Seven to 10 days is the most popular trip length for Greece travelers interested in visiting both Athens and Santorini, especially when also including Mykonos. If you're only headed to Athens and Santorini, you can enjoy a comfortably-paced trip in 5 to 7 days. With less time, it's still possible to see the highlights in as few as 4 days. For the best itineraries including Athens and Santorini, keep reading below.

How many days do you need?

  • Most travelers spend 5-7 days in Athens and Santorini combined
  • Visiting Athens and Santorini in 4 days is possible, but will feel rushed
  • With 8 or more days, most travelers choose to add more stops to their trip
  • The most common extensions are Mykonos, Naxos, and Chania

How Many Days Should You Spend in Athens?
How Many Days Should you Spend on Santorini?

Recommended Itineraries for Athens and Santorini

Recommended Itinerary for 5 Days

Aerial view of Oia on the island of Santorini.
Aerial view of Oia on the island of Santorini.
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Athens Athens
Day 2 The Acropolis & Ancient Greek Mythology & Museum Tour Athens
Day 3 Arrive in Santorini - Sightseeing Tour & Wine Tasting Santorini
Day 4 Catamaran Cruise Santorini
Day 5 Santorini to Athens - Depart Athens  


Visit two Greek classics during this 5-day tour of some of the country's most beautiful and iconic sites. You'll start in Athens, with a day to experience the Acropolis and the capital's buzzing neighborhoods. End the trip in Santorini with its white-topped cliffs and caldera views, complete with island cruising, wine tasting, and stunning sunsets to spare. Read more

Recommended Itinerary for 6 Days

The Santorini village of Oia at sunset.
The Santorini village of Oia at sunset.
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Athens Athens
Day 2 The Acropolis & Ancient Greek Mythology & Museum Tour Athens
Day 3 Athens Food Tour Athens
Day 4 Arrive in Santorini - Sightseeing Tour & Wine Tasting Santorini
Day 5 Catamaran Cruise Santorini
Day 6 Santorini to Athens - Depart Athens  


Combine ancient Athens with Santorini sunsets on this quick 6-day jaunt through a few of Greece's most stunning sights. After discovering the capital's classical treasures and gastronomic gems, you'll hop over to Santorini to finish your trip with a taste of island life—sailing its rugged coast, exploring whitewashed villages, and sampling local wines. Read more

Recommended Itinerary for 7 Days

Walk any number of streets for a view of the Acropolis
Walk any number of streets for a view of the Acropolis
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Athens Athens
Day 2 Acropolis and Ancient Greek Mythology Tour Athens
Day 3 Museums and Ancient Cooking Class Athens
Day 4 Athens to Santorini Santorini
Day 5 Santorini Tour & Wine Tasting Santorini
Day 6 Discover Prehistoric Akrotiri Santorini
Day 7 Santorini to Athens - Depart Athens  


Get to know ancient Athens and get a taste of island life on Santorini with this weeklong itinerary. Sample volcanic wine varietals in centuries-old vineyards, take a mythological tour of the capital, take a cooking class based on ancient Greek culinary methods, and more. Read more

Plan your trip to Greece
Customize your trip with help from a local travel specialist.

Extended Itineraries

8-Day Itinerary Including Mykonos

Aerial view of Oia on the island of Santorini
Aerial view of Oia on the island of Santorini
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Athens Athens
Day 2 The Acropolis & Ancient Greek Mythology & Museum Tour Athens
Day 3 Athens to Mykonos Mykonos
Day 4 Explore Authentic Mykonos Mykonos
Day 5 Mykonos to Santorini Santorini
Day 6 Catamaran Cruise Santorini
Day 7 Santorini Wine Tasting Tour Santorini
Day 8 Santorini to Athens - Depart Athens  


Hit three major hotspots on this eight-day tour of some of Greece's most iconic sites. Start in Athens before hopping a ferry to glamorous Mykonos. Here you'll explore beaches, boardwalks, and nightlife under the island's famous windmills. End the trip in Santorini with its classic white-topped cliffs and caldera views, complete with island cruising, wine tasting, and sunsets to spare. Read more

10-Day Itinerary Including Naxos 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 Naxos

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 Santorini

The distance between Athens and Santorini is 186 miles (300 km). The most convenient way to travel between them is by plane, which takes 50 minutes flying from Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (ATH). Direct flights run daily between Athens and Santorini throughout the year, with the number of flights per day increasing during the high summer season. Read more