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Research has shown that 7 nights is the average period of stay for tourists in Greece. This is why, in this article, we will give you information and ideas on how to spend a week in Greece, combining sightseeing and relaxation.
One week in the three classics: Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini
This is the typical holiday itinerary of first-time visitors to Greece. Some may even choose to skip Athens although we believe this is a shame. One or two nights to spare are enough to see the most important sights of the Greek capital and fortunately many other people have the same view, considering that Athens seems to grow quickly its annual number of visitors over the last couple of years.
From Athens, tourists can take the plane or the ferry to the islands of Mykonos and Santorini, the two most cosmopolitan and busiest Greek destinations. Mykonos is world-famous for its exotic beaches, the beach bars with the all-day parties, the picturesque little town, and the funky bars. Santorini is often considered the most romantic destination on Earth due to the gorgeous sunset and the impressive volcanic landscape.
The busiest months on these two islands are July and August, which is why if it is possible we suggest you go in June or early September. You will find fewer crowds and better prices. If you are looking for a fully organized trip, see our island-hopping package that includes Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini.
One week in a large island: Rhodes, Corfu or Kefalonia
Rhodes, Corfu, and Kefalonia are among the largest and most impressive islands in Greece. Each island has a special character with nice beaches, beautiful landscapes, and historical sightseeing. A week in Greece can easily be spent in one of these large islands as they provide the best features for a relaxing holiday. All these three islands are easily accessible by plane.
A trip to the Greek mainland
A very alternative way to spend a week in Greece is to rent a car and drive around the mainland. This will be a fantastic experience, especially if the weather is still too cold to spend all day at the beach and your mood is too adventurous. Get yourself with an updated GPS version and start exploring. If you are arriving in Athens, we suggest you go first to Ancient Delphi and then pass the Rio-Antirio bridge to continue your road trip to Peloponnese. If you are arriving in Thessaloniki, first head to Meteora and then continue to Ioannina and Zagoria.