Greece, brimming with history and home to some of the most amazing islands in the world, is a destination everyone has to visit at least once. No wonder it sits as the number one option on travelling bucket lists!
Our full guide covers:
- Basic Introduction
- Where to stay in Greece
- How to get around
- What to see in Greece
- Things to do in Greece
- Tickets you have to buy before – must read
- Food and Restaurants
- Day Trips from Greece
- Itinerary for Greece
- Packing List
- City Map
However, because the country boasts amazing spots, figuring out where to go can be really challenging – especially if you have a limited time frame.
For that reason, I created this guide for your unforgettable memories in the most amazing places in this Mediterranean gem, from great cities to stunning islands. Enjoy the warm, inimitable Greek hospitality from your hosts during your one week in Greece.
For a more detailed guide on where to stay in Mykonos, check out our Where to Stay in Mykonos guide.
1. Basic Introduction
I want to start with a simple intro to what you need to know before your one-week holiday in Greece.
Currency: EUR (€)
Language Spoken: Greek
But, since it’s a tourist country, the locals speak English very well, so you can communicate with no problem at all.
Population: 10.64 million (2021)
Known for: Greece is mostly known for its ancient history, best experienced in the many temples scattered across the country. However, it also has a great number of breathtaking islands, such as Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete, which you should consider visiting during your one week in Greece.
Accommodation: You can find accommodations from the cheapest apartments to the most expensive hotels. It’s your choice, but I will help you to make the right one.
Find more details in our where to stay in Greece section below.
Public Transport: Greece is very well organized when it comes to transport. The transport is going through bus, ferry and train services. Also, compared to other European countries, taxis are not that expensive!
More under how to get around.
Safety: Greece is one of the safest countries, ranking 55 worldwide. Still, as a tourist, you should be careful about the basic things listed below:
- Be aware of pickpockets.
- If you’re female, avoid travelling alone late at night.
- Be careful with your belongings; there can be a lot of bag snatchers.
Greek islands are safe to travel to, even if you’re a solo female traveller, which means you should be worrying about anything there.
Electricity: 230V/50Hz (European plug). Remember to pack your travel plug adapter.
Let’s see which cities I have chosen for you.
2. Where to stay in Greece
As an architecturally and historically rich country, it’s hard to decide where to stay in Greece for one week.
Greece has a lot to offer, and I’m sure you will be amazed by it, which will make you want to come back time and time again.
To feel the unique spirit of the country, we have chosen the best places for one week in Greece.
These cities and islands are the number one places for staying in Greece, whether you’re a solo traveller or you travel with your family and friends. Even if you choose to stay near these places, it’s always good to mention that Greece has pretty good infrastructure between every village and city.
Depending on whether you want to relax or explore Greece in one week, it is best to plan your vacation.
We even included a map for you to see picturesquely, where we have chosen for you to stay and what you can see around it.
2.1 Where to stay in Athens
Athens is considered a city rich in history, where you can visit the Acropolis Museum, Parthenon, Ancient Agora, and Temple of Olympian Zeus.
The city is quite lively both during the day and at night, and if you want to experience all that it has to offer, it is best to stay in the heart of the city.
Read more: Check out our full guide on Where to stay in Athens.
Academics Hotel, Autograph Collection, Kolonaki
If you love luxury, this Academics Hotel, Autograph Collection is suitable for you. You have an indoor pool, bar, sauna, nightclub, fitness, and room service at your disposal. Additionally, this Athens hotel is noted for its excellent location – iconic landmarks such as Syntagma Square are practically right outside your doorstep!
The Modernist Athens, Kolonaki
The dominant black pattern defines the modern luxury of this fabulous The Modernist Athens. For retro lovers, as well as virtuosos, the modernist Athens hotel offers a record player with its vinyl collection.
Elia Ermou Athens Hotel, Syntagma
Are you yearning for complete relaxation for one week in Greece? The Ella Ermou Hotel features a hammam and spa baths in your room, promising a world of tranquillity.
2.2 Where to stay in Thessaloniki
Want to feel the trio of Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman influences? Then Thessaloniki is the best city for it. It’s the second largest city in Greece, and it has a warm welcome for travellers from around the world.
Here are the recommendations for where to stay in Greece for a week for the best experience.
Electra Palace Thessaloniki, City Centre
Electra Palace is an iconic Thessaloniki hotel located in the city’s centre. For the most amazing views, head to the restaurant on the rooftop. But be wary of pigeons – they are considered permanent residents of the hotel and won’t be too shy to nibble on your food!
Daios Luxury Living, City Centre
At Daios Luxury Living, you can enjoy a Mediterranean restaurant and bar, and you also have a relaxing view of the sea. It offers complete luxury in rooms and suites featuring various state-of-the-art amenities. Thanks to its perfect location, you can explore the city’s attractions with ease because this hotel is located in the city centre.
Porto Palace Hotel Thessaloniki, City Centre
Porto Palace Hotel Thessaloniki has a unique design housed in a historic building that dates back to 1913, making it the perfect option for a one-week holiday in Greece for history lovers. The excellent service and food show hospitality to all lovers of the city.
2.3 Where to stay in Skiathos
Rich with a romantic atmosphere, this picturesque island is known as the most popular among young people. Once you put your step on the island, you will be amazed by nature itself.
Here are my recommendations on where to stay in Greece.
Megali Ammos House, Megali Ammos
If you’re a fan of long sandy beaches, Megali Ammos House is located on the best beach, Megali Ammos Beach. However, you can enjoy a panoramic sea view right from your balcony.
Althaea Luxury Rooms, Skiathos Town
Want to explore Skiathos town and have a beach nearby? Althaea Luxury Rooms, placed near the Skiathos Plakes beach in the city centre, is a great choice.
Skiathos Avaton Hotel, Philian Hotels & Resorts, Megali Ammos
Skiathos Avaton Hotel excels in Greek cuisine, so foodies are more than welcome! Also, It features a seasonal outdoor pool where you can enjoy your cocktails and relax.
2.4 Where to stay in Mykonos
Mykonos, located in the heart of the Cyclades, is known for its luxury in every way. Stunning beaches like Paradise and Super Paradise are gifts that this island can offer. It’s the perfect destination for one week in Greece for those who seek luxury and nightlife.
Read: We have a more detailed guide about Where to Stay in Mykonos for a first time visit?
Here are the recommendations that we picked for you for the best experience.
Psarou Summer Villas, Psarou
At Psarou Summer Villas, do you want to marvel at the sea from above? In this villa, there is a pool from where you can enjoy the sea and the mountains while you swim or relax in it.
Lefteris, Mykonos City
Even though Mykonos is an expensive island, Lefteris is a family-run hotel located in the alley of Mykonos town is accessible at low prices. And the best thing is, it offers a sun terrace, so you can enjoy it at maximum!
Asty Mykonos Hotel & Spa, Drafaki
When considering where to stay in Greece for one week, specifically in Mykonos, consider the beautiful Asty Mykonos Hotel & Spa. The area around is popular for hiking and cycling. In addition to the many benefits, the hotel also offers bike and car rental.
2.5 Where to stay in Santorini?
Wondering where to go in Greece for one week? Let me make it easy for you – Santorini, an island that you’ll recognize in a second!
Santorini belongs to the Cyclades Islands in the Aegean Sea. Here, the beaches are made up of black, red, and white lava pebbles. This is because a volcanic eruption in the 16th century BC destroyed the island. The lunar landscapes can be seen only in Santorini, which makes this island extraordinary.
Even though it was destroyed, the island was transformed into a luxurious haven. In addition, Santorini is considered one of the most romantic islands in Europe.
Here are the recommendations that we picked for you, for the best experience.
Loizos Stylish Residences, Fira
Best views of open horizons are offered from the rooms in Loizos Stylish Residences. By night you can sit on the terrace and watch the Caldera-volcano-and-sunset viewpoint in Fira, and have a romantic date with your love.
GTK Santorini Oia Sunset Villas, Thólos
GTK Santorini Oia Sunset Villas is a great place where you can enjoy lovely sunsets from the terrace or the pool while swimming.
Nikos Hotel, Karterados
Nikos Hotel is located in Karterados Village of Santorini, and it’s affordable for anyone. Restaurants and bars can be found within a short-minute walk from the hotel.
2.6 Where to stay in Crete?
Crete is the largest and most popular island in Greece. It is famous for its ancient ruins, vibrant cities, and breathtaking beaches, so you can truly have it all if you decide to come here for one week in Greece.
Due to the island’s size, I recommend getting a car as soon as you arrive, as it is the best transportation method, especially if you want to explore everything.
These are my favourite accommodations in Crete
The Authentic Village Boutique Hotel, Sfakia
The stone design of Authentic Village Boutique Hotel provides warmth even on cold days. It’s a very well-equipped hotel, with a beautiful view from the terraces to the sea, or for lovers of greenery, a view to the garden from the courtyard.
Istron Homes, Istron
Popular points of view are possible from Istron Homes. Spectacular sights of the mountains and seascape are everywhere!
Elysee Hotel, Sitia
Placed in a quiet place in Crete, with a palm tree forest nearby, the Elysee Hotel is affordable for everyone.
3. How to get around
So, we have your accommodation set for your one week in Greece. Now let us get out and explore.
The best way to explore Greece is by car. Renting a car is often cheap, and the infrastructure is very well-designed. However, if you don’t have a driving license or you simply don’t want to drive, Greece has great transport.
Best for sightseeing: Hop-on hop-off tours are available in Athens for low prices. This type of transport is an incredible opportunity for sightseeing places.
Public transport: Bus, ferry, metro, and train can take you to any place in Greece. With affordable prices, you can explore all of Greece. All these four means of transport are for a short period.
Bikes: Thanks to the country’s climate, bikes are trendy every season. Plus, you can take your bike on trains and ferries if you need to get to a long-distance destination.
Walking: There are a lot of locations that can only be experienced with walking. So don’t hesitate, start walking as soon as possible.
Taxi: In big cities like Athens or Thessaloniki, taxi tours are a little more expensive than two metro tickets. This means that in smaller cities or islands, they can be even more affordable.
Boat: Depends on what type of boat you want! If you want a private boat, it can be really expensive. So this depends only on your budget. Don’t worry, if you want to experience a boat excursion, you can travel on big boats with lots of other people, at a very low price.
4. What to see in Greece – The Must-Do’s
Wondering what’s there to see in Greece? The list is below:
- Acropolis of Athens
- Parthenon (Athens)
- Odeon of Herodes Atticus (Athens)
- Arch of Galerius (Thessaloniki)
- White Tower of Thessaloniki
- Lalaria Beach (Skiathos)
- Monastery of Tourliani (Mykonos)
- Crete Old Town
5. Things to do in Greece
If you want to enjoy some quiet time in Athens, then find your favourite cruise. Regardless of your choice of tour, each of them includes coffee, juice, water, delicious Greek food, traditional wine, and beers. Bonus from trips: The boat stops from time to time for swimming.
Full-day trip to Meteora
Six holy monasteries placed in the giant rocks are something you don’t see every day. Since the country is the mecca of history, Meteora is an absolute must when considering where to go in Greece for one week. ‘Meteora’ means ‘suspended in the air’ in Greek, which is exactly what these monasteries look like!
If you don’t attend a Bouzouki night in a taverna (traditional restaurant), it’s like you haven’t visited Greece at all! These cozy restaurants are all around the country, though my favourite ones are located in Thessaloniki. Once you get seated, order a gyro with a chilled glass of ouzo and prepare for music that will make you jump from your chair. After you’re done with the meal, you can even smash the plate! That said, don’t be too surprised when you see a corner of broken plates in the tavernas – it’s tradition, after all!
Here are more ideas:
- Day trip to Dion and Mount Olympus
- Rhodes: Speedboat Trip to Symi with Free Time to Explore
- Santorini: Volcanic Islands Cruise with Hot Springs Visit
- Santorini: Traditional Sightseeing Bus Tour with Oia Sunset
6. Tickets you have to buy before (Must Read)
We can’t always plan the dates for the tours, but it’s best to look at the best options.
Here is a list of what you must buy before:
- Athens: Boat Tour to Agistri, Aegina with Moni Swimming Stop
- Santorini: Luxury Small Group Catamaran w/Meal & Open Bar
- From Thessaloniki: Pozar Thermal Baths and Edessa Day Trip
- Renting a Car (here is our guide on how to rent a car in Europe!)
- Book your Hotel or Resort – especially in the summer season
7. Food & Restaurants
Here are my recommendations for food you have to taste in Greece:
- Olives and olive oil
- Fresh fish
- Feta and other cheeses
My recommendations for the best restaurants in Greece:
- OROSCOPO restaurant, centre of Athens
- Greek stories, Makrigianni , Athens
- Lo& La Restaurant, Skiathos
- Captain’s – Food for Sharing, Mykonos
- Peskesi, Iraklion, Crete
8. Day Trips from Greece
How to do the day trips? There are 3 options:
Here are the list of sights that you might want to check out for your day trips:
- Crete: Lasithi Plateau Villages, Monasteries Zeus Cave Tour
- Mykonos: Secluded Bays Sea Kayaking Tour with GoPro Photos
- Santorini: ATV Quad Bike Tour
- Skiathos: Mamma Mia Island and Beach Day Cruise
9. Itinerary for 7 days
Greece is a country that cannot be fully experienced in 7 days, but if your opportunity is only that many days, then here is our one-week in Greece itinerary. Of course, you always have the option to come back, which, trust me – you will!
1-2 days in Athens
Start your one week in Greece in the country’s capital. I recommend visiting the Parthenon and Acropolis as soon as you arrive and try to tick off as many attractions as possible. Additionally, you should look for hotels that have a central location so you are close to the hustle of the city.
The following day, visit the Benaki and National Archaeological Museums, as well as the Panathenaic Stadium. After fully exploring these locations, you’re free to partake in free time activities.
After you’ve had enough of this magnificent town (which is impossible), book a flight to Skiathos.
1-2 days in Skiathos
Skiathos is all about rest and relaxation, so consider booking a beachfront resort. Also, since the island isn’t as pricy compared to the rest of the islands, you can catch great deals on 5-star hotels! Once settled, head to the beach and continue your one week in Greece by visiting the unique Skiathos town.
While you’re here, I also suggest renting quad bikes as they’re the best form of transportation. By doing so, you’ll be free to explore many beaches. Look for the less popular secluded ones – they’re really gorgeous! Also, make sure you stay until sunset, and thank me later!
2-3 days in Crete
The last days of this one week in Greece itinerary are reserved for the ever-beautiful Crete. First, discover the historic Venetian Harbour and drive to Rethymno for a traditional lunch. At night, consider visiting Crete’s Old Town, but have a map ready. Since the town is maze-like, getting lost is very easy!
You can spend the following day at the beach, and if you’re not a fan of surfing, I suggest heading south. The northern part of Crete can get quite windy, which might spoil the experience. However, ensure to make travelling plans ahead of time since the island is rather big.
On the final day of your one week in Greece, visit the Heraklion Archaeological Museum in Crete before you head home. This place will be a treat for history buffs, so it’s a must-see!
10. Packing List
There is a few things we recommend for your packing list in Greece.
- Travel plug adapter
- Beach Towel
- Sun Cream
- Conversation guide English-to-Greek
- Diving mask (if you’re visiting the islands)
- Portable Charger
- Water bottle with a built-in filter
Optional but always useful:
11. Printed Guides & Map
These guides are best for the ones looking for a printed version.
Once you come to Greece, you will also receive a paper map of the city.
Here is again our map of Greece with the recommended hotels and neighborhoods.
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