The island of Tinos is known for its rugged landscape, sprinkled with sugar-cube houses and palatial birdhouses. A quiet retreat from its crowded and glitzy island neighbors, it’s a place where local village life thrives. Neighbors still cook for each other, preserving unique culinary traditions and adhering to the strict Greek Orthodox calendar of feasting and fasting. Tinos is also home to one of the most important religious pilgrimage sites in Greece, which, once a year, is awash in the pageantry and ritual celebration of Easter. Come Easter, the Tinos feast table—creaking under the weight of spring lamb, artichoke pies, sheep and goat’s milk cheeses, sizzling kokoretsi, minerally and fresh white wines, salads laced with foraged herbs, almond cakes and much, much more—might make you want to get up and dance, as the locals often do.
Join us as we begin in Athens and then move to Tinos, where we’ll explore the island and its unique Easter traditions through food. We’ll visit historic and religious monuments key to Easter traditions, join village celebrations, meet local artisans, and take part in the preparation of seasonal ingredients. We’ll get out for short treks to experience the landscape and track down secrets that only can be discovered on foot. With our time in Athens as a perspective on contemporary Greek life, our sojourn in Tinos will be a deep dive into the traditional culture and cuisine of Greek island life, at the most festive of moment of the year: Easter.
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The total cost of this trip is $3,465. For those traveling by themselves, single accommodations can be provided, subject to availability, at an additional cost of $260. Please contact us to request a single room.
We recommend that you arrive in Athens by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15 and depart anytime on Tuesday, April 21. If you’d like to extend your stay on either end, we’re happy to arrange extra nights and provide suggestions for things to do and see on your own.
Travelers should be reasonably fit and feel comfortable walking 3 to 5 miles over the course of each day and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. Our time on the island of Tinos includes several moderate, scenic hikes along the coastline, which will involve walking on a dirt path. Note that we will also spend time on a ferry for our transfers between Athens and Tinos.
Though spit-roasted lamb is central to the Easter feast, the Greek diet is filled with other options. We can accommodate a vegetarian and pescatarian diet. Please contact us about any specific restrictions or food allergies.
Not at all! This trip's focus on religious celebrations is more about the culture of religion and the life of the island. However, for anyone interested, there will be an opportunity to attend a Church service.