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Quintessential Greece in a Week

This sample 8-day itinerary is a quick introduction to Greece. You'll visit famed Athens, the extraordinarily dramatic scenery and charming architecture of Santorini, and see why Mykonos has attracted jetsetters for decades. This tour compresses a lot into a week, with many of the country's signature dishes and drinks, with some time to slow down and appreciate the Mediterranean's fiery sunsets, including from the deck of a boat. If you have some more time to spare, we recommend visiting some of the other Cycladic islands between Mykonos and Santorini. By visiting places like Naxos and Paros, you can escape the crowds and visit places where little has changed in centuries, while still enjoying the breathtaking natural scenery, and visiting ruins dating back millennia. Another great way to extend your time in Greece is to tack Crete on to the end of this trip. Greece's largest island, Crete has retained its own culture, as well as the ruined palaces of the Minoans, who flourished in the Bronze Age, when the Greeks were still obscure. Although this tour is fairly brief, once you've been to Greece, it's hard not to return for further exploration!

The services we provide as part of our comprehensive packages include accommodations, private door-to-door long-distance transfers, city tours, and day trips. In addition to the tours included we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. All of our tours are custom, and this is just a sample meant to give an idea of what our trips are like, and the opportunities our destinations provide.
One of our team members in the region will be available to you leading up to and during your trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with its information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon arrival, we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to reach your local JayWay contact (who you will meet in person) throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 2-5 star accommodation options, including boutique hotels, charming B&Bs, and spacious apartments. With our firsthand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambience.
Route for Athens, Mykonos, Santorini tour

2 Nights in Athens

2 Nights in Athens

3 days in Athens
3 days in Athens

2 Nights in Athens

Although it's hard to not keep craning your head to take in the spectacle of the Acropolis at the center of town (especially when it's lit up at night), there's more to Athens than its dense concentration of ancient ruins. Athens is a center for contemporary art, with modern galleries sitting beside museums stuffed with art dating back millennia. This combination of the old and new is especially clear at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, a spectacular open-air theater that has hosted concerts and plays for nearly 2,000 years. The city's culture is also reflected in its diverse food and drink, which combines traditional Greek favorites with influences from across the Mediterranean, and the world, as fitting Athens' deep history as a humming harbor hub. While Athens' variety is enough to keep you busy, from the hidden back alleys of the center, to the city's showy coast, the city works well as a base for day trips, whether down the coast, or to the Peloponnese. Head to oracular Delphi, or hunt for where Lord Byron's carved his name into the monumental Temple of Poseidon at the tip of Cape Sounion.

Although it's hard to not keep craning your head to take in the spectacle of the Acropolis at the center of town (especially when it's lit up at night), there's more to Athens than its dense concentration of ancient ruins. Athens is a center for contemporary art, with modern galleries sitting beside museums stuffed with art dating back millennia. This combination of the old and new is especially clear at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, a spectacular open-air theater that has hosted concerts and plays for nearly 2,000 years. The city's culture is also reflected in its diverse food and drink, which combines traditional Greek favorites with influences from across the Mediterranean, and the world, as fitting Athens' deep history as a humming harbor hub. While Athens' variety is enough to keep you busy, from the hidden back alleys of the center, to the city's showy coast, the city works well as a base for day trips, whether down the coast, or to the Peloponnese. Head to oracular Delphi, or hunt for where Lord Byron's carved his name into the monumental Temple of Poseidon at the tip of Cape Sounion.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Athens

Welcome to Greece! Upon arrival to Athens, your driver will meet you and drive you to your centrally located accommodations. The drive is about 45 minutes depending on traffic.

Our representative will then meet with you to answer any questions you have and to get you settled for the rest of your trip.

Love at First Sight

Suggestion to explore on your own

Taking advantage of the opportunity for views of the Acropolis shining in the night, Athens has plenty of rooftop venues, which have become popular hubs for nightlife among locals. One of our favorite rooftop bars is POINT a - the only bar that provides views of both the Acropolis and the modern elegant lines of the Acropolis Museum, lit beautifully at night. POINT a has a relaxed vibe and Greek cuisine with a twist. It’s perfect for couples and even families or groups of friends. If you happen to stay around the Monastiraki District, you should definitely visit A for Athens, a popular venue among locals. Hytra and GB Roof Garden are full-on luxury restaurants and bars that perfectly provide romantic evenings. We guarantee that if you spend your first night dinning at one of those places, you will quickly fall in love with the mind-blowing views and lively city.

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Athens

Athens Highlights Mythology Small Group Tour

Athens Highlights Mythology Small Group Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Discover the myths behind the greatest landmarks in Athens. Learn about Greek gods and heroes, and discover what really hides behind ancient myths. At the same time visit the best landmarks and sites in Athens, such as the Acropolis (Parthenon, theater of Dionysus, temple of Athena Nike, temple of Erechtheion, and the sanctuary of Asclepius), Olympian Zeus’ temple, the Ancient Agora, and the temple of Hephaestus.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

Athens Nightlife Small Group Tour

Athens Nightlife Small Group Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

One thing is for sure: Athens knows how to party! Leave the tourist traps and stereotypes behind, and get immersed in real Greek nightlife. Let one of Athens’ best local guides take you around some amazing nightlife places, with fantastic decor and panoramic views where the locals hang out to drink and eat mezes (tapas).


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 3

Day 3 - Traveling to Mykonos by Ferry

The Cycladean island of Mykonos awaits you today! A driver will pick you up from from your accommodation and take you to the port of Piraeus, where you'll catch your ferry to Mykonos. Although there are several departures each day, they're all very early so you'll need to be up with the lark for this leg of the journey. The ferry journey itself takes at least two and a half hours up to five and a half, depending on which departure is available.

We also offer the following excursions in Athens

Acropolis Museum Discovery Group Tour
Easy2 Hours
Acropolis for Families Private Tour
Moderate2 hours
Ancient Corinth and Nemea Private Day Trip
Moderate8 hours
Athens Small Group Walking Tour
Light3 hours

2 Nights in Mykonos

2 Nights in Mykonos

3 days in Mykonos
3 days in Mykonos

2 Nights in Mykonos

Although Mykonos is mainly known for its glamorous nightlife and summer beach party scene, which has made it the center of attention among the world’s most affluent travelers and celebrities, who come to the island to enjoy its nights, the island has managed to preserve its historical charm. Mykonos’s unique architecture has long been a source of inspiration for architects, photographers and designers across the globe. The island’s architectural diversity and history are reflected in the hundreds of whitewashed churches and monasteries which are scattered across its barren landscape, the imposing windmills that once played a crucial role in the island’s economy, and its colorful pirate houses, which point to its turbulent past. Apart from the famed beaches that make headlines for their extravagant champagne parties and prices, there are plenty of natural, quieter beaches to savor and explore. Those looking to escape crowds can also find their paradise on Mykonos. Foodies find much to adore in the island's flavors, aromas, and sights. The island caters to the most discerning palates -- from dining in family-owned beach tavernas with your toes touching the sand, to renowned international establishments serving award-winning cuisine, or indulging on freshly grilled seafood prepared by a private chef on a secluded beach.

Although Mykonos is mainly known for its glamorous nightlife and summer beach party scene, which has made it the center of attention among the world’s most affluent travelers and celebrities, who come to the island to enjoy its nights, the island has managed to preserve its historical charm. Mykonos’s unique architecture has long been a source of inspiration for architects, photographers and designers across the globe. The island’s architectural diversity and history are reflected in the hundreds of whitewashed churches and monasteries which are scattered across its barren landscape, the imposing windmills that once played a crucial role in the island’s economy, and its colorful pirate houses, which point to its turbulent past. Apart from the famed beaches that make headlines for their extravagant champagne parties and prices, there are plenty of natural, quieter beaches to savor and explore. Those looking to escape crowds can also find their paradise on Mykonos. Foodies find much to adore in the island's flavors, aromas, and sights. The island caters to the most discerning palates -- from dining in family-owned beach tavernas with your toes touching the sand, to renowned international establishments serving award-winning cuisine, or indulging on freshly grilled seafood prepared by a private chef on a secluded beach.

Day 3

Day 3 - Arrival in Mykonos

Upon arrival at Mykonos' main port, you'll be taken to your accommodations.

Romantic Mykonos Sunset Group Bike Tour

Romantic Mykonos Sunset Group Bike Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Bike into romance, enjoying the sheer magnificence of the Mykonian landscape, followed by sipping a local organic wine while watching the sunset. This tour follows an easy bike trail with some hilly sections.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 4

Day 4 - Your First Full Day in Mykonos

Half-Day Small Group Sail to Delos and Rhenia

Half-Day Small Group Sail to Delos and Rhenia

Spend half a day away from the crowds by joining this sailing excursion to the islands of Rhenia and Delos. You will receive personalized attention from your captain and crew in a small group limited to 10 people, and enjoy free time at multiple swimming and snorkeling spots. You will also savor a Greek meal cooked for you on the boat.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 5 hours

Day 5

Day 5 - Traveling to Santorini by Ferry

Scenic Santorini awaits you today! A driver will pick you up from from your accommodations and take you to Mykonos' port where you'll catch your ferry to Santorini.

We also offer the following excursions in Mykonos

Ancient Delos Tour
Light5 hours
Authentic Mykonos in a Nutshell Group Tour
Strenuous4 hours
Fokos Beach Group Hiking Tour
Light3 hours
Mykonos Town Group Walking Tour
Light3 hours

3 Nights in Santorini

3 Nights in Santorini

4 days in Santorini
4 days in Santorini

3 Nights in Santorini

“Intelligent adults come here and turn into infants,” Craig Walzer, owner of the Atlantis Bookstore. Santorini is every traveler's dream. The whitewashed houses and blue domed churches perched atop of soaring cliffs, the narrow cobblestone streets and unsurpassed views of crystal-clear blue waters -- these all greet you as you step foot on this fairytale land. Intertwining myth and reality, Santorini is every bit as beautiful as the countless postcards, magazine covers, and Instagram photos claim. The village of Oia is world-famous for its sunset, where thousands of spectators line up every evening to witness the magic as the sun bids farewell to the sky and the canvas lights up in fierce hues. Fortunately, the sunset can be enjoyed from much of the rest of this crescent-shaped island. Santorini is also home to Akrotiri, the Greek take on Pompeii. Inhabited since Neolithic times, this city was built up by the Minoans, a seafaring civilization that predated the ancient Greeks, only to be destroyed in the catastrophic eruption that shaped Santorini, which forms part of a massive volcanic caldera. Covered in ashes for millennia, Akrotiri is still being uncovered. We suggest visiting the neighboring center of the caldera, where you can enjoy hot springs, visit the volcanic crater, and enjoy stunning views of Santorini itself. Santorini’s unique ecology, climate and volcanic ash soil paved the way for a flourishing wine industry. Its indigenous varietals will make your stay even more enjoyable.

“Intelligent adults come here and turn into infants,” Craig Walzer, owner of the Atlantis Bookstore. Santorini is every traveler's dream. The whitewashed houses and blue domed churches perched atop of soaring cliffs, the narrow cobblestone streets and unsurpassed views of crystal-clear blue waters -- these all greet you as you step foot on this fairytale land. Intertwining myth and reality, Santorini is every bit as beautiful as the countless postcards, magazine covers, and Instagram photos claim. The village of Oia is world-famous for its sunset, where thousands of spectators line up every evening to witness the magic as the sun bids farewell to the sky and the canvas lights up in fierce hues. Fortunately, the sunset can be enjoyed from much of the rest of this crescent-shaped island. Santorini is also home to Akrotiri, the Greek take on Pompeii. Inhabited since Neolithic times, this city was built up by the Minoans, a seafaring civilization that predated the ancient Greeks, only to be destroyed in the catastrophic eruption that shaped Santorini, which forms part of a massive volcanic caldera. Covered in ashes for millennia, Akrotiri is still being uncovered. We suggest visiting the neighboring center of the caldera, where you can enjoy hot springs, visit the volcanic crater, and enjoy stunning views of Santorini itself. Santorini’s unique ecology, climate and volcanic ash soil paved the way for a flourishing wine industry. Its indigenous varietals will make your stay even more enjoyable.

Day 5

Day 5 - Arrival in Santorini

Upon arrival to the port, you'll be taken to your hotel in either Fira or Oia.

Santorini Sunset Small Group Food Adventure

Group Santorini Sunset Food Adventure

Included in your vacation package price.

See Santorini at its tastiest, glitziest best with a local guide by your side! On this food-focused sunset adventure, you’ll spend the evening enjoying some of the best local dishes and drinks the island has to offer while walking along the beautiful Santorini caldera. Learn about the culinary culture, admire some of the island's best sights, and visit a mix of famous spots, historic haunts, and hidden gems as you eat and sip your way through Santorini.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4 hours

Day 6

Day 6 - Your First Full Day in Santorini

Catamaran Premium Small Group Cruise

Semi Private Catamaran Premium Cruise

Santorini’s volcanic landscape is best explored from the water, so set sail on this top-rated catamaran cruise, which will bring you to the island’s best beaches, viewpoints, and even directly inside the caldera, with a small group of fellow travelers. Along the way, you'll soak in natural hot springs, swim and snorkel off the Red Beach, and take in views of nearby Cyclades islands. An open bar and buffet lunch served right onboard keep you refreshed and energized throughout the voyage.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 5 hours

Day 7

Day 7 - Your Second Full Day in Santorini

Black, Red, and White Beaches in a Day

Suggestion to explore on your own

As you may know, Santorini is not a typical destination with beaches of golden sand. This volcanic island's beaches have a different kind of charm, with unique geological formations, and black or white pebbles. Most are also well-organized, with plentiful opportunities for water sports. Perivolos and Perissa, also known as Black Beach, are considered to be the best beaches in Santorini. Red Beach is a natural phenomenon worth visiting, at the southern of the island. Vlychada Beach, with its amazing natural sand formations, is the island's best hidden gem, a perfect spot for a romantic day by the sea. Use a water taxi or rent a car or ATV and explore all different beaches Santorini offers.

Day 8

Day 8 - Departure Day

Today a driver will pick you up from your accommodations and take you straight to Santorini's airport.

We also offer the following excursions in Santorini

Caldera Private Hike
Strenuous4 hours 30 minutes
Oia’s Hidden Treasures Private Tour
Light4 hours
Private Fira Culture Tour
Light3 hours 30 minutes
Santorini Private Tour
Light6 hours
What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Athens

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Athens Airport Transfer
Athens Highlights Mythology Small Group Tour
Athens Nightlife Small Group Tour
Pireus Port Transfer
Athens (Piraeus) - Mykonos Ferry

Mykonos

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Mykonos Port Transfer (Zone B)
Romantic Mykonos Sunset Group Bike Tour
Mykonos Port Transfer (Zone B)
Mykonos - Santorini Ferry

Santorini

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Santorini Port Transfer
Group Santorini Sunset Food Adventure
Santorini Airport Transfer
The package excludes:

  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website
Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language
We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.
A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation
Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.
A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions
We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.
Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day
Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.
On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road
Our local staff are at your service throughout your journey via the local prepaid cellphone which we provide.
Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out
Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.
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