Greece is an incredibly beautiful country in the Mediterranean. Surrounded by azure waters, this hot country is the perfect vacation destination for those who dream of lazing on the beach between dips in the balmy ocean.
Greece is also a historical and cultural land that can charm even the most jaded traveller. The museums are some of the most incredible in the world. You don’t even need to go indoors to experience the culture and history. You can simply stroll through the cobblestone streets.
So Greece is able to suit any kind of traveller. All you need to do is figure out what kind of amazing vacation it is that you’re after, and Greece will fit the bill. And it has its famous Greek Islands like Paxos and Ios.
Unlike other hot and humid countries, it gets cold in the winter. So if you’re averse to the heat, simply head over in the winter months.
10 Days in Greece Itinerary: The Seasons and What to Pack
Table of Contents
- 10 Days in Greece Itinerary: The Seasons and What to Pack
- Summer Months in Greece
- Autumn in Greece
- Greece in Winter
- Spring in Greece
- How to Get to Greece
- Greece Travel Itinerary
- Days 1 & 2 in Athens
- Day 1: Visit the Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill
- See the Parthenon
- Marvel at the Acropolis Museum
- Day 2: Explore Athens through its cuisine
- Boutique Hotels in Athens
- Days 3 & 4 in Santorini
- Day 3: Morning Adventure and Lunch at Paralia Vlychada
- Day 4: Day of Exploring and a Sunset Cruise
- Boutique Hotels in Santorini
- Days 5 & 6 in Mykonos
- Day 5: Take a Delos and Rhenia Islands Boat Trip
- Day 6: Party at Paradise and Super Paradise Beach
- Boutique Hotels on Mykonos
- Days 7 & 8 in Crete
- Day 7: Stroll Along the Old Venetian Harbour
- Relax at Nea Chora Beach
- Day 8: Discover the Old City of Chania
- Spend Time at Firka Castle and Maritime Museum of Crete
- Crete Boutique Hotels
- Day 9 & 10 in Thessaloniki
- Day 9: Explore Thessaloniki’s History
- Day 10: Head to the Boardwalk
- Boutique Hotels in Thessaloniki
- 10 Day Greek Itinerary Summary
- Who Paid for What in this 10 Days in Greece Itinerary Post?
When preparing for Greece, the contents of your suitcase will depend largely on the season you’re travelling in.
Some things you should be sure to pack, no matter the season, include a camera and good walking shoes. Since there is so much to explore in Greece, you want to be comfortable while doing it. And you definitely want to capture it all.
Summer Months in Greece
From late June to early September Greece tends to sizzle. If you travel to Greece in summer, be sure to pack in plenty of light sundresses, shorts and tops. And a swimsuit of course!
A light scarf can be really helpful to keep the sun off your chest, and a hat goes a long way. Sandals and plenty of sunscreen are also highly recommended for this season. You won’t need anything too warm, as even the evenings are balmy.
Autumn in Greece
Mid-September to November is the cooling down months of Greece. This is a wonderful time to visit if you’re wanting to explore the countryside. The colours are incredible, as everything turns different hues of red, orange and purple.
It’s also a little cooler, so you don’t have to worry about overheating as you trek through the country. During these months, think of light layers that you can increase during the mornings and evenings. The days are still quite warm, and you’ll certainly never freeze.
Greece in Winter
December through to March are the coolest months. But fortunately, since it’s located in the Meditteranean, the temperatures never get too frigid. For this reason, Greece is a very popular vacation destination for other Europeans, even in the depths of winter.
This is also the rainy season here, so when you pack, be sure to include a waterproof jacket to keep you dry. If you get frizz when it rains, pack in a travel hairdryer. A good pair of boots will also be very handy, and jeans and long-sleeved tops.
Spring in Greece
Spring is a beautiful and popular season in Greece, as the days begin to lengthen and grow warmer. Flowers pop up across the country, and the trees grow their leaves back. All in all, April to early June are very pretty months to visit in.
However, if you’re wanting to spend a lot of time at the beach, avoid early spring, as it won’t yet be warm enough. When packing, be ready for anything. Shorts and long jeans, strappy tops and warm jerseys. Maybe even a swimsuit, if you want to brave a chilly ocean.
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How to Get to Greece
For most of this itinerary you will be able to explore on foot or using some local transport like buses or taxis. If you are keen to explore more in the islands it may be a good idea to hire a car.
Greece Travel Itinerary
In order to make the most of your trip to Greece, it’s good to have an outline of what you want to get up to. That way you won’t miss any of the sights you’re wanting to see, and you’ll be able to start picturing yourself there right this minute.
However, since making a detailed 10-day itinerary for your trip to Greece can really drain the fun out of holiday planning, here’s a suggested plan for you to work from.
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Days 1 & 2 in Athens
Since it’s easiest to fly into Athens, it’s best to start your trip here. Athens is the site of many iconic ancient Greek monuments and temples.
This start to your vacation will be all about culture, history and beauty. And you’ll have lots of energy to go out in the evening. Athens is known for its fun and vibrant nightlife, particularly in the summer.
Day 1: Visit the Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill
On your first morning in Greece, head over to the Acropolis of Athens. This 5th-century BC hilltop temple monument is certainly a sight to behold. Or more correctly, sights. There are a number of incredible things to be seen here, and you should be ready to spend the whole morning exploring this iconic spot.
I would definitely suggest taking a guided tour of the Acropolis. It is a big area and it is easy to miss sites of interest. Also, most tours will include your ticket for the Acropolis and enable you to enter through the shortest line.
The ancient citadel is situated on a rocky outcrop over the city of Athens. So the views are spectacular, and the sight of the acropolis is not marred by a view of the modern city below it.
See the Parthenon
While at the Acropolis, visit the Parthenon, which is the most important remaining monument from classical Greece. It’s also world-renowned, and you’re sure to have heard of it many times over. Be sure to take a few photos!
Marvel at the Acropolis Museum
Just a 10-minute walk down the hill you will find the museum dedicated to the Acropolis. This is a great place to go to when you have the incredible architecture fresh in your imagination. Also, it’s the perfect opportunity to find a little restaurant as you go.
After lunch it is time to climb another one of Athen’s hills – Mount Lycabettus. At 227 metres tall, the summit of Lycabettus is the highest point in central Athens and has some fantastic views of the city and of the Acropolis.
It is relatively easy to walk up the hill to the top of Mount Lycabettus. But if you’re all walked out after spending the morning at the Acropolis just take the easy to use cable car up and down the mountain.
At the top of the mountain, you’ll find a restaurant with some great views as well as a classically Greek blue and white church St George.
After all that walking you’ve earned a drink. Early evening head to Bar Kepameio and enjoy a spritz. Kapameio owns a souvlaki place next door called Elvis which is known to have some of the best souvlakis in Athens. It is definitely worth a visit as the souvlaki I enjoyed there was outstanding. Best of all you can place your order in Elvis and then enjoy your souvlaki at your table in the bar.
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Day 2: Explore Athens through its cuisine
Taking a food tour is one of my favourite ways to explore a city and Athens is a great place for a food tour! I took my food tour with Greeking.Me and it was excellent. Our guide was local and very knowledgeable and we did everything from a greek honey tasting to visiting a koulouri bakery (the delicious sesame rings that you will see all over Greece) and visiting Athens Central Market for some amazing lamb that had been cooking in the sand for hours.
Whether you take a food tour or not I would recommend a trip to Athens Central Market – particularly at lunch time. Many locals visit to buy their seafood and there is a great atmosphere. Plus it is home to restaurants and cafes.
Once you finish your food tour you won’t want to eat for a little while. It is the perfect time to explore the lovely little neighbourhood of Anafiotika. This small area sits behind some of the key tourists sites in Athens. It was built in the 1800s when King Otto 1 wanted Athens to be rebuilt.
Builders were brought in from the Cycladic island of Anafi. Whilst they were working on rebuilding Athens they built a small replica of their island near the Acropolis. Anafiotika means little Anafi. Only 45 buildings remain today but it is a lovely neighbourhood for a wander.
Then continue to walk off your food tour by visiting the neighborhood of Plaka, home to cute streets and some great shopping.
Hopefully by the time dinner rolls around you’ll be ready to eat again. I highly recommend Seychelles. Loved by locals, you’ll find unique twists on popular Greek dishes. It’s located in the Metaxourgeio neighborhood. Don’t forget to book ahead or you won’t get a table.
Greece has some fantastic options when it comes to where to sleep. Here are some boutique hotel options in Athens but if you’re looking to save a few dollars or are travelling on your own you might want to check out hostels in Greece.
Boutique Hotels in Athens
Stay close to the Acropolis in the very stylish AthensWas boutique hotel. The AthensWas boutique hotel has fantastic views of the Acropolis (ask for a room on one of the higher floors) – particularly from the terrace – and it is in a fantastic neighborhood with loads of great restaurants and shops.
If you love fantastic interiors then check out the New Hotel. And this Athens boutique hotel has a spa complete with hammam, jacuzzi, and treatment room. Even the standard rooms are large at 20 to 23 square metres and they have a pillow menu.
The Stanley hotel has a fantastic location next to Metaxourgeio Station that makes it easy to get everywhere in Athens. They also have a fantastic rooftop pool and bar that has views of the Acropolis. The rooms are a little on the small side but you won’t be spending much time in them with that view on the rooftop.
Days 3 & 4 in Santorini
Now it’s time to head off to the Greek islands to get a little more sun, sand and beautiful sights. These stunning islands are world-renowned as a dreamy destination. Getting to Santorini is easy, so we’ll start there.
Santorini is one of the most picturesque places in the world. The white buildings are set off perfectly by the deep blue Aegean sea below them.
While your days on this island can consist mainly of coffee shops, gelateria’s, restaurants and bars (yes, the food and drink is that good), a little sightseeing can go a long way. Especially when it’s coupled with some beautiful swimming and tanning opportunities.
Day 3: Morning Adventure and Lunch at Paralia Vlychada
Paralia Vlichada is a relatively unknown volcanic sand beach on Santorini island. It is backed by cliffs, which makes it a sight like no other. You can rent a beach chair and umbrella and spend the whole day stretched out by the water.
If you want to add in a little adventure, try horse riding across the beach. You’ll also be able to go from Vlychada to Eros beach and see even more beauty.
After a day on the beach, head to Meroula Restaurant for some fresh seafood, made in the Greek style. The best way to get to and from this beach is by taxi.
Day 4: Day of Exploring and a Sunset Cruise
Spend the day getting to know the city by foot. Meander down the winding lanes and pop into the cafes and shops that you come across. Sometimes not having a set path can expose the best parts of a new place.
In the afternoon, join a small-group luxury catamaran cruise. You’ll get to see more of the island, swim in volcanic hot springs, and snorkel in the clear blue waters.
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Boutique Hotels in Santorini
I stayed at the Anteliz Suites in Santorini and absolutely loved it. This charming Santorini boutique hotel is perched on the top of Fira. As such it has the most amazing views of the Santorini sunset. And a large deck area designed to help you to enjoy that view.
In Oia, Canaves Oia Hotel is the whitewashed Santorini hotel of your dreams. The hotel is cut into the old caves and has a minimalist design. Plus there is a gorgeous pool with a swim-up bar.
Days 5 & 6 in Mykonos
Next up is a few days in one of Europe’s most fun summer party destinations. This is an island where you can sleep in late. There’s no need to feel guilty about not making the most of your days, as it’s your nights that will be getting the attention.
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Day 5: Take a Delos and Rhenia Islands Boat Trip
After you wake up late and have a lovely lazy morning, spend the afternoon exploring the nearby islands. It’s a beautiful way to spend a day, especially since you can sip on unlimited drinks and start your Mykonos buzz, before watching the sun set over the island.
Next, head to Lola’s Bar-Cafe to kick the night off with a delicious cocktail. The bar has a warm and welcoming atmosphere and if you go alone, you’ll leave with friends.
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Day 6: Party at Paradise and Super Paradise Beach
These extremely popular beaches will have you really feeling the party spirit. They might not be your traditional idea of paradise, but they certainly do offer a great time.
During the day, enjoy basking on the beach. But it’s during the night when things really heat up. Bars play loud music that carries across the sand, and massive clubs boast international DJs and almost unending hours.
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Boutique Hotels on Mykonos
Boheme Mykonos is carved into a mountain with views of the sea. Enjoying relaxing on the sundeck by the pool. They are right next to the bar and restaurant so you don’t need to move to be fed and watered.
Rocabella Mykonos is slightly more upmarket and its rooms come with private terraces. The outdoor pool is lined by white rocks with lots of day beds. And there is a spa with an enticing range of treatments on offer.
Days 7 & 8 in Crete
Once you’re all partied out, take a flight to Crete for some more beach time and sightseeing. The best airport to fly into is in Chania, as it’s also the best place to spend a few days.
Day 7: Stroll Along the Old Venetian Harbour
This 14th-century landmark is a lovely place to spend an easy morning. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants for you to explore Greek cuisine further. You can also pick up a few souvenirs for your loved ones back home.
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Relax at Nea Chora Beach
Next, take a taxi to this popular beach, lined with bars and restaurants. The water is clear and warm, and you can rent out beach chairs and umbrellas if you want to spend a decent amount of time here.
To try some Greek pastries, head to Papanikolakis. They have a great variety of delicious treats.
Day 8: Discover the Old City of Chania
During your 8th day in Greece, stroll the streets of Chania’s historic Old Town. These narrow roads are charming and full of life. There are also plenty of small art galleries, craftsmen and restaurants.
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Spend Time at Firka Castle and Maritime Museum of Crete
A short walk from the old city is this historic castle. Take in a wonderful view of the city and harbour from its walls. Then head to the Maritime Museum of Crete to spend a few hours discovering more about the impressive nautical history of this island.
Crete Boutique Hotels
The Serenissima Boutique Hotel is a great value boutique hotel set in a 16th century Venetian townhouse. Their romantic rooms have exposed brick walls, blush pink walls and wooden beams. And the restaurant has a great reputation.
For a mix of brutalism and mid-century design on a private beach check out Domes Zeen also in Chania. This boutique hotel in Crete is more about sleek and modern design. Each room comes with a terrace, there are two gourmet restaurants, a spa and lots of activities on offer like local cooking classes.
Day 9 & 10 in Thessaloniki
Greece’s second-biggest city also claims to be its foodiest – the only way to find out if this is true is to head there and eat for yourself! I must confess I spent quite a bit of my time in Thessaloniki eating as well there. There is some great food to be consumed.
However, there is much more to this eclectic, busy, vibrant city than just awesome food. Every few steps you’ll stumble over a church from the Ottoman Empire or some edgy street art. And there is a lot to experience on the city’s fantastic boardwalk which is five kilometres long.
Thessaloniki is home to 1.3 million people and 120,000 of its inhabitants are students. As always, student cities tend to have an extra air of vibrancy and buzz and Thessaloniki is no exception.
Day 9: Explore Thessaloniki’s History
Start your day in Thessaloniki with a guided walking tour. This is one of my favourite ways to explore a city. Thessaloniki is busy and bustling with many small streets and historic sites all over the place so it is helpful to have someone to help you explore the key sites.
The walking tour will take up your morning. Next up is lunch and of course it should be gyros.
If you’re looking for what may be the best souvlaki in Thessaloniki then head to 22 Souvlakia. It’s located on Aristotelous Square and just a stone’s throw from the sea. There is a great outdoor seating area on the square.
And wow the food!!! We were brought out glistening sticks of protein after stick. The highlights for me were the pork gyros (its signature dish) and the chicken gyros. And the chips are sensational – and should of course be placed in the pita and eaten with the meat. And don’t miss the puffy perfect squeaky halloumi.
After lunch spend the afternoon exploring Thessaloniki’s many churches and roman sites. Don’t miss:
- Agia Sofia Church
- Roman Agora
- Agios Dimitrios Church
- Aristotelous Square
- Panagia Chalkeon Church
For dinner head to Kapani market and face the difficult task of choosing a restaurant! I highly recommend Stou Mistou which is near the olive stands. Stou Mistou has a small menu because it changes every day based on what is fresh. Everything they serve is local and they are best known for their fantastic seafood pasta.
Day 10: Head to the Boardwalk
Start the day exploring Thessaloniki’s 5 kilometre long boardwalk. Start off at Thessaloniki’s most famous site, the White Tower of Thessaloniki.
The White Tower of Thessaloniki was actually a prison. It was built by Ottoman Turks in the late 15th century. The tower has been known by many names over the centuries including the Lion’s Tower, the Blood Tower and the Janissary Tower.
The White Tower took its current name in the late 19th century after one of its prisoners painted it white in exchange for freedom.
Today, the tower consists of six floors. Each floor covers an element of the history of the tower and Thessaloniki. The top of the tower contains a small restaurant and a fantastic view. And don’t miss the nearby Alexander the Great Monument.
Next up is exploring the Nea Paralia. The new waterfront of Nea Paralia is a 3.5 km stretch along the sea that was regenerated in recent times. Like the rest of the Thessaloniki waterfront, it is a wonderful place to walk, cycle, and people-watch. This part of the waterfront is also home to some fantastic contemporary art.
The Zongopoulous sculpture “Umbrellas” is 13 metres high and most photogenic at sunset. This is also the best time to photograph Pavlos Vasiliadis’ “Moon” sculpture which was installed in the sea by divers and looks like an illusion.
Head to Thessaloniki institution Cafe Le Monde. Cafe le Monde is a beautiful European-style cafe with one of the best locations in town on the Thessaloniki waterfront. Tables sprawl onto the boardwalk from the art deco-style building. This is the perfect place to stop and enjoy coffee Greek style. That means slowly and over several hours with lots of conversation.
Spend your final afternoon in Greece enjoying some greek wine. Although Domaine Florian is a greek winery it is run by a German. Florian moved to Greece in 2002 and began making organic wine in 2011. The winery has won many awards – mostly for its sauvignon, syrah, and chardonnay.
In terms of whites, we tasted an assyrtiko blend (my favourite greek grape), malvasia, sauvignon blend, chardonnay aged in stainless steel, and a chardonnay aged in oak (my personal favourite wine at Domaine Florian).
Florian also has a lovely dry rose wine and the Syrah won all those awards for a reason – it is outstanding.
Domaine Florian is about a 30-minute drive from Thessaloniki. Contact Domaine Florian directly to organize a wine tasting and/or tour of its vineyards.
For your final night in Greece, enjoy a more luxurious version of classic Greek food at Canteen.
Canteen is modern Thessaloniki cuisine at its best. There were several highlights for me. Whilst I was in Greece I became quite obsessed with Dakos salad. Dakos salad is essentially a greek salad with rusks and when it is done well it is awesome. Canteen does a good dakos.
The halloumi with blueberries, pistachio, and crispbread were also brilliant as was the risotto with black pork and aubergine.
Find out more about this wonderful city in my article 27 Best Things to Do in Thessaloniki.
Boutique Hotels in Thessaloniki
For a great value boutique hotel right in the centre of town check out The Mondernist. This Thessaloniki boutique hotel is in a 1920s building and features pared-back Scandinavian design. There is a roof terrace, a local therapist can come and conduct treatments in your room, and it’s in a great location.
I had a lovely stay at Domotel Olympia. This modern boutique hotel has a fantastic location – it is about a 10-minute walk to the seafront, Kapani market, the Roman Agora and many of the other key sites in town.
The building which houses Domotel Olympia dates back to 1929 but the interior is all modern contemporary design utilising light shades. My double standard room had a simple stylish design aesthetic with its shiny floorboards and clean lines. The bathroom isn’t huge but has everything you could need in a stay.
My room also came with a good-sized balcony and two chairs. The staff was very friendly and helpful and the breakfast was a good buffet offering. Best of all the breakfast buffet featured lots of koulouri and other local products so you can go local during your stay! Domotel Olympia also has a restaurant offering dinner and a bar.
If you’re looking for a more decadent hotel with a view of the sea and Mount Olympus check out The Meditteranean Palace Hotel.
For something a bit different check out the offers from Colors in Thessaloniki. They have a budget luxury apartment hotel called Living, Central is a bit more premium and located in the vibrant Ladadika area and their Urban Hotel is the most upmarket offer and in the boutique hotel market.
10 Day Greek Itinerary Summary
Armed with this ultimate itinerary, your greek vacation will have it all. The beaches, galleries, museums, nightlife and incredible food are enough to inspire even the most jaded traveller.
Most of Greece’s attractions can be enjoyed at any time of the year. However, to make the most of Greece, you’ll want to spend lazy days at the beach, and exciting days cruising across the ocean. So late spring, summer and early autumn are definitely the best seasons to visit.
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