18 days in Greece Itinerary

18 days in Greece Itinerary

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18 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Mykonos Town
— 3 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
2
Kamari
— 3 nights
Ferry + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
3
Elounda
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Heraklion
— 2 nights
Ferry:  3 h 30 min
5
Paros
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h
6
Athens
— 5 nights
Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: Cape Town

3
nights
Mykonos Town

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.
Get outdoors at Panormos Beach and Platis Gialos Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Paraportiani Church and Monastery of Panayia Tourliani. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Little Venice, kick back and relax at Kalo Livadi Beach, don't miss a visit to Rarity Gallery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint George.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Mykonos Town trip builder .

Cape Town, South Africa to Mykonos Town is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. When traveling from Cape Town in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Mykonos Town: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Kamari.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Platis Gialos Beach, Kapari Beach, Kalo Livadi Beach, Paradise Beach, Panormos Beach
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Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

3
nights
Kamari

Kamari ©
Kamari is a coastal village on the southeastern part of the Aegean island of Santorini, Greece, in the Cyclades archipelago with a population of approx. Visiting Santo Horse Riding and Red Beach will get you outdoors. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at KAMARA BEACH and Caldera Beach. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, explore the historical opulence of Castelli of Pyrgos, learn about winemaking at Artemis Karamolegos Winery, and steep yourself in history at Ancient Thera.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kamari sightseeing app .

You can ride a ferry from Mykonos Town to Kamari in 2.5 hours. July in Kamari sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Elounda.

Things to do in Kamari

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Perissa Black Sand Beach, Boutari Winery, Castelli of Pyrgos, Artemis Karamolegos Winery
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Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Kamari Beach ©
Kamari Beach

1
night
Elounda

Elounda ©
Long a sleepy fishing settlement on Crete's northern coastline, Elounda today serves as a major travel destination, drawing vacationers with a blend of unspoiled natural scenery and luxury resorts.
On the 7th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Panagias Keras Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Ammoudara Beach, then explore the activities along Lake Voulismeni, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Fortress Spinalonga.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Elounda trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Kamari to Elounda takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. While traveling from Kamari, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Elounda, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Heraklion.

Things to do in Elounda

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Agios Nikolaos
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Lake Voulismeni ©
Lake Voulismeni
Panagias Keras Church ©
Panagias Keras Church

2
nights
Heraklion

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, look for gifts at Nerium Oleander, then contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos, and finally do a tasting at Winery Stilianou. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Reptisland, examine the collection at Wooden Museum, then learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Heraklion trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Elounda to Heraklion takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Paros.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Wooden Museum, Reptisland, The Palace of Knossos, Winery Stilianou
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Piso Aliki Beach, steep yourself in history at Lefkes, then pause for some serene contemplation at Panayia Ekatondapiliani Cathedral, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Parikia Town. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum Parou, then go for a stroll along the water at Old Port of Naoussa, then shop like a local with Hera's Gallery Shop, and finally contemplate the long history of Marathi Marble Quarries.

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Ride a ferry from Heraklion to Paros in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. In July in Paros, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Paros

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Parikia Town ©
Parikia Town
Panagia Ekatondapiliani ©
Panagia Ekatondapiliani
Piso Aliki Beach ©
Piso Aliki Beach

5
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Temple of Olympian Zeus and Temple of Hephaestus will appeal to history buffs. National Archaeological Museum and Acropolis Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Athens, make a side trip to see Temple of Poseidon in Sounio, approximately 1h 15 min away. Spend the 14th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, make a trip to Ancient Agora of Athens, and take a stroll through Plaka.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Athens road trip app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Paros to Athens in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. Traveling from Paros in July, you will find days in Athens are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Temple of Poseidon
Highlights from your plan
Plaka ©
Plaka
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

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