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Tour overview

Authentic Andros & Tinos a unique hiking journey to two extremely beautiful, but different Cycladic Islands.

The Cyclades islands are scattered over the deep blue waters of the Aegean Sea. Birthplace of one of the most ancient European civilizations. The Cycladic Civilization (3000-1000 BC).cooled in the summer by the ‘Meltemi’ wind.

Some of the Cycladic Islands are very popular among tourists and attract members of the international jet-set every summer. However, there are a few that still remain unspoiled! Ideal for travelers that seek authentic experiences. Andros and Tinos!

Andros is located in the north of the Cyclades island group and is the second largest after Naxos. Thanks to its natural water springs it has enough running water to sustain a large number of olive, pine, and fruit trees.

Neighboring Tinos, only a mile away, is full of picturesque traditional villages and windmills! One can also admire its famous dovecotes. Tinos is nowadays exactly what Delos Island was to pilgrims in ancient times. Twice a year, on March 25th and August 15th, pilgrims inundate the island to visit the famous church of the Virgin Mary (in Greek: Panagia).

On our Authentic Andros & Tinos Hiking Tour, we explore magnificent paths and hiking trails and enjoy breathtaking views.

Discover traditional Greek villages, local craftsmen, and the unique Cycladic architecture and history. Relax on beautiful sandy beaches and take in stunning sunsets.

This tour can be combined with a longer hiking journey to Naxos, Santorini and Amorgos. Also, check out our Tinos Self Guided Hiking Tour with a unique stay in the stylish Onar Hotel & Suites. Our tours are totally customizable, so do not hesitate to contact us so and we will create the holiday of a lifetime.

Tour Summary

Period of operation: Throughout the year

Duration: 8 days/7 nights


  • Self-Guided Mode:
    • 1100€/pp  for 3-6 participants
    • 1320€/pp  for 2 participants
  • Fully Guided Mode:
    • 1550€/pp  for 3-6 participants
    • 2150€/pp  for 2 participants

Participation requirements

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.

Tour Details

Tour inclusions

Self-Guided Mode


  • 8 days/ 7 nights, accommodation in DBL room in –* indicative hotels mentioned below with breakfast
  • Ferry tickets on economy class: Rafina – Andros, Andros – Tinos, Tinos  -Rafina
  • All necessary transfers for the operation of the program
  • Meals: Day 1: breakfast daily, picnic lunch box x6
  • Welcome upon arrival, briefing on the 2 islands and the 5 hiking routes, kmz files for the routes and detailed e-booklet with descriptions
  • 24hrs support/assistant on the island.

 Fully Guided Mode:


  • 8 days/ 7 nights, accommodation in DBL room in –* indicative hotels mentioned below with breakfast
  • Ferry tickets on economy class: Rafina – Andros, Andros – Tinos, Tinos  -Rafina
  • All necessary transfers for the operation of the program
  • English speaking Trekking Hellas hiking guide
  • Meals: Day 1: breakfast daily, light lunches x6, dinners x6
  • Welcome drinks with local appetizers the first day
  • Hotel stayover tax
Tour exclusions

Self-Guided Mode

Not Included

  • Drinks during meals, dinners
  • Welcome drinks with local appetizers the first day
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Transportation to / from Rafina Athens port
  • Hotel stayover tax payable on the spot by participants (2€/room/day)
  • Anything not mentioned above

Fully Guided Mode:

Not Included

  • Drinks during meals
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Transportation to / from Rafina Athens port
  • Anything not mentioned above


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). Please note that the welcome drink takes places only during the guided tour. Overnight in the sea front town of Batsi.

We take the longest route in the trail 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 (lunch is the taverna is included in the guided mode only, for self guided we offer lunch box). After our hike, we transfer to the east side of the island and its capital, the Chora.

Distance:14 Km’s – 8,6 Miles /Duration: 5 hours


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. (lunch is the taverna is included in the guided mode only, for self guided we offer lunch box). Stop for a swim and free time for rest or a walk to the center of the town. Overnight in Chora.

Distance: 10 Km’s – 6,2 Miles / Duration: 4 hours

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. Overnight in Chora.

Distance: 12km – 7,4 Miles / Duration: 4,5 hours


In the morning we transfer to the port where we take a boat to Tinos, 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. (lunch is the taverna is included in the guided mode only, for self guided we offer lunch box). Return to Chora hiking or by taxi. Rest and swim in the evening. Overnight in Tinos.

Distance: 13Km – 8 Miles /Duration: 5 hours


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. Overnight in Tinos.

Distance: 10Km – 6,2 Miles /Duration: 4 hours


Time to return to Athens, or travel to another Greek island. After our delicious freshly made breakfast we transfer to the port for our next destination and full of happy memories and images.


Throughout the year

Please try to travel as light as possible. Although you do not need to carry your entire luggage while walking, you will still need to carry it over short distances. Also, remember you unpack and repack on most nights. You can leave the luggage that you don’t need on the trek, at the hotel in Athens or in our offices.

  • 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.

General information


The Cycladic Islands enjoy a Mediterranean climate, with an average temperature for the year of 18-19 C. The winters are mild and the summers – by Greek standards- cool, thanks to the beneficial effects of the seasonal winds known as the “meltemia ”.


Cycladic islands in summer with the naked rocks, the see plants and the total lack of vegetation combined with the deep blue of the Aegean Sea and the typical architectural style of the all-white houses, hide skillfully the wonderful secret of Greek nature: one of the richest floras in Europe and a large number of rare endemic plants, that will be found on the edge of rocks, on the most steep places surviving for centuries, unique, separated, isolated. Campanula laciniata, Muscari cycladicum, Campanula santorii, Centaurea oliveriana, the rare Fibigia lunaroides are only a few of endemic plants that can be found on Cycladic Islands.

Cyclades flora is not only rich in endemic plants but also in aromatic species. It is very easy for someone to find them since these perfumes together with the blue and white are purely Greece.

It’ s the perfume of thyme, sage, mint, summer savory, lavender, rosemary; it’ s the perfume of Greece.


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