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Trip Start Jun 26, 2011
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Trip End Jul 30, 2011


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Flag of Greece  , Saronic Gulf Islands,
Friday, July 15, 2011

Day 17: ATHENS. Friday 15 July
Today, take advantage of the included morning sightseeing, which features the highlights of this ancient capital and a visit to the fascinating Acropolis. Later, enjoy one of the optional excursions or explore the shops and museums. (B)

Hotel: Golden Age Michalakopoulu 57 Athens Gr-11528 Greece Tel: 302107240861


Full Day Aegean Cruise
Visit three Greek islands and enjoy lunch on board your modern cruise ship with sundecks, bars, and a shop. Visit the Saronic islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra. On Hydra there are no cars, the only means of transportation is by donkey.
Approximate value: EUR €85 per person

What we did:

19/31 of us were up at 6:00 for the optional Aegean Cruise. The breakfast buffet at The Golden Age is the best so far so it's nice we're here two nights and it’s cooler in the lobby today. Our bus took us to the cruise boat and we departed at 8:30, arriving at our first stop Hydra at 11:15. Hydra turned out to be the favourite stop for most of us for different reasons: Bite size, manageable, quite pretty, Donkeys, working fishing harbour, best views etc. We bought and shared a very nice Spanakopita from one of the local bakeries before exploring. Some people did the Donkey ride but most didn’t. A few took a dip in the ocean on the way to the lookout and loved it. We left Hydra at 12:30 and were immediately presented on board with a roast pork lunch with salad, potatoes and bun. It was good but not exceptional by most accounts. We finished up lunch, watched some more Greece go by, and arrived in Poros at 1:40. We have an hour here and so walked about a bit before sitting in front of a patio fan and having drinks as it was smoking hot. Last stop was the biggest Island Aegina which you can actually see from Athens. The heat was getting to more than a few of us despite buying 6 litres of water and the tour boat was advertised with two air conditioned decks but wasn’t so there was no relief. We arrived in Aegina at 4:00 for a two hour stop and a few bought the optional bus ride around the Island. We didn’t go far, stayed in the shade, bought more water, went back on the boat early and sat in front of the AC unit. It was beside the bar and did work but the windows are open. The staff were trying to catch a nap or break while everyone was gone, and they have to work in the heat which must be tough. We left Aegina about 6 arriving back at the port at 7:30 and our hotel at 8:00. We could hardly stay awake on the last leg and dozed off and on through the entertainment. Different local people said at 39 Deg C it is hotter than usual. Even our Australian travel mates thought it was hot and they come from a hot country. A perfect version of the trip would be, just a trip to Hydra on a Hydrofoil if it goes there, and during moderate temps. It’s a long 12 hour day under the sun with no AC anywhere, but the shade does help when you find it. We showered and went down again for supper in the hotel which was once more excellent, and well served by Kostas and Andreas.  
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