15 days in Greek Isles & Athens Itinerary

15 days in Greek Isles & Athens Itinerary

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15 days in Greek Isles & Athens Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
1
Naxos
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Oia, Santorini
— 3 nights
ferry:  3​h
3
Rethymnon, Crete
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Hersonissos, Crete
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
5
Lindos, Rhodes
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h
6
Athens
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Dublin

2
nights
Naxos

Naxos ©
Zeus, the master of all gods from Greek mythology, allegedly grew up in a cave on Naxos, a small but fertile island in the South Aegean Sea.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Plaka Beach, kick back and relax at Agios Prokopios Beach, and then explore the ancient world of Portara. On the next day, take a stroll through Kastro, then wander the streets of Old Town, then look for gifts at Ta Axotica Gift Shop, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Mikri Vigla Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Naxos trip itinerary builder site .

Dublin, Ireland to Naxos is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Naxos is 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Dublin in May, with highs in Naxos at 27°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Oia.

Things to do in Naxos

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Plaka Beach ©
Plaka Beach
Mikri Vigla Beach ©
Mikri Vigla Beach

3
nights
Oia, Santorini

Oia ©
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail and Perivolos. Head to Ernesto Workshop & Gallery and Thiras Art Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Explore Oia's surroundings by going to Ancient Thera (in Kamari) and Akrotiri (in Akrotiri). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Skaros Rock, learn about winemaking at Santo Winery, contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Oia trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Naxos to Oia in 5.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Oia can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Oia

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Fira, Santorini, Ancient Thera, Akrotiri, Skaros Rock
Highlights from your plan
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail ©
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail
Perivolos ©
Perivolos
Skaros Rock ©
Skaros Rock

1
night
Rethymnon, Crete

Rethymnon ©
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at The Holy Monastery of Preveli, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Arkadi, and then wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rethymnon trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Oia to Rethymnon in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. In May, daytime highs in Rethymnon are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town

2
nights
Hersonissos, Crete

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
On the 21st (Thu), observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, then get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and then explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Stalis Beach, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Voulismeni.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hersonissos trip planner .

Drive from Rethymnon to Hersonissos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Rethymnon in May, Hersonissos is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Stalis Beach, The Palace of Knossos, Lake Voulismeni
Highlights from your plan
Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos

3
nights
Lindos, Rhodes

Lindos ©
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
Visit Agios Pavlos Beach and Tsambika Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lindos Beach and Monolithos Castle. Go for a jaunt from Lindos to Kalavarda to see Ancient Kamiros about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Agathi Beach, explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Lindos, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Church of the Panagia, and enjoy the sand and surf at Stegna Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lindos trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Hersonissos to Lindos takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Hersonissos in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Lindos, with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Lindos

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Rhodes, Ancient Kamiros, Stegna Beach, Agathi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Agios Pavlos Beach ©
Agios Pavlos Beach
Stegna Beach ©
Stegna Beach
Agathi Beach ©
Agathi Beach

3
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Acropolis of Athens and Plaka. Discover out-of-the-way places like Temple of Hephaestus and Ancient Agora of Athens. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, explore the ancient world of Erechtheion, get great views at Mount Lycabettus, and get into the urban bustle at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Athens tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Lindos to Athens by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May in Athens, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre
Highlights from your plan
Plaka ©
Plaka
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

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