12 days in Athens, Zakynthos & Santorini Itinerary

12 days in Athens, Zakynthos & Santorini Itinerary

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12 days in Athens, Zakynthos & Santorini Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  17​h
1
Athens
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Zakynthos Town
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Fira
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg


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1
night
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus, then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, and then take a stroll through Plaka.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Athens trip tool .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Athens is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Johannesburg in July, things will get much warmer in Athens: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Zakynthos Town.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

3
nights
Zakynthos Town

Zakynthos Town ©
The commercial center of the eponymous island, Zakynthos Town bustles with the energy as excited tourists and residents go about their daily business.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Vrahos Beach and St Nicholas Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Agios Dionisios Church and Saint Nicholas Church. Change things up with a short trip to Gerakas Beach in Vasilikos (about 30 minutes away). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kalamaki Beach, stroll through Porto Zoro Beach, and tee off at World Tour Golf.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Zakynthos Town trip itinerary builder site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Athens to Zakynthos Town. Traveling from Athens in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Zakynthos Town, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Fira.

Things to do in Zakynthos Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Vasilikos, World Tour Golf, Saint Nicholas Church, Porto Zoro Beach, Kalamaki Beach
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St Nicholas Beach ©
St Nicholas Beach
Kalamaki Beach ©
Kalamaki Beach

5
nights
Fira

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Artemis Karamolegos Winery and Museum of Prehistoric Thera are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Akrotiri LightHouse and Akrotiri. Go for a jaunt from Fira to Oia to see Speed Boats Tours about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, do a tasting at Santo Winery, contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay, and stroll through Hiking Trail Fira - Oia.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Fira trip planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zakynthos Town to Fira. When traveling from Zakynthos Town in July, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Fira: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Santorini, Oia, Venetsanos Winery, Gaia Winery
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos

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