Athens – Mykonos 3 Days

Itinerary

Day 1:

This will be an early pick up at 06:00 a.m. to drive you from your hotel in Athens to the our largest port, the port of Piraeus. Departure will be at 07:35 making your way for Mykonos while cruising with Blue Star Ferries. The visual exprience of sailing through the Aegean is undescribable. Arriving at Mykonos at 12:50 you will be driven directly to your hotel having the rest of the day clear to enjoy the island at your leisure. You will spend the night on Mykonos.
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Day 2:

After having breakfast (in your hotel) you will be picked up from your hotel for the Delos Half Day Tour. A half-day trip to Delos includes the services of a professional guide and the boat trip to the sacred island of Apollo and Artemis. Delos was a famous political and religious center in antiquity. The whole territory of the now deserted island is one of the most important archaeological sites of the Eastern Mediterranean and is protected as one of the Unesco’s world heritage sites. You will have the opportunity of visiting the remains of the Temple of Apollo, the Sanctuary of Artemis, the old city and the theatre and then, walk down the celebrated Lion Street. In the museum of Delos, you can also admire Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman Sculptures and a collection of vessels from all the above periods as well as small items of everyday use. Coming back to Mykonos we will return you to your hotel and for the rest of the day will be free to laze on the beach or explore the island. If you like to party Mykonos and its nightlife is your paradise. Your overnight stay will be at Mykonos.

Day 3:

Your morning will be a free morning (after a night on the town most of our guests need it). Then early in the afternoon you will be picked up and driven to the port. Your departure time will be at 14:15 with Blue Star Ferries. Drifting through the Aegean again to arrive in Piraeus at 19:45 where you can count on us to meet and drive you to your hotel in Athens or to the Airport.

Timetable

Schedule

IconTimeTransfers and Tours:

Transfer Hotel in Athens – Piraeus Port

Transfer Mykonos Port – Hotel in Mykonos

Half Day Tour Deilos

Transfer Hotel in Mykonos – Mykonos Port

Transfer Piraeus Port – Hotel in Athens or Airport

History

Mykonos:

This is the Ibiza of Greece. A beautiful island in the Cyclades, which looks just like the postcards: white little houses with flowers and blue windows and doors, hand painted streets, windmills, pigeon keepers, chimneys, lots of little churches and wonderful restaurants and cafes. Many of the Greek and international “jetsetters” either have a house here or visit every summer, and the nightlife is very, very developed. You will see a lot of eccentrics especially at night time. Even though it is a party-island, it is not as loud as for example Ios and Kos, so you can get sleep at night. Mykonos has a reputation for being a summer resort for mainly gay men, which is not entirely true. The gay audience is present, but it is also a glamorous place for the rich and famous, which is painfully clear to whoever has a look at the prices on the menus.

 

The island was once very poor, and the people tried to survive on fishing and stock breeding on the harsh land. A major industry was also ship construction. Tourism has turned the economy over since it started in the 1950’s and the locals have a double attitude towards this: it may have saved the economy but some also feel that it has taken over too much.

Mykonos according to mythology was the place where Heracles killed the giants. The rocks around the island are supposedly their corpses!!! Mykonos was the first ruler on the island according to tradition, and the first known settlers we know of were the Ionians in the 9th century BCE. The island was to fall under Greek-windmill---Gulls---V2-T-ShirtsAthenian, Macedonian and Roman rule in the years to come, just like the surrounding islands. The Venetians conquered the island in 1207, and their Duchy later until the Turks invaded in the first half of the 16th century. All Greek school-children have read about the heroine Manto Mavrogenous. When the Greek Revolution against the Ottoman Empire broke out in 1821, Mykonos played an important role, led by the national heroine, Manto Mavrogenous. Mavrogenous was a well-educated aristocrat guided by the ideas of the Enlightenment. She sacrificed her family’s fortune and her own dowry for the Greek cause. A statue of her sits in the middle of Mando Mavrogenous square in the main town. Her house can still be seen on Mykonos.

Architecture

With the exception of Mykonos town, Chora, all over Mykonos you will see the typical Cycladic cubist style of architecture. Small, often single storey white cubes sprinkled over the landscape like little iced cakes. Mykonos town however offers a different architectural style that is unique in the area. Here, flanking the narrow winding streets are buildings reminiscent of a medieval style.

Every house is reached via a flight of straight steps, parallel to the road, whilst the space underneath these steps was traditionally kept for storage. Atop the steps is a wooden painted balcony that sometimes projects over the road to almost touch the balcony of the house across the street. Here too, you will find a change from the ubiquitous blue and white decor of Greece. In Mykonos town the wooden structures of every house are painted in a rainbow of colours, against the whitewashed walls and blue sky, the effect is absolutely delightful.

Tourism

Mykonos was liberated in 1830. It was quite exhausted after the war, and it was not until tourism started pick up that the island got on its feet economically again. Even though tourism slowly began to help the local economy, when important excavations were carried out by the French School of Archaeology  it wasn’t until June 10, 1961(to be precise), when America’s first lady, Jackie Kennedy, set foot on Mykonos for the very first time. She bought some local trinkets and the rest is history.

Additional Info

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  • Island hopping packages are individual tours and not group tours. They do not include flights from/to your country.
  • Extend your stay on the Island – Just ask for it when you make your reservetion.
  • The order of visiting the islands can be changed according to the traffic and weather conditions.
  • Accommodation on the islands is based according to availability
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Useful Tips

Tips

  • Suitable clothing and athletic walking shoes are recommended for your comfortpc5oy5nRi
  • Hats, sun glasses and suntan lotion are highly recommended.
  • Photography is permitted throughout the tour, excluding some museums.
  • Clothing: When visiting Churches and Monasteries entrance will be allowed only to those with proper outfits i.e. Gentlemen (long trousers) and ladies (skirts, not short ones). These are places of worship and we pay them the respect they deserve.

Cancellation Policy

  1. Firstly and most importantly. ALL CANCELLATIONS MUST BE CONFIRMED BY  Olivesea.gr
  2. In respect to Island Hopping cancellations. There is NO cancellation fee (deposit or full amount) WILL be refunded. That’s right you will be fully refunded 100% the amount you have paid whether it is a deposit or the full amount , just so long as you cancel your reservation at least 30 days before your service date.cancellation-policy-image
  3. Apart from the above cancellation limits, NO refunds will be made. If though, you fail to make your appointment for reasons that are out of your hands , that would be, in connection with the operation of your airline or cruise ship or strikes , extreme weather conditions or mechanical failure. You WILL be refunded 100% of the paid amount.
  4. Let it be noted that, if your cancellation date is over TWO (2) months away from your reservation date, It has been known for third party providers such as credit card companies, PayPal, ect. to charge a levy fee usually somewhere between 2-4%.
  5. Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  6. Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked.
  7. Olive sea.gr reserves the right to cancel your booking at any time, when reasons beyond our control arise, such as strikes, prevailing weather conditions, mechanical failures, etc. occur. In this unfortunate case you shall be immediately notified via the email address you used when making your reservation and your payment WILL be refunded 100%.
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