11 days in Athens, Santorini & Crete Itinerary

11 days in Athens, Santorini & Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Mumbai
Fly + Subway:  14 h
1
Athens
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Fira
— 3 nights
Ferry:  2 h
3
Heraklion
— 1 night
Shuttle:  2 h
4
Chania Town
— 2 nights
Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Mumbai

3
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Explore hidden gems such as Temple of Hephaestus and Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Poseidon. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, take a stroll through Plaka, and explore the ancient world of Temple of Athena Nike.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Athens trip maker site.

Mumbai, India to Athens is an approximately 13.5- hour combination of flight and subway. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -3.5 hour difference. Traveling from Mumbai in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Athens, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Temple of Poseidon, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre
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Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

3
nights
Fira

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Do your shopping at MATI Art Gallery and the White, Santorini. Museum-lovers will get to explore Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos and Tomato Industrial Museum. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, make a trip to Megalochori - Traditional Village, view the masterpieces at Mnemossyne Gallery, and do a tasting at Vassaltis Vineyards.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Fira road trip planning tool.

Fly from Athens to Fira in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. September in Fira sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Heraklion.

Things to do in Fira

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Santorini, Vlychada, Akrotiri, Mnemossyne Gallery, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
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Megalochori - Traditional Village ©
Megalochori - Traditional Village
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Vlychada Beach ©
Vlychada Beach

1
night
Heraklion

Heraklion ©
Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
On the 27th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, then look for gifts at Nerium Oleander, then take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and finally delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Heraklion online holiday maker.

Getting from Fira to Heraklion by ferry takes about 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Heraklion are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the shuttle to Chania Town.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

The Palace of Knossos
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The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

2
nights
Chania Town

Chania Town ©
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), then examine the collection at MINOAN'S WORLD, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Falassarna Beach. Keep things going the next day: stop by Alexia Handmade Jewelry, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Eisodion tis Theotokou, explore the different monuments and memorials at German War Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Ancient Olive Tree, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Agii Apostoli Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Chania Town online driving holiday planner.

You can take a shuttle from Heraklion to Chania Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Chania Town, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ancient Olive Tree, German War Cemetery, Falassarna Beach, Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada)
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Falassarna Beach ©
Falassarna Beach
Agii Apostoli Beach ©
Agii Apostoli Beach
Greek National Football Museum ©
Greek National Football Museum

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