12 days in Athens, Santorini & Crete Itinerary

12 days in Athens, Santorini & Crete Itinerary

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Start: Atlanta
Fly:  16 h
1
Athens
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Fira
— 3 nights
Ferry + Taxi:  4 h
3
Chania Town
— 1 night
Shuttle:  2 h
4
Heraklion
— 1 night
Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Atlanta

4
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Hephaestus will appeal to history buffs. Appreciate the collections at Acropolis Museum and Museum of the Center for the Acropolis Studies. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Athens: Nafplio (Archaeological Museum of Nauplion & Nauplion Promenade) and Lion Gate (in Mycenae). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll around Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, explore the ancient world of Ancient Agora of Athens, wander the streets of Plaka, and stroll through Mount Lycabettus.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens trip itinerary planning site.

Atlanta, USA to Athens is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Atlanta to Athens due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Atlanta in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Athens, with lows of 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Nafplio, Lion Gate, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Lion Gate ©
Lion Gate

3
nights
Fira

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Santo Winery and Museum of Prehistoric Thira. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Red Beach and Perivolos. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Skaros Rock, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Paradisos Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Fira day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Fira takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Athens in August, expect nights in Fira to be about the same, around 75°F, while days are little chillier, around 87°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santorini, Santo Winery, Vlychada Beach, Venetsanos Winery, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Highlights from your plan
Venetsanos Winery ©
Venetsanos Winery
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail ©
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail
Perivolos ©
Perivolos

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 22nd (Sat): kick back and relax at Agii Apostoli Beach, enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Chania Town vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Fira to Chania Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Chania Town can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the shuttle to Heraklion.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Agii Apostoli Beach ©
Agii Apostoli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Lighthouse ©
Lighthouse

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Vasiliki Agios Markos Municipal Art Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, contemplate the long history of Church of Agios Mathaios Sinaites, admire the masterpieces at Church and the Museum of St. Aikaterini, thenlearn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and finally look for gifts at Irida Family Workshop.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Heraklion route site.

You can take a shuttle from Chania Town to Heraklion in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Natural History Museum of Crete ©
The Natural History Museum of Crete
Church of Saint Titus ©
Church of Saint Titus
Vasiliki Agios Markos Municipal Art Gallery ©

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