Optional Mykonos Day Tour
As the birthplace of Artemis and Apollo, the Greek island of Delos (Greek: Δηλος; Dhílos, “Brilliant”) was a major sacred site for the ancient Greeks, second in importance only to Delphi. At its height, the sacred island was covered in a variety of temples and sanctuaries dedicated to a variety of gods. Today, it is a fascinating archaeological site located just two miles from Mykonos.
Remains of a settlement found on top of Mt. Kinthos show that Delos was inhabited since the 3rd millenium BC. Originally known as Ortygia (Quail Island), it was a religious center and busy port from ancient times. Although a barren island with virtually no natural resources, its harbors are protected by the three islands that circle around it (the Cyclades) and it is conveniently located between the Greek mainland and the Asian coast.
According to Greek mythology, Delos was the birthplace of Artemis and Apollo, the twin offspring of Zeus by Leto. When Leto was discovered to be pregnant, Zeus’ jealous wife Hera banished her from the earth, but Poseidon took pity on her and provided Delos as a place for her to give birth in peace.
The wealthy mansions of the Island, unique mosaics, the ancient Theatre, the ancient market places, the sanctuary of Apollo and the famous lions still guarding the sacred birth place of Apollo are some of the places you will visit while walking among the ancient streets of the most sacred and the most cosmopolitan place of antiquity.
The Delian light and the energy of the site will be an unforgettable memory for your whole life.
If you need to enjoy the view of the whole island you will find a friendly place for rest at the
cafeteria next to Museum. Now it’s your decision with which boat you will go back to Mykonos.
DAYS OF OPERATION: Daily except Monday
INCLUDED: English Speaking Guide and Entrance Fees
MEETING POINT: 10:00 AM at Small Fishermen’s Port in town just after Town Hall –
Meet 20 minutes before departure – Boat trip approximately 30 minutes
Upon your Arrival at the ancient port of Delos your guides will give you your entrance ticket.
NOTE: Don’t forget to wear you hat, flat walking shoes, sun block and of course water.