Resorts 05: Athens | Spetses | Hydra

Lifetime Discovery staff will welcome you for this 9-day vacationof a lifetime to discover Athens and the Saronic Islands  (Hydra and Spetses) for a luxury vacation born of top service, gourmet food and exquisite lodgings. You will stay in hotels with divinely designed health spas, nightlife and the glory of the blue seas will capture your eyes and pass the time in a whirlwind.   Your trip begins with a blank canvas waiting to be painted; the details of every Lifetime Discovery program are up to you.  Allow us to design the luxury vacation on your own terms and have the time of your life.

Basking in the sun

The luxury locations & accommodations for this retreat

  • 2 nights – Electra Palace in Athens
  • 3 nights – Poseidonion Resort in Spetses
  • 2 nights – Mistral Hotel in Hydra
  • 1 night – Grande Bretagne Hotel in Athens

Welcome to Athens!

At the  Athens airport you will be greeted by Lifetime Discovery staff who will deal with arrival details and insure your private transfer at your hotel.  In the early evening, as an added value,  you will be picked up to enjoy Athens by Night and return around midnight.  On Day 2, you will be transported back to the ancient times during an extended tour through the monuments left in full glory at the Acropolis and elsewhere in the city.  While sight-seeing you will stop for a scrumptious lunch in a typical Greek restaurant and after a short rest, there is an afternoon tour to the exclusive resort of  Cape Sounio and Poseidon’s temple,  with an early evening return to the hotel.

Electra Palace Hotel

The hotel’s location is particularly privileged compared to other hotels in Athens for another reason:  it is located inside the commercial and business district, one can have a walk for shopping, coffee or entertainment, any time of the day. ELECTRA PALACE HOTEL ATHENS was recently expanded, refurbished and fully renovated to reflect the high-class and subtle aesthetics of the old aristocratic neighbourhood which make it stand out among other hotels in Athens.

Welcome to Spetses!

The island of Spetses is close by in the Peloponnese, but far enough away to seem like another continent.   The a representative of the luxury hotel will await the guests who arrive on ferries and high-speed hydrofoils which depart from Piraeus regularly. The trails that encircle the island and the beaches are world-famous.  Onyour second day in Spetses you may wish to explore some of these trails such as  Agios Mamas, in the center of town, Agioi Anargiroi and Agia Paraskevi at the back of the island. And you will want to devote at least one of your days to the beaches  which are lively, but not too bustling.  Altogether,  this small island is a great interlude  and youn will be treated to an afternoon apertif as one of the added valuse provided by Lifetime Discovery.  Spending three nights on Spetses is a fabulous way to discover an exotic way to  relax.

The Poseidonion Grand Hotel in Spetses

This hotel, which first opened in 1914, was the brainchild of Sotirios Anargiros, a visionary benefactor who was responsible for much of Spetses’ development. Futhermore it represented the cosmopolitan face of the island and soon became one of its famous landmarks and, what is more, rapidly became a favourite destination for high society, royalty and the wealthy Athenians.

Welcome to Hydra!

Reach Hydra in the Saronic Islands by  boat, being nearby to Spetsus and have 2 days of island-hopping. Discover the specialties  on Hydra, including its one main town, known simply as “Hydra port” consisting of a crescent-shaped harbor, around which is centered a strand of restaurants, shops, and galleries that cater to the guests with warm Greek hospitality.  It is a pedestrian island;  no cars! On the 3rd morning of your stay on Hydra you will we will board the boat back towards Athens  and enjoy the sights of  Aegina, famous for the Temple of Aphaia  (or  Afea) as well as Poros on the way on the way..  These islands, besides having their own beauty of today, offer archaeological sites of yore.   As an added value provided by Lifetime Discovery, a special picnic lunch will be brought on board. On Aegina you will notice  a distinctly Russian influence due its first governor in the 19th century, Ioannis Kapodistrias who was impressed with what he saw when he was Greece’s ambassador  to Russia.   All in all, the Saronic Islands are a lifetime discovery in luxury.

Mistral Hotel in Hydra

All of the hotel’s rooms were renovated on 2009, with the standards of a 4 star hotel. Mistral Hotel has 106 comfortable and relaxing rooms which can accommodate couples and families. A stay at the Mistral Hotel will be a memory that will last a lifetime. So come, be our guest. Indulge your desires and experience the pure essence of Greek hospitality and comfort at the Mistral Hotel, Quality.

Homeward Bound Via Athens

Your boat ride back to Athens brings you to the final luxury destination to  spend your final night in style in another classic hotel.  You may choose to see the “Athens at Night” in an organized tour.  For the last hours of the 9- night odyssey of pleasure and relaxation you are free to prowl the many exotic quarters, such as the Plaka and to do some shopping and  take of the authentic Greek cuisine.

Grande Bretagne Hotel Athens

With breathtaking views of the famed Acropolis and Parthenon, regal Constitution Square and the Parliament, lush Lycabettus Hill or the original Olympic Stadium, the multi-awarded 5 star Hotel Grande Bretagne offers an unrivalled perspective of Athens’ mythical history.

Sign off on your discovery of the Greek Saronic Islands and come back soon!

Please note, the majority of our prestigious resorts are open from the end of April until mid-October.  If your trip falls just outside of this period, please contact us for more details & options.