Greece: 10 Day Itinerary

If you are a traveler, then Greece probably features on your bucketlist. If not, then you must add it! I insist! We went to Greece in August 2012. Ankur fell in love with the pebbled beaches and clear sea while I was totally lost in the history and architecture. Ankur and I have different tastes when it comes to travel and Greece kept both of us really happy.

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We spent ten days in Greece – between Athens and island hopping and enjoyed every single day!

However, planning a trip to Greece can be stressful because of the sheer number of islands that the country has to offer…and I am not even talking about the bountiful mainland as yet! So, for those who need some ideas to start planning their Greek sojourn, here is the itinerary that we followed after doing quite a bit of research.

Athens: 3 days

The capital of Greece surely does deserve three days, especially if you are a history lover. The city that houses the Acropolis, Temple of Zeus and Ancient Agora can make any history lover go ga-ga. We would recommend that you budget at least 3 hours for the Acropolis Museum and few hours for the streets in Plaka to satiate the shopper in you.

At the Acropolis in Athens

At the Acropolis in Athens

Another place to buy souvenirs and antiques is the flea market at Monastiraki, especially on a Sunday. For those who like to see the political hot bed of the country, Syntagma is place to be. Spend a Sunday afternoon watching the change of guards and clicking pictures – kids particularly seemed to enjoy this ‘action’.

Change of Guard at Syntagma

Change of Guard at Syntagma

We spent two days in Athens when we entered Greece, exploring the the historical aspects of the city and a day shopping at Monastiraki on our way out.

Milos: 2 days

Our first island destination was Milos, an island explored more by Greek travellers than international ones. This is possibly the reason that the beaches on the island aren’t too crowded and accommodation is available at affordable prices even in the peak summer months of July and August.

Only half the island is accessible by road. The other half can be reached by sailing over the turquoise blue waters.

Red Beach at Milos

Red Beach at Milos

Milos is perfect for those who want to experience Greece along with the Greeks at an easy pace. We spent all our time hopping from one beach to another,  our favourite being the moonscape of Sarakiniko.

Moonscape os Sarakiniko Beach

Moonscape os Sarakiniko Beach

Click here to read our Mini Guide to Milos.

Santorini: 2 days/3 days

We personally believe that 2 or 3 days are apt to explore Santorini.  That being said, we met people who were spending a week on the island, soaking in the Sun and sipping on the wine.

Santorini has to be on your list when you visit Greece. Where else will you be able to see little houses, white as sugar cubes, against the backdrop of the shimmering Mediterranean Sea…or the blue domes that make the white seem whiter? Santorini sure is one of the prettiest towns that we have ever seen and it definitely does kindle romance in one’s soul.

Santorini....Church with the blue dome

Santorini….Church with the blue dome

Two days are easily spent seeing colourful beaches, tasting wine from different vineyards and watching the Sun go down and colour the sky. While Santorini sunsets are pretty, we think that they are over rated to an extent. So, don’t feel bad if you miss the show because of an unseasonal down pour. That being said, find yourself a cosy place to sit at 6 pm and let the bubbly flow until the afterlight lasts….you won’t regret it!

Click here to read our Mini Guide to Santorini.

Mykonos: 2 days

Want to party and have a good time? Kicked up about partying at 3 pm as much as 3 am? If you have said ‘Yes’, then make sure you head to Mykonos. Party time starts in the afternoon at numerous beaches and goes on till mid-night…and then the location simply moves from the beach to Hora, the centre of the town. There are buses to ply merry makers from the beach to Hora… no stress about drinking and driving!

The party is on ...3 pm on Super Paradise Beach

The party is on …3 pm on Super Paradise Beach

While Mykonos does have pretty beaches and offers water activities as well, we would suggest that you add this island to your itinerary if you are young at heart, love your ‘spirits’ and want to let your hair down and dance your worries away. The island is very popular with the LGBT community as well and welcomes one and all!

Little Venice in Mykonos

Little Venice in Mykonos

If the Greek mythology intrigues you, Delos, close to the island of Mykonos is another reason to make this party island your base. It is believed that Apollo and Artemis were born on the island of Delos, thus rendering it sacred. The island is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Have you been to Greece and have an itinerary? Share it us! We would love explore something new when we visit Greece the next time!

As always… send us an e-mail at bucketlisttravellers@gmail.com if you need any further details. Glad to help!

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2 Responses

  1. Sreemoyee


    We have a maximum of 8-9 days. What would you suggest skipping? Also is Greece expensive? What is the average budget one should keep in mind if you are not going entirely low-end, but still budget friendly? Also what are the activities that shouldn’t be missed?

    I must say, I love your blog. Ever since I found it, I have read and re-read your posts. Extremely informative and helpful. Keep them coming.

    1. Glad you like the blog!
      Well, what you want to skip depends on what you like to do! You must do Santorini to walk through Oia. You can spend only one day in Athens to see the main sites. Also, if you are not much of a party person, you can give Mykonos a skip. The beaches are pretty and different in every Greek island. Though Milos was our favourite island, not many people go there.
      Greece has become cheaper than what it used to be. A nine day trip can be done in about INR 2.5 lacs for two people, including air tickets from Mumbai, if planned well …and provided you are okay staying in B&Bs.

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