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One Week in the Greek Islands

Calling all nature lovers, beachside loungers and avid explorers – this week-long adventure will take you to all the hotspots throughout the famous Greek Islands. Explore an ancient citadel in Athens, then take a ferry to Paros in the Aegean Sea. Explore traditional villages, natural swimming coves and maybe even take a ride to the sister island Antiparos for a local bite. Head to the village of Lefkes and explore the scenic olive-grove locale before a lunch of moussaka, dolmas or Greek salad. Head to Ios – a hub of vibrant nightlife and countless beaches to kick back on – and watch the sunset over an iconic city. End it all in Santorini, where you can hike off the refreshing glass (or glasses) of the country’s most popular wine and sit down for another epic sunset.

7 days, from


per person


16 people max


Trip code: ZMYG
Style: Basix
Theme: 18 to 35s


Countries Visited:  Greece
Accommodation: Hostel (Multi-share) (1 night), Hotel (3 nights), Hotel (Multi-share) (2 nights)
Transportation: Ferry , Public bus , Taxi , Metro
Included Meals:

  • 4 breakfasts
  • 1 dinners

Group size: Minimum 1, Max 16

  • Explore the idyllic beaches, volcanos, swimming coves and bays that make up the Greek Islands. Lounge on soft sands or lava pebbles, surrounded by towering cliffs, and soak up the European sun.

  • Rub shoulders with the locals in the village of Lefkes – surrounded by olive groves and distinctive Cycladic architecture – on an included lunch of Greek favourites like moussaka and dolmas.

  • Take a short hike to Odysseas Elytis Theatre for an epic sunset over Ios, then hit the thriving nightlife and make new friends at local beach clubs that come alive when the sun goes down.

  • Enjoy loads of free time to swim and lounge at the beach, go sea kayaking around the sparkling waters of Paros or hike through the hills of Santorini.

  • Fill your heart (and your camera roll) with gorgeous sunsets (and sunrises if you’re keen), expansive island views and iconic Greek architecture on a trip that lets you find the spots to hang out, take photos and meet new friends.

  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Amurtel, who provide a safe space for refugee women and children in Greece. Donations help them provide antenatal and postnatal care programs run by qualified midwives.


Show Full Itinerary

Day 1: Athens

Kalimera! Welcome to Greece. Your Greek Island adventure begins in Athens – the capital of Greece – with a welcome meeting at 6 pm tonight at your hostel. If you arrive early (and it’s recommended that you do – there’s so much to see and do here), why not take a day trip to the Saronic Islands – a stunning archipelago including the car-free island of Hydra. History lovers can walk in the footsteps of ancient Greeks and discover the remnants of an empire with a pass into the Acropolis – the ancient citadel with gorgeous views over the city. Tonight, ask your leader where the best place for a gyros is, or head out on a Taste of Athens Urban Adventure to sample some of Athen’s many culinary delights.

Day 2: Paros

Wake up early this morning as you make your way by ferry to Paros in the Aegean Sea. Paros is best known for its beaches, traditional villages and the Panagia Ekatontapiliani – a Byzantine church from the 4th century AD. When you arrive, you’ll have a free day at your leisure to explore, find the perfect swimming spot or just kick back on one of the sandy beaches – Kolymbithres Beach is a good spot to set up for the day, as it’s known for the unique rock formations that create natural swimming coves! Wander around the Cycladic architecture (this whole trip is an Instagrammer’s dream), and if you like, gear up for a big night by taking it easy while the sun’s out – Paros is also popular for its vibrant nightlife.

Day 3: Paros

You have the morning free to explore Paros further – maybe take the ferry to Antiparos (the sister island easily reached by a short ferry ride) and visit Psaralyki Beach for a morning swim. This little island is also a great spot to pick up local food. After, head back to Paros and rejoin your group for a visit to Lefkes – an enchanting village known for its distinct white and blue architecture, olive groves and pine forests. You’ll enjoy an included group lunch in the village, with options including moussaka, imam eggplants, dolmas with lettuce, Greek salad and more. This is also a great opportunity to rub shoulders with the locals, as this village is less touristy than the rest of the island. This afternoon, maybe take a half-day kayaking trip or explore Naoussa in the north of the island via a local bus – hit the bars here or just find a great spot to park yourself for dinner.

Day 4: Ios

Take the ferry to Ios – a popular island known for its cliffs that plunge into the sea and its hills peppered with Cycladic architecture and palm trees, idyllic during sunset. When you arrive, maybe head straight for the most visited beach on Ios – Mylopotas Beach – and kick back somewhere in the horseshoe-shaped bay. If crowds aren’t your thing, maybe hit Magganari Beach for a quieter setting. If you’d like to spend your day sightseeing instead, maybe visit Homer’s Tomb (legend says that this is the last resting place of the famous Greek poet) in Plakotos or the Church of Panagia Gremniotissa. Tonight, rejoin your group and walk to the Odysseas Elytis Theatre to watch an epic sunset overlooking the town.

Day 5: Ios

Today is a free day in Ios. Maybe take a boat tour to explore seven different beaches across the island – this tour includes lots of opportunities for swimming and snorkelling! After a day of hitting the sandy shores or wandering around this bucket list destination at your own pace, you might want to explore the nightlife. Go bar hopping with your new travel buddies or meet some new friends along the way at the thriving beach clubs – Ios is popular with a younger crowd, so you’re sure to find a few drinking or dancing buddies to hit the town with and boogie the night away.

Day 6: Santorini

This morning, you’ll take a ferry to Santorini – one of the must-see destinations on any Greek Island adventure! Famous for its gorgeous hiking opportunities and countless sunset spots, Santorini is also home to some of the best wines in the country. This island was devastated by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century, the evidence of which now shapes the landscape. Explore the two main towns – Fira and Oia – that sit on cliffs above the underwater crater, now home to lava pebble beaches and iconic scenery. Kick back on the volcanic beaches, hit the town for some souvenir shopping or just wander the streets in search of delicious treats, epic photo spots, and the occasional glass of Assyrtiko to refuel. Tonight, maybe regroup for an iconic sunset in Oia and sit down for an optional farewell dinner.

Day 7: Santorini

Today is your last day of the trip, and with no further activities planned, you’re free to leave at any time. It’s recommended you stay longer, to really soak up all Santorini has to offer. Maybe take a half-day trip to the volcano and hot springs or take on the Fira Hills hike. Explore the town of Imerovigli and the Akrotiri archaeological site – the list goes on! Just speak to your booking agent if you’d like to organise additional accommodation here.