12 days in Crete, Santorini & Athens Itinerary

12 days in Crete, Santorini & Athens Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Greece travel planner

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Drive to Newark Liberty International Airport, Fly to Chania International Airport, Drive to Falassarna
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Falassarna
— 1 night
Taxi to Chania Airport, Shuttle to Hersonissos
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Hersonissos
— 2 nights
Taxi to Heraklion, Ferry to Fira
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Fira
— 3 nights
Fly
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Athens
— 4 nights
Fly

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Falassarna

— 1 night
The ancient harbor town of Falassarna, once an independent city-state, today represents one of Crete's quieter resorts, drawing mostly day-trippers from the nearby town of Chania.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): stroll through Falassarna Beach. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Aspri Limni Beach and then see the interesting displays at Museum of platanias.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Falassarna travel site.

Newark, USA to Falassarna is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Falassarna is 7 hours. Traveling from Newark in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 61°F in Falassarna. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Falassarna

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Hersonissos

— 2 nights
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum of Crete, then take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then stop by Inspira, and finally delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos. On the next day, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, and then steep yourself in history at Fortress Spinalonga.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hersonissos road trip app.

You can do a combination of taxi and shuttle from Falassarna to Hersonissos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect little chillier evenings in Hersonissos when traveling from Falassarna in May, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Fira

— 3 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Fira is known for wineries, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panagia Theoskepasti Chapel, explore the activities along Amoudi Bay, and learn about winemaking at Boutari Winery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Fira travel planning website.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Hersonissos to Fira in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Hersonissos in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Fira, with lows around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Fira

Wineries · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Athens

— 4 nights

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: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, wander the streets of Monastiraki, and appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens trip planner.

Getting from Fira to Athens by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Crete travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Islands
Great Island
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete offers travelers more than just sun, sea, and sand. Famed for its warm hospitality, outstanding infrastructure, and contrasting landscapes, the island represents one of the world's richest areas in terms of history and culture. Crete burst onto the world scene over 4,000 years ago, when it served as the center of the Minoan civilization, one of Europe's earliest organized societies. Despite the island's wealth of developed beaches, the traces of the mysterious and enchanting Minoan empire remain Crete's top attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world. The island capital Heraklion provides an ideal base for exploring a renowned Minoan palace complex, the site of Europe's oldest city.

Santorini travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.