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About Mykonos

One of the most visited Greek islands; Mykonos is a jewel in the Aegean Sea, famed as a vibrant and cosmopolitan destination. It is one of the most visited islands in the Aegean, yet still retains much of its picture postcard beauty. Mykonos effortlessly strikes a balance for visitors with a mix of lively bars and restaurants in the most populous areas, with nearby areas of tranquillity, outstanding natural beauty and rich history.

The Town of Mykonos is a hive of activity with some of the most famous landmarks such as Little Venice, famous for its picturesque medieval two and three storey houses which stand like a colourful wall against the sea. Mykonos is also world famous for its beaches. Kalafati Beach is a prime example with golden white sand lapped gently by a crystal clear sea.

 

Shore excursions in Mykonos

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

A Walk around Mykonos and Maritime Museum

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 2½ hours

The best way to discover Mykonos is on foot, and with a local guide to bring the town’s streets and history alive.

Cosmopolitan Mykonos town rises in a natural amphitheatre style, set around a half moon bay. The small narrow streets are a labyrinth of whitewashed walls, and you’ll certainly appreciate why the layout is so confusing, as it was designed to foil attacking pirates in days gone by.

After a short coach transfer, you’ll be taken on a guided walking tour through the maze of streets, heading towards the Aegean Maritime Museum. Set in a traditional family house, a visit to this small but intriguing museum will provide an insight into the rich maritime history of Mykonos.

Your walk will continue through the town, pausing for photo stops along the way. Admire the islands Church of Paraportiani, and Little Venice that is said to be one of the most photographed neighbourhoods in Europe. During your walk, a stop will be made at a local venue to enjoy a soft drink refreshment.

Your walking tour will draw to an end at the sea front of Mykonos Town. Here, you’ll be given the option of either returning to the ship by shuttle bus from the edge of town, or staying to further explore on your own and returning at leisure.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Comfortable flat walking shoes, hats and sun protection are strongly recommended.

Ano Mera Monastery, Wine Tasting and Mykonos Town

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4¼ hours

A delightful tour that allows you to discover the Monastery of Ano Mera, the Assimomitis Winery and Mykonos Town.

Head to the picturesque village of Ano Mera, the largest village on the island and known for its charming square and pristine working Monastery. The Monastery’s impressive bell tower and marble fountain provide the perfect photo opportunity.

Visit a small winery called Assimomitis, famed for its unusual use of music therapy to promote the growth of its grape harvest. Its most notable wine is a dessert wine, which is still made using the traditional method of crushing the grapes under bare feet. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the production process and sample 3 popular wines, accompanied by a selection of local snacks.

Before heading back to the ship, enjoy a guided walking tour through the picturesque streets of Mykonos Town, stopping off along the way to sample typical Greek desserts in a local pastry shop.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot.This excursion includes approximately 2½ hours of walking, over uneven and paved surfaces. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. Please dress appropriately when entering the Monastery. Entrance may be restricted during services.

Delos Birthplace of Apollo

Activity high

Duration: 4½ hours

Discover the UNESCO protected island of Delos, the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis.

A short drive from the harbour takes you to Mykonos Town where you will board the local ferry for a 40 minute leisurely sail to the Island of Delos.

According to mythology, the small island of Delos, meaning ‘revealed’, appeared amid the waves, so that Leto, the mistress to Zeus would have a place to give birth to her twins, the God Apollo and Goddess Artemis.

The island is protected by UNESCO and is part of the World’s Cultural Heritage. Through the centuries, varying rulers have developed the area both commercially and spiritually, by building impressive temples, sanctuaries and numerous statues. Today, the landscape is peppered with ruins including a stadium, tiers of theatre seats, fallen columns and partial mosaics which adorned the houses of the rich. Amongst the ruins, five marble lions stand majestically in a row. Other interesting monuments spread over a wide area are the Agora, the treasures of the various cities, the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Sanctuary of the Foreign Gods and the Sacred Mount Cynthus.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, ferry and on foot.The duration of this tour is dependent on the berth and includes ferry boarding time and may vary between 4-4½ hours. There is approximately 2 hours of walking over uneven terrain included with extended periods of standing. Comfortable walking shoes, hats and sun protection are strongly recommended. This tour is weather dependent. There is a walk of approximately 10 minutes from the bus drop-off point to the pier to board the Delos ferry. The tour will end in Mykonos Town and passengers will be given the option to return to the ship by shuttle bus or to further explore the town and return at their leisure.

Mykonos Beach Break

Activity mediumFamily

Duration: 5 hours

Relax and unwind at Platis Yialos, one of Mykonos’ famed beaches.

Turquoise waters, golden sand, an abundance of watersport activities and amenities are yours to discover at this renowned resort, the quintessential Greek island getaway.

Enjoy approximately 4 hours at this family friendly resort to explore the long stretches of golden sand and take a dip in the refreshing crystal clear waters. You may also wish to sample some traditional Greek meze dishes at one of the many beach front tavernas, where you can sit back, relax and watch the world go by.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Passengers are required to bring a towel, sun protection, plenty of drinking water and Euros for any purchases. Please note that sun beds and umbrellas are available to hire locally, but these cannot be guaranteed, as this is one of the island’s most popular beaches and it can become very crowded during the peak season. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports, these are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises.

Mykonos By Night with Dinner

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 3¼ hours

Get a flavour of Mykonos after dark and experience the buzz and charm of its restaurants, tavernas and vibrant street life.

Mykonos is synonymous with glamour and good times. A magnet for film-makers, actors, artists and the jet set, it’s no surprise that this cosmopolitan island comes alive at night.

Begin your evening experience with a traditional dinner at a local Greek taverna – an ideal chance to sample local cuisine and some of the island’s best known handmade wines. There’ll be a folklore presentation as you dine. You may choose to join in the fun and dance to local music, or simply take in the lively atmosphere from your table – it’s up to you!

Afterwards, enjoy a fascinating walking tour of Mykonos Town, with its winding streets and confusing layout (deliberately designed to confound the invading pirates of yesteryear). Around each colourful corner, you’ll discover the trademark whitewashed buildings and bright-pink bougainvillea. Near the water’s edge, you’ll be shown an island landmark – the famous windmills (once used to supply the island with ground wheat for bread).

You’ll then have the choice of either enjoying some free time to relish in the nightlife, or return to the ship.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1¼ hours of walking on this tour, over some uneven and inclined surfaces.

 

A selection of cruises to Mykonos

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