SUGGESTED ITINERARIES IN GREECE

You decided to travel to Greece for your holidays. So, you started asking friends for information, reading guide books, browsing the Internet and you ended up with tons of information about Greece. What you need now is the expertise of a travel agent to put a feasible itinerary together.

Here below you will find some itineraries that we put together based on our experience and on their feasibility and smoothness. In any case, these itineraries through Greece (mainland and islands) can be at least used as a starting point, based on which we could work together on your dream vacations in Greece.

For the same purpose, as a guide-line, you could also use the vacation package deals that we have prepared.


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Island itineraries

The Greek Islands ! It's time to be lazy for a while!
There's ample sun, endless stretches of sandy beaches, azure seas and great entertainment opportunities!

The following journeys are also suggested for honeymoons. A honeymoon in Greece and the Greek Islands is a very personal matter, closely related to oneís perception of the perfect trip and oneís aesthetics. There are more than 100 Greek Islands to choose from but the following ones offer a very romantic setting, the required standard of tourist facilities and can be smoothly combined throughout most of the tourist season - perfect for your honeymoon.


Athens & 2 Greek islands
(10 days)

1st day

Arrival in Athens. Sightseeing on your own. Overnight.

2nd day

Half day Sightseeing of Athens and in the early afternoon ferry/catamaran / plane to Mykonos (6hrs/3 hrs/50 min)

View of the port of Mykonos

3rd day

In Mykonos

4th day

In Mykonos

5th day

Hydrofoil/plane to Santorini (3 hrs/50 min.)

Sunset in Santorini

6th day

In Santorini

7th day

In Santorini

8th day

In Santorini

9th day

Return to Athens by plane (55min). Overnight in Athens.

10th day

Departure

(if you have extra days you can add them either to Athens or to one of the islands.)


Athens & 3 Greek islands
(10-day island hopping program)

1st day

Arrival in Athens. Sightseeing on your own. Overnight.

2nd day

Half day Sightseeing tour of Athens and in the early afternoon ferry/catamaran/plane to Mykonos (6hrs/3 hrs/50 min)

The sacred island of Dilos

3rd day

In Mykonos

4th day

Hydrofoil to Paros or Naxos (40 min to Paros & 1 hour to Naxos)

The beach of Agios georgios in Naxos

5th day

In Paros or Naxos

6th day

Ferry/hydrofoil to Santorini (3 hrs from Paros, 2 hours from Naxos)

View of the village of Oia in Santorini

7th day

In Santorini

8th day

In Santorini

9th day

Return by plane to Athens (55 min.). Overnight in Athens.

10th day

Departure

(if you have extra days you can add them either to Athens or to one of the islands.
For pricing information you may check the Athens-Mykonos-Santorini-Paros & the Athens-Mykonos-Santorini-Naxos package deals.)


Athens & Northern Cyclades
(14 days)

1st day

Arrival in Athens. Sightseeing on your own. Overnight.

2nd day

Half day Sightseeing of Athens. Rest of day at leisure.

3rd day

Catch ferry/catamaran to Syros (5hrs/3 hrs).

View of the port of Syros

4th day

In Syros

5th day

In Syros

6th day

Ferry/hydrofoil to Tinos (1 hour/30 min).

View of the port of Tinos

7th day

In Tinos

8th day

In Tinos

9th day

Ferry/hydrofoil to Mykonos (40 min/20 min.)

The church of Parapotiani in Mykonos

10th day

In Mykonos

11th day

In Mykonos

12th day

In Mykonos

13th day

Return by ferry/catamaran/plane to Athens (6 hrs/3 hrs/45 min). Overnight

14th day

Departure

(if you have extra days you can add them either to Athens or to one of the islands.
Syros and Tinos are less frequented islands -yet with magnificent sceneries- and thus are ideal for more "quiet holidays".
It is advisable to avoid Tinos on the dates around August 15th -Assumption day-)


Athens & 3 islands
(14-day island hopping itinerary)

1st day

Arriving at Athens. Sightseeing on your own. Overnight.

2nd day

Half day Sightseeing of Athens. Rest of day at leisure.

3rd day

Catch ferry/catamaran/plane to Mykonos (6hrs/3 hrs/50 min)

"Little Venice" in Mykonos

4th day

In Mykonos

5th day

In Mykonos

6th day

Hydrofoil to Santorini (3 hrs)

Santorini: view of the Cladera from Akrotiri

7th day

In Santorini

8th day

In Santorini

9th day

Catamaran to Crete (Heraklion - 2 hrs)

Crete: view of the old city of Hania (Chania)

10th day

In Crete

11th day

In Crete

12th day

In Crete

13th day

Return by plane to Athens (1 hour). Overnight in Athens.

14th day

Departure

(if you have extra days you can add them either to Athens or to one of the islands. You can re-balance the itinerary according to where you place more importance but keep in mind that the flights Mykonos-Santorini, Santorini-Crete are not daily. We donít recommend spending less than 4 days on Crete due to the size of the island. The order can be readjusted to achieve maximum time efficiency.
For pricing information you may check the Athens-Mykonos-Santorini-Crete package deal.)


Greek islands Cruise & Mainland
(12 days)

1st day

Arrive in Athens. Sightseeing on your own. Overnight

2nd day

Half-day city tour of Athens. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight

3rd day

Embark on a 4-day cruise (Monday)

Cruise the Greek islands

4th day

On the cruise

5th day

On the cruise

6th day

On the cruise

7th day

Early morning arrival in Athens - day at leisure or departure on a tour on the Greek mainland either your own by a rented car or as part of an organized bus tour.

Delphi

8th day

On the mainland tour

9th day

On the mainland tour

10th day

On the mainland tour

11th day

Return to Athens. Overnight

12th day

Departure

(if you have time, you can add 1-2 extra days either to the mainland portion or to the islands by disembarking at the last island and then return to Athens by your own means.)


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Mainland itineraries

Visiting Greece by car can bring that extra independence and freedom which makes it all the more fun. In a week, or better still, two, you can get really close to the countryside and the people.

Here below follow some suggested itineraries on the mainland of Greece -also called Fly&Drive itineraries. As visits to towns and archaeological sites of the mainland are usually part of a larger trip it is assumed that they start and end in Athens.
For further ideas you may also check our organized tours page and our Greek mainland vacation packages.


Classical fly&drive tour
(7 days)

1st day

In the morning, have the car delivered to the hotel in Athens, and drive to Meteora (about 6 hours). Visit the monasteries. Overnight in Kalambaka.

Map of Greece with itinerary of this suggested mainland tour

2nd day

Morning in the Meteora to complete your visit to the monasteries. In the early afternoon depart for Delphi (about 4-5 hours). Overnight in Delphi.

3rd day

All day in Delphi and visit of the archaeological site and the museum. Overnight.

4th day

In the morning, drive to Olympia over Antirio / Rio (15' ferry crossing). Total about 5 hours. Overnight in Olympia.

5th day

Sightseeing in the archaeological site of Olympia. Early afternoon drive to Nafplion (4-5 hours, difficult drive). Overnight in Nafplion.

6th day

In Nauplion. Possible visits to the sites of Mycenae, Tyrintha, Epidauros. Overnight in Nafplion.

7th day

Drive to Athens. On the way you may visit Corinth.

(on the 6th day, you could also watch a performance of ancient drama in the theatre of Epidauros; you may ask us for further information - check the program of performances in Epidavros)


Ipiros & central Greece
(5 or 6 days)

1st day

Flight from Athens to Ioannina (1 hour). Collect a rented car at the airport of Ioannina. Explore the city. Overnight in Ioannina.

Map of Greece with the outlined itinerary

2nd day

Drive to Zagorochoria like Mikro Papingo or Megalo Papingo (small and big respectively).
Continue to Kalambaka, making a stop on the way to Metsovo, one of the most picturesque villages in this area.
Overnight in Kalambaka, the village closest to Meteora.

3rd day

In the morning visit the monasteries of Meteora.
Leave in the early afternoon for Delphi (approx. 4.5hrs). Depending on the time of the arrival, you may have time to visit either the site or the oracle. There is also a small museum with the famous bronze statue of the charioteer.
Overnight in Delphi.

4th day

Complete the visit of Delphi.
Drive to the village of Agios Nikolaos (sea side) and catch the ferry across to Aegio (approx. 40 minutes).
Drive to Diakofto and from there to Kalavryta. Overnight in Kalavryta.

5th day

In the morning, you can visit the Monastery of Agia Lavra, where the revolution against the Turks started.
You can also go up on Lousios and hike the gorge, if possible.
Another option is to take the jagged train to Diakofto and back, a most beautiful route that is partly in the gorge.
Overnight: you can either return to Athens (approx. 3 hrs) or stay overnight in Kalavryta.

6th day

Return to Athens. On the way you may visit Corinth.


Peloponnese and Delphi
(6 days)

1st day

Collect your car at the hotel. Drive from Athens to Nauplion, the first capital of liberated Greece. It is a very picturesque town, with beautiful old houses. From here you can visit Mycenae and Epidaurus. Overnight in Nauplion.

The itinerary outlined on the map of Greece

2nd day

Drive to Sparta (approx. 2hrs). Visit Mystras, the medieval town with the important Byzantine churches.
Continue to Monemvasia (approx. 2 hrs). Overnight in Monemvasia ("Malvasia").

3rd day

Drive from Monemvasia to Mani peninsula, a ragged terrain with a very long history.
Visit the caves in Diros, a true masterpiece of nature. Continue to the village of Vathia, a totally preserved medieval town with old castle-houses. Overnight in one of the villages of Mani.

4th day

Drive along the coast to Kalamata. This coast line is full of pretty villages and is very green. Continue towards Messini - also a very important site - and then finally to Vassai (total driving time without stop at Messini, 4hrs).
In Vassai one can visit the Temple of Epicourios Apollon, one of the best preserved temples in Greece, designed by Iktinos (architect of the Acropolis). It is under the protection of UNESCO.
Overnight in Olympia (about 1 hour).

5th day

Visit the birthplace of the Olympic Games (site/museum).
Continue to Rio, where you will catch the ferry across to Andirion (10-15 minutes crossing). Drive to Delphi. The distance Olympia-Delphi is about 4-4,5hrs. Overnight in Delphi.

6th day

Your day must start early. The site in Delphi opens at 8:30AM. Visit the site and the oracle - and the museum, as the charioteer is a "must".
Drive to Athens (approx. 3 hrs)


Epirus, central Greece and Peloponnese
(5 or 6 days: kind of combination of the two previous itineraries)

1st day

Fly from Athens to Ioannina at 11:00am. Collect a rented car at the airport and drive to Kalambaka, visiting Metsovo on the way.
Overnight in Kalambaka.

Map of Greece with the route of the suggested itinerary

2nd day

Visit the monasteries on Meteora in the morning.
Drive to Delphi (4,5hrs). Depending on the time of arrival, you may have time to visit part of the sites. Overnight in Delphi.

3rd day

Complete your visit of Delphi.
Take the ferry from Agios Nikolaos to Aegion and from there drive to Nauplion.
Depending on the time of arrival, you may have time to visit Mycenae or Epidaurus. Overnight in Nafplion.

4th day

Complete the visit of the area or drive directly to Mystras to visit the medieval town.
Overnight in Monemvasia (about 2 hours from Sparta).

5th day

Explore the town. If you want, you can return to Athens but it is a 6-7 hour drive.
Otherwise, it is suggested to drive to Nafplion (4hrs) and stay overnight there.

6th day

Visits to Mycenae and/or Epidauros.
Drive to Athens (approx. 3 hrs)

(you may as well start this journey from Athens: it is about 5 hours driving distance from Athens to Kalambaka.)


Suggested Mainland and Island Itineraries in Greece

 

 

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