Travel back in time to ancient Athens, party-hop the beach clubs of Mykonos and explore the famous blue-and-white houses of Santorini. This itinerary explores Greece's most iconic city and islands.
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Europe8 days / July 2018
Highs & Lows
Enjoying the view of the Aegean Sea with a drink in hand in Little Venice, Mykonos.
Getting lost for hours trying to find our Airbnb in Santorini.
Q & A
Anything go wrong during the trip?
We got super lost in Santorini... but the sad part is that we were right where we had to be! The thing about these quaint little Greek towns is that they're essentially a maze! The tiny streets are more like alleyways that barely fit a car and all the houses resemble one another. On top of that, it's hard getting around as all signage is in Greek. So finding our airbnb was a mission! Even our Greek Uber driver couldn't find it... until over an hour later! And then the next night, we got lost again finding out Airbnb! This time, it took us several hours of circling around without phone battery or a map! So, please come prepared by mapping out your location ahead of time!...Read More
What tips would you give a friend?
My biggest tip is to plan and book reservations way in advance, especially during peak summer months! This goes for all things but most importantly for accommodation! We booked our stay for each location about a month and a half before the trip and found that options were already tight by then. In fact, we had much difficulty finding a reasonable place for both Mykonos and Santorini. As a result, we ended up with stays that were either far away from our ideal location or simply lacking in a few amenities (e.g. staying in a camping tent in Mykonos). I also recommend doing the same for your transportation to and from the islands. Whether you decide to fly or take a ferry, the best-valued rides will fill up quick! So if possible, do book several months ahead!...Read More
Super important for the summer months - bring protective gear! Bring a trusty sun hat or two, even an umbrella if you want extra coverage, and certainly lots of sunblock! Additionally, pack a reusable water bottle! Seriously, the Greek summer heat is no joke and I was surprised to find that there's barely any shading. I didn't come prepared and found myself constantly stopping into convenience stores to buy water bottles all throughout the trip. I also had to buy a hat from one of those overpriced tourist booths. Save yourself the hassle and come mentally and physically prepared for it!
Once you're in the core parts of the city and towns, most tourist spots can be easily accessed by foot. However, it's getting there from the airport of ferry docks that is a little bit trickier as they're far removed. I remember the Athens airport being reaaaally far from the city and took us over an hour Uber ride to get to our Airbnb! I highly suggest planning out your transportation ahead of your arrival and recommend you order a taxi or Uber. Make sure you have available data or strong wifi ahead of time to make the process smoother. Also to note, do give yourself adequate time for transportation and travel days in between your trip. One of my main errors was planning out too much activities for later on during a travel day, thinking I'd get in early enough and get right to exploring. But travel usually takes longer than it seems and checking-in to your accommodation also takes quite some time! So, be mindful to take things slower and don't put too much expectations on days of travel....Read More