13 days in Athens, Santorini & Crete Itinerary

13 days in Athens, Santorini & Crete Itinerary

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13 days in Athens, Santorini & Crete Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Athens
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Oia
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
3
Heraklion
— 2 nights
shuttle:  2​h
4
Chania Town
— 1 night
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Cape Town


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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, nightlife, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, get great views at Mount Lycabettus, admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, and delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Athens journey builder app .

Cape Town, South Africa to Athens is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Cape Town in September, expect Athens to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Oia.

Things to do in Athens

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

4
nights
Oia

Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Change things up with these side-trips from Oia: Akrotiri (Red Beach, Santo Horse Riding, & more), Boutari, J., & Son Wineries S.A. (in Megalochori) and Kamari (Ancient Thera & KAMARA BEACH). There's lots more to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, stop by Sand Lily Boutique, pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, and take in the exciting artwork at Mnemossyne Gallery.

Discover how to plan a Oia trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Oia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, car, and ferry; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Oia

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Imerovigli, Kamari, Boutari Winery, Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

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 (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then stop by Nerium Oleander, then delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, don't miss a visit to Turkish Pumphouse, admire the local landmark of Bembo Fountain, learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Heraklion day trip planning website .

Ride a ferry from Oia to Heraklion in 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Heraklion are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Chania Town.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
Highlights from your plan
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos

1
night
Chania Town

Chania Town ©
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery, examine the collection at Minoan's World, visit a coastal fixture at Chania Venetian Lighthouse, then brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of Crete, then go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, and finally see the interesting displays at Greek National Football Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Chania Town day trip site .

Take a shuttle from Heraklion to Chania Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Souda Bay War Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Greek National Football Museum ©
Greek National Football Museum
Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor
Souda Bay War Cemetery ©
Souda Bay War Cemetery

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