On the Marble Trail in Tinos

Marble sculpture at Tinos
Tinos is a relatively small island in the Aegean, part of the Cyclades archipelago. It's a sleepy and barren island known for its many villages, stately churches, windmills, and ruins of Venetian fortifications on the mountaintop. It's also famous for marble crafting, and a walking tour of sites relating to this bit of heritage covers the whole process, from the locations of the raw materials to the artists' workshops where the marble gets refined.

The tour begins in the village of Pyrgos, at the Museum of Marble Arts. Informational exhibits here explain how Tinian craftsmen start with slabs of marble, transforming them into everything from artful statues to fountains to altarpieces to tower bells, and even palaces and entire stadiums. There are many examples of this craftsmanship in town, including in the cemetery of Pyrgos, an open-air sculpture museum, and Pyrgos Square. The tour also includes a visit with sculptor Yannoulis Chalepas and a stop at the Museum of Tinian Artists.

Tours that Include On the Marble Trail in Tinos

Balos lagoon on Crete
Map of Laidback Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 14 Days
Laidback Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 14 Days

Need a vacation? Find your piece of paradise with the 2-week version of this laidback itinerary. Start with street food and native wine varietals in Athens, before heading to Tinos for a cultural tour. Glamorous Mykonos and Santorini are next, before continuing to Crete, where turquoise lagoons and village tours making sure you're fully blissed out before you go back to Athens.

Ermoupoli town beach on Syros
Map of Relaxing Secret Cyclades - 16 Days
Relaxing Secret Cyclades - 16 Days

See the lesser-known side of the Cyclades on this 16-day  island itinerary. After sampling the street foods of Athens, you'll ferry off to the Cycladic islands that deserve just as much of the spotlight as their more-famous siblings. Tour the mansions of the Cycladic capital on Syros, explore the Tinos marble scene, bike the beaches of Naxos, and see the villages and vineyards of Ios before your return to Athens, accompanied by the sweeping of the Aegean Sea.

The pink sand beach of Elafonissi, Crete
Map of Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 10 Days
Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 10 Days

Escape to Athens and Greece's gorgeous islands with this laid-back itinerary. See the sights and sample some of the city's best street food in the capital, and then set sail for the Cyclades. Stop in Tinos, a hidden gem with a vibrant artisan community and rich religious history, before heading to neighboring Mykonos. There you'll enjoy an authentic farm-to-table meal with the locals. Make your way to the incredibly photogenic Santorini for some beach time and a cruise around its volcanic caldera. Then head to Crete for more fabulous beaches and some time in and around the Venetian city of Chania. Visit some historic Cretan villages before ending your journey.

Back streets of Syros
Map of Relaxing Secret Cyclades - 14 Days
Relaxing Secret Cyclades - 14 Days

While away two weeks in lesser-known islands and get a taste of Athens with this 14-day itinerary. Whether you're hiking amid the marble-rich hills of Tinos or tasting fresh produce on Naxos, these four Cycladic islands will have you asking "Santorini, who?" in no time.

Columns on Delos
Map of Past and Present in Athens, Tinos, Mykonos & Naxos - 14 Days
Past and Present in Athens, Tinos, Mykonos & Naxos - 14 Days

Some say that Greek civilization has been around so long, they've had the opportunity to try every form of government. See the results of those political experiments on this 14-day itinerary, starting in Athens, the birthplace of democracy. You'll head out to the Cyclades after an Acropolis tour to experience the food and history of the islands before you return to the city.

Approaching Delos by ferry
Map of Past and Present in Athens, Tinos, Mykonos & Naxos - 8 Days
Past and Present in Athens, Tinos, Mykonos & Naxos - 8 Days

Pack comfortable shoes for this eight-day itinerary—you'll be walking through Greek history from Athens through some of the best Cycladic islands.  Take a mythology tour of Athena's Parthenon and the Delos of Artemis and Apollo, along with a marble quarry hike, and exploration of island agriculture, and more.

Coast of Mykonos
Map of Laidback Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 21 Days
Laidback Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 21 Days

Find some island sunshine and serenity with this itinerary. You'll start in Athens, sampling the street food and cycling past the city's famous landmarks, before you head to sea. Stop in petite Tinos first, frequent pilgrimage site and home to centuries of marble carvers. Then head to Mykonos to recline on the beach before ferrying over to Santorini for a boat cruise through the volcanic caldera. You'll continue in Crete, with turquoise lagoons and botanical gardens making sure you're fully blissed out before you go back to Athens.

Oia, Santorini
Map of Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 12 Days
Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 12 Days

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.

The pink sands of Crete's Balos Lagoon
Map of Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 18 Days
Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 18 Days

Take in the beauty and flavors of Greece at a relaxed pace with this itinerary. See the sights in Athens by bicycle and enjoy wine tasting in the vineyards of Nemea before heading to sea. Follow the marble route on the hidden gem island of Tinos and unwind on the beaches of Mykonos. Then take the ferry to the volcanic island of Santorini, where you'll wander its pretty streets and enjoy a cruise around the caldera. Make your way to Crete for some quality time at its magnificent lagoons and a visit to its authentic, historic villages, before returning to Athens.

Path up to the Naxos Portara
Map of Past and Present in Athens, Tinos & Naxos - 7 Days
Past and Present in Athens, Tinos & Naxos - 7 Days

Cover more than 3,000 years in just seven days with this educational itinerary. You'll learn about the myths of the Acropolis along with the agriculture of Naxos and artisans of Tinos as you sweep past the centuries in the city of Athens and Cyclades island chain.

Fishing boat off the coast of Syros
Map of Relaxing Secret Cyclades - 15 Days
Relaxing Secret Cyclades - 15 Days

Hide away from the rest of the world as you discover the Cycladic islands that you may not have heard about—yet. Spend 15 days visiting Athens and the islands of Syros, Tinos, Naxos, and Ios, who may not be as famous as their glittery neighbors but have plenty of culture, history, and straight-from-the-Aegean seafood to keep you satisfied.

Temple of Poseidon on Cape Sounion
Map of Past and Present in Athens, Tinos, Mykonos & Naxos - 10 Days
Past and Present in Athens, Tinos, Mykonos & Naxos - 10 Days

The Greek alphabet is the oldest written language still in use today, so study up for your 10-day trip through Greece's history and modern influence. Go from up on the Acropolis to down to the Aegean Sea, circling through the Cycladic islands of Tinos, Mykonos, and Naxos with temples, food tours, historic terraces, and more.

Ftelia Beach, Mykonos
Map of Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 15 Days
Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 15 Days

Savor every moment of this relaxed cultural tour of Athens and the islands. Lasting just over two weeks, this itinerary leaves plenty of room for exploration as you roam the food markets of Athens, go wine tasting in the vineyards of Nemea, and learn about the centuries-old marble craft on the island of Tinos. You'll visit both the glamorous and traditional sides of Mykonos, cruise around Santorini's volcanic caldera, and unwind on the fabulous beaches of Crete. End your trip back in Athens with an unforgettable sunset over the ruins.

Beaches of Crete
Map of Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 20 Days
Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 20 Days

Slow down and indulge in the rich flavors and inviting waters of Greece with this itinerary. Start in the capital, where you'll see the sights and sample the street food, before heading to the islands. Visit the hidden gem of Tinos, where you'll learn about the centuries-old marble craft. Continue on to Mykonos for some beach time before heading to Santorini, where you'll cruise around its volcanic caldera. Then make your way to Crete to explore its historic villages and relax by its magnificent lagoons before returning to Athens for a sunset sendoff.

Erechtheion temple on the Acropolis
Map of Past and Present in Athens, Tinos, Mykonos & Naxos - 12 Days
Past and Present in Athens, Tinos, Mykonos & Naxos - 12 Days

Immerse yourself in the history of Greece with this 12-day itinerary. Start with the museums and myths of Athens with an Acropolis tour, cooking class, and trip to Mycenae. Then venture out to the Cyclades to see the sites and sample some of the local agriculture along the way.

The beaches of Mykonos
Map of Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 11 Days
Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 11 Days

This trip to Athens and the islands offers a relaxing escape full of sun, surf, and culture. Explore Athens at your own pace and try local delicacies on a street food tour of the city. Then set sail for the hidden gem of Tinos, where you'll learn about its religious and artisan history. Bask on the beaches of Mykonos and cruise around Santorini's volcanic caldera lagoon. Continue to Crete, where you'll roam the enchanting streets of old Chania and visit historic villages before you head home.

Tinos Old Town
Map of Past and Present in Athens, Tinos, Mykonos & Naxos - 11 Days
Past and Present in Athens, Tinos, Mykonos & Naxos - 11 Days

About seven percent of the world's marble comes from Greece, and you'll get to see the source—alongside plenty of other famous exports—on this 11-day itinerary. In addition to a hike along the marble route on Tinos, you'll experience homemade cheese and liqueur on Naxos, mythology on Delos, the museums of Athens, and more.

Oia, Santorini
Map of Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 17 Days
Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 17 Days

Unwind and indulge in the sun, surf, and flavors of Athens and the islands with this 17-day itinerary. First, enjoy a food tour of the capital and go wine tasting in the famous vineyards of Nemea. Then sail off the beaten path to Tinos, where you'll learn about its centuries-old marble craft. Next, make your way to glamorous Mykonos, where you'll roam its pretty streets and relax on the beach. Spend some time on the volcanic island of Santorini and enjoy a sail around the caldera and colorful beaches, before heading to the gorgeous lagoons of Crete. Return to Athens for an unforgettable sunset farewell.

Ancient alleyways
Map of Past and Present in Athens, Tinos, Mykonos & Naxos - 15 Days
Past and Present in Athens, Tinos, Mykonos & Naxos - 15 Days

Classical history and mythology enthusiasts and amateurs alike can enjoy this 15-day itinerary. You'll explore the museums and myths of Athens and Mycenae before heading to the Cyclades. In the islands, you'll hike, tour, and taste your way through centuries of history, from the distillers of Naxos to the archaeological site at Delos and Tinos marble route before your return to Athens.

Oia, Santorini
Map of Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 16 Days
Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 16 Days

Take your time exploring Athens and the islands on this magical tour of Greece. Follow this relaxed itinerary from the markets of Athens to the vineyards of Nemea. Go off the beaten path to the pilgrimage island of Tinos before sailing to Mykonos for some cosmopolitan charm. You'll explore the picturesque streets of Santorini and cruise around its volcanic caldera before making your way to Crete. Get your fill of historic villages and luxurious beaches before wrapping up your trip back in the capital.

Santorini at sunset
Map of Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 13 Days
Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 13 Days

Embrace the Mediterranean sunshine and tranquility with this relaxed itinerary in Greece's capital and islands. Start in Athens, where you'll see the sights at your own pace and enjoy a street food tour. Then set sail for Tinos, an often overlooked gem with a rich religious history. Continue on to neighboring Mykonos to indulge in its glamorous restaurant scene and unwind on the beach. Dig into an authentic farm-to-table meal before moving on to the volcanic island of Santorini. Next, you'll sail to Crete for its stunning lagoons and traditional villages before returning to Athens for a sunset sendoff.

Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Island on Crete
Map of Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 19 Days
Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 19 Days

Take your time exploring Greece's beauty, history, and flavor with this relaxed itinerary. You'll start in Athens, where you'll sample local delicacies and go on a cycling tour of the sights. Then sail over to the beautiful, lesser-known island of Tinos — a popular pilgrimage site — before continuing to glamorous Mykonos. Here you'll lounge on the beaches and enjoy an authentic farm-to-table meal. Next head to Santorini for some wine tasting and a fabulous cruise around its volcanic caldera. Finally, bask in the sun and surf of Crete before ending your trip back in the capital.  

Temple of Hercules on Delos
Map of Past and Present in Athens, Tinos, Mykonos & Naxos - 13 Days
Past and Present in Athens, Tinos, Mykonos & Naxos - 13 Days

Experience the full timeline of Greece's many millennia on this 13-day trip. You'll start in bustling Athens and detour to Mycenae, most recognizable from its role in the Iliad. Then sail to the Cyclades, sampling modern agriculture on Naxos, ancient ruins on the sacred island of Delos, and more before your return to Athens.