Though the harbor is picturesque from a distance—especially from a ferry docking at sunset, when a violet-orange light casts a soft glow and the lights on the hills behind the quay start twinkling like faint stars—Skiathos town close-up has few buildings of any distinction. Many traditional houses were burned by the Germans in 1944, and postwar development has pushed up cement apartments between the pleasant, squat, red-roof older houses. View more
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Explore the history and highlights of the city of Skiathos during this half-day guided walking tour through the city centre.
Departing from the pier, guests will be guided on-foot into the nearby city centre to begin their orientation to this charming island town. Beginning in the Old Town, the tour will proceed to the cultural, architectural and historical highlights of the city.
Metropolis of Skiathos Hierarchs
Continuing through the narrow, cobbled streets, guests will arrive at the Metropolis of Skiathos Hierarchs. Here, ancient Byzantine icons can be admired as guests are informed of the unique features that make them renowned and rare versions of these revered images.
House of Alexander Papadiamantis
Next, enjoy a stop to the museum housed inside the former home of the famous Greek writer Alexander Papadiamantis. Built in the 1860's, his house exemplifies average living conditions on the island during his life, which only adds to his descriptions of the hardships he and his fellow islanders faced. This cosy home is now a small museum that houses a collection of writing samples, books and vintage photos.
At the conclusion of the walking tour, guests may opt to follow the guide back to the ship or stay in town and return to the ship independently.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking, occasionally over uneven surfaces. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. It is recommended that guests dress comfortable, seasonal attire including sun protection and walking shoes.
Dive into Greece's religious history during this half-day guided tour to some of Skiathos's best Byzantine churches.
Church of Aghios Taxiarchos
Departing the pier for a quick transfer of approximately 10 minutes, guests will arrive at the church of Aghios Taxiarchos. Here, photo opportunities are provided as guides describe the architecture and design of this traditional Byzantine church. Following the short photo stop, reload the coaches for an approximately 20-minute transfer to the monastery.
Monastery of Evangelistria & Museum
Enjoy a guided tour through the ruined and restored sections of the church and surrounding complex. Here, guests can admire the icons in the church, explore the living quarters of the monks, and discover Greek artefacts in the monastery's museum, including a look at the loom that was used to create the first Greek flag.
Following the tour of the monastery and museum, re-board the coaches for the short return transfer back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, occasionally over uneven surfaces, with a few stairs to negotiate. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Conservative attire is required to enter religious venues: bare shoulders, shorts, bare knees and high-heeled shoes are not permitted inside the churches. Comfortable, seasonal attire is recommended.
Enjoy a quiet and idyllic day at Koukounaries Beach.
From the pier, it is an approximately 30-minute transfer to Koukounaries Beach. Discover the magnificent countryside the island has to offer before arriving at the beach surrounded by trees, golden sands, and deep azure waters. Relax on one of the sunbeds, enjoy a refreshing beverage, take a dip in the crystal-clear waters and enjoy the surrounding beauty.
Following your day of leisure, re-board the coach for the short drive back to the pier.
Please note: Tour involves minimal walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility as long as they can embark / disembark the coach and walk through the sand a short distance to the sunbeds; guests must also travel with a companion to provide assistance. Tour includes round-trip transfers, 2 sun beds and one umbrella per couple, assistance of a tour escort. Guests should wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, sun protection and bring a towel from the ship.