After meeting your guide at the pier, you will join your transportation for a drive to see some of the island. A photo stop will be made at Kalafatis, one of the largest bays of the island, Kalafatis Beach is a great destination for those who enjoy serenity and water sports. It can get rather windy, attracting wind surfers and dare devils. Further along is Agia Anna beach which is sheltered from the wind creating a relaxing sandy beach. Enjoy a non-alcoholic beverage and local Greek pastry in a local coffee shop and some free time to explore before making your way towards the yet unspoilt village of Ano Mera.
This is one of the very few places in Mykonos where traditional Greek village life continues regardless of all the night life, jet setting of the island's capital. Ano Mera is the most populated village on the island and its peaceful environment and great location offer easy access to sandy beaches such as Elia, Kalo Livadi and Kalafatis. The Main square of the village is adorned with local coffee shops Kafeneio and traditional tavernas.
The village's claim to fame is the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani which houses a collection of Cretan icons and a magnificent handmade "templo" which dates back to 1767 and came from Florence. After your visit to the Monastery you will return to the main town of the island.
After leaving your transportation, you begin a walking tour of the twisting pedestrian streets of Mykonos Town, which is also known as Chora locally. Your guide will point out the Old Harbor area and fish market where you may see its most famous celebrity, Petros, the official mascot of Mykonos for over 50 years.
In the Kastros area, You will see the Church of Panagia Paraportiani, one of the most photographed structures on Mykonos. The church was begun in 1425 and not finished until almost 300 years later. Today it consists of five small churches connected together. Nearby, you will make a quick visit to the island's small yet charming folkloric museum so you can get a taste of the old Mykonos.
Continuing your walking tour, you will also pass through the area known as Little Venice, whitewashed buildings with multicolored shutters constructed right on the sea's edge with their balconies overhanging the water. On a hill overlooking the town, you will see perhaps the island's most famous landmark, the Mykonos Windmills which date back to the Venetians in the 16th century. From here, you will return to your transportation back to the cruise pier. If your ship is at anchor and is tendering into the old harbor area, your guide will lead you back to the tender pier.
Our guide was very experienced and knowledgeable . She lead us through Mykonos at a nice pace, ensuring we had time at each stop on the walking tour. After that it was onto the bus for Ano Mera Monastery and Town Square and finally a relaxing stop at the Kalafatis beach. So glad we booked it and highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Barry Dennington
I have nothing negative to say about this tour. It was a smaller group, the guide was fantastic and spoke very well of the history of Mykonos and even added a touch of humor from time to time. The time spent at all the points of interest was sufficient as was free time at the end of the tour. Getting back to the ship on time was not an issue in any way. There was plenty of time for everything. I highly recommend this tour for a first timer to Mykonos.
Reviewer: SUSAN LISICKI
This was a great tour! Informative tour guide, interesting sites, easy walking. I highly recommend this tour!
Reviewer: Jan Menefee
Having been to Mykonos several years ago and just walking around on our own, my travel companions decided to book a shore excursion this time. What a great idea that turned out to be! Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable and our group was small so we had no trouble hearing her. The “Old and New” tour included seeing just about every part of this beautiful island. We were able to get away from the crowded areas, which was also quite nice. The pace was excellent for young and old.
Reviewer: Foster Paul
I loved the mykonos old and new tour. It was educational and historic.we had ample time to spend on our own and a coffee break. Would do it again.