Cyclades Hiking Tour | Authentic Island Hiking on Andros & Tinos
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Authentic Island Hiking on Andros & Tinos

Discover the Charm of the Cyclades Islands

Andros and Tinos are two almost untouched jewels of the Cyclades archipelago. If you are looking for an authentic island experience combined with spectacular hikes, this is the tour for you! 

Both islands are home to picturesque Cycladic settlements with narrow alleys, white cube houses, and enchanting nature. The islands also have numerous beautiful sandy beaches and secluded bays. The two islands also have their own unique and special characteristics. Andros has abundant natural springs and so the vegetation on the island is correspondingly lush. This second largest of the Cycladic islands is covered with beautiful olive groves, fragrant pine trees, and various fruit trees. The island capital, Chora, is one of the most beautiful Cycladic towns.

The neighbouring island of Tinos contrastingly is typical of the barren, rugged character of many Cycladic islands. Countless dry-stone walls stretch across the completely terraced island. The more than 600 pigeon towers, each of which is unique, are a special architectural feature of the island. Tinos also holds the status of a holy island because of its devotion to the Virgin Mary. The Panagia Evangelistria in Tinos Town is one of the 750 churches and chapels on the island.

On this hiking tour, you’ll explore traditional villages and amazing artisan craftsmanship as you follow beautiful trails across the islands. Enjoy breath-taking views and orange-red sunsets! Andros and Tinos are the perfect places to experience the life of the Greek islanders.


Highlights

  • Made for hiking: Idyllic trails are waiting to be explored
  • With a view: Look forward to unforgettable panoramas
  • Unique to the island: The pigeon towers on Tinos can’t be found anywhere else
  • Well deserved: Enjoy dream-like beaches on both islands
  • Culinary diversity: Andros and Tinos are rich in local specialities


8 days/7 nights
All year round
Moderate
Rafina
Rafina
Persons: 2+
Age: 12+

Included Activities

  • Hiking on Andros and Tinos, either self-guided with maps or guided led by a local tour guide
  • If guided: Varied tastings of local specialities

Dates
This tour is offered all year round with a minimum of 2 participants.

You can choose between a self-guided option, where you do the hikes alone with the help of maps which we provide, or a guided option with a local guide (see services).


DAY 1
Arrival on Andros | You take the ferry from Rafina to Andros where a transfer is waiting to take you to your hotel. If you chose the guided option, the local guide meets you after check-in and gives you an overview of the coming days with a welcome drink and a selection of Greek delicacies. The night is spent in the seafront hotel in Batsi.

DAY 2
Andros: Hike from Basti to Pitrofos (approx. 8.5 mi. / 14 km, 5 hours) | After a delicious breakfast, you prepare your luggage for transfer to the next hotel. Afterwards, the first hike of the week begins! The route leads along the so-called ‘Fardia Strata’ (the ‘Wide Path’) through the south-west of Andros.

Enjoy stunning panoramic views of the west coast and the ancient port of Palaiopolis. The paved path leads past sacred oaks and ancient olive groves. Along the way, you pass two small waterfalls, the water mills of Melida, and an olive oil museum.

The destination of today’s leg is the picturesque village of Pitrofos. From there a transfer brings you to the eastern side of the island to the main town of Chora, where you spend the night.

DAY 3
Andros: Loop hike Chora – Apikia – Chora (approx. 6 mi. / 10 km, 4 hours) | Today a wonderful loop hike is on the programme. At the beginning of the hike, a natural spectacle awaits you at Gialia Beach, created by the river mouth.

Here the paved hiking trail begins, leading parallel to the Pythara Gorge up to the village of Apikia. On the way, you learn about the traditional seafaring settlements and rural Andros. On a cobblestone path, you descend towards Chora.

You can enjoy wonderful views of the island’s sea-washed capital. This section of the trail is equally varied: you pass the old water mill of the pasta factory ‘Fabrica’, a medieval stone bridge, a 17th-century tower, and the Pythara waterfalls. 

In the afternoon you have time to stroll around the picturesque town of Chora or go swimming. Overnight stay in Chora.

DAY 4
Andros: Hike from Chora to Korthi (approx. 7.5 mi. / 12 km, 4.5 hours) | Today’s hike can best be described as pure variety! Today you follow the old route that connects central and southern Andros – a route of extraordinary scenic beauty.

Along the way, you pass the island’s two medieval castles. You also cross the Dipotomata Gorge, a valley with impressive watermills and an arched bridge.

The tour ends in Korthi, a traditional seaside village with a large beach and a picturesque fishing harbour. Later on, a transfer takes you back to Chora for another overnight stay.

DAY 5
Andros to Tinos  | Today it is time to say goodbye to Andros. After a rich breakfast, a transfer brings you to the harbour from where you continue your journey by ferry to Tinos.

Once you arrive on the ‘Holy Island’, you check into your hotel room in Tinos Town. You are free to spend the rest of the day exploring the island’s capital. A visit to the church of Panagia Evangelistria, which towers majestically over the town, is particularly worthwhile.

The church was built during the Greek liberation struggle of 1821-1830 on the exact spot where the nun Pelagia predicted the discovery of an ancient icon of the Virgin Mary. The fact that the icon was indeed found exactly on that spot was seen as a good omen for the favourable outcome of the struggle.

Since then, the icon is said to have performed numerous other miracles and is highly venerated throughout Greece. Many pilgrims make the 800-metre walk from the harbour to the church hill on their knees. Overnight stay in Tinos town.

DAY 6
Tinos: Loop hike Tinos town – Ktikados – Kioma – Tinos town (approx. 8 mi. / 13 km, 5 hours) | On today’s loop hike you explore the picturesque villages and unique pigeon towers of Tinos. Following the ‘Kalderimi’ path, you pass the traditional settlements of Ktikados, Xatzidaros, and Tarambados.

There are many pigeon towers here – you are sure to be amazed at the variety of geometric adornments with which they are decorated. The path down to the bay of Kiona has magnificent views over the deep blue shimmering Aegean Sea.

Here there is a beautiful beach where you can take a well-deserved dip in the sea. The 3 km return to Tinos Town can be done either on foot or by taxi. Overnight stay in Tinos.

DAY 7
Tinos: Hike Tinos town – Exobourgo – Falatados (approx. 6 mi. / 10 km, 4 hours) | Today an old, paved path leads uphill to the Byzantine fortress of Exobourgo. The panoramic view that opens up here is breath-taking. You then continue to Volax, a remote, gleaming white village on a plateau framed by granite rocks.

Your final destination for today’s hike is Falatados. The second-largest settlement on Tinos impresses with an imposing cathedral and the famous ‘House of Sketch’, where the cartoons by Kostas and Vasilis Mitropoulos, famous beyond the country’s borders, are exhibited.

From Falatados, return transfer to Tinos Town for another overnight stay. Spend the afternoon swimming or simply relaxing.

DAY 8
Departure from Tinos | After these eventful days on the islands, your holiday week on Andros and Tinos comes to an end. Individual return by ferry to Rafina or Lavrio in Attica.

Of course, you can also extend your holiday in Greece on other islands such as Mykonos, Naxos, or Paros. There are direct ferry connections from Tinos Town to these islands.

Family-friendly hotels in Cycladic style and beautiful surroundings

During this trip, you will be accommodated in beautiful boutique hotels, which reflect the typical charm of the Cyclades Islands in their architecture. Here, tradition meets comfort; the spacious rooms are equipped with a shower and toilet, air conditioning, and often have a balcony or terrace.

The friendly staff will ensure that you want for nothing. Every day starts with a rich and delicious breakfast. WIFI is available around the clock in the hotels.

When can I do this tour?
You can start this hiking tour on any day of the year.

What are the age requirements for this tour?
This tour is suitable for young people over the age of 12 and adults.

What language is the tour conducted in?
The tour is conducted exclusively in English.

What meals are included in the basic tour price?
On the self-guided tour, you will receive a hearty breakfast and a packed lunch every day. The guided tour option includes full board. In addition to a rich breakfast at the hotel, you can look forward to traditional restaurants and the tasting of many different island specialities for lunch and dinner. On the day of arrival, you will also receive a welcome drink and a selection of local snacks at the first briefing. Drinks are not included in both tour options.

Are changes to the tour itinerary possible?
In the event of extreme weather conditions, we reserve the right to make changes to the tour itinerary.

We can also customise this tour to suit your individual requirements. Please contact us if you would prefer to see something on Andros or Tinos not included in our tour route and we will do our best to tailor the tour to your wishes.

How difficult is this tour?
The hikes require a certain level of fitness and stamina. Hiking gear is required.

How do I get from Athens to Andros and from Tinos to Athens?
Both islands are connected to the mainland by the ferry port of Rafina, east of Athens. Rafina is about 17 km from Athens airport.

We can gladly arrange exclusive transfers between Athens Airport or City and Rafina (prices on request) The ferry tickets Rafina-Andros and Tinos-Rafina are already included in the tour price.

What should I pack for this tour?
We recommend travelling as light as possible. Even if you don’t have to carry your luggage during the hikes, you will still need to be able to carry it for short distances easily.

If you are staying longer in Greece and would like to bring more luggage, you can leave everything you don’t need for the hiking tour with us in Athens.

Things you need for the tour are as follows:

  • Large backpack/bag for all your luggage with a waterproof cover.
  • Weatherproof jacket/windbreaker with hood and multi-functional hiking clothes
  • Well-fitting hiking boots & thick hiking socks
  • Daypack (20-40 litres) for snacks, water, change of clothes, camera etc.
  • Warm clothes for the evenings (we recommend fleece jumpers that are both warm and lightweight) – the Cyclades are windy, so it can cool down considerably in the evenings
  • Extra pair of shoes for the evenings (optional)
  • Swimwear
  • Personal sustainable water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity). We are a nature-loving company and strive to avoid plastic waste.

BASIC TOUR PRICE

Self-guided option
3-6 people: 1,100 €/person
2 people: 1,320 €/person

Guided option
3-6 people: 1,550 €/person
2 people: 2,150 €/person

Discounts are available on request for children sharing a triple or quadruple room with their parents.

INCLUDED SERVICES

Self-guided option

  • 7 nights in a double room with shower/WC incl. breakfast
  • 6 packed picnic lunches
  • Ferry tickets (economy class) from Rafina to Andros, from Andros to Tinos and from Tinos to Rafina
  • Transfers during the tour as per itinerary
  • Welcome by a local staff member, briefing of the islands and the five hikes
  • KMZ files for the hiking routes and a detailed digital booklet with descriptions
  • 24-hour assistance on the islands

Guided option

  • 7 nights in double room with shower/WC incl. breakfast
  • 6 x lunch and 6 x dinner
  • Welcome drink & a selection of Greek delicacies during the briefing on arrival day
  • Ferry tickets (economy class) from Rafina to Andros, from Andros to Tinos and from Tinos to Rafina
  • Transfers and sightseeing during the tour as per programme
  • 5 guided walks

NOT INCLUDED

Self-guided option

  • Transfer to the port of Rafina
  • Drinks during the meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Evening meals
  • Hotel tax (2 euro/room/day)
  • Tips for transfer driver and service staff

Guided option

  • Transfer to the port of Rafina
  • Drinks during meals
  • Tips for transfer driver and service staff

ADDITIONAL BOOKABLE SERVICES

  • Transfer to the port of Rafina: price on request
  • Single room, surcharge: 290 €/person

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