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Delos – Sacred island &
From Mykonos we sail to the ancient harbour of Delos to explore one of the most important mythological and historical sites in all of Greece, ‘the sacred of all islands.’
Excavation work is still ongoing in this incredible location and archaeologists consider the island to be one of the finest sites in the Mediterranean. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once again we really will travel back in time and experience a rich historical wonder.
Delos was a holy sanctuary and one of the most important and prosperous commercial ports in the eastern Mediterranean during the 1st millennium BC. Olympian mythology made it the birthplace of Apollo and his twin sister Artemis and it attracted pilgrims from all over Greece. There are numerous ruins to marvel at including Doric temples, an amphitheatre, houses with mosaics, Agora, the Oikos (House) of Naxians and the iconic statues at the Terrace of the Lions. Seven of the original full sized marble lions still stand.
There are the remains of the Sanctuary of Apollo and the Establishment of the Poseidoniasts of Beirut, built by ship owners and merchants from that city across the Mediterranean. There is much more to see in this awe-inspiring open air museum.
The excursion comes to an end back at Chora with free time for strolling through the alleys and the shops. The excursion includes guide, boat and entrance fees.