DIY Travel Guide Series: 11 Days Exploring Greece

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor June 22nd, 2015 Posted in DIY Travel, Europe Travel Blog, Travel Blog, Travel Guides 35 Comments

Greece is commonly known as the birthplace of western civilization, the land of the Gods and Goddesses and the home of Greek Mythology. Ready to Travel to Greece?

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The Acropolis of Athens

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Visit the National Archaeological Museum, which has the best collection of ancient artifacts dated since B.C. and walked around Ermou Street (the shopping district). Take a bus/train from the airport to Athens. It’s cheap, convenient and fast.

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At the Acropolis of Athens


I recommend that you stay in Oia whenever you plan to visit Santorini. It’s the most beautiful town on the island. You can stay in traditional cave houses, they normally offer a very good accommodation with daily breakfast, and the location is unbeatable for its price. We are very fortunate that our cave house is just 1-minute walk from the Oia Castle Ruins which is the best sunset spot in Santorini. Many tourists are having wine while waiting for the “golden hour” to pass. It was the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen. Couples kissed, everyone else applauded after watching this beautiful show of nature. We bought most of the souvenirs in Fira (capital of the island) because the prices are lower than Oia.

Do not miss Greek yogurt with honey. Also try Gyros to take away, it’s one of the most popular Greek dishes, really delicious and cheap.

From Athens, alternatively you can take the ferries to visit the islands, which is cheaper but you will have longer travel time.

Have a seafood dinner at Ammoudi bay. This is optional but if you can, tip generously, most places are not charging much for their service and the crew is not getting that much for their days work, they deserve some extra.

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The golden hour of Santorini sunset


You can take a ferry from Piraeus port (near Athens) to Mykonos which is a cheaper option, but again this will consume much of your precious time. I rented a quad bike, so I can go at my phase to see the best of the island. Yes, with my Philippines driving license they allowed me to drive a quad.

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Mykonos is a windy island the whole of Cyclades is a windy place and this day was one of the usual windy days. I was just wearing a light shirt and shorts. Bad idea.

Exploring around Mykonos town, you can see the Whitewashed colorful houses, small rock paved alleys and traditional Greek tavernas. Beautiful! You should see the unique stalls of famous boutiques all following the unique Cyclades architecture.

Elia beach is very popular for nudist so prepare yourself for what you’re about to see. Make sure not to take pictures of nude sunbathers, respect your fellow tourists. It was a nice place to spend the rest of the day, golden sand beach, clear waters and cool breeze.

Mykonos is well known for its parties, so I did not let it pass. The Scandinavian bar is the most popular, but feel free to explore the other places, which are all interesting and unique. Delos is a nearby island rich in archaeological artifacts and history. It’s the birthplace of Apollo according to legends. Super Paradise Beach is the most famous beach in Mykonos and well known for its crazy beach parties during summer. Make sure to have a full stomach when you come here; food is ridiculously expensive.

You can also visit Paros and Naxos in the Cyclades Islands if you have a tight budget.

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In my sight-seeing trip on this island, the tour guide showed us the best places. We’ve also been to a mountaintop where you see the amazing views of the town to old historic Venetian style churches. The guide did not miss to show us the local life as well, where the Greeks are docking their boats, gathering for a barbecue and discuss politics.

It’s amazing to know that there are 1 million olive trees on this island, more than its population of 40,000 and of course, we also visited the olive oil museum.

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Trip Highlights:  

Santorini – Oia Town, Red Beach, White Beach, Volcano

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View from the balcony of our cave house in Santorini
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Santorini is also an artists paradise
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View from the town of Oia

Mykonos – Mykonos Town, Little Venice, Wind Mills, Super Paradise Beach, Elia Beach

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The famous whitewashed houses of Mykonos

Zakynthos – Zakynthos Town, Blue Caves, Navagio Beach

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Aerial view of Navagio Beach in Zakynthos
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Enjoying the blue waters of Navagio bay in Zakynthos

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Visa Requirements:

Schengen Visa is required to visit Greece. Kindly check the website of the embassy or consul of the country of your residence to check the requirements.

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Itinerary Details:

DAY 1:  Singapore to Athens via CDG (Paris)

Afternoon arrival in Athens

Visited the National Archaeological Museum and Ermou Street (the shopping district).

Hotel Check –in Best western museum hotel

DAY 2:  Athens to Santorini

Early flight to Santorini –  I took the 45-minute bus from Syntagma Square to Athens Airport where my friends met me to join the trip.

Arrived in Oia, Santorini at 07:00H, we pre-arranged the airport transfer to the hotel.

We stayed in a traditional cave house, overlooking the Caldera and spent the rest of our morning just relaxing on the balcony.

In the afternoon, we went to Oia Castle Ruins to watch the sunset. A must see during your trip to Santorini.

DAY 3: Visit the Volcano, Hot Spring, and Island of Thirasia

We had a volcano tour for half day to Ammoudi Bay where we boarded our wooden boat.

The boat sailed its way to Fira to pick up more passengers.

It’s 30 minutes tough climb to the volcano up on rocky hills. Amazing view!

After the volcano, we sailed slowly behind to the hot springs, and we reached the Island of Thirasia after 10 minutes. It is very close to Oia, and in this place, we had the best seafood lunch of our trip. After a couple of hours on the Island, and went back to Ammoudi Bay and Oia. Everything was arranged perfectly by the tour operator, so I would recommend you do this if you have many days in Santorini.

DAY 4: Visit the Red Beach, Wakiki Beach and Fira.

We visited the Red Beach; it’s about 20 to 30-minute drive from Oia. The views of Red beach is amazing, a giant reddish cliff and beach.

Next stop, Kamari beach is the black sand beach, just behind Santorini airport. I was born in the Philippines and seeing the best beaches around the world this did not impress me much. But still worth a visit because it’s quite different and a good place just to chill and relax.

After few hours in Kamari beach, we headed to Fira which is the capital of Santorini. There are more shops and restaurants and cheaper than Oia. We walked around town and took many pictures of course and head back to our place in Oia. 

DAY 5: Sailing in Santorini

From morning until early afternoon, we just stayed in our cave house.

Around 3 pm, We went to Ammoudi Bay for our afternoon sailing around the Caldera in Santorini. We boarded our huge and luxurious catamaran with a private room and showers, personalized service, sumptuous dinner and the free flow of drinks were included.

First stop is the red beach. Next stop is the white beach. It’s not a white sandy beach; they called it white beach because of the white rocks on the shore.

We sailed back slowly near Ammoudi bay to watch the sunset while on board, unfortunately, it’s quite a rough windy and cloudy that day and the sunset was not that gorgeous. But the whole trip was value for money. The experience was top of the line and yes, luxurious. Truly, a “feeling mayaman” moment!

DAY 6: Santorini – Athens

Catch the 08:00 flight to Athens.

We took a taxi from Athens Airport to our place in Athens which we booked through AIRBNB. We chose a place which is very near the center and walking distance from the Acropolis. Greeks are better in speaking English, comparing to other European countries I visited (France, Switzerland, Italy, and Netherlands), finding our way to our apartment was no hassle.

We took our time walking around Acropolis where on top you will see the most famous landmarks of Greece, including the Parthenon and the amazing view of the city. From Acropolis, we walked around Ermou street (shopping area) and Syntagma Square.

 DAY 7: Athens – Mykonos

Catch the morning flight to Mykonos.

Arrived in Mykonos and checked-in in our hotel.

Sight-seeing using a quad bike, I visited the windmills and the little Venice.

In the afternoon, I explored the other side of the Island all the way to Elia beach, and after few hours I headed back to town again to see the sunset.

In the evening, I went to enjoy the nightlife of the island.

DAY 8: Super Paradise Beach

I canceled my trip to Delos island due to a bad hangover from the night before, so I ended up in Super Paradise Beach.

At night, back in Mykonos town and had dinner in a tavern.

DAY 9: Mykonos – Zakynthos

I took an evening flight to Zakynthos on this day and had a 5 hours stopover in Athens. I took a bus to Athens from the airport and headed straight to town.

Arrived at 8 pm in Zakynthos and checked-in in the hotel.

DAY 10: Zakynthos

After breakfast, I joined the sight-seeing trip of the island.

One of the best parts of this tour is Navagio Beach also known as the Shipwreck beach.

In the evening, head to an Italian restaurant for dinner and head back to the hotel ready for my flight.

 DAY 11: Zakynthos – Athens – Paris – Singapore

This was my last day in Greece and did not have time to go around. So I spend time editing pictures and writing postcards to family and friends. No time wasted.

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Jaypee LicudanJaypee Licudan is a Filipino Expat based in Singapore. He’s a traveler and writer for Two Monkeys Travel Group – Community Travel Blog and has been to over 30 countries across four continents. He’s major long term goal is to go back to the Philippines for a long time travel to discover the hidden gems of his home country. Follow his blog: The Rustic Nomad

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