Explore the tiny uninhabited island of Delos, one of the most important archaeological sites in all Greece. Start your journey with a 45-minute ferry ride to this richly historic site. Delos was the major center of the ancient Greek world and the mythical birthplace of the god Apollo and his twin sister Artemis. Your 2½-hour guided stroll includes such attractions as the Sanctuary of Apollo
with its three temples dating from the 6th and 5th centuries B.C. To the west of this sanctuary lies the Sacred Lake
, where Apollo was reputedly born. Standing guard over the Sacred Lake are nine replicas of the famous marble lions
, which were a gift from the people of Naxos in the 7th century B.C. Other attractions include the amphitheater
and the nearby theater quarter
where wealthy owners built opulent houses with grand colonnaded courtyards. The island’s checkered history finally led to its destruction in 88 B.C. by Mithridates, the King of Pontus. Large-scale restoration work has continued for many years and in 1990 the island was declared a World’s Cultural Heritage Site
, protected by UNESCO
. Your guided walk concludes back at the ferry, for direct return to Mykonos. On arrival there, you are free to return to the yacht at your leisure.
As there is extensive walking on this tour, comfortable shoes are recommended.