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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.
Bus modern and included water, tour guide friendly and knowledgeable! Groups smaller than cruise groups. Stops included scenic kalafati beach, Monostery tour and bonus frappe and dessert stop plus bottle water in Ano Mera (yummy) Then a walking tour of old port area where you walk to windmills. After you could shop or eat on your own (uzzo stop for us across water from windmills in old captains house). Then take free bus shuttle back to ship. Each bus shuttle has ships name in the window. Safe clean worth it!
Mykonos is a wonderful small island and with each stop, we loved it more. Our guide was one of the best we had during our 3-week trip through Europe. She was knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive to all of our group members. She recommended Captain's for lunch and it was outstanding!
Reviewer: Pat H
I really liked the variety that came with this tour as we ranged from cultural and historical pieces to newer information about current Greeks who live on the island and its economy. While the visit to the beach was a bit quick, the drive did give us the chance to see (and hear) more about the entire island. There were also about 4 other buses at this stop so it was a bit crowded. A stop for local snacks in a nearby cafe was a nice break before walking around and learning more. The windmills were a must, but it was the trip there that was equally great because of the little nooks and info tidbits that were shared around every corner of the walk. Excellent tour all the way around!
Reviewer: Sylvia Villarreal
Very informative and knowledgeable on the history of the island. Plenty of time for local eating and visiting shops. Highly recommend Shore Excursions for getting to know the islands.
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.