- See the Parthenon and the Acropolis up close
- Go on a hike to waterfalls in the Greek countryside
- Travel by ferry to the stunning island of Santorini
- Visit tiny island villages and relax on Santorini's Red Beach
- Tour the historic site of the first Olympic Games
|Day 1||Arrive in Athens & Sightsee||Athens|
|Day 2||Tour the Acropolis||Athens|
|Day 3||Visit Mycenae & Nafplio||Olympia|
|Day 4||Tour Olympia & Hike to Waterfalls||Athens|
|Day 5||Take the Ferry to Santorini||Santorini|
|Day 6||Get to Know the Traditional Villages of Santorini||Santorini|
|Day 7||Return to Athens & Enjoy Free Time||Athens|
|Day 8||Depart Athens - End of Trip|
Day 1: Arrive in Athens & SightseeWelcome to Greece! Your private driver will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to your hotel in Athens. In the afternoon, get out for some sightseeing. Those interested in history and mythology might choose to visit the National Archaeological Museum, the Museum of the Ancient Agora, or the Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos. View fine art at Benaki Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, or the National Gallery. You could also go off the beaten path at the Museum of Cycladic Art, where you can buy truly unique souvenirs, or the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology. You'll overnight in the city.
Day 2: Tour the Acropolis
Today you'll visit the Acropolis, taking in views of the world-famous Parthenon. This temple, dedicated to the goddess Athena, has enchanted visitors since its construction was completed in 438 BCE. Afterward, the tour continues at the Athens Central Food Market (Varvakios Agora), where you'll sample regional delicacies made by Greek cheese-makers, pastry chefs, and food vendors of all kinds. The evening is free to relax or explore the city.
Day 3: Visit Mycenae & Nafplio
Chat with a local specialist who can help organize your trip.
Day 4: Tour Olympia & Hike to WaterfallsThis morning is devoted to Ancient Olympia, the most important athletic, religious, and political center of the ancient Greek world. Here your guide will let you into the secrets of the temples, the training area, and the original stadium where the ancient Olympic Games were held for centuries. The Archaeological Museum onsite displays world-class masterpieces and treasures, like a breathtaking statue of Hermes and the infant Dionysus sculpted by Praxiteles.
Then it’s time for an outdoor adventure and a memorable lunch. After an easy guided walk through a stunning gorge, you'll arrive at a pair of waterfalls. Your lunch will be served picnic-style, right by the river. You’ll have the chance to swim too! After leaving the waterfalls, you’ll travel back to Athens, where you will spend the night.
Day 5: Take the Ferry to SantoriniCatch a ferry to Santorini. On arrival, you'll take in the island's central caldera — the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in history — rising above you. The island's volcanic history has led to the formation of some of the most unique beaches in the Greek islands, along with the dramatic cliff views on the island's caldera side. Spend your day relaxing at the beach or strolling on one of Santorini’s scenic walking routes. For dinner, sample the island's signature cherry tomatoes and white eggplant, typically served as side dishes with fresh seafood.
Day 6: Get to Know the Traditional Villages of Santorini
In the morning, visit Prophet Elias Monastery, the highest spot on the island. Walk around Megalochori, one of the most picturesque villages on the island. You'll also go on a walking tour of the village of Emporio. Take a break for lunch before heading to Red Beach, one of the most scenic and interesting beaches on Santorini. In the afternoon, you'll have the chance to sample wines at a local winery nearby. At sunset, catch the views of the Blue Dome Church at Firostefani and the spectacular landscape below.
Day 7: Return to Athens & Enjoy Free TimeAfter breakfast, you'll enjoy the scenic ferry ride back to Athens. The afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy. One option is to go on a boating excursion to the majestic Temple of Poseidon at Sounio. This sacred site dating back to the Bronze Age will take your breath away with its sweeping ocean views, impressive ancient columns, and intricate history. The boat ride back doubles as a sunset cruise before spending your last night in Athens.
Day 8: Depart Greece - End of TripThe trip comes to an end today. You'll head to the airport to catch a flight out. Safe travels!
More Greece Itineraries
Looking for more inspiration for your trip to Greece? Check out these other Greece itineraries, with island-hopping adventures, cultural trips, and best-of tours to hit the highlights.
Or, describe your ideal trip and we will connect you with a local specialist to make it happen.