Greece 18-Day Tours & Itineraries

Explore 6 trips designed by local kimkim specialists to get ideas for your trip to Greece.

In 18 days, travelers can experience mainland history and at least one major Greek island chain with an itinerary based on specific interests. For a classic tour, start and end with mythology at ancient mainland sites, and travel to iconic Mykonos, glamorous Santorini, and dynamic Crete—an island with a culture all its own. Or take a locally-focused tour—cycle and eat your way through Athens, sail to the lesser-known island of Tinos, make a farm-to-table meal on Mykonos, and taste native wine varietals on Santorini.

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A monastery in the Pindos Mountains
Epic Adventure Around Ancient Greece & the Islands - 18 Days

If you have more than a couple of weeks to travel, this epic 18-day trip around Greece is a fantastic choice. The itinerary takes you to ancient monuments, idyllic islands, clifftop monuments, family-run wineries and so much more! Start in Athens before hitting the road for a self-guided car trip around the mainland's historic ruins, including Olympia, where the original Olympic Games were held. Then it's time to island-hop to Milos, Santorini, and Crete, enjoying active excursions and relaxing beach time along the way. You'll dine in local taverns, boat around the coast at sunset, and stroll through quaint villages, culminating the trip with an unforgettable hike through Samaria Gorge on the island of Crete.

The pink sands of Crete's Balos Lagoon
Map of Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 18 Days
Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 18 Days

Take in the beauty and flavors of Greece at a relaxed pace with this itinerary. See the sights in Athens by bicycle and enjoy wine tasting in the vineyards of Nemea before heading to sea. Follow the marble route on the hidden gem island of Tinos and unwind on the beaches of Mykonos. Then take the ferry to the volcanic island of Santorini, where you'll wander its pretty streets and enjoy a cruise around the caldera. Make your way to Crete for some quality time at its magnificent lagoons and a visit to its authentic, historic villages, before returning to Athens.

The curious landscape of Meteora
Map of Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 18 Days
Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 18 Days

Get ready to hike through the hills of Greece, go fishing in the traditional way, and surf in azure island waters with this thrilling itinerary. As you go from the mainland to the isles and back again, you'll visit clifftop monasteries, learn to cook like the locals, and explore the country by bike, horse, and kayak. You'll go off the beaten path with a trip to the island of Tinos, discover fascinating historical sites at Mycenae and Nafplio, and still have time to unwind on the beaches of Naxos and Crete.

Odeon theater on the Acropolis
Map of Greek Panorama: Athens, Cyclades, and Crete - 18 Days
Greek Panorama: Athens, Cyclades, and Crete - 18 Days

Eighteen days isn't much compared to millennia of history, but it's still enough time for you to hit the high points of Greece with this itinerary. You'll start off with a mythology tour of Athens before heading to the islands to visit the sacred island of Delos, sip wine on the edge of Santorini's caldera, and take in the architecture of Crete. Then go back to Athens as the sun sets over the Temple of Poseidon.

Temple of Poseidon at sunset
Map of Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 18 Days
Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 18 Days

Immerse yourself in the mythology and history of ancient Greece with this comprehensive itinerary. You'll begin in Athens, where you'll explore the Acropolis and its Parthenon before setting sail for the Cyclades. Discover fascinating archaeological sites on sacred Delos, ancient Naxos, and Santorini. From there continue to Crete for a chance to walk the Minotaur's labyrinth at Knossos. Back on the mainland, learn about the Eleusinian Mysteries, visit Helen of Troy's home at Mycenae, and see the ancient birthplace of the Olympics before a sunset sendoff at the Temple of Poseidon.

Sunset at the Temple of Poseidon, Sounion
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 18 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 18 Days

Get ready to see mainland Greece by foot, bike, kayak and more on this 18-day adventure. First, you'll explore the capital on two wheels and immerse yourself in the street art scene. Then learn the traditional Greek way of fishing before tackling the mountains of Meteora. Head to the hilly villages of Zagori, where you'll explore by raft. Next, make your way to to the turquoise waters of the Peloponnese for a swim under a waterfall and a dip in mountain lakes. Finally, travel to coastal Nafplio for a sea kayaking excursion around its famous castle, and more!

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