How to Spend One Week in Greece

There is a very good reason why Greece is an incredibly popular country to visit. There are so many things to do here that you can fill your days with a variety of activities and never run out of plans. This is both a blessing and a curse when you have time constraints. When your visit is only limited to a week, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out what to do.

Aside from choosing one destination in Greece and spending the whole week there, such as Athens or one of the islands, developing an itinerary that includes more than one destination can be overwhelming. Here is a sample itinerary that includes Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini, three of Greece’s most popular destinations:

Athens (2 Days)

On Day 1, you will fly into Athens and then spend two nights here. During this time, you might be able to visit the Parthenon and do some sightseeing, but it will all depend on when you arrive in the city. Even if all you have time for is a delicious meal, you’ll be ahead of the game. Consider spending some time shopping, as well. In order to get the most of your time in the city, consider taking a guided tour. After your two nights are over, you will depart for Mykonos.

Mykonos (2 Days)

There are two basic options for you in terms of how to get from Athens to Mykonos – you can either take a ferry or an airplane. The option you choose will depend on your budget and your needs. Once on the island, you can spend your time enjoying the legendary nightlife, lounging on popular beaches like Super Paradise Beach, learning about history, and eating delicious meals.

Although it does have a reputation as being an island filled with parties, it is also a great family destination. Many of the beaches are family-friendly and there are plenty of things here that children will enjoy doing. You might also want to join a tour of some of the main sites while here to make the best use of your time.

Santorini (2 Days)

Because Mykonos and Santorini are part of the same island group, you can easily take a ferry from Mykonos to Santorini. However, Santorini also has an airport so flying is also an option. Once on the island, you will see why it is such a popular destination. Santorini is one of the most unique islands in Greece because of its volcanic history.

While here, there are some activities you won’t want to miss. Spend plenty of time gazing at the caldera, especially at sunset. There are also opportunities for shopping, browsing museums and art galleries, and enjoying the scenery. There is also a nightlife scene here, although the parties aren’t as robust as those that are found on Mykonos.

After that, you’ll head back to Athens by ferry or airplane, where you’ll eventually depart. Although this itinerary doesn’t cover everything in Greece, it does give the opportunity to visit three of its main destinations.