Plan a Trip to Greece: How to Make the Most of 10 Days

Plan a trip to Greece: A picture of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.
A picture of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. Photo credit: Kirk Fisher.

Planning a vacation can be stressful and time-consuming, especially when you’ve only got a few days on location. Here’s a quick guide to planning  your next Greek vacation and how to make the most of those all-too-short days.

Athens (3 days)

Plan a trip to Greece: A view of Athens, Greece.
A view of Athens, Greece. Photo credit: Natasa Pavic.

You can’t plan a trip to Greece without visiting the Acropolis, so soak that in on day one. Complete your ancient Athenian education by visiting the Agora and Acropolis Museum on a tour with PlacePass. On day two, check out the plush shops in Kolonaki and sights of Monastiraki, making sure to sample some high-quality Greek food. Live it up in the evening in Psiri, Athens’ main nightlife district. On day three, pick a couple of museums that sound particularly appealing to you —you certainly aren’t short on options — then say farewell to Athens from the top of Lofos Strefi hill.

While you’re in Athens, there are a few famous views that you definitely can’t miss. Athens might not be the first ancient city that comes to mind when you think of famous hills (the City of Seven Hills always seems to get the best of the Greeks), but there are a number of excellent elevations that provide stunning views of the city and the most famous hill of them all, the Acropolis.

1. Mount Lycabettus

Plan a trip to Greece: Mount Lycabettus, also known as Mount Lykavittos, as seen from afar.
Mount Lycabettus, also known as Mount Lykavittos, as seen from afar. Photo credit: Kirk Fisher.

This hill is crowned with both a fabulous view and its own sight, the Church of St. George. Bonus: a funicular that will take you up to the top for just a few euros.

2. Filopappos Hill

The 360-degree panorama allows a panorama of the sea and of the Acropolis.

3. Mount Hymettus

Plan a trip to Greece: A panoramic view of Athens from the distance.
A panoramic view of Athens from the distance. Photo credit: Kirk Fisher.

Located on the outskirts of the city, Hymettus is accessible by bus. Its comparative seclusion makes for prime picnic territory — think lots of flora and fauna, especially in spring — and you can see the entire city while you sit and eat.

Santorini (2 days)

Plan a trip to Greece: A view of Santorini, Greece.
A view of Santorini, Greece. Photo credit: Michelle Maria.

After getting your fill of Athens and the surrounding area, take the ferry from Piraeus to the beautiful island of Santorini. Spend the evening strolling the streets of Fira and watch the world-famous sunset from the clifftop town. The next day, hike around Pyrgos and Ancient Thira, or just relax on the beach, before heading to Oia for an even more spectacular sunset.

Ios (2 days)

In the morning, ferry over to Ios, party central of the Greek islands. Visit Homer’s Tomb — or rest up for a night of partying. Party. Recover. Repeat.

Mykonos and Delos (3 days)

Plan a trip to Greece: The beach in Mykonos.
The beach in Mykonos. Photo credit: Evan Roussos.

Continue on to Mykonos, where you can spend some time on the famous beaches. If all that sitting still has you feeling guilty, you can get back to your ancient adventures by taking a day trip over to Delos to see its UNESCO-approved ruins. Once your three days are up, say goodbye to the islands, for this trip at least.

Caught the adventure bug? Make your vacation a breeze and book tours of Greece with PlacePass!

Curious about other can’t-miss locations in Europe? Read our blog post on Venice.

 

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