Island Flavor - A taste from Syros
(3 days - 2 nights - organized)
Day 1: Arrival in Syros
Arriving in Syros and meeting with our Office representative. In our way to the hotel a stunning path unfolds in front of us. The time is perfect for a passage through the bustling market of Hermoupolis, a city which carries the cultural heritage of the birth of the Greek State and yet so interesting and lively all year round. Arrive at the hotel and the day is ahead us for relaxation, to visit the beach for a swim and to a village tavern for an ouzo or dinner by the side of sea.
Day 2: Tour of the island
At 09:00, after we take our breakfast in the hotel we depart by bus for the tour of the island. We will visit Foinikas on the West side of the island alongside Megas Gialos, Vari and Azolimnos on the South side. We will see the towers - mansions at Poseidonia (Ntelagkratsia), which was the favorite holiday resort of the wealthy ship and factory owners of the last century. We will make a stop in a traditional delights workshop, where we can watch the process of making the famous Syros delights and halvadopita, to taste the fresh products and head with the bus for the Medieval settlement of Ano Syros. In Ano Syros we will wander in the quaint alleys and we will visit the building that formerly housed the Seminary (1837), where the historical archive of the Catholic Diocese of Syros is in display, with relics and rare manuscripts from the 16th century, the monastery of the Capuchins with the Church of St. John (1635), Jesuit monastery with the Church of Our Lady of Carmel (1740) that has a library with thousands of books, historical documents, parchments and rare manuscripts, the unique Orthodox churches of Ano Syros of "St. Trinity" and "St. Nicholas" the poor, the exhibition of the historical archive of Ano Syros, the folk art Museum, the exhibition of traditional crafts and of course the Markos Vamvakaris Museum housed at his residence, renovated in 1995 which displays personal belongings and testimonials from the life of the great composer of Rebetiko and is located next to the square named by him. We sit down to rest in cafes with stunning view and then we board our coach to visit Hermoupolis. Hermoupolis, an administrative and economic centre of Cyclades, has many major attractions and interesting museums. We will go the the city and visit the City Hall, located in Miaouli square in the city centre which is a living museum project of the German architect Ziller and one of the biggest City Halls in Greece. It is an impressive building that looks more like a palace, as Ziller designed it as he imagined the Palace of Priam. Behind the City Hall we will see the first Gymnasium of free Greece which opened in 1833 and many great Greeks as Eleftherios Venizelos and Petros Protopapadakis studied here. We will take a look at the Apollo Theatre built in 1862-64, with the impressive interior, which is a miniature of Scala di Milano. We will wander the picturesque paved with marble and granite city streets and we will arrive in the district Vaporia, a genuine neoclassical architectural neighborhood with wonderful urban mansions of the 19th century, with ornate decor, marble walls and huge wooden doors. In Vaporia stands the imposing church of Saint Nicholas, founded in 1848. Here you will see the unique monument of “The unburied Greek fighter”, a work of the great Greek sculptor G. Vitali (1880). Hermoupolis is a vibrant city where a lively, colorful and attractive traditional market could not be absent. There we will be left free and tamper with the crowd, giving appointment in an hour for the very interesting last visit of the day to the Temple of the Assumption (1828) where the homonymous famous picture of El Greco is displayed. Then we will board the coach to return to our hotel where we can rest and enjoy a swim in the nearby beach.
Day 3: Hermoupolis & return
Having breakfast in the hotel followed by a relaxed morning to the beach.
12:30 Departure from the hotel by coach to Hermoupolis where we are free to dine at any of the numerous taverns or restaurants in the city, enjoy our coffee in one of the cafes beside the sea or at Miaouli Square in view of the Town Hall.
15:30 Boarding the ferry to return to Athens.
- Boat tickets economy class.
- Transport by bus to and from the port upon arrival and departure.
- Two nights with breakfast at selected hotel.
- One-day tour by bus to the attractions of the island.
- Tour guide
- Tourist guide and map of the island.
- VAT and all taxes
- Entrances to museums and
- Whatever is indicated as optional
- The package is valid throughout the year.
- The program of the tour can change in case.
- Contact us to receive an offer for your group.
16 Papagou str. – Hermoupolis – Greece
Mail address: P.O.Box 93 – 84100 SYROS
T. ++30 22810 87666
F. ++30 22810 87665