12 days in Athens, Crete & Santorini Itinerary

12 days in Athens, Crete & Santorini Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Athens
— 3 nights
2
Hersonissos
— 3 nights
3
Oia
— 4 nights

3
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fortress Palamidi (in Nafplio) and Akrokorinthos (in Corinth). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, don't miss a visit to Ancient Agora of Athens, get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum, and admire the natural beauty at National Garden.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Athens day trip planner.

Norfolk, USA to Athens is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Norfolk to Athens is 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around °F in June, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Fortress Palamidi, Akrokorinthos
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos), Reptisland (in Melidoni) and Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hersonissos travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Hersonissos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Hersonissos, with lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Oia.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Heraklion, Lake Voulismeni, Reptisland, The Palace of Knossos, Fortress Spinalonga
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga

4
nights
Oia

Oia ©
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Explore Oia's surroundings by going to Kamari Beach (in Kamari), Akrotiri (Red Beach, Akrotiri, &more) and Perissa Black Sand Beach (in Perissa). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Amoudi Bay, stroll through Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, Head underground at Zoodochos Pigi Cave, and explore the striking landscape at Skaros Rock.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Oia road trip planning site.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Hersonissos to Oia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Traveling from Hersonissos in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Oia, with lows around °F. On the 27th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Oia

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Kamari, Imerovigli, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, Perissa Black Sand Beach
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Experience Horse Riding ©
Experience Horse Riding
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

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