When someone asks what my dream vacation is, my immediate response is always “Greece!”

I finally scored some inexpensive flights to Athens earlier this year and my dream vacation became a reality. I did a lot of online research- mostly through other blogs via Pinterest.

As I started researching what to do, I found that instead of reading through every person’s experience in each city, what I really wanted was a bullet point list of the best activities. So I decided to do just that. Here’s my (easy to follow) opinion on how to spend 10 days in Greece, including travel days.

We visited in early May, which was about two weeks before “season”, so lodging was inexpensive and most places weren’t crowded. I included the average temperature we experienced in each city to help you decide what to pack. Be sure to check out my “Packing for Greece” post to see how we backpacked our way through this amazing country.

1 DAY TRAVELING

Flight from United States to Athens

2 DAYS IN ATHENS 

(High 80°F / Low 62°F)

Day 1:

  • Our lodging in Athens
  • Metro from Athens Airport to Monastiraki Flea Market (€9 per person)
  • Monastiraki Flea Market (Souvineers)
  • Plaka District
  • Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens
  • Hadrian’s Arch
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Pantheatic Stadium

If you’re interested in visiting multiple ancient sites like The Acoropolis, Roman & Ancient Agoras, Hadrian’s Library, Temple of Olypmian Zeus and more, I suggest purchasing the multi-site ticket for €30 per person. The Acropolis alone costs €20 per person (if you decide not to purchase the multi-site ticket).

Day 2:

  • Acropolis Museum
  • Acropolis
  • Parthenon
  • Theater of Dionysus
  • Areopagus Hill
  • Hadrians Library
  • Roman Agora
  • Ancient Agora
  • Temple of Hephaestus
  • Stoa of Attalos
  • Syntagma Square
  • Parliament
  • National Garden
  • Zappeion

3 DAYS IN MYKONOS 

(High 73°F / Low 60°F)

Day 1:

  • Our lodging in Mykonos
  • Windmills in Chora
  • Little Venice (Sunset Views)
  • Old Town (Hora)
  • Old Port/Harbour (Ferry to Delos)
  • Island of Delos (UNESCO World Heritage Site, Birthplace Apollo/Artemis)

Day 2:

  • Rent 4 wheeler (€20)
  • Beaches (Psarou, Paraga, Paradise, Super Paradise)
  • Armenistis Lighthouse
  • Sunset at Paraportiani Church

€20 to rent 2 Chairs & an Umbrella at most beaches

Day 3:

  • Ferry to Santorini (Explore Mykonos & Santorini, depending on your ferry time)

Everyone needs a "cheap" bottle of wine during a Ferry ride

3 DAYS IN SANTORINI 

(High 80°F / Low 62°F)

Day 1:

  • Our lodging in Santorini
  • Agios Gerasimos Church in Firostefani (Stop on most bus routes)
  • Hike Fira to Oia (Sunset at Oia)

Day 2:

  • Cable car from Fira to Old Port (€6 per person each way)
  • Boat to Volcano/Hot Springs (€20 per person)
  • Explore Fira

Day 3:

  • Santorini Sea Kayaks South Tour (€80 per person)
  • Rent ATV in Fira (€25)
  • Perissa Black Beach
  • Ancient Thera (Hike)
  • Pygros
  • Red Beach
  • Akrotiki Lighthouse
  • Santo Wines Winery

1 DAY TRAVELING

Flight from Santorini to Athens to United States

 

FOOD & DRINK

Here’s a list (and a few photos) of things we ate and drank on the trip. The food in Greece is amazing; you won’t be disappointed.

  • Greek Salad
  • Santorini Salad
  • Tzaziki
  • Gyro Pita
  • Kebab (Meat & Veggie)
  • Souvlaki Pita
  • Moussaka
  • Lamb
  • Falafel
  • Dakos
  • Calamari / Grilled Octopus
  • Stuffed Grape Leaves
  • Spinach Pie
  • Feta Pie
  • Ham & Cheese Pie/Croissant
  • Round Sesame Dough
  • Baklava
  • Strawberry Frozen Greek Yogurt
  • Desert Crepe
  • Frappe
  • Greek Coffee

While I’ve loved every place I’ve traveled to, Greece tops the list as one of the best vacations of my life! There’s so much to see and do, I can’t wait to go back and visit more of this beautiful country.

 

 

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