16 days in Athens, Paros & Santorini Itinerary

16 days in Athens, Paros & Santorini Itinerary

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16 days in Athens, Paros & Santorini Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Athens
— 4 nights
ferry:  4​h 30​min
2
Paros
— 7 nights
ferry:  4​h
3
Fira
— 2 nights
ferry:  5​h
4
Athens
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Chicago

4
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Acropolis of Athens as well as Theater of Dionysus. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Erechtheion and Church of Kapnikarea. Get some historical perspective at Temple of Hephaestus and Hellenic Parliament. There's more to do: wander the streets of Plaka and delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Athens trip planner .

Chicago, USA to Athens is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Chicago to Athens. Traveling from Chicago in July, expect Athens to be somewhat warmer, temps between 91°F and 75°F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Paros.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus
Plaka ©
Plaka

7
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Moraitis Winery, Santa Maria Beach and Michael Zeppos - Cruise Boat Day Tours. Get some cultural insight at Panayia Ekatondapiliani Cathedral and Parikia Town. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Palm Beach Paros and Golden Beach. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Faragas Beach, stroll through Piso Aliki Beach, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum Parou, and shop like a local with Yria Ceramic Studio.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Paros trip maker website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Athens to Paros in 4 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. Traveling from Athens in July, you will find days in Paros are a bit cooler (85°F), and nights are about the same (73°F). On the 13th (Sat), you're off toFira.

Things to do in Paros

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Panagia Ekatondapiliani ©
Panagia Ekatondapiliani
Parikia Town ©
Parikia Town
Santa Maria Beach ©
Santa Maria Beach

2
nights
Fira

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Santorini Zen Spa. On the 13th (Sat), relax and rejuvenate at Santorini Zen Spa. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist and then do a tasting at Santo Winery.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Fira trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Paros to Fira by car takes about 6.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Fira are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Mon) before leaving for Athens.

Things to do in Fira

Spas Wineries Shopping

Side Trip

Santo Winery
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist ©
Santo Winery ©
Santo Winery
Santorini Zen Spa ©
Santorini Zen Spa

1
night
Athens

Athens
To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Athens trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Fira to Athens takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Tours Outdoors Nightlife

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