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Delos: Day Trips and Tours from Mykonos

Take a break from the party island of Mykonos with a day trip to Delos, one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. Inhabited since 3000 B.C., Delos is a UNESCO World Heritage site and, according to Greek mythology, the birthplace of the gods Apollo and Artemis.

The site is exceptionally well-preserved, and you can expect to see ancient temples, artistic mosaics and impressive statues. Imagine life in ancient Greece with a jaunt to Delos from Mykonos.

How to get to Delos from Mykonos?

The Greek island of Delos is located southwest of Mykonos, close to the neighboring island of Rhenia. It is one of the closest day trips from Mykonos and can be easily reached by ferry or boat tour.

From Mykonos to Delos by ferry

The ferry journey from Mykonos to Delos takes between 30 and 40 minutes. Tickets are on sale from the kiosk at the southern end of Mykonos Old Port, and visitors can expect to pay €20 for a return ticket. This does not include the entrance fee to the Delos Archaeological Site.

The operational hours for the ferry from Mykonos to Delos change depending on the season. Between May and October, there are a variety of ferry options from Tuesday to Sunday. Morning departures are at 9 AM, 10 AM and 11:30 AM, with returns at 12 PM, 1:30 PM and 3 PM. Ferry schedules are reduced on Mondays.

During the off-season from late October to April, the ferry times are reduced considerably, and there are often only one or two departures per day. Make sure to plan your trip accordingly.

Guided tour to Delos from Mykonos

A great way to visit the island of Delos is to join a guided tour led by an experienced guide. You’ll be picked up at your hotel in Mykonos and taken to the island by boat, where you’ll enjoy a day of fun activities.

How much does the entrance ticket to Delos cost?

While the island of Delos is free to visit, the popular archaeological site has the following entry fees.

  • Adults: €12
  • Students: €6
  • Children: Free

The tickets include entry to the archaeological museum.

What is the typical itinerary of a day tour to Delos from Mykonos?

Visitors going on a jaunt to Delos will depart from the Old Port in the center of Mykonos and some day tours have the option of a hotel pickup. The ferry journey to the harbor of Delos takes around 30 minutes, depending on the weather conditions.

Upon arrival, you’ll be taken to the nearby archaeological site, where you’ll have the opportunity to join an hour-long guided tour. Your guides will bring the site to life with stories of how people lived in ancient Greece.

Afterward, visitors will have some free time to explore Delos independently before heading back to Mykonos. An excursion to Delos generally lasts around three to four hours in total.

What kind of tours are available to go to Delos?

Guided tour to Delos from Mykonos

Discover the world-famous Archaeological Site of Delos with an experienced guide who will share their knowledge of the island’s ancient history. This Delos day tour includes hotel pickup, a round-trip ferry ticket, skip-the-line entry to the site and a wireless audio guide.

A guided Delos day trip usually leaves at around 9 AM and lasts between 3.5 and four hours.

Day trip to Delos plus Rhenia from Mykonos

A day trip to Delos, including a jaunt to the island of Rhenia, combines a sightseeing trip with swimming and snorkeling in the Aegean Sea. This small group tour on a private boat allows you to visit the sacred ruins of Delos and Rhenia island.

Alternatively, visitors can also choose to stay on the boat and marvel at the island from afar. A typical tour lasts around six hours.

Private tour to Delos from Mykonos

Enjoy a luxury private tour of Delos with a knowledgeable guide. The entire tour lasts approximately four hours. You’ll be picked up at your hotel and taken to the harbor in a comfortable private car.

When you reach the island, you’re going to go on a 30-minute guided walking tour of the ruins before enjoying a delicious local lunch.

How much does a tour to Delos from Mykonos cost?

Standard guided tours that include ferry tickets and entry to the Archaeological Site of Delos cost around €60 per person. A boat trip to Delos with a stop at the island of Rhenia costs approximately €100 to €150.

A private guided Delos day trip from Mykonos is usually priced at €450 to €650. The price is higher as tour participants have the undivided attention of the guide, who would normally have a tour group of 10 or more people.  

What will you see and do in a Delos day trip from Mykonos?

The Agora of the Competaliasts

The Agora was the main market square in Delos and is marked by a monument dedicated to Hermes. Holes in the stone where the tent poles of ancient market stalls stood are still visible.

The House of Dionysus

Dedicated to Dionysus, the god of wine and theater, this house built in 300 B.C. stands out because of its tall marble columns. It is home to a stunning mosaic floor depicting the god riding on a tiger adorned with a wreath of vines and grapes.

The Theater of Delos

This marble theater was completed in 250 B.C. and once held 6,500 spectators. The area around the theater includes the ruins of many impressive mansions owned by rich merchants at the time.

The Temple of Apollo

This group of ruins consists of three temples dedicated to Apollo, the god of sun and light. A massive statue of Apollo once stood here, although only the torso remains in today’s time.

The Terrace of the Lions

The Terrace of the Lions is one of the most recognizable sites on Delos, built by the people of Naxos in around 600 B.C. The statues are replicas as the originals were moved to the archaeological museum to protect them from the weather.

The Archaeological Museum of Delos

The museum contains a large selection of artifacts unearthed from the Delos site. On display is an extensive pottery collection that dates from the 25th to the first century B.C. There are six rooms dedicated to statues from the site, impressive reliefs, mosaics and frescoes.

When is Delos open over the year?

The Archaeological Site of Delos opens from April until October and is closed in fall and winter. The island itself can be visited year-round.

What are the opening times?

Opening times for the Delos Archaeological Site are 8 AM to 8 PM, Monday to Sunday. The archaeological museum is open on Tuesdays to Fridays and Sundays from 8 PM to 7 PM.

On Saturdays and Mondays, the museum is open from 8 PM to 3 PM.

When is the best time to visit Delos?

The best time to visit Delos is in the spring and early summer months. It can get very hot in July and August, and the weather can be colder and more unpredictable in the fall.

On Mondays, ferry times and opening hours of the archaeological site are reduced, so this might not be the best time to visit the island.

Travel tips

  • It can get very hot in Delos in the summer, so remember to bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes, as the paths can get quite rocky.
  • Bring snacks and plenty of water on a Delos excursion, as there are limited shops on the island.
  • Pack seasickness medication for the journey to Delos, as the ferry ride can get choppy.