8 Days in Greece Itinerary and Expenses: Athens, Santorini, Naxos, Mykonos | Lady & her Sweet Escapes

Mar 6, 2018

8 Days in Greece Itinerary and Expenses: Athens, Santorini, Naxos, Mykonos


Let's cap off our Big Fat Greek Holiday series with a blog post I know a lot have been waiting for! 

Whenever Ed and I travel, we often receive inquiries on our travel itinerary and expenses. Although I personally think that all these would depend on your travel style, and our choice of accommodation and activities may not be for everyone, we are always happy to share what we experienced.

As I often say, you can consider this blog post as a guide. Take whatever you think is helpful for you and include it in your self-made itinerary! So, without further ado, here's how we spent our days in Athens, Santorini, Naxos, and Mykonos!

Greece Itinerary and Expenses



Expenses Overview

  • Hotel bookings: 588 EUR for 2
    • We stayed in boutique hotels (small yet stylish hotels), except during our last day wherein we have to stay at Holiday Inn Athens Attica as it is the most convenient for our morning flight.
  • Transportation: 114 EUR/person
    • This includes train, bus, and taxi rides
  • Food:160 EUR/person
    • Ed and I love to eat. Our 8-day food budget of less than 400 EUR was already sufficient for 1 full meal, 1 light meal, snack, and coffee break per day. 
  • Extras: 166 EUR/person
    • Extras are the activities like Zulu Bungy, Acropolis tickets, souvenirs, and whatnots.
  • Total Travel Expenses per person: 6000 AED 

Athens Greece holiday
Start your Greek Holiday in one of the oldest cities in the world - Athens!



Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Hello, Athens!

Time

Activity

Expenses

01:40
DXB time
Flight to Athens via Middle Eastern Airlines
  •          With 4-hour layover in Beirut
Return ticket: 1,600 AED/person
10:15
Arrival at Athens International Airport


11:00
Train (Athens Metro) from Airport to Syntagma

9 EUR/person
12:00
Check-in at Adam’s Hotel
Rate as of October 2017: 85 EUR/night

12:30
Lunch in Taverna Ta Giouvetsakia in Plaka
  • What we had: Souvalaki, Tzatziki, Moussaka, Wine and water

30 EUR for 2
15:00
DIY Walking Tour 
  • Route: Plaka -- Anafiotika – Acropolis – Areopagus -- Monastiraki

Acropolis regular ticket: 20 EUR/person
18:00
Coffee break at A for Athens rooftop bar
4 EUR/frappe

19:00
Walk from Monastiraki to Plaka


20:00
Light dinner in Plaka 
  • What we had: gyros and water

6 EUR/person



view of Acropolis from Adam's Hotel in Plaka
view of Acropolis from Adam's Hotel in Plaka

Lady in Plaka Greece
We devoted a lot of time aimlessly wandering in villages at the foot of the Acropolis.

Ed and Lady at the Acropolis Greece
And of course, we visited the Acropolis on Day #1.



Day 2: Jam-packed adventure day!

Time

Activity

Expenses

08:00
Breakfast in Adam’s Hotel

  • ·    Checkout and store bags in the luggage room
complimentary
09:30
Taxi to KTEL Kifisou bus station in Athens

  • When taking a taxi, it is best to ask the hotel receptionist to book it for you to avoid mishaps, especially with the fare!
15 EUR
10:30
Bus to Corinth
16 EUR/return ticket

11:30
Arrival in Corinth Canal


12:00
Zulu Bungy

  • Do a weather check before you go! The facility is closed during bad weather condition.
80 EUR/package includes bungy jump, video, shirt

13:00
Lunch near Corinth bus station

  • What we had: Souvlaki, Gyros, and drinks
15 EUR for 2
13:30
Bus to Athens


15:00
Syntagma Square: Watch changing of the guards' ceremony


15:30
Coffee break at Ermou Street
3 EUR/cup

16:15
Metro from Syntagma to Evangelismos
1.40 EUR/person

16:30
Walk from Evangelismos station to Telerifik station

  • Note: This is an uphill walk!

17:00
Telerific Cable Car to Lycabettus Hill
7 EUR/return ticket

17:30
Lycabettus Hill: the highest spot in Athens


18:30
Back to Adam’s hotel to take bags
  •           Metro from Evangelismos to Syntagma


1.40 EUR/person

20:00
Metro from Syntagma to Athens Airport

9 EUR/person
20:30
Light dinner in the airport

  • What we had: sandwich, Greek yogurt, water
8 EUR for 2
23:15
Flight to Santorini via Ryanair

  •        One-way with 15 kg luggage
  •        Booked a month before travel date
40 EUR/person


Ed bungy jump in Corinth Greece
For thrill-seekers like Ed, why don't you bungy jump in Corinth Canal! 

Changing of the guards in Athens
Not to be missed: Changing of the Guards ceremony in Syntagma

view of Athens from Lycabettus Hill
view of Athens from Lycabettus Hill
Want to know more about Athens? 
READ: Our Top 10 Recommendations for Athens



Day 3: Hiking and Sunset Watching in Santorini

Time

Activity

Expenses

00:05
Arrival in Santorini


00:30
Airport pickup (pre-booked)
25 EUR

01:00
Check in at Villa Maria Damigou in Firostefani
Rate as of October 2017: 300 EUR for 3 nights

09:00
Breakfast in Villa Maria Damigou
Complimentary

11:00
Hike to Oia
  •       passed by Imerovigli, Skaros Rock, less popular villages and churches along the way

15:00
Arrival in Oia


15:30
Light snack at Skiza Cafe
  •       What we had: Sundried tomato pie and water
6 EUR
16:00
Walk to Amoudi Bay via the donkey trail


16:30
Late lunch in Dimitri’s
  • What we had: Greek Fava, Grilled octopus, Shrimp Saganaki, White Wine
55 EUR
18:00
Sunset watching in Oia Castle


19:30
Bus from Oia to Firostefani
1.80 EUR/person

20:30
Light dinner in Why Not Souvlaki
        
  •      What we had: Pita Souvalaki and water


4 EUR



hiking in Santorini
We endured a 4-hour hike to Oia! Tiring yet the most memorable activity we had in Santorini!

Amoudi bay in Santorini
Amoudi Bay: Where we had a delicious seafood lunch after the hike.

Ed and Lady in Santorini
Santorini is picturesque even from the donkey trail!

Santorini at sunset
And here's the popular Santorini sunset!


Day 4: Exploring Fira and Oia

Time

Activity

Expenses

08:00
Breakfast in Villa Maria Damigou
Complimentary

10:00
Walk to Fira


10:30
Cable Car to Fira Old Port
6 EUR/person

11:00
Coffee break in Syrtaki Café in Old Port

  •       What we had:  Cheese saganaki and frappe
14 EUR

12:00
Cable Car to Fira

6 EUR/person
12:30
Wander around Fira market


13:30
Bus to Oia
  •           We were supposed to visit the Red Beach in Akrotiri but it was too cold for a swim. So, we decided to go back to Oia!
1.80 EUR
14:00
Lunch in Lotza
  • What we had:  Santorinian Salad, Pork cooked in beer and honey, drinks

32 EUR for 2
15:00
Sightseeing in Oia
  •         The goal: To search for popular photo op spots! J

16:30
Bus to Fira
1.80/person

17:00
Ice cream in Fira Market
2 EUR/scoop

18:00
Sunset watching on a random deck in Fira


20:00
Back in Why Not Souvlaki for dinner

  • What we had: Souvlaki, Salad, Dolmades, Drinks
       

13 EUR for 2



Breakfast with a view in Santorini
Breakfast with a view in Santorini

Fira in Santorini
Fira: the capital and commercial center of the island.

Oia in Santorini Greece
Oia: Hands down, the prettiest village in Santorini 

Want to know more about Santorini?
READ: Santorini on a budget: Is it possible?



Day 5: Escape to Naxos!

Time

Activity

Expenses

08:00
Breakfast in Villa Maria Damigou
Complimentary

09:00
Drop off at Santorini ferry port
25 EUR

10:45
Seajets Ferry to Naxos

  •          Booked 2 weeks before travel date
  •         Note: online tickets should be presented in Seajets office in the port for validation
43 EUR/person
12:10
Arrival in Naxos


12:30
Check in at Taki’s Place Guesthouse
Rate as of October 2017: 22 EUR/night

14:00  
Lunch in Maro’s Taverna
  • What we had: Cheese Saganaki, Pastitsio, Wine, Free dessert


15 EUR for 2
15:00
Naxos DIY walking tour
  •        Places visited: St. George Beach, Naxos Harbor, Chora, Kastro, Portara

16:00
Coffee break at Gregory’s café
  • What we had:  Frappe, Frozen Greek Yogurt, Kataifi


6 EUR for 2
18:00
Sunset watching in Portara


20:00
Dinner at Lotta

  • What we had: Mixed grill, wine, water
16 EUR for 2

Lady in Naxos
Somewhere in Naxos Chora

Portara in Naxos
The Portara: remains of the unfinished Temple of Apollo in Naxos

Ed and Lady in Naxos
We loved our time in this less popular island! 

Want to know more about Naxos?
READ: Reasons why Naxos should be on you Greek Isle itinerary


Day 6: Off to Mykonos!

Time

Activity

Expenses

09:00
Breakfast in Taki’s Place Guesthouse
Complimentary

11:30
Check out and walk to Naxos ferry port


12:25
Seajets Ferry to Mykonos
  •       Booked 2 weeks before travel date
  •       Note: online tickets should be presented in Seajets office opposite Naxos harbor for validation
39 EUR/person
13:05
Arrival in Mykonos


13:30
Pick up in ferry port
Complimentary

14:00
Check in at Pension Kalogera
Rate as of October 2017: 45 EUR/night

14:30
Wander around Mykonos Chora


15:00
Late lunch in Masdoupas
  • What we had: Mykonian platter, water


20 EUR for 2
16:30
Chill by the old port
  •       Alternatively, this free time can be spent at a popular party beach such as Paradise and Super Paradise.

18:00
Sunset watching by the windmills


20:00
Dinner at Saki’s
  • What we had: Gyros and drinks


9 EUR for 2


Mykonos travel itinerary
Mykonos is known to be a party island, but it also has a quiet side.

Little Venice in Mykonos
Mykonos Chora is a labyrinth! Find your way out to Little Venice to take a breather!

Mykonos sunset
Another magical sunset in the Greek islands. This time in Mykonos!


Day 7: Last day in the Greek islands

Time

Activity

Expenses

07:00
DIY walking tour before the crowd wave in
  •   Places visited: Chora, Little Venice, Kato Mili Windmills, Kastro's, Panagia Paraportiani


09:00
Breakfast in Alegro’s 
  • What we had:  Greek yogurt, Omelet, Coffee

    

20 EUR for 2
10:00
Free time spend looking for Petros the pelican


12:00
Check out and drop off at Mykonos airport

  • Light lunch in the airport
Complimentary

6 EUR
15:15
Flight to Athens via Ryanair
  •        One-way with 15 kg luggage
  •        Booked a month before travel date

33 EUR/person
16:05
Arrival at Athens Airport


17:00
Take the Holiday Inn shuttle


17:30
Check in at Holiday Inn Athens Attica
  •      We chose this hotel because it is near the airport; convenient for our morning flight the next day!

Rate as of October 2017: 136 EUR/night
18:00
Take Bus X95 to Syntagma Square
6 EUR/person

19:00
Arrival in Syntagma
  • Walk to Plaka for dinner and souvenir shopping


19:30
Dinner in Karyatis
36 EUR for 2

20:30
Souvenir Shopping
  •         Fridge Magnet
  •         Greek Baklava


1 to 3 EUR each
5 to 10 EUR per box
22:00
Take Bus X95 to Airport

  • alight in Holiday Inn Athens Attica
  • Bus X95 is available 24 hours!

6 EUR per person


Ed and Lady in Mykonos
Wake up early to have Mykonos Chora to yourself!

Greek coffee in Mykonos
Mornings in Greece should start with a cup of Greek coffee!

Petros in Mykonos
Meet Petros III: Mykonos' resident pelican

Want to know more about Mykonos?
READ: Mykonos for Non-Partygoers



Day 8: Bye, Greece! Efharisto!

Time

Activity

Expenses

06:00
Check out


06:30
Take Holiday Inn shuttle to the airport
Complimentary

11:15
Flight to Dubai via Middle East Airlines
  •       With 3-hour layover in Beirut





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