Rising from the turquoise expanse of the sunny Mediterranean, Hydra is the counterpoint of choice for Athenians - who can swap the city chaos for blissful relaxation with an hour’s boat journey. Known for its inspiring celebrity appeal - Leonard Cohen bought a house here in the 60s - Hydra is a pretty island of rising streets, whitewash mansions, and carefree clamour. View more
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Explore Hydra town highlights on foot during this informative walking tour.
This tiny picturesque island made its impact in history as a major force in the Greek War of Independence. Only sparsely inhabited through the aeons, Hydra began to come to life when refugees fleeing the constant struggles between the Ottomans and Venetians decided to take up occupancy here. Due to its strategic location and protected harbor, the building of boats became the logical solution for trade.
Follow your guide as you proceed from the pier to the town, where you find the Church of the Dormition. Once a true convent it contains splendid icons, chandeliers and offerings from the wealthy seafarers of the island. It is even said that one of the chandeliers was actually stolen from Louis the XIV of France and given to the church.
Next, visit the Historical Archives Museum of Hydra, close to the eastern side of the harbour. It houses a fine collection of portraits and naval oddments, with an emphasis on the island's role in the War of Independence.
Following this visit, you may enjoy staying in town for a refreshment on your own or to browse the unique village shops or return directly to the pier.
Please note: This tour is conducted entirely on foot and involves an extensive amount of walking (1.5 km). There are numerous stairs to negotiate and it is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or for those who utilise a wheelchair. Flat, comfortable walking shoes, sun protection and conservative attire are recommended.
Experience picturesque Hydra in a relaxing new way during this panoramic, half-day excursion via horseback and boat.
Hydra, Horseback-Riding Station
Depart the pier for the short walk to the horseback-riding station. After receiving your safety and riding instructions and being assigned a horse to ride, begin your guided horseback-riding journey through Hydra. This tiny, picturesque island made its impact in history as a major force in the Greek War of Independence. Only sparsely-inhabited through the ages, Hydra came to life when refugees fleeing the constant struggles between the Ottomans and Venetians decided to take up occupancy here. Due to its strategic location and protected harbour, boat-building became the logical solution for trade.
Horseback-Riding, Countryside, Beach, Refreshments, Sunbathing, Swimming, Boat-Ride
Along the way, your horseback-riding route traverses the scenic countryside en route to one of the few beaches on the island. Upon arrival at the beach, enjoy refreshments, bask in the warm sun and take an optional swim in the inviting, crystal-clear waters. At the conclusion of your visit, embark a boat and commence the short ride back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of horseback-riding and walking for approximately 219 yards (about 200 metres), at times over uneven and sandy surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to embark/disembark the boat. Walking and swimming at the beach is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with neck and/or back problems, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking or sport shoes, and bring sun protection, a bathing suit and towel from the ship. Guests must be at least seven years old to participate on this tour; minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The weight of each participating guests must not exceed 220 pounds (about 100 kilograms). This tour is not available for the call on June 10. The tour sequence may vary. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment. Since there are only eight horses on the island, participation of more than eight guests results in two departures from the ship; guests on the first departure ride to the beach and return via the hotel's boat, and guests on the second departure sail to the hotel and return via horseback.
Indulge your senses at one of the most idyllic beaches in Hydra during this relaxing, half-day excursion to the Four Seasons Hydra Beach Hotel. Your half-day excursion visits the Four Seasons Hydra for a relaxing respite at your leisure. Sunbathe, stroll about the beautiful beach and swim in the inviting, crystal-clear waters.