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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.
Reviewer: William L and Paige C Horn
Enjoyed our visit.
It ended being one of our best islands to visit on our Cruise Journey and it was in part because of the excursion. The guide was excellent in interacting with the people and very well organized.
Reviewer: Judy Brauchy
This popular destination is filled with narrow streets designed to confuse pirates. Our tour included wondering through some of the these back streets lined with great shops. Tour guide was pleasant and offered lots of history of Mykonos. Worth our time.
Our guide, Athena, was wonderful. It was fun to tour the small museum, walk the town, and taste the coffe and orange pie! The drive to the monastery gave you a feel of the island the inside the church was beautiful! There was a run across the island the day we visited which was fun but kept us from shopping as much as we’d like. A lot of walking but not too strenuous.
Mykonos is enchanting! This tour is a sampling of the island...beach, village life, history, harbor town and more. Our local guide was engaging, hospitable and a delight. For this tour, hold your hat, and a dress is not recommended for this windy island. Be sure to eat with the locals at Captains near Little Venice before you leave. We tried several items on the menu...all of it was amazing.