The Best Mykonos Tours

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: June 8, 2019

The 5 Best Tours and Things To Do in Mykonos

1. Mykonos Cooking Class (Traditional Greek Food)

Best Things To Do in Mykonos: Spiti Cooking School for Greek Food
This is an absolutely wonderful Greek cooking class: fun, informative, great food. And the wine flows freely. It lasts a little less than 6 hours and starts at 10am or 4pm with free transfer from hotel or cruise port. Highly recommended. If you only do one organized activity in Mykonos make it this one. (It’s rare for kids to do the class but when they do they have a blast.)

2. Delos 4-Hour Tour

Day tour of Delos island from Mykonos.
It’s a 45 minute boat ride to Delos and then explore the ancient island with a fully accredited guide. Delos is one of the best preserved and most important historical sites in Greece and the best day trip from Mykonos.

Note: Both of the following boat tours get fully booked from late June to early September. If so, the Full-Day Catamaran Cruise (with Fresh Lunch) is an excellent alternative – though it is a little more expensive.

3. Small Yacht Cruise to Delos & Rhenia Islands

Best yacht cruise of Mykonos beaches, swimming, and snorkeling.
Swim, snorkel, and sunbathe from the yacht and along the coast of the uninhabited island of Rhenia. Light lunch (on the yacht) and a couple drinks are included. Then have a 90 minute guided tour of the ancient island of Delos. This is a semi-private tour and there is a maximum of 10 guests on the boat.

4. Mykonos South Coast Sailing Tour with Paradise Beach & BBQ

Mykonos Beach Tour
A super fun way to spend a day out on the water. Lots to eat and drink (and food is surprisingly good quality). Lie on the deck, swim, snorkel, or sightsee as you make your way around the Mykonos coastline. This one is a little expensive but worth it for the small group size and luxury service.

5. Highlights of Mykonos: Half-Day Tour

Mykonos walking tour
Starts with a walking tour of Mykonos Town and then visits the best sights, small villages (like Ano Mera above), and small hidden churches all over the island.

Best Free Thing To Do in Mykonos

The best boat tours to beaches and day trip islands from Mykonos.
Walk from Platys Gialos Beach to Paradise Beach making stops at beach bars and restaurants along the way. You’ll pass Agia Anna and Paraga beaches and several other small swimming coves. Super fun and free! (Besides what you spend on food and drinks, of course.) If you’re staying in Mykonos Town take the bus to Platys Gialos then start walking along the beach towards the east (if you’re facing the water walk to your left). There are several great places to eat along the walk. If you hike straight to Paradise Beach it will take about an hour (without stops). Then bus back from Paradise to Mykonos Town. Or take the water taxi back to Platys Gialos.

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  1. Mykonos Scuba Diving

    Hi Dave,

    Do you know of a good scuba diving course/tour in Mykonos for beginners/intermediate? We would like to visit the best scuba dive spots around Mykonos for a reasonable price.

  2. Wheelchair Accessibility in Mykonos

    Are the paths etc okay for wheelchairs?

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      If you mean the paths along the coast between the beaches, then no, I wouldn’t say they’re wheelchair-accessible. If you mean the lanes and alleys of Mykonos Town, then yes, I think they should be “ok” for travelers in wheelchairs (though not ideal by any means).

  3. Things To Do in Mykonos

    Hello. If my daughter and I do the Mykonos cooking class, do you have any ideas for my adult son and husband? I’m also wondering if they would be able to pay and join us for lunch? Thank you for your expert advice!

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      They could do the tour to Delos. Or, if not a tour, walk from Psarou to Paradise Beach along the coast.

  4. Santorini and Mykonos in October

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for your website, such great info. We were planning on having a 6 day Honeymoon, taking in 3 days in Santirini & 3 in Mykonos (Town). We were hoping to go in September 2019 but due to personal circumstance that’s no longer possible, so we would be looking at something like the 10th to 16th of October. I am concerned though that this will be too late in season, & we’ll struggle for restaurants & bars, especially in Mykonos.

    Can you advise if we will struggle for eating & drinking at this time? We obviously don’t expect it to be full on party mode but would like some sort of vibe for going out & having a couple of drinks at night (or even places that are at least open).

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Santorini will be busy and active, with everything open – no problem there. Mykonos will be slower for sure. A few places will have started to close for the winter but most will be open. Nightlife will be subdued but there’ll definitely be places open to go for a drink and encounter some other travelers. There will definitely be plenty of open restaurants – so I would not worry on that front.

  5. Mykonos to Santorini Trip

    What is the best way to get to Santorini from Mykonos? Just want a day of exploring? There were no available flights during the time we are there to fly there and back.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Ferry is the best way to get to Santorini from Mykonos. There are many ferries every day in summer. But it’s very hard, if not impossible, to do it as a day trip. You’ll need to stay overnight.

  6. Taxis in Mykonos

    Hi Dave,
    We have rented a villa near Mykonos town. Most transportation mentioned is a bus or boat, is it reasonable to expect taxi service?
    Thank You!

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Yes, there are taxis but not a lot. During busy times it can be very hard to secure a taxi.

  7. Mykonos Boat Tours

    Hi Dave,
    What are your thoughts on boat tours around Mykonos being really rocky due to the winds? I’ve read on other sites that the waters can be very rough and Tours will often go out despite rough seas. Only have 3.5 days in Mykonos so I’m nervous to gamble with a boat tour that could ruin a day. Love your cooking class recommendation, just having a hard time getting my fiancé onboard with that.
    Thanks in advance!

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Yes, the waters can get rough. Not much you can do about that except hope for the best. The cooking class is great fun.

  8. Tipping In Mykonos

    Tipping, how does this work for a tour? If we booked the 6 hours BBQ catamaran tour per couple it would come to $491, should we tip 20% ~$100?


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Yeah, if that’s in your budget then that’s great. Tourism workers in Greece make very little so it would be appreciated.

  9. Swimming in Mykonos Late April - Early May

    Hi Dave – Is it warm enough to swim at the end of April / beginning of May?

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Water will be cool but if the weather’s nice, yes, people will be hopping in for brief plunges in the sea. By mid/late May it’s usually much warmer for swimming.

  10. Vegetarian Cooking Class in Mykonos

    Cooking Class in Mykonos, do you know if they are able to accommodate vegetarians?

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Yes, definitely. Many of the best Greek dishes are vegetarian. I’d drop them a note (in reply to the confirmation email that you’ll get) a few days before your date telling them you’re vegetarian but won’t make much difference in either case.

  11. ATV or Car Rental in Mykonos and Santorini

    Thanks Dave! Why is it that you prefer renting a car over an ATV?

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      It’s safer. It’s more comfortable. You can talk to each other instead of yelling over the wind. But just my preference, your experience may differ.

  12. ATV Rental in Mykonos and Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    My husband and I will be in Mykonos and Santorini at the end of August. We definitely want to get some ATV’s and do some exploring on our own. Do you have any suggestions for places we should rent from on both islands? Is it necessary to book these in advance of our trip?


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      No need to book ATVs in advance. Where to get them depends on the town you’re staying in but there should be a service/company nearby that can arrange something. BTW, I much prefer renting a car but that’s up to you.

  13. Family Activities in Mykonos

    My family together with my sister’s have booked a 10 day trip to Mykonos mid August. I’m slightly annoyed at my sloppy planning and regret not booking a few days first in santorini. There do not appear to be any day trips there from Mykonos unless the ferry companies have different schedules during the summer months? Do you have any fun suggestions during our stay? Our kids ages range from 22-13. Helen Pope

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      The cooking course (see above) and boat tours to Delos or Rhenia islands are at the top of the list. I would consider taking an overnight trip to Santorini. Keep your hotel in Mykonos and just take a small backpack or two. Stay at a cheap hotel in Fira and you’ll get 30 hours to explore Santorini. You are wasting the one night hotel in Mykonos but a lot cheaper than the plane tickets to get back to Santorini on a different trip.

  14. Athens Airport to Hotel

    Can you recommend the best transportation to get from Athens airport to Athens Diamond homtel at 9:00pm and returning to the airport to catch a flight at 7:00 am.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      The easiest is a taxi. The cheapest is the metro (you’ll want the Monastiraki station which is about a 5 to 8 minute walk from your hotel). But for your morning flight you’ll need to take a taxi (or the airport bus from Syntagma Square) as the metro won’t be running in time to make your flight.

  15. Mykonos Restaurants Recommendations

    Your restaurant recommendations for Santorini were very helpful. I went to several of your recommended restaurants and they were great. I am going to Mykonos in 2 days. Any restaurant recommendations for Mykonos? Thank you!!
    Karl Smith

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      I have a list of the best Mykonos restaurants on my Mykonos hotel page.

  16. Best Mykonos Tour

    Hi Dave,

    We would be spending about 3.5 days in Mykonos late May. We are considering the Jeep tour and South Coast cruise. Is it worth it to go for 2 full day tours or choose one? Which and what would you recommend?

    Thank you!

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      They are very different (one on a boat, one in a jeep) and have little or no overlap. Doing both is reasonable. If I could only do one, it would the south coast boat cruise.

  17. Ferry & Flight Connection from Mykonos to Athens

    Hi Dave~ your site is a wealth of information! My husband and I are flying into Athens 6/25-7/2. Per your suggestion we will spend the first few nights at the Hotel Grande Bretagne. Need to ferry over to Mykonos for a work meeting for a few days. After researching, I was thinking of ferrying over from Piraeus and back into Rafina since it is closer to the airport. I’m a little nervous that the earliest ferry back on 7/2 is at 11:40. We have a 5:30 flight the same day. Is that cutting it close? Weather/strikes etc.. I would hate to miss our departure home. We could come back the eve of 7/1 and spend one additional night in Athens (shortening MYK by a little bit) to give us wiggle room. If so, should we stay somewhere closer to the airport to get a different vibe? Or would you go back into Athens and head to the airport the next day. Or do you think we are OK on that 11:40- 14:15 ferry? Would love to know how you wold handle getting back to mainland, your input.
    Shaun Hammons

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      That connection time would be too tight for my tastes. Could you make? Yes, certainly. But it doesn’t take much for a SeaJet ferry to be late by 90 minutes and that’s all it would take for you to miss your flight. I would ferry to Piraeus the night before and stay somewhere in the Plaka for a final night (lots of great places to eat in the area). There is nothing out by the airport so definitely do not stay there as you’ll almost have an evening and a good half-day to see and do stuff in Athens. (Or you can fly from Mykonos to Athens and have an extra night in Mykonos – there are afternoon flights that get to Athens at 12:25pm or 3:10pm.)

  18. Mykonos Best Things To Do

    What is the best tour of Mykonos Town? Is it worth taking a tour or can we explore Mykonos Town on our own?


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      It’s easy to walk around Mykonos Town on your own and see the sights – but a tour always offer a different level of understanding and history. People almost never regret taking a tour and I highly recommended them. The Mykonos Town and Island Tour goes through Mykonos Town and Ano Mera (the second largest village on Mykonos) as well as a few other stops. It’s well worth the 4 hours.

  19. Best Day Trip from Mykonos

    Hey Dave,
    I am going to be visiting in mid may. We have kept 4 days in Mykonos. Any suggestions on a day trip to islands nearby?


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Delos (greek history) and Rhenia (beaches and swimming) are the two best day trips from Mykonos. The bigger islands (Naxos, Paros, Santorini) are difficult to make work for a day trip – especially in May when ferries are not as frequent as summer.

  20. Mykonos Boat Tour to Rhenia Island

    Hi Dave, I have found your website so helpful for planning our upcoming trip. It seems that the link for the “Full day small yacht cruise to Rhenia Island” on the Mykonos day tours page is not working. Could you direct me to that tour?

    Thanks so much!
    Megan Reese

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      I fixed the link. Thanks!

  21. Booking Boat Tours for Mykonos

    Hi Dave, Do you recommend booking at boat tour in Mykonos ahead of time? We will be in Mykonos for four days during the middle of May 2017. Thank you! Alex

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      If you’re on the fence then wait and see if that’s how you want to spend your time once you’re on the island. If you’re certain there’s something you want to do (e.g. Delos) then book as early as possible.

  22. Mykonos, Crete, or Zakynthos for 2 Days in Late October

    Hi Dave,

    Your sharing have indeed been so helpful towards my planning to Greece. I will be travelling at the end of October. Due to my limited travelling time, I would like to catch the best of all in Greece.

    Between Mykonos, Crete, & Zakynthos, which is best?
    Which will be a better choice? I intend to stay 2 nights in either one of the above.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Mykonos and Crete are the best choices. Mykonos is small and thus the best choice for a quick 2 night trip. But, it will be very quiet by the end of October. Not quite “completely dead” but not lively by any stretch. Chania on Crete will still have plenty going on and has a great array of restaurants that should all still be open. It doesn’t quite give the idyllic greek-island feel as it’s a medium-sized town on a large island – but it’s great nonetheless.

  23. Tour to Best Mykonos Beaches

    Do you need to do a tour to get to the best Mykonos Beaches (quiet and secluded beaches) or just rent a car and do a self-tour?

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      To get to the quiet and remote ones, yes, a tour is good – and a boat tour better. But for the most popular ones close to Mykonos Town a rental car is fine for getting around. In fact, bus is the best as you can take it to Psarou or Platys Gialos then walk to Paranga and Paradise beaches along a coastal path that is both beautiful and dotted with little swimming spots. The tours are fun though.