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Mother Nature was feeling generous when she created the Greek Islands, a cluster of outcrops scattered across the crystal-clear waters of the Aegean Sea. Vestiges of the ancient past litter the islands, with ruined cities and temples complementing the white beaches and traditional whitewashed villages.

The islands’ combination of culture, landscape and activities creates a multi-faceted destination, if you’re in search of more beyond the beach and poolside. Deciding which islands to visit can be difficult, but our Greece specialists will use their first-hand knowledge to help you plan your trip and guide you on what to do.

You could tread the quieter paths on Mykonos to reach secluded beaches served by little tavernas, or step back in time on slow-paced, traffic-free Hydra. On Santorini, we can direct you to the best sunset viewing points or arrange for you to stay in a cave hotel dug out of the caldera on the island’s rim. Or, you might prefer sitting on glittering white rock formations overlooking the sea on little-visited Milos.

Whichever your preferences, our specialists have explored the main sights on the Greek Islands, as well as the lesser-known ones. They’ll carefully plan your visit as an individual trip to match your interests, advising on everything from hikes to old monasteries to where to go for the best fresh seafood.

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Places to visit in the Greek Islands

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting the Greek Islands, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itineraries featuring the Greek Islands

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the Greek Islands, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of the Greek Islands

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    Places in and around the Greek Islands

    Accommodation choices for the Greek Islands

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Greek Islands. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Reception, 18 Grapes Boutique Hotel

      18 Grapes Boutique Hotel

      First Class

      Combining effortlessly chic decor and a quiet seaside location that’s convenient to Naxos Town, 18 Grapes is a luxe boutique hotel with spacious rooms, located just a five-minute walk from the beach at Agios Prokopios.

    • Bratsera Hotel, Hydra

      Bratsera Hotel


      Preserving the history of the UNESCO-protected building it occupies, which housed a sponge factory for more than a century, Bratsera Hotel is a characterful place to stay on Hydra. It holds the unique distinction for a hotel on the island of having an outdoor pool.

    • Hotel Leto Hydra, Hydra

      Hotel Leto Hydra


      A long-established, family-run property, Hotel Leto feels like a chic home away from home with a convenient location, high-end style and comfortable rooms. It’s also one of the only hotels on the island to offer a spa and gym.

    • Parilio, Kolympithes


      First Class

      A luxe-yet-minimalistic hotel, Parīlio combines a distinctively Cycladic style with indulgent amenities like a generous pool and boutique spa. It’s also conveniently located a short walk from Paros’s best beach and close to the photogenic village of Naousa.

    • Milos Breeze Boutique Hotel, Pollonia

      Milos Breeze Boutique Hotel

      First Class

      Milos Breeze is a characterful property which sits in an elevated position with sea views. The characterful rooms, saltwater infinity pool, and walking distance to the town make this a popular choice.

    • Salt Suites, Pollonia

      Salt Suites


      Salt is a stylish boutique hotel with island-chic decor, wonderful proximity to the sea, and sunset and sea views. The hotel sits in a tranquil location but within easy walking distance of Pollonia and has a friendly, intimate atmosphere.

    • Mykonos Grand Hotel, Agios Ioannis

      Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort


      Located at Agios Ioannis beach, the Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort caters to guests’ every need with attentive service, a wide variety of facilities, high quality rooms and sweeping sea views.

    • Harmony, Mykonos Town

      Harmony Boutique Hotel


      Harmony Boutique hotel is a small, intimate property with a convenient location and a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. The stylish decor features bright whites and pale woods and many rooms offer views over the sea.

    • Belvedere Suites, Firostefani

      Belvedere Suites


      Bright, modern and contemporary in style, Belvedere Suites offers a quintessential island experience with dramatic sea and caldera views throughout the property. The chic modern rooms and pool with a view make it an enviable base.

    • Andronis Concept Wellness Resort, Imerovigli

      Andronis Concept Wellness Resort


      Chic, sophisticated and with an emphasis on wellness, the Andronis Concept Wellness Resort offers guests a relaxing place to unwind and recuperate while enjoying dramatic vistas of Santorini.

    • Exterior and view, Chromata

      Chromata Hotel

      First Class

      Well located overlooking the sea in Imerovigli, Chromata is a high-end boutique property in the classic Santorini cave hotel style with whitewashed exteriors and rooms set in a charming jumble of layers connected by a maze of staircases.

    • Santorini Secret, Oia

      Santorini Secret Suites & Spa

      First Class

      Santorini Secret is an alluring getaway with all the classic features one seeks in Santorini — whitewashed walls, private pools, a boutique feel, and sweeping views. Its location also offers easy access to Oia’s restaurants, shops and bars.

    • Grace Hotel, Auberge Resorts Collection Santorini, Imerovigli

      Grace Hotel, Auberge Resorts Collection Santorini


      Grace Hotel, Auberge Resorts Collection Santorini is one of the best hotels on the island, its whitewashed exteriors, pared-back but designer-styled interiors and views of the sea and the Santorini sunsets, the benchmark for the island properties.

    • Santo Maris, Oia

      Santo Maris

      First Class

      Located on the north side of Oia with expansive sunset views in the evenings, Santo Maris is a chic, modern hotel with plenty of amenities, a convention location, and ample space for total relaxation.