Hike the Villages of Tinos

Discover the geologically significant, lunar-like scenery of Tinos Island. This hiking tour takes you through historic towns and the Tinian countryside to explore granite rocks, marble creations, and medieval villages. You'll start in Volax, a unique landscape with a large scattering of enormous and perfectly round granite rocks. According to geologists, the rocks originated on the seafloor some millions of years ago.

As you stroll through the rocks, you'll make your way toward Exomvourgo Hill to admire the Venetian fortress. Here you'll find a small hamlet reminiscent of the famous galactic village of Asterix. The townspeople here were famous basket weavers, and many still practice the craft today. While walking through the streets, watch for weavers or artisans selling baskets, many made of bamboo, willow, and osier shoots.

After leaving Volax, you'll start a moderate hike through the Tinian countryside. Your guide will lead you along a route, passing marble dovecotes, watermills, and a medieval Catholic village with arches and traditional houses. Wander through the town's narrow alleys and climb the stone steps to access different levels and views.

Finish your hiking tour at Kolimbithra Beach for a refreshing swim and some free time to relax. Then, enjoy lunch in the picturesque town of Kalloni. Fill your belly at a traditional tavern, savoring froutalia (Greek omelet), roast beef with tomato sauce, local cheese, louza (dried spiced pork), and more.

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Itineraries with Hike the Villages of Tinos

Active Athens, Tinos, Naxos, and Crete - 15 Days

Start and end in Athens but spend most of your time in the islands with this active 15-day itinerary. Whether you're scaling up to the tops of the cliffs on Tinos or down into Samaria Gorge on Crete, or catching a wave along the way, this trip will keep you moving.

Active Cyclades: Tinos, Naxos & Ios - 13 Days

Get your adrenaline pumping on this two-week adventure through the Cyclades. You'll hike, climb, paddle, and bike around some of the chain's lesser-known islands. Tackle Tinos' rugged Exomvourgo mountain, swim with the fish on a scuba diving excursion in Naxos, and enjoy a canoeing safari around Ios' pristine Mylopotas bay, and more!

Athens and the Cyclades for Families: Athens, Tinos, Naxos & Santorini - 14 Days

The whitewashed architecture of the Cyclades is one of the most classic Greek images. Spend two weeks amid this island chain's charms with this family-friendly itinerary full of hands-on activities for school-aged children. You'll start off with games and stories in Athens, then head to Tinos to learn about the art of marble sculpting. From there, you'll visit the villages and beaches of Naxos before you wrap up your trip along the rim of Santorini's famous caldera.

Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 23 Days

Take your time exploring Greece by bike, horse, kayak, and much more on this 23-day adventure. You'll pedal along the shores of the Athenian Riviera and learn traditional fishing techniques on the Saronic Gulf before heading for the Cyclades. There, you'll learn to surf on Tinos and go scuba diving on Naxos before making your way to Crete for some hiking, cooking, and beach time. Finally, travel back to the mainland for a visit to some fascinating historical sites at Sounion, Mycenae, and Nafplio.