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Introducing Greece

Greece beckons virtually every type of traveler. From dynamic cities like Athens and Thessaloniki to quaint seaside villages on remote islands, you are certain to find something right for you. Experience the country like a local with the help of kimkim's local specialists, taking in the beauty of today and feeling the weight of past centuries.

When is the best time to visit?
Greece is incredible year-round, but since it is an internationally renowned destination, expect crowds in the premier tourist destinations from late spring through early fall and during holidays. If you have the flexibility, try and visit during the "shoulder seasons" from late April through May and late September through October. Winter is a great time to visit mainland Greece, but many islands virtually shut down during this period. Learn more

Where should I go in Greece?
Athens and Santorini are famous for a reason and shouldn't be missed. But Greece has a virtually endless list of islands and other regions that are lesser-known (and less crowded) but offer an authentic Greek experience, from Naxos to mainland highlights like Nafplio and Meteora. Your local specialist can help you find the perfect destinations for you. Learn more

How many days do I need?
A week is barely enough to scratch the surface of the highlights of Greece, but it is enough to visit Athens and an island or two. Two weeks or more is the ideal amount of time to experience Greece's history, scenic beauty, and culture. And no matter how long you stay, you'll undoubtedly want to return for your next visit. Learn more

Getting around Greece
Ferries are a great option for convenient (and scenic) island-hopping, though it's good to note that routes and schedules can shift throughout the year. Driving is a good bet on the mainland but can be challenging on the islands. If short on time, domestic flights connect Athens to many major points of interest in Greece. Learn more

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Greece Tours & Itineraries

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Little Venice in Mykonos
Map of Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini and Crete - 10 Days
Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini and Crete - 10 Days

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.

White and blue churches over Santorini's caldera
Map of Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 14 Days
Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 14 Days

Delve into Greece's modern culture and ancient history with this exciting itinerary. Immerse yourself in Greek mythology in Athens and Delphi before beginning your island hopping adventure. Explore the picturesque streets and inviting waters of Mykonos and the volcanic island of Santorini, with a stop at the sacred island of Delos along the way. Then head to Crete for more fascinating archaeological sites, hiking in the mountains, and visits to traditional villages before returning to Athens.

Sunrise over the Parthenon
Map of Highlights of Athens - 5 Days
Highlights of Athens - 5 Days

A perfect fit for first-time visitors, this five-day city tour highlights both Athens' ancient history and modern culture. Visit the sleek Acropolis Museum, tour Athens' tasty food markets, and bask in the Riviera sun at the Temple of Poseidon.

Santorini rooftop foliage
Map of Relaxed Athens, Santorini, Naxos & Mykonos - 10 Days
Relaxed Athens, Santorini, Naxos & Mykonos - 10 Days

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.

Al fresco dining at its finest
Map of Relaxed Athens, Santorini, Naxos & Mykonos - 8 Days
Relaxed Athens, Santorini, Naxos & Mykonos - 8 Days

Escape the troubles of the world with eight days in the Cyclades. You'll arrive in Athens, then head to the islands to explore famous Mykonos and Santorini as well as lesser-known but spectacular Naxos. Enjoy your Greek vacation filled with sun, sailing, and sampling, with cooking classes and traditional dinners accompanying your days of blissful idleness.

Balos lagoon on Crete
Map of Laidback Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 14 Days
Laidback Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 14 Days

Need a vacation? Find your piece of paradise with the 2-week version of this laidback itinerary. Start with street food and native wine varietals in Athens, before heading to Tinos for a cultural tour. Glamorous Mykonos and Santorini are next, before continuing to Crete, where turquoise lagoons and village tours making sure you're fully blissed out before you go back to Athens.

Make the Most of Your Time in Greece

Have a fixed number of days? Maximize the things to see and do during your visit
Mykonos
How Many Days to Spend in Greece?

Spend at least seven days in Greece, and you'll be able to comfortably explore Athens plus one or two Greek islands—pair Mykonos and Santorini, for example, or stick to the...

7 Days in Greece - 7 Unique Itineraries
Map of 7 Days in Greece - 7 Unique Itineraries
7 Days in Greece - 7 Unique Itineraries

A popular option for a week in Greece is to spend a day in Athens upon arrival and then head out to the Greek islands by ferry or flight. Another recommended option is a road...

Athens
Map of 10 Days in Greece - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
10 Days in Greece - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With 10 days to spend in Greece, travelers won't have too many tough choices to make. You'll have plenty of time to island hop around the Cyclades, do a deep dive into ancient...

Sunset over the island of Mykonos
Map of 2 Weeks in Greece - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
2 Weeks in Greece - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Two weeks is a great length for a Greek vacation. You'll have plenty of time to see multiple islands and historic mainland sites, taking part in cultural or outdoor activities...

Greece Travel Essentials

All you need to know to get started planning the perfect trip
Oia Town in Santorini, Greece
Best Time of Year to Visit Santorini

Santorini is always a good idea, whether you are visiting in fall or during summer. The spring is perfect for enjoying warm weather, hiking, and exploring the island in a more...

Greece
Best Time of Year to Visit Greece

Greece has a Mediterranean climate with four seasons and a long, dry summer. There's never a bad time to visit the country, but depending on how hot you like it, the most...

Greece Travel Advice

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Hike through Samaria Gorge
Guide to Hiking Samaria Gorge

Samaria Gorge cuts through the rugged White Mountains of Crete, running 10 miles in length and ending at the shores of the Mediterranean. Take it all in from the trail,...

How to Visit Athens Like a Local
How to Visit Athens Like a Local

You’ve visited the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and the Ancient Agora—now it’s time to experience Athens like a local. We’ve made it easy by selecting the best places and local...

Greece Destination Guides

Detailed travel guides for the main regions of the country
A rock formation frames the sea on Corfu, Greece
Ultimate Guide to Island Hopping in Greece

Cyclades, Saronic, Dodecanese, Sporades: to plan an island-hopping trip around Greece, you'll need some background on each of the island groups. Read on to learn what to expect,...

Greece Hotel Advice

Unique places to stay, curated by kimkim specialists
Photo courtesy of Mykonos Blu
The 8 Best Boutique Hotels in Mykonos

A trip to Mykonos means diving headfirst into island glamour—or dipping a toe in, at the very least. Stay on the edges with some more reasonably priced accommodations in the...

Historic port of Heraklion at dusk
The Best Boutique Hotels in Heraklion

When in Heraklion, the best lodgings are centrally located. Sample an eco-conscious smart hotel, the residence of the first Aga of Heraklion during the Ottoman era, or a luxury...

Photo courtesy of Pepi Boutique Hotel
The 7 Best Boutique Hotels in Rethymno

The best hotels in Rethymno combine the city's beach access with the Cretan culture, serving up local specialty dishes alongside historic stones under the sun. Whether you're...

Best Things to do in Greece

Unique things to do, curated by kimkim specialists
Villages and Seaside Vistas of the Peloponnese
Best Things to Do in the The Peloponnese

Although not as touristy as the rest of Greece, the Peloponnese region abounds in history, culture, and gastronomy. For over 3,000 years, this jagged peninsula was the heart of...

The Enchanting Monasteries of Meteora
Top Active Experiences in Greece

Greece is an outdoor haven perfect for an active trip. With mountains and river gorges in the north and endless coastline in the south, you'll have your pick of sporty...

Villages of Santorini
Top Cultural Experiences in Greece

Greece is a country of ancient history, refreshing gastronomy, vivid art, and scenic landscapes. All of these characteristics play an essential role in Greek culture. Explore...

Our Latest Greece Content

Thessaly's Monastery of St. Rousanou is part of the Meteora monastery complex
Map of 15 Days in Greece - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
15 Days in Greece - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With 15 days in Greece, you can easily see many of the country's highlights or base yourself in one region for more in-depth cultural, historical, and culinary experiences. Whether you choose to explore the wonders of mainland Greece on a road trip, relax in the beautiful Cyclades Islands, or get active around Meteora, the Zagori villages, and the lovely isle of Corfu, these five itineraries showcase some of the best that Greece has to offer.

Santorini at sunset
Gourmet Experience & Outdoor Adventure in Athens, Crete & Santorini - 12 Days

Offering the perfect balance of outdoor activities and gourmet pursuits that provide insight into Greece's history and culture, the pleasures of Athens, Crete, and Santorini await. Begin in Athens and discover the city, kayak around Cape Sounio at sunset, and hike in Parnassos National Park. Then it's off to Crete to sample local cuisine and relax on the famous pink sand beach of Elafonissi before ending the adventure with several days on Santorini.

Dinner for two on Santorini
Wine, Sun, and Romance in Athens & the Greek Islands - 13 Days

Experience the best of Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini on this romantic 13-day luxury voyage. You'll explore the ancient ruins of the Acropolis and sample local delicacies before being whisked away to drink red wines around Nemea and sail along the picturesque coastline of Nafplio. Then it's off to discover the beautiful beaches of Greece's islands, cruise turquoise waters on a catamaran, and cap the experience with a professional photographer documenting your sunkissed excursion around Santorini's most scenic locales.

Greece Travel Maps

Get the lay of land, and understand distances between the places you want to visit
Greece map: 7 Days in Greece - 7 Unique Itineraries
7 Days in Greece - 7 Unique Itineraries
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Greece map: 2 Weeks in Greece - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
2 Weeks in Greece - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Greece map: 10 Days in Greece - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
10 Days in Greece - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Greece
Travel specialist Tasos Mylonas
active 17 hours ago

Tasos Mylonas

Traveling is a very personal matter! Following masses and ticking checklists has never been my cup of tea! As founder & director of travel12, I see every client as a unique personality who is...

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Travel specialist Harris Bitsounis
active 17 hours ago

Harris Bitsounis

Traveling is a #never-ending_experience! I come from the cultural hub of Athens with its UNESCO sacred rock of Acropolis and breathtaking Santorini with its spectacular Caldera views. What I...

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Travel specialist Christos Mylonas
active 17 hours ago

Christos Mylonas

When I first traveled as an adult in a Greek island in Cyclades, 24 years ago, it was an experience that changed my life. I was 18 and it was really exciting to be in charge of my holidays. Due to...

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Travel specialist Chris Leontopoulos
active 19 hours ago

Chris Leontopoulos

Hello, my name is Chris I am Canadian by birth, but my family’s roots can be traced centuries back to two beautiful mountain villages in Greece. One in the shadow of Mount Olympus, and one very...

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Trip Reviews for Greece

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Greece/September 2022
Greece | Sep 6 - Sep 24, 2022

Lori
Lori H.
Miami, FL | Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Our trip was a bit of an issue due to Covid. We had it planned since 2020 and just now completed it. Harris was amazing working through it all with us. I didn't even want to go, but once there, it was incredible. Every hotel stay was perfect! The breakfasts were absolutely delicious and everyone was so kind. The guides that we had with our tours were exceptional! Sophia, Matina, Elena and the other two (can't remember their names) were all wonderful. Andreas, who was our guide in... read more

Our trip was a bit of an issue due to Covid. We had it planned since 2020 and just now completed it. Harris was amazing working through it all with us. I didn't even want to go, but once there, it was incredible. Every hotel stay was perfect! The breakfasts were absolutely delicious and everyone was so kind. The guides that we had with our tours were exceptional! Sophia, Matina, Elena and the other two (can't remember their names) were all wonderful. Andreas, who was our guide in Chania for the food tour was also awesome! The only trip I would caution planning for people is the Samaria Gorge hike. We consider ourselves very fit for our age, but we found it to be a bit strenuous. We are glad we completed it, but we would never do it again. Were the views worth it??? Maybe. We have hiked the west in the USA and have seen the same and we didn't have to put near the effort into those hikes!
Nicoletta at the Grotta hotel was the nicest, most generous person. She is the owner and you feel the love the minute you walk into the hotel.
Tinos was our favorite island.
I could go on and on, but honestly, we do not have one complaint. Harris did a spectacular job and had great patience dealing with us throughout the planning stages with Covid.
Kudos to him!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Grotta
Naxos

Nicoletta, the owner is amazing! A must stay at hotel and if you do, give her a hug for us!

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Philippos Hotel
Athens

Perfect location! Super friendly staff and delicious breakfasts. They even made us boxed breakfasts if we had to leave early in the morning for a tour. Love this hotel.

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Infinity View Hotel Tinos
Tinos

Stunning views! Simple and elegant hotel. Loved it and would stay again.

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Abelonas Retreat
Santorini

We enjoyed this location versus staying in Oia or Fira. More quiet. They brought our breakfast to our patio each morning. Lovely! Nice location.

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Avra City Hotel
Chania

Beautiful hotel! Nice location, friendly staff, delicious breakfast. Love our stay.

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Avra Hotel Rafina
Rafina, Athens

Nice for stay when departing for the airport. Very comfortable and staff very friendly.

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Olive Green
Heraklion

Very nice stay! Great location, staff and breakfast was delicious. Would stay again!

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Activity Reviews
Acropolis & Ancient Athens Mythology Tour
Athens

Guide was very nice. Can't remember her name. Nice walking tour. We enjoyed.

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Day Trip to Meteora by Train
Athens

Long day! Beautiful area.

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Cretan Villages Food & Culture Tour
Greece

Andreas was fun and informative. Enjoyed him very much. Interesting stops.

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Dinner in Athens
Athens

Food was delicious, but they gave us entirely too much food. When the main course came, we couldn't really enjoy it. Food was very good. Staff was great!

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Tinos Villages Driving Tour
Tinos

Sofia was awesome! Great tour.

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Hiking Naxos Paths
Naxos

Really enjoyed Matina, our guide. Very relaxing hike. Even enjoyed eating fresh figs from the trees!

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Santorini Highlights Tour and Wine Tasting
Greece

Belos (sp), our guide was great! Fun and interesting. Nice day. We enjoyed.

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Private Palace of Knossos and Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Heraklion

Guide, her name may be Lena and Sofia, the driver, were super nice. We enjoyed this experience very much. Quite interesting!

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Small group Samaria Gorge Guided Hike 
Chania

VERY STRENOUS! I'd be cautious who you recommend this to. Not sure the hike is worth the views.

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Local specialist: Harris Bitsounis

Awesome 10 day Greece trip
Greece | Sep 2 - Sep 11, 2022

Vijay
Vijay R.
Cupertino, CA | Reviewed on Sep 25, 2022

Ina planned our 10 day trip of Greece that included so many attractions starting with Athens, Meteora, Delphi and island hopping of Mykonos and Santorini. Her idea of setting us up with a rental car to drive from Athens to visit Meteora and Delphi was a wonderful choice. She also offered plenty of sight seeing and dining options along the way. All the ground transfers and tours at every point was smooth. I want to give a big shout out to the ground staff who was available almost 24x7 to... read more

Ina planned our 10 day trip of Greece that included so many attractions starting with Athens, Meteora, Delphi and island hopping of Mykonos and Santorini. Her idea of setting us up with a rental car to drive from Athens to visit Meteora and Delphi was a wonderful choice. She also offered plenty of sight seeing and dining options along the way. All the ground transfers and tours at every point was smooth. I want to give a big shout out to the ground staff who was available almost 24x7 to answer any questions we might have had. One hiccup we had was the ferry from Athens to Mykanos was canceled due to bad weather and the ground staff responded promptly to make alternate arrangements. All the hotels were neat and located close to central streets. Kimkim took the headache of detailed planning from us and we will recommend them to our friends and ourselves use them on our next Europe adventure.

Local specialist: Ina Gaydarova

Incredible and seamless experience, we are so...
Greece | Sep 11 - Sep 24, 2022

Amy
Amy E.
Durham, NC | Reviewed on Sep 24, 2022

Incredible and seamless experience, we are so grateful. Rebecca provided wonderful suggestions, support, and coordination - and is so lovely. We have already recommended her to several friends and family. read more

Incredible and seamless experience, we are so grateful. Rebecca provided wonderful suggestions, support, and coordination - and is so lovely. We have already recommended her to several friends and family.

Hotel Review
Elia Ermou Athens Hotel
Athina

Perfect location. Wonderful staff. Amazing breakfast. Comfortable and spacious rooms and bed. Luxurious shower. Super clean. Would recommend!!

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Activity Reviews
Athens - Twilight Tour of Athens with food & Drinks
Athens

Theo was an absolute delight! We thoroughly enjoyed his tour and his recommendations.

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Santorini - Walk, Drink, Eat Sunset Small Group Tour
Santorini

Kostis was a wonderful guide, we appreciated the added personal touches he included that made the evening so memorable. We really felt we learned so much about the island, the culture, food, history, and more. We really enjoyed this tour!

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Chania - Street Stories of Chania Tour
Greece

Manos was a wonderful guide who made our intro to Chania so welcoming. He was so accommodating, patient, took the best photos, and made great recommendations.

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Local specialist: Rebecca Skevaki