Andros Island Pilgrimage Tour
Andros Island Pilgrimage Tour

Andros Island Pilgrimage Tour

8 days

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Explore Andros, a walker’s paradise, on an 8-day pilgrimage

Find yourself, lose yourself, and find yourself again on this 8-day pilgrimage across Andros in Greek’s famous Cycladic Islands. During the tour, you’ll get acquainted with both seaside and mountain villages with undeniably Greek hospitality everywhere you go. This is a self-guided exploration, but you’ll be provided with a detailed map and guidebook, and your accommodation in B&Bs will be organized for you. All you have to do is walk!

While exploring this island, you’ll be supporting the local volunteer organization Andros Routes that maintains the trails on Andros. Your pilgrimage route is qualified as a European Quality Trail, which means you can expect well-marked paths and well-maintained terrain. For a pilgrimage with scenic variety, including coastal walks and mountain climbs, this tour will deliver!

Highlights of the Andros Island Pilgrimage Tour

Contribute to the local trail maintenance organization, Andros Routes, by trimming overgrowth on your way.
Witness what makes each town on Andros unique, from coastal villages to homes perched in the mountains.
Get the quintessential Greek island scenery of white houses and blue-painted accents without all the tourists.
Savour fresh seafood and hearty Greek cuisine, sampling local taverns for lunch and dinner.

Prices

From $475USD
8 days
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Self-Guided
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Andros Island Pilgrimage Tour

Andros Island Pilgrimage Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Athens

It’s time to start the adventure! You’ll be picked up from Athens International Airport and transferred to Rafina Port to catch a ferry to Andros Island. Once you land on the island, you’ll take a public bus to Ormos Korthiou and settle into your hotel to get a good rest before the week ahead.

In your room, you’ll find a small welcome package with gardening gloves and a pruner to help maintain the trails—your (optional) contribution to the activities of the voluntary organization, Andros Routes. All you have to do is trim overgrowth while you walk.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Ormos Korthiou
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Walk to Andros Chora

Ready for your first full day? Here it is. Leaving Ormos Korthious behind, you’ll hike through remote areas of Andros island. Pass by hidden villages, old watermills, and walk across old stone bridges. Today’s route leads through pastoral landscapes, and you can extend the walk by detouring to an outpost and enjoying panoramic views over Andros.

The hike winds down through a valley, opening up to the capital of the island, Andros Chora. Your accommodation tonight is right on the beach.
Overnight Location: Guesthouse in Andros Chora
Distance: 5–6 hours, 11.5–13.5km, 665m of ascent, 635m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Hike to Menites

Savour your breakfast with beach views before you head out for the day. You’re heading inland, which means up, so make sure you have a hearty meal. As you ascend to central Andros, you’ll get more familiar with the island vegetation and perhaps be surprised by how lush it is. Visit a couple of monasteries, one which clings to the cliffside—an iconic style found all over Greece.

Pushing on, the trail will soon be walled in as you come upon Messaria, then shortly after is Menites. Find some solace as you explore the “lion” springs here, a stunning array of water fountains that were considered therapeutic in worlds past.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Menites
Distance: 3–5 hours, 8–11.5km, 650m of ascent, 480m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Trek to Apikia

You’ll continue along mountain paths today as you walk to Apikia. Being in the mountains means exceptional views along the way! Follow a well-walked trading route high enough to get sweeping views of the Aegean Sea extending out to the horizon. On the route, you’ll get plenty of landscape changes, from open views to green valleys, eventually coming into a wooded area that leads you to Apikia.

Find your hotel, and then grab a delicious Greek feast to refuel.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Apikia
Distance: 3–4 hours, 8.3–10.3km, 560m of ascent, 470m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Hike to Arni

Today’s route will be impressive as you leave Apikia behind and push on through the mountains, including a section of trail along a ridge of the highest mountain range, Kouvara. Reach panoramic views where you’ll see the Aegean on both sides.

Continue along the wooded path to Arni to find your accommodation for the night.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Valtesiniko
Distance: 4 hours, 10.6km, 730m of ascent, 580m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Explore Batsi

What goes up must come down! Time to head back to the coast. You’ll get a shorter walk today and a bit of a break for your legs as the route is mostly downhill. Through valleys of terraced fields used for farming and small hamlets along the way, you’ll make it down to Batsi in a few hours.

Relax in this small seaside village, walk along the shores, and grab dinner with fresh seafood.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Batsi
Distance: 3 hours, 9 km, 165m of ascent, 610m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Walk to Agios Petros/Gavrio

After your breakfast by the sea, you’ll embark on the last walk of the tour. First, you head up to a monastery resembling a fortress, then descend to the beach once more past the Hellenistic Tower. Depending on the time of year you do this tour, you will either stay in Gavrio or Agios Petros.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Gavrio or Agios Petros
Distance: 3.5 hours, 10km, 400m of ascent, 385m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 Departure

Enjoy your final breakfast on Andros, pack up, and take your transfer to the ferry port. In Rafina on the mainland, a driver will be waiting for you to take you to Athens International Airport or central Athens if you are continuing your trip in Greece.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Andros Island Pilgrimage Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided tour in Greece is always run as a custom tour for your group and the price depends on the time of year in which you choose to travel and the kind of room you prefer.

The best time to travel to Greece for trekking is during the warmest months of the year (May-September), but know that it can get very hot mid-summer. This tour is available from April to October.

Private Self-Guided Andros Island Pilgrimage Tour

Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person:

Departures from April 1st to May 31st:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveller): $1,050 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travellers): $795 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 3 travellers): $695 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 2 travellers): $625 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 3 travellers): $525 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 4 travellers): $495 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travellers): $525 USD
  • Price per person staying in quadruple room (min 4 travellers): $475 USD

Departures from June 1st to 27th:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveller): $1,125 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travellers): $850 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 3 travellers): $775 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 2 travellers): $650 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 3 travellers): $575 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 4 travellers): $525 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travellers): $525 USD
  • Price per person staying in quadruple room (min 4 travellers): $475 USD

Departures from June 28th to July 10th:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveller): $1,250 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travellers): $925 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 3 travellers): $850 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 2 travellers): $725 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 3 travellers): $625 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 4 travellers): $575 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travellers): $595 USD
  • Price per person staying in quadruple room (min 4 travellers): $525 USD

Departures from July 11th to August 21st:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveller): $1,250 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travellers): $725 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 3 travellers): $650 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 2 travellers): $725 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 3 travellers): $650 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 4 travellers): $595 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travellers): $595 USD
  • Price per person staying in quadruple room (min 4 travellers): $550 USD

Departures from August 22nd to 31st:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveller): $1,250 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travellers): $925 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 3 travellers): $850 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 2 travellers): $725 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 3 travellers): $625 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 4 travellers): $575 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travellers): $595 USD
  • Price per person staying in quadruple room (min 4 travellers): $525 USD

Departures from September 1st to 18th:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveller): $1,125 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travellers): $850 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 3 travellers): $775 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 2 travellers): $650 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 3 travellers): $575 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 4 travellers): $525 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travellers): $525 USD
  • Price per person staying in quadruple room (min 4 travellers): $475 USD

Departures from September 19th to October 30th:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveller): $1,050 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travellers): $795 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 3 travellers): $695 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 2 travellers): $625 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 3 travellers): $525 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 4 travellers): $495 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travellers): $525 USD
  • Price per person staying in quadruple room (min 4 travellers): $475 USD
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Accommodation on the Andros Island Pilgrimage Tour

This tour is based in traditional guesthouses and hotels. Rooms are double occupancy and single travellers will pay a supplement.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Standard rooms are of double occupancy and if you prefer a single room or you are a solo traveller, you will need to pay a supplement. Please check Dates and Prices to find out more.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Nicolas Hotel Apartments in Ormos Korthiou

Savour sea views from the shared sun terrace or your room. When you’re not in the comfort of your chic room, you can lounge by the outdoor pool.

Night 2

Pension Stella in Andros Chora

Set in an idyllic location right on Nimborio Beach, this guesthouse offers private rooms with kitchenettes and balconies and a shaded terrace where you can have breakfast looking at the beach.

Hotel Mainades in Menites ★★★

You’ll feel like you’ve stumbled into the secret garden at this hotel. Relax in a private studio and enjoy the shared terrace with outstanding views.

Sariza Spring Hotel in Apikia ★★★

Lush greenery surrounds this hotel. Indulge in a sauna after a long day hiking, lounge by the pool, or retreat to your room and gaze at the views.

Night 5

Magic Mountain in Arni

This lodge is settled on the slopes of Mount Petalon. Note that if Magic Mountain is booked, guests will stay in Katakilos (as a supplement) or Batsi (additional transfer required).

Hotel Karanasos in Batsi ★★

Soak in the sun in these bright rooms, each with a private balcony. The hotel is a short walk away from the town square—you can stroll there after a delicious breakfast.

Andros Holiday Hotel in Gavrio ★★★

This hotel is truly a Greek island luxury. You’ll have a private beach for hotel guests only, modern amenities, and unmatched ocean views.

What’s Included in the Andros Island Pilgrimage Tour?

Meals

7 breakfasts are included.

Accommodations

Accommodation for 7 nights is included in the tour.

Transportation during the Tour

While you walk between villages each day, transportation for your luggage is included. The hoteliers do the transfers, so make sure to label your luggage and ask them when and where you should drop it off each morning.

When you travel by ferry, you’ll take your luggage with you. Airport transfers between Athens and Andros are also included, including the ferry from Rafina to Andros and back.

Also Included

  • Detailed hiking map in English
  • Pruning tools for trail maintenance
  • Contribution to Andros Routes volunteer organization
  • 24-hour telephone assistance
  • GPS tracks on ActiveNav app
  • Guide services

Not included

  • Personal expenses and gratuities
  • Entrance fees of any kind
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Travel insurance and tourism tax
  • Flights, public transportation, or other ferry tickets
  • Anything not mentioned as included

Optional Extras

  • Extra nights in any accommodation

Frequently Asked Questions about Andros Island Pilgrimage Tour

S-Cape Travel Greece is a Greek outdoor company, established in 1994 and member of the S-Cape Group of companies since 2010.

At S-Cape Greece you find a varied portfolio of active and adventure trips that offer you a hands-on experience of Greece, having time to slowing down and appreciate the details: view the sites and landscapes, savor the specialties, meet and mingle with the locals and learn about the culture.

All our trips and itineraries are developed by our team of professional walkers and cyclists who have a keen eye for great trails, exciting itineraries, breath-taking scenery and good quality accommodation that share our vision on sustainable travel.

If you travel on one of our self-guided trips, you receive a Destination Manual with information on the country and a state-of-the-art Road Book with detailed route description, turn by turn diagrams of each crossing and explanatory text. On top, you can navigate the route in your own smartphone via our excellent S-Cape Travel App.

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 3/5. You should be physically fit and comfortable walking 4–6 hours daily. The elevation gain is moderate, and some hikes can be strenuous, but you will have comfortable accommodation to recuperate. The trail is well-marked and consists of mostly cobbled paths.

Local Guide

Maria
Maria
Athens, Greece

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