Island hopping: Andros & Tinos

Cyclades Island Hopping Itinerary 10-Day - Greece

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Duration10 days / 9 nights (flexible)


ItineraryAthens - Andros - Tinos

Suitable for families

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Discover the best of Greece’s beaches and the charm of Athens, whilst crossing through dramatic landscapes and mountains. As soon as you set foot for the first time in Greece, you’ll spot the ancient ruins amongst the more modern architecture of the city. Explore the streets of the capital, trek through the islands to secret streams and waterfalls.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Breakfast
  • Transport as described below
  • Excursions as described below

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Ancient Athens

While many travelers stay in the cozy but touristic Plaka, we opt for the less busy, hip Psiri district where the Athenians also like to come. You sleep in a trendy hotel but are still within walking distance of Plaka and Monastiraki. You wouldn’t know it now, but this originally working-class neighborhood used to be the slum of Athens, it’s changed a lot and is now full of street art, old craft shops, vintage shops, atmospheric restaurants and trendy bars. Besides walking, the metro is the perfect way to explore Athens and is even adorned with archeological finds discovered during its construction. Head to the parliament building or the Acropolis Museum, one of the highlights of Athens. At the foot of the Acropolis is the Dionysus Theater, the oldest theater in Europe.

ruins and forest above buildings

Bobbing boats and secret streams

We will arrange a transfer for you on arrival onto pristine Andros as you leave the hectic pace of the world behind you and step into the peace and laid back feeling of the greenest island of the Cyclades. You’ll stay in a small-scale guest house in a town better known to Greek holiday-makers for its white houses with blue shutters lined up in front of quays with fishing boats sitting in a crystal clear sea. Your hotel is blessed with a lovely sandy beach right on its front door, with a few sunbeds, umbrellas and a lot of space.

a boat sails passed a rock

Andros has countless beaches where you can enjoy the Greek sun and sea. From small coves between the rocks to extensive sandy beaches on an azure blue sea. Venture a bit further from your hotel and you will find the beach of Kolona, secluded and ​​enclosed by green rocks. The Cyclades are generally quite dry, but Andros has been blessed with many natural sources meaning streams, waterfalls and a green lush nature is abundant. It is the ideal island for hiking trips and you’ll have your prepared route with you for you to explore the island yourself. Put on sturdy shoes and get ready for rocky hills, flowing creeks, ancient monasteries and great views over the Aegean Sea.

a boat sits in clear water with a town in the background

Pigeon Houses of Tinos

Today the ferry will take you to Tinos town, a pleasant town set on the harbour where you’ll find plenty of restaurants and cafes with a view of the bobbing boats. Although it is still undiscovered by most tourists, pilgrims have known it for centuries for the Panagia Evangelistria, the church where many pilgrims head to every August. The whole city feels like an open-air church. Everywhere you go you’ll find statues of the Virgin Mary and the smell of incense. On arrival your driver will take you to your hotel, ideally located between the beach and the center of Tinos. Check in and grab a local iced coffee in the shade of the trees on the terrace of a nearby taverna.

a green hill with buildings on it

After breakfast the following morning, it’s time to explore Tinos and even though it is less green than neighbouring island Andros, the scenery is just as awe inspiring. You’ll have a prepared a route in your app that sees you travel along gravelly trails over rugged mountains with views over the coastline, small bays and villages. It is all well worth it and along the way you will come across the famous ‘pigeon houses’ that are typical of Tinos – richly decorated, block-like buildings, where pigeons were once bred. Walking through the villages of Tinos you get the feeling that all the photos of travel brochures for Greece were taken on this island.

a white church under blue clear skies
David on a rickshaw

Speak to our Greece specialist, David

"For me, it's the hidden sandy beaches that made me fall in love with Greece. Everything is so picturesque and the local hospitality is just so welcoming."

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