Ten to 14 days is the most popular trip length for travelers interested in visiting Athens, Naxos, and Ios, especially when also including Tinos and Syros in the itinerary. If you're only headed to Athens, Naxos, and Ios, you can enjoy a comfortably-paced trip in 7 to 8 days. Even travelers with limited time can see the highlights in as few as 5 or 6 days. Check out our favorite Athens, Naxos, and Ios trips below.

How many days do you need?

  • Most travelers spend 7-8 days in Athens, Naxos, and Ios combined
  • Visiting Athens, Naxos, and Ios in 5 or 6 days is possible, but will feel rushed
  • With 9 or more days, most travelers choose to add more stops to their trip
  • The most common extensions are Tinos and Santorini

How Many Days Should You Spend in Athens?
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Recommended Itineraries for Athens, Naxos, and Ios

Recommended Itinerary for 7 Days

The port in Naxos
The port in Naxos
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Athens, Welcome Dinner Athens
Day 2 Ferry to Naxos Naxos
Day 3 Ancient Naxos Guided Hike Naxos
Day 4 Ferry to Ios Ios
Day 5 Canoe Trip in Mylopotas Bay Ios
Day 6 Return to Athens, Afternoon Bike Ride Athens
Day 7 Depart Athens  


This week-long itinerary through the Cyclades will take you to some of the most beautiful sites on Naxos and Ios. In between wandering the lanes of the charming main towns and lounging on the beaches, you'll trek through the hills to ancient sites and paddle over Aegean waves on a canoe safari. Back in Athens, take to the streets on a bike tour of sights both old and new to wrap up your Greek adventure. Read more

Recommended Itinerary for 8 Days

A view from the hills of Ios
A view from the hills of Ios
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Athens, Welcome Dinner Athens
Day 2 Ferry to Naxos Naxos
Day 3 Ancient Naxos Guided Hike Naxos
Day 4 Scuba Diving in Naxos Naxos
Day 5 Ferry to Ios Ios
Day 6 Canoe Trip in Mylopotas Bay Ios
Day 7 Return to Athens, Afternoon Bike Ride Athens
Day 8 Depart Athens  


Adventure awaits on this thrilling itinerary through the Cyclades. Spend just over a week exploring Naxos and Ios by hiking through the hills, diving in the sea, and paddling over the Aegean waves to secluded beaches. Top it all off with an exciting bike ride in and around Athens, where you'll see all the sights. Read more

Extended Itineraries

9-Day Itinerary Including Tinos

The Naxos Portara
The Naxos Portara
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 Ferry to Ios Ios
Day 7 Sikinos Island Tour & Wine Tasting Ios
Day 8 Return to Athens, Sunset at Cape Sounion Athens
Day 9 Depart Athens  


Take nine days to find tranquility in some of the lesser-known but no less soothing Cyclades with this itinerary. You'll start and end in Athens, ferrying out to Tinos, Naxos, and Ios for a different culinary experience on every island under the Aegean sun.  Read more

10-Day Itinerary Including Tinos and Syros

Boats at Naxos port
Boats at Naxos port
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Athens Athens
Day 2 Travel to Syros Syros
Day 3 Ferry to Tinos Tinos
Day 4 Tinian Culinary Workshop Tinos
Day 5 Ferry to Naxos Naxos
Day 6 Naxos Food Panorama Naxos
Day 7 Ferry to Ios Ios
Day 8 Sikinos Island Tour & Wine Tasting Ios
Day 9 Return to Athens, Sunset at Cape Sounion Athens
Day 10 Depart Athens  


These four Cycladic islands haven't graced as many guidebook covers as their glitzier cousins, but that just means there's more here for you to discover without battling hordes of selfie sticks. Take 10 days to tour Syros, Tinos, Naxos, and Ios on this itinerary, with pilgrimage sites, culinary experiences, and more. Read more

12-Day Itinerary Including Santorini and Mykonos

Get curious about the Cyclades
Get curious about the Cyclades
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Athens Athens
Day 2 Athens to Mykonos Mykonos
Day 3 Explore Authentic Mykonos Mykonos
Day 4 Day Trip to Delos Mykonos
Day 5 Ferry to Naxos Naxos
Day 6 Cooking Class on Naxos Naxos
Day 7 Naxos to Ios Ios
Day 8 Ios Village Tour Ios
Day 9 Ios to Santorini Santorini
Day 10 Santorini Tour & Wine Tasting Santorini
Day 11 Discover Prehistoric Akrotiri Santorini
Day 12 Santorini to Athens - Depart Athens  


Visit four distinct islands in Greece's most famous archipelago with this 12-day itinerary. Shop the glamorous boutiques of Mykonos, take a cooking workshop on cultural hotspot Naxos, experience village life on tiny Ios, and soak in the sun (and sunsets) of Santorini. Along the way, you'll enjoy lots of Greek history, glorious beach time, and pretty ferry rides across the Aegean sea. Read more