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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  • MYTHICAL, MAGICAL, MAGNIFICENT: THE ISLAND OF DELOS

    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.
    • Limited seats

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

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults$72.00Price per person

    • Children$52.00Price per person

  • JEEP ADVENTURE AND BEACH

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    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 and can be booked only during your cruise.
    • 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

    • Adults$109.00Price per person

    • Children$75.00Price per person

  • DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF MYKONOS ON FOOT

    CITY TOUR

    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.
    • Limited seats

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

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      2 h

    • Adults$52.00Price per person

    • Children$39.00Price per person

  • MYKONOS UNCOVERED: VIBRANT, BEAUTIFUL AND UTTERLY GREEK

    CITY TOUR

    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.
    • Snack included

    • Limited seats

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

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$62.00Price per person

    • Children$49.00Price per person

  • SEA & SUN AT KALO LIVADI BEACH

    SEA & SUN

    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; water sports are also available at extra cost. The tour runs from June to September. Guests are recommended to bring a hat, sunscreen and towels. The tour is not available for guests using a wheelchair.
    • 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

    • Adults$59.00Price per person

    • Children$42.00Price per person

  • ISLAND TOUR AND RELAX AT THE BEACH

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    MYK12

    Make the best of your stay in Mykonos and join us on this tour combining an exploration of the island with some time at leisure on a sunny beach. Board a coach and begin your tour with a sightseeing drive across the island, passing by the cosmopolitan beach of Ornos on the way to Agios Ioannis: a good opportunity to see the distant island of Delos. Your destination will be the centre of the island and Mykonos’ second-largest settlement, the village of Ano Mera. Enjoy a visit to the monastery and church of Panagia Tourliani that was 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. Next, it’s time for a break in a village taverna, tasting typical Greek appetizers and sipping the aniseed ouzo or a soft drink. The second leg of the tour will see you spend approx. 2.5-hour on a sunny island beach at Kalafitis. Take a swim in the crystalline waters of the Aegean sea, relax on the beach, take a walk on the shore or work on your tan. The coach transfer back to the port will end your tour. Please note: sunbeds and umbrellas are not included; guests may rent them at the beach depending on the availability. Guests are recommended to bring a hat, sunscreen, towels and to wear their swimsuit. The tour is not available for guests using a wheelchair.
    • 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

    • Adults$72.00Price per person

    • Children$52.00Price per person

  • SAILING TRIP AROUND MYKONOS’ FAMOUS BEACHES

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    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. 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.
    • 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

    • Adults$119.00Price per person

    • Children$85.00Price per person

The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
Shore excursions programs 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.