11 days in Santorini, Crete & Athens Itinerary

11 days in Santorini, Crete & Athens Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Dothan
Fly + Drive:  21 h 45 min
1
Fira
— 2 nights
Ferry + Taxi:  2 h
2
Hersonissos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Chania Town
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Athens
— 3 nights
Fly:  19 h 15 min
End: Dothan

2
nights
Fira

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
On the 19th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, thentake an in-depth tour of La Ponta, thenstroll through Red Beach, and finally browse the exhibits of MATI Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): examine the collection at Cultural Village, step into the grandiose world of Castelli of Pyrgos, thenkick back and relax at Eros Beach, and finally learn about winemaking at Gaia Winery.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Fira online travel route planner.

Dothan, USA to Fira is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Dothan to Fira is 8 hours. Traveling from Dothan in July, you will find days in Fira are slightly colder (86°F), and nights are about the same (74°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Fira

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Pyrgos, Eros Beach, Gaia Winery
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Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Castelli of Pyrgos ©
Castelli of Pyrgos

2
nights
Hersonissos

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 21st (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, do a tasting at Winery Stilianou, thensee the interesting displays at Kazantzakis Museum, and finally do a tasting at Lyrarakis Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Analipsi Beach, look for gifts at Kristina Boutique, take an in-depth tour of Folklore Museum of Gouves, thenget up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, and finally examine the collection at Piskopiano Museum of Rural Life.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hersonissos itinerary app.

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Fira to Hersonissos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Fira in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Hersonissos, with lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Museums Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Heraklion, Folklore Museum of Gouves, Winery Stilianou, Kazantzakis Museum
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Winery Stilianou ©
Winery Stilianou
Kazantzakis Museum ©
Kazantzakis Museum

1
night
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 23rd (Thu): stroll the grounds of German War Cemetery, don't miss a visit to War Shelter of Platanias, explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery, thencontemplate the long history of Venizelos Graves, thensee the interesting displays at Museum-Residence of Eleftherios Venizelos, and finally see the interesting displays at MINOAN'S WORLD.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Chania Town road trip planner.

You can drive from Hersonissos to Chania Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July in Chania Town, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Chania Town

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

German War Cemetery, War Shelter of Platanias, Souda Bay War Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
German War Cemetery ©
German War Cemetery
Souda Bay War Cemetery ©
Souda Bay War Cemetery
 MINOAN'S WORLD ©
MINOAN'S WORLD

3
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 24th (Fri), visit Anafiotika, pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion, thenexplore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, and finally get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Ancient Agora of Athens, thendelve into the distant past at Temple of Hephaestus, and then wander the streets of Plaka.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Athens holiday planner.

Getting from Chania Town to Athens by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a bus. In July in Athens, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus

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