Itinerary for Greece & Greek Islands

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: March 7, 2023

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Itinerary for the Greek Islands
Santorini – Amazing volcano views, boat tours, wine tours.
Mykonos – Great beaches and nightlife.
Crete – History, good beaches, authentic Greek towns, good hiking.
Naxos – Great beaches, good hiking, interesting history, traditional Greek villages.
Paros – Great beaches, trendy dining and nightlife.
Corfu – Great beaches, stunning scenery, and wonderful historic Corfu Town.
Zakynthos – Good beaches and scenery (just avoid the package tourism).
Rhodes – Great beaches and wonderful medieval Rhodes Town.
Kos – Very touristy but still enjoyable. Good for biking.
• Less-touristy Greek Islands: Sifnos, Ikaria, Folegandros, Milos, Lesvos, Samos, Karpathos.
• I’ve ignored most of Mainland Greece for this itinerary but it’s a wonderfully diverse area that could easily fill two weeks of magical sights and experiences.

Itinerary for Greece and Greek Islands.

5 Days in Greece

  • Athens – 1 Full Day
  • Santorini, Mykonos, Paros, or Naxos – remainder of time

1 Week in Greece

  • Athens – 1 Full Day
  • Mykonos, Paros, or Naxos – 3 Days
  • Santorini – 3 Days

10 Days in Greece

  • Athens – 1 Full Day
  • Mykonos – 3 Days
  • Paros or Naxos – 3 Days
  • Santorini – 3 Days

2 Weeks in Greece

  • Athens – 2 Full Days
  • Nafplio or Delphi day trip – 1 Day
  • Mykonos – 3 Days
  • Paros – 2 Days
  • Naxos – 2 Days
  • Santorini – 4 Days

3 Weeks in Greece

  • Athens – 2 Full Days
  • Nafplio, Delphi, or Meteora – 1 or 2 Days
  • Mykonos – 3 Days
  • Paros – 2 Days
  • Naxos – 3 Days
  • Milos, Folegandros, or Sifnos – 2 Days
  • Santorini – 4 Days
  • Agios Nikolaos (Crete) – 2 Days
  • Chania (Crete) – 3 Days

Greece Itinerary: Top 5 Highlights

1. The Santorini Caldera

Itinerary for Greek Islands

Santorini is the most magical and unique Greek island. Boat tours of the volcanic caldera are a highlight of any trip to Greece.

2. The Beaches of Naxos (and Many Greek Islands)

Itinerary for Naxos.

There are many Greek islands with fantastic beaches (Mykonos, Milos, Paros, and Crete) but no island has a better beach scene than Naxos.

3. The Parthenon and Acropolis in Athens

Itinerary for Athens, Greece.

Athens has lots to see in a compact area. The Plaka, Acropolis and Acropolis Museum are where you should spend most of your time.

4. The Beach Clubs & Nightlife of Mykonos

Itinerary for Mykonos in Greece.

Mykonos is the place to go for an ideal mix of great beaches, beach clubs, and nightlife.

5. The Town of Chania in Crete

Itinerary for Crete.

Chania is a charming town on the island of Crete (the largest Greek island). Both Chania and Heraklio have many international flights to other cities in Europe which make it a great place to start or finish your holiday vacation. And Crete has many amazing tours.

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