Most travelers will find that 7 to 10 days is perfect for a well-paced Greece trip with stops in Athens, Santorini, and Mykonos. Travelers with less time can hit the route's highlights in 4 to 6 days, which makes for a fast-paced journey. Or, extend your trip and explore more of the country—some of the best-loved trip extensions include Naxos, Chania, or Elounda. Get inspired with our Athens, Santorini, and Mykonos trip ideas below.

How many days do you need?

  • Most travelers spend 7-10 days in Athens, Santorini, and Mykonos combined
  • Visiting Athens, Santorini, and Mykonos in 4-6 days is possible, but will feel rushed
  • With 11 or more days, most travelers choose to add more stops to their trip 
  • The most common extensions are Naxos, Chania, and Elounda

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Recommended Itineraries for Athens, Santorini, and Mykonos

Recommended Itinerary for 7 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 Athens to Mykonos Mykonos
Day 3 Explore Authentic Mykonos Mykonos
Day 4 Mykonos to Santorini Santorini
Day 5 Catamaran Cruise Santorini
Day 6 Santorini Wine Tasting Tour Santorini
Day 7 Santorini to Athens - Depart Athens  


Pair historic Athens with the sun-soaked beaches of the Cycladic isles with this weeklong adventure. Begin in the Greek capital with the Acropolis and a local neighborhood tour. From here, ferry to Mykonos for relaxation and nightlife under the island's famous windmills. The grand finale is Santorini—gleaming white cliffs, caldera views, sunset cruising, and wine tasting await. Read more

Recommended Itinerary for 8 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 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

Recommended Itinerary for 9 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 Athens to Mykonos Mykonos
Day 4 Explore Authentic Mykonos Mykonos
Day 5 Mykonos Beach Day Mykonos
Day 6 Mykonos to Santorini Santorini
Day 7 Catamaran Cruise Santorini
Day 8 Santorini Wine Tasting Tour Santorini
Day 9 Santorini to Athens - Depart Athens  


Hit three major hotspots on this nine-day tour of some of Greece's most beautiful and iconic sites. You'll start in Athens, with a full day to experience the Acropolis and buzzing neighborhoods before hopping a ferry to glamorous Mykonos. Here you'll explore beaches, boardwalks, and nightlife under the eyes of 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 stunning sunsets to spare. Read more

Recommended Itinerary for 10 Days

Aerial view of Oia on the island of Santorini
Sunset over the port on Mykonos
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Athens Athens
Day 2 Acropolis and Ancient Greek Mythology Tour Athens
Day 3 Day Trip to Delphi Athens
Day 4 Athens to Mykonos Mykonos
Day 5 Farm Visit and Mykonian Dinner Mykonos
Day 6 Horseback Riding to Fokos Beach Mykonos
Day 7 Mykonos to Santorini Santorini
Day 8 Catamaran Cruise Santorini
Day 9 Santorini Wine Tasting Tour Santorini
Day 10 Santorini to Athens - Depart Athens  


Hit three major Greek hotspots on this ten-day tour. Start with a full day in Athens and a day trip to the amazing ruins of Delphi before hopping a ferry to glamorous Mykonos. Here you'll explore beaches, boardwalks, and nightlife under the island's famous windmills. End the trip with Santorini's white-topped cliffs and caldera views, complete with island cruising, wine tasting, and stunning sunsets to spare. Read more

Extended Itineraries

10-Day Itinerary Including Naxos

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 Nafplio, Heraklion, and Chania

The Temple of Apollo, Delphi
The Temple of Apollo, Delphi
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Athens Athens
Day 2 Guided Acropolis Visit Athens
Day 3 Day Trip to Delphi Athens
Day 4 Athens to Mykonos, Visit Delos Mykonos
Day 5 Mykonos to Santorini Santorini
Day 6 Discover Prehistoric Akrotiri, Ferry to Crete Heraklion
Day 7 Tour Knossos and Heraklion, Travel to Chania Chania
Day 8 Ancient Aptera Tour Chania
Day 9 Return to Athens, Visit Mycenae and Nafplio Nafplio
Day 10 Nafplio to Athens and Depart  


Dive headfirst into history with this tour of some of ancient Greece's most important sites. Go from Athens and the Acropolis to the oracle at Delphi to the islands of Delos, Santorini, and Crete. Along the way, you'll see fascinating archaeological ruins and visit some of Greece's most beautiful locales. Wrap up your trip back on the mainland with a stop at Helen of Troy's home at Mycenae before returning to the modern era.  Read more

10-Day Itinerary Including Heraklion and Chania

Little Venice in Mykonos
Little Venice in Mykonos
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Athens Athens
Day 2 Acropolis and Ancient Greek Mythology Tour Athens
Day 3 Athens to Mykonos Mykonos
Day 4 Day Trip to Delos Mykonos
Day 5 Arrive in Santorini - Sightseeing Tour & Wine Tasting Santorini
Day 6 Santorini Catamaran Cruise, Ferry to Crete Heraklion
Day 7 Guided Knossos and Heraklion Tour Heraklion
Day 8 Travel to Chania, Explore the Villages of Apokoronas Chania
Day 9 Return to Athens and Athens Food Tour Athens
Day 10 Depart Athens  


Experience some of the greatest aspects of Greece and its islands on this itinerary. You'll start in Athens, traveling back in time with a visit to the Acropolis and other key ancient sites around the city, viewed through the lens of Greek mythology. Then head into the islands, starting with a tour of Mykonos and its neighboring mythological island of Delos. Off to Santorini next for sunsets and sightseeing, followed by the historic sites and traditional villages of Crete before you return to Athens. Read more

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Map of Athens, Santorini, & Mykonos: Best Itinerary Ideas
Map of Athens, Santorini, & Mykonos: Best Itinerary Ideas