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Andros: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

1. Andros: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Start your tour by meeting your guide at the local partner's office in Batsi. Your first stop will be at the village of Paleopolis where you will witness views from high above the ancient capital of Andros. Get to learn the history of the village and see the remains from an aerial perspective - a truly great vantage point for fantastic photos. Whilst travelling to your next stop, take in breathtaking views of the villages of Pitrofos and Stavropeda. Arrive at your destination of the village of Menites. There, you will see the famous lion springs and the walnut forest. Witnessing a forest on a Cycladic island is a very rare sight, but one you will get to experience on this tour. Continue on your tour to the village of Strabouries, here, you will get to see the Pithara waterfalls after a 15-minute hike. Pithara waterfalls are a one of a kind spectacle and a great opportunity for photos.  Travel on to the Foros Cave or Aladinou Cave, a small but really exciting cave that you will get to explore with a professional cave guide. Learn about the many different rock formations and hear of the legends and myths that have existed since medieval times. Continue on to the modern capital of Andros, Chora. Walk around the graphic and romantic pavement paths of Chora and its market. You will get to see and learn the history of the "Unseen Sailor" monument and the Venezian castles. After the mini tour, you will have 45-minutes of free time before your next stop.  To finish up your day, head to the village of Korthi, a small graphic village that has romantic alleys and an original Cycladic style. Learn the history of the old Korthi and Korthi bay. After that, you will enjoy some free time to yourself before heading back to the local partner's office in Batsi.

Andros: Private Cooking Class with a Local

2. Andros: Private Cooking Class with a Local

Dive into the secrets of Greek cuisine on a private cooking experience at one of the most beautiful villages in Chora. Get a glimpse of the local culture and family recipes passed down through generations from an expert local cook. After being picked up from your hotel, head straight to a traditional house at Chora to meet your chef. Delight your senses as you stroll through the private garden of the host to pick some homegrown vegetables. Your chef will show you how to choose fresh items for your dish. Start your class by preparing a local greek salad with the guidance of your chef. Try your hands on making a local dish of Andros, The Fourtalia. Depending on the season you will also cook a variety of appetizers like stuffed flowers from the pumpkins and the delicious Lyra. Spend a few hours learning the tricks behind traditional Greek cuisine and the origins of each dish. Once everything is ready, sit around the table to taste what you have prepared with a glass of wine. Finally, leave the place with new recipes and knowledge about the local greek lifestyle.

Batsi: 5-Hour Andros Monasteries Tour

3. Batsi: 5-Hour Andros Monasteries Tour

Your tour begins at the office in Batsi in the morning. From there, you will head to the southern part of the island where where you will pass by the villages of Aprovato and Aghia Eleousa. Your first small stop will be at the ancient capital of Andros, Paleopolis, where you will learn the history of ancient Andros and can also make the most of some great photo opportunities. On the way to your next stop, you will pass through the villages of Pitrofos and Stavropeda. Your second stop will be at the Aghia Marina Monastery, which is a wondrous image. You will then head to the Aghios Nikolaos Monastery, where you will see the images and the remains of holy men. You will also learn the history and the wonders of the monastery from the local monks. Your next stop will be to the Aghia Irene Monastery, which is a newly and fully restored monastery. Your final stop will be to the capital of Andros, Chora. There you will walk at the lovely alleys, the statue of the Unseen Sailor, the Venezian castle, and the lovely churches. You will finally have 45 minutes of free time, after which you will return back to Batsi.

Batsi: Andros Island Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

4. Batsi: Andros Island Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Your tour will begin from Batsi, from where you will enjoy the lovely route to Chora. You will see many beautiful and historical villages such as Aprovato, Paleopoli, and more, with your local tour leader on hand to inform you about the villages' histories. When you eventually arrive to Chora, you will walk the sidewalk to the Micra Anglia neighborhood where you will learn about its history. Following this, you will head to the Panaghia Thalassini Church, passing by the Greek Modern Art Museum. Following that, you will go to the Unfound Sailor's Statue and the Venezian Castle, where you will learn about its history and meaning. You will then head to the bay area where you can see the Tourlitis Lighthouse and take pictures before heading to the Sariza Spring in Apikia. Later, your tour will eventually end back in Batsi.

From Athens: Day Trip to Andros Island

5. From Athens: Day Trip to Andros Island

After arriving at the meeting point in Athens, travel to the port of Rafina to take the morning ferry to Andros. Enjoy a relaxing journey of about 2 hours before you arrive at the island.  First drive to the old capital of the island, Paleopolis. See the remains of the old town and learn about its history from your expert guide. Next stop is at Menites village where you will see the "lion springs", and the walnut forest. Visit the traditional villages of Strabouries and Apikia village, before taking a 15-minute hike to where you will see one of the greatest spectacles in a Cycladic island, the Pythara Waterfalls. After discovering the natural beauty of the waterfalls, make your way to the Aghia Irene Monastery where you will learn about the history, culture, and religion of Andros Island from a local theologist. The monastery features small museums including a writing museum and a floral museum. Your final stop will be at the present-day capital of Andros, Chora. Wander around the beautiful streets of Chora, visit the Venezian Castle. Learn about the history of the island from medieval times. After this, you can opt to have lunch in a local restaurant or return to the port to take the ferry back to Athens.

Mpatsi: Andros Watermills Guided Hiking Tour

6. Mpatsi: Andros Watermills Guided Hiking Tour

Dive into some of Andros’ most significant hiking tour during an Frousseoi Watermills Hiking Tour . This tour is a must for every nature lover and for anyone who wants to experience excuisite beauty. At the end of the hiking tour you will be filled up with joy and pleasure by as it is so fun, playful and surprising in every way! Visit one of the most fascinating hiking trails of Greece. Explore Andros rich nature. Walk among the staggering ruins of old watermills that used to produce food and give life to Andros. Feel captivated by the sights of this hiking trail. Capture magnificent photos during your Froussaoi Watermills Hiking Tour , and receive a polaroid photo as a gift to cherish. Frousseoi Watermills Hiking Tour In Detail You enter the valley by descending from the mainroute and taking the path that leads deep into the valley of Frousei. Originally this valley was occupied by many families living next to the river making a living from watermills.. For decades however the valley has been uninhabited and largely inaccessible until Andros Routes developed this path. The mill buildings lie almost in ruins and nature has taken over it in the most beautiful way. Following the path the landscape changes in the most surprising ways from small paths overgrown with branches to open fields with various wildflowers always surrounded by all shades of green. Adventureous rocks and dazzling scenery will leave you breathless while the sound of the river reminds us to cool down and refresh. This route is a must if you are new to Andros routes. Taking photos never seems to do this place justice, it has to be seen to fully appreciate why this is a favourite. Begin the hiking tour from Vlm Travel Andros in Batsi: Meet your leader and hit the road for the hiking route start Drive by: Keep your eyes open during the drive for the lovely mountain villages above Gavrio (port). Discover old watermills: Walk in the footsteps of and old town and learn about their way of life. Experience Andros natural beauty: Explore the the rich nature only Andros has to offer in Cyclades

Mpatsi: Achla Beach and Gria Lighthouse Off-Road Tour

7. Mpatsi: Achla Beach and Gria Lighthouse Off-Road Tour

You begin your off road activity at our office in Batsi Andros. You start off the activity by driving through the villages of Katakoilos, Remata and Vourkoti. 3 very beautiful villages with rich nature and rivers. When you reach Vourkoti village the off road and bumpy part of the road begins. After a 45 minutes bumpy off road tour we will reach Achla beach. The spectacle until we reach the beach is unique. You are at the edge of the island and you will experience the wild beauty of Andros. Before we reach the beach you will go to Gria lighthouse which is just above the beach. It is 15 minutes hiking until you reach there and when you get there you will be at the eastern edge of the island. If the weather is clear you will be able to see the Eastern Aegean islands which are at the Greek frontier. Then you will head to the beach where you will enjoy the crystal clear waters, the swimming swans. If you want, you can walk about 20 minutes and get to the small forest behind the beach. Then you will head back to Batsi.

Andros: Port Private Transfer from Batsi

8. Andros: Port Private Transfer from Batsi

Your driver-tour leader will pick you up from your Batsi stay on your desired time. You will be transferred with a luxury mini van to your desired destination. We advise you to write your transfer time at least 35 minutes before your ferry departure time. You will go to Andros Port (Gavrio) on time and with safety! You will leave Andros island with the best last impression!

Andros: Hotel to Port Private Transfer

9. Andros: Hotel to Port Private Transfer

You will be picked up from your Chora stay at your desired time. You will be helped with your luggage and your transfer will start on time. You will be transfered to Andros Port (Gavrio) on time where your ferry leaves. On your way to the port you will be drivern by the lovely villages of Messaria, Palaiopoli and Batsi.

Andros: Private Transfer Between Andros Port & Andros

10. Andros: Private Transfer Between Andros Port & Andros

When you arrive at Andros Port (Gavrio) a driver-tour leader will be waiting for you holding a sign with your name. You will picked up with the minivan and start your Transfer. Going to Chora you will drive by the villages of St Peter, Batsi, Palaiopoli, Aprovato and many more. Your driver-tour leader will let you know about everything you need to know. Do not hesitate to ask her or him about the island.

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What people are saying about Andros Island

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 3 reviews

A perfect guide, a tailor-made visit and a perfect organization... This is not a visit like any other like in a museum or on an island. You enter the intimacy of a high spiritual place closed to the public. Discretion, respect, and dress (trousers and long clothing are required). The Vlm basti team is great with anecdotes, and will make you want to know this magical island better. Magical and Great moment with VLM Travel. Thanks so much to purpose a experience!

Our host Chantal was great and very knowledgeable of the island and its attractions and history. Given it was only us on the tour, she also went out of her way to make sure the tour is as tailored to our needs and interests as possible. Definitely recommend this tour for anyone who wants to see a lot of different aspects of the island in a relatively short amount of time.

Our guide, Angela (english version of her Greek name) was wonderful. Her English is very good, she explained not only the history of the island but gave us a wonderful insight into the culture as well as introducing us to delicious local foods and customs. My husband and I were very happy with this tour and felt we got to see a lot of this beautiful island.

Awesome tour, highly recommended!!

The tour guide was really good, she knew a lot about the island and its history, it was a really interesting tour and funny.