Silversea Luxury Cruises To Syros

Syros

Syros is an island in the Aegean Sea, 78 miles (125 kilometres) southeast of Athens, and the administrative, commercial, intellectual and cultural centre of the Cyclades. Syros is 32 square miles (82.8 square kilometres) in area. Its largest towns are Ermoupoli, the capital of the island and Cyclades, Ano Syros and Vari. Although Syros belongs to the Cyclades islands, its architecture is more medieval than Cycladic. The beaches of Syros are especially inviting, and surrounded by many tourist facilities and accommodations.

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Excursions in Syros

Neoclassical Ermoupolis on Foot

Discover the exquisite architecture and monuments of the 'City of Hermes' during this picturesque excursion through historic Ermoupoli on-foot.


Ermoupoli City Walking Tour

Depart the pier for your guided walking tour through Ermoupoli, the capital of Syros. The largest city in the Cyclades, Ermoupoli is built like an amphitheatre around its harbour, and is crowned by the twin peaks of Ano Syros to the north and the Ortodox Vrontado to the south. The city was rebuilt in the early-mid-19th century, and boasts gorgeous Neo-Classical architecture and monuments.


St. Nicholas Church and Apollon Theatre

Your first stop is at the St. Nicholas Church and its small garden, followed by the Unknown Soldier Monument. From here, stroll amongst the lovely villas of the Vaporia area, also known as 'Little Venice', then visit the impressive Apollo Theatre, the first opera house of Greece.


Miaoulis Square and Church of the Assumption

Next, continue to Miaoulis Square with its monumental marble platform built for the Syros Philharmonic and Town Hall. Stop by the first high school of modern Greece and a colourful shopping area, then enter the Church of the Assumption to marvel at a masterpiece of religious art, an icon by the painter El Greco. At the conclusion of your tour, some free time is made available to explore the city at your leisure before returning to the pier on-foot.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.6 miles (about one kilometre), at times over uneven surfaces, with 50 steps to negotiate at the sites visited. Walking is Syros is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Syros Monasteries & Medieval Ano Syros

Explore the wonderful monasteries of Syros and medieval town of Ano Syros during this delightful, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Loukoumi Factory and Santa Barbara Monastery

Depart the pier for the short drive to a nearby 'loukoumi' factory for an opportunity to sample this traditional sweet speciality. From here, continue on the Santa Barbara Monastery. Founded in 1900, this complex houses one of the best organized orphanages for girls. During your visit, marvel at icons representing the life of Santa Barbara and an exhibit of hand-made embroideries.


Monasteries of Ano Syros

Next, re-board your coach and proceed for a visit to Ano Syros. This medieval town is comprised of a maze of whitewashed passages, arches and steps that form a huddle of interlinking houses. Your first stop is at the Catholic Cathedral of St. George. This Jesuit monastery reflects the centuries-long presence of western culture on the island, and was built on the site of a 13th-century church. Continue on to the Capuccine Monastery, then pass by the 'piazza', or town centre, before returning to your coach and commencing the short drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.6 miles (about one kilometre), at times over uneven surfaces, with 150 steps to negotiate at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Syros Highlights

Explore the highlights of the commercial, administrative and cultural centre of the Cyclades during this memorable, half-day excursion through Syros.


Holy Church of the Dormition and Southern Syros

Depart the pier for the short drive to the Holy Church of the Dormition to admire a masterpiece of religious art, an icon by the painter El Greco. Following your visit, re-board your coach and continue on through this rocky, yet charming island. Pass by and learn about the beautiful villages and beaches of southern Syros, including Azolimnos, Vari, Megas Gialos, Poseidonia, Foinikas, Galissas, and Kini.


Loukoumi Factory and Ermoupoli Highlights

Next, a stop is made at a nearby 'loukoumi' factory for an opportunity to sample this traditional sweet speciality. Afterward, return to the capital of Ermoupoli for a guided walking tour. Visit the St. Nicholas Church, the Vaporia area, also known as 'Little Venice', then pass by the Unknown Soldier Monument, Apollo Theatre, the first opera house of Greece, Archaeological Museum, the first high school of modern Greece, and the unique Town Hall at the marble Miaoulis Square. At the conclusion of your tour, walk back to the pier with your guide. Time permitting, you may remain in the city for further exploration and return to the ship on your own.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.68 miles (about 1.1 kilometres), at times over uneven surfaces, with 70 steps to negotiate at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.