Route: Athens Milos Ios Naxos Mykonos Athens
Duration: 14 nights
Transport: This Greek Island hopping route is 15 days long, involving 14 nights in your accommodation. All journeys are by ferry from one destination to another!
Sustainability: This trip only creates 47.8 kg of carbon emissions! To fly the same route would cost 118 ♻️
Reviews: All independent reviews
Looking for a relaxing way to take in the Greek Islands? Our 2 week Greek Island hopping trip allows you to soak up all the sun, sea and sand that Greece is famous for – alongside a healthy dose of delicious food and maybe a splash of Ouzo… This trip treats you to ample chill time, while still providing enough ancient temples and historical sites to satisfy the keenest of history buffs.
Our trip might be called Greece Lightning, but with scenic ferry journeys and plenty of time in each location, you’ll soon find yourself slowing down to a Greek pace of life. Island hopping is simply the best way to take in 5 of Greece’s most stunning destinations.
Feel free to stick with our recommended route to get a great idea of what these islands are about, or get in touch if you’d like to customise your route! Why not add it to the end of our Road to Athens package for a chilled out end to your travels!
This trip will get you to 4 of Greece’s most amazing and beautiful islands, as well as a couple of days exploring the Greek capital – Athens. Each place you’ll tick off is overflowing with its own unique history, stunning beaches and amazing food. You’ll have at least 2 nights on each island, so you’ll have enough time to get a feel for each place while leaving plenty of time to hit the beaches and top up your tan.
Start the trip off with a two-night stay in fascinating Athens. This ancient city is filled to the brim with culture and history with world-famous sites, including the Acropolis and a whole host of other interesting temples. You’ll also be able to check out the edgy city centre, quirky market stalls and the array of nightlife options that Athens has to offer. On day 3, you’ll begin your Greek Island hopping adventure!
First, head over to the sunny island of Milos. Here you’ll have 3 nights to enjoy the vibrant nightlife, sandy beaches, visit the amphitheatre or check out the catacombs of Tripiti village. You can even visit Sarakiniko volcano if you’re feeling energetic!
After a few days on Milos, you’ll head to the island of Ios for a couple of days. Explore Homer’s tomb and indulge in your fair share of Greek beverages with new found friends before heading on to Naxos for two nights. Here you can head to Apollo’s temple – overlooking the sea.
Last stop? It’s the cool-kid of the Greek islands – Mykonos. Combine your sightseeing with a bit of celeb-spotting as you discover Mykonos’ world-renowned nightlife. Once you’ve slept off the night before, hit the spotless stunning beaches before returning to Athens for the last night of your trip before heading home refreshed and hopefully not too sunburnt!
Both historic and modern, edgy and traditional, Athens is famous as the capital of the ancient world. Here you’ll find iconic structures like the Parthenon, the Acropolis and the Temple of Poseidon, but also a wealth of great coffee houses, delicious restaurants and a buzzing bar scene. This is a truly young city, with a big student population and the vibrant atmosphere that comes with it.
Head to the top of Fillopapou hill, overlooking the Acropolis for the best photo opportunities.
Explore famous Greek sites – the Parthenon, the Theatre of Dionysos and the Temple of Poseidon among many others.
Drink Greek wine and cocktails al-fresco at one of Athen’s many bars and enjoy the vibrant nightlife.
Ferry to Milos – 3 hours
Milos is the first image that comes to mind when you talk about Greek Islands, but it’s also rich with history. Whitewashed houses leading down to the sea, ancient amphitheatres and unique sandy beaches surrounded by volcanic rock all give Milos a great balance of nature and history.
Check out the amphitheatre and other ancient ruins at Tripiti.
Relax on Sarakiniko beach, surrounded by white volcanic cliffs.
Explore the Catacombs under the ancient city of Melos.
Ferry to Ios – 3 hours
A popular destination for tourists of any age, Ios has a perfect mix of beaches, history and nightlife. Check out famous archaeological sites during the day, such as Homer’s tomb before topping up your tan in the afternoons. By night, Ios is also home to some very lively clubs alongside chilled bars for a casual few drinks.
Check out the resting place of Homer, the author of The Iliad and The Odyssey.
Chill out and catch some rays on Ios’ gorgeous beaches.
Get your party on at Far Out Beach Club’s seafront nightclub.
Ferry to Naxos – 3.5 hours
Naxos is a much more chilled and quaint island compared to some of its more popular neighbours. Lower rates of tourism give the island a more authentic Greek feel, with plenty of cheap food and drink on offer and a slower pace of life. Seafront bars and restaurants and the impressive Apollo temple overlooking the town will leave you falling in love with the island.
Head to the Apollo temple for a stunning view of the bay.
Take a hike up to the caves on Mount Zeus.
Explore the quiet beaches in many of the secluded coves.
Ferry to Mykonos – 1 hour
The cool kid of the Greek islands, Mykonos has become a very popular destination for tourists in recent years. Sandy beaches, clear blue waters and some bouncing nightlife have attracted countless sunseekers to Mykonos, giving it a fun and lively atmosphere.
Chill out on Mykonos’ stunning beaches.
Satisfy your inner historian at Delos island.
Party at some of Mykonos’ world famous beach front clubs.
Ferry to Athens – 3 hours
Spend your final night in Athens before heading home. Whether you want to explore anything you missed the first time around or just chill out eating gyros all day is completely up to you!
Tucked away in the heart of Athens, the National Gardens offer a beautiful retreat from the bustle of the concrete capital.
Check out Monastiraki – one of the oldest and busiest areas of the capital, packed with rooftop bars, ancient sights and huge markets.