Travelers to Greece typically plan a trip for 7 to 10 days when combining Santorini with Athens and Mykonos. If you're not interested in Athens and Mykonos, 3 to 4 days is enough for your Santorini trip. With less time, it's still possible to see the highlights in as few as 2 days. Check out our favorite Santorini trips below.

How many days do you need?

  • Most travelers spend 3-4 days in Santorini
  • Visiting Santorini in 2 days is possible, but will feel rushed
  • With 5 or more days, most travelers choose to add more stops to their trip
  • The most common extensions are Athens, Mykonos, and Naxos

How Many Days Should you Spend on Santorini?
How Many Days Should You Spend in the Greek Islands?

Recommended Itineraries for Santorini

Recommended Itinerary for 3 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 Santorini - Sightseeing Tour & Wine Tasting Santorini
Day 2 Catamaran Cruise Santorini
Day 3 Santorini to Athens - Depart Athens  


Hit major hotspots on this quick three-day tour of Santorini's most beautiful and iconic sites. Spend your Greek getaway taking in the white-topped cliffs and caldera views, cruising around the island's shores, wine tasting, and enjoying sunsets to remember. Read more

Recommended Itinerary for 4 Days

Aerial view of Oia on Santorini
Aerial view of Oia on Santorini
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Santorini - Sightseeing Tour & Wine Tasting Santorini
Day 2 Catamaran Cruise Santorini
Day 3 Discover Prehistoric Akrotiri Santorini
Day 4 Santorini to Athens - Depart Athens  


Hit major Santorini hotspots on this four-day tour of the island's beautiful and iconic sites. Spend the trip exploring its classic white-topped cliffs and caldera views, complete with island cruising, wine tasting, and stunning sunsets to spare. This is an ideal tour for travelers short on time in Greece, who want to experience some of the best the country has to offer. Read more

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Extended Itineraries

5-Day Itinerary Including Athens

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

8-Day Itinerary Including Athens and 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 Athens, 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

How to Get to Santorini

The most convenient way to get to Santorini, one of the most popular destinations to visit in Greece, is to fly from Athens, although flights are available from a number of other locations in Europe and the UK. Read more