Journey from Greece’s northern mountains to the fascinating Andros and Tinos islands in the Aegean. Meeting in Thessaloniki we have easy access to Mt Olympus. Here we explore ancient walking trails, the Dion Archaeological Park and monastery. Continuing to Meteora we have two days to wander the precipitously built, World Heritage-listed monastery complex. At Delphi, the proclaimed ‘centre of the Earth’, we delve into Greek mythology before embarking on a rewarding walk on the slopes of Mt Parnassus. Our stay in Athens follows the footsteps of Greek philosophers as we explore the Acropolis and National Archaeological Museum. We then travel by ferry to the island of Andros, the most northerly of the Cyclades group in the Aegean and our base for three nights. We take in the splendour of Easter celebrations where each village comes alive with colourful Holy-Week parades, spring aromas, scents from delicious local dishes and island-style music. We also enjoy scenic walks among cypress trees to coves and whitewashed villages with jasmine-covered houses. Another medieval path climbs steadily to the Byzantine Panachrandou monastery beneath Gerakonas Mountain. Of course, there is time to plunge into the cool waters of the Aegean, sit with locals to taste homemade delicacies at seaside cantinas and toast glorious sunsets. We travel a short distance by ferry to nearby Tinos Island, our base for three nights. The island is known for its painters and sculptors, the pilgrimage church of Panagia Evangelistria, windmills and dovecotes (pigeon houses). Our walks follow ancient Roman paths through moonlike landscapes to discover rocky fortress ruins, traditional handicraft villages and white washed chapels along the way. We return by ferry to Athens airport after 16 days travelling from north to south.