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Authentic Cyclades, Slow Travel

  • duration
    9 Days / 8 Nights
    Andros Island, Tinos Island

8 night slow travel trip to 2 of the most beautiful Cycladic islands. Tinos island, dubbed by philosopher Cornelius Castoriadis as the “handmade island,” is an ideal destination for nature lovers, architecture and art aficionados or gastronomy enthusiasts!  Tinos is the homeland of great Greek artists of marble carving such as Gyzis, Lytras, Chalepas, Filippotis and Sochos. These artists were famous for their creations, which raised the island’s marble-carving tradition to new heights. You will enjoy your jaunts in the beautiful beaches and in the picturesque 40 or so villages, built according to the local traditional architectural style. You will be impressed by its culture and tasty cooking, as well as by the locals’ way of life. 

Andros island, the northernmost island of the Cyclades, has a long maritime tradition. Explore sandy beaches, rocky coastlines, water springs, hills and green plains! The capital of the island, Chοra (which means “main village”) is home to many famous Greek captains and ship owners; Take a look at the remarkable combination of medieval, neoclassical and island style houses. Walk the village down the flights of stairs, around the public square and its narrow streets, visit some remarkable churches and museums, and take a break in its beautiful shops, cafes and restaurants. Don’t miss the Frankish castle located on an islet across the main island connected with an arched stone bridge dating back to the 13th century.

Departure & Return Location

Athens (Piraeus port)

Package Includes

  • 4 Nights Accommodation on Andros Island
  • 4 Nights Accommodation on Tinos Island
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Ferry Tickets Athens (Rafina port) to Andros
  • Ferry tickets Andros to Tinos
  • Ferry Tickets Tinos to Athens (Piraeus port)
  • All Transfers as mentioned
  • Daily breakfast
  • 24-hour assistance phone number
  • All taxes

Package Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
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Private transfer to Rafina port to embark on the ferry to Andros island. Upon arrival in Andros, you will be met with a driver who will greet you and ensure a smooth transfer to your hotel.


Enjoy the flora of the main island; chestnut, walnut, plane, oak, weeping willows, poplar, mulberry, chased and olive trees. Follow the sign posted stone paved trails that run around the island’s fields and enjoy the aromas of thyme, crocus and sage along the way. Make a point in visiting the inland village of Messaria, which was of great significance during the Byzantine Period, as well as Faneromeni’s castle built in the 11 century at 600 m. Stop by the monasteries of Zoodochos Pigi in Batsi and Panagia Tomarhiani in Korthi and admire stunning views as well as important collections of heirlooms and manuscripts.

At a distance of 16 km west of Chora you can visit the ancient capital town of Andros, Paleopolis, which prospered from the classical to the late roman times. The prehistoric settlement of Plaka, the settlement of Zagora dating to the Geometric period, and a fortified settlement dating back to Neolithic times (4,500-3,300 BC) where rock paintings of animals, ships and linear designs have been unearthed in the wider area.

Andros is definitely worth a visit and can be seen solely as a cultural tourism destination, thanks to its museums. The globally acknowledged Museum of Modern Art, managed by the Vassilis and Eliza Goulandris Foundation, houses unique collections of paintings and sculptures, whereas the Archaeological Museums in Chοra and Paleοpolis showcase the island’s long turbulent history. The Cyclades Olive Museum located at Pitrofos village is a fine example of a small pre-industrial olive oil producing unit that is definitely a must-see site.


At the indicated time you will be transferred to the port for your short ferry ride to Tinos island . Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.


The beauty, the romance, the myth of the Greek Islands, can be found on the third largest of the Cycladic Island group, the Island of Tinos. Discover freshly-prepared local cuisine; pristine, uncrowded beaches; and plenty of activities to amuse, or peace and quiet to relax, and find all of those special ingredients that make a holiday truly memorable, guaranteed to entice him, like the Greeks, to return again and again.
The expansive island scenery is, simultaneously, dramatic and serene. Rolling hills of green and brown, laced with an intricate series of endless rock walls, a landscape dotted with clusters of white villages, churches and dovecotes, all accessed by excellent paved roads. While traveling through the countryside, you have the overwhelming feeling of going back in time to a centuries-old way of life which has changed little over the years. Here, you can still see the farmer plowing the fields with his donkey, observe the ancient craft of basketweaving, or perhaps follow the locals about in their search for wild dandelion leaves and capers to add to a wonderful fresh Greek salad.
There is no limit to the number of nature walks you can take through fields of wild flowers. Pack a lunch or stop at one of the village tavernas for an inexpensive, freshly-prepared lunch or dinner, accompanied by homemade cheese and wine. Not to be missed are the local sausages, the famous Tinos beef and pork, and the sinfully delicious Tinos honey.
As you wander through the countryside, you are never far from a beach and an opportunity to cool off in sparkling clean waters, often without another soul in sight. For the adventurous, there are caves to explore, mountains to climb, and opportunities to brush-up on your Greek with the friendly villagers, who are ever-willing to give directions, discuss the weather, and perhaps share a glass of their homemade raki.
Tinos has a long tradition of painting and sculpture which continues to this day. The island is a showcase for its marble artists, as evidenced by fountains, statues, and adornments in and on churches and houses (particularly window fanlights, a Tinos creation), whether the structure be humble or noble. Some of the most exquisite artistry is to be found on the 600 or more dovecotes sprinkled throughout the countryside, each handcrafted in a unique and complex design.
And for those wishing to learn, firsthand, the technique of marble sculpture, there are regularly-scheduled classes conducted by one of the island’s foremost sculptors. Additionally, there are several fine museums on the island, as well as a School of Fine Arts in the village of Pirgos. The emphasis on art is well-merited and is a continual source of pride and accomplishment for the numerous Tinian artisans who are known the world over.
For beach-lovers, Tinos has something for every taste ~ golden sand, pebbles, or rocks and boulders, and none are crowded nor noisy. Almost all of Tinos’ beaches have eating facilities nearby, and many offer freshly caught fish, grilled to perfection. Snorkeling in protected bays is a marvelous way to spend an afternoon, exploring an incredible variety of underwater flora and fauna.


At the scheduled time, you will be transferred to the port for your ferry to Athens (Piraeus port). Arrival in Athens and conclusion of our services.