1 Week Itinerary: Greece

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Greece is a country that's been on my bucket list for years now. I'd always wanted to explore Athens or visit some of the Greece islands, and in March 2017 I finally made it happen. Greece is an amazing country to explore as it's rich in history, tradition and culture. It's home to beautiful beaches, rugged green scenery, and a bustling capital city. 

Throughout my week long trip I went on day trips to Central Greece, visited Santorini, and also explored Athens. I spent the first two days visiting Ancient Delphi and Meteora, using Athens as my base each night. I then flew to Santorini where I spent the following two days exploring the island. After flying back to Santorini I then had 2.5 days to finally discover everything that Athens had to offer. 




Day 1: Ancient Delphi
After arriving in Athens late the night before, our first full day in Greece was spent taking a day trip to Ancient Delphi. We visited the site on an organised tour with Viator, and were picked up from our hotel at 08:30am where we then met our guide for the day. It takes around 3 hours to travel from Athens to Delphi via bus, but it's completely worth it. 

When we arrived in Delphi we then had a couple of hours to either explore the ruins ourselves independently, or walk around with the guide. After visiting the site you then get to visit the museum before getting back in the coach. Along the way back to Athens, there's a pit stop for 'Lunch', although it should really be described as an early dinner as this was at around 4pm! We then arrived back in Athens in the evening.





Day 2: Meteora
After spending another night using Athens as a base (but not yet exploring the city itself!) we woke up bright and early to visit the Meteora monasteries. These monasteries were built on top of natural rock pillars so that the monks could live without interruption.

Again, we booked this day trip via Viator. First, you take the 5 hour train journey from Athens to Kalambaka. This section of the trip is done independently without a guide. You then meet your guide and driver at the train station in Kalambaka, where you will then spend the next few hours exploring the monasteries and the town. Both our guide and driver were great; really knowledgeable and even offered to take photos for us.

Before getting back on the train to Athens, you're given time to pick up some dinner for the journey home. Yes, it's an incredibly long day, but it's so worth it!




Days 3 & 4: Santorini
After spending yet another night in Athens but not actually getting to explore the city, we hopped on a very early flight to Santorini. This is one of the parts of the trip that I was most excited about! We flew with Ryanair (who knew they did internal Greek flights?!) instead of getting the ferry as it turned out to be far cheaper and the flight took less than 60 minutes!

As we arrived in Santorini so early we then managed to have two full days to explore the island. In March when the weather wasn't warm enough to sunbathe, but was perfect for exploring, two days was plenty of time. We stayed in Oia, which is one of the main towns on the island and where you'll find the famous blue domed churches. It's also supposedly the best place to watch the sun set in the evenings.

The best thing we did in Santorini was walk from Oia to Thira - the biggest town on the island. The walk takes roughly 3 hours along the coast and the views were incredible. We took slightly longer than 3 hours though as we took so many photographs along the way! A key stop along the walk is at Skaros Rock, and don't worry, you won't be able to miss it.






Days 5 - 7: Athens
After spending two nights/two full days in Santorini, on the morning of our fifth day in Greece we flew back to Athens. After settling into a new hotel we then had two and a half days to finally explore the capital city! The highlights were the Panathenaic Stadium where the first modern Olympic Games were held, The Acropolis itself, and then Philopappos Hill which gives unrivalled views over the Acropolis.

On the evening of our last day in Athens we then flew back to London Gatwick, feeling pretty pleased that we'd managed to see so much of Greece in the space of 7 days.


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