Santorini Mykonos Athens: Your Perfect Greece Trip

Are you dreaming of visiting Santorini, Mykonos, and Athens but don’t know where to start? Is there too much information on the web, making your trip to Greece super complicated? Don’t worry—I’m here to help! Santorini, Mykonos, Athens, and a few other destinations such as Crete, Paros, and Rhodes are among the most popular areas in Greece. If you’d like to visit during the high season—between July and September—you’ll need to book everything early in the year to get the best value for your trip.

That’s why I’ve created this itinerary providing a day-to-day breakdown of things to do and the transfers you’ll need and suggesting some alternative islands if you have plenty of time! With no further ado, let’s organize your tour to Athens, Santorini, and Mykonos!

*Note: I have created a 10-day itinerary but it can be customized to any timeframe you have available.

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Planning your 10-Day Tour | Day Break Down

Day 1 Athens


If you arrive at Athens airport, we’ll be there to pick you up and transfer you to your hotel. If you have jet lag you can chill out in your hotel otherwise you can have a 4 or 5-hour tour of Athens highlights:

  • Acropolis Hill and Acropolis Museum, Ancient Agora, Panathenaic Stadium, Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library and the Constitution Square (Syntagma).
  • We can organize this tour with a private driver, on a shared basis with a driver, or a walking tour if you prefer exploring a new place on foot. If you are interested in details about ancient Greek history, we can book a licensed guide for you.
  • Drop off at your hotel so that you have the rest day free or we can book a traditional tavern with live music for your dinner. Overnight in Athens.

Day 2. Athens

Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon

4-hour tour to Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon traveling through Athens Riviera. You will stop at Vouliagmeni Lake with the spa waters and on your way to Sounion (around 65 km from Athens), you will have a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf and the little islands offshore. After visiting the Temple of Poseidon, you can have lunch in a seafront tavern in Sounion.

Farm to Plate Tour

The tour can be expanded by adding a fantastic olive oil or honey food taste on a beautiful, small family farm near Sounion where you can experience farm-to-table homemade meals. I discovered this amazing farm by accident, and ever since we often go there for a Sunday meal. It is like a small, farming paradise.

We can organize this extra food tour as a private tour. If you are interested in the historical background of the Temple of Poseidon, we can also book a licensed guide for you. Overnight in Athens.

Day 3. Athens to Mykonos

Transfer from your Athens hotel to the Athens airport or the Piraeus seaport to travel to Mykonos. As soon as you arrive in Mykonos we will transfer you to your hotel and have the rest of the day free. Overnight in Mykonos.

Day 4. Mykonos

Rhenia island

Cruise to Delos and Rhenia islands near Mykonos enjoying the sparkling blue sea, and secluded beaches with the stunning archaeological site of Delos. Within 45 minutes after leaving Mykonos port, we will anchor by a deserted beach of Rhenia island where you’ll have time to swim in the crystal-clear waters, sunbathe on the fine sandy beach, or stroll around the island to explore the few scattered houses and a couple of chapels.


After swimming, a delightful lunch experience awaits you with a homemade touch of Greek flavors. Picture yourself savoring succulent barbeque tender chicken or savory pork souvlaki with a refreshing Greek salad, creamy tzatziki – a traditional Greek yogurt and cucumber dip – alongside fragrant rice and freshly baked bread.

Delos archaeological site


Around 14:30, we’ll set sail for Delos Island, where you’ll have the chance to explore its remarkable archaeological site. However, suppose Delos isn’t on your agenda. In that case, your captain will kindly offer the option to visit a nearby beach, allowing you to continue your swimming adventures. At the same time, the rest of the group delves into the history of Apollo’s birthplace.

By approximately 16:30, we’ll begin our journey back to Mykonos and the Old Port, concluding a day filled with unforgettable experiences and cherished memories. The rest of the day is free. Overnight in Mykonos.

Day 5 Mykonos Sightseeing

Paradise Beach

You can squeeze the best out of Mykonos in just one day! Kickstart your adventure in Mykonos Chora, and explore its cute little streets packed with charming cafes and boutiques. Snap some selfies at the iconic windmills and chill out at Little Venice for killer sunset views. Then, hit up a cool beach bar like Scorpios or Nammos for sun, sand, and seriously good cocktails. Don’t miss out on Paradise or Super Paradise Beach for some classic Mykonos beach vibes. And when the sun dips, get ready to party at hotspots like Cavo Paradiso or Scandinavian Bar, where the music pumps and the dance floor is on fire. It’s all about soaking up the island life, Mykonos-style!

Overnight in Mykonos.

Day 6. Mykonos to Santorini

Agios Theodoros Church in Firostefani

Following breakfast, we’ll arrange for your transfer from the hotel to the port, where you’ll board the ferry bound for Santorini. Upon arrival at the port, we’ve organized your pickup and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure.

Day 7. Santorini | Volcano Tour

Santorini’s Old Port

The tour sets sail daily from Gialos, the picturesque old port of Fira, departing either at 11:00 in the morning or at 14:15. A mere 15-minute boat ride brings us to the volcanic bay, where we’ll dock for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. During this time, if you wish, you can trek along the path to the summit, where active craters await exploration.

Swimming in Santorini’s hot springs!

Following our visit to the volcano, our next destination is the island of Palea Kameni, renowned for its hot springs and famous mud baths, both formed as a result of volcanic activity. Nestled in the tranquil bay of Agios Nikolaos, the water temperature ranges from 30 to 35 degrees Celsius, thanks to its continuous mingling with the surrounding sea currents. Here, the boat will anchor for approximately 30 minutes, allowing you to enjoy a rejuvenating dip in the therapeutic waters.
After the refreshing bath, we’ll journey back to the old port of Fira.

Tips for this tour:

  • The port is accessible by cable car (6€ ticket) or by using the large path carved on the rocky cliff. We do not support animal abuse so we never suggest riding the poor donkeys.
  • The guides of your excursion will be waiting for you at the port, to give you all the important information and to orientate you on the boat.
  • Nea Kameni has a 5€ ticket entrance

The rest of the day is free. Overnight in Santorini.

Day 8. Santorini Sightseeing

Santorini Map with best things to do

There is so much to do in Santorini (and never enough time 😀 )!

Find below some of my favorite sites and activities on this stunning Greek island:

  • Start your morning in Oia, and explore the charming streets filled with boutiques and art galleries before heading to Fira, the island’s bustling capital.
  • Take a stroll along the scenic cliffside path from Fira to Firostefani for breathtaking views of the caldera and volcanic islands.
  • Treat yourself to a delicious Greek lunch at a local taverna overlooking the caldera, then cool off with a dip in the crystal-clear waters at one of Santorini’s beautiful beaches like Kamari or Perissa.
  • In the afternoon, venture inland to visit the ancient city of Akrotiri, known as the “Minoan Pompeii,” to uncover the island’s rich history. Finally, enjoy one of the magical Santorini sunsets in Fira, Oia, Imerovigli, Akrotiri, or Firostefani.

Day 9. Santorini to Athens

We will transfer you from your Santorini hotel to the airport or the port to Athens and after you arrive in Athens we will transfer you to your hotel. Free day in Athens. Overnight in Athens or a hotel near the airport.

Day 10. Transfer to the Airport

The package we offer includes:

• 3 Night Athens / 3 Nights Mykonos / 3 Nights Santorini
• Accommodation at 4* or 5 star hotels
• Round Trip Airport / Port Transfers
• Athens Walking/Car Discovery
• Mykonos: Full Day Cruise Rhenia-Delos with lunch
• Santorini: Volcano Discovery
• Ferry from Mykonos to Santorini

Not included:

  • International airfare
  • Entrance fees to archaeological sites and museums
  • Licensed Guides
  • Personal Expenses unless it is otherwise mentioned (food, drinks)
  • Anything that is not mentioned in our quote
  • Stayover hotel tax (to be paid directly to the hotel by customers)
  • Gratuities

Additional Days & More Island Hopping

Antiparos

Would you like more party-island scenery? Visit the picturesque island of Ios, renowned for its stunning beaches and vibrant nightlife, or the cosmopolitan Paros and stunning Antiparos.

Sfakia, Chania

Alternatively, immerse yourself in the peaceful atmosphere of Sifnos, where you can explore traditional villages and savor delicious Greek cuisine in local tavernas. For a more extensive adventure, consider venturing to the diverse island of Crete, where you can discover ancient ruins, hike through breathtaking gorges, and experience the rich cultural heritage of Greece’s largest island. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, excitement, or cultural exploration, adding a side trip to one of these islands will undoubtedly enhance your overall Greek getaway.

Book this Tour!

Are you interested in booking this Santorini Mykonos and Athens tour? My business partner Katerina and I can advise, suggest, and organize everything for you. Please fill in this short form here with information about your group and we will get back to you within 48 hours.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What’s the best time to visit Santorini, Mykonos, and Athens?

Greek Island hiking, bougainvillea on a greek island

The best time to visit Santorini, Mykonos, and Athens is from mid-April to October. July, August until mid-September is considered high season. During the shoulder months of May and October, you’ll enjoy pleasant weather, fewer crowds, and better deals on accommodations and activities.

2. Are Santorini, Mykonos, and Athens suitable for families?

Absolutely! While Mykonos is known for its party scene, Santorini and Athens offer a wealth of family-friendly activities and attractions. From exploring ancient ruins to relaxing on beautiful beaches, there’s something for every member of the family to enjoy.

3. Is it safe to visit Santorini, Mykonos, and Athens?

Yes, Santorini, Mykonos, and Athens are all safe destinations for travelers. However, as with any destination, it’s important to take common-sense precautions and be aware of your surroundings, especially in crowded tourist areas.

4. What are some must-try dishes in Santorini, Mykonos, and Athens?

In Santorini, don’t miss the chance to try fresh seafood dishes like grilled octopus and lobster pasta. In Mykonos, sample traditional Greek meze dishes like fava, tzatziki, and saganaki. And in Athens, indulge in classic Greek dishes like souvlaki, moussaka, and spanakopita.

5. Can I visit Santorini, Mykonos, and Athens on one trip?

Plaka, Athens

Absolutely! Many travelers combine visits to Santorini, Mykonos, and Athens into one itinerary. You can easily travel between the islands by ferry or plane, and Athens is well-connected to both Santorini and Mykonos by ferry and flight.

6. What are some hidden gems to explore in Santorini, Mykonos, and Athens?

In Santorini, venture off the beaten path to discover charming villages like Pyrgos and Megalochori, where you’ll find traditional architecture and local artisans. In Mykonos, escape the crowds by exploring the lesser-known beaches of Agios Sostis and Fokos. And in Athens, take a stroll through the peaceful Anafiotika neighborhood, a hidden oasis nestled beneath the slopes of the Acropolis.

Conclusion

Discover the best of Greece in just 10 days with our exclusive tour of Santorini, Mykonos, and Athens! From breathtaking sunsets to vibrant nightlife and ancient wonders, this unforgettable journey promises the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. Book now for the ultimate Greek getaway and let us take care of the details while you create memories to last a lifetime!

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Evgenia Mataragka
Hi! I am an Athens-based Greek obsessed with exploring Greece and bringing you the best travel experience ever!

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