An irrefutable mysticism flows through Greece. Enjoy idyllic islands across the Aegean, encounter a prideful ancient history, and indulge in a cuisine celebrated across the globe, consisting of fine wines and delectable fare. Acquaint yourself with a truly genuine experience when you create an 8-day Greece itinerary with Zicasso.

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Greece 8 Day Itinerary at a Glance

Greece’s incredible scenery, storied history, and Meditteranean climate attract visitors from all over the world. Among the abundance of beauty, excitement, and cultural offerings to choose from when visiting Greece, many travelers find it difficult to choose what to see and experience. Regardless of whether you choose to spend your time on Greece’s idyllic islands or the metropolitan marvels of Athens (or both), you will enjoy yourself and this picturesque paradise throughout your trip.

Regions

Greece’s main regions include Sterea, Peloponnese, Thessaly, Epirus, Macedonia, and Thrace. Greece also has many islands that are scattered throughout the country, including Crete, Cyclades, Dodecanese, Ionian, Sporades, Saronic, and the Eastern Aegean islands.

Out of Greece’s more than 2,000 Greek islands, only an estimated 170 are actually inhabited. Some of the most frequented islands are Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes, Crete, Zakynthos, and Corfu.

Climate

Greece has a mild climate that features hot and dry summers. From July through August, Greece’s temperatures usually reach an average of 30 to 35 degrees Celsius. Occasionally,  temperatures can reach as high as 40 degrees Celsius. Winters in Greece are a bit cold and experience quite a bit of rain.

Northern Greece can get cold during the winter, and some areas even receive the occasional snow flurry. Greece’s southern regions, which include the Greek Islands, experience much milder and consistent weather patterns than the northern regions, especially during winter.

Population

Greece’s population is just under 10.5 million. About 75% of these residents live in the larger cities, such as Athens and Thessaloniki. Athens has an estimated three million people.

Religion

Religion is very highly regarded in Greek culture. An overwhelming majority (approximately 98%) of the people in Greece are Christian Orthodox. The rest of the population are mostly Muslims, Catholics, and Jews.

Language

The official language of Greece is Greek. In most major cities, you can regularly hear English, German, French and Italian; however, the further you venture from the metropolitan areas, the more unlikely you are to hear languages other than Greek.

Currency

The Euro is Greece’s official currency. While most hotels, restaurants, and shops accept major credit cards, some proprietors only accept cash. Therefore, it is a good idea to always carry a bit of cash with you during your Greece vacation.

ATMs in Greece can be found throughout most of the country, including the larger Greek Islands. As for some of the more remote islands, ATMs and banks may be more difficult to find. Therefore, you should plan ahead if you plan to visit one of these more remote islands.

Where to Visit in 8 Days

Greece has no shortage of incredible sights to see and elite experiences to enjoy. For those heading to Greece on an 8-day tour, this itinerary offers you the highlights that will ensure your stay is nothing short of spectacular.

You will spend the first evening of your 8-day Greece tour by indulging in a Greek meal while cruising along the seas at sunset. Then, your first full day in Athens will allow you to tour the capital city and its most iconic sites, such as the Parthenon, the Acropolis, the Plaka district, and more. The following day, you will sail to Santorini and tour the island’s famous caldera and charming villages. The next day, you will cruise around Santorini on a catamaran. This cruise around Santorini will allow you to stop at breathtaking beaches, including Red Beach and White Beach.

On day five, you will venture to Naxos via ferry and tour its main town of Chora. Then, a lovely nature hike up Mt. Zas will allow you to visit the childhood home of Zeus. Mykonos and a stroll through Little Venice will be in store for you the following day. You can spend your final full day at a real Mykonian farm for an authentic farm to table meal. Sadly, on day eight, you will have to bid Greece farewell.

Best Time to Visit Greece

The best time to visit Greece for this 8-day tour is from May to early September. Visiting Greece at this time allows you to enjoy the country’s most ideal weather, which features abundant sunshine and very infrequent rain. If you have young children, traveling to Greece during the months of late May through early September will also allow you to take advantage of the time your kids are out of school.

Since July and August are the peak summer months for Greece, if you plan on traveling during this time, you should expect larger crowds, especially on the popular islands of Mykonos and Santorini.

Extreme heat can also be a factor during the months of July and August. Greece can get intensely hot during this time window. Some days, temperatures can reach the mid-90s Fahrenheit.

It should also be noted that August 15th is a religious holiday in Greece, which means that everyone is on vacation, and crowds can be a factor. In this case, it may be wise to use these peak seasons to utilize smaller or less frequented islands.

Essential Experiences in Greece

Greece and its unrivaled beauty are truly sights to behold. The country is a fascinating destination that is full of intriguing history and rich cultural roots. Therefore, visitors can rest assured knowing that their 8-day tour of this Mediterranean paradise will not disappoint. The following three experiences are especially incredible, and we have deemed them as being nearly essential during your first time in Greece.

Visit a Traditional Mykonian Farm

You can visit a real Mykonian farm and receive a tour from the caretaker. This experience will teach you about the daily operations of the farm, allow you to encounter the resident livestock, and have you sitting down for an authentic Greek meal.

Hike to the Temple of Zeus

You can enjoy a lovely scenic hike to the top of Mt. Zas. At the summit, the mythological childhood home of Zeus resides, which is also the highest point in the Cyclades Islands.

Private Catamaran Cruise in Santorini

You can sail among Santorini’s sparkling seas on a catamaran cruise. This cruise can stop for swims and hours on the region’s best beaches, such as Red Beach and White Beach.

Travel Considerations

The following list shares some important considerations to be aware of before you depart on your 8-day Greece tour to ensure a seamless and hassle-free trip.

Weather

In order to avoid the intense heat of Greece’s summer months, we recommend that you travel to Greece between April and June or during September. This is the best time to visit the island of Mykonos and Santorini in order to avoid the throngs of tourists and crowds that descend on these destinations during the peak summer season.

Transportation

Greece has a modern bus and tram systems that mostly service the larger cities of Athens and Thessaloniki. There are also several ferry lines that regularly travel back and forth between the mainland and most islands. You should be advised that the ferries provide limited services between October and March, especially those that service Greece’s smaller and more remote islands.

You may also choose to rent a car during your 8-day Greece tour. Renting a car allows travelers much more flexibility with destinations and enables you to travel at your own pace and stop where you want.

If you are still uncertain of your preferred mode of transportation when traveling to Greece, Zicasso can eliminate every possible hassle by handling your transportation needs for you. Zicasso ensures that you have private transfers between all destinations.

Packing

Weather Considerations

Winters in Greece are usually mild and rarely get very cold. As a result, packing a pair of light pants, jeans, a light jacket, a few pairs of shorts, and an assortment of shirts or sundresses should be adequate to keep you comfortable throughout your trip.

Electrical Considerations

Greece’s sockets are type C and F, and the standard voltage in the country is 230 V.

Pharmaceutical Considerations

Greece has plenty of pharmacies that may easily be found in most regions, especially the mainland. If you are traveling to a smaller and more remote island, these may be harder to find. Therefore, it is advised that you research and plan ahead if traveling to such destinations.

Travel Insurance

You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather, and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip, so in the unlikely event of a disaster, get the travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. Click here to see our travel insurance page and to get a quote.

Flights Via Zicasso

Zicasso Air Desk is an international air ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation by employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso. Our competitive flight pricing, 24x7 Service & Support, and Complimentary Consultation of Routing vs. Pricing with an Expert Flight Specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

Travel Documents

Making sure that you carry the appropriate travel documents is essential when traveling to Greece. This ensures the most pleasant and problem-free travel experience. Listed below are some of the most important documents to have with you during your trip:

  • Personal medical informationFinances & Tipping
  • Pertinent information regarding any medical condition(s) from your doctor, especially any medication that you are taking
  • Emergency contact information
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Proof of airline tickets and reservations
  • Customs forms and documents
  • Hotel or accommodation reservations
  • Travel and medical insurance

Your Zicasso travel specialist will be able to provide requirements that are specific to your trip, although responsibility always lies with the traveler to ensure that all is in order. Travel requirements can change with little to no notice, so it is wise to stay updated as your trip nears.

Finances & Tipping

Throughout Greece, ATMs readily accept a wide range of debit cards. Euros are also accepted by most vendors throughout Greece. It is advised that you contact your credit card company and inform them of your travels and to confirm that your card will indeed work overseas.

While you are shopping in Greece, you should be aware that many vendors are open to haggling over pricing at the country’s open markets; however, more of the mainstream retail stores do not allow this type of interaction, and in such cases, you should conduct yourself as you would in the US.

Tipping in Greece is becoming more customary, but it is still not considered to be obligatory. Further specifics on appropriate amounts if you want to tip can be provided by your Zicasso travel specialist.

Safety & Accessibility of Resources

All visitors can feel confident as they vacation in Greece. Greece is considered to be a safe country. With any travel destination, it is important to exercise caution, especially when taking public transportation or visiting busy areas.

Crime Rate

The United States Department of State considers Greece to be a safe country to visit. Although Greece does have occurrences of petty crime, such as pick-pocketing and purse-snatching incidents, such crimes are mostly limited to the more crowded areas and on public transportation.

Medical & First Aid

Pharmacies are plentiful throughout most of Greece, so you will most likely be able to purchase first aid or medications if you forget to pack something. It is always wise to pack all of your necessities, including any and all specific medications that you have obtained from your doctor.

Water & Food Safety

Greece is a modern European country, and there are no specific precautions that travelers need to take regarding food and health safety. If you are traveling to the more remote Greek Islands, you should do some research ahead of your journey to inquire about the water and toilet facilities at your specific destination just to be safe.

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