Mykonos

The Church of Paraportianí
The Folklore Museum
The famous white windmills

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Mykonos

White and blue, the island’s colours

When sailing on an MSC cruise to the Mediterranean Sea, Mýkonos is the quintessential image of the Cyclades. In summer most people head out to the beaches during the day, so early morning or late afternoon are the best times to wander the maze of narrow streets.
 
The labyrinthine design was supposed to confuse the pirates who plagued Mýkonos in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and it has the same effect on today’s visitors. When you alight from your MSC cruise, getting lost in its convoluted streets and alleys is half the fun of the place.

From your cruise ship you’ll pass the archaeological museum on your way into town, which was specially built in 1905 to display artefacts from the cemeteries on Rínia Island, opposite Delos. A shore excursion on your MSC Mediterranean cruise can be the opportunity to discover Mýkonos’s museums and mansions. Lena’s House is a completely restored and furnished merchant home from the turn of the twentieth century.

The Folklore Museum, housed in an eighteenth-century mansion, crams in a larger-than-usual collection of bric-a-brac, including a basement dedicated to Mýkonos’s maritime past. The museum shares the promontory with Mýkonos’s oldest and best-known church, Paraportianí, a fascinating asymmetrical hodgepodge of four chapels amalgamated into one. Beyond the church, the shoreline leads to the area known as Little Venice because of the high, arcaded Venetian houses built right up to the water’s edge on its southwest side.

Together with the adjoining Alefkándhra district, this is a dense area packed with art galleries, trendy bars, shops and clubs. Beyond Little Venice, the famous windmills look over the area, renovated and ripe for photo opportunities.

Must see places in Mykonos

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  • DELOS: THE ISLAND OF GREEK MYTHOLOGY

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults59Price per person

    • Children42Price per person

    MYK04

    Situated in the middle of the Cyclades Group lies Delos, the “Island of Light”, and the destination of this enjoyable tour. After a short boat trip, your exploration of Delos’ historical remains and rich mythology can begin. Legend has it that Zeus took a shine to the beautiful Leto, in the course of which affair she fell pregnant. However, this drew the ire of Zeus’s wife, Hera, who promptly forbade Mother Earth to give Leto refuge. Just when all hope seemed to be lost, a serendipitous island – Delos – rose out of the sea, giving Leto a safe haven to deliver twins Artemis and Apollo. Popular as a pilgrimage site among ancient Grecians, Delos became one of the wealthiest shrines of antiquity. Among the remains of this era is the Avenue of Lions, so named for a row of originally 7th-century Naxian-marble lions that seem to guard the spot where Leto is said to have given birth. You can then crown your exceptional experience by taking the path up to Mount Cynthos, from whose peak Zeus is said to have watched the birth of his twins. Do not let the uphill hike deter you, for the mind-blowing view from the peak is worth every step. Round out your visit by exploring some of the numerous other monuments at the site before beginning your return journey to your ship. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.;
  • JEEP ADVENTURE AND BEACH

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE
    • No guide available

    • Snack included

    • Possibility of swimming

    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      4:30 h

    • Adults89Price per person

    • Children62Price per person

    MYK09

    Join us on this excursion combining fun, adventure and Mykonos landscapes enabling you to spend a few hours exploring this lovely island in a completely different way. Board your 4x4 jeep and start your adventure driving through the rugged terrain of the island until reaching the old lighthouse. You'll then drive to Kalo Livadi beach, where you will have one hour stop to get tanned or to jump in the cool, crystalline waters of the Aegean Sea. Next, continue to explore the hidden corners of the island on the way to the island’s second-largest settlement, the village of Ano Mera, at whose centre stands the monastery and church of Panagia Tourliani. Probably founded at some time during the 16th century and then remodelled in 1767, the cloister is a major draw for travellers visiting the area. After the visit, a generous helping of warm Greek hospitality then awaits you in a village tavern, giving you a chance to reflect on your day of Mykonian magic as you relax to the aniseed flavour of ouzo and the savoury goodness of typical Greek appetizers. Returning to the port you will have a stop at Agios Ioannis for a distant glimpse of the island of Delos. Please note: as drivers are not included in the tour, guests must be 21 years old and will drive the jeep(s) themselves. An international driver’s license is compulsory. Each jeep can accommodate a maximum of 4 guests, incl. the driver. This tour is not suitable for pregnant women, guests with walking difficulties or back/neck problems or using a wheelchair. Vehicles are manual transmission and self-driven. Driver must be experienced with manual transmission and be able to start the vehicle on an incline or off road situation. Guests must sign a waiver before taking part in the tour. There is no narration while driving; your leader/guide will give explanations at the different stops. Umbrellas, sunbeds and water sports available at the beach at extra cost. This tour is available from June throughout September.
  • MYKONOS ISLAND TOUR

    CITY TOUR
    • Snack included

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults52Price per person

    • Children39Price per person

    MYK05

    Venture out and uncover the many different facets of Mykonos island, the “St. Tropez of Greece”. Just how much the island has to offer is yours to discover on this relaxing and mainly coach-based tour, which begins with a drive to the so-called Panorama vantage point. A photo stop will give you a chance to capture beguiling views of Mykonos town and the old port, before a scenic route will take you through the picturesque villages of Agios Ioannis and Kalafatis as well as past the cosmopolitan beach of Ornos. A stop will be made at the heart of Mykonos to visit the island’s second-largest settlement, the village of Ano Mera, at whose centre stands the monastery and church of Panagia Tourliani. Probably founded at some time during the 16th century and then remodelled in 1767, the cloister is a major draw for travellers visiting the area. A generous helping of warm Greek hospitality then awaits you in a village taverna, giving you a chance to reflect on your day of Mykonian magic as you relax to the aniseed flavour of ouzo and the savoury goodness of typical Greek appetizers. More pleasing views can then be enjoyed during the return drive to the port and your ship. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.;
  • MYKONOS WALKING TOUR & WINDMILLS

    CITY TOUR
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      2 h

    • Adults42Price per person

    • Children32Price per person

    MYK06

    As one of the Cycladic Islands, Mykonos has enjoyed great popularity as a holiday destination since the 1950s, offering travellers traditional Greek hospitality plus a lively nightlife against a backdrop of stunning beaches, whitewashed houses and a scenic interior. Just what makes the island so appealing is revealed in the course of this leisurely walking tour, which is set to showcase the rarely seen corners of town, its hidden gems, narrow winding streets and secluded walled gardens. In addition, if the layout of Mykonos town appears confusing, it is. Specifically designed that way to thwart pirate attacks, the town continues to flummox all but the locals to this day. A trademark feature of the island are its numerous windmills, redolent of a bygone age during which they ground the wheat that made the bread that fed the island. Standing squat, round and proud against the buffeting wind, these portly landmarks make a great photo opportunity. Your exploration of Mykonos then draws to a close with your return to the ship. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. Should the ship be berthed in port, participants will reach the old port with a shuttle; the duration of the tour will be 3 hours inclusive of the coach transfer.
  • SEA & SUN AT KALO LIVADI BEACH

    SEA & SUN
    • No guide available

    • Possibility of swimming

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults49Price per person

    • Children35Price per person

    MYK10

    Nestling in a secluded cove on the southern shoreline of Mykonos lies one of the island’s longest beaches – Kalo Livadi – and your destination on this appealing half-day seaside treat. Pop your swimwear on under your clothes, leave the ship and spend a mere 30 minutes on a coach to reach the idyllic setting, perfect for some serious relaxation on pristine sand while lounging on a sunbed. The shallow and crystal-clear Aegean Sea is an open invitation to paddle or swim, whereas the many tavernas that flank the beach make an ideal spot to savour the views with a refreshing drink in hand. You will have about 3 hours to enjoy the beach whichever way you like before the coach then returns you to the ship. Please note: sunbeds and umbrellas will be available for use free of charge at the beach. The tour runs from June to September only for guests on board MSC Poesia. Guests are recommended to bring a hat, sunscreen and towels. The tour is not available for guests using a wheelchair.
  • CAR WITH GUIDE

    SOMETHING SPECIAL
    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults499Price per person

    • Children499Price per person

    MYK33PV

    Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional guide and driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Please note: Vehicle, driver, guide and gasoline included. The price does not include any entrance fees or meals and is per vehicle and not per passenger. If you want to set a customized itinerary and add entrance tickets to any of the tourist attractions, please contact your shorex excursion staff on the ship.
  • ISLAND TOUR AND TIME AT THE BEACH

    SOMETHING SPECIAL
    • Snack included

    • Possibility of swimming

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      6 h

    • Adults59Price per person

    • Children42Price per person

    MYK12

    A chance to explore the lovely Greek island of Mykonos and spend some time on a sunny beach awaits you on this appealing outing, which begins with a coach-based roundup of the island’s best sights. After passing Ornos beach, you’ll continue on to Agios Ioannis where you can catch views of Delos island in the distance. You’ll ultimately be heading for the island’s interior and the village of Ano Mera, home to the monastery and church of Panagia Tourliani. You’ll visit the beautiful old complex – built in the 16th, then remodelled in the 18th century – before making your way to one of the village tavernas for Greek appetizers with a shot of ouzo, the Greeks’ national aniseed tipple, or a soft drink. Next up is the journey to the beach at Kalafati, where you’ll then have about 2.5 hours to enjoy sun, sea and sand. The crystal-clear water is an open invitation to go swimming, the beach perfect for catching the sun or enjoying a walk along the shoreline. When the time comes, the coach will be waiting to return you to your ship. Please note: the price of the tour does not include use of sunbeds or umbrellas at the beach. However, they can be rented, subject to availability. Guests are recommended to wear swimwear under their clothes and to bring a hat, high-factor sunscreen and towels. The tour is not available for guests using a wheelchair. The tour runs from June to September only for guests on board MSC Poesia.
  • MINIVAN WITH GUIDE FOR 3 TO 6 PAX

    SOMETHING SPECIAL
    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults629Price per person

    • Children629Price per person

    MYK34PV

    Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional guide and driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Please note: Vehicle, driver, guide and gasoline included. The price does not include any entrance fees or meals. The price is per vehicle and not per passenger. If you want to set a customized itinerary and add entrance tickets to any of the tourist attractions, please contact your shorex excursion staff on the ship. Larger vans can be arrangeg upon request.
  • SAILING TRIP AROUND MYKONOS’ FAMOUS
    BEACHES

    SOMETHING SPECIAL
    • Snack included

    • Possibility of swimming

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4:30 h

    • Adults99Price per person

    • Children69Price per person

    MYK11

    Next to an amazing nightlife, cosmopolitan atmosphere and beautiful landscape, Mykonos is also home to a slew of gorgeous beaches, some of which you will be discovering by boat on this appealing half-day tour. Only a short coach ride from the pier will see you reach Agios Ioannis, from where a local kind of boat known as a caïque will take you on a sun-kissed sail around the island’s southern coastline. Feel the breeze in your hair and soak up the views as you pass Ornos, Psarou, Platis Gialos, Paranga and Super Paradise beaches – some of the best on the island. Depending on the weather, swimming stops are also scheduled in the vicinity of selected beaches, so it’s worth having your swimwear on under your clothes. A chance to go ashore at Paradise beach and enjoy the facilities also forms part of the outing, as do delicious cold Greek snacks on board the caïque as you make your way home. Please note: the tour runs from June to September, but is available only for guests on board MSC Poesia. Guests are recommended to wear swimwear under clothes and to bring a hat, sunscreen and towels. The tour is not available for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair. Beach stops are not scheduled (with the exception of a stop at Paradise beach), but swimming will be possible directly from the caïque.

The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Cruises guests with an idea of the different tours which can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
Shore excursions programmes and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
 
Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

Greece

Under the protective wing of the gods
Under the protective wing of the gods

It would take a lifetime of island-hopping to fully appreciate the 227 inhabited Greek islands scattered across the Mediterranean Sea.
With sapphire water lapping at rocky coastlines sprinkled with secret coves and sandy beaches, they are the stuff of dreamy travel posters, the very definition of the eulogized Greek summer of sun, sea and sand.

For anyone with a cultural bone in their body a cruise to the Greek islands cannot fail to inspire. Every culture has left its mark, and almost every town or village has a link to the past, whether it’s a delicately crumbling temple to Aphrodite, a forbidding Venetian fort or a dusty Byzantine monastery decorated with exquisite frescoes.
But the call to cultural duty will never be too overwhelming on a Greek islands holiday. The hedonistic pleasures of languor and warmth – swimming in balmy seas at dusk, talking and drinking under the stars – are just as appealing.
Sprawling, globalized Athens is an obligatory, almost unavoidable introduction to Greece: aside from the show-stopping Acropolis it offers a truly metropolitan range of cultural diversions, from museums to concerts; well-stocked shops; gourmet restaurants and stimulating clubs.