Tour overview

Amazing Tinos Self Guided Hiking Tour. An exploration of a lesser known, but truly authentic and extremely colorful Greek Islands. It offers unique hiking opportunities throughout the year. Tinos is one of the few Greek islands that have a vibrant community even during the winter. Hotels and restaurants run all year long and locals will welcome you with their warm hospitality!

Highlight of Tinos are its super picturesque villages, traditional dovecotes and windmills. The island is nowadays what the island of Delos was to pilgrims in antiquity. Twice a year, on March 25th and August 15th, religious travelers inundate the island to visit the magnificent church of Virgin Mary (in Greek: Panagia). Many pilgrims reach the church, 800 meters from the ferry wharf on their hands and knees as a sign of devotion. Apart from the main town, Chora, we visit many villages located in the islands interior. The most famous of which is Pyrgos, the marble art village. The village of Volakas on the other hand surprises travelers with its extraordinary lunar appearance! And Tripotamos, is the village of local customs. Tinos also boasts numerous magnificent sandy beaches and an absolutely delicious local cuisine !

Our  Tinos Self Guided Hiking Tour is self-guided, however feel free to contact us in case you need a guide.

Our friendly hosts at Onar Hotel & Suites, will welcome you in Tinos and share all necessary information for you enjoy a hassle-free hiking holiday. We have selected three hikes that offer a variety of scenery in different parts of the island, so that you uncover the uniqueness of this beautiful Greek gem.

You can combine your tour with numerous of our another Greek Island tours, like Andros on our Authentic Islands Tour, or some leisure and culture time in Mykonos.

Tour Summary

Duration

5 days

Period of operation: Throughout the year (excluding July-August)

Price:

  • 600€/pp for min 4-5 participants
  • 690€/pp for min 2-3 participants

Participation requirements

  • Basic physical condition

Tour Details

Tour inclusions
  • Accommodation in double rooms on B/B basis in Onar Guesthouse
  • Transfers as follows:
    • Athens Center or Airport to Rafina Port & Rafina Port to Athens Center or Airport
    • Port of Rafina to Hotel & Hotel to Port of Rafina
    • All necessary transfers for the hikes
  • Lunch box x 3 during for the hikes
  • Ferry tickets (economy seats) Rafina Port to Tinos and Tinos to Rafina Port
  • Self guided hiking pack: gpx files, booklet with info, welcome briefing by a local representative, emergency telephone support during the hikes, all necessary transfers for the hikes
Tour exclusions
  • Anything not mentioned above
  • Hotel Stay Over Tax 1,5€/room/day payable on the spot

Availiable accommodations

Itinerary

We transfer you from Athens airport or Athens center to the port of Tinos for your embarkation to the ferry towards Tinos island. The trip lasts between 2 -2.5 hours depending on the ferry available. Upon arrival to Tinos you will be transferred to Onar Hotel, located in the capital of the island, “Chora”. The friendly owners will welcome you and give you all necessary information for your stay in Tinos and will make you feel at home. The rest of the day will be free to stroll in the beautiful capital town of Tinos. Overnight in Tinos.

We start our island experience with a transfer high up to the hilltop village of Falatados, the second biggest in the island. Here is the start of our hike through the famous granite formations plateau of Tinos. We walk down to Volax, an isolated, sparkling white settlement in the middle of the Plateau. From there, we hike up towards Koumaros, another tiny village known for it’s …unmanned self service café! We continue uphill towards Xombourgo, the medieval Citadel of Tinos. Built on a very strategic location on the second highest summit of the island, the Castle top offers one of the most spectacular panoramic views in the Aegean Sea. After resting on the summit we start our downhill hike, passing by the ruins of the ancient capital on the foothill of Xombourgo and through the main stone paved path of the island, that leads back down to the sea and Chora, the modern Capital of Tinos. Overnight in Tinos.

Hike: Falatados – Volax – Koumaros – Xombourgo – Chora

Distance: 11.3 km / 7 miles / Duration: 5 hours
Elevation Gain: 450m – 1480ft / Elevation Loss: 790m – 2590ft

Today we discover the picturesque dovecotes of Tinos. Following an impressive medieval paved path (kalderimi), we visit the old village of Ktikados, the heart of traditional dovecote architecture. The path crosses agricultural and shepherd land, formed on steep terrain with the help of literally endless stone terraces (pezoules), which have given Tinos the nickname “the handmade island”.  Hiking downhill on a stone paved path with impressive sea view, we reach Kiona bay, the location of the ruins of the only ancient Temple dedicated to the god of the sea, Poseidon, in the Aegean Islands. Kionia beach is ideal for rest and swimming, so bring along your swimsuit and a towel!  Return to Chora takes place by a 20 minute short hike or by taxi. Overnight in Tinos.

Hike: Chora – Ktikados – Kionia – Chora

Distance: 7.7 km / 4.8 miles / Duration: 3.5 hours
Elevation Gain: 300m – 985ft / Elevation Loss: 300m – 985ft

The third of our hikes takes us to the north part of the island, world famous for its high-quality marble queries and long tradition of sculpting arts. We transfer to the village of Pyrgos, capital of the North and home to the Sculpting Department of the National School of Fine Arts. We start with a stroll through the sparkling white houses of the village, covered by marble artwork, which takes us to the Museum of Marble Sculpting, at the edge of the village. After an optional visit to the museum, we start an uphill hike through a stone paved path, to the hilly pass with the iconic windmills, offering a view towards both the North and South Aegean Sea. Then we arrive in Isternia, a whitewashed village clinging high up in the steep hills, overlooking the archipelago. The hike continues through a hilly traverse with impressive sea views, towards one more picturesque village, Kardiani. From there, we finally descent towards the beach in the bay of Giannakis. After some optional rest and swimming, we transfer back to our hotel in Chora.  Overnight in Tinos.

Hike: Pyrgos – Ysternia – Kardiani – Yiannaki Bay

Distance: 9.7km – 6 miles / Duration: 5 hours
Elevation Gain: 460m – 1510ft / Elevation Loss: 550m – 1800ft

 

Optional Surprise Hike 

For any of the above hikes, we also propose the wonderful hike to Livada Beach as long as there is no north wind.

For our final, optional hike, we are visiting the “out of the beaten path” part of the island!
Our day starts with a transfer to Falatados, where the hike begins, following a mellow downhill ravine in the heart of the “Natura 2000” protected natural reserve of Tinos.

The route will surprise the visitor, with ever changing landscapes through oak trees, granite formations, waterfalls and even… naturally occurring, endemic palm trees!

Livada beach – the end of the hike, also boasts some amazing granite natural sculptures and when the seas are calm, offers one of the nicest swimming spots in the island – so don’t forget your bathing suit!
From here, another option is to also hike to the lighthouse, with its great panoramic view.

After some relaxing time on the beach, our transfer will bring you back to your hotel.

Hike : Falatados – Livada Beach
Distance: 7.2 km – 4.5 miles / Duration: 3 hours
Elevation Gain: 95m – 310 ft / Elevation Loss: 485m – 1590ft

or

Hike: Falatados – Livada Beach – Lighthouse – Livada Beach
Distance: 10.6 km – 6.6 miles / Duration: 5 hours
Elevation Gain: 375m –  1225ft / Elevation Loss: 765m – 2505ft

 

Time to return to Athens (or continue your travel to another Greek island!). After our delicious freshly made breakfast we transfer to the port to catch the boat for Athens. Upon Arrival, you will be transferred to Athens center or Athens airport, full of happy memories and images.

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