Greek Island Hopping Itinerary

Advisor - Ashley Besic
Curated By

Ashley Besic

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  • Greece

  • Beaches

  • Active Travel

  • Outdoors

  • Sightseeing

  • Local Food

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Curator’s statement

Unveil Greece's Island Treasures: An Unforgettable Odyssey of Island Hopping! Dive into crystalline waters, bask in golden sunsets, and explore ancient wonders. Embark on an enchanting journey to Santorini's romantic cliffs, Mykonos' cosmopolitan allure, Crete's mythical landscapes, and Rhodes' medieval charm. Discover the very essence of Greece's island paradise, where adventure and serenity unite in perfect harmony. Your dream getaway awaits, weaving moments of love, awe, and wonder at every stop. Island hop through Greece - a tale of boundless beauty and everlasting memories!

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Where to stay

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Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens

A historic hotel known for its spectacular views of the Acropolis, as well as its best-in-class service and elegant suites.

Fora Perks
  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Bill & Coo Suites and Lounge

Breezy luxury at its finest, Bill & Coo Suites and Lounge redefine island indulgence with impeccable style and panoramic views.

Fora Perks
  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

  • Food & beverage credit.

Katikies Kirini Santorini

Upscale hotel overlooking the Aegean Sea with cave-style suites and fine-dining.

Fora Perks
  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

  • Welcome drink.

  • Upgrade & guaranteed late check-out.

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Day 1-3: Athens - Immerse in classical grandeur

pantheon in Greece

Arrive in Athens, a city steeped in classical grandeur and captivating history.

Day 1: Visit the iconic Acropolis, where the majestic Parthenon stands tall, offering panoramic views of the city. Explore the Ancient Agora, once the heart of Athenian life.

Day 2: Stroll through the charming streets of Plaka, where colorful bougainvillea adorns neoclassical buildings, and discover hidden gems in Anafiotika, a village-like neighborhood with Cycladic architecture.

Day 3: Embark on a journey to the National Archaeological Museum, showcasing an impressive collection of ancient artifacts. End the day at Mount Lycabettus, where a breathtaking sunset crowns your Athenian experience.

Day 4-6: Mykonos - dancing lights and seaside delights

a rows of windmills on an island

Take a ferry to Mykonos, the "Island of the Winds," famous for its dazzling nightlife and cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Day 4: Spend the day exploring Mykonos Town, getting lost in its labyrinthine streets lined with whitewashed buildings and vibrant bougainvillea. Windmills and the iconic Little Venice are waiting to be discovered.

Day 5: Relax on the beaches of Paradise and Super Paradise, where beach clubs beckon with pulsating music and crystal-clear waters.

Day 6: Embark on a boat tour to the sacred island of Delos, an archaeological wonder and mythological birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Explore the ancient ruins and soak in the energy of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 7-9: Santorini - romance and volcanic beauty

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Take a ferry to Santorini, an enchanting island famous for its stunning caldera views and romantic sunsets.

Day 7: Explore Fira, the capital of Santorini, and wander through its narrow streets, filled with boutiques, art galleries, and cafes. Admire the panoramic vistas from the caldera's edge.

Day 8: Visit the ancient ruins of Akrotiri, a Minoan Bronze Age settlement preserved by volcanic ash. Relax on the unique red beach or Perissa's black sand beach.

Day 9: Journey to Oia, renowned for its picturesque blue-domed churches and jaw-dropping sunset views. Savor local wines in the vineyards of Megalochori or Pyrgos.

Day 10-12: Crete - mythical wonders and natural splendor

Peach walking on a pathway at a beach.

Take a ferry to Crete, the largest Greek island, where myth and history blend seamlessly.

Day 10: Unravel the mysteries of the ancient Minoan civilization at the Palace of Knossos near Heraklion. Enjoy a traditional Cretan meal in a village taverna.

Day 11: Hike through the awe-inspiring Samaria Gorge, Europe's longest gorge, surrounded by majestic cliffs and unique flora.

Day 12: Discover the Venetian charm of Chania, with its narrow alleys, Venetian harbor, and Ottoman-influenced architecture. Visit the archaeological site of Aptera or relax on the pink sand beach of Elafonisi.

Day 13-15: Rhodes - medieval marvels and azure waters

Rhodes Greece.

Fly to Rhodes, an island brimming with medieval wonders and azure coastlines.

Day 13: Roam the cobbled streets of Rhodes Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and marvel at the Palace of the Grand Master and the Street of the Knights.

Day 14: Take a boat trip to the nearby island of Symi, known for its colorful neoclassical houses and idyllic bays.

Day 15: Visit the ancient Acropolis of Lindos, perched atop a rocky hill, offering breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea. Relax on the golden sands of Tsambika or Faliraki Beach.

Day 16-18: Corfu - verdant beauty and elegance

historic island village with mountain range

Fly to Corfu, an island of lush greenery and Venetian-inspired architecture.

Day 16: Explore Corfu Town's enchanting Old Fortress and stroll along Liston, an arcaded street reminiscent of French charm.

Day 17: Visit the grand Achilleion Palace, built as a tribute to Achilles, with its stunning gardens and panoramic views.

Day 18: Discover the hidden coves of Paleokastritsa, surrounded by emerald waters, or sail to the small island of Paxos, where olive groves and crystal-clear bays await.

Day 19: Farewell, Greece

cityscape of coastal city

Return to Athens for your departure, cherishing memories of a journey through time, myth, and natural beauty.

Reflect on the captivating experiences and the heartwarming hospitality that makes Greece a timeless destination.

Need to Know

Looking for more travel inspo? Check out Fora Travel Advisor Maria Chapman's guide, Food and Drinks in Mykonos: A Quick Guide about Restaurants, Bars & Beach Clubs in Mykonos, Greece.

This guide is part of our larger series on travel to Greece.