Mykonos, 1 Day Tour – Tinos
Location: Mykonos, Aegean Sea, Greece
Mykonos island is part of the Cyclades group of islands and lies among Tinos, Syros, Naxos and Paros. Its landscape is no different than the rest of the Cyclades with hilly, almost treeless landscape where only few bushes and trees grow. Next to Mykonos is Delos, a landmark of ancient Greek history and one of the most important archaeological sites of the country. Among the top destinations in Greece, Mykonos is a truly cosmopolitan place and a meeting point for many cultures. The island gained world reputation throughout the 1960s as a summer resort for the artists and the wealthy.
Mykonos, the dream of every cosmopolitan vacationer, is still a typical Cycladic island with sugar-cube houses, traditional windmills, picturesque churches and paved alleys. Every summer, this island draws world wide attention for its party atmosphere and the crazy rhythms. In the daytime, people go to the beaches and combine swimming in exotic waters with dancing in the beach bars. In the evening, Mykonos Town gets lively with the cozy bars in Little Venice and the vivid clubs scattered in the paved quarters. Apart from clubbing, in Mykonos, do not miss a swim to the superb beaches of Super Paradise, Paradise, Platis Gialos and Elia. Also see the sunset from the windmills on the hilltop above the town or from Little Venice. These will be memories of a lifetime. The natural beauty and beautifully preserved architecture of Mykonos has inspired various artists, from cinematographers and painters to the music band Fleet Foxes who wrote a beautiful song called Mykonos. Many movies have also been set in Mykonos, including the famous Shirley Valentine (1987). Although a part of the island, particularly Mykonos Town and the southern beaches, gets crowded in high season, the rest of the island remains secluded. A drive around this secluded part of Mykonos will get you to private coves for swimming, interesting monasteries and fabulous spots with sea view.
Only 45 minutes away by boat trip is Tinos, the gorgeous neighbour island of Mykonos. Being three times bigger than Mykonos, it has a lot to offer:
Tinos town and the most famous and important church of Greece, the “Evangelistria”, with its miraculous icon and magic atmosphere.
The women’s monastery Kechrovouni inhabited by 40 nuns.
The traditional village Volax, home to the basket makers.
The valley of the pigeon houses from the Venetian time.
Pirgos, the centre of the marble arts.
The peaceful fishing bay of Panormos with its lovely fish tavernas.
Continuously changing scenery of landscapes, traditional villages and views over the Aegean Sea and surrounding islands.
Program: Mykonos, 1 Day Tour – Tinos
After a 45 min boat trip we arrive at the port of Tinos where the bus waits for us. We drive over the big pilgrim avenue to the most famous church of Greece the “Evangelistria” with its holy icon, which is believed to do wondrous deeds.
After these overwhelming impressions, we leave Tinos town and the bus takes us over winding roads past typical villages and picturesque landscapes to the monastery of “Kechrovouni” situated 500 m. high. Here the nun “Pelagia” used to live and here she had the vision to go to Tinos Town and find the holy icon early 19th century. We explore the monastery of the 16th century where 40 nuns live and beside visiting the cell of Pelagia, have the chance to see many pretty points of whitewashed buildings and churches, full of beautiful flowers.
Our bus tour continues to the important historic mountain of “Exobourgo” where the great Venetian castle was situated which in the past was the strongest force of the whole of Greece against the Turkish invaders. Here we have a photo stop.
Afterwards we drive to the other side of Exobourgo where the Catholic villages of the island are located. We stop in the old traditional village of “Volax” which is famous for its basket making. Here we also have the chance for a coffee break before exploring the village and visiting the local basket makers.
Our tour continues to the fertile downs of Komi where we pass through the agricultural areas of the island and stop to see the lemon groves before driving over the panorama road with breathtaking views to the sea and the other islands to the fishing village “Panormos”. Here we have lunch in a traditional taverna by the sea (lunch is not included in the price) which offers a very tasty variety of local dishes as well as excellent fresh fish from the charcoal grill. There is also the possibility to go for a swim.
Our next stop is in the village “Pirgos”, the center of the marble arts and of the marble region of the island. We visit the local artists and can see them at their work before exploring the village which is completely made from marble. Further impressive sites are the church Agios Nikolaos and the grave yard at its rear both also full of marble art. At the old and peaceful village square we have time for a coffee break.
After Pirgos the bus goes back on the panorama road towards Tinos town and our last stop before that is at the valley of the pigeon houses. We walk through the village of “Tarambados” and can enjoy the beautiful site of the pretty setting of the old Venetian pigeon houses.
Afterwards we drive back to Tinos town where we have free time before meeting at the port and returning to Mykonos. Arrival in Mykonos approx. 10:15 pm.
- Day: Tuesday – Friday
- Languages: English – German – Spanish – Italian
- Duration: 12:15-22:00
- Prices: Adults 59.00 Euro, Child 38.00 Euro
- Meeting point & Time: Tourlos – New Port at 11:30
- Minimum participation: 12 persons