Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens and Aegean Rib Voyages partner to offer guests a unique way to explore the region’s beauty and heritage. They will have access to a range of scheduled and tailor-made boat excursions to the nearby Argo-Saronic Gulf islands, the cosmopolitan Saronic Gulf islands, and the captivating Cycladic islands. Guests can discover the area’s most desirable destinations and secluded sites accessible only by sea, exploring ancient monuments, picturesque towns, hidden coves and crystal-clear waters.
Guests will step directly from the elegant surrounds of the private jetty at Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens onto a luxuriously appointed powerboat. Aegean Rib Voyages is the region’s leading provider of charters, VIP transfers, inter-island and mainland connections, matching state-of-the-art vessels with unparalleled maritime expertise. With five types of vessel available – including three new world-leading ribs in their category – the fleet can accommodate any traveling preference. Three sleek Sealink craft seat 10 to 11 passengers and include comfortable indoor cabins, while the classic Targa 37 houses two indoor cabins, accommodating 13 people on-deck and eight in the indoor pilothouse. The Praevado, awarded the 2020 European Powerboat of the Year, seats 11 passengers with a walk-around configuration and two indoor cabins.
Each boat features teak decking and expansive swimming platforms, stylish furnishings, mini-bars, comfortable bathrooms and high-specification sound systems. All are manufactured according to British Standards and are fully equipped in line with the latest safety regulations. The boats are chartered by certified captains who act as personal host and on-site concierge, sharing local insights for an authentic insider experience.
Just 40 minutes away are sites such as Cape Sounio, with its 444 BC Temple of Poseidon, where Lord Byron found inspiration; the beautiful island of Aegina, with its series of quaint villages and Aphea Temple; and the tiny uninhabited islet of Moni Aegina, belonging to a monastery, with a natural park where peacocks, deer and wild goats roam freely. Guest will be able to visit Poros, with its fragrant pine, lemon and olive groves and neoclassical buildings; Nafplio, the first capital of Greece, famed for its listed architecture and Venetian castles; and Hydra, a charming car-free island with a revolutionary history.
Guests can visit one or a series of these sites on half- or full-day excursions. The Hotel can also prepare picnic baskets with drinks and light refreshments on request.
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