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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.
Mykonos was one of my favorite ports. Tour guide was great and showed us all the highlights of this Greek island. Lots of churches and great souvenir shopping. The stop for coffee and dessert was a treat!
Reviewer: Larinda Brown
They picked us up from the ship and we went to Oia, and took us to the most beautiful views. We visited churches, ate real Backlava and was able to spend time in town shopping. There is alot of walking so wear comfortable shoes, and if you go in the summertime drink lots of water it is hot. But the tour is wonderful and I would recommend it again
Reviewer: Arrienne Hudnall
Our tour guide was great! She provided lots of details about the area. I must go back to Mykonos for a longer stay.
Reviewer: Mel & Sherry
We were on this tour on a day that was extremely hot and humid so it detracted from the tour itself. There was quite a bit of walking in getting to and going thru old town. Our guide was very informative and we learned a lot about the area. The later drive thru the country side was beautiful. We recommend this tour and hope you have nicer weather to enjoy it.
Reviewer: Timothy Steele
This was a little bit more than your typical bus tour. There was a good amount of walking through town and a museum. Tour guide was pleasant and thorough. Worth it.