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TINOS & ANDROS

from £1479
Offering miles of ancient stoned pathways, unspoiled countryside, wooded valleys, and quiet beaches, Tinos and Andros are a walker's paradise waiting to be discovered.
  • Product Code 15650
  • Holiday Type Walking Holiday
  • Grade Grade 4
  • Holiday Duration 14 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays Tinos and Andros

The last sun drenched mile of pathway wanders through the wooded valley. A cove fringed by a sandy beach and a cooling swim awaits. 

Relatively unknown to visitors to Greece, the Cycladic islands of Tinos and Andros offer miles of ancient stone pathways, unspoiled countryside, wooded valleys, and quiet beaches and are a walkers’ paradise. Experience this journey with Ramblers Walking Holidays. Both islands are a delight for nature lovers with many species of birds and springtime flowers. Relatively untouched by tourism, the islands offer a true Greek experience with lots of local flavours and colour.

After spending one night in the attractive harbour town of Nea Makri on the Greek mainland, we take the ferry to the island of Tinos. Popular with pilgrims visiting the church of Panagia Evangelistria, the island’s green interior offers picturesque, small villages – there are over 60 on the island – traditional architecture and over a 1,000 artistic Venetian dovecotes! Following old mule trails and pathways we’ll walk between remote villages, enjoy taverna lunches and swim from sandy beaches.

We island hop the short distance to nearby Andros, the most northern and second largest of the Archipelego, where we discover a verdant landscape dotted with springs, streams and waterfalls, working watermills, quiet villages and superb sandy beaches. We are joined by a local guide on one day who gives us an insight to the island and we also enjoy a traditional taverna dinner.



If you enjoy travelling in Greece’s Cycladic islands, you might be interested in our Santorini & Naxos or Sifnos & Milos holidays

By travelling with us, in addition to experiencing the joy of visiting new places, you can make a difference in the communities you visit. With your help Heart & Sole is able to make a positive impact to communities in need and in less developed countries.

 

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy this walkers’ paradise – endless ancient stoned pathways in unspoiled countryside.
  • Visit attractive towns alive with local flavour and colour.
  • Take a one day walk with our knowledgeable guide from Andros Routes.
  • Revel in this nature lovers’ delight.
  • Relax on uncrowded beaches lapped by the azure sea.
  • Visit to the archaeological site of Marathon
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Athens (British Airways) 
      Airport transfers
      Ferry travel between the islands
      En suite accommodation with breakfasts taken in the hotels
      Dinners at our hotels and local tavernas
      All local transport costs. 
      Visit to the archaeological site of  Marathon
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 4

  1. Day 1

    We arrive into Athens airport and transfer to the port town of Rafina, where we stay for 1 night at the Hotel Mati. Dinner will be either at hotel or a local restaurant this evening.

  2. Day 2

    We take the ferry this morning from Rafina to the island of Tinos, (approx. 3.5 hours sailing) where we stay for 6 nights’ accommodation at the Aeolos Bay Hotel. After check in and time for lunch, we'll take an orientation walk of the town seeing the pilgrimage church of Evangelistra as we go.

  3. Day 3 to 7

    During our time on Tinos, our walks take us on inland and coastal tracks, visiting small villages - with Pyrgos noted as one of the most beautiful in the Cyclades islands, seeing the numerous dovecotes, exploring a fortress and taking time to swim from local beaches. Lunches may be picnics or a tasty meal at a waterside taverna. There is also the opportunity of making a trip on your free day to the island of Mykonos. We plan to include the following walks in our programme, although the leader may make changes due to local conditions:

    The marble villages of Ysterna and Pyrgos: A delightful walk, initially fairly level, visiting two attractive villages famous for their marble work, then descending gently to the coast at Panormos, with its beach and welcoming tavernas. Ascent 100m/ descent 400m; 8km/5 miles; 3 hours

    Xomburgo Fortress to the Rocks of Volax and Falatados: After climbing to the vantage point of Xomburgo (559m) with its ruined Venetian fortress, the walk heads into a magnificent rocky landscape around Volax, with a delightful circular route on well maintained paths.  Opportunity to explore picturesque Volax and lunch at village taverna. Ascent 300m/descent 400m; 10km/7.5 miles; 4 hours

    Traditional Villages - From Loutra to Chora: Subject to opening times the start of this walk offers the opportunity to visit a Folklore Museum and an Ursuline convent. is possible  The walk then descends and ascends a valley, before contouring around to the village Ktikados where there is an opportunity to take lunch in the splendidly positioned Taverna Drosia.  We pass through the village and take the long path into Chora that was built by the Venetians some 400 years ago.  This is the exact path the Ottomans led the Venetians down when they expelled them from the island. Ascent 300m/descent 500m; 9km/6.5 miles; 3 hours

    Tarampados Dovecotes to Kionia Beach: This is an easily accessible and attractive walk for close-up views of the famous Tinos dovecotes.   The long sandy beach at Kionia is one of the best on the island.  The ancient path down from Ktikados to Kionia is easy and particularly beautiful, though some other sections of path may be overgrown, especially in spring. Ascent 100m/descent 300m; 7.5km/4.75 miles; 4.5 hours

  4. Day 8

    We leave Tinos today, taking the ferry (approx. 1.5 hours sailing time) to the nearby, and most northerly, Cycladic island of Andros where we stay for 7 nights’ accommodation at the beautiful Hotel Perrakis. The hotel is close to two beaches, and has a lovely pool and terrace so you may choose to relax this afternoon or join the leader on a short local walk.

  5. Day 9 to 14

    While on Andros, our walks take us into the Dipotomata Valley, to the port towns of Batsi and Gavrion, visiting Byzantine churches, towers and fortresses. We'll pass small hamlets and enjoy the shade of cypress and olive trees as we walk with wide ranging and picturesque views. On one of our days we will be joined by a local guide from Andros Routes, a non profit organisation that aims to promote the traditional side of the island and to keep paths open for walkers. They also offer a sampling lunch with items made on the island. We plan to include the following walks in the programme, but the leader may need to make changes due to local conditions. There will also be a free day.

    The five springs: from Menites to the island capital Chora – a walk along old village paths, past springs and flowing water, and ending with time to explore the island's unique capital, with its fine houses and monuments. Ascent 300m/descent 400m; 9km/6.5 miles; 3 hours

    Through the watermill valley to Ormos Korthiou, Andros: From the pretty village of Sineti the walk passes through the verdant Dipotamita valley of the mills, then ascends to the village of Kochilou beforea long descent to the sea and the old port of Korthiou with its narrow streets and cafes. Ascent 200m/ descent 450m; 10km; 4-5 hours

    Arni to the Katakoilos Valley and Batsi, Andros: A delightful walk, different from most of the others, around two verdant valleys, passing through the small villages of Upper and Lower Katakoilos, then descending to the sea at Batsi for cafes, swim and optional ptional coastal extension from Batsi to Ypsilo. Ascent 200m/ descent 600m; 11km; 4-4.5 hours

    Agios Petros Tower to Gavrion: A walk around the hills behind our hotel, visiting chapels, a spring, A Hellenistic tower, a dovecote, and the port town of Gavrion. A good walk with wide-ranging views.  Ascent/descent 400m; 11km/7.5 miles; 4.5 hours

    Vourkoti to Ghialia Bay and Chora: Starting out at Vourkoti, the highest village in the Cyclades, this walk descends mainly on old kalderimi, passing old villages, springs, waterfalls and many features of traditional rural life. It allows time for a pleasant beach, and finally exploration of the picturesque capital Chora. Our local guide Olga joins us today to give us an insight into the island. A light picnic lunch for tasting local produce is included. This is an excellent day out. Ascent 100m/descent 800m; 13km/9 miles; 5 hours


     

     




     

  6. Day 15

    We take the ferry from Andros to Rafina (approx. 2.5 hours sailing time). On arrival we are met by a private coach and we will visit the archaeological site of Marathon (entrance fee included). We continue to Athens airport for the flight to the UK

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Athens (British Airways) 
  • Airport transfers by road c. 40 minutes
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

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Hotel Aeolos Bay, Tinos

On the island of Tinos we stay at the three-star Aeolos Bay Hotel in Tinos Town, a stroll away from a small beach. The hotel has a restaurant, cafe-bar, swimming pool, terrace and pool-side bar. All rooms are en suite with a balcony and have a mini-fridge, a/c, TV and free Wifi.


Hotel Perrakis, Andros

On Andros we stay at the recently renovated three star Hotel Perrakis at Kypri Bay, located in front of two beaches, which are easy to wander down to. Between the villages of Batsi and Gavrio, the hotel has a quiet feel, yet close to the amenities of Batsi resort with its shops and restaurants. There couldn’t be anywhere better to relax by the sea. Enjoy the outdoor pool with terrace or the beach side bar serving cocktails. The Cyclades Restaurant serves Greek and Mediterranean cuisine and fresh seafood with sea views from the veranda. A breakfast buffet is served every day including fruit juice, delicious eggs, a variety of cereals and local pies and fresh coffee. Bright and spacious bedrooms have a balcony and views of the azure Aegean, en-suite facilities, TV, telephone, air conditioning, hairdryer, mini-fridge, safe, free Wi-Fi and an i-Pod docking station. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and on the beach.


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