12 days in Athens, Naxos & Crete Itinerary

12 days in Athens, Naxos & Crete Itinerary

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Athens
— 3 nights
2
Naxos Town
— 1 night
3
Hersonissos
— 2 nights
4
Chania Town
— 4 nights


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3
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Family-friendly places like Acropolis of Athens and Acropolis Museum will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: stop by Plaka, explore the engaging exhibits at Hellenic Children's Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Lycabettus, and don't miss a visit to Plateia Syntagmatos.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Athens trip itinerary maker website.

Toronto, Canada to Athens is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Toronto to Athens due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in August, expect Athens to be somewhat warmer, temps between 39°C and 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Naxos Town.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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Plaka ©
Plaka
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

1
night
Naxos Town

Naxos Town ©
Naxos Town tops the itinerary of most visitors exploring the Aegean islands, drawing their attention with taverns, shops, beaches, and ancient ruins.
On the 23rd (Sun), kick back and relax at Agios Prokopios Beach, then kick back and relax at Plaka Beach, then take a stroll through Kastro, and finally explore the ancient world of Naos tou Apollona - Portara.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Naxos Town day trip planner.

Getting from Athens to Naxos Town by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Athens in August: highs in Naxos Town hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Naxos Town

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Agios Prokopios Beach, Plaka Beach
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Plaka Beach ©
Plaka Beach
Naos tou Apollona - Portara ©
Naos tou Apollona - Portara
Kastro ©
Kastro

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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 24th (Mon), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, then delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, and then get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Voulismeni, then contemplate the long history of Fortress Spinalonga, and finally steep yourself in history at Gournia Minoiki Poli.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Hersonissos trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Naxos Town to Hersonissos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Chania Town.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Agios Nikolaos, The Palace of Knossos, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Fortress Spinalonga, Heraklion Archaeological Museum
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The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos

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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Elafonissi Beach and Lake Kournas. Venture out of the city with trips to Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia), Elafonisi Viewpoint (in Elafonissi) and Rethymnon (Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno & Rethymnon Old Town). Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse, explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, and look for gifts at Inspira.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Chania Town travel planner.

Drive from Hersonissos to Chania Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. August in Chania Town sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Elafonissi, Rethymnon, Samaria Gorge National Park, Lake Kournas, Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Samaria Gorge National Park ©
Samaria Gorge National Park
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town

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