12 days in Greece Itinerary

12 days in Greece Itinerary

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12 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Athens
— 2 nights
subway + Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Heraklion, Crete
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h
3
Fira, Santorini
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
4
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Minneapolis

2
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Food Tours and Mount Lycabettus. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion, admire all the interesting features of Panathenaic Stadium, and steep yourself in history at Ancient Agora of Athens.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Athens trip planner .

Minneapolis, USA to Athens is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 8 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Minneapolis in September: high temperatures in Athens hover around 84°F and lows are around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Tours Nature
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Food Tours

2
nights
Heraklion, Crete

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, then learn about winemaking at Douloufakis Winery, then take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and finally look for gifts at Nerium Oleander. On your second day here, learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kera Kardiotissa Monastery, and finally learn about winemaking at Winery Stilianou.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Heraklion online trip maker .

Getting from Athens to Heraklion by combination of subway and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a bus. September in Heraklion sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Winery Stilianou, The Palace of Knossos, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
Highlights from your plan
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
The Natural History Museum of Crete ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

3
nights
Fira, Santorini

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Vlychada Beach. Go for a jaunt from Fira to Vlychada to see Tomato Industrial Museum about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, take in the exciting artwork at MATI Art Gallery, and examine the collection at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Fira trip planner .

Getting from Heraklion to Fira by ferry takes about 2 hours. In September in Fira, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Fira

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Vlychada, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, Akrotiri, Megalochori - Traditional Village
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Megalochori - Traditional Village ©
Megalochori - Traditional Village
Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist ©

3
nights
Mykonos Town, Mykonos

Mykonos Town ©
A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kapari Beach and Gioras Wood Medieval Mykonian Bakery. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Little Venice, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint George, don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli), and kick back and relax at Fokos Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Mykonos Town trip maker app .

Ride a ferry from Fira to Mykonos Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. October in Mykonos Town sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mykonos, Mykonos Vioma Organic Farm
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Kapari Beach ©
Kapari Beach
The Windmills (Kato Milli) ©
The Windmills (Kato Milli)
Little Venice ©
Little Venice

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