18 days in Greece Itinerary

18 days in Greece Itinerary

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18 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Athens
— 3 nights
ferry:  3​h 15​min
2
Milos
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h
3
Heraklion, Crete
— 1 night
shuttle:  2​h
4
Chania Town, Crete
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Rethymnon, Crete
— 2 nights
taxi + ferry:  3​h
6
Fira, Santorini
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h
7
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Toronto

3
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Acropolis Museum and National Archaeological Museum. Acropolis of Athens and Philopappos Hill will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Athens to Sounio to see Temple of Poseidon about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Temple of Hephaestus, don't miss a visit to Erechtheion, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Kapnikarea, and take a stroll through Plaka.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens day trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Athens is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 7 hours. In July, Athens is a bit warmer than Toronto - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Milos.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Temple of Poseidon
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National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

4
nights
Milos

Milos ©
The result of thousands of years of volcanic activity, the island of Milos features a craggy coastline interspersed by shallow beaches.
Visit Sarakiniko Beach and Paliochori Beach for some beach relaxation. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ancient Roman Theatre - Milos and Venetian Castle of Milos. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Kleftiko Beach and stroll through Alogomandra Beach.

Before you visit Milos, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Athens to Milos by combination of subway and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. When traveling from Athens in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Milos, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Milos

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Kleftiko Beach ©
Kleftiko Beach
Sarakiniko Beach ©
Sarakiniko Beach
Firiplaka Beach ©
Firiplaka Beach

1
night
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 28th (Tue), learn about winemaking at Douloufakis Winery, get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, and finally learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete. Keep things going the next day: browse the fresh offerings at Vassiliki's Herb Broidery, admire the masterpieces at Church and the Museum of St. Aikaterini, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, then take an in-depth tour of Folklore Museum of Gouves, then see the interesting displays at Kazantzakis Museum, and finally do a tasting at Domaine Paterianakis- Κτήμα Πατεριανάκη.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Heraklion online trip builder .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Milos to Heraklion in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In July, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can take a shuttle to Chania Town.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Folklore Museum of Gouves, Kazantzakis Museum
Highlights from your plan

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 30th (Thu): examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum, see the interesting displays at Museum-Residence of Eleftherios Venizelos, explore the different monuments and memorials at Venizelos Graves, examine the collection at Museum Of Typography, then stop by Melody Ceramics, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Eisodion tis Theotokou.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Chania Town trip itinerary app .

Getting from Heraklion to Chania Town by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July in Chania Town, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Museum Of Typography
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Greek National Football Museum ©
Greek National Football Museum
Museum Of Typography ©
Museum Of Typography

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): view the masterpieces at Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop, pause for some serene contemplation at Four Martyrs Church, then get engrossed in the history at Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, then wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museum of Ancient Eleutherna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Kalivaki Beach, see the interesting displays at War Museum Askifou, then learn about winemaking at Winery Dourakis, and finally steep yourself in history at The Venetian Fortezza.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Rethymnon trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Chania Town to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Museum of Ancient Eleutherna, Kalivaki Beach, War Museum Askifou, Winery Dourakis
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Ancient Eleutherna ©
Museum of Ancient Eleutherna
War Museum Askifou ©
War Museum Askifou
The Venetian Fortezza ©
The Venetian Fortezza

3
nights
Fira, Santorini

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos and Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. Do some cultural sightseeing at Akrotiri and Castelli of Pyrgos. When in Fira, make a side trip to see SYMPOSION by La Ponta in Akrotiri, approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: do a tasting at Venetsanos Winery, pause for some serene contemplation at Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, view the masterpieces at Ernesto Workshop & Gallery, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Dominican Sisters.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Fira trip app .

Traveling by ferry from Heraklion to Fira takes 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Fira are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Fira

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Pyrgos, Venetsanos Winery, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, Tomato Industrial Museum
Highlights from your plan
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist ©

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.
Visit Portara and Church of Saint George for their historical value. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Elia Beach and Platis Gialos Beach. Step out of Mykonos Town with an excursion to Eggares Olive Press Museum in Eggares--about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paraportiani Church, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), and enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mykonos Town online itinerary planner .

You can ride a ferry from Fira to Mykonos Town in 2 hours. Another option is to fly. August in Mykonos Town sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Ano Mera, Eggares Olive Press Museum, Elia Beach, Platis Gialos Beach, Paradise Beach
Highlights from your plan
Portara ©
Portara
Elia Beach ©
Elia Beach
Platis Gialos Beach ©
Platis Gialos Beach

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