12 days in Greece Itinerary

12 days in Greece Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Athens
— 3 nights
2
Fira
— 3 nights
3
Heraklion
— 2 nights
4
Chania
— 1 night

3
nights
Athens

Athens ©
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, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Lycabettus.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Athens trip planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Athens is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Lisbon to Athens due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in September, Athens is somewhat warmer at night with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

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

3
nights
Fira

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: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, enjoy the sand and surf at Kamari Beach, look for gifts at the White, Santorini, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Fira road trip planner.

You can fly from Athens to Fira in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. September in Fira sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Heraklion.

Things to do in Fira

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Kamari, Perissa Black Sand Beach, Ekklisia Panagia Platsani
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Kamari Beach ©
Kamari Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): stop by Nerium Oleander, take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, thenobserve the fascinating underwater world at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, and finally contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos. Keep things going the next day: admire the local landmark of Morosini Fountain (Lion's Fountain), take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, and finally get your game on at Lampogialo - Rage Room.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Heraklion visit planner.

You can ride a ferry from Fira to Heraklion in 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Chania.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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

1
night
Chania

Chania ©
Chania is the second largest city of Crete and the capital of the Chania regional unit. On the 12th (Sat), look for gifts at Callista, enjoy the sand and surf at Kalyves Beach, and then kick back and relax at Kiani Akti. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Historical & Folklore Museum of Gavalochori and then don't miss a visit to Etz Hayyim Synagogue.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Chania trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Heraklion to Chania. In September, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chania

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kalyves, Historical & Folklore Museum of Gavalochori
Highlights from your plan
Kalyves Beach ©
Kalyves Beach
Etz Hayyim Synagogue ©
Etz Hayyim Synagogue
Historical & Folklore Museum of Gavalochori ©

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