Delos: Birthplace of Apollo

3.5 hours | Mykonos | JMK-200
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Points of Interest

  • Delos Archaeological Site & Museum
Strenuous activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Begin your day at the pier in Mykonos, boarding one of the local kaiki (ferries), which will transport you to the spectacular island of Delos and its most sacred and respected sites.

Located at the center of the Cyclades island group, Delos was perfectly positioned to become an important trade center in the Mediterranean. Today the island is uninhabited, but it was once a hub of activity and an important site of religious significance. According to Greek Mythology, Delos is the birthplace of Apollo, and people came from around the world to this ancient site to pay homage to the God of music, beauty and light. In the early 19th century, a dramatic excavation uncovered beautiful artifacts, mosaics, statues and buildings.

Your two-hour walking tour begins at the first monument, the Agora of the Competialists. This open area has a round shrine where offerings were placed. To the left you will see the Sacred Way, which leads to the Sanctuary of Apollo. The road is lined with marble platforms, which once held spectacular statues donated by kings. The path you will walk follows the same route as the Delia Festival's annual procession.

Continue to The Sanctuary of Apollo, known as the heart of Delos. At one time, three great temples as well as other altars stood in dedication to the god. In this area you will see the base of the marble Statue of Apollo. Parts of this statue are housed in the Delos museum.

Listen for roaring as you enter the Lion District, named for the famous Terrace of the Lions, where nine elegant marble lions once guarded the sanctuary area. The outdoor lions are now replicas, during your free time you can inside the museum and to see five weathered originals.

Special Notes:

Passengers will be transported by local boat from Mykonos to the ancient harbor of Delos island.

The site of Delos will be explored on foot and involves approximately two hours of walking over relatively even terrain. Low heeled comfortable shoes, water and a hat are highly recommended. Passengers with physical limitations are requested to take this into consideration.

Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from ship for a guided tour of Delos Archaeological Site and Museum

Transport type:
Motorized Vessel
Transport Capacity:
350
Travel time:
00:35
Time at site:
02:20
Free time at site:
20
Inside visit:
No
Walking distance:
2000
Steps:
30
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes

Return to the ship

Transport type:
Motorized Vessel
Transport Capacity:
350
Travel time:
00:35
Inside visit:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes