17 days in Greece Itinerary

17 days in Greece Itinerary

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17 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Athens
— 4 nights
Subway + Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Heraklion, Crete
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2​h
3
Akrotiri, Santorini
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Ios
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Sydney

4
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 Temple of Olympian Zeus. Museum-lovers will appreciate Acropolis Museum and National Archaeological Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Acrocorinth (in Corinth), Orea Eleni Natural Thermal Spring (in Loutra Elenis) and Tolo Beach (in Tolon). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Plaka, tour the pleasant surroundings at Glyfada Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Kapnikarea.

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Sydney, Australia to Athens is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Athens, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Sydney, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Athens, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Athens

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Glyfada Beach, Akrokorinthos, Orea Eleni Natural Thermal Spring
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Plaka ©
Plaka
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then look for gifts at Nerium Oleander, and finally steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then see the interesting displays at Kazantzakis Museum, and finally do a tasting at Lyrarakis Winery.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Heraklion trip tool .

Traveling by combination of subway and flight from Athens to Heraklion takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In December in Heraklion, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Kazantzakis Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Natural History Museum of Crete ©
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

2
nights
Akrotiri, Santorini

Akrotiri ©
Located on Santorini's southwestern coastline, the small village of Akrotiri sits just a short walk from one of Europe's most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): examine the collection at Argyros Mansion, examine the collection at Monastery of Profitis Ilias, see the interesting displays at Tomato Industrial Museum, then kick back and relax at Red Beach, and finally delve into the distant past at Akrotiri. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Caldera Beach, enjoy the sea views from Akrotiri LightHouse, then ride a horse along Santo Horse Riding, then take an in-depth tour of SYMPOSION by La Ponta, and finally explore the historical opulence of Venetian Castle of Santorini.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Akrotiri trip itinerary planning site .

Ride a ferry from Heraklion to Akrotiri in 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Akrotiri can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Ios.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Tomato Industrial Museum, Monastery of Profitis Ilias, Argyros Mansion
Highlights from your plan
Santo Horse Riding ©
Santo Horse Riding
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

2
nights
Ios

Ios ©
Halfway between Naxos and Santorini lies tiny Ios, famous worldwide as one of the Aegean's liveliest nightlife hubs.
On the 30th (Mon), kick back and relax at Ag. Theodoti Beach and then kick back and relax at Manganari Beach. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Zoodohos Pigi monastery, then step into the grandiose world of Paleokastro, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mylopotas Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Panagia Gremiotissa Church.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ios online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Akrotiri to Ios takes 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Ios

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

The Zoodohos Pigi monastery
Highlights from your plan
Manganari Beach ©
Manganari Beach
Mylopotas Beach ©
Mylopotas Beach
The Zoodohos Pigi monastery ©
The Zoodohos Pigi monastery

4
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Panormos Beach and Elia Beach. Get in touch with nature at Paradise Beach and Super Paradise Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Mykonos Town: Delos (Archaeological Site of Delos & House of Dionysus). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Little Venice, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint George, make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), and enjoy the sand and surf at Platis Gialos Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Mykonos Town travel site .

Traveling by car from Ios to Mykonos Town takes 4.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Mykonos Town can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

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

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