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Explore off-the-beaten-path Syros, built in an amphitheater style with its narrow alleyways and neoclassical architecture cascading brightly down to the deep blue bay. Visit the prehistoric village of Ano Syros, admiring the view overlooking Ermoupolis. Explore the St. George Catholic Cathedral as well as the 17th and 18th Century monasteries of the Jesuits and Capuchins. Back in Ermoupolis visit the archaeological museum and three fascinating churches – Agios Demetrius, Treis Hierarches and Ag Nikolas. Shop for distinctive souvenirs – a bottle of the famous anise flavored ouzo, silver and gold jewelry and embroidered memorabilia. Admire the Apollo Theatre, a mini reproduction of Milan’s La Scala. Enjoy the local St. Michali cheese, and a glass of Greek wine at one of the many tavernas, or the famous loukoumia, the Syros version of a famous Turkish sweet in this gorgeous setting.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Anos Syros & Scenic Coastal Drive
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Syros Highlights
    Light Activity /Walking

Anos Syros & Scenic Coastal Drive

Light Activity /Walking

Duration: 3 1/2 hours

Tour Code: SYS-002

Discover the many facets of Syros by walking through the medieval village of Ano Syros, driving past attractive coastal villages and visiting a candy factory.

Depart from the pier in Hermoupolis and enjoy a brief drive to the hillside village of Ano Syros, which the Venetians built in the 13th century. Its medieval atmosphere has been beautifully preserved, as you will see during a guided walking tour that takes you along its stone stairways and down narrow pedestrian-only streets. While the Cathedral of St. George is certainly an icon of Ano Syros, there is plenty more to admire in this predominately Catholic village, including monasteries and the shops and galleries in the Piatsa commercial district.

Re-boarding your coach, you will next drive south along the picturesque coast of Syros, whose name is derived from an ancient Phoenician word meaning “rocky.” It’s one classic village after another, until reaching laid-back Finikas, where you will stop for photos along the beach. You will also drop by a candy factory renowned for its traditional “loukoumi” nougat. These chewy candies are dusted in powdered sugar and often flavored with lemon, honey and walnuts, or with coconut and ouzo.

Back in Hermoupolis, you’ll visit the Church of the Assumption, best known for its religious painting by El Greco. Created around 1567, when El Greco was in his mid-20s, it is the first surviving work of the famed Greek artist that bears his signature, which can be seen at the base of the candelabrum. After viewing the icon, you will walk back to the pier where your tour concludes.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of moderate walking/standing and there are some steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those guests with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.