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TINOS & ANDROS

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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. 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 farmhouse 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

  • Walkers’ Paradise – endless ancient stoned pathways in unspoiled countryside.
  • Nature lovers’ delight.
  • Attractive towns alive with local flavour and colour.
  • Uncrowded beaches and azure sea. 
  • A day walking with our knowledgeable guide from Andros Routes. 
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
      B&B en suite accommodation 
      Dinners at our hotels and local tavernas
      All local transport costs. 
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

    Arrive Athens airport from London Heathrow, and transfer by bus to the port town of Rafina, where we stay for 1 night at the Mati Hotel. 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) 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.

  4. Day 8

    We leave Tinos today, taking the ferry (approx. 1.5 hours) 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.

  6. Day 15

    We take the ferry from Andros to Rafina (approx. 2.5 hours). Depending on the ferry and flight schedules, there maybe some time to wait in Rafina before we transfer to the airport but this gives us time for our last tavern lunch and a spot of souvenir shopping. We continue by bus to Athens airport for the flight to London Heathrow.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Athens (British Airways) 
  • Airport transfers by road c. 40 minutes

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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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