How To Experience Best Of Greece In Two Weeks

A journey through Greece is no less than an odyssey. It offers everything anyone would want – beautiful ruins, crystal mountains, glistening beaches, whitewashed villages, warm people, mouth-watering food, party islands, unbelievable sunsets, and a whole more. Given the size of the country and the number of unbelievable sights, making a Greece travel itinerary can be an arduous task. Here, we give you one with plenty of room for customisation, depending on your interests.

DAY 1 & 2 – ATHENS

Irrespective of where you’re flying from, chances are that you will be arriving directly into the capital city. Athens is markedly different from most other European capital and it deserves its own share of time. Hike up to the top of Acropolis, gaze at the Parthenon, and sample some of the best in-land Greek cuisine in your two days here.

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The incredible Acropolis in all its morning glory
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The Temple of Zeus stands tall amidst the modern metropolis that is growing around it

Top Restaurant Pick: To Trikyklo, Attica – We strongly suggest the veal in wine sauce!

Beyond The Wall Tip:

  • Go to the Acropolis through an alternate path, going up from Plaka. Just climb through any route that will keep taking you up the mountain, pass through beautiful garden houses, and enjoy 360 degree views of Athens.

Where To Stay

AirBnB is the best option as regards Athens. There are gazillion options available. Our host, Willian, was a wonderful person and we LOVED our stay in his beautiful apartment with views of the Acropolis. At 25 USD per night, the apartment defines ‘value for money’. Have you signed up on AirBnB yet? If not, do so using this link and get $15 off on your first stay.


DAY 3 & 4 – DELPHI

In history, Delphi was known to be the centre of the world, home of the Oracle. Remember King Leonidas climbing a mountain for war predictions? Yea, that was here. Located in a tiny pretty village in the mountains of Arachova, Delphi is a must-do in Greece for a taste of its incredible past. On the third day, get a local KTEL bus from Athens to Delphi, check into a small hotel, walk around the village, enjoy the sunset, and crash early.

Wake up early on the morning of 4th day to hike up the ancient site of Delphi, a long tiring hike but nothing difficult. Absorb in all the history before the crowds rush in by 10 AM. If possible, catch the sunrise on your way up! You could then head to the nearby village for lunch and head back into Athens, from where you’ll be catching your ferry to the famed Greek isles without which no Greece travel itinerary is complete.

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The crystal mountain of Parnassos as seen from Delfoi

Top Restaurant Pick: Taverna Vakhos, family-run restaurant serving local fares with gorgeous views

Beyond The Wall Tip:

Buses to/fro Athens and Delphi run only at specific times. Look up the KTEL bus timings, if you’re on pubic transport. Alternatively, you could rent a car via Hertz or Sixt for two days.

Where To Stay

We stayed at the Athena Hotel in Delphi but faced a few issues with the place. They overcharged the card, had a sloppy WiFi, and breakfast was so-so. Hotel Orfeas was highly spoken of by other travellers as the best value for money. A double room with attached bath & free b’fast was priced at around 30 USD per night.


DAY 5 & 6 – MILOS

Any Greece travel itinerary that you come across on the internet might point you in the way of Mykonos first. With its windmills, party atmosphere, and beautiful photo-op locations, those suggestions are justified. However, we chose to the go to the rather sleepy island of Milos, as we were in search of beauty and solitude as opposed to parties.

Milos didn’t disappoint us one bit. It’s untouched beauty and hidden beaches are like nothing we’ve ever seen. It boggled us to think people skip this for the pricier Mykonos. Get into Milos via Adamas, stay nearby the port (We stayed here!), hire a bike from the few shops up near the port, and get ready for what might just be the high point of your time in Greece. 

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Sarakiniko is a thing of beauty that very few photographers have managed to capture
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During the Indian summer, you might just have the Paleochori beach all to yourselves!

Top Restaurant Pick: Kynigos – The Hunter, a restaurant overlooking the port that serves fresh baked sea-food!

Beyond The Wall Tip:

  • Milos is an excellent location for a sailing trip or a snorkeling trip. There are many boats docked up on the port that do full-day all inclusive sailing trips, just walk up and check the day before as they depend a lot on the weather.

Where To Stay

We stayed at the Semiramis Hotel near Adamas Port run by an old uncle, Petros. It’s proximity to the port makes it a perfect stay option while in Milos. Mr. Petros will also help you in securing a bike and give you a detailed guide on what to do while in Milos. Cost per night is around 35 USD for a double with attached bath.


DAY 7 to 9 – SANTORINI

What is a Greece travel itinerary that doesn’t take you to Santorini? We must confess that we are usually extremely apprehensive about locations as touristy as Santorini, as you can’t quite meet the people or feel the culture. But, Santorini blew us away inspite of the crowds.

Drive on a bike around the island, hop from the red beach to the black beach, hike up ancient Thira, or enjoy the stunning sunset at Oia. Three days in Santorini will fly by as there is no dearth of how much one can absorb this place.

What is a greek holiday if you havent seen the sunset at Oia? #nofilter #santorini #travel #sunset #ttot #greece #day9

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The pictures of Santorini weren’t lying – it really is out of this world

Top Restaurant Pick: Taverna Glaros, Red Beach – The Seafood Sphagetti still waters our mouth!

Beyond The Wall Tip:

  • Staying at Oia is an experience – the infinity palls overlooking the volcanic island and Aegean sea is a postcard for a lifetime. If you want to splurge, make this the time to do it. If you’re on a budget like we were, stay down south near Perissa – the views aren’t all that bad, either.

Where To Stay

So, we stayed at Onar Rooms & Studios near the Perissa beach, far south of Santorini. If you prefer to stay in a peaceful place and visit the more popular sides of the island, then this is a brilliant option. It was by far our favourite stay during our time in Greece. Gorgeous views of the beach & mountain, easy access to the popular black sand beach, and some amazing seafood restaurants to choose from – you got it all!


DAY 10 & 11 – IOS

While we did not personally go to Ios, a lot has been said about it by fellow travellers that it does deserve a spot in this Greece travel itinerary. Ios is an island full of mountains that offer the view of Aegean sea all around. Its crystal clear waters, reputation of being a booze-fuelled island at cheaper prices to Mykonos, and hilly terrain make it a wonderful holiday package.

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Thanks to its mountainous nature, the view from Ios is unbeatable
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A tiny white/blue church in the middle of nothing – that’s Greece for you!

Beyond The Wall Tip:

  • Ios can be reached by Santorini through a quick and short ferry ride. If you’re flying back to Athens from Santorini instead of taking the ferry, you might want to do Ios in the middle of a holiday in Santorini. All ferries from Athens-Milos-Santorini-Ios-Athens can be booked here.

DAY 12 to 14 (OR MORE) – CRETE

From all the partying you could be indulging in Ios, you couldn’t ask for a better place to wind up your epic Greek trip than Crete. Crete is strikingly different from all the other islands you visited in your journey thus far. In fact, it is a sin to consider it one among the Greek isles as it could very well have been another country altogether.

It has the famous Samaria Gorge if you’re a hiking enthusiast, the ancient city of Knossos if you love your history, or the Elafonissi beach if you’re into tracking down the world’s best beaches. Since most ferries arrive into Heraklio, I’d spend the first day taking a quick day trip to Knossos and then catching the bus down to Chania. While in Chania, just relax in the old town or rent a car and drive down to Elafonisi, the most stunning beach you’d ever visit.

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A closer look at the buildings show you the religious harmony that exists in Chania

Top Restaurant: Portes, located in an old town valley, and serving true Cretan fares.

Beyond The Wall Tip:

  • Even if you’re staying eons more in Greece, continue to explore Crete as there is no dearth to what you can do here!

Where To Stay

We absolutely loved our stay the family-run Frini Hotel right in front of the beach. The rooms are basic but clean none the less. Request for a room that has a balcony with terrace views, preferably on the first floor which is where the WiFi works.


Other Destination Choices

Staying longer? Here is a list of places you could add on to your Greece travel itinerary:

For the mountain lovers: Meteora – old monasteries cut into standing rocks – is another bus ride further north from Delphi and you could fit two more days in for this if you’ve got more time on hands.

For the island lovers: All the islands mentioned in this itinerary are close to each other in what is known as the “Cyclades” region. But, the other side of Greece (West) has some gems too. Our personal pick is Corfu!

For the history lovers: Add a road trip to Olympia and Sparta from Athens, going by the beautiful town of Nafplio for a couple of days to indulge in your share of popular Greek history.


VISA FOR INDIANS

Greece is still part of the European Union which means that you can secure a Schengen Visa to travel here. If you want to couple Greece with a visit to any other European nation, you can do so as the visa required is the same.

Schengen Visa is secured via the agency of VFS. Fill up the online application form here, print it out, schedule an appointment, and go with the documents on the given date. All details of the requisite supporting documents can be found here.


In a couple of weeks, you might barely scratch the surface of Greece but it’ll be an introduction none the less. In spite of spending close to three weeks in this paradise, we’re longing to head back to Greece as it remains our favourite place on the planet!

Got questions? Just drop a comment here and we’ll get back to you.

2 thoughts on “How To Experience Best Of Greece In Two Weeks

    1. Hi Tanabi,

      Great that you’re thinking of Greece. We spent about 95k-1 lac per person on this trip, all inclusive. Flights + Visa + Food + Stays + Transport + Sightseeing + Activities + Souvenir Shopping.

      Hope this is useful.

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