01 May - 30 Sep: Tuesdays and FridaysDuration
Approx. 9 hoursStart time
Start time: 1245h (12:45pm)
Duration: Approx. 9 hours
Hotel pick-up not included. The tour starts from the Yatch Club.
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
The tour ends at the starting point
Follow the path of pilgrimage to the Evangelistria church, the holiest shrine in all of Greece, which attracts thousands of devotees each year.
See the hilltop convent of Kechrovouni and climb to a summit on Mount Exobougo, where villages of old white stone and bays scooped from shimmering coastline provide a perfect photo opportunity.
Visit a basket weaver’s workshop in Volax and admire the handiwork of local artisans in Pirgos, where some of Greece’s most finely-crafted marble pieces originate.
Enjoy coach views of marble villages that arise from verdant hills, walk through a lemon orchard where the fruit is transmuted to gold under a Grecian sun, and stop in the Bay of Panormos for a seaside lunch.
There is no hotel pick-up. An English-speaking guide will accompany you to expound on the rich history and traditions of the island.
Board your boat that will take you to Tinos, where you will board an air-conditioned coach and set out along the wide avenue of Leoforos Megalocharis, the route of pilgrimage, to the Evangelistria church, the most revered religious shrine in Greece. An icon depicting Mary kneeling in prayer is believed to be the work of Saint Luke and to have miraculous healing powers.
Next stop is the nunnery of Kechrovouni, where shoulders and arms should be covered before entering. Built on a steep slope in the 11th or 12th century, the convent is a powerful site steeped in legend.
Ascend to the historic mount of Exobourgo, the hallmark of Tinos, where you can snap a magnificent panoramic shot of the island.
The tour continues with a stop in the village of Volax, where you will visit a basket maker’s workshop and watch the craftsmen ply their trade. A short break allows time for a quick snack and a refreshing drink at the local cafeteria (payable direct).
The tour continues through the fertile plateaus of Komi, the agricultural center of the island, where you will stop for a photo opportunity in the midst of its arresting lemon orchards.
Serpentine roads that expose beautiful views of the Aegean Sea take you through the famous marble villages of Kardiani and Isternia to the Bay of Panormos, where you will take lunch in a taverna by the sea (payable direct).
After a satisfying meal, forge ahead to the marble village of Pirgos, where you admire the work of local marble artists, who are among the most renowned in all of Tinos.
The return coach trip is highlighted by a photo stop in the Valley of the Pigeon Houses, where the fanciful miniature towers of a thousand pigeon houses look out over massive mountains and spectral coastline.
There is no hotel drop-off. Your tour will conclude with a drop-off at the Yatch Club.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
Infants 0 - 2 Year old go free. However, they will not have their own seat on the coach.
When visiting the nunnery in Kechrovouni, women should where skirts down to the ankles and men should wear long trousers. Shoulders and arms should also be covered
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have
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