A reader from the USA wrote to Jessica, who blogs for Athens Coast, and asked how she should plan an upcoming 7-day trip to Greece with her girlfriends. Jessica plans the week-long holiday making it the ultimate girl's trip, including seeing an island or two and staying in the great city of Athens!
One of my best friends lives in the Netherlands and is meeting me in Greece in June, and we’re looking for some advice about what to do & where to spend our time!
This is is roughly what I had in mind:
- See Athens on Sunday afternoon (the Acropolis & Parthenon, maybe a hop on/off bus tour?)
- Ferry to an island on Monday (Paros?)
- Ferry to Santorini on Wednesday
- Fly from Santorini back to Athens on Saturday
Suggestions for 7 days in Athens & Cyclades Islands
Just having a Sunday afternoon/evening to do the whole historic Athens thing is a bit tight. It can be done and what better way to stay active and resist napping (don’t nap! fight the urge)?
For the center of Athens with the time you have, visit the Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, Panathenaic Stadium with walks through National Gardens, Plaka & Monastiraki.
Staying longer in Athens? Check out 3 Days In Athens for suggestions on hotels, sites, and restaurants!
For Paros I’d recommend staying in Parikia (hotels) which is where the port is OR Naousa (hotels). With Parikia, you have the convenience of the port and it is the largest town on the island. Naousa is more picturesque with a bit more of an upscale feel. There are buses that run regularly from the port to Naousa.
Another popular island to combine with the Athens -> Santorini route is Naxos. I like Naxos because you can stay (hotels) in the traditional village of Chora and walk to a nice beach, Agios Georgios. I’ve been to Naxos twice and never rented a car. We did take the bus twice from Chora to Plaka beach (which is a really nice beach!).
To read the full 7-day itinerary for a girl's trip, please visit: Athens Coast