With multiple weeks in Greece, you can truly do it all, returning home with memories of the mainland and a number of islands. History-minded travelers can begin and end in Athens before visiting the sacred sites of Delos near Mykonos, prehistoric Akrotiri in Santorini, and the Palace of Knossos on Crete. Or, spend your time hopping between the Cycladic islands at an easy pace, experiencing the beaches, outdoor activities, and culture of each.

#1 Historic Mainland, Cyclades, and Crete

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1-5  Arrival in Athens Athens
Day 6-7 Explore Mykonos Mykonos
Day 8-9 Naxos: Culture, History, and Beaches Naxos
Day 10 Naxos to Santorini Santorini
Day 11-12  Explore Crete Heraklion
Day 13-14 Chania: Gardens and Villages Chania
Day 15 Athens Athens
Day 16-19 Napflio: Hikes and Mainland History Napflio
Day 20 Napflio to Athens Athens
Day 21 Depart Athens  

Travel through the rich mythology and history of Classical Greece from the mainland to the islands and back. You'll start and end in Athens, beginning by taking in the city from above from the Acropolis and its famous Parthenon. Then down into the islands, with stops at the sacred site of Delos off of Mykonos, prehistoric Akrotiri in Santorini, and the Palace of Knossos on Crete. Return to the mainland to see the Cyclopean walls of Mycenae, stroll the stadium grounds at Olympia, and more before your return to the modern era. Learn more

#2 Laidback Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, and Santorini

Take a day trip to Nemea Winery
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1-5 Athens: Culinary tours and Day Trips Athens
Day 6-8 Tinos: Marble Route and Beaches Tinos
Day 9-11 Explore Mykonos Mykonos
Day 12-14 Explore Santorini Santorini
Day 15-19 Crete: Gardens, Villages, and Beaches Chania
Day 20 Return to Athens Athens
Day 21 Depart Athens  

Find some island sunshine and serenity with this itinerary. You'll start in Athens, sampling the street food and cycling past the city's famous landmarks, before you head to sea. Stop in petite Tinos first, frequent pilgrimage site and home to centuries of marble carvers. Then head to Mykonos to recline on the beach before ferrying over to Santorini for a boat cruise through the volcanic caldera. You'll continue in Crete, with turquoise lagoons and botanical gardens making sure you're fully blissed out before you go back to Athens. Learn more

#3 Mainland Greece Adventure

Road to Zagori
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1-4 Athens: Mythology, Street Art, and Bike Rides Athens
Day 5 Fishing Boat Adventure in the Saronic Gulf Athens
Day 6-7 Meteora: Monsatery Tour and Hike Kalabaka
Day 8-11 Zagori: Hiking, Rafting, and Cooking Zagori
Day 12 Explore Nafpaktos Nafpaktos
Day 13 Triple Swim in the Peloponnese Xylokastro
Day 14-19 Napflio: Kayak, Cycle, Shephard for a Day Napflio
Day 20 Return to Athens Athens
Day 21 Athens  

Clamber over the corners of mainland Greece on this three-week itinerary. You'll start by experiencing the Classical myths and modern street art of Athens. Then make your way out of the capital and up to the sky-high Meteora monasteries and Zagori mountain villages, where you'll learn to cook like a local. Hop in the waters of the Peloponnese before you end your trip in seaside Nafplio, home to biking, kayaking, and the chance to channel your inner Pan as a shepherd for a day. Learn more

#4 Greek Panorama from Athens to Crete

Red Beach, Santorini
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1-3 Athens: Mythology and Bike Tours Athens
Day 4-6 Mykonos Farm Visit, Bike Ride, Delos Day Trip Mykonos
Day 7-8 Explore Santorini Santorini
Day 9-10 Travel to Crete, Knossos Tour Heraklion
Day 11-13 Crete: Explore Chania, Samaria Gorge Trek Chania
Day 14-16 Day Trips to Delphi and Meteora Athens
Day 17-20 Explore Napflio Napflio
Day 21 Depart Athens  

Three weeks gives you enough time to take in Greece from all angles. Survey the city of Athens from atop the Acropolis before you move to Mykonos and Santorini for farm dinners and caldera cruises. Crete awaits next, full of stone villages to explore, before you return to the mainland to travel back in time to famous spots like Delphi, Meteora, and Mycenae. Learn more

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Map of 3 Weeks in Greece - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
Map of 3 Weeks in Greece - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas