10 Days In Greece

A Dream In Blue and White

 

Trip Cost ($ – $$$): $$

Time to Hit the Highlights: 10 days

Must See: Parthenon, Santorini Old Capitol, hiking to Oia, Little Venice in Mykonos

Time of the Year to Visit: Spring – Fall

Audience: Everyone

 

Enjoy breakfast on your own veranda in Santorini

 

About Greece

  • Greece seems to be on everyone’s bucket list, and for good reason! No one has regretted a getaway to this country and its islands. You’ll be swept away by the ancient greek history, delectable food, kind people and incredible views. Whether you’re exploring the mainland or island hopping, you’ll be satisfied with your trip.
  • There is a lot to do throughout Greece, so based on our own experience we’ve created a trip guide on how to spend 10 days in country. While this doesn’t cover the all of Greece, it’s a great way to start, as Greece is one of those places you’ll want to come back to again and again.
  • You can learn more about Greece on the country’s website here: http://www.visitgreece.gr/

 

Getting There

  • There are many airlines that will take you Greece. Athens is the preferable city to fly in to as it is has the most flights in and out to international and domestic Greece destinations.
  • Once your in country, Aegean Airlines will be the best option to take you around the country and to the islands.

 

Being There

Day 1 & 2 – Athens

History around every corner

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Explore the Parthenon at the famous Acropolis in Athens

 

Arrive in Athens and head to the airport train station to take the Metro Line 3 to the City Center/Syntagma Station. The ride should be about 40 minutes.If the train is broken or on strike, you can grab a taxi or an Uber to the city center which will cost anywhere from 35€ – 50€. You will be dropped right in Syntagma Square which is central to many great sights.

Great neighborhoods to stay:

  • Syntagma Square – centrally located and close to public transit
  • Plaka – most popular place to stay, close to museums and archeological sites
  • Psirri – great nightlife, but still close to the main sites for visitors

 

Spend your time exploring:

  • Walk up to the Acropolis and see the Parthenon to learn more about ancient Greek history. You can also step into the Acropolis Museum for more knowledge.
  • Walk through the streets of Plaka, the oldest neighborhood in Athens that is oozing with Mediterranean charm.
  • Take the train or enjoy a hike up Mount Lycabettus to see Athens from new heights.
  • Explore the Central Market (also known as the Public Market, Dimotiki Agora or Varvakios Agora) where you can pick up a snack or just revel in the lively atmosphere.
  • For a less crowded historical exploration, take in the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the surrounding park.

 

Day 3-5 – Santorini        

Relaxation at its finest

The whites and blues of Oia

 

Take the train or taxi back to the Athens airport for your flight on Aegean Airlines to Santorini. Once on the island, your hotel will likely pick you up from the airport, so be sure to communicate your flight number and arrival time with them. If you’re on your own you can either rent a car or take a taxi to your destination.

Great places to stay:

  • Oia – the ideal location for sunsets, located on the tip of Santorini, Oia is a nice town with many restaurants, shops and hotels, but also a big destination for most visitors.
  • Imerovigli – located between Oia and Fira (walking distance), Imerovigli provides a quieter experience within reach of the fun of Fira.
  • Fira – located in the middle of the island Fira has a lot of shopping, restaurants, bars and hotels, but this is also where the cruise ships come in.

 

Hike the old capital for great views

 

Spend your time exploring:

  • Walk to the old capital of Santorini and hike the little island to the white and blue church
  • Spend the day hiking to between Fira and Oia (don’t forget sunscreen!).
  • Shop the streets of Fira where there are lots of fun shops where you can purchase anything from sun hats to local treasures.
  • Catch the sunset in Oia, where the world opens up and the sunset is expansive.
  • Charter a boat or rent some kayaks to travel around the island and see it from a new point of view.
  • Create your own wine tour or grab a guide to take you around the islands wineries
  • Most importantly, enjoy a meal or a few drinks at your villa and enjoy the views!

 

Day 6-8 – Mykonos    

Sun all day, party all night

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Looking at Little Venice from the Windmills

 

Jump on the high speed boat for a quick trip from Santorini to Mykonos. Your hotel may be willing to pick you up from the dock, so be sure to communicate with them about your arrival beforehand. Otherwise you can grab a taxi to take you to wherever you are staying.

Great places to stay:

  • Chora/Mykonos Town – as the “big” town on the island, this is where most of the action is. It is a great place to stay in and around with a variety of accommodation options.
  • Kalafatis – this is the spot for the luxury resorts which you’ll find 7 miles from Chora on the east end of the island.

 

The ruins on the island of Delos

 

Spend your time exploring:

  • Snap some photos at the seven 16th century windmills that once milled wheat, but are now the perfect backdrop for your Instagram.
  • Walk through the crowded Little Venice and take a seat right on the water to enjoy a drink.
  • Take the ferry to the island of Delos where you can walk through the incredible ruins of this once vibrant city.
  • Go on a hunt for Mykonos’ local celebrity, Petros! He’s a large, light pink pelican who is loved by the locals.
  • Walk the streets of Mykonos and stop in at little shops or enjoy the beautiful homes along the way. Careful, it can be a maze! Don’t be afraid to ask for directions.
  • Head to the beach!
    • Try Megali Ammos for a short walk from town, but more crowds.
    • For summer parties and watersports go to Psarou Beach.
    • Or if you’re looking for a party that is more clothing option, then Paradise Beach may be for you.
    • If you want to stay away from the crowds and don’t mind rougher water, then grab a ride up to the northern beaches where you’ll discover the untouched Mykonos.

 

Day 9 – Athens          

Last stop before home

The Old Royal Palace in Syntagma Square

 

Fly Aegean Airlines back to Athens the day before your international departure to ensure that you don’t miss your big flight home. You can use this time to stay in a new neighborhood and see any sights you missed at the beginning of the trip!

 

Day 10 – Fly Home

Take off

If you have time before your flight, stock up on your favorite Greek eats before the plane ride home.

 

Eating There

  • There are so many delicious food options in Greece and you will not be disappointed or hungry.
  • With so many great options, you’ll have to make sure you try a few of our favorite local dishes at least once:
    • Souvlaki
    • Saganaki
    • Mousakka
    • Tzatziki
    • Dolmathakia
    • Spanakopita
    • Loukoumades
    • Halvasi
  • A few of our favorite spots throughout Greece included:

 

More Information

  • Some places will take USD in Athens, but less so on the islands. As always it is preferable to pay in the local currency so it is best to use your credit/debit cards and have euros on hand.
  • You can exchange money before you arrive or once you’re in country, we personally prefer to just take currency out of the ATM as we need it. Just make sure your bank won’t charge you extra for international cash withdrawals.
  • Don’t forget sunscreen!!
  • The streets of Mykonos and Santorini can be winding and hard to conquer (especially Mykonos!). Try to carry a map, plan where you’re going, and when in doubt don’t be afraid to ask for directions.
  • Sometimes places shut down or workers go on strike, don’t let this ruin your trip! You’re in a beautiful place with so much to see. Enjoy your time there!

 

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