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What do you think of my 15/16 day itinerary ? first timer in Greece/Cyclades

I've posted about twice on this forum lol, but I think I've finally came up with a doable, realistic itinerary after much time spent researching the cyclades.

My boyfriend and I are both 23, and have a wide range of interests. We want beautiful beaches, landscapes, picturesque villages, nightlife, preferably friendly prices, unique spots, hiking, but we really don't care too much for museums or historical sites. I doubt we will visit any museums actually.

We have about 15/16 day from mid August to September, nothing is booked yet so we can be flexible and maybe even go late August into early September if you recommend ? Our budget is from $3000-$5000. We usually always use Airbnb.

Day 1 - fly into Athens and take a flight into Santorini that afternoon or evening
Day 2,3 - Santorini (3 nights )
Day 4,5,6,7,8 - Naxos
with day trip to Mykonos
Day 9,10,11,12,13 - Paros
with day trip to Antiparos
Day 12,15 - Athens

What do you guys think ? also should we book in ferries or boat tours in advance ? if so what link would you recommend ?

Posted by
172 posts

If you are not into museums then two days in Athens is plenty either at the beginning or end of your trip.

Posted by
2492 posts

I think this looks great with exception of day trip to Mykonos. I can’t imagine it will be worth the trouble and I would just stay on Naxos.


Posted by
1368 posts

Your plan looks good. You have enough time to really get to know your island destinations. If your plan to visit mykonos includes the excursion boat that visits Delos first then by all means do that day trip. But just to see Mykonos I wouldn't bother.