Workshop on Wednesday the 28th of June
One Day Cruise to Delos Island & Mykonos Islands
|8.00 am||Departure from Ermoupolis Port, Syros Island, Wednesday the 28th of June
|9.30||Arrival to Delos Island, Visit to the archaeological site|
|11.00||Departure from Delos island|
|11.30||Arrival to Mykonos Island, Visit to Chora traditional settlement|
|13.00||Departure from Chora of Mykonos|
|13.15||Arrival to St. Stefan beach, Relax and swimming|
|16.30||Departure from Mykonos|
|18.00||Arrival to Ermoupolis Port|
PARTIPATING IN THE WORKSHOP:
The cost per person is 60 euros.
It includes the following:
(a) one-day sea cruise to Delos Island and Mykonos Island;
(b) the tickets to the archaelogical site and the Museum of Delos;
(c) guidance in the archaelogical site and the Museum by guides authorised by the Greek Ministry of Tourism.
Located just a 45-minute boat ride from Mykonos, Delos is one of the most sacred sites in Greece. It was the center of the Cyclades islands in the ancient world and the birthplace of the Greek gods Apollo and Artemis. Due to its mystical location, the island became home to the first multicultural civilization and was an important trade center in Ancient Greece.
Despite its diminutive size, there is a lot to see. Inhabited between 2,500 and 69 BC, Delos boasts many antique treasures, such as the Agora (ancient market place), the famous Terrace of the Naxos Lions and the Sacred Lake. See the living quarters and theater that provide visitors to Delos with a unique vision of daily life in Ancient Greece.
In 1990 Delos was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List for its "exceptionally extensive and rich" archaeological finds, which "convey the image of a great cosmopolitan Mediterranean port."
Exploring the houses of Dionysus, Cleopatra, the Trident, the Masks and the Dolphins, with their beautiful mosaics, is a thrilling experience for art lovers and not to be missed by even the mildly curious.
With an expert guide to provide you with a lively narrative, you will explore the Temple of Isis, the Egyptian Goddess, the Roman water system, the fascinating cisterns and much more.
Visit the museum and see the breathtaking mosaics, statues and other artifacts found during the on-going excavations. Walk up Mount Kynthos, which at 367 feet (112 meters) is the highest mountain on the island, to enjoy stunning views of the surrounding Cycladic islands.
Worldwide famous amongst emblematic and cosmopolitan holidays destination, Mykonos Island represents the most the idea travelers get while looking at postcards and dreamy images of Greek Islands. A place with archeological, natural, recreational and traditional facets, Mykonos Greece constitutes a thrilling destination marrying jet set venues with nature’s rich heritage and eternal Cycladic beauty.
Chora; the settlement & its built heritage
Mykonos town -or Chora- is the capital town of Mykonos island where one can find the most important sightseeing spots, the most commercial streets and shops, the most popular bars and restaurants. Chora’s architecture is typical of Cyclades, all white-washed cubic houses with blue windows, charming narrow streets with pebble-stoned pavements and little white chapels with sky-blue cupolas. A walk through Chora, the old port, Little Venice and the Castle, will put in your way the most significant places to visit in Mykonos and will allow you to take the most characteristic Mykonos polaroids!
Chora: The Windmills
Mykonos Windmills, with their distinctive form and white figure, have been a landmark of the island since the 16th century. Due to the strong winds that have always been present in the region, as well as the privileged geographic position of the island as a trade crossroad, Mykonos used to be a major supplier of refined grain and flour. What used to be a main part of the island’s activity and a force of the local economy, became a sightseeing attraction after the mills stopped working around the middle of the 20th century, courtesy of the industrialization.
There used to be a total of 20 windmills on the island, most of them built in or around the main port, the town Chora and Alefkantra neighbourhood. Around half of those were still in good function during the first decades of the 20th century and today only 7 still stand as proud reminiscent of their past. Geronimos Windmill (of private property) remained in operation until 1960’s and is still today in very good shape with a great part of its machinery intact.
Chora: Little Venice (Alefkantra)
Between Kastro and Skarpa, on the east side of Mykonos harbour, there lies one of the most picturesque places in Greece. Alefkantra, also known as Little Venice, was built around the mid 18th century as a neighbourhood for rich merchants, sailing captains and boat owners. During pirate raids, very popular at the time, Little Venice was used for sailors to quickly load and unload goods onto the boats, and the narrow streets were made with a maze-logic in order to confuse the pirates that managed to set foot on the island!
With a very characteristic architecture, wooden balconies that hang over the waves, colourful walls and a very privileged view of the sun setting on the sea, Little Venice has inspired over the years countless romances and works of art, as no soul can resist the beauty of this scenery. Some of the old houses are now bars, tavernas and clubs, where visitors can enjoy the sunset sipping on their favourite cocktail, and a few remain as private residences.
Chora: Paraportiani Church
Paraportiani Church is one of the most interesting architectural structures in Greece, located near Mykonos harbour entrance. This peculiar construction is actually a complex of 5 churches. The first 4 were built between the 14th and the 17th century, forming a base on top of which the 5th one, Panagia Paraportiani (dedicated to Virgin Mary) was then built. The name Paraportiani means “the side door” and refers to the fact that the original church was next to the north-west side door of the medieval walls that used to surround and protect the “Kastro” ( the castle area), the old town. An emblematic monument of Mykonos, the Cyclades and Greece, Paraportiani church is responsible for some of the most idyllic pictures ever taken on the island!