Greece is an incredibly diverse and inspiring country that, unsurprisingly, is a rather pleasant place to visit. From the ancient Acropolis perched above Athens to the energetic scenes of world-renowned Paradise Beach on Mykonos, you will be scooping your jaw off the floor a lot in Greece.
Whatever your dream vacation entails, Greece is primed to deliver it. This six-day itinerary packs in enough of the good stuff without rushing you off of your feet. A tight time schedule demands savvy planning and this six-day trip has been tirelessly designed to showcase the beauty of Greece, in all its forms.
How Many Days In Greece Is Enough?
You could easily spend a month island-hopping around Greece and not run out of things to do or places to see. However, busy lives rarely warrant extended vacations, and this is something we certainly understand.
Six days in Greece is just enough time to check out Athens and simmer into your own slice of island life. Leaning on luxury, this six-day trip of a lifetime is primed to impress and send you on your merry way with a steller tan as proof.
Your Six-Day Itinerary In Greece
Days 1 – 2
Athens is where most people fly into and out of when visiting Greece. The city is a vibrant fusion of the old, the new, and it is a perfect place to start your six-day vacation.
If you wish to stay within eyeshot of the Acropolis, (let’s face it, everyone does), NEW Hotel’s Art Lounge rooftop bar boasts the best view in town. European-style balconies, high-art decor, first-rate dining, modern amenities built for luxe comfort – this bougie inner-city hotel is a slice of Athens’ magic.
Because this is your first night in Greece you will want to celebrate and what better way to do that than dining at one of the best meze restaurants in town – Karamanlidika. There is a seemingly endless stream of quirky backstreet bars dotted about Athens that have your post-meze plans sorted.
Once the dust has settled on your first night in Greece and after your complimentary a la carte breakfast at the hotel, all cobbled roads lead up the hill to the ancient Acropolis ruins. Built a few years ago in the 5th century BC, this ancient citadel and its accompanying museum are a sight to behold.
After lunch, it’s time to collect your bags and make tracks for the ferry terminal – destination Mykonos. Although you can fly from Athens to Mykonos, you’ve just flown in from afar the day before. A two-hour ferry ride through the Aegean Sea up on the deck with the afternoon sea breeze will be exactly what the doctor has ordered.
Days 3 – 5
There are many luxury hotels on idyllic Mykonos, but none of them touch the prestige of Santa Marina of Ornos Bay. The white-washed walls, fluid architecture, and impeccable decor of each oceanfront suite and villa will put you in a state of pure bliss before you set your bags down. The resort is a high-end realization of ancient Greek beauty.
Not only does Santa Marina have exclusive rights to the only private stretch of sand on the island, but it also plays host to its best restaurant. Serving Michelin-Starred Meditteranean cuisine full of modern twists and surprises, dining at Buddha-Bar Beach’s glamorous oceanside setting is a quintessential Santa Marina experience.
After the dessert plates have been wiped clean, the place transforms into the hottest nightclub in town, with world-renowned DJs spinning tunes until the early hours of the morning.
If late-night mischief isn’t your thing, Mykonos has plenty of other things going for it too. Sharing a sunset cocktail down at Little Venice with your partner in crime is a moment to be etched in time (and posted on your socials).
By day, Matogianni Street is the place to peruse boutique shops and pick up a souvenir or two. Everyone knows that a good spot of shopping works up a particular appetite. So, after you’ve had your fill of it, grab a fresh and fabulous bite at Bouboulo with the grilled octopus being one of their signatures.
If you have been drawn to Greece for its ancient historical sites, a day trip to neighboring Delos is a fundamental while on Mykonos. Delos is a pleasant 30-minute ferry ride from the port town of Tourlos and it is certainly worth waking up early for. Delos is home to many UNESCO World Heritage archeological sites and the Delos Archeological Museum offers a fascinating snapshot back in time.
Days 5 – 6
After spending three days exploring Mykonos with a Delos day trip in the mix, you will likely be tired. As a result, we recommend treating yourself to a cheeky one-night stay at the Four Seasons Astir Palace. Situated at the top of the uber-exclusive Athens Riviera, think of this final night as a “parting gift to yourself”, allowing you to unwind in unimaginable style.
30 minutes from the city center, if you aren’t quite done with Athens, you are also poised to venture out into the city for a final night of eating well and drinking better.
So there you have it – six days in Greece that put an emphasis on luxury travel. If you are blessed with more time, continuing on the island-hopping circuit is highly recommended. Spending six days exploring Greece in this fashion, however, is just enough time to capture the essence of why everyone loves Greece. We hope you agree.