15 days in Greece Itinerary

15 days in Greece Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Greece trip planner

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Chania Town
— 2 nights
Drive
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Matala
— 1 night
Drive
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Heraklion
— 1 night
Ferry
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Fira
— 3 nights
Ferry
5
Naxos Town
— 3 nights
Fly
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Athens
— 4 nights
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Chania Town

— 2 nights
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
On the 5th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Agia Marina Beach, then make a trip to Lighthouse of Chania, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Seitan Limania Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), then explore the activities along Lake Kournas, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Chania Town trip planner.

New York City, USA to Chania Town is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in September, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Matala.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Matala

— 1 night
A low-key tourist resort known for its ancient cliffside caves, Matala boasts a rich history that spans over 2,000 years.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Palace of Faistos, enjoy the sand and surf at Matala beach, and then stroll through Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos).

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Matala trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Chania Town to Matala takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Matala can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Heraklion.

Things to do in Matala

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Heraklion

— 1 night
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.
On the 8th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, then step into the grandiose world of Castello del Molo (Koules), then explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, and finally kick back and relax at Ligaria Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Heraklion trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Matala to Heraklion takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Fira

— 3 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail and Santorini Sailing. Popular historic sites such as Akrotiri and Panagia Theoskepasti Chapel are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Skaros Rock, kick back and relax at Vlychada Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Perivolos, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Fira online road trip planner.

Getting from Heraklion to Fira by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in September, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Naxos Town.

Things to do in Fira

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Naxos Town

— 3 nights
Naxos Town tops the itinerary of most visitors exploring the Aegean islands, drawing their attention with taverns, shops, beaches, and ancient ruins.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Naos Tou Apollona - Portara and Kastro. Relax by the water at Agios Prokopios Beach and Plaka Beach. Go for a jaunt from Naxos Town to Kastraki to see Kastraki Beach about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with Blue Fin Divers Naxos Greece, wander the streets of Old Town, kick back and relax at Agia Anna Beach, and stroll through Finikas Beach.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, use the Naxos Town trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Fira to Naxos Town by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly. In September, daily temperatures in Naxos Town can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Athens.

Things to do in Naxos Town

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Athens

— 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Fortress Palamidi and Citadel and Treasury of Atreus. Get some historical perspective at Acropolis of Athens and Archaeological Site Mycenae. Get out of town with these interesting Athens side-trips: Catholic Church of Metamorphosis Tou Sotiros (in Nafplio), Temple of Poseidon (in Sounio) and Lion Gate (in Mycenae). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Temple of Hephaestus, take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, make a trip to Philopappos Hill, and appreciate the history behind Erechtheion.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Athens trip maker website.

Fly from Naxos Town to Athens in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. In September in Athens, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

Santorini travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.