Travelers to Greece typically plan a trip for 9 to 12 days when combining both Athens and Naxos with Santorini and Mykonos. For travelers wanting to visit Athens and Naxos exclusively, plan 5 to 8 days for a well-paced trip. Check out our favorite Athens and Naxos trips below.

How many days do you need?

  • Most travelers spend 5-8 days in Athens and Naxos combined
  • With 9 or more days, most travelers choose to add more stops to their trip
  • The most common extensions are Santorini, Tinos, and Mykonos

How Many Days Should You Spend in Athens?
How Many Days Should You Spend on Naxos?

Recommended Itineraries for Athens and Naxos

Recommended Itinerary for 5 Days

Streets of the Naxos Kastro district
Streets of the Naxos Kastro district
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Athens, Welcome Dinner Athens
Day 2 Interactive Mythology Experience Athens
Day 3 Ferry to Naxos Naxos
Day 4 Beach Day on Naxos Naxos
Day 5 Naxos to Athens and Depart  


See Athens and the Cycladic island of Naxos with this five-day itinerary. Start by taking your whole family up to the Acropolis to experience the myths of Classical Greece up close, then head down to the island of Naxos to explore its former Venetian castle district and lounge on the many beaches. Read more

Recommended Itinerary for 6 Days

The famous Portara of Naxos
The famous Portara of Naxos
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Athens Athens
Day 2 The Acropolis & Ancient Greek Mythology & Museum Tour Athens
Day 3 Athens to Naxos Naxos
Day 4 Cooking Class on Naxos Naxos
Day 5 Beach Day on Naxos Naxos
Day 6 Naxos to Athens and Depart  


Experience captivating Athens and a lesser-known Cycladic island with this 6-day itinerary.  After getting your first taste of Greece in the capital city, you'll head to Naxos to experience the beaches, history, villages, and culture of the largest Cycladic isle. Read more

Recommended Itinerary for 8 Days

The famous Portara of Naxos
The famous Portara of Naxos
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Athens Athens
Day 2 The Acropolis & Ancient Greek Mythology & Museum Tour Athens
Day 3 Day Trip to Mycenae and Nafplio Athens
Day 4 Athens to Naxos Naxos
Day 5 Ancient Naxos Guided Hike Naxos
Day 6 Cooking Class on Naxos Naxos
Day 7 Beach Day on Naxos Naxos
Day 8 Naxos to Athens and Depart  


Experience captivating Athens and highlights of the nearby Peloponnese Peninsula and Cycladic Islands with this week-long itinerary.  After getting your first taste of Greece in the capital city, you'll take a day trip to legendary Mycenae and charming Nafplio. Then, head to Naxos to experience the beaches, history, villages, and culture of the largest Cycladic isle. Read more

Extended Itineraries

7-Day Itinerary Including Tinos

Cafe in Naxos town
Cafe in Naxos town
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Athens Athens
Day 2 Ferry to Tinos Tinos
Day 3 Tinian Culinary Workshop Tinos
Day 4 Ferry to Naxos Naxos
Day 5 Naxos Food Panorama Naxos
Day 6 Return to Athens, Sunset at Cape Sounion Athens
Day 7 Depart Athens  


Recline for a week in the less crowded parts of the sunny Cyclades with this seven-day itinerary. You'll start and end in Athens, visiting Tinos and Naxos in between. Tinos is home to time-honored basket-weaving methods and marble quarries that will take you back to the Classical era, while neighboring Naxos boasts an extensive agricultural scene and Venetian castle district ready to be wandered. Read more

10-Day Itinerary Including Santorini and Mykonos

Santorini rooftop foliage
Santorini rooftop foliage
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Athens, Welcome Dinner Athens
Day 2 Athens Food Tour Athens
Day 3 Athens to Santorini Santorini
Day 4 Catamaran Cruise Santorini
Day 5 Ferry to Naxos Naxos
Day 6 Naxos Beaches and Villages Bike Tour Naxos
Day 7 Cooking Class on Naxos Naxos
Day 8 Ferry to Mykonos Mykonos
Day 9 Farm Visit and Mykonian Dinner Mykonos
Day 10 Return to Athens, Depart  


Take the coast of the Cyclades from guidebook covers straight to your own social media feed with this 10-day itinerary. These famous islands have captured travelers' imaginations for centuries, and now it's your turn to explore via boat, bike, and more, whether you're riding smoothly past sunny beaches or settling in for dinner and stories on an island farm. Read more

10-Day Itinerary Including Santorini

Vouliagmeni resort area
Vouliagmeni resort area
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Athens Athens
Day 2 Guided Acropolis Visit Athens
Day 3 Vouliagmeni Coastal Town & Windsurfing Athens
Day 4 Ferry to Naxos Naxos
Day 5 Historic Naxos Hike Naxos
Day 6 Naxos to Santorini Santorini
Day 7 Free Day in Santorini Santorini
Day 8 Sea Kayaking in Santorini Santorini
Day 9 Return to Athens & Free Evening Athens
Day 10 Depart Athens  


Spend ten days amid some of the  most popular spots in Greece. You'll start off in Athens, where you'll experience the Acropolis and the shores of the Athenian Riviera. Then sail into the Cyclades, landing first at Naxos for a hike through the island's history, then continuing to Santorini to explore its beaches and enjoy the caldera views. Read more

How to travel between Athens and Naxos

The journey from Athens to the large island of Naxos in the center of the Cyclades, is 109 miles (176 km), with both by-air and by-sea options. Read more