) and credit card (3% extra).
Important Note: The driver will wait maximum 45 minutes after the indicated pick up time for your group, please be on time otherwise you will be charged for "Non Show" fee and miss the tour.
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
Always closed on:
New Year's Day (January 1)
Greek National Day (March 25)
Good Friday - Christian
Easter - Christian
May Day / Labour Day (May 1)
Christmas - Christian (December 25)
Day after Christmas, St Stephen's Day, Boxing Day (December 26)
Adult 4.00 Euros
Free admission for:
Children under 19
Students from E.U.
Reduced admission for:
Citizens of the E.U. aged over 65
Students from countries outside the E.U.
Admission is free on Sundays from November to March and the first Sunday of each month except July.
Full facilities for persons with disabilities.