The charm of Hydra town certainly lies in her rich history, beautiful port and waterfront unspoiled by motorized vehicles, but the island itself offers a rugged charm and some spectacular scenes. Your adventure begins as you mount a donkey to explore the island views. As your sure-footed steed carries you along the narrow winding streets, pause to look at the architecture of the ship owners’ homes that line your path. Your first stop will be the Koundouriotis Mansion, one of the finest examples of the traditional 18th and 19th century architecture of Hydra. Built in 1780 by the ship owner Lazaros Koundouriotis, it now houses various items from the National Historical Museum of Athens, such as traditional costumes, jewelry, fine embroideries, pottery and wood-carvings. Continue on your ride to reach at a high vantage point the Monastery of St. Constantine and enjoy the breathtaking views of the entire harbor area. Inside the Monastery, an interesting collection of frescoes awaits. Leave your donkeys and walk down the narrow streets while stopping to admire the picturesque little alleys and the impressive Hydra mansions, offering great photographic opportunities. Upon your return to the port, visit the Church of the Dormitian, which houses splendid icons, chandeliers and other offerings from the wealthy seafarers of the island. It is even said one of the chandeliers was stolen from Louis XIV and given to the church. After your exploration, you will have ample time to shop, have lunch on the waterfront or return to the yacht for water sports.
Notes: A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures and prices in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Not all of the land adventures shown will be offered on all voyages and departure times are subject to change. Final pricing and departures times will be published onboard.
Duration: 2.5 hours
Voyages where this land adventure can be found:
- Jun 11, 2016 - Civitavecchia (Rome) to Athens (Piraeus)
- Jun 25, 2016 - Istanbul to Athens (Piraeus)
- Jul 02, 2016 - Athens (Piraeus) to Civitavecchia (Rome)
- Aug 06, 2016 - Athens (Piraeus) to Dubrovnik
- Jul 02, 2016 - Istanbul to Athens (Piraeus)
- Jul 09, 2016 - Athens (Piraeus) to Civitavecchia (Rome)
- Aug 09, 2016 - Athens (Piraeus) to Venice
- Aug 27, 2016 - Dubrovnik to Athens (Piraeus)
- Sep 03, 2016 - Athens (Piraeus) to Athens (Piraeus)
- Jun 18, 2016 - Athens (Piraeus) to Athens (Piraeus)