Yoga Holiday on Tinos Island

11/02/2019

Relax and rejuvenate with an unforgettable yoga holiday on Tinos island, which is renowned for its rich historic, religious and artistic heritage. This is a trip for yogis, art-lovers, foodies and those who want to appreciate the culture, the natural beauty and the architectural highlights of Tinos. Stay in a family-run villa that boasts panoramic vistas of local scenery and the Aegean Sea. You’ll quickly find yourself immersed in Greek culture, food and lifestyle in this tranquil artist’s haven.

Day 01

Welcome to Greece! Fly into Athens International Airport where your tour guide will be waiting to escort you to the port of Rafina for the three-hour ferry trip to Tinos. Sit back and relax in the beautiful views of the Aegean. Tinos has a unique heritage of marble sculptures and monuments including castles, churches, windmills and dovecotes dating back to Venetian times. During your yoga holiday, you’ll visit some of the 40 marble-adorned villages that are scattered across terraced hillsides, misty mountain peaks and scenic bays. Arrive in time for a delicious dinner made from fresh local produce and featuring Greek specialities. Enjoy!

Accommodation: Family run villa

Day 02

Make yourself at home in our family-run villa located overlooking a pretty local village against the stunning backdrop of the blue Aegean sea. It’s an inspirational setting for your yoga holiday on Tinos. Meet your yoga instructor and warm up with an early morning session of Vinyasa flow yoga. Work up an appetite for a tasty breakfast of local organic products. Later, there’s time to relax on the veranda or go to the beach for a swim in the crystal clear waters, before an afternoon meditation session. Dinner can be enjoyed at the villa or at the local village, a short walk away.

Accommodation: Family run villa

Day 03

After a good night’s sleep, enjoy a more in-depth yoga session with Pranayama and Vinyasa movements to optimise energy and renewal. Appreciate the stunning views as you enjoy breakfast on the veranda before heading to the beach. Read and relax, or perhaps take a siesta in the early afternoon in preparation for a magical sunset walk through some of Tinos’ most iconic sights. Your guide will take you first to the ruins of St Helen’s Castle on the rugged mountain of Xombourgo. The 11th century foundations are all that remain of massive fortifications and towers that protected from pirates and enemies. The peaceful hilltop is a beautiful place to sit and enjoy a fruit snak. The breathtaking natural scenery of our walk will inspire some stops for Hatha asana yoga and meditation along the way. An optional evening out in the nearby chora (town) is a great way to participate in local culture and dining at the town’s lively bars, cafés and restaurants.

Accommodation: Family run villa

Day 04

The day will start with a series if Yin asanas to strengthen joints, tendons and ligaments. After breakfast, head out on a road trip around Tinos visiting several of the island’s most beautiful coves and beaches with time for swimming, surf lessons and chilling out. The trip will stop at some of the famous villages to admire the marble sculptures and architecture.  Stops will be made to sample local white wines and beers and you’ll also learn about locally grown herbs such as sage, thyme, oregano and chamomile. These are widely used in Greek cuisine and their healing properties are the foundation of traditional holistic medicine.

One final treat awaits with a sunset visit to Pyrgos, a village famous for its centuries-old marble carvings and monuments – one of the noted highlights of Tinos’ architecture. Our final dinner together will be in a local tavern.

Accommodation: Family run villa

Day 05

All too soon it’s time to pack your bags and be transported back to Rafina. The scenic ferry journey and transfer will end at the airport in plenty of time for your flight home.