Ten days in Greece is an excellent amount of time to delve into a highlights tour that features Athens, Crete, and three picturesque Cyclades islands. You can also cater the adventure to your interests. Choose a luxury gastronomy tour to uncover the best food of the mainland, Santorini, and Naxos, or a fast-paced trip featuring the ancient sites of Olympia, Meteora, and Crete. Adventure lovers can kayak and hike around the country, while sailing enthusiasts hop between the Cyclades by private yacht.

Itinerary #1: Luxury Highlights of Greece: Athens, Mykonos, Naxos, Santorini & Crete

Discover for yourself why Greek vacations are synonymous with luxury on this well-rounded highlights itinerary. Between a private walking tour of the Acropolis, a sunset catamaran experience off the coast of Mykonos, and a day dedicated to beach and winery hopping in Santorini, you'll not only see the best of Greece but also experience it from incredible vantage points. Plus, with 5-star accommodations to look forward to for the duration of your tour, even nights promise to be memory-book worthy.

Luxurious accommodations await as you hop your way across Mykonos, Santorini and Crete
Luxurious accommodations await as you hop your way across Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Athens, Tour the Acropolis & Acropolis Museum Athens
Day 2 Driving Tour of the Athenian Riviera: Temple of Poseidon & Fine Dining  Athens
Day 3 Ferry to Mykonos, Oysters & Bubbles Shellfish Experience Mykonos
Day 4 Luxury Catamaran Sunset Cruise, Evening Walking Tour Mykonos
Day 5 Ferry to Naxos, Highlights of Naxos Island Tour  Naxos
Day 6 Ferry to Santorini, Seaside Dinner at Lycabettus Restaurant Santorini
Day 7 Santorini Guided Island Tour: Beaches, Wine Tastings & Historic Sites  Santorini
Day 8 Ferry to Crete, Explore the Capital City of Heraklion Heraklion
Day 9 Guided Excursion to Knossos Palace & Heraklion Archaeological Museum Heraklion
Day 10 Depart Heraklion  

Welcome to Greece! There's no better place to start this luxury-infused classic tour than in Athens, and with two days here, you'll have plenty of time to tour the Acropolis, explore the Athenian Riviera's archaeological wonders, and relax with a wine in hand. Then, on the morning of Day 3, transfer by high-speed ferry to Mykonos and check into the lavish Cavo Tagoo Mykonos for a two-night stay. Spend that evening indulging in the islands' best seafood dishes, which will ensure you're fueled up for the following day's private catamaran adventure and sunset walking tour.

From Mykonos, hop over to Naxos, where you'll spend a day between the Temple of Demeter, a citron distillery, and the marble village of Apeiranthos. Then, ferry to Santorini and settle in for two days of ultimate indulgence. Your accommodation here, Canaves Oia Suites, might be difficult to leave, but with fine dining, a visit to the ancient Akrotiri, and the dramatic Red Beach all on your itinerary, you'll have good reason to. Afterward, continue by ferry to Crete and wrap up your trip with insightful tours of Knossos Palace and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Luxury Greek Gastronomy Tour: Athens, Nafplio, Santorini & Naxos

From perfectly marinated souvlaki to decadent baklava, Greek cuisine is beyond exceptional, and on this 10-day gastronomy tour, you'll get to indulge in the best of the best. Notable highlights include a private wine-tasting session in Athens, a sunset dinner cruise in Santorini, and a cheesemaking workshop on a charming Naxos farm. In addition, with numerous ancient ruins to explore, cities to roam, and beaches to stroll, you'll have no problem finding your appetite. 

Experience the best in Greek wine and cuisine on this 10-day luxury tour
Experience the best in Greek wine and cuisine on this 10-day luxury tour
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Athens, Welcome Dinner with Acropolis View Athens
Day 2 Explore the Acropolis, Foodie Tour & Wine Tasting Athens
Day 3 Transfer to Nafplio, Self-Guided City Tour, Dine with a Private Chef  Nafplio
Day 4 Nafplio Sightseeing Excursion, Nemea Winery Tour & Tasting Nafplio
Day 5 Fly to Santorini, Evening of Dinner & Wine Santorini
Day 6 Santorini Wine Tour, Luxury Sunset Catamaran Cruise & Barbecue Santorini
Day 7 Ferry to Naxos, Flavors of Naxos Old Town Tour Naxos
Day 8 Naxos Island Tour, Farm Visit with Wine & Cheese Tasting  Naxos
Day 9 Return to Athens, Excursion Along the Athenian Riviera & Dinner  Athens
Day 10 Depart Athens  

Upon landing in Athens, you'll immediately be introduced to the city's lavish side while refreshing at the 5-star Dolli Hotel and taking part in a private wine-tasting session. Then, explore the Acropolis and tuck into local restaurants alongside guides before transferring to the charming coastal city of Nafplio. On arrival, explore the city's Old Town independently, which will ensure your appetite is ready for a decadent dinner prepared by a private chef. The following day, venture to the wine region of Nemea and learn about its connection to Greek mythology. 

The second half of your culinary adventure features the stunning islands of the Cyclades, starting with a two-night stay on Santorini. While the island is most famous for its incredible sunsets, its cuisine is equally as remarkable, and you'll get to experience both during a luxury catamaran dinner cruise. Next, transfer to Naxos by ferry, where two delightful days of dining, beach hopping, and strolling amid whitewashed villages await. Afterward, return to Athens and squeeze in a private tour along the Athenian Riviera and an indulgent dinner before catching your departing flight. Learn more

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Itinerary #3: Luxury Journey Through Ancient Greece: Athens, Crete & Peloponnese

Immerse yourself in the ancient wonders of classical Greece on this cultural odyssey that's been perfectly wrapped in luxury. Those with an affinity for history and the finer things in life will particularly love this tour, especially considering it includes time in Olympia, on storied Crete, and amid the awe-inspiring monasteries of Meteora. In between history-infused excursions, relax and rewind while dining at top-notch restaurants, sipping wine in dreamy vineyards, and spending nights at 5-star accommodations.

See ancient sites including the Amphitheater with a tour of Athens' iconic Acropolis
See ancient sites, including the Amphitheater, with a tour of Athens' iconic Acropolis
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Athens, Tour the Acropolis, Cocktails in Plaka Athens
Day 2 Best of Ancient & Modern Athens, Tasting Menu at Aleria Restaurant Athens
Day 3 Fly to Heraklion, Sunset Cruise to Dia Island Heraklion
Day 4 Transfer to Chania, Knossos Palace, Local Villages & Winery Tour Chania
Day 5 Fly to Athens, Tour Mycenae, Highlights of Nafplio, Transfer to Olympia Olympia
Day 6 Walk in the Footsteps of Olympiads at Ancient Olympia, Transfer to Galaxidi Galaxidi
Day 7 Tour of Galaxidi, Highlights of Delphi & Amfissa, Transfer to Meteora Meteora
Day 8 Explore the Meteora Area, Vineyard Wine Tasting, Meteora Sunset Drive Meteora
Day 9 Discover Meteora's Monasteries, Transfer to Athens Athens
Day 10 Depart Athens  

Your adventure begins in Athens, and considering there are thousands of years of history to uncover here, you'll pack your two-day stay with guided tours of the Parthenon, the Athena Nike, the ancient Agora, and more. Then, bid farewell for now to the mainland and catch a flight to Crete. Your first destination here is Heraklion, which provides an excellent base to embark on a catamaran cruise to the island of Dia and tour the Palace of Knossos. You'll also spend an afternoon hopping between Venetian villages and overnight in Chania's delightful Domus Renier Boutique Hotel before returning to Athens. 

Back on the mainland, spend the following five days exploring sights linked to Greek mythology. Walk in the footsteps of King Agamemnon, tour the Archaeological Site of Ancient Olympia, and meander amid ruins that were once home to the priestesses of Apollo. In between, rejuvenate at accommodations selected for their charm, including the 19th-century Ganimede Hotel and the Ananti City Resort. Then, with your trip winding down, spend two days exploring the dramatic landscapes and monasteries of Meteora before transferring back to Athens to catch your departing flight. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Luxury & Adventure in Greece: Athens, Crete & Santorini

On this outdoor-oriented luxury trip, you'll experience the wonders of Greece on foot, by catamaran, and with a paddle in hand. Crafted for travelers who love not just seeing, but also immersing themselves in their surroundings, you can look forward to unique activities that capture the essence of each destination. Dine under the Acropolis, kayak to the Poseidon Temple, witness Santorini's famed sunset from the sea, and hike through the dramatic Samaria River Gorge. 

Combine outdoor adventures with plenty of luxurious downtime in Santorini (photo courtesy of Andronis Concept-Wellness Resort))
Outdoor adventures meet luxurious downtime in Santorini (photo courtesy of Andronis Concept-Wellness Resort)
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Athens, Welcome Dinner with Acropolis View Athens
Day 2 Sea Kayaking Tour of Sounio & Poseidon Temple, Athenian Riviera Dinner Athens
Day 3 Fly to Chania, Old Town Cultural Walking Tour, Food & Wine Tastings Chania
Day 4 Hiking Fun in Samaria River Gorge, Authentic Cretan Dinner Chania
Day 5 Transfer to Heraklion, Explore the City, Farm-to-Table Dining Experience Heraklion
Day 6 Guided Excursion to Lassithi Plateau: Cave of Zeus & Knossos Palace  Heraklion
Day 7 Ferry to Santorini, Evening of Dinner & Wine Santorini
Day 8 Free Morning to Explore, Sunset Catamaran Cruise & Barbecue  Santorini
Day 9 Guided Hike of Santorini's Caldera, Farm Picnic in Oia Santorini
Day 10 Depart Santorini  

Beyond its mindblowing history and stunning vistas, Greece is filled to the brim with adventure activities, and Athens, your home for the first two nights, is the perfect place to discover this for yourself. Climb up to the Acropolis, sea kayak off Cape Sounio, and explore the Temple of Poseidon. Next, catch a flight to Chania, on the island of Crete, and take your adventurous spirit to the streets for a food and wine-tasting tour. Spend the following day hiking amid the narrow Samaria River Gorge, then transfer to Heraklion, also on Crete, and check into the Manili Boutique Suites and Villas for a two-night stay.

Heraklion itself is a fascinating city, with impressive fortresses and Venetian architecture, and it also serves as your base to explore the Cave of Zeus and Knossos Palace. Yet, it's hard to ignore the call of the sea, and next, you'll find yourself on Santorini. The last leg of your itinerary is all about slowing down and taking in the beauty around you, and it starts with your luxe accommodation, the Andronis Concept-Wellness Resort. When you're not relaxing in your plunge pool, watch the sun sink into the sea onboard a catamaran, hike between cliff-perched houses, and enjoy a picnic lunch in Oia. Learn more

Itinerary #5: Luxury Sailing in the Cyclades: Santorini, Paros & Mykonos

Those with an affinity for the sea will find this private sailing experience a dream turned reality. Multi-night stays at 5-star accommodations in Santorini, Paros, and Mykonos ensure you're well-rested and looked after throughout, while full days on the water introduce you to beaches, bays, and caves reachable only by boat. You can also look forward to an attentive crew, a captain happy to cater each day to your interests, and access to endless insider knowledge that allows you to explore each destination like a local.

Your luxury sailing adventure sets off from Santorini
Your luxury sailing adventure sets off from Santorini
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Athens, Neighborhood Gems Tour, Sunset Dinner Athens
Day 2 Fly to Santorini, Cruise Around the Caldera Santorini
Day 3 Day Cruise to Ios, Relax on Maganari Beach & Explore the Island  Santorini
Day 4 Day Cruise to Anafi, Explore the Island, Santorini Sunset Wine Tasting  Santorini
Day 5 Sail to Paros, Explore Naousa Paros
Day 6 Day Cruise to Antiparos via Panteronisia & Despotiko Paros
Day 7 Day Cruise to Naxos, Visit the Small Cyclades Paros
Day 8 Sail to Mykonos via Rhenia & Delos Mykonos
Day 9 Cruise Mykonos' Best Beaches, Lunch at Kalafatis Bay, Island Village Tour Mykonos
Day 10 Depart Mykonos  

Your adventure kicks off with a fascinating day in Athens, checking out hidden gems known only to locals and tucking into tiny sweet shops. Then, fly to Santorini the following morning, where your eight-day sailing excursion begins. The luxurious Beneteau Oceanis will be your mode of transportation for sailing trips, while opulent hotels serve as your base for overnights. The first of these is the 5-star Canaves Oia Epitome, and you'll have plenty of time to enjoy its unmatched amenities between outings to Santorini's Red Beach and White Beach, the dreamy island of los, and the unspoiled tiny island of Anafi.

Bid farewell to Santorini on the morning of Day 5 and set sail to Paros, where a delightful three-day stay at the chic Hotel Andronis Minois awaits. Between rejuvenating evenings here, your expert sailing crew will spoil you with trips to the charming town of Naousa, the neighboring island of Antiparos, and the hidden beaches on Naxos. Then, pack up your belongings and sail to your final destination, Mykonos. Here, you'll dedicate an afternoon to sailing between pristine beaches and bays and join a local guide to visit picturesque villages before prepping for your departing flight. Learn more

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Map of 10 Days in Greece - 5 Luxury Itinerary Ideas
Map of 10 Days in Greece - 5 Luxury Itinerary Ideas