15 days in Athens, Santorini & Crete Itinerary

15 days in Athens, Santorini & Crete Itinerary

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15 days in Athens, Santorini & Crete Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  15​h
1
Athens
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Fira
— 4 nights
ferry + taxi:  2​h 45​min
3
Elounda
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Heraklion
— 2 nights
shuttle:  2​h 45​min
5
Elafonissi
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Singapore


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4
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, take some stellar pictures from Mount Lycabettus, take in nature's colorful creations at National Garden, and take a stroll through Plaka.

Plan my day in Athens using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Singapore, Singapore to Athens is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Athens is minus 6 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Singapore in June: high temperatures in Athens hover around 35°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

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

4
nights
Fira

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Step out of Fira to go to Akrotiri and see Santo Horse Riding, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, kick back and relax at KAMARA BEACH, steep yourself in history at Ancient Thera, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Fira road trip site .

You can fly from Athens to Fira in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. In June, daytime highs in Fira are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Elounda.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Santorini, Oia, Akrotiri, Kamari, Panagia Theoskepasti Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

1
night
Elounda

Elounda ©
Long a sleepy fishing settlement on Crete's northern coastline, Elounda today serves as a major travel destination, drawing vacationers with a blend of unspoiled natural scenery and luxury resorts.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panagias Keras Church, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Voulismeni, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally steep yourself in history at Fortress Spinalonga.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Elounda visit planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Fira to Elounda takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In June, daytime highs in Elounda are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Heraklion.

Things to do in Elounda

Nature Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Agios Nikolaos
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Lake Voulismeni ©
Lake Voulismeni
Panagias Keras Church ©
Panagias Keras Church

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 19th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, look for gifts at Nerium Oleander, then delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, and finally meet the residents at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): meet the residents 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 take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Heraklion trip planner .

Drive from Elounda to Heraklion in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Elounda in June since evenings lows in Heraklion dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can take a shuttle to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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

1
night
Elafonissi

Elafonissi ©
Located just off Crete's southwestern corner, Elafonissi offers an alternative vacation idea for those looking to avoid the larger, more crowded Greek islands.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Aspri Limni Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elafonissi Beach, and then trek along Elafonisi Viewpoint.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Elafonissi day trip planner .

Traveling by shuttle from Heraklion to Elafonissi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Elafonissi  Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Aspri Limni Beach ©
Aspri Limni Beach

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