Long WeekendIf time is limited, concentrate on Athens (with an out-of-town day trip, possibly to Delphi), or devote your time to one of the blissful Greek Islands. For most people, an island in the Cyclades would be first choice – either Mykonos with a half-day trip to Delos archaeological site, or Santorini with a one-day tour of the caldera. Those searching to escape the crowds might prefer Crete, with a base in either Chania, Heraklion, or Elounda near Agios Nikolaos.
One WeekWith one week it is possible to do Athens and one island group. For a good overview, try to see either Santorini or Mykonos in the Cyclades, plus a couple of more low-key islands, maybe Naxos or Amorgos. Or you could do Athens and a driving tour of Crete. If you visit in winter, you could combine a couple of days in Athens with a tour of the mainland, to see Greece’s mountains and archaeological sites.
Two WeeksWith two weeks to spare, you can cover Athens and several island groups. Make a list of the islands you are most interested in visiting, and then refer to ferry schedules to see how you can fit them together. Try to combine a variety of well-known and lesser-visited islands. Those who love mountains could also fit in a few days exploring the Greek mainland beyond the capital.
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