12 days in Athens, Santorini & Crete Itinerary

12 days in Athens, Santorini & Crete Itinerary

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Athens
— 3 nights
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Fira
— 4 nights
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Elounda
— 1 night
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Heraklion
— 2 nights
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Elafonissi
— 1 night

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Athens

Athens ©

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, contemplate the long history of Ancient Agora of Athens, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Athens trip planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Athens. In June, daytime highs in Athens are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

4
nights
Fira

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Step out of Fira with an excursion to La Ponta in Akrotiri--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, kick back and relax at Caldera Beach, stroll through Perissa Black Sand Beach, and trek along Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Fira trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Fira takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Elounda.

Things to do in Fira

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Experience Horse Riding ©
Experience Horse Riding
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

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Elounda

Elounda ©
Long a sleepy fishing settlement on Crete's northern coastline, Elounda today serves as a major travel destination, drawing vacationers with a blend of unspoiled natural scenery and luxury resorts.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Agios Andreas, explore the activities along Lake Voulismeni, stroll through Ammos Beach, then stop by Trilogy Bookshop, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Fortress Spinalonga.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Elounda trip builder tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Fira to Elounda in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Heraklion.

Things to do in Elounda

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Lake Voulismeni ©
Lake Voulismeni
Trilogy Bookshop ©
Trilogy Bookshop

2
nights
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 10th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, stop by Nerium Oleander, then explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, and finally do a tasting at Winery Stilianou. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Folklore Museum of Gouves, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, then get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum of Crete, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Heraklion trip planner.

Getting from Elounda to Heraklion by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Elounda in June, Heraklion is little chillier at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos

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Elafonissi

Elafonissi ©
Located just off Crete's southwestern corner, Elafonissi offers an alternative vacation idea for those looking to avoid the larger, more crowded Greek islands.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): kick back and relax at Aspri Limni Beach, then trek along Elafonisi Viewpoint, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Elafonissi Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Elafonissi driving holiday app.

You can drive from Heraklion to Elafonissi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Aspri Limni Beach ©
Aspri Limni Beach

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