16 days in Greece Itinerary

16 days in Greece Itinerary

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16 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly + Subway:  14 h
1
Athens
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
2
Elafonisos
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8 h 45 min
3
Lindos, Rhodes
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Heraklion, Crete
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h 45 min
5
Fira, Santorini
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1 h 45 min
6
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
7
Corfu Town, Corfu
— 2 nights
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Ottawa

2
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Get a sense of the local culture at Acropolis of Athens and National Archaeological Museum. Acropolis Museum and Benaki Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Athens to go to Mycenae and see Archaeological Site Mycenae, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Plaka, steep yourself in history at Ancient Agora of Athens, shop like a local with Ermou Street, and view the masterpieces at Taf The Art Foundation.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Athens journey maker .

Ottawa, Canada to Athens is an approximately 14-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. In July, Athens is somewhat warmer than Ottawa - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Elafonisos.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Archaeological Site Mycenae
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

1
night
Elafonisos

Elafonisos ©
Elafonisos is a small Greek island between the Peloponnese and Kythira. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Panagia Beach, kick back and relax at Megali Paralia, and then kick back and relax at Simos Beach - Σίμος Παραλία.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Elafonisos online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Athens to Elafonisos takes 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Elafonisos

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Megali Paralia ©
Megali Paralia
Panagia Beach
Panagia Beach

1
night
Lindos, Rhodes

Lindos ©
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): stroll through Lindos Beach and then delve into the distant past at Village of Lindos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Lindos, kick back and relax at Agathi Beach, then admire the masterpieces at Art Park Rhodes, then steep yourself in history at Ancient Kamiros, and finally kick back and relax at Tsambika Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Lindos travel planner.

Explore your travel options from Elafonisos to Lindos with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Lindos

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tsambika Beach, Agathi Beach, Ancient Kamiros, Art Park Rhodes
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Village of Lindos ©
Village of Lindos
Ancient Kamiros ©
Ancient Kamiros
Lindos Beach ©
Lindos Beach

2
nights
Heraklion, Crete

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.
On the 4th (Tue), delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, then get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and finally do a tasting at Winery Stilianou. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, then see the interesting displays at Kazantzakis Museum, then learn about winemaking at Lyrarakis Winery, and finally identify plant and animal life at Reptisland.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Heraklion trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Lindos to Heraklion takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Reptisland, The Palace of Knossos, Kazantzakis Museum, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Winery Stilianou
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3
nights
Fira, Santorini

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
You'll explore and learn at Art Space and MATI Art Gallery. Visit Red Beach and Kamari Beach for some beach relaxation. There's much more to do: trot along with Santo Horse Riding, kick back and relax at Perissa Black Sand Beach, explore the striking landscape at Skaros Rock, and hike along Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Fira visit planner .

You can ride a ferry from Heraklion to Fira in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Santorini, Kamari, Skaros Rock, Perissa Black Sand Beach
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Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Kamari Beach ©
Kamari Beach

2
nights
Mykonos Town, Mykonos

Mykonos Town ©
A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Panormos Beach, don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli), then wander the streets of Little Venice, and finally stroll through Paradise Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Platis Gialos Beach, kick back and relax at Kalo Livadi Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Elia Beach, then kick back and relax at Agios Sostis Beach, and finally get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Mykonos.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mykonos Town attractions planning website .

Ride a ferry from Fira to Mykonos Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, daytime highs in Mykonos Town are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to fly to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Paradise Beach, Platis Gialos Beach, Kalo Livadi Beach, Elia Beach, Panormos Beach
Highlights from your plan
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

2
nights
Corfu Town, Corfu

Corfu Town ©
Often called "Kastropolis" because of its majestic Venetian castle, Corfu Town once featured such extensive fortifications that a force of over 20,000 soldiers defended them.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at St. Spyridon First Beach, stroll through Paleokastritsa Beach, stroll through Corfu Donkey Rescue, then examine the collection at Casa Parlante, and finally delve into the distant past at Old Fortress Corfu. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at La Grotta Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marathias Beach, and then admire the landmark architecture of Corfu Museum of Asian Art.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Corfu Town online visit planner .

You can fly from Mykonos Town to Corfu Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Mykonos Town in August, expect nights in Corfu Town to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 39°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Paleokastritsa, St. Spyridon First Beach, Marathias Beach
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Old Fortress Corfu ©
Old Fortress Corfu
Corfu Museum of Asian Art ©
Corfu Museum of Asian Art
St. Spyridon First Beach ©
St. Spyridon First Beach

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