Explore some of the lesser-known islands of the Cyclades on this jam-packed adventure. Over a week and a half, you'll hike through the hills of Tinos, go scuba diving off Naxos, and paddle to secluded beaches on Ios. End your journey with a thrilling bike ride around historical and modern Athens.
Next, head to the white-washed and hilly village of Triantaros. As you meander through its narrow streets and duck under stone awnings, you'll enjoy incredible views of the Tinian countryside and coastline. The neighboring town of Armados is an excellent place for lunch or a snack. If you're in the area after 4 PM, you can visit the nearby Monastery of the Virgin Mary (Kechrovouni), one of Greece's most important pilgrimage sites.
If you're up for a bit more exploring, continue to Tripotamos, meaning "three rivers." Enjoy the unique architecture and tour the Tripotamos Folk Museum. Then, as you make your way toward Ktikados, stop at the Halaris Workshop. Ktikados is also a great option for lunch with its charming traditional taverns.
In the summer, you can visit the Ursuline Convent at Loutra. Established in 1862, the convent brought girls from Greece to explore different educational opportunities, including vocational tracts like carpentry and loom weaving. The schools operated for over 130 years, until 1993. Today, the convent houses the Folklore Museum, but you can also visit the old dormitories and view artifacts.
Lastly, pay a visit to the Costas Tsoclis Museum, dedicated to the work of the famous artist and housed in the former primary school of Kambos, the village that is very close to some of the most impressive dovecotes.
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Itineraries with Discover the Villages of Tinos
This itinerary offers sun, surf, and an inside look at Greek culture, both ancient and modern. Start things off in Athens, where you'll explore at your own pace and try some of the capital's best street food. Then begin your island hopping adventure with a stop in Tinos, a pilgrimage site and home to a centuries-old marble craft. Next, make your way to Mykonos, where you can stroll through the pretty streets, unwind on the beach, and indulge in some of the island's excellent culinary offerings. Set sail for Santorini, where you'll cruise around its volcanic caldera, before moving on to Crete's charming historic towns and villages. End your trip back in Athens with an unforgettable sunset excursion.
Mix well-known favorites with some smaller spots on this 10-day itinerary. You'll explore Classical history in Athens and Delphi before heading out to the islands. See the pilgrimage sites on Tinos and ancient sanctuaries on Delos, then continue to Naxos to try out the island's many agricultural products and end your trip cruising through Santorini's volcanic caldera.
Travel through time with a nine-day trip into Classical Greece. Hear the myths of the Acropolis in Athens before heading to the islands of Naxos, Mykonos, and Tinos, home to mythological sites, local delicacies, beautiful villages, and more.