One Week in Greece Itinerary

In Greece, there’s something for everyone, whether it’s enjoying picturesque cities and towns, admiring the UNESCO World Heritage Sites dotting its sunny landscapes, or indulging in rest and relaxation on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. From Athens to Santorini, here’s what to do if you have one week to spend in Greece.

Day 1

The ultramodern Acropolis Museum is built over an archeological site. Photo courtesy of Sarah Souli.

Start your trip in Athens, making sure to visit the iconic Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum. Afterward, wander the pretty neighborhoods surrounding the hilltop site, including Plaka, Monastiraki, and Anafiotika, all within walking distance of one another, and sample the city’s modern Greek cuisine.

Day 2

Wake up early for a day trip to Delphi. Wind your way through the ancient site, the centerpiece of which is the Temple of Apollo. Make sure to stop by the Delphi Archaeological Museum and have lunch at To Patriko Mas before returning to Athens in time for dinner and drinks.

Ancient Delphi. Photo courtesy of Joanna Kalafatis.

Day 3

From Athens, drive west to the Peloponnese. Stop in Ancient Mycenae for one to two hours on the way to Nafplio. If it’s a weekend night in summer, see if you can catch a play in the nearby Ancient Theater of Epidaurus. If not, stay in Nafplio to have dinner and drinks in one of the most romantic cities in Greece.

Day 4

A bougainvillea-lined street in the Old Town of Nafplio, one of the most beautiful and romantic towns in Greece. Photo courtesy of Joanna Kalafatis.

Wake up in Nafplio and explore the Old Town. Start at Syntagma Square at the center of the neighborhood and make your way through the shops, restaurants, and cafés that line the pretty streets. Stop at Palamidi Fortress, an impressive feat of military architecture that towers over the city, before making the drive back to Athens.

Day 5

Take the early morning ferry to Mykonos. Make the short trip to Delos, explore the ancient ruins and mosaics, then head back to one of the many beaches on the island, like Platys Gialos or Paradise. Party at the famous Mykonos beach bars.

A windmill in Mykonos. Photo courtesy of Sarah Souli.

Day 6

Take the ferry to Santorini, and don’t miss the view as you approach the island. Head to Pyrgos, a beautiful but less visited town. Take in the famous Santorini sunset from Kastelli, and finish off your night with dinner and drinks at one of the island’s famous wineries.

Day 7

Explore Santorini early in the morning for views like this, without the crowds. © Ionut David |

Wake up early to watch the stunning sunrise in Oia. Catch a flight back to Athens, where you can hang out in some of the city’s central, yet less tourist-oriented neighborhoods, like Exarchia, Kolonaki, and Pangrati, before toasting your trip with drinks at one of the best cocktail bars in the world, The Clumsies.

Tips for spending one week in Greece

When to go

This itinerary works best in July, when there are performances (weekends only) at the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus. September and June are also a good months for fewer crowds and more tolerable temperatures, except there are no performances at the Epidaurus theater past August.

Since the Mediterranean sun can be quite hot and strong in the summer, make sure you have head coverings, apply sunscreen frequently, and carry water with you everywhere.

Book in advance

Accommodations at popular destinations like Mykonos and Santorini should be booked in advance, especially during the high-tourist months of July and August. The islands are small in size, meaning hotels tend to fill up quickly.

Major sites like Delphi and Acropolis (plus its museum) should also be booked some time in advance, and if you want to see a play at the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus, book tickets well in advance.

Renting a car and booking ferry tickets in advance is always a good idea. Major companies like Hertz, Avis, and Enterprise all operate in Greece, and picking up a rental car at the airport is relatively easy. Sites like help with selecting and booking ferry tickets from many different companies at once.

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Joanna Kalafatis

About the Author

Travel writer Joanna Kalafatis has traveled all over Greece, from remote mountain villages to small sun-drenched islands most tourists have barely heard of, and is still learning about the different local cultures, perspectives, landscapes, and staggeringly diverse features of her homeland. Raised in Greece, she now lives in Los Angeles but maintains a permanent residence in Greece, spending a few months a year there and a few weeks traveling. In her blog,, Joanna seeks to promote local voices and local businesses and encourage her readers to travel responsibly and ethically. Her goal is to ensure tourist money boosts local communities and businesses as much as possible. Joanna has authored a guide to Cyprus for EasyExpat and several guides to Greece on She is also an experienced photographer who has published two photography books, Abandoned Southern California and Abandoned Northern California.

Sarah Souli is an Athens-based journalist covering all things Greek for outlets like Vice, The Guardian, Condé Nast Traveler, Roads & Kingdoms, and more. She's been traveling to Greece for years, eventually settling in Athens several years ago with her Greek husband. Through her writing and travels, she's formed an intimate relationship with Greece's people, language, and customs, and loves seeking out the hidden gems of the Greek islands. She studied Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, speaks French, Spanish, Arabic, and Greek, and never tires of inspiring wanderlust and learning new things about her adopted home country.

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