22 days in Athens, Crete & Santorini Itinerary

22 days in Athens, Crete & Santorini Itinerary

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Athens
— 2 nights
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Kissamos
— 4 nights
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Rethymnon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sivas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hersonissos
— 4 nights
Taxi to Heraklion, Ferry to Fira
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Fira
— 4 nights
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Athens

— 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Ancient Agora of Athens and Temple of Hephaestus will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Temple of Poseidon and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Erechtheion, stop by Amazing Chocolate, admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Canvas.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Athens trip itinerary tool.

New York City, USA to Athens is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Athens is 7 hours. Traveling from New York City in April, things will get a bit warmer in Athens: highs are around 70°F and lows about 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Kissamos.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kissamos

— 4 nights
A quiet port town situated on Crete's western tip, Kissamos attracts mostly domestic tourists and possesses more of the quintessential Greek feel than livelier resorts strung along the island's coastline.
Get a sense of the local culture at German Military Cemetery and Archaeological Museum of Chania. Relax by the water at Falassarna Beach and Platania Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Kissamos: Chania Town (Mitos Objects of Art, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more) and Historical and Folklore Museum of Therisos (in Theriso). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Sklopa, take in the exciting artwork at Apostolakis Handmade Ceramics, and take in breathtaking views at Topolia Gorge.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kissamos online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Athens to Kissamos by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a bus. In April in Kissamos, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Kissamos

Shopping · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Rethymnon

— 4 nights
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop and Historical & Folklore Museum of Gavalochori. Monastery of Arkadi and The Monastery Arsaniou will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rethymnon: Callista (in Kalyves), Tzompanakis Blown Glass-Art Of Living (in Chania Town) and George and Lilian's Jewellery (in Almyrida). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. John The Baptist, stop by Tsikalario cretan ceramics, and take in the exciting artwork at Terzisart.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Rethymnon route maker app.

Drive from Kissamos to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sivas.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Sivas

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): stop by Botano Cretan Mountain Herbs, then stop by Goods of the Ground, and then kick back and relax at Matala beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Thirathen Museum of Musical Instruments, then shop like a local with Kurtes, then delve into the distant past at Palace of Faistos, and finally kick back and relax at Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos).

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sivas trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Rethymnon to Sivas in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Sivas can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Sivas

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Hersonissos

— 4 nights
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Popular historic sites such as Ieros Naos Agios Konstandinou kai Elenis and Monastery of Panagia Vidiani are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum and Maria Sanoudaki Ceramic - Art Studio. Explore Hersonissos' surroundings by going to Kritsa (logari & Nostimon), Kazantzakis Museum (in Myrtia) and Elounda (Eklektos Bookshop & Maria & Vangelis - Unique Handmade Creations). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Stalis Beach, expand your horizons at Dia Xeiros, stop by Family Pitarokilis, and examine the collection at Skoteinianos Traditional Art Cafe.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hersonissos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sivas to Hersonissos takes 1.5 hours. In May in Hersonissos, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Fira

— 4 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Step off the beaten path and head to Museum of Prehistoric Thira and Santo Winery. Ancient Thera and Castelli of Emporio will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Fira to go to Akrotiri and see Galatea Pottery, which is approximately 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: trek along Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, take in the exciting artwork at Eduart Gjopalaj Workshop, explore the galleries of S.M.A.G Spira Marble Art Gallery, and look for gifts at Koukla Art.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Fira road trip tool.

Getting from Hersonissos to Fira by combination of taxi and ferry takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Hersonissos in May since evenings lows in Fira dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Fira

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Crete travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Ruins · Islands
Great Island
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete offers travelers more than just sun, sea, and sand. Famed for its warm hospitality, outstanding infrastructure, and contrasting landscapes, the island represents one of the world's richest areas in terms of history and culture. Crete burst onto the world scene over 4,000 years ago, when it served as the center of the Minoan civilization, one of Europe's earliest organized societies. Despite the island's wealth of developed beaches, the traces of the mysterious and enchanting Minoan empire remain Crete's top attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world. The island capital Heraklion provides an ideal base for exploring a renowned Minoan palace complex, the site of Europe's oldest city.

Santorini travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.