12 days in Crete, Athens & Santorini Itinerary

12 days in Crete, Athens & Santorini Itinerary

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

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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 2nd (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum of Crete, go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, and finally delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos. On your second day here, learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, then look for gifts at Nerium Oleander, then get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and finally admire the local landmark of Morosini Fountain (Lion's Fountain).

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Athens to Heraklion is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. When traveling from Athens in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Heraklion: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos

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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, stop by Monastiraki, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Lycabettus, and take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum.

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You can ride a ferry from Heraklion to Athens in 8 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in June, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Elounda.

Things to do in Athens

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Voulismeni, then stroll through Elounda Beach, and then step off the mainland to explore Fortress Spinalonga.

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You can fly from Athens to Elounda in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Athens in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Elounda: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Elounda

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Lake Voulismeni ©
Lake Voulismeni
Elounda Beach ©
Elounda Beach

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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. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, enjoy the sand and surf at Perissa Black Sand Beach, and explore the activities along Amoudi Bay.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Elounda to Fira takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or fly. In June in Fira, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fira

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

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Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Kamari Beach ©
Kamari Beach

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