15 days in Athens & Cyclades Itinerary

15 days in Athens & Cyclades Itinerary

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15 days in Athens & Cyclades Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Quebec
Fly:  12 h 45 min
1
Athens
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h
2
Paros
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Naxos Town, Naxos
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
4
Fira, Santorini
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Milos
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Montreal, Quebec

4
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Citadel and Treasury of Atreus and Akrokorinthos. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lion Gate and Byzantine and Christian Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Athens side-trips: ARCHELON Τhe Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece (in Glyfada) and Loutraki (Limni Vouliagmeni & Moni Osiou Patapiou). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Theater of Dionysus, contemplate the long history of Hadrian's Library, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens, and stop by Hondos Center.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Athens online day trip planner .

Montreal, Canada to Athens is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Montreal to Athens, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Montreal in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Athens: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Paros.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Mycenae, Loutraki, ARCHELON Τhe Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece, Akrokorinthos
Highlights from your plan
Lion Gate ©
Lion Gate
Citadel and Treasury of Atreus
Citadel and Treasury of Atreus
Akrokorinthos ©
Akrokorinthos

3
nights
Paros

Paros ©
Long ignored by tourists because of its reputation as a plain ferry hub, Paros today serves as one of the Aegean's major holiday destinations, luring travelers with its fashionable resort towns and quaint mountain villages.
Get a sense of the local culture at Panagia Ekatondapiliani and Folklore Art Museum Of Cycladic Civilization Benetos & Popi Skiadas.. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Palm Beach Paros and Faragas Beach. There's still lots to do: stroll through Kalogeros Beach, kick back and relax at Molos Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monastery of Agios Antonios, and learn about winemaking at Moraitis Winery.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Paros journey planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Athens to Paros takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. When traveling from Athens in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Paros: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Naxos Town.

Things to do in Paros

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Panagia Ekatondapiliani ©
Panagia Ekatondapiliani
Chrisis Aktis Beach ©
Chrisis Aktis Beach
Molos Beach ©
Molos Beach

3
nights
Naxos Town, Naxos

Naxos Town ©
Naxos Town tops the itinerary of most visitors exploring the Aegean islands, drawing their attention with taverns, shops, beaches, and ancient ruins.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): examine the collection at Distillery M. G. Vallindras Eirini Frangoudaki, take in the exciting artwork at Fish & Olive, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panagia Drossiani Church, then examine the collection at Eggares Olive Press Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Archeological Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Paralia Chavai, pause for some serene contemplation at Panagia Myrtidiotissa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Greek Orthodox Cathedral, and finally stop by Naxia Sweet Home.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Naxos Town trip tool .

You can drive from Paros to Naxos Town in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Fira.

Things to do in Naxos Town

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Chalkio, Panagia Drossiani Church, Eggares Olive Press Museum
Highlights from your plan
Panagia Myrtidiotissa ©
Panagia Myrtidiotissa
Panagia Drossiani Church ©
Panagia Drossiani Church
Greek Orthodox Cathedral ©
Greek Orthodox Cathedral

2
nights
Fira, Santorini

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist and Venetian Castle of Santorini are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos and Castelli of Pyrgos. Step out of Fira to go to Akrotiri and see SYMPOSION by La Ponta, which is approximately 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Byzantine Castle Ruins, see the interesting displays at Archaeological Museum Fira, admire the masterpieces at MATI Art Gallery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Dominican Sisters.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Fira day trip planner.

You can drive from Naxos Town to Fira in 5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Milos.

Things to do in Fira

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Oia, Pyrgos, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist ©
Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Byzantine Castle Ruins ©
Byzantine Castle Ruins

2
nights
Milos

Milos ©
The result of thousands of years of volcanic activity, the island of Milos features a craggy coastline interspersed by shallow beaches.
On the 24th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Achivadolimni, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kalogries Beach, then step into the grandiose world of Venetian Castle of Milos, and finally head off the coast to Glaronissia. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Kastanas Beach and then kick back and relax at Alogomandra Beach.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Milos travel route planning app .

Traveling by car from Fira to Milos takes 4.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Milos

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Achivadolimni ©
Achivadolimni
Alogomandra Beach ©
Alogomandra Beach
Venetian Castle of Milos ©
Venetian Castle of Milos

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