The Ruins of Ancient Delos
- Sanctuary of Apollo: Follow the Sacred Way to three splendid temples dedicated to the god of light and truth, who myths say was born here under a palm tree.
- Delos treasures: See the famous marble lions, the Sacred Lake, a Roman theater, monuments, arches, and grand terraces of this World Heritage Site.
- Mosaics: Admire the intricate mosaics that decorate the beautiful mansions and villas built during the island's peak of prosperity.
About This Mykonos Tour
Approaching by boat, you see it floating in the azure Aegean, its ruins spread across the landscape. This is Delos, cradle of gods.
Greek mythology explains why this tiny island became a mighty Aegean center of worship and trade for seven centuries. The story begins with the goddess Leto, pregnant with twins by Zeus. His enraged wife Hera, queen of heaven, banished Leto from the earth. She pleaded with the people of Delos, a poor island, promising that if she could give birth on the impoverished island, thousands would come with sacred offerings, and Delos’ fortunes would rise.
Leto was in labor for nine days on Delos, which is arduous even for a goddess. Finally, as she clutched a huge palm tree, her divine twins came into the world: Artemis, goddess of the hunt, the moon, and childbirth, followed by Apollo, god of music, truth and prophecy, light and the sun, poetry, plague, healing, and more. (One wonders if he would give people the plague and then heal them just for fun.) The divine twins were born at the Sacred Lake, where myth says the sun first shone. Now dry, there's a palm tree there to honor Leto's nine-day, unanesthetized ordeal.
As promised, visitors worshipful mortals poured in with gifts, and Delos prospered. On your walk toward the Sacred Lake, still guarded by its famous lions, your guide may point out the marble stairs where the marble has been worn away by millions of footsteps over many centuries. Today the island is quiet and, by law, uninhabited. But some who visit claim the sunlight over Delos has a clarity and brightness you won't see on any other island.
Just how sacred was Delos?
The birth of Artemis and Apollo made Delos a holy place for the ancients. In fact, it was so sacred no mortal was allowed to die or be born there. Delians about to do either were rushed off to the neighboring island of Rineia. That dearth of deaths and births continues to this day.
DOCKING? Meet outside the restricted area check point. TENDERING? Meet at the tender pier station. Please look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign. Staying at a hotel? Advise the GoBe Crew so we can meet you in the lobby.
If your ship is docked then you will depart from pier with a transfer bus to the shuttle station and then you will walk to reach the point where your Orca boat (a local ferry ) departs for Delos. No flash photography is allowed inside the museum. A visit to the Delos Museum visit is optional within your free time. There is a coffee shop available there for purchases.
Walking is over uneven and cobblestone terrain and some steps are involved. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Boat Tour, Cultural, Walking Tour
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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