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5 Best Places to Visit on a 12-Day Greece Vacation

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Portara marble gate, Naxos, Cyclades

Naxos, Cyclades, Greece

When it comes to choosing destinations, there are so many options available to travelers and each offers something unique when considering where you should go during your 12-day Greece vacation.

Over and above the many marvelous cities of mainland Greece, the country offers access to a series of surreal island paradises in the Aegean Sea.

While all of our itineraries are customizable to suit your preferences, the following list outlines the main Greek destinations you can visit during a 12-day vacation, and spotlights the incredible experiences and distinct charms you can embrace during your tour.


  1. 1. Athens - Ancient Discoveries in the Capital | 3 Days
  2. 2. Mykonos - An Adventurers Busy Paradise | 2 Days
  3. 3. Santorini - Greece’s Sensational Cycladic Jewel | 2 Days
  4. 4. Naxos - Extravagant Experiences in the Cyclades | 2 Days
  5. 5. Crete - Hideaway Beaches and History across the Sea | 3 Days
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1. Athens - Ancient Discoveries in the Capital | 3 Days

Erechtheion, Acropolis of Athens, Greece

Athens, Greece

Four days of your itinerary are dedicated to exploring Athens, as there is so much to see and do in the Greek capital.

Culinary excursions will introduce you to the nuances of Mediterranean cuisine, history tours will show you the prominence of Ancient Greece etched into the momentous Acropolis and Parthenon.

Adventures to the countryside will reveal the humble and traditional rural Grecian lifestyle. Strolls around Plaka will highlight the charming boutique atmosphere of the Greek streets.

Highlights of Athens: Acropolis & Museum | Parthenon | Erechtheion | Temple of Hephaestus

2. Mykonos - An Adventurers Busy Paradise | 2 Days

Aerial view of turquoise sea and beaches, Mykonos, Greece


Travelers adore Mykonos for its sparkling beaches, teal sea, and vibrant atmosphere that buzzes from sun-up to sun-down. Chic bars hug the shoreline and visitors brush shoulders with celebrities, while sipping decadent cocktails under the sun.

Cobbled streets weave through little towns, where quiet cafés provide an escape from the beachside hustle. Mykonos is also around the corner from Delos and tours to the quaint island’s temples, fountains, and mosaics whet the appetites of history buffs seeking more than the glimmering shores of Mykonos’ pearly beaches.

Highlights of Mykonos: Watersports | Super Paradise Beach | Kato Mili | Ano Mera

3. Santorini - Greece’s Sensational Cycladic Jewel | 2 Days

Azure waters of the Aegean Sea, Oia, Santorini.


Santorini is an enchanting island you will recognize immediately from the iconic postcards and Instagram images of youthful travelers standing on white-washed terraces overlooking the blue-domed homes that cling to the rugged volcanic cliffs and azure waters of the Aegean Sea.

Your days in Santorini will be pleasant and relaxed, offering you opportunities to step out into nature and wander the trails that weave across the top of the volcanic landscape. You may also sip on locally grown wines at world-class estates overlooking the prolific vineyards of Santorini.

Highlights of Santorini: Fira | Oia | Santorini Caldera | Wine Tasting

4. Naxos - Extravagant Experiences in the Cyclades | 2 Days

Street of the old town, Naxos, Greece


The largest island in the Cyclades, Naxos is known for many things, among them it’s rich and fertile soils that grow much of Greece's olives, potatoes, and citrus.

You will peruse impeccable orchards and olive groves, and savor farm-to-table meals with drizzles of decadent Greek olive oil, as well as sipping on cocktails splashed with sweet fruity peels.

Exploring Naxos’ Old Town, the castle of Kastro, egg-white beaches, and fishing villages will complete an authentic discovery of local Greek living by the sea.

Highlights of Naxos: Portara | Chora | Agios Prokopios | Archeological Museum of Naxos

5. Crete - Hideaway Beaches and History across the Sea | 3 Days

Ancient fortress, Spinalonga island, Greece

Spinalonga island, Greece

Crete is a beautiful island and a gateway to several other breathtaking islands a short speedboat tour away.

Tours will lead you to the historic Arabian architecture on Spinalonga Island, hidden beaches carved into rocky chasms, the tiny fishing village of Loutro, and the charming promenade of Chania.

You will see a series of sensational scenes from lofty observation points and on castaway shores during your enticing seaside discoveries around Crete and across the sea.

Highlights of Crete: Spinalonga Island | Seitan Limania Beach | Loutro | Balos Lagoon

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Plaka - the oldest district of Athens, Greece

Athens, Greece

There's a world of wonders to discover throughout Greece and across the Aegean Sea, and it is often difficult to choose the best destinations and essential experiences for one vacation.

With two weeks to explore Greece, Zicasso’s 12-Day Greece Itineraries are crafted to show you the best of the country, from Athens to Crete, and share the exceptional Grecian highlights from start to finish.

To discover more about Greece, browse our Greece Travel Guide or chat with a travel specialist by completing a Trip Request or calling us on 1-888-265-9707.

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