Greece Vacation Itinerary Ideas

by Cristina on July 21, 2010

by Cristina | July 21st, 2010  

Several friends have recently asked me to create “perfect itineraries” for their vacation in Greece. And since I know very well that we all have different tastes in what “perfect” is all about, I started asking my Twitter friends for ideas. Also, I’ve considered those who don’t have the “luxury” of such a long vacation.

Here is a round up of some of the itineraries suggested:

Mainland and an Island

It is probably the “easiest” way to approach a vacation in Greece, especially if you haven’t been here before. Athens and Thessaloniki are definitely places to visit on your first trip here. And both cities offer a lot of possibilities to plan day trips. If you really need to head to an island, Thassos is a good choice.

First Time Explorer

If you cannot spend two weeks in Greece , then this itinerary is an excellent idea to get to know the country. Start either in Athens or in Thessaloniki and then visit Meteora .

Itinerary: 5 Days in Athens

If you got a limited time for the vacation and especially if you plan to travel in spring or fall, then Athens is the best choice. Plus, there are some islands near-by which are served by ferries year-round.

Perfect 10 Days in Greece

The itinerary starts in Athens and explores:Corfu, Meteora, Thessaloniki, Mykonos and Santorini. It’s a good option for those who are visiting Greece for the first time .

Smaller Cyclades Islands

If you are one of those travelers who prefer to spend all the time on the beach soaking up the sun, then hopping between some of the smaller Cyclades is a very good idea.

Do consider a slightly bigger budget for this “escape” though. Smaller and less crowded islands also mean a limited choice for accommodation (in some cases). So book in advance and enjoy a relaxing vacation on the beach.

Popular Islands and Posh Towns

There are always tourists who really want to tick off their bucket lists places such as Santorini or Mykonos . For those who don’t mind crowded islands and high prices, this is definitely the perfect vacation in Greece.

The Island Hopper

If you plan to avoid the obvious clichés when it comes to island hopping, try this: Corfu , Patmos , Kos and Aegina. All islands are popular but they also retain a certain traditional charm.

A weekend in Athens

If you only have a weekend on your hands, head to Athens. There are plenty of things to do and you definitely won’t get bored.

A weekend in Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is totally different than Athens. It is preferred by the younger crowds and if you want to escape to the beach, you can go to the Olympic Riviera.

7 Days Itinerary: Tasting the Wines of Greece

Spend a week visiting important wine making regions in Greece. Start in Athens, plan two day trips to Nemea and Nafplio and then head to Santorini to taste the incredible local wines.

14-Days Itinerary: Romantic Vacation in Greece

Spend two weeks in some of the romantic places in Greece. Start in Athens and then visit Amorgos , Mykonos, Ios and Santorini.

10 Days Budget Itinerary in Greece

Visiting Greece shouldn’t be expensive. Save money by staying in hostels, eating in tavernas and visit places which don’t require an entrance fee. This itinerary takes you in Thessaloniki, on the island of Thassos and on the Halkidiki Peninsula.

{ 5 comments }

World Travel Guide July 25, 2010 at 9:33 am
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I really enjoyed this article as it reminded me of my Greek holiday a few years ago.

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Alex July 26, 2010 at 7:26 am
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Knowing less than you, we are bound to keep your advice at preference but I wish you hadn’t missed the island of Crete and Rio Antirrio Bridge… I so wanna see both the things.

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Cristina July 26, 2010 at 7:50 am
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Crete will be part of another itinerary article :) Not forgetting abt it, for sure!

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simmon August 17, 2010 at 8:27 am
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Nice info man! I really loved the description of each place and the different moods. By the way, I heard about this island named Crete, what about it? How far is it from the mainland? Is it a good place to visit?

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Cristina August 17, 2010 at 8:46 am
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@simmon: Here you can find more details about Crete http://www.greecelogue.com/crete

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