10 days in Greece Itinerary

10 days in Greece Itinerary

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10 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Rethymnon, Crete
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Hersonissos, Crete
— 1 night
Ferry:  2 h 15 min
3
Akrotiri, Santorini
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
4
Naxos Town, Naxos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 2 nights
Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Chicago

2
nights
Rethymnon, Crete

Rethymnon ©
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Visit Agii Apostoli Beach and Frangokastello Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Nicholas Church and Greek National Football Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Rethymnon: Reptisland (in Melidoni), Lake Kournas (in Kournas) and Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera (in Souda). There's more to do: wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town and take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Arkadi.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rethymnon online attractions planner .

Chicago, USA to Rethymnon is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Chicago to Rethymnon, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in July, you will find days in Rethymnon are a bit warmer (89°F), and nights are about the same (71°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Chania Town, St. Nicholas Church, Lake Kournas, Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, Frangokastello Beach
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Frangokastello Beach ©
Frangokastello Beach
Agii Apostoli Beach ©
Agii Apostoli Beach
Reptisland ©
Reptisland

1
night
Hersonissos, Crete

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
On the 14th (Tue), stroll through Stalis Beach, see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, and finally meet the residents at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Hersonissos trip itinerary app .

Drive from Rethymnon to Hersonissos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Rethymnon in July: highs in Hersonissos hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches

Side Trips

Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Stalis Beach
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Lychnostatis Open Air Museum ©
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum
Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos

1
night
Akrotiri, Santorini

Akrotiri ©
Located on Santorini's southwestern coastline, the small village of Akrotiri sits just a short walk from one of Europe's most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Vlychada Beach, then don't miss a visit to Akrotiri LightHouse, then kick back and relax at Red Beach, and finally explore the ancient world of Akrotiri.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Akrotiri day trip planning website .

You can ride a ferry from Hersonissos to Akrotiri in 2.5 hours. In July in Akrotiri, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Naxos Town.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Beaches Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Vlychada Beach
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Vlychada Beach ©
Vlychada Beach
Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri

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nights
Naxos Town, Naxos

Naxos Town ©
Naxos Town tops the itinerary of most visitors exploring the Aegean islands, drawing their attention with taverns, shops, beaches, and ancient ruins.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): stroll through Agios Prokopios Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plaka Beach, then wander the streets of Old Town, and finally explore the ancient world of Portara. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Kastro, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then kick back and relax at Mikri Vigla Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Naxos Town day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Akrotiri to Naxos Town takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Naxos Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mikri Vigla Beach, Agios Prokopios Beach, Plaka Beach
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Plaka Beach ©
Plaka Beach
Mikri Vigla Beach ©
Mikri Vigla Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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nights
Mykonos Town, Mykonos

Mykonos Town ©
A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Agios Sostis Beach, and then kick back and relax at Panormos Beach. On the next day, take a stroll through Little Venice and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kalo Livadi Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Mykonos Town itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Naxos Town to Mykonos Town takes 1.5 hours. In July in Mykonos Town, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Paradise Beach, Panormos Beach, Agios Sostis Beach, Kalo Livadi Beach
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Agios Sostis Beach ©
Agios Sostis Beach
Kalo Livadi Beach ©
Kalo Livadi Beach
Little Venice ©
Little Venice

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