17 days in Greece Itinerary

17 days in Greece Itinerary

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17 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Athens
— 4 nights
Subway + Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2​h 15​min
3
Fira, Santorini
— 1 night
Ferry + Taxi:  2​h 30​min
4
Rethymnon, Crete
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Chania Town, Crete
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Rhodes Town, Rhodes
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Houston

4
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Do your shopping at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre and Museum 'Atelier Spyros Vassiliou'. Popular historic sites such as Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Hephaestus are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Athens side-trips: Mycenae (Archaeological Site Mycenae, Citadel and Treasury of Atreus, & more), Temple of Poseidon (in Sounio) and Fortress Palamidi (in Nafplio). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, stroll around Philopappos Hill, delve into the distant past at Temple of Athena Nike, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Kapnikarea.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Athens trip planner .

Houston, USA to Athens is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Houston to Athens due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Houston in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Athens, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Mycenae, Temple of Poseidon, Fortress Palamidi, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Fortress Palamidi ©
Fortress Palamidi

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.
On the 20th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint George, wander the streets of Little Venice, make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), get a taste of the local shopping with Dio Horia, then stop by Gioras Wood Medieval Mykonian Bakery, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, kick back and relax at Platis Gialos Beach, then learn about winemaking at Mykonos Vioma Organic Farm, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Elia Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Mykonos Town online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of subway and flight from Athens to Mykonos Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. In May, daytime highs in Mykonos Town are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mykonos Vioma Organic Farm, Elia Beach, Platis Gialos Beach, Paradise Beach
Highlights from your plan
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Platis Gialos Beach ©
Platis Gialos Beach
Elia Beach ©
Elia Beach

1
night
Fira, Santorini

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Church Of Candlemas Of The Lord, see the interesting displays at Museum of Prehistoric Thira, see the interesting displays at Cultural Village, then explore the historical opulence of Castelli of Pyrgos, and finally learn about winemaking at Venetsanos Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Three Bells of Fira, examine the collection at Archaeological Museum Fira, take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, then take in the exciting artwork at MATI Art Gallery, then see the interesting displays at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, and finally shop like a local with Art Space.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Fira trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by ferry from Mykonos Town to Fira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Fira

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Pyrgos, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, Venetsanos Winery, Art Space, Red Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Museum of Prehistoric Thira ©
Museum of Prehistoric Thira

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 24th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Arkadi, stop by mariannas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gorge of Mili, then take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Four Martyrs Church.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rethymnon travel planner.

Ride a ferry from Fira to Rethymnon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and taxi. In May in Rethymnon, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Gorge of Mili
Highlights from your plan
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Four Martyrs Church ©
Four Martyrs Church

2
nights
Chania Town, Crete

Chania Town ©
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Firkas Fortress, visit a coastal fixture at Chania Venetian Lighthouse, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Assumption, go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, then see the interesting displays at Greek National Football Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Eisodion tis Theotokou. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Kissamos, explore the different monuments and memorials at German War Cemetery, stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery, then stop by Alexia Handmade Jewelry, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally steep yourself in history at The Venizelos Tombs.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Chania Town trip itinerary builder site .

Take a bus from Rethymnon to Chania Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Chania Town sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Chania Town

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

German War Cemetery, Souda Bay War Cemetery, Archaeological Museum of Kissamos
Highlights from your plan
Greek National Football Museum ©
Greek National Football Museum
Chania Venetian Lighthouse ©
Chania Venetian Lighthouse
German War Cemetery ©
German War Cemetery

5
nights
Rhodes Town, Rhodes

Rhodes Town ©
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Explore hidden gems such as Mandraki Harbour and Ancient Kamiros. Shop till you drop at Art Park Rhodes and La Magia. Venture out of the city with trips to Stegna Beach (in Archangelos), Church of the Transfiguration (in Fanes) and Agathi Beach (in Haraki). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady of Filerimos, explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Lindos, get engrossed in the history at Kahal Kadosh Shalom Synagogue, and contemplate the long history of Street of the Knights.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rhodes Town itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Chania Town to Rhodes Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lindos, Filerimos, Art Park Rhodes, Agathi Beach, Stegna Beach
Highlights from your plan
Mandraki Harbour ©
Mandraki Harbour
The Church of the Panagia ©
The Church of the Panagia
Kahal Kadosh Shalom Synagogue ©
Kahal Kadosh Shalom Synagogue

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