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Mykonos, the island that enchants the world with its white sugar-cube buildings, its embellished colourful doors and window frames, its people walking along narrow streets, all the way down to the water’s edge. This tour also will give you the chance to explore other Cycladic islands around Mykonos like Delos and Tinos. Tinos is the most important Orthodox centre of worship in Greece but, in the same time, an important Catholic centre too; this so rare in Greece mix of religious traditions gives to the island a particular character.
Morning arrival at Mykonos airport or Mykonos port where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check-in. The afternoon is free at leisure to start exploring this cosmopolitan island, stroll down the whitewashed streets of the Chora (the capital town) and get involved in the Mediterranean spirit by dining in one of the local taverns or drinking your first cocktail at one of the waterfront beach bars (own expenses).
Overnight in Mykonos
Wake up to breakfast at the hotel before getting transferred to the bus/boat stop at Ornos Beach. Around 10:00 am the boat tour will start by cruising along the South Coast and relax on the traditional Greek ‘’kaiki’’ style ship while passing closely all the beautiful beaches of the South Coast. If weather permits, will cross over to the uninhabited island of Dragonissi with its caves and stunning rock formations; these are full of minerals and create the most amazing colours in the water. With some luck, you see the wild mountain goats and eagles. Afterwards, will stop at the natural beach of Frangias where you will have time for swimming and snorkelling in the crystal clear water. You have a picnic on the beach with wine, Ouzo and Greek snacks (included). Next stop is at the picturesque bay of Kalafatis where you can relax and enjoy lunch in a beautifully located restaurant right by the sea. Lunch consists of a personal Greek salad, Tzatziki, bread, oven roast chicken with potatoes or a vegetarian pasta dish, ¼ litre of wine and water. After lunch, you have time at leisure to spend on Kalafatis beach. Next board on a traditional boat to continue for your next stop at the famous Paradise Beach. Here you have the opportunity for another swim or to see the party at one of the best beach bars worldwide. Cruise back to Ornos and on your way make a stop at Platy Yalos Beach with the possibility of disembarkation there. The tour ends at 06:00 pm at Ornos Beach followed by your return transfer back to the hotel.
Overnight in Mykonos
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Charge your batteries with breakfast at the hotel and then head out to get transferred at the port of Mykonos town called ‘’Deliana’’ in order to embark on a boat and sail to ancient Delos island with the 10:00 am boat. A half-day trip, including the services of a professional guide, to the sacred island of Apollo and Artemis, a famous political and religious centre in Antiquity. The whole territory of the deserted Delos is one of the most important archaeological sites of the eastern Mediterranean. You may visit, amongst others, the remains of the Temples of Apollo, the sanctuary of Artemis, the old city and the theatre and then, walk down the celebrated Lion Street. Also, in the museum of Delos, you can admire Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman Sculptures, a collection of vessels from all periods as well as small items of everyday use. Sail back to Mykonos town disembarking at 02:00 pm and catch your return transfer back to the hotel.
Overnight in Mykonos
Today is at your own leisure to explore the island of Mykonos. Mykonos is a meeting point of the international jet set. Discover its amazing beaches and enjoy the unique nightlife. Or you can optionally book a tour to Tinos island.
Tinos island tour: At the given time you will get transferred to the new port of Mykonos called ‘’Tourlos’’ for departure for Tinos at 01:00 pm. After a 45 min boat trip will arrive at the port of Tinos where the bus waits for you. Drive over the big pilgrim avenue to the most famous church of Greece, the “Evangellistria” with its holy icon which is believed to do wonders. After these overwhelming impressions leaving Tinos town the bus will take you over winding roads past typical villages and picturesque landscapes to the monastery of “Kechrovouni” situated 500m. high. Here the saint “Pelagia” used to live and here she had the vision to go to Tinos Town and find the holy icon early 19th century. Explore the monastery of the 16th century where 80 nuns live and besides visiting the cell of Pelagia have the chance to see many pretty points of whitewashed buildings and churches, full of beautiful flowers. After the monastery head for the picturesque village of Ktikados to have lunch (not included in the price) at a local tavern with breathtaking views of the sea and the city of Tinos. The bus tour continues to the important historic mountain of “Exobourgo” where the great Venetian castle was situated which in the past was the strongest force of the whole of Greece against the Turkish invaders. Here will have a photo stop. Afterwards drive to the other side of ‘’Exobourgo’’ where the Catholic villages of the island are located. Stop in the old traditional village of “Volax” which is famous for its basket making. Here you also have the chance for a coffee break (not included in the price) before exploring the village and visiting the local basket makers. The tour continues to the fertile downs of Komi where you pass through the agricultural areas of the island and stop to see the lemon groves before driving over the panorama road with breathtaking views to the sea and the other islands Next stop is in the village “Pirgos”, the centre of the marble arts and of the marble region of the island. Visit the local artists and can see them at their work before exploring the village which is completely made from marble. Further impressive sites are the church Agios Nikolaos and the graveyard at its rear both also full of marble art. At the old and peaceful village square you have time for a coffee break (not included in the price). After Pirgos the bus goes back on the panorama road towards Tinos town and your last stop before that is at the valley of the pigeon houses. Walk through the village of “Tarambados” and enjoy the beautiful sight of the pretty setting of the old Venetian pigeon houses. Afterwards you are driven back to Tinos town where you have free time before meeting at the port and returning to Mykonos. Please note that for the visit of the church and monastery there are strict clothing rules: sleeveless shirts and shorts are not permitted. Men must wear long trousers and women must wear skirts or trousers that go below the knee.
Overnight in Mykonos
Recharge your energies with a delicious breakfast at your hotel. In the morning get transferred from your hotel to Mykonos town center named ‘’Fabrica’’ and join the city and island tour, by walking the small and narrow streets. Get orientation and information in the labyrinth of the old town as well as impressions of the small port and the churches in town. Of course you will see the famous windmills and will find ‘’Petros’’ the Pelican, the mascot of Mykonos. After this you will be exploring the island with a bus, visiting some of the most famous beaches and the inner landscape. See the fishermen and kakis, small private chapels and houses built in typical Cycladic style. In the second main village of Mykonos, Ano Mera, you will have enough free time for a stroll around the traditional square and a possible visit to the monastery ‘’Panagia Tourliani’’ built in the 16th century. The next stop is Kalafatis beach where there is time to relax for a while and have a coffee or a refreshment (not included in the price). Before going back to town you will visit the beaches of Ornos, Agios Giannis and Platy Yalos. At the end you will reach a place with a fantastic view all over the town and the neighbour islands.
Overnight in Mykonos
Delight in a tasty breakfast at the hotel, the morning is at leisure. In the evening get transferred from your hotel to the bus/boat stop at Ornos Beach. Around 06:30 pm the traditional Greek Kaiki will start the Sunset cruise. The route takes you to Delos with a view to the ancient harbour and the ruins, then between Delos and the coast of Rhenia past the little islands “Ano and Kato Rematiaris” towards the South to the uninhabited islands “Prassonissia” where you can enjoy the magic light of the sun setting over Delos. Onboard there is a choice of drinks between sparkling wine, white wine, gin and tonic, ouzo, beer and soft drinks (max. 2 drinks per person) which is offered with small snacks (included). Return to Ornos Bus station at 08:40 pm after experiencing a beautiful sunset and catch your return transfer back to the hotel.
Overnight in Mykonos
Wake up to one last breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport of Mykonos or port of Mykonos for your next destination.
Comfortable and light clothing is the most suitable for travelling in Greece. Visitors should not wear sleeveless shirts, shorts, short skirts or skimpy clothing when visiting temples, religious or official buildings. Sun protection, sun glasses, a hat and mosquito repellent can be very useful during your stay.
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