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Ultimate Guide to Naxos: The Cyclades in a Nutshell
Ultimate Guide to Naxos: The Cyclades in a Nutshell

Naxos is unfairly overlooked by many visitors to the Aegean. It's the largest and most fertile of the Cyclades Islands, and perhaps also its most quintessential, blessed with an abundance of attractions from archaeological treasures to some of the best stretches of white sand beach in Greece. From the main city of Chora to road trip-worthy villages and the glittering southwest coastline, let this guide be your essential handbook for Naxos travel.

Naoussa village on Paros
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Ultimate Guide to the Cyclades Islands

Though Greece has more than 1,000 islands to its name, the Cyclades are some of the best-known and most popular of the set. Encircling the former sacred site at Delos in the Aegean Sea, this island chain boasts picture-perfect beaches, lots of local culture, and historical sites dating back to the Classical era. From big names like Santorini and Mykonos to tiny isles with far fewer visitors, this guide will get you started.

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How Many Days Should you Spend on Santorini?

The crescent-shaped island of Santorini is compact enough that driving from one end to the other takes less than an hour, and it's easy to maximize a short trip. With only 24 hours here, you can see the ruins of Akrotiri, the vineyards at Megalochori, and the whitewashed villages of Oia and Fira. But to really experience Santorini, consider spending three to five days: you'll be able to sightsee, hike, and beach-hop while embracing the relaxed pace of island life.

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How Many Days Should You Spend on Mykonos?

Tiny Mykonos can be crisscrossed by car in about 25 minutes, but that doesn’t mean you should skimp on your time here. Long known as Greece’s party island, Mykonos actually has a lot to see and do during daylight hours if you're interested in its history and culture. You can have a satisfying visit in one day, taking in the Cycladic architecture of Mykonos town and the cocktails of “Little Venice.” But it's easy to fill up to five days of sight-seeing, beach-hopping, and enjoying the island's famous nightlife.

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How Many Days Should You Spend on Naxos?

The largest of the Cyclades islands, Naxos is often paired with a visit to its neighbor Paros, as well as smaller surrounding islands. You can visit in 24 hours (it’s a short ferry ride from Santorini, making it a perfect daytrip or overnight). To really experience Naxos, however, consider spending up to five days here: you’ll be able to tour traditional mountain villages, take in the unspoiled nature of the island’s interior, and check out some of the island’s beaches, said to rival those in Santorini.

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 intimate atmosphere. During the summer, you will enjoy swimming in the sea, several cultural events, and a lively scene. Fall is all about art and history, while winter makes for the perfect romantic getaway.

Aerial view of Naxos, Greece
Best Time of Year to Visit Naxos: Travel Tips, Weather, & More

Naxos is the largest island in the Cyclades, with some of the best beaches and most beautiful scenery. Nature sets the island apart from the others because of the green landscapes and hills, blending with the ocean colors. From spring to fall, there are a lot of activities taking place, and you can enjoy culture, watersports, festivals, and fantastic food. Every season has its charm, and the summers are highly popular among tourists, while winters are romantic and quiet.

Mykonos town, Greece
Best Time of Year to Visit Mykonos: Travel Tips, Weather, & More

With Mykonos being an all year round destination, you will easily find something to do in every season. Watch beautiful colors take over the island in spring and visit places such as Delos Island and enjoy a lot of sightseeing. When summer arrives, you will find an abundance of watersports, parties, and great adventures. Enjoy the warm weather in the fall and explore the museums, talk with locals, and go kayaking along the coastline. Winter makes for a quiet getaway with solitude, charm, and excellent shopping opportunities.

Getting Off the Beaten Path in Mykonos
Getting Off the Beaten Path in Mykonos

Mykonos is a Mediterranean party island to rival Ibiza. “Dance, drink, never sleep” is its mantra—but beyond the wild beach parties, there are many tranquil, lesser-known spots to explore and enjoy. Find solitude on a hidden beach, visit an organic farm and winery, hike to a historic lighthouse, and more.

January is a great month for cultural activities, like visiting the ancient Minoan city of Akrotiri
Santorini in January: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

The weather is just about as miserable as it gets on Santorini this month, but unlike many Greek islands in wintertime, this one still has plenty of things to do. It's the perfect time to relax in a cave villa that would be unaffordable for many in high season, to get to grips with the island's fascinating archaeological heritage, or simply to soak up life as the locals live it—with refreshingly few tourists to be seen.

February's weather makes it a prime month for indoor cultural activities, like visiting the Orthodox cathedral in Fira
Santorini in February: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

The weather has not improved since January on the island this month, but neither have the crowds increased. Cool and prone to heavy rain showers (and the year's chilliest water temperatures), February is a good month to find the island in its authentic, tourist-free state. There is more chance for mixing with locals at Fira's restaurants, and a glut of archaeology and winemaking heritage to discover. Come now to enjoy most of Santorini's iconic sights without the masses to disrupt the peace and quiet.

Santorini in March: Travel Tips, Weather, and More
Santorini in March: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

March is a fickle month on Santorini, throwing some of the nastiest and nicest weather of the year at visitors. When it's bad, expect rain showers, January-low temperatures, and many places still closed. Yet when it's good, it can be excellent, with sharp spring sunshine and enough heat for a spot of beach time. Freshness in the air ensures hiking is enjoyable now too. The other big upside is the lack of other tourists and deals on hotels: come in March to experience the island blissfully free of high season masses.

Santorini in April: Travel Tips, Weather, and More
Santorini in April: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

After a long winter's break which has lasted on Santorini in some cases since last September or October, everything from restaurants to hotels to tours to flights are all fully operational by the end of April. The increase in visitors from last month is dramatic, and the weather has undergone a similarly radical transformation, with much longer days and much less rain.

Santorini in May: Travel Tips, Weather, and More
Santorini in May: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

High season is not yet here, but it's starting to feel a lot more like it on the island this month. The crowds continue to increase, but the positive news is that weather continues to improve as well, and the much sunnier, much warmer days now tempt most people to the beach for a swim.

Santorini in June: Travel Tips, Weather, and More
Santorini in June: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

High season has arrived on the island, and with it, some of the best weather of the year: a gorgeous 13 hours of sunshine each day on average, and temperatures regularly topping 80°F. It's no wonder that all traveler services from hotels to boat tours are running at full throttle (and at their highest tariffs). It's getting too hot now to prioritize much beyond beaches and tavernas—although if you want to brave the heat to explore, cultural activities abound.

Santorini in July: Travel Tips, Weather, and More
Santorini in July: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

July ushers in Santorini's finest weather of the year, and it's the ideal time to get down to one of the island's delightful beaches for a long sunbathe or a swim. But the gorgeous weather comes with a cost: the highest costs of the year, in fact, as high season continues for a second month running with maximum prices for hotels, and with all traveler facilities—from accommodations to tours to beachside lounges—at full capacity.

Red Beach, Santorini
Santorini in August: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

High season reaches its zenith in August, invariably the most crowded month of the year on Santorini. The warmest sea temperatures of the year, not to mention another month with almost no chance of rain, mean beach time should definitely be on visitors' itineraries. Another must this month is to check out the island's wineries, especially photogenic as the sun has ripened the grapes and precipitated the year's harvest.

Santorini in September: Travel Tips, Weather, and More
Santorini in September: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

More of the same glorious summer weather continues throughout September, although the odd day of rain is not unheard of. The balmy climate, somewhat decreased visitor numbers, and abundance of festivals make this month an excellent choice for a visit. Be warned that while early September will see all visitor facilities in full swing, but the latter part of the month may see hotels and restaurants reduce opening hours (or shut down completely). Adding extra color throughout September: the island's annual grape harvest.

Santorini in October: Travel Tips, Weather, and More
Santorini in October: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

October is an ideal time to visit Santorini. Many seasonal flights and restaurants finish for the year this month which means that, despite it being shoulder season, the crowds that filled Santorini over recent months are gone. And yet the weather remains very pleasant: the sun is still out, and the heavy autumn rain holds off for at least most of the month. October also sees the opening of the year's wine barrels on Santorini, giving you many excuses to stick around and join in the fun.

Santorini in November: Travel Tips, Weather, and More
Santorini in November: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

November is the last month of autumn and the first of the low season. Its weather can be a mixed bag, with vestiges of sunny summer weather and the hints of winter both possibilities. Still, Santorini at this time has a more favorable climate than much of Northern Europe in the height of summer, and there are no crowds to be seen. Watch out this month for those restaurants and tours which have closed for the season, but get ready for seeing a side to island life that has a distinctly more local flavor, and for superb deals on accommodation.

Santorini in December: Travel Tips, Weather, and More
Santorini in December: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

It may be winter, but in Santorini, it's far from the worst weather of year with a glimmer of fairer temperatures hanging around still. The crowds, though, are most certainly gone, and this month you can enjoy the island in its authentic state: try a quiet coastal hike alongside a huge volcanic caldera, dine in one of the excellent local restaurants, explore Santorini's history at museums and archaeological sites, and sample native wines at one of many wineries.

Hidden Gems of Santorini
Hidden Gems of Santorini

Romantic and iconic, Santorini is a bucket-list destination for many travelers. But beyond the classic whitewashed villas, there are places where the crowds thin and you can appreciate more facets of this Aegean gem. Watch the sunrise from a secret spot, stay the night in a cave, and more with this list.

Cycladic Islands Itineraries

Naxos Island
Map of Paros & Naxos - 8 Days
Paros & Naxos - 8 Days

Many travelers flock to Santorini and Mykonos, but during this trip, you'll visit two spectacular yet less-traveled islands in the Cyclades chain. Start off in Paros, where golden sand beaches and charming villages are yours to explore. Then hop a ferry to neighboring Naxos for a bustling Chora (main town), beautiful whitewashed villages clinging to mountainsides, and countryside filled with churches, archaeological sites, and local distilleries.

Aerial view of Greece's Paros Island
Map of Off the Beaten Path in the Cyclades: Paros & Naxos - 8 Days
Off the Beaten Path in the Cyclades: Paros & Naxos - 8 Days

The stunning Cyclades are a group of Greek islands famous for their unique architecture, cosmopolitan nightlife, impressive history, and rocky landscapes. You'll start in Paros, where golden sand beaches and charming villages are yours to explore. Then hop a ferry to neighboring Naxos for a tour of Chora, beautiful whitewashed villages, and countryside filled with churches, archaeological sites, and local distilleries.

Getting ready to windsurf on the Aegean
Map of Paros & Naxos Family Adventure - 8 Days
Paros & Naxos Family Adventure - 8 Days

Visit the world-renowned sea sports paradise of Paros and Naxos islands for 8 days of oceanside hikes, windsurfing, and stand-up paddleboarding. And when you're not taking on all the active adventures the islands have to offer? Explore the unique local architecture, delectable cuisine, cosmopolitan nightlife, and impressive archaeological sites.

Aerial view of Oia on the island of Santorini
Discover Santorini - 3 Days

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.

Aerial view of Oia on Santorini
Map of Discover Santorini - 4 Days
Discover Santorini - 4 Days

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.

Sunset over Oia on Santorini
Santorini: Best Itinerary Ideas

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.

Get curious about the Cyclades
Map of Cultural Cyclades - 13 Days
Cultural Cyclades - 13 Days

This cultural tour will take you through some of the Cyclades' top spots, with four islands on your itinerary. Go from glitzy boutiques to working farms as you explore Mykonos, then hop to Naxos to learn how to cook like an islander. You'll see the winding alleys of Ios and the caldera sunsets of Santorini, with plenty of Classical history, cliffside views, and crystal waters along the way.

Get curious about the Cyclades
Map of Cultural Cyclades: Mykonos, Naxos, Ios, Santorini - 12 Days
Cultural Cyclades: Mykonos, Naxos, Ios, Santorini - 12 Days

Visit four distinct islands in Greece's most famous archipelago with this 12-day itinerary. Shop the glamorous boutiques of Mykonos, take a cooking workshop on cultural hotspot Naxos, experience village life on tiny Ios, and soak in the sun (and sunsets) of Santorini. Along the way, you'll enjoy lots of Greek history, glorious beach time, and pretty ferry rides across the Aegean sea.

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.

Beaches of Mykonos
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Experience Mykonos, Paros, and Santorini - 8 Days

Hit three major hotspots on this tour of some of Greece's most beautiful and iconic sites. You'll start in Athens, with a 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. Make a quick visit to Paros and neighboring Antiparos, and 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.

Friendly residents of Santorini
Map of Family Adventures in Athens and the Cyclades - 15 Days
Family Adventures in Athens and the Cyclades - 15 Days

The Cyclades aren't just for honeymooners; you can take the whole family on this 15-day trip through some of Greece's most famous islands. After your arrival in Athens, you'll set sail to Mykonos to cruise around the beaches and out to the historic site at Delos. Busy Naxos is up next with biking, horseback riding, and even more beaches before you go over to Santorini to experience the caldera from all sides.

Hills of Tinos
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Active Cyclades: Tinos, Naxos & Ios - 14 Days

Get off the beaten path while hopping between lesser-known Greek islands on this two-week tour. Catch a wave at Kolymbithra beach, dive in Naxos, or cruise the waves of the Aegean—adventure awaits around this itinerary's every turn.

Lessons in relaxation
Map of Family Adventures in Athens and the Cyclades - 14 Days
Family Adventures in Athens and the Cyclades - 14 Days

Take two weeks for everyone to see the islands with this family-focused itinerary. After a mythology tour of Athens, you'll ferry out to Mykonos to take in everything from the archaeological site at Delos to a traditional farm dinner. Naxos is up next, with bikes and horses to transport you through its fields and beaches, followed by Santorini, where you'll end your trip with a cruise through the volcanic caldera.

Aerial view of Oia on the island of Santorini
Map of Discover Athens & the Cyclades - 7 Days
Discover Athens & the Cyclades - 7 Days

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.

Sailing the Cyclades
Map of Sailing the Greek Cyclades Islands - 8 Days
Sailing the Greek Cyclades Islands - 8 Days

Sailing the Greek islands for a week sounds amazing for good reason. Board a catamaran with an experienced crew to hop from island to stunning island in the Cyclades. Along the way, explore the best of Mykonos and watch the sunset from Santorini, see ancient ruins, and swim in the azure Aegean waters before bedding down in your boat each night.

Catamaran off the coast of Santorini
Map of Active Athens & the Cyclades - 7 Days
Active Athens & the Cyclades - 7 Days

Hit three major hotspots on this active seven-day tour of some of Greece's most beautiful and iconic sites. You'll start in Athens, with your first 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 and take a horseback ride to the coast. End the trip in Santorini with its classic white-topped cliffs and caldera views, complete with island cruising, hiking, and stunning sunsets to spare.

An aerial view of Naxos
Map of Active Cyclades: Tinos, Naxos & Ios - 13 Days
Active Cyclades: Tinos, Naxos & Ios - 13 Days

Get your adrenaline pumping on this two-week adventure through the Cyclades. You'll hike, climb, paddle, and bike around some of the chain's lesser-known islands. Tackle Tinos' rugged Exomvourgo mountain, swim with the fish on a scuba diving excursion in Naxos, and enjoy a canoeing safari around Ios' pristine Mylopotas bay, and more!

Cycladic architecture in action
Map of Family Adventures in Athens and the Cyclades - 13 Days
Family Adventures in Athens and the Cyclades - 13 Days

Explore the islands across history and generations with this 13-day family itinerary. After a mythology tour of the Acropolis, you'll venture down to Mykonos, Naxos, and Santorini to explore via a different transportation method for every island, whether it's a traditional wooden boat, bike, or even donkey leading you on your journey.

A coastal hike with views of the Aegean Sea
Map of Active Cyclades Adventure - 12 Days
Active Cyclades Adventure - 12 Days

Famous for their beautiful beaches, the Cyclades Islands aren't just for lounging. Hike, bike, and sail around whitewashed fishing villages and over rocky landscapes on this 12-day active tour. Start off in Paros with a cooking class and scenic horseback ride before cycling in Naxos and a sunset hike in Santorini. You'll explore more of the Aegean Sea before bidding farewell to Greece with a well-deserved wine toast.

Windmills of Santorini
Map of Family Adventures in Athens and the Cyclades - 12 Days
Family Adventures in Athens and the Cyclades - 12 Days

The standout Cyclades island chain isn't just for honeymooners—take the entire family with this itinerary. You'll start in Mykonos, where you can dodge the jetsetters with quiet beaches and a farm visit. Then go on to Naxos and Santorini. See into ancient history, experience scenic shores, and dive into the sea to fill photo albums you'll enjoy for years to come.

Naxos
Map of Active Cyclades: Tinos, Naxos & Ios - 12 Days
Active Cyclades: Tinos, Naxos & Ios - 12 Days

Hike, bike, and paddle your way around the Cyclades with this exciting twelve day itinerary. You'll trek up a rocky mountain on Tinos, dive into the Aegean on a scuba excursion in Naxos, and canoe around the bay on Ios. Top off your adventure in Athens with a farewell bike tour of all the sights.

The blue-and-white domed buildings in Santorini
Map of Athens, Santorini, & Mykonos Exploration - 6 Days
Athens, Santorini, & Mykonos Exploration - 6 Days

This excursion takes you through the major highlights of the country's capital and two of its most popular islands, all in a 6-day timespan. In Athens, you'll visit the iconic Parthenon constructed in 438 BC, then go souvenir shopping at the bustling Monastiraki flea market. In Mykonos and Santorini, you'll lay on famous beaches, explore agricultural villages, eat fresh cuisine, and of course watch the sunset.

Naxos town from Saint Prokopios beach
Map of Active Cyclades: Tinos, Naxos & Ios - 11 Days
Active Cyclades: Tinos, Naxos & Ios - 11 Days

Active travelers will love this 11-day itinerary through the Cycladic Islands. Experience some of the lesser-known islands in this chain—Tinos, Naxos, and Ios—after a fun welcome dinner on the mainland. Scuba dive in Naxos, hike the marble route on Tinos, and more: the adventures in this Greek itinerary won't disappoint.

Island colors
Map of Family Adventures in Athens and the Cyclades - 11 Days
Family Adventures in Athens and the Cyclades - 11 Days

Legend says the island of Mykonos was named after Apollo's grandson. Work on solidifying your family's Greek legacy with this 11-day island itinerary. You'll start off in Athens with stories on the Acropolis, followed by a boat trip to Mykonos for time on both water and land.  Then head to Naxos and Santorini for more beach and boat time before your departure.

Colorful Santorini
Discover Ancient Greece & the Cyclades - 12 Days

Enjoy some of the most beautiful islands in the Cyclades on this trip, starting on the mainland with mythology tours of the Acropolis, stargazing at constellations, and walks through the Temple of Delphi. Make your way to Tinos, the hidden gem of the Aegean, where you'll enjoy visits to marble villages, an afternoon on the beach, and an art workshop, followed by the glitz of Mykonos and the ancient ruins of Delos. End your trip with historical sites in Naxos, plus gorgeous views, beaches, and a wine tasting in Santorini.

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.

Boats at Naxos port
Map of Relaxing Secret Cyclades - 10 Days
Relaxing Secret Cyclades - 10 Days

These four Cycladic islands haven't graced as many guidebook covers as their glitzier cousins, but that just means there's more here for you to discover without battling hordes of selfie sticks. Take 10 days to tour Syros, Tinos, Naxos, and Ios on this itinerary, with pilgrimage sites, culinary experiences, and more.

Turn a new corner
Map of Family Adventures in Athens and the Cyclades - 10 Days
Family Adventures in Athens and the Cyclades - 10 Days

Walk hand in hand through the brightly colored doors of the Cyclades with this 10-day family itinerary. After an Athenian mythology tour, you'll sail to the islands for a slew of activities, with farm dinners, bike rides, horseback tours, and a cruise through the caldera on wooden ship all on the agenda.

Tinos
Map of Active Cyclades: Tinos, Naxos & Ios - 10 Days
Active Cyclades: Tinos, Naxos & Ios - 10 Days

Explore some of the lesser-known islands of the Cyclades on this jam-packed adventure. Over a week and a half, you'll hike through the hills of Tinos, go scuba diving off Naxos, and paddle to secluded beaches on Ios. End your journey with a thrilling bike ride around historical and modern Athens.

Mykonos, Greece
Sailing the Greek Cyclades: Athens, Mykonos, Paros - 10 Days

Best for those interested in seeing Greece by boat, this sailing adventure combines bustling and ancient Athens with some of the country's most beautiful islands: the Cyclades. Set on a yacht, you'll sail the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea in search of the region's rich heritage, including gorgeous beaches, iconic windmills, exotic plant life, and beautiful sunsets. The days are yours to indulge in rich, local cuisine, as well as discover archaeological sites, step back in time while meandering small villages, and enjoy some of the best nightlife in Greece.

Back streets of Syros
Map of Relaxing Secret Cyclades - 14 Days
Relaxing Secret Cyclades - 14 Days

While away two weeks in lesser-known islands and get a taste of Athens with this 14-day itinerary. Whether you're hiking amid the marble-rich hills of Tinos or tasting fresh produce on Naxos, these four Cycladic islands will have you asking "Santorini, who?" in no time.

Sufficient serenity
Map of Relaxed Athens, Santorini, Naxos & Mykonos - 9 Days
Relaxed Athens, Santorini, Naxos & Mykonos - 9 Days

Spend nine days getting your full nine hours of sleep and still taking in some of the best the Cyclades have to offer on this itinerary. Your mornings have plenty of time for lounging on the shore or strolling through the streets of Santorini, Naxos, and Mykonos. In the afternoons, you'll set off for sunset cruises, cooking classes, and freshly cut produce-filled dinners.

Flowers on a Santorini terrace
Map of Relaxed Athens, Santorini, Naxos & Mykonos - 13 Days
Relaxed Athens, Santorini, Naxos & Mykonos - 13 Days

As the world's leading producer of sea sponges, Greece knows something about lounging by the shore. Channel your inner sponge and soak up the Cycladic sun on this 13-day itinerary. Get a taste of the city vibes in Athens before you head to the islands, where a catamaran cruise, cooking classes, and the calming waves will help you absorb every last moment.

Aerial view of Oia on the island of Santorini
Map of Discover Athens & the Cyclades - 9 Days
Discover Athens & the Cyclades - 9 Days

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.

The Naxos Portara
Map of Relaxing Secret Cyclades - 9 Days
Relaxing Secret Cyclades - 9 Days

Take nine days to find tranquility in some of the lesser-known but no less soothing Cyclades with this itinerary. You'll start and end in Athens, ferrying out to Tinos, Naxos, and Ios for a different culinary experience on every island under the Aegean sun. 

Mylopotas beach on Ios
Map of Active Cyclades: Tinos, Naxos & Ios - 9 Days
Active Cyclades: Tinos, Naxos & Ios - 9 Days

Spend 9 days touring some of the best (and least crowded) islands in the Cyclades. Over the week, hike the Tinos marble route, canoe across Mylopotas Bay, and take a sunset bike ride around Athens. Whether you're atop the rocky hills of Tinos or paddling over the waves of the Aegean, adventure awaits during your active week in Greece.

Beautiful Santorini at Night
Luxury Tour of Athens and the Cyclades - 12 Days

This luxury tour of Greece starts in the bustling capital of Athens, discovering its incredible architecture and charming neighborhoods, followed by the exploration of the islands of Mykonos, Naxos, and Santorini. Live the posh life as you relax at world-renowned beach clubs, enjoy sunset cruises, tour villages around the islands, and discover the taste of Greece with food tours and wine tastings. Score incredible views of the islands and the Aegean Sea with hikes, trips to hot springs, and sunsets from your own private pool.

Santorini homes at sunset
Greek Hotspots in Athens, Mykonos & Santorini - 13 Days

Hit three major hotspots on this thirteen-day tour of some of Greece's top sites. You'll start in Athens, experiencing both the Acropolis and modern metropolis, before hopping a ferry to glamorous Mykonos. Explore both buzzing beaches and smaller island villages before you end your trip in Santorini with wine, hiking, and sailing around the white-topped-cliffs.

Island interior decor
Map of Family Adventures in Athens and the Cyclades - 9 Days
Family Adventures in Athens and the Cyclades - 9 Days

Go from the top of the Acropolis down to the sea with this nine-day itinerary customized to suit every member of your family. Whether you're listening to the retellings of famous legends, riding a horse past the waves, or sailing through Santorini's caldera, the sights and sounds will keep your party satisfied.

Syros town coast
Map of Relaxing Secret Cyclades - 13 Days
Relaxing Secret Cyclades - 13 Days

White domed buildings, blue seas, freshly baked baklava, and more await on this 13-day itinerary.  You'll hit up all the hallmarks of the Cyclades but beat the crowds with stops in Syros, Tinos, Naxos, and Ios. Start with a food tour in Athens to fuel up before you ferry out to tour the mansions of Syros, bike past the beaches of Naxos, and more.

Sunset on the Amazing Island of Syros
Gastronomy and Culture of the Cyclades - 12 Days

Discover Greece's distinct culture and gastronomy, starting in Athens with a private tour of the Acropolis and a hands-on cooking class, followed by a transition to some of the most beautiful islands of the Cyclades. Begin in Syros for food tours and explorations of medieval cities, then head to the hidden gem of Tinos for some of Greece's best cuisine, plus a visit to marble villages, an art workshop, and an afternoon swimming in the Aegean Sea. End your trip in Naxos where you'll discover ancient sites, historic streets, medieval monasteries, and, of course, delicious, locally-sourced cuisines, the pride of the Greek Islands.

Relax on Naxos in the Cyclades
Athens, Naxos, Santorini, & Mykonos: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most travelers will find that 9 to 12 days is perfect for a well-paced Greece trip with stops in Athens, Naxos, Santorini, and Mykonos. Travelers with less time can hit the route's highlights in 7 or 8 days, which makes for a fast-paced journey. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop, or explore more of the country—some of our favorite itinerary extensions include Chania, Ios, or Nafpaktos. Get inspired with our Athens, Naxos, Santorini, and Mykonos trip ideas below.

Ermoupoli town beach on Syros
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Relaxing Secret Cyclades - 16 Days

See the lesser-known side of the Cyclades on this 16-day  island itinerary. After sampling the street foods of Athens, you'll ferry off to the Cycladic islands that deserve just as much of the spotlight as their more-famous siblings. Tour the mansions of the Cycladic capital on Syros, explore the Tinos marble scene, bike the beaches of Naxos, and see the villages and vineyards of Ios before your return to Athens, accompanied by the sweeping of the Aegean Sea.

Oia windmill
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Relaxed Athens, Santorini, Naxos & Mykonos - 12 Days

Greece has roughly 2,000 islands within its borders, but with 12 days to travel, you'll focus on these three favorites after a tour through the capital's food scene. See the star Santorini caldera, then sail to Naxos to take a spin around the beaches. Then it's off to Mykonos for a farm tour and more beach time before you head back to Athens.

Ermoupoli waterfront on Syros
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Relaxing Secret Cyclades - 12 Days

Take 12 days to explore some of the lesser-known islands of the Cyclades. Start by sampling street food in Athens before venturing out to sea. You'll stop on Syros, Tinos, Naxos, and Ios, with enough stately homes, savory food tours, and sunny beaches to keep you in serenity long after your trip is over.

Catamaran off the coast of Santorini
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Active Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini - 8 Days

Hit three major hotspots on this active eight-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 Greek mythology 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 and take a horseback ride to the coast. End the trip in Santorini with its classic white-topped cliffs and caldera views, complete with island cruising, hiking, and stunning sunsets to spare.

Approaching Delos by ferry
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Past and Present in Athens, Tinos, Mykonos & Naxos - 8 Days

Pack comfortable shoes for this eight-day itinerary—you'll be walking through Greek history from Athens through some of the best Cycladic islands.  Take a mythology tour of Athena's Parthenon and the Delos of Artemis and Apollo, along with a marble quarry hike, and exploration of island agriculture, and more.

Evening in Naxos town
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Relaxing Secret Cyclades - 8 Days

Legend has it that Dionysus was born on the island of Naxos, so manage a revel of your own with this eight-day itinerary to lesser-known yet amazing isles. From your starting point in Athens, you'll first visit petite Tinos for a taste of Cycladic cooking, then onward to Naxos to spin past its sunny beaches before you return to the city.

Fishing boat off the coast of Syros
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Relaxing Secret Cyclades - 15 Days

Hide away from the rest of the world as you discover the Cycladic islands that you may not have heard about—yet. Spend 15 days visiting Athens and the islands of Syros, Tinos, Naxos, and Ios, who may not be as famous as their glittery neighbors but have plenty of culture, history, and straight-from-the-Aegean seafood to keep you satisfied.

Mykonos' main celebrity
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Family Adventures in Athens and the Cyclades - 8 Days

Bring your whole brood to meet the most famous residents of Mykonos—its pelicans—on this eight-day itinerary. You'll start off with a guided mythology tour of Athens, then head to Mykonos to make some animal friends with beach time and a traditional farm visit. Then head to Naxos, where you'll see the island from horseback and top it off with one last day of lounging before you depart.

A view from the hills of Ios
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Active Cyclades: Naxos & Ios - 8 Days

Adventure awaits on this thrilling itinerary through the Cyclades. Spend just over a week exploring Naxos and Ios by hiking through the hills, diving in the sea, and paddling over the Aegean waves to secluded beaches. Top it all off with an exciting bike ride in and around Athens, where you'll see all the sights.

The best kind of dining room
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Cyclades & Peloponnese Culinary Heritage - 8 Days

The taverna has been a cornerstone of Greek life throughout history—artifacts even suggest there was once a taverna at the Acropolis itself. Find out why and eat your way through this eight-day itinerary, sharing your table with olive harvesters, local chefs, Mykonian farmers, and more as you ferry between some of the best islands in the Cyclades.

Streets of Santorini
Culture & Adventure in Athens, Naxos & Santorini - 15 Days

Get acquainted with some Greek highlights both large and small on this 15-day itinerary. Start off in Athens atop the Acropolis and wheeling through the city streets. Then sail down to the Cyclades, starting with sun, sailing, and snacking on Naxos and following it up with exploration of both the history and landscape of Santorini before you return to Athens.

Catting about on the caldera
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Relaxed Athens, Santorini, Naxos & Mykonos - 11 Days

Greece has an average of 250 sunny days a year, so enjoy 11 of them with this island itinerary. Go from the street food stalls of Athens to the white clifftop buildings of Santorini. Venture over to Naxos for some cooking and cycling, then find some food of your own at a farm on Mykonos before you return to watch the sunset over Athens.

Seaside church in Naxos
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Relaxing Secret Cyclades - 11 Days

What better way to unwind than spending 11 days sampling the culinary selections from across the Cyclades surrounded by the sea? You'll start this trip with a street food tour of Athens, then head to less famous yet beautiful islands, stopping in Syros, Tinos, Naxos, and Ios to sip wine, sample fresh produce, and even learn how to recreate the recipes at home.

Overlooking Paradise Beach in Mykonos
Greek Hotspots in Athens, Mykonos & Santorini - 11 Days

You've spent enough time eyeballing them on Instagram, it's time to check out these popular Greek destinations for yourself. Look down at the city of Athens from atop the Acropolis, then get out onto the water. Depart the mainland for the island of Mykonos, where you'll cruise to all the island's top spots, then head to Santorini to explore both its wine traditions and volcanic caldera.

Taverna in Naxos
Culture & Adventure in Athens, Naxos & Santorini - 11 Days

This 11-day itinerary takes you through some of Greece's top spots, starting with the Acropolis in Athens. Get better-acquainted with the city from atop the hill before you board the ferry to the Cyclades. Hike through the island's history and spend some time enjoying the sun in Naxos, then continue onto Santorini, where you'll sea kayak and stroll along the famous caldera.

Antiparos
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Sail the Greek Islands: Athens, Delphi, the Cyclades & More - 11 Days

Sailing the Greek islands is a quintessential Greek experience. On this 11-day tour you'll explore many islands of the Greek Cyclades group by private charter yacht. Spend your days exploring little villages on islands with only a few hundred inhabitants, or relaxing on beaches, and your nights listening to the waves and Aegean winds. Culture and history lovers are also in luck, as this tour also spends some time in Athens and makes a day trip to Delphi, one of ancient Greece's most important sites.

Overlooking the Santorini caldera
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Relaxed Athens, Santorini, Naxos & Mykonos - 14 Days

Head to Greece for 14 days of relaxation. Start with a culinary tour and winery day trip on the mainland before chilling island-style in the Cycladic Islands. Cruise through the caldera of Santorini, prepare a typical Greek meal on Naxos, and recline on sandy beaches throughout.

Get in those caldera views
Greek Hotspots in Athens, Mykonos & Santorini - 14 Days

Take a two-week jaunt between some of Greece's most popular sites with this itinerary. Start off with a spin through Athens, enjoying a food tour, and views from the Acropolis before you ferry out to Mykonos. Cruise around the island to experience its beaches and bustling nightlife, then head to your final stop in Santorini, where you'll hike, sail, and sip your way through Cycladic culture.

Looking down at the Old Town in Naxos from the castle
Culture & Adventure in Athens, Naxos & Santorini - 14 Days

Spend two weeks exploring Athens and some of the highlights of the Cyclades with this itinerary. You'll start atop the Acropolis before getting down into the streets of Athens for a morning bike tour, then head over to the Cycladic islands of Naxos and Santorini. Lounge on the beaches, sample some highlights of island cuisine, and hike alongside the famous caldera before you return to Athens.

Santorini views
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Best of Greece: Athens, Mykonos & Santorini - 7 Days

See why Santorini and Mykonos are two of the most popular Greek islands on this itinerary. After an introduction to Athens, you'll sail through these Cycladic spots, visiting glittering beaches, Classical sanctuaries, and stunning views.

Aerial view of Oia on the island of Santorini
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Discover Athens, Delphi, & the Cyclades - 10 Days

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.

Aerial view of Oia on the island of Santorini
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Discover Athens & the Cyclades - 8 Days

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.

Church rooftop in Oia
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Greek Hotspots in Athens, Mykonos & Santorini - 10 Days

Some of the most-discussed spots in Greece are yours to explore on this itinerary. After a city history tour of Athens, you'll set sail for the Cyclades' best-known islands of Mykonos and Santorini. Take a sunset sail out to the sacred island of Delos and sun on the sparkling beaches of Mykonos, then sample the fresh seafood and volcanic springs of Santorini.

The port in Naxos
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Active Cyclades: Naxos & Ios - 7 Days

This week-long itinerary through the Cyclades will take you to some of the most beautiful sites on Naxos and Ios. In between wandering the lanes of the charming main towns and lounging on the beaches, you'll trek through the hills to ancient sites and paddle over Aegean waves on a canoe safari. Back in Athens, take to the streets on a bike tour of sights both old and new to wrap up your Greek adventure.

Taste of the Cyclades and Crete - 16 Days
Map of Taste of the Cyclades and Crete - 16 Days
Taste of the Cyclades and Crete - 16 Days

The glittering Cyclades span hundreds of miles, with centuries of history under their belt. Your trip through the island chain will start in glamorous Mykonos before a stop at relaxed Paros for lazy days of beaches and tavernas. Continue to Naxos and Ios, making your way to the volcanic sunsets and cliffside architecture of Santorini. Finally, head to Crete, where excellent cuisine and hospitality await.

Descending the Santorini cliffside
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Greek Hotspots in Athens, Mykonos & Santorini - 12 Days

See some of Greece's star attractions on this 12-day itinerary. Start off in the capital of Athens and experience its rich historic heritage and modern food scene. Then ship out to the Cyclades, home to Mykonos and Santorini, where you'll enjoy beaches, archaeological tours, and all the fresh seafood your stomach could desire.

Santorini scenery
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Culture & Adventure in Athens, Naxos & Santorini - 9 Days

Whether you're windsurfing, hiking, or sea kayaking, this nine-day itinerary will take you to some of the highlights of Athens and the islands. Start off high atop the Acropolis, then set sail for bustling Naxos, one of the largest islands in the Cyclades, where you can take advantage of one of the best windsurfing spots in the region. Then head to Santorini to sea kayak and hike around the island's famed caldera.

Cafe in Naxos town
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Relaxing Secret Cyclades - 7 Days

Recline for a week in the less crowded parts of the sunny Cyclades with this seven-day itinerary. You'll start and end in Athens, visiting Tinos and Naxos in between. Tinos is home to time-honored basket-weaving methods and marble quarries that will take you back to the Classical era, while neighboring Naxos boasts an extensive agricultural scene and Venetian castle district ready to be wandered.

Enjoy a sunset over Santorini's crater
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Athens, Santorini, & Mykonos: Best Itinerary Ideas

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.

Temple of Poseidon on Cape Sounion
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Past and Present in Athens, Tinos, Mykonos & Naxos - 10 Days

The Greek alphabet is the oldest written language still in use today, so study up for your 10-day trip through Greece's history and modern influence. Go from up on the Acropolis to down to the Aegean Sea, circling through the Cycladic islands of Tinos, Mykonos, and Naxos with temples, food tours, historic terraces, and more.

Path up to the Naxos Portara
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Past and Present in Athens, Tinos & Naxos - 7 Days

Cover more than 3,000 years in just seven days with this educational itinerary. You'll learn about the myths of the Acropolis along with the agriculture of Naxos and artisans of Tinos as you sweep past the centuries in the city of Athens and Cyclades island chain.

Mykonos beach
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Family Adventures in Athens and the Cyclades - 7 Days

Spend seven days with the sun and sand on this family-focused itinerary. Start off with a mythology tour through the Acropolis, then set sail for Mykonos where you can feel the surf on your feet and taste traditional flavors with a farm dinner. You'll end in Naxos, seeing the island from horseback before you sneak in one more day on the beach.

Naxos port and castle
Best of Greece: Athens, Tinos, Naxos & Santorini - 10 Days

Mix well-known favorites with some smaller spots on this 10-day itinerary.  You'll explore Classical history in Athens and Delphi before heading out to the islands. See the pilgrimage sites on Tinos and ancient sanctuaries on Delos, then continue to Naxos to try out the island's many agricultural products and end your trip cruising through Santorini's volcanic caldera.

Olive harvest in action
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Cyclades & Peloponnese Culinary Heritage - 7 Days

Spend a week immersed in the tasty traditions of Greece with this seven-day itinerary. Enjoy a welcome dinner in Athens and venture out to a functioning olive grove, then ferry over to Tinos for a culinary workshop. Get back on board for a stop in Naxos with samples of island agriculture before your return to Athens.

Relax on Greece's beaches
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Athens, Naxos, & Santorini: Best Itinerary Ideas

Nine to 12 days is the most popular trip length for Greece travelers interested in visiting Athens, Naxos, and Santorini, especially when also including Mykonos. If you're only headed to Athens, Naxos, and Santorini, you can enjoy a comfortably-paced trip in 8 to 10 days. Even travelers with limited time can see the highlights in as few as 5 to 7 days. For the best itineraries including Athens, Naxos, and Santorini, keep reading below.

Sail the Greek Cyclades
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City to Sea: Athens & Greek Cyclades - 10 days

This 10-day itinerary offers a quintessential Greek experience, including time in the historic capital, and lazy days sailing around the islands of the Cyclades group. With a charter yacht, you'll cruise to islands large and small, including places where you'll feel as though you've stepped back in time, and others with vibrant dining and shopping scenes. With a mixture of down time and sightseeing activities, you'll feel physically refreshed and mentally stimulated by this luxurious and unforgettable trip.

Looking toward Naxos town
Culture & Adventure in Athens, Naxos & Santorini - 13 Days

See part of the range of Greek attractions both big and small with this 13-day itinerary. Start in Athens with a guided tour of the Acropolis and its museum, followed by an urban bike ride to get up close with the city. Then sail to the Cyclades, beginning in Naxos, where you can explore neighboring islands and enchanting villages. Continue in Santorini, unwinding with beach time, wine tasting, and a scenic hike along the rim of the caldera before you return to Athens.

Aliko Beach, Naxos
Athens, Naxos, & Tinos: Best Itinerary Ideas

For most travelers, 7 to 8 days is the perfect amount of time for a Greece trip with stops in Athens, Naxos, and Tinos. If you don't mind a fast-paced journey, you can see the highlights of this route in less time—as few as 6 days. Or, extend your trip and explore more of the country—some of the best-loved trip extensions include Mykonos, Ios, or Chania. Keep reading for more inspiring Athens, Naxos, and Tinos itineraries.

Mykonos at sunset
Athens, Naxos, & Mykonos: Best Itinerary Ideas

Nine to 12 days is the most popular trip length for travelers interested in visiting Athens, Naxos, and Mykonos, especially when also including Santorini. For travelers wanting to visit Athens, Naxos, and Mykonos exclusively, plan 7 to 8 days for a well-paced trip. For the best itineraries including Athens, Naxos, and Mykonos, keep reading below.

Windmills on Ios in the Cyclades
Athens, Naxos, & Ios: Best Itinerary Ideas

Ten to 14 days is the most popular trip length for travelers interested in visiting Athens, Naxos, and Ios, especially when also including Tinos and Syros in the itinerary. If you're only headed to Athens, Naxos, and Ios, you can enjoy a comfortably-paced trip in 7 to 8 days. Even travelers with limited time can see the highlights in as few as 5 or 6 days. Check out our favorite Athens, Naxos, and Ios trips below.

Ancient alleyways
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Past and Present in Athens, Tinos, Mykonos & Naxos - 15 Days

Classical history and mythology enthusiasts and amateurs alike can enjoy this 15-day itinerary. You'll explore the museums and myths of Athens and Mycenae before heading to the Cyclades. In the islands, you'll hike, tour, and taste your way through centuries of history, from the distillers of Naxos to the archaeological site at Delos and Tinos marble route before your return to Athens.

Santorini views
Greek Hotspots in Athens, Mykonos & Santorini - 15 Days

Spend 15 full days discovering some of Greece's most iconic sites on this itinerary.  Divide your time between three different spots, starting with a few days to discover what modern Athens has offer from the top of the Acropolis down to the street food stalls. Then sail down to Mykonos for both inland village tours and leisurely beach time to see every angle of the island, and follow it up with the white cliffs and colorful beaches of Santorini as you sip their ancient wines and sail through the classic caldera.

Views over Naxos
Culture & Adventure in Athens, Naxos & Santorini - 12 Days

See some of Greece's popular high points and hidden secrets with this itinerary. Start out in Athens, where you'll tour the Acropolis and visit the resort town of Vouliagmeni before you head out to the Cyclades. Your island journey includes Naxos, home to the marble village and a sailboat that will take you out to the neighboring Small Cyclades, followed by Santorini, where you'll explore the iconic caldera and the rest of the island before you return to Athens.

Naxos
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Greek Islands & History: Athens, the Cyclades, & More - 12 Days

Both culture and nature lovers will enjoy this 12-day tour of Greece. Starting in Athens then traveling to Delphi, you'll learn all about classical Greek history and unparalleled museums and archeological sites. Then, the relaxation begins in Mykonos, where you'll meet your charter yacht. Spend the rest of your trip sailing around the Cyclades Islands in the Aegean Sea, a quintessential and unforgettable Greek experience. 

Propylaea on the Acropolis
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Past and Present in Athens, Tinos, Mykonos & Naxos - 9 Days

Travel through time with a nine-day trip into Classical Greece. Hear the myths of the Acropolis in Athens before heading to the islands of Naxos, Mykonos, and Tinos, home to mythological sites, local delicacies, beautiful villages, and more.

The prizewinner in the wild
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Cyclades & Peloponnese Culinary Heritage - 9 Days

Athena won over the citizens of Athens by providing them with an olive tree—on this tour, you'll see all the ways in which the mighty olive continues to dominate Greek culture. Visit a working olive grove, learn to put olive-based ingredients into practice in a Tinian cooking class, and sample more local specialties at a farmhouse dinner.

Columns on Delos
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Past and Present in Athens, Tinos, Mykonos & Naxos - 14 Days

Some say that Greek civilization has been around so long, they've had the opportunity to try every form of government. See the results of those political experiments on this 14-day itinerary, starting in Athens, the birthplace of democracy. You'll head out to the Cyclades after an Acropolis tour to experience the food and history of the islands before you return to the city.

View of Oia on the island of Santorini
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Explore Athens, Meteora, Delphi, & the Cyclades - 11 Days

Hit several major hotspots on this 11-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 visiting the monasteries of Meteora suspended in the sky and the amazing ruins of Delphi. Next, hop 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.

The famous Portara of Naxos
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Delightful Athens & Naxos - 6 Days

Experience captivating Athens and a lesser-known Cycladic island with this 6-day itinerary.  After getting your first taste of Greece in the capital city, you'll head to Naxos to experience the beaches, history, villages, and culture of the largest Cycladic isle.

The beaches of Mykonos
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Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 11 Days

This trip to Athens and the islands offers a relaxing escape full of sun, surf, and culture. Explore Athens at your own pace and try local delicacies on a street food tour of the city. Then set sail for the hidden gem of Tinos, where you'll learn about its religious and artisan history. Bask on the beaches of Mykonos and cruise around Santorini's volcanic caldera lagoon. Continue to Crete, where you'll roam the enchanting streets of old Chania and visit historic villages before you head home.

Tinos Old Town
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Past and Present in Athens, Tinos, Mykonos & Naxos - 11 Days

About seven percent of the world's marble comes from Greece, and you'll get to see the source—alongside plenty of other famous exports—on this 11-day itinerary. In addition to a hike along the marble route on Tinos, you'll experience homemade cheese and liqueur on Naxos, mythology on Delos, the museums of Athens, and more.

Some of Naxos' four-legged residents
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Family Adventures in Athens and the Cyclades - 6 Days

Get a glimpse of multiple angles of Greece on this six-day family trip. You'll begin with a mythology tour of the Acropolis, then sail to the Cyclades to visit Naxos. This island has a rich agricultural and archaeological legacy that you can explore on horseback or simply via wandering through its castle district, plus plenty of stunning beaches that kids and adults will love.

Views from Nafplio's Palamidi Castle
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Cyclades & Peloponnese Culinary Heritage - 16 Days

Delve into Greek traditions with this 16-day itinerary. You'll arrive to a welcome dinner in Athens before heading to Nafplio to explore the history and agriculture of the Peloponnese. Then it's time for a trip to the islands, where you'll sample some of the favorite foods of Tinos, Mykonos, and Naxos and learn to create your own.

Taverna in Athens' Plaka neighborhood
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Cyclades & Peloponnese Culinary Heritage - 11 Days

You've probably heard of feta, but what about graviera? Mizithra? How about their cousin kefalotyri? Meet every member of the Greek cheese family and more on this 11-day itinerary. You'll see them straight from the source along with other culinary and cultural highlights as you play shepherd for a day, learn how to put them to use in a Cycladic cooking class on Tinos, and visit the many other cheese habitats with a Naxos food tour before you return to Athens.

Nafplio taverna
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Cyclades & Peloponnese Culinary Heritage - 13 Days

The best way to show love is through food, so let Greece show you how much it loves you with this 13-day culinary itinerary. Whether it's with fresh goat cheese, Agiorgitiko wine, or olives, you'll be wooed by hands-on sampling tours, cooking classes, and at-home meals from Athens through the Cycladic islands.

Temple of Hercules on Delos
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Past and Present in Athens, Tinos, Mykonos & Naxos - 13 Days

Experience the full timeline of Greece's many millennia on this 13-day trip. You'll start in bustling Athens and detour to Mycenae, most recognizable from its role in the Iliad. Then sail to the Cyclades, sampling modern agriculture on Naxos, ancient ruins on the sacred island of Delos, and more before your return to Athens.

Cliffside Santorini at Fira town
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Santorini & Folegandros - 8 Days

Santorini is the glittering gem of the Cyclades. You'll spend five days exploring this iconic Greek island from top to bottom with beach time, volcano tours, and sunsets that'll take your breath away. Then ferry to neighboring Folegandros to relax on a smaller and lesser-visited (but no less beautiful) island, discovering empty coastline and medieval architecture before returning to Santorini for your departure.

Mikri Vigla beach on Naxos
Culture & Adventure in Athens, Naxos & Santorini - 8 Days

Visit some of the high points of Athens and the Cyclades with this eight-day itinerary. You'll start with a tour of the Acropolis and its neighboring museum, then journey off to Naxos, one of the largest islands in the Cycladic chain, for a hike through the island's past and present. Finish your trip in stunning Santorini, where you'll sea kayak and see island's classic caldera.

The Cyclades Islands of Greece
Sailing the Greek Cyclades: Paros, Mykonos, Serifos - 8 Days

As the ultimate sailing adventure through Greece's coveted Cyclades Islands, this tour combines bustling city life with tranquil villages nestled in the Aegean Sea. From some of Europe's best nightlife to humble fishing towns and secluded beaches, travelers will enjoy Greece's rich and varied heritage. Enjoy sunsets and local seafood while discovering important and ancient archeological sites, all from the comfort of a private yacht.

Not your average cafe views
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Cyclades & Peloponnese Culinary Heritage - 15 Days

Get up close with Greek cuisine on this 15-day itinerary.  You'll start on the mainland, exploring olive groves, vineyards, and farms to get the full picture of the food chain. Then sail south to the Cyclades, where you'll see those ingredients in action in cooking classes, food tours, and fresh farm dinners.

The pink sand beach of Elafonissi, Crete
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Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 10 Days

Escape to Athens and Greece's gorgeous islands with this laid-back itinerary. See the sights and sample some of the city's best street food in the capital, and then set sail for the Cyclades. Stop in Tinos, a hidden gem with a vibrant artisan community and rich religious history, before heading to neighboring Mykonos. There you'll enjoy an authentic farm-to-table meal with the locals. Make your way to the incredibly photogenic Santorini for some beach time and a cruise around its volcanic caldera. Then head to Crete for more fabulous beaches and some time in and around the Venetian city of Chania. Visit some historic Cretan villages before ending your journey.

Vouliagmeni resort area
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Culture & Adventure in Athens, Naxos & Santorini - 10 Days

Spend ten days amid some of the  most popular spots in Greece. You'll start off in Athens, where you'll experience the Acropolis and the shores of the Athenian Riviera. Then sail into the Cyclades, landing first at Naxos for a hike through the island's history, then continuing to Santorini to explore its beaches and enjoy the caldera views.

Stroll through the vines
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Cyclades & Peloponnese Culinary Heritage - 10 Days

Legend has it the grapes of Nemea were brought to the people by Dionysus, and you can try the "fruit of the gods" for yourself on this 10-day culinary itinerary. Tour a working Peloponnesian olive grove and learn about the oil making process, cook your own Cycladic feast on charming Tinos, visit a traditional Mykonian farm, and of course, sample the native varietals of Nemea's wineries.

Beautiful Santorini at Sunset
Discover Greek Culture, From Athens to Santorini - 10 Days

Experience the culture, scenery, and romance of Athens, as well as Folegandros and Santorini, some of Greece's most beautiful islands. After exploring the exciting Greek capital with private tours to the Acropolis and tales of its mythology, you'll head to Folegandros for dramatic views of red-stone cliff-sides and traditional meals in quaint towns. Polish off your trip in Santorini, the glittering gem of the Aegean Sea, for incredible hikes along the caldera, wine tasting, swimming at secluded beaches, sea kayaking, and enjoying romantic sunsets in Fira.

Oia, Santorini
Map of Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 12 Days
Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 12 Days

This itinerary offers sun, surf, and an inside look at Greek culture, both ancient and modern. Start things off in Athens, where you'll explore at your own pace and try some of the capital's best street food. Then begin your island hopping adventure with a stop in Tinos, a pilgrimage site and home to a centuries-old marble craft. Next, make your way to Mykonos, where you can stroll through the pretty streets, unwind on the beach, and indulge in some of the island's excellent culinary offerings. Set sail for Santorini, where you'll cruise around its volcanic caldera, before moving on to Crete's charming historic towns and villages. End your trip back in Athens with an unforgettable sunset excursion.

Erechtheion temple on the Acropolis
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Past and Present in Athens, Tinos, Mykonos & Naxos - 12 Days

Immerse yourself in the history of Greece with this 12-day itinerary. Start with the museums and myths of Athens with an Acropolis tour, cooking class, and trip to Mycenae. Then venture out to the Cyclades to see the sites and sample some of the local agriculture along the way.

A slew of sampling options
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Cyclades & Peloponnese Culinary Heritage - 12 Days

Greece produces more feta cheese than any other country, and you can do your best to make a dent in their supply on this 12-day itinerary. Eat your way through both the mainland and the islands in olive groves and amid vineyards before learning to cook under the Acropolis to cap it all off.

The Cyclades are the quintessential Greek isles
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Taste of the Cyclades and Crete - 14 Days

The glittering Cyclades span hundreds of miles, with centuries of history under their belt. The two-week version of this itinerary starts in glamorous Mykonos before a stop in Naxos for beach time and a cooking class. Then, make your way to the volcanic sunsets and cliffside architecture of Santorini. End your trip on Crete, where amazing beaches, excellent cuisine, and great hospitality await.

Greek islands
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Mainland Greek History & the Cyclades - 14 Days

Discover Athens, Delphi, and the best of the Greek islands during this fun 14-day itinerary. Visit major archeological sites, sample volcanic vintages at wine tastings on Santorini, visit an organic farm on Mykonos, sail the Athenian Riviera, and much more.

So much to stumble upon
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Cyclades & Peloponnese Culinary Heritage - 14 Days

Spend two weeks treating yourself to some of Greece's finest food and wine traditions. You'll start with four days among the fields of Nafplio in the Peloponnese, followed by a full week in the Cyclades where you'll learn to cook on Tinos, visit a Mykonian farm, and tour the tavernas of Naxos. Cap it off with a cooking class under the Acropolis upon your return to Athens. 

Evening in Mykonos
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Essential Greece: Athens & Greek Cyclades Sailing Adventure - 14 Days

With two full weeks in Greece you can see many of its unmissable sights, and experience many of its greatest attractions. An ancient country littered with historic ruins, with a stunning view around every corner, on this tour you'll combine sightseeing with relaxing and sailing around on a charter yacht. Start in the buzzing capital, Athens, then move on to the cliff-side monasteries at Meteora and the famous site of Delphi. After a dose of culture and history, head to Mykonos to board your charter yacht for a multi-day sailing tour of the Cyclades islands. Enjoy the famous Aegean winds, sparkling beaches, and a slower pace of life.

Chapel in Archanes
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Crete & Cyclades Culinary Heritage - 16 Days

What better way to learn a culture than through food? This 16-day itinerary will take you into Greece's past and present via hands-on agricultural experiences. Head to the islands to learn cook in Tinos, visit a traditional farm and villages on Mykonos, and sample the home-grown products of Naxos. Then continue onto Crete, where you'll visit olive groves, historic homes, traditional dance performances, and more before your return to Athens.

Walk any number of streets for a view of the Acropolis
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History and Culture in Athens and Santorini - 7 Days

Get to know ancient Athens and get a taste of island life on Santorini with this weeklong itinerary. Sample volcanic wine varietals in centuries-old vineyards, take a mythological tour of the capital, take a cooking class based on ancient Greek culinary methods, and more.

Mykonos harbor
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Luxury Cyclades Yacht Cruise - 9 Days

Cruise like a celebrity through the glittering waters of the Cyclades on this nine-day itinerary.  The Cyclades are some of the most quintessential Greek islands, and you'll see seven of them from the decks of your yacht, along with plenty of time to explore onshore. From lesser-known spots like beach-lined Milos and petite Antiparos to favorites like bustling Naxos and cosmopolitan Mykonos, you'll scope out this island chain in style.

The famous Portara of Naxos
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Delightful Naxos and Mainland Greece - 8 Days

Experience captivating Athens and highlights of the nearby Peloponnese Peninsula and Cycladic Islands with this week-long itinerary.  After getting your first taste of Greece in the capital city, you'll take a day trip to legendary Mycenae and charming Nafplio. Then, head to Naxos to experience the beaches, history, villages, and culture of the largest Cycladic isle.

Mykonos from the Old Harbor
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Greek Hotspots in Athens, Mykonos & Santorini - 9 Days

Hit some of the hottest destinations in Greece on this itinerary. You'll start in Athens, visiting the towering Acropolis and day-tripping out to the archaeological site at Delphi to experience the ancient world. Then head to the islands, where you'll lounge amid the luxury of Mykonos and then stroll along Santorini's volcanic caldera before you loop back to Athens.

Aerial view of Oia on the island of Santorini.
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Taste of Athens & Santorini - 5 Days

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.

Streets of the Naxos Kastro district
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Family Adventures in Athens and the Cyclades - 5 Days

See Athens and the Cycladic island of Naxos with this five-day itinerary. Start by taking your whole family up to the Acropolis to experience the myths of Classical Greece up close, then head down to the island of Naxos to explore its former Venetian castle district and lounge on the many beaches.

Samaria Gorge
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Active Athens, Tinos, Naxos, and Crete - 17 Days

From Athens to Crete, you'll do more than hang out beachside on the 17-day version of this itinerary.  Watch the sunset over the Temple of Poseidon, hike the lunar landscape of Volax, bike past the beaches of Naxos, and trek the Samaria Gorge in the Cretan White Mountains. With opportunities to snorkel, ride horses, and other outdoor activities throughout, your trip will end with a culinary excursion in the traditional village of Vamos.

Pastries on parade
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Cyclades & Crete Culinary History Tour - 15 Days

Spend just over two weeks eating Greek delicacies to your heart's content with this food- and culture-focused itinerary. You'll visit four Greek islands, starting in the Cyclades and then heading down to Crete, with a culinary experience on each guaranteed to increase both your knowledge of Greek cuisine and ability to make your own once you've returned home.

Oia, Santorini
Map of Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 17 Days
Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 17 Days

Unwind and indulge in the sun, surf, and flavors of Athens and the islands with this 17-day itinerary. First, enjoy a food tour of the capital and go wine tasting in the famous vineyards of Nemea. Then sail off the beaten path to Tinos, where you'll learn about its centuries-old marble craft. Next, make your way to glamorous Mykonos, where you'll roam its pretty streets and relax on the beach. Spend some time on the volcanic island of Santorini and enjoy a sail around the caldera and colorful beaches, before heading to the gorgeous lagoons of Crete. Return to Athens for an unforgettable sunset farewell.

Venetian fortifications in Chania
Map of Active Athens, Tinos, Naxos, and Crete - 9 Days
Active Athens, Tinos, Naxos, and Crete - 9 Days

Nine days is plenty of time to work up a sweat with this energetic itinerary. Enjoy a welcome dinner in Athens before you ferry to the Cyclades, stopping in Tinos and Naxos for hiking and biking along the blue shores. Then onward to Crete and the famous Samaria Gorge before you return to Athens for a well-deserved sunset break. 

Santorini at sunset
Map of Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 13 Days
Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 13 Days

Embrace the Mediterranean sunshine and tranquility with this relaxed itinerary in Greece's capital and islands. Start in Athens, where you'll see the sights at your own pace and enjoy a street food tour. Then set sail for Tinos, an often overlooked gem with a rich religious history. Continue on to neighboring Mykonos to indulge in its glamorous restaurant scene and unwind on the beach. Dig into an authentic farm-to-table meal before moving on to the volcanic island of Santorini. Next, you'll sail to Crete for its stunning lagoons and traditional villages before returning to Athens for a sunset sendoff.

Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Island on Crete
Map of Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 19 Days
Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 19 Days

Take your time exploring Greece's beauty, history, and flavor with this relaxed itinerary. You'll start in Athens, where you'll sample local delicacies and go on a cycling tour of the sights. Then sail over to the beautiful, lesser-known island of Tinos — a popular pilgrimage site — before continuing to glamorous Mykonos. Here you'll lounge on the beaches and enjoy an authentic farm-to-table meal. Next head to Santorini for some wine tasting and a fabulous cruise around its volcanic caldera. Finally, bask in the sun and surf of Crete before ending your trip back in the capital.  

Best seat in the house
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Cyclades & Crete Culinary History Tour - 9 Days

Toast to the friendship-creating powers of food on this nine-day itinerary. You'll meet the locals as you sample your way through the country, joining them in olive groves or around the farmhouse dinner table to discover Greece's culinary history on Tinos, Naxos, Mykonos, and Crete.

View of the Acropolis Hill in Athens
Discover Greek Mythology and Archeology - 12 Days

Visit some of Greece's most important sites on this archeology and mythology tour, starting in the buzzy capital of Athens, atop the famous Acropolis Hill, and at the Temples of Delphi. Then head to the islands, stopping in Crete to explore Heraklion, Chania, and the Arkadi Monastery, followed by Mykonos and Santorini for prehistoric ruins. End your trip on the island of Delos where you'll walk the Terrace of Lions, then head back to Athens for one final day visiting the Temple of Poseidon and chasing the sunset along the Athenian Riviera.

Amid the hills of Tinos
Map of Active Athens, Tinos, Naxos, and Crete - 13 Days
Active Athens, Tinos, Naxos, and Crete - 13 Days

It would take about 108 hours to swim from Athens to Chania, but since you only have 13 days, this itinerary will let you take the ferry instead. You'll stop at the islands of Tinos and Naxos along the way, with plenty of time to hike, bike, and climb along the way.

Ancient ruins in Athens
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Best of Greece: Athens & Cyclades Sailing - 13 Days

Greece is known for its ancient history and stunning islands, and you'll spend ample time experiencing both on this 13-day tour. From Athens, with its layers of history, to Meteora and Delphi, culture and history enthusiasts will love the first part of the tour. Then, take the energy level down a few notches and board a private yacht at Mykonos. Spend the remainder of the trip sailing around the beautiful Cyclades Islands, in the Aegean Sea. 

Palace of Knossos
Island History & Culture in Athens, Mykonos, Santorini & Crete - 13 Days

From the heights of the Acropolis to the thermal waters of Elounda, this 13-day itinerary offers a span of the Greek travel experience. You'll start off in Athens, then head south over the seas starting with Mykonos, home to both beach parties and island archaeology. Next is Santorini for wine and secluded bays, then conclude in Crete with historic Spinalonga and rejuvenating spa time.

Naxos at sunset
Athens & Naxos: Best Itinerary Ideas

Travelers to Greece typically plan a trip for 9 to 12 days when combining both Athens and Naxos with Santorini and Mykonos. For travelers wanting to visit Athens and Naxos exclusively, plan 5 to 8 days for a well-paced trip. Check out our favorite Athens and Naxos trips below.

Sail into Santorini's Caldera
Athens & Santorini: Best Itinerary Ideas

Seven to 10 days is the most popular trip length for Greece travelers interested in visiting both Athens and Santorini, especially when also including Mykonos. If you're only headed to Athens and Santorini, you can enjoy a comfortably-paced trip in 5 to 7 days. With less time, it's still possible to see the highlights in as few as 4 days. For the best itineraries including Athens and Santorini, keep reading below.

Beaches of Crete
Map of Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 20 Days
Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 20 Days

Slow down and indulge in the rich flavors and inviting waters of Greece with this itinerary. Start in the capital, where you'll see the sights and sample the street food, before heading to the islands. Visit the hidden gem of Tinos, where you'll learn about the centuries-old marble craft. Continue on to Mykonos for some beach time before heading to Santorini, where you'll cruise around its volcanic caldera. Then make your way to Crete to explore its historic villages and relax by its magnificent lagoons before returning to Athens for a sunset sendoff.

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.

Oia, Santorini
Map of Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 16 Days
Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 16 Days

Take your time exploring Athens and the islands on this magical tour of Greece. Follow this relaxed itinerary from the markets of Athens to the vineyards of Nemea. Go off the beaten path to the pilgrimage island of Tinos before sailing to Mykonos for some cosmopolitan charm. You'll explore the picturesque streets of Santorini and cruise around its volcanic caldera before making your way to Crete. Get your fill of historic villages and luxurious beaches before wrapping up your trip back in the capital.

The wild beaches of Naxos
Map of Active Athens, Tinos, Naxos, and Crete - 16 Days
Active Athens, Tinos, Naxos, and Crete - 16 Days

Get ready to hike, bike, and swim your way around Athens and some of Greece's most beautiful islands. Begin and end your journey in the ancient capital, where you'll see history from the seat of your bicycle. Then soak up the beauty and culture of Naxos on horseback, learn to surf on the hidden gem of Tinos, and trek through Crete's spectacular Samaria Gorge. Reward yourself with one last Aegean sunset at the Temple of Poseidon.

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.

Site of a former village in Samaria Gorge
Map of Active Athens, Tinos, Naxos, and Crete - 14 Days
Active Athens, Tinos, Naxos, and Crete - 14 Days

Take two weeks to discover the islands from a more active perspective with this itinerary. Learn to surf on Tinos, ride a horse along the beaches of Naxos, and even cook in the Botanical Gardens of Crete as you discover three major islands sandwiched in between your Athenian arrival and departure.

Streets of Mykonos
Island History & Culture in Athens, Mykonos, Santorini & Crete - 14 Days

Gallivant through Greece with this two-week itinerary from Athens to Crete and back. After a tour of the Acropolis, you'll head to the Cycladic islands of Mykonos and Santorini, home to archaeological exploration, bright beaches, and indulgent food and wine. Keep going to the island of Crete to venture through the Palace of Knossos, storied island of Spinalonga, and spas of Elounda before you return for a final night in Athens.

Figs in the Cretan sun
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Cyclades & Crete Culinary History Tour - 14 Days

Greece has been growing crops ranging from chickpeas and cucumbers to pomegranates  and walnuts since the days of antiquity. Spend two weeks sampling the fruits of their finely honed labor with this 14-day culinary and cultural tour. Whether you're learning to cook on Tinos or exploring the villages of Crete, the craftsmanship will be obvious in every bite.

Tinian countryside
Map of Active Athens, Tinos, Naxos, and Crete - 12 Days
Active Athens, Tinos, Naxos, and Crete - 12 Days

The Greek word for water is "neró," which will come in handy both when you need to refill your bottle before trekking over the hills and when you're pointing out views from the ferry on this 12-day itinerary.  Spend your days taking in all the activities that Athens and the islands have to offer, whether you're biking down the Athenian Riviera or hiking into Crete's Samaria Gorge.

Taverna in a square on Crete
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Cyclades & Crete Culinary History Tour - 12 Days

The phrase "take the bull by the horns" is believed to have originated on Crete, and that's how you should approach this 12-day itinerary. You'll need plenty of stamina as you eat and drink your way through Tinos, Naxos, Mykonos, and Crete, whether you're taking a cooking class, trekking the villages of Apokoronas, or trying out your moves at a demonstration of traditional Cretan dancing.

Coast of Mykonos
Map of Laidback Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 21 Days
Laidback Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 21 Days

Find some island sunshine and serenity with this itinerary. You'll start in Athens, sampling the street food and cycling past the city's famous landmarks, before you head to sea. Stop in petite Tinos first, frequent pilgrimage site and home to centuries of marble carvers. Then head to Mykonos to recline on the beach before ferrying over to Santorini for a boat cruise through the volcanic caldera. You'll continue in Crete, with turquoise lagoons and botanical gardens making sure you're fully blissed out before you go back to Athens.

Meteora in autumn
Map of Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 10 Days
Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 10 Days

Cover a range of terrain across Greece with this athletic 10-day itinerary. Start in Athens with a day trip up to Meteora's monasteries in the sky, then sail to the Cyclades to hike and bike on the shore. Stop in Crete to trek the towering Samaria Gorge before you return to Athens.

Samaria Gorge
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Active Athens, Tinos, Naxos, and Crete - 10 Days

Do much more than lounge on the beach with this Greek itinerary.  You'll start in Athens, then head out to the islands to hike through rocky villages, bike past idyllic beach scenes, and trek the Samaria Gorge. Top it off with a culinary tour before you return to Athens for a sunset celebration.

Cretan olive plantation
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Cyclades & Crete Culinary History Tour - 10 Days

Wheat, olive oil, and wine are sometimes known as the "Mediterranean triad," forming the basis for ancient Greek cuisine. Travel through their roots with this 10-day itinerary and then see them in modern action, with cooking classes, food tours, and village explorations all to underscore these shared ancestral tastes.

Ftelia Beach, Mykonos
Map of Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 15 Days
Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 15 Days

Savor every moment of this relaxed cultural tour of Athens and the islands. Lasting just over two weeks, this itinerary leaves plenty of room for exploration as you roam the food markets of Athens, go wine tasting in the vineyards of Nemea, and learn about the centuries-old marble craft on the island of Tinos. You'll visit both the glamorous and traditional sides of Mykonos, cruise around Santorini's volcanic caldera, and unwind on the fabulous beaches of Crete. End your trip back in Athens with an unforgettable sunset over the ruins.

Samaria Gorge passage
Map of Active Athens, Tinos, Naxos, and Crete - 15 Days
Active Athens, Tinos, Naxos, and Crete - 15 Days

Start and end in Athens but spend most of your time in the islands with this active 15-day itinerary. Whether you're scaling up to the tops of the cliffs on Tinos or down into Samaria Gorge on Crete, or catching a wave along the way, this trip will keep you moving.

Mykonos
Map of Greek Islands & Ancient History: Mykonos, Delphi, Meteora, & More - 15 Days
Greek Islands & Ancient History: Mykonos, Delphi, Meteora, & More - 15 Days

Greece is a country littered with ancient history and awash with stunning views. On this 15-day tour you'll experience it all, from the buzzing capital to the cliff-side monasteries at Meteora and the famous site of Delphi. After a good dose of culture and history, board your charter yacht for a multi-day sailing tour of the Cyclades group of islands. There you'll discover a slower pace of life, sparkling beaches, and traditional towns, as well as some of those ubiquitous ancient archeological sites.

Cozy tavernas
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Cyclades & Crete Culinary History Tour - 8 Days

Some historians believe that pygmy hippos once lived in parts of Greece until they were hunted to extinction, likely for food. You won't get to sample any pygmy hippo, but this eight-day itinerary has plenty of other culinary delights to keep you intrigued, from your welcome dinner in Athens to the tavernas of Naxos's Venetian castle and stone villages of Crete.

Off the coast of Spinalonga
Island History & Culture in Athens, Mykonos, Santorini & Crete - 15 Days

Spend 15 full days exploring some of Greece's most popular destinations on this itinerary. After visiting the Acropolis and Temple of Poseidon, you'll journey to the islands, beginning on glamorous Mykonos. After beach lounging and a sunset visit to Delos, move on to Santorini for a bayside expedition and wine tasting. Then make your way to Crete to wander through the Palace of Knossos and relax in the thermal springs of Elounda before you return for one last Athenian evening.

The shores of Naxos
Map of Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 20 Days
Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 20 Days

In just under three weeks, you'll explore the Greek mainland and islands by hike, horse, kayak, and more. Learn to fish the traditional way before heading for the Cyclades, where you'll go surfing on Tinos and scuba diving on Naxos. Then sail over to Crete, where you'll learn to cook like the locals and trek through the stunning Samaria Gorge. Complete your journey back on the mainland with a kayaking excursion around Nafplio's imposing coastal castle. 

Drying octopi
Map of Cyclades & Crete Culinary History Tour - 13 Days
Cyclades & Crete Culinary History Tour - 13 Days

Try out all the bounty the lush Mediterranean has to offer, both from the sea and the climate, with this 13-day itinerary.  With four different islands on the itinerary, the seafood will be fresh, the olive oil smooth, and the wine flowing as you make your way through Tinos, Naxos, Mykonos, and Crete.

Elafonissi's famous pink sand beach
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Authentic Greek Adventure: Athens to the Cyclades - 16 Days

Get to know Crete, Athens, and the Cycladic Islands on the 16-day version of this experiential tour. After visiting the capital city, head to Chania as your base for exploration on Crete, where you'll take in the medieval architecture and postcard-perfect Venetian port. Spend time hiking, eating, and more in a traditional village before wrapping up your journey with Santorini wine-tasting and a horseback ride on lesser-known Naxos.

Hiking in the mountains of Samaria Gorge
Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 21 Days

This three-week adventure will have you hiking, biking, and diving your way around the Greek islands and mainland. You'll explore the Athenian Riviera by bicycle and learn to fish the traditional Greek way, before heading to the Cyclades for a surfing lesson and trekking in Tinos, and some scuba diving and horseback riding around Naxos. Then you'll travel to Crete to hike the gorgeous Samaria Gorge before returning to the mainland for kayaking in coastal Nafplio.

The Santorini village of Oia at sunset.
Map of Taste of Athens & Santorini - 6 Days
Taste of Athens & Santorini - 6 Days

Combine ancient Athens with Santorini sunsets on this quick 6-day jaunt through a few of Greece's most stunning sights. After discovering the capital's classical treasures and gastronomic gems, you'll hop over to Santorini to finish your trip with a taste of island life—sailing its rugged coast, exploring whitewashed villages, and sampling local wines.

A pier in the Old Town of Chania, Crete
Map of Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 11 Days
Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 11 Days

You'll cover plenty of ground with this 11-day itinerary as you hike and bike your way around the Greek mainland and isles. You'll travel from the ancient ruins of Athens to the clifftop monasteries of Meteora to the beaches and mountains of Crete and the Cyclades. Along the way, you'll indulge in Greek culinary delights, enjoy a sunset visit to the Temple of Poseidon, and wander the pretty lanes of Chania.

Dakos pastry
Map of Cyclades & Crete Culinary History Tour - 11 Days
Cyclades & Crete Culinary History Tour - 11 Days

Try dakos, the traditional snack of Crete, along with many other delicacies on this 11-day itinerary. You'll see the origins of tomato, bread, and olive oil with farm visits and grove tours, then experience how they can be combined to form a vast array of savory options with a Cycladic cooking class—and as many taverna visits as you like.

Pine trees on Crete
Map of Active Athens, Tinos, Naxos, and Crete - 11 Days
Active Athens, Tinos, Naxos, and Crete - 11 Days

Skip the sun lounger and go straight for your sneakers instead on this 11-day itinerary. Start by spinning down the Athenian Riviera before you ferry out to Tinos, Naxos, and Crete, with new scenery and challenges awaiting at every spot before you return to Athens for a sunset over the sea.

Tourist ferries off Spinalonga
Island History & Culture in Athens, Santorini & Crete - 11 Days

Spend 11 days traveling across the spectrum of Greece on this itinerary. After your arrival in Athens, you'll hop to Santorini, home of the famous caldera and ancient vineyards, then follow it up with the ancient Palace of Knossos and Spinalonga island off the coast of Crete.

The pink sand beach of Elafonissi, Crete
Map of Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 19 Days
Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 19 Days

Explore Greece's beauty and culture by foot, kayak, bike, and more on this 19-day adventure. Explore the sights and sounds of Athens, and learn to fish like the locals. Next, set sail for the Cyclades, where you'll go hiking, surfing, diving, and horseback riding on the islands of Tinos and Naxos. Step back in time on Crete with a stroll through Venetian Chania and a thrilling trek through Samaria Gorge. Then head back to the mainland for a visit to the historical sites at Mycenae and Nafplio.

White and blue churches over Santorini's caldera
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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.

Elafonissi's famous pink sand beach
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Authentic Greece: Athens, Crete, and the Cyclades - 14 Days

Experience the romance of Crete, captivating Athens, and the classic Cyclades with the 14-day version of this adventurous itinerary. You'll use coastal Chania as your initial base for exploration, where you'll take in the medieval architecture, elegant mansions, sculpted fountains, and postcard-perfect Venetian port. Spend a few nights in a traditional village before wrapping up your journey with Santorini and lesser-known Naxos, the quintessential Cycladic island.

The old port of Chania, built by Venetians in the 14th century
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Historical and Island Adventures: Athens, Crete, and the Cyclades - 14 Days

Experience the culture, scenery, and romance of Crete—Greece's largest island— captivating Athens, and the most "classic" Greek island group, the Cyclades, with this itinerary. After exploring the enticing Greek capital, you'll use the coastal city of Chania, with its medieval architecture, elegant mansions, sculpted fountains, and postcard-perfect Venetian port as your base of exploration. Then, head for Santorini to experience the highlights of this famous island and wrap up your adventure in lesser-known Naxos, the quintessential Cycladic island.

The view from Palamidi Castle, Nafplio
Map of Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 22 Days
Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 22 Days

Get ready to hike, kayak, and surf your way around the Greek mainland and isles with this 22-day itinerary. In just over three weeks, you'll see the Athenian Riviera by bike, learn traditional fishing techniques from the locals, and spend time surfing and diving on the beaches of Tinos and Naxos. Along the way, you'll trek through the lunar landscape of Volax and Crete's beautiful Samaria Gorge before returning to the mainland for a dose of history and ancient mythology.

Go horseback riding on the beaches of Naxos
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Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 17 Days

This 17-day adventure will take you from the waters of the Aegean to the mountains of Crete to the archaeologic sites of Athens and Mycenae. You'll explore the Greek mainland and islands by foot, bike, horse, kayak and surfboard on this action-packed tour. Along the way, you'll sample local delicacies, discover unexpected landscapes, and enjoy unforgettable sunsets.

The beautiful interior landscape of Crete
Map of Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 12 Days
Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 12 Days

Discover the intense beauty of the Greek mainland and islands as you hike, bike, and kayak your way around. This 12-day itinerary will take you from the bustling capital to the clifftops of Meteora to the shores of the Cyclades. You'll hike the hills of Tinos and trek through Crete's Samaria Gorge, bike along the perfect beaches of Naxos, kayak in the sea beneath a castle fortress, and more on this action-packed adventure. 

Fishing boats at the Amoudi Old Port
Island History & Culture in Athens, Santorini & Crete - 12 Days

Span some key Greek island selections on this 12-day trip. Start off getting your historic background information on a tour of the Acropolis, then head out to discover the island architecture alongside the wine and seafood of Santorini and Cretan history.

Almyrida, Crete
Map of Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 23 Days
Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 23 Days

Take your time exploring Greece by bike, horse, kayak, and much more on this 23-day adventure. You'll pedal along the shores of the Athenian Riviera and learn traditional fishing techniques on the Saronic Gulf before heading for the Cyclades. There, you'll learn to surf on Tinos and go scuba diving on Naxos before making your way to Crete for some hiking, cooking, and beach time. Finally, travel back to the mainland for a visit to some fascinating historical sites at Sounion, Mycenae, and Nafplio.

The Old City and port in Mykonos
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Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 15 Days

Get the best of both Athens and the islands on this well-rounded trip to some of Greece's most classic locales. Starting in the capital, you'll get a dose of history at the Acropolis and Delphi. Then you'll sail to the famous blue-and-white islands of Mykonos and Santorini, including a day trip to the sacred island of Delos along the way. Spend a few days exploring Crete's traditional villages and historic sites before making your way back to Athens.

The harbor of Chania on Crete
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Experience Local Greece: Athens, Crete, & the Cycladic Islands - 15 Days

Get to know Crete, Athens, and the Cycladic Islands on the 15-day version of this experiential tour. After visiting the capital city, head to Chania as your base for exploration on Crete, where you'll take in the medieval architecture and postcard-perfect Venetian port. Spend time hiking, eating, and more in a traditional village before wrapping up your journey with Santorini wine-tasting and a horseback ride on lesser-known Naxos.

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.

Rock formations on Agia Anna beach in Naxos
Map of Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 24 Days
Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 24 Days

You'll have plenty of time to bike, hike, surf, and explore the country of Greece in every possible manner on this 24-day itinerary. Whether you're pedaling past beaches or hiking up the Pindos mountains, the mainland has plenty to offer before you head off to the Cyclades. Climb and dive through the islands of Tinos and Naxos, then learn to cook on Crete before you return to the mainland for a visit to coastal Nafplio.

Little Venice in Mykonos
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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.

Little Venice in Mykonos
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Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 16 Days

Experience some of the greatest aspects of Greece and its islands with this itinerary. You'll start in Athens, traveling back in time with visits to the Acropolis and the archaeological site at Delphi. Head into the islands next, starting with a tour of Mykonos and its neighboring mythological island of Delos. Then it's off to Santorini for sunsets and a caldera cruise, followed by the historic sites and traditional villages of Crete before you return to Athens.

The beautiful buildings of Santorini
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Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 13 Days

From Athens to the islands, you'll experience some of the best Greece has to offer with this itinerary. Travel back in time in the capital, as you visit historic sites like the Acropolis and Delphi. Then make your way to the beaches of vibrant Mykonos, the sacred ruins of Delos, and the volcanic hills of Santorini. End your island hopping adventure in Crete, where you'll discover fascinating ruins and hike the stunning Samaria Gorge, before returning to Athens.

Elafonissi's famous pink sand beach
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History, Culture, and Islands: Athens, Crete, & the Cyclades - 13 Days

Experience the culture, scenery, and romance of Crete—Greece's largest island— captivating Athens, and the most "classic" Greek island group, the Cyclades, with this 13-day itinerary. After exploring the enticing Greek capital, you'll use the coastal city of Chania, with its medieval architecture, elegant mansions, sculpted fountains, and postcard-perfect Venetian port as your base of exploration. Stroll through the local markets, visit the botanical gardens, and savor a Cretan feast. Then, head for Santorini to experience the highlights of this famous island and wrap up your adventure in lesser-known Naxos, the quintessential Cycladic island, before returning to Athens for one last Greek meal before your flight home.

Crystal clear waters on the shores of Crete
Map of Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 14 Days
Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 14 Days

On this two-week adventure around the Greek mainland and islands, you'll do everything from hiking to biking to kayaking as you explore the country's beauty and culture. You'll learn to fish the traditional way in the Aegean, go trekking through the lunar landscape of Volax on Tinos, and bike your way around the beaches of Naxos. Soak up some history along the way at Delphi, Chania, and Nafplio.

The turquoise waters and rocky shores of Crete
Map of Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 11 Days
Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 11 Days

If you're looking for a classic Greek vacation that hits all the cultural highlights, this exciting itinerary is for you! You'll explore everything from the ancient ruins of Athens to the beaches of Mykonos and the magnificent hills of Santorini. Immerse yourself in authentic village life in Crete and visit the Minotaur's palace before you return to Athens for a culinary sendoff.

The Parthenon, Athens
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Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades and Crete - 11 Days

This history-inspired itinerary through the mainland and islands is perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about ancient Greek mythology and culture. Begin your journey in and around Athens, where you'll tour the Acropolis and visit the oracle at Delphi. Then take to the water and explore fascinating historical sites on Delos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete. Return to the mainland for one last day of historical adventures and charming Greek towns before you head home.

Ruins at Delos
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Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 11 Days

Hit all the high points of Greece on this 11-day itinerary. After a warm welcome and Acropolis tour in Athens, ship out to the islands to see the archaeological site at Delos, saunter through the streets of Santorini, visit the villages of Crete, and more before you end with a sunset over Cape Sounion.

The ruins at Delphi
Map of Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 15 Days
Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 15 Days

Gear up for a thrilling tour of the Greek mainland and isles. In just over two weeks, you'll see the ancient ruins of Athens and Delphi, go trekking on the islands of Tinos and Crete, and discover the beaches of Naxos by bicycle. In between, you'll visit clifftop monasteries, sample local Cretan delicacies, and go sea kayaking around Nafplio's Palamidi Castle. 

Exploring Athens By Night
Discover Food, Wine, and Culture in Greece - 12 Days

This tours focuses on the amazing food, wine, and culture provided by the vibrant country of Greece, highlighting bustling cities like Athens and Chania, as well as the islands of Santorini and Naxos. You'll enjoy numerous food and wine tours, allowing you to taste Greek cuisine, delicacies, pastries, and local wines and liquors, plus your own handmade dishes with a cooking class in Crete. Along the way, you'll visit an olive farm, a family-owned cheese shop, wineries, and bustling food markets, indulging your taste buds in some of the country's most beloved treats.

Mykonos table views
Map of Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 19 Days
Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 19 Days

Travel almost the entire length of Greece on this fun itinerary. You'll start with the myths of Athens, then travel to the modern nightlife mixed with traditional farms of Mykonos and Santorini. The ferry to Crete will take you back to the Palace of Knossos and era of stone villages, then return to Athens to use the city and neighboring Nafplio as your base for expeditions to even more ancient monuments.

Temple of Athena, Delphi
Map of Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 19 Days
Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 19 Days

Perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about ancient Greece, this itinerary will take you to some of the major sites both on the mainland and the islands. Begin in Athens, where you'll visit the Parthenon at the Acropolis and learn to cook like the ancient Greeks. Then set sail for the Cyclades, where you'll discover fascinating archaeological sites and get a taste of the islands' modern culture. Make your way to Crete for a trip to the Palace of Knossos and the Minotaur's labyrinth before returning to the mainland to see the birthplace of the Olympics, the Temple of Poseidon, and more. 

The Erechtheion Temple at the Acropolis, Athens
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Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 12 Days

Experience the history, culture, and flavors of Greece on this jam-packed tour of Athens and the islands. You'll learn about ancient Greek mythology on visits to the Acropolis and Delphi, followed by an island-hopping adventure to stylish Mykonos, historic Delos, and romantic Santorini. Go trekking in Crete and explore fascinating ruins before making your way back to Athens.

Classic island accessorizing
Map of Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 12 Days
Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 12 Days

There are 158 verses to the full Greek national anthem—with 12 days here, you'll be able to learn at least a few of them.  Begin with an Acropolis tour followed by a ferry down to the Cyclades to visit the archaeological site at Delos and caldera cliffs of Santorini. Hop over to Crete to tour the Palace of Knossos and villages of Apokoronas, combining history and modernity, before you return to Athens for more day trips straight out of the legends.

The Minoan Palace of Knossos, Crete
Map of Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades and Crete - 12 Days
Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades and Crete - 12 Days

Immerse yourself in ancient Greek mythology and history with this trip to the mainland and islands. Your journey begins in Athens, where you'll explore the Acropolis and consult the oracle on an excursion to Delphi. Then head for the Cyclades, where you'll stop at Delos, Mykonos, and Santorini, before traveling to Crete. There, you'll visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos and try your luck at its famous labyrinth. Make your way back to the mainland for more historical curiosities before returning to the modern era. 

Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens
Map of Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 20 Days
Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 20 Days

Take a deep dive into the history, culture, and beauty of Greece with this itinerary. Starting and ending in Athens, you'll begin by exploring the Acropolis and the Parthenon, followed by stops in Mykonos, the sacred island of Delos, and ancient Naxos. You'll also visit prehistoric Akrotiri on Santorini and Crete's Palace of Knossos on your tour of the islands. Then return to the mainland to see the birthplace of the Olympics and the Temple of Poseidon on the Athenian Riviera.

Bay of Nafplio and the Bourtzi Castle at sunset
Map of Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 20 Days
Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 20 Days

Go from the city to the sea and back on this comprehensive itinerary. You'll start with the Acropolis and a sunset tour of the Temple of Poseidon before venturing down to Mykonos and Santorini for farm dinners and wine tasting. Next, head to Crete's charming cities and rugged Samaria Gorge before you return to the mainland, where you'll wrap up your journey among the monuments of Nafplio.

Terrace of Lions on Delos
Map of Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 21 Days
Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 21 Days

Travel through the rich mythology and history of Classical Greece from the mainland to the islands and back. You'll start and end in Athens, beginning by taking in the city from above from the Acropolis and its famous Parthenon. Then down into the islands, with stops at the sacred site of Delos off of Mykonos, prehistoric Akrotiri in Santorini, and the Palace of Knossos on Crete. Return to the mainland to see the Cyclopean walls of Mycenae, stroll the stadium grounds at Olympia, and more before your return to the modern era.

The Parthenon, Athens
Map of Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades and Crete - 13 Days
Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades and Crete - 13 Days

Travel back in time to some of the most famous historical landmarks of Greece's mainland and islands with this itinerary. Begin your exploration of ancient Greek mythology and culture at the Acropolis in Athens. Consult the oracle at Delphi before sailing to the sacred island of Delos, beautiful Mykonos, and the lost city of Akrotiri on Santorini. Walk the Minotaur's labyrinth in Crete before returning to the mainland to learn about the Eleusinian Mysteries and Helen of Troy's home at Mycenae. Top off your trip with an unforgettable sunset sendoff at the Temple of Poseidon.

Beach off of Milos
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Sailing Holiday in the Aegean - 9 Days

Channel the spirit of some of Greece's most famous tales as you sail through the Aegean on this nine-day itinerary. Start off by paying the proper tribute at the Temple of Poseidon before you start on your way to Kea, followed by the villages of Kythnos. Visit the capital of the Cyclades on Syros and the home of the Cyclops on Serifos, then search for the Venus de Milo's cousin on Milos before you end your trip on the double beach of Kolona.

Domed church in Mykonos
Map of Greek Panorama: Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 21 Days
Greek Panorama: Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 21 Days

Three weeks gives you enough time to take in Greece from all angles. Survey the city of Athens from atop the Acropolis before you move to Mykonos and Santorini for farm dinners and caldera cruises. Crete awaits next, full of stone villages to explore, before you return to the mainland to travel back in time to famous spots like Delphi, Meteora, and Mycenae.

Windmills on Mykonos
Map of Greek Panorama: Cyclades, Crete, and the Mainland - 13 Days
Greek Panorama: Cyclades, Crete, and the Mainland - 13 Days

Before they converted to the euro, Greece's drachma was the oldest currency in the world. See what it helped build on this 13-day itinerary, where you'll take a mythology tour of Athens, dine on a farm in Mykonos, and sail through the volcanic caldera of Santorini. You'll continue on for a trek through Crete, then sail back to Nafplio, once home to the first capital of modern Greece.

One of the main shopping streets in Nafplio
Map of Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 22 Days
Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 22 Days

This itinerary starts with the myths of the Acropolis as you look out over the Athenian skyline. Then, on to Santorini and Mykonos, where you'll visit the birthplace of Apollo and one of the ancient world's biggest trading ports at Delos. Finish with Crete and a return to the mainland to visit the monasteries of Meteora and ancient Delphi.

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.

Ancient columns on Delos
Map of Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades and Crete - 14 Days
Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades and Crete - 14 Days

Get up close and personal with ancient Greece on this two-week trip. Begin at the Acropolis and its famous Parthenon before ferrying to the beautiful Cycladic Islands. Archeological stops include the sacred site of Delos, prehistoric Akrotiri, and the Palace of Knossos on Crete. End your trip on the mainland with visits to mythical Mycenae, the original Olympic stadium, and more.

The National Academy in Athens
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Greek Panorama: Athens, the Cyclades, and Crete - 14 Days

Start your grand tour with a guided trip to the Acropolis in Athens. Then, cruise to Mykonos and Santorini for some island luxuriating, trek Crete's beautiful Samaria Gorge, and top it off with the Peloponnesian peninsula and a trip to a working olive grove, one connection between history and present.

Sunset over a monastery in Meteora
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Best of Greece: Mainland, Santorini & Crete - 14 Days

Travel for two weeks across a wide span of Greece's top attractions, from the clifftops of Meteora to the Cretan seaside. You'll start by winding your way through the many columns of mainland historic attractions like ancient Delphi and Olympia. Go out to sea to Santorini for a taste of the Cyclades, then end your trip in Crete's second-largest city.

Sunrise over the peninsula of Nafplio
Map of Greek Panorama: Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 23 Days
Greek Panorama: Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 23 Days

Whether you're on a morning bike ride through Athens, setting sail to the Cyclades, or trekking through Crete, this 23-day itinerary covers plenty of ground across the entire country of Greece. From Athens to the islands and back to Peloponnese, you'll experience much of the fun, food, and history Greece has to offer.

The Temple of Apollo, Delphi
Map of Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades and Crete - 10 Days
Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades and Crete - 10 Days

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.  

Port at Hydra
Map of Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 24 Days
Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 24 Days

Get a full picture of Greece's offerings with this expansive itinerary. Start off with five days in Athens, then head to the islands to see the two stars of the Cyclades, Santorini and Mykonos. Down to Crete next for both trekking and village tours before you head back to Athens to explore more sites of the mainland both in the city and in neighboring Nafplio.

Site of the Roman agora in Athens
Map of Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 15 Days
Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 15 Days

In two weeks, you'll traverse quintessential Greek spots from the mainland to the islands. Start out by hearing the myths of the Acropolis in Athens before you visit the Cycladic hotspots of Mykonos and Santorini. Explore the architecture of Crete next before you return the mainland to top it all off with an olive oil tasting.

The Erechtheion Temple at the Acropolis, Athens
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Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 15 Days

Delve into Greece's rich history and culture with this jam-packed trip through the mainland and the islands. Beginning in Athens, you'll explore the Acropolis and the Parthenon, followed by an excursion to Delphi. Then set sail for historical sites in Mykonos, Delos, and Santorini. Discover charming Crete and walk the Minotaur's labyrinth before making your way back to the mainland. See where Helen of Troy lived at Mycenae, visit the birthplace of the Olympics, and more, before ending your trip with a magical sunset at the Temple of Poseidon.

The Minoan Palace at Knossos
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Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 25 Days

You'll have plenty of time to see some of Greece's standout regions with this 25-day itinerary. Start with day and evening experiences of the myths and modern neighborhoods of Athens and the surrounding region before you head to the islands, with farm dinners in Mykonos, catamaran cruises in Santorini, and the landscapes of Crete all on the agenda. Then it's back to the mainland to experience some of the stars of Greek history, culture, and scenery.

The bells of Santorini
Map of Greek Panorama: Cyclades, Crete, and the Mainland - 16 Days
Greek Panorama: Cyclades, Crete, and the Mainland - 16 Days

See the highlights of Greece from the Acropolis to the Temple of Zeus and the islands in between. Start in Athens with a mythology tour, ferry to the Cyclades to tour the countryside of Mykonos, and cruise the caldera on Santorini. Head to Crete next to take in the natural beauty of the Samaria Gorge and the wonders of Knossos and Chania, visiting the temples at Delphi and Epidaurus before you depart.

The theater at Delphi
Map of Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 16 Days
Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 16 Days

This itinerary offers a chance to experience the rich history and mythology of ancient Greece from up close. Start in Athens with a tour of the Acropolis and the Parthenon, followed by an island-hopping adventure to historical sites in Mykonos, Delos, and Santorini. In Crete, you'll explore the Palace of Knossos and the Minotaur's labyrinth before returning to the mainland. Next, you'll learn about the Eleusinian Mysteries, visit the home of Helen of Troy at Mycenae, and see the best-preserved ancient Greek theater at Epidaurus. End your journey with a spectacular sunset at the Temple of Poseidon.

Streets of Santorini
Map of Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 17 Days
Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 17 Days

Explore Greece from the top down, starting up on the Athenian Acropolis. After a mythology tour of the city, head to the Cyclades to see Mykonian farms, archaeological sites, and the famed Santorini caldera. Spend four days on Crete and return to the mainland to learn the ancient myths of Delphi, Meteora, and the Peloponnesian peninsula.

The Odeon of Herodes Atticus beneath the Acropolis, Athens
Map of Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 17 Days
Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 17 Days

Delve into the history and mythology of the ancient Greeks with this exciting itinerary. Starting and ending in Athens, you'll explore the wonders of the capital and Delphi before heading to the islands. In the Cyclades, you'll make a quick stop in Mykonos, and discover fascinating archaeological sites at Delos and Santorini. Then make your way to Crete, where you'll visit the Palace at Knossos and tackle the Minotaur's labyrinth. Return to the mainland to learn about the Eleusinian Mysteries, see where Helen of Troy lived as described in The Iliad, and visit the birthplace of the Olympics.

Among the olives on Crete
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Culinary Heritage on Naxos & Crete - 7 Days

Take an agricultural journey with this week-long trip to two of Greece's most dynamic islands. After your first night in Athens, you'll ferry to Naxos for an immersive food tour, then onward to Crete to see working olive groves, the seasonal harvest, and historic villages.

Waterfront and lighthouse of Chania old town in Crete
Map of Best of Greece: Athens to Crete  - 10 Days
Best of Greece: Athens to Crete - 10 Days

Over 10 days you will discover Greece's best islands, learn about ancient Greek mythologies, watch the sunset over Santorini during a cruise, and much more. The trip will start with two days and a city tour in Athens before heading to Greece's most famous archeological site, Delphi, and then to Meteora which is home to spectacular clifftop monasteries. We then head to the islands, starting with a few days in Santorini before taking a ferry to Crete where you'll learn about the local history and culture of Chania during a village tour.