The Ultimate 7-Day Itinerary For Greece

Waquar Habib


Greece boasts a millennia-old history with iconic landmarks like the Acropolis and Oracle of Delphi. Modern tourism thrives amidst ancient ruins, while charming villages, delectable cuisine, and warm hospitality make Greek tourism a perfect blend of cultural immersion and scenic beauty.

Porch of Caryatides in Acropolis | Shutterstock

Day 1: Athens


Begin your day by exploring the iconic Acropolis and marvelling at the ancient Parthenon. The Acropolis is an ancient citadel containing the remains of several ancient buildings, including the Parthenon. Arriving early is recommended to beat the crowds.

The Acrpolis of Greece | Shutterstock


Explore the charming Plaka neighbourhood, known as the "Neighborhood of the Gods," with some of the oldest streets in Europe. Indulge in traditional Greek cuisine at a local taverna.

Plaka town, Athens | Shutterstock


Head to Monastiraki Square, a popular spot which gets its name from the orthodox monastery that used to be there during the Ottoman rule. You can shop at the Monastiraki flea market and have dinner at a rooftop restaurant with a view of the Acropolis.

Monastiraki Square | Shutterstock

Day 2: Modern Athens


Visit the National Archaeological Museum to explore the history of Greece through an extensive collection of artefacts from the Egyptians, Romans, and Cypriots.

A statue of Zeus at the National Archaeological Museum, Athens | Shutterstock


Head to Syntagma Square, the most visited square in Athens, to see the Parliament Building, the former Royal Palace, and Changing of the Guard ceremony.

Syntagma Square | Shutterstock


Visit the Kolonaki District, which literally means "Little Column," for high-end shopping and trendy dining options. The neighbourhood extends from Syntagma Square to the base of Lycabettus Hill, the highest point in Athens.

A busy day Kolonaki District | Shutterstock

Day 3: Santorini


Head out to Santorini, the romantic white and azure city of Greece. It is 299 km from Athens and can also be reached by a ferry.

A view of Santorini | Shutterstock


Explore the narrow streets, boutiques, and cafes of Oia Village, a small village on the Greek islands of Thira (Santorini) and Therasia. It's also known as Ia and is pronounced "Ia". Later, visit the Maritime Museum.

Oia Village | Shutterstock


Find a spot to watch the village to witness the famous Santorini sunset, one of the most spectacular ones in the world. Later, have a hearty dinner at a seaside restaurant.

Sunset at Santorini | Shutterstock

Day 4: Santorini


Head to the Akrotiri Archaeological Site and explore the ancient Minoan city buried in volcanic ash. The site is a prehistoric Cycladic settlement on the Greek island of Santorini, which was buried in ash during a volcano triggered by an earthquake in the 17th century BC.

Inside the Akrotiri Archaeological Site | Shutterstock


Head to Red Beach, known for its red-hued sand, which comes from oxidized iron and spend some time relaxing and decompressing from the trip.

Red Beach, Santorini | Shutterstock


Head to Fira Town, the biggest and most cosmopolitan settlement of Santorini. The town's name comes from an alternative pronunciation of "Thíra," the island's ancient name. Enjoy dinner in Fira with views of the caldera.

Fira Town | Shutterstock

Day 5: Mykonos


Take a ferry from Santorini to Mykonos. Apart from picturesque villages, ancient ruins, and natural surroundings, the place is known for its beaches, nightlife, and LGBTQ+ friendly atmosphere.

An alley in Mykonos | Shutterstock


Head to the Psarou Beach and enjoy the soft bands and upscale beach clubs. The beach is famous for its tavernas. You can check out Cavo Psarou or Nammos Mykonos, among others.

Psarou Beach | Shutterstock


Stroll through the charming streets of Mykonos Town, have dinner at a seaside taverna, and experience the vibrant nightlife. The place is a maze of streets filled with shops, restaurants, and cafes.

A taverna at Mykonos Town | Shutterstock

Day 6: Mykonos


Explore the iconic windmills overlooking Mykonos Town. Most of these windmills were built between the 15th and 16th centuries, but construction continued into the early 20th century.

Windmills through a window frame in Mykonos | Shutterstock


Stroll through the charming neighbourhood of Little Venice in Mykonos. It's a colourful row of fishermen's houses on the waterfront of Chora, filled with elegant old houses that once belonged to wealthy Venetian merchants.

Little Venice | Shutterstock


Relax at the Ornos Beach and have dinner at a beachfront restaurant. It has sunbeds and umbrellas for rent and is protected by cliffs with little swell and wind on the shoreline.

Ornos Beach | Shutterstock

Day 7: Nafplio


Breakfast the a local cafe and then head to the Palamidi Fortress. The Venetians built the fortress in 1714 during their second occupation of the area. You can either climb the 999 steps to the top or take a short drive.

Aerial view of Palamidi Fortress | Shutterstock


Walk down from Palamidi to Akronafplia, the oldest part of Nafplio. Explore the narrow streets and visit Akronafplia Castle, which offers more stunning views of the town and the sea.

Akronafplia, Nafplio | Shutterstock


Take an evening stroll through the charming streets of the Old Town. The town is especially enchanting in the evening, with illuminated buildings and a lively atmosphere.

Old Town, Nafplio | Shutterstock

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