Whitewashed houses, pristine waters and gorgeous sunsets, Paros is a typical Cycladic island that never fails to astonish. The sheer beauty of the landscapes and warm-hearted locals welcome tourists from all corners of the World. The island’s capital, Parikia, is without a doubt the main attraction however, offering the most diverse types of monuments which still stand after centuries of mixed heritage. A Venetian castle built in the 13th century looks over the village, in the same way as the Katapoliani church, known locally as “the hundred-gate church”. View more
Discover the idyllic beauty, beaches and coast of Antiparos during this panoramic, half-day cruise excursion with lunch.
Paros, Pounta, Boat-Ride to Pantalonisia, Swimming
Depart the pier for the short drive to Pounta. Upon arrival, embark your awaiting boat for a panoramic ride around the beautiful coastline of Antiparos. Your first stop is at Pantalonisia. Here, a stop is made for swimming in the crystal-clear, blue water that looks like a natural swimming pool.
Faneromeni Beach, Swmming, Barbecue Lunch, Mastichari Cave, Antiparos Town, Free Time
Next, embark the boat and continue on to idyllic Faneromeni Beach. Upon arrival, soak up the sun, swim in the sea and enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch on this pristine beach. Afterward, re-board your coach and proceed to the Mastichari Cave. After a photo stop here, head to Antiparos Town, where some free time is made available to explore the town at your leisure. Following your visit, embark the boat and sail back to Pounta. Upon arrival, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 219 yards (about 200 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and embark/disembark the boat. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with neck and/or back problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with beach or water shoes, and bring sun protection and a towel from the ship. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Explore the historic villages, castles and churches of Paros Island during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.
Paros, Parikia Town, Church of Panagia Ekatontapyliani, Kastro Castle, Free Time
Depart the pier for the short walk to the beautiful town of Parikia, the capital of Paros Island. Upon arrival, a visit is made to the famous Byzantine Church of Panagia Ekatontapyliani (Our Lady of a Hundred Doors), the holiest place in Paros. Tradition and history state that the church dates from the reign of Constantine the Great (280 A.D.-337 A.D) or Justinian (527 A.D.-565 A.D.). After its restoration in 1959, this church, the brightest jewel in the crown of Orthodoxy in the Aegean, became the third most important Christian building in Greece, after the Panayia Akheiropoietos and St. Demetrios in Thessaloniki. From here, walk to the Kastro Castle, Following a guided castle tour, some free time is made available to stroll about the charming streets of Parikia and browse its numerous little shops.
Lefkes Village, Town Hall, Naoussa Village, Venetian Castle
Next, board a coach for a panoramic tour of the island. En route, proceed to Lefkes, a beautiful, traditional village built amphitheatrically on the slopes of a mountain with wonderful panoramic vistas. The Town Hall is especially noteworthy, as it was built with the famous marble of Paros. Leaving Lefkes Village, re-board your coach and drive to the port of Naoussa, the most cosmopolitan village on the island. Upon arrival, take a stroll through the narrow streets of the village and visit its Venetian Castle. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.6 miles (about one kilometres), at times over uneven surfaces and hills, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at the sites visited. Walking in Parikia Town 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 with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the church; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted.
Discover the secrets to preparing delicious Greek cuisine during this interactive, half-day cooking excursion with lunch.
Paros, Golden Beach, Anezina Taverna, Greek Aperitif, Meze
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 40-minute drive to Golden Beach, one of the most beautiful areas of Paros Island. Upon arrival, proceed to Anezina, a local taverna, where you are welcomed with a Greek aperitif (tsipouro, tsikoudia or ouzo) and various types of Greek 'meze'.
Interactive Greek Cooking Lesson
Next, meet your chef/instructor and begin your interactive cooking lesson. Learn about the wonderful world of Greek cuisine, and the herbs, fresh vegetables, meat, fruit, etc. utilised in its preparation. Afterward, your instructor teaches you the basics of preparing a full Greek lunch with easy-to-follow recipes, and invites you to participate in the preparation of a traditional Greek dish.
Lunch and Dessert with Wine
After your cooking lesson, you are served another aperitif, followed by the lunch you have helped to prepare. Your meal is accompanied by Greek salads, wine (red or white) or soft drinks, and dessert. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 40-minute drive back to the pier via the same route.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 109 yards (about 100 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with 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.