The certified guides from Trekking Hellas help you with this fun and fascinating 8-day self-guided hiking tour of Andros & Tinos (Cyclades), taking in some of the best scenery and cultural delights that the islands have to offer, from paradise-like landscapes, to quaint villages, to the food and drink.
The islands of Andros & Tinos, part of The Cycladic Islands, are two of the most spectacular in Europe, and I will lead you on this 8-day self-guided hiking tour around both of them where we will admire and take in the truly special landscape, scenery and terrain, explore the rustique and beautiful villages that dot the islands, and of course, sample and indulge in the exquisite and fresh local food and drink.
Both Andros and Tinos are Greek islands located in the Northern part of the Cyclades archipelago, and are an increasingly popular tourist destination owing to their relatively pristine countryside and abundance of cultural pursuits.
Our adventure starts when we all meet up in Andros, where we will get to know each other and learn more about the trip over drinks and mezes.
Over the subsequent 2 days we explore everything this great place has to offer, with much of the days taking up by hiking through and along amazing and idyllic beaches, ravines and valleys, with medieval castles, water mills and ruins featuring along the way.
On day 5 we travel to the island of Tinos, on which we spend 3 days exploring and winding our way around tranquil hills, valleys, fields and countryside, stopping regularly to explore the tiny villages and settlements we encounter.
There will be ample time to eat and drink the fresh local produce every night, and it cannot be overstated how absolutely amazing the views we will be exposed to are, the beauty and oasis-like vibe of the islands almost seeming overwhelming.
We finish our trip on day 8 in Tinos, our hearts and stomachs full of the best The Cycladic Islands have to offer.
This 8 day journe on the islands of Andros and Tinos will 100% take your breath away – book now to experience!
- Guiding fee
- Accommodation included
- Transport during the trip
Price for 2-3 people is for semi-guided mode, price for 4+ people is for fully guided mode.
Price does not include: personal insurance, drinks during meals, personal expenses.
Arrival in Andros, transfer, and check-in at the hotel. We meet for the first time to get to know each other and have a small talk about the program, in a unique greek manner: with welcome drinks and small bites of Greek delicacies (mezes in Greek). Overnight in Andros.
We take the longest route in the network, following the old path which connected southwest Andros to the central villages and Chora, the so-called “Ample Way” (Fardia Strata).
In the first part of the hike, we enjoy panoramic views to the west coast and the ancient port of Palaiopolis on an exceptional cobbled path with holy oak, wild olives and seasonal crops. En route, we pass by two small waterfalls the watermills of Melida and the Olive Oil Museum. We end up in the charming village of Pitrofos for an authentic gastronomic experience: a lunch with special local dishes.
We start from Chora, for a beautiful circular hiking route. Around Gialia Beach we admire a unique natural environment formed by the river. From there, the cemented footpath parallel to Pythara ravine goes up towards Apikia Village passing through major settlements of seamanship and rural Andros. After some rest and a light lunch, we descend this time to Chora via a different excellent cobbled path, enjoying a magnificent view of the capital city and the sea. During our hike, we visit ‘the Fabrica’, an old pasta factory watermill, a medieval stone bridge, the Bistis-Mouvelas Tower dating from the 17th century and Pythara waterfalls. Light lunch during our hike to a local “mezedopoleo” and return to Chora. Stop for a swim and free time for rest or a walk to the center of the town.
We hike a route of great variety and wealth of rural landscapes, connecting central with south Andros. We follow the old road leading to Korthi, connecting the two old medieval
castles of the island on the central agricultural and commercial artery for south-eastern Andros until 1950. We cross Dipotamata ravine, a valley with impressive water mills, an arched bridge, and Kochylou medieval castle.
In the morning we transfer to the port where we take a boat to Tinos (2hours), the isle of dovecotes and small Catholic chapels. Having settled at our hotel, we have the rest of the day free to explore the town of Tinos.
Don’t forget to visit the church of Virgin Mary in Chora. Tradition says that a nun, Pelagia, from the nearby convent of Kechrovouni had visions of Virgin Mary revealed to her the burial place of an icon. After intensive searching, an icon was indeed found, at the spot where the Church stands today. Today the icon is widely believed to be the source of numerous miracles and Tinos has become the center of a yearly pilgrimage that takes place on the 15th of August. Many pilgrims make their way the 800 meters from the ferry wharf to the church on their hands and knees as a sign of devotion.
Overnight in Tinos.
Today we discover the picturesque villages and dovecotes of Tinos. Following an impressive medieval paved path (kalderimi), we visit the old villages of Ktikados, Xatzirados and Tarabados, the heart of traditional dovecote architecture and we reach Kiona bay. Light lunch during our hiking tour at the traditional “kafeneion” at Ktikados.
Return to Chora hiking or by taxi. Rest and swim in the evening.
We go up to Xobourgo the old Byzantine fort of the island via an old paved path. The view of the Aegean is remarkable. We continue walking down to Volax, an isolated, small, sparkling white village in the middle of a plateau surrounded by hills of round granite blocks and we return on to the village named Falatados the second biggest settlement in the island, with the imposing Cathedral and the famous House of Scetch.
Hotel accommodation every night (double rooms).
Relatively easy hikes and activities for beginners (3 – 4 hours per day), good start for a first outdoor holiday. The walking is on a mixture of dirt tracks and well – constructed stone mule paths. Our trips are designed for active people who enjoy energetic days. We expect participants to be in good physical condition.
Please bring with you: - Large rucksack or holdall to contain all your luggage; waterproof liner recommended - Good waterproof top (Gore-Tex recommended or similar) with hood. - Thick socks for walking - Spare shoes for the evenings (optional - Daypack (small rucksack, 20-40 liters) to carry picnic lunch, water bottle, cold/wet weather gear, camera, etc; straps should be strong, not too narrow and preferably padded. In wet weather, belongings should be packed in waterproof plastic bags inside the pack - Warm clothes for the evening including spare trousers and top (fleece jackets/pullovers are warm yet light); plus optionally thermal underwear, for April and October - Sweatshirts or T-shirts for walking, at least one with collar and long sleeves (against sunburn) - Your own personal water bottle (at least 1 liter). As part of our environmental policy and actions, we are committed to eliminating the use of plastic water bottles.
Trekking Hellas is the largest and most renowned tour operator in Greece, in the outdoor holidays area. For over 33 years, we have been providing high quality services for individuals and groups, offering unique adventures in the most beautiful locations in the country, with highly qualified guides.
The variety of activities in offer is huge, from sea kayaking, hiking and rafting, to biking, via ferrata, rock climbing or gastronomy tours, among many others.
We operate 12 bases all over Greece, with different activities. The personnel in each base has the required qualifications to guide the specific activities we operate: eg. for hiking at low altitudes we work with experienced mountain guides with degrees from mountaineering associations and from our own training school; for sea kayaking we require the BCU certificate.
We contribute to the sustainable rural development by supporting local communities and offering work opportunities to their inhabitants, and the global effort to reduce over-tourism. We strongly embrace and implement a socially and environmentally responsible policy promoting the protection of nature and environmental awareness.
Our network makes it possible to offer and operate at the highest standards a variety of activities all over the country, in classic touristy destinations (Santorini, Athens, Crete, Rhodes, etc.) and less known regions of Greece (Tzoumerka, Karpenisi etc.).
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George offered great introduction and guidance. Very patience and increased the level of climbing according to the participants. Great experience!
Our first time with Explore-Share. An absolutely fantastic experience from start to finish. Extremely good value, very well organised with attention to detail. We travel widely and this has by far been the best of experiences. Well done to all concerned. We are already looking at booking another tri
George was a great guide, fun to talk to, informative, and attentive to safe. We all made great friends with him, and had a great experience.
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