31 days in Santorini, Crete & Athens Itinerary

31 days in Santorini, Crete & Athens Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly:  27 h
1
Fira
— 6 nights
Ferry + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
2
Hersonissos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Rethymnon
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Chania Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Athens
— 9 nights
Fly:  22 h 45 min
End: Sydney

6
nights
Fira

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Explore hidden gems such as Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos and Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Oia (Mnemossyne Gallery & Naval Maritime Museum). The adventure continues: cruise along Santorini Limousine, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, make a trip to Akrotiri LightHouse, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Fira trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Sydney, Australia to Fira is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Sydney in March, expect Fira to be a bit cooler, temps between 19°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Fira

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oia, Imerovigli, Santorini, Kamari, Akrotiri
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Santorini Limousine ©
Santorini Limousine

4
nights
Hersonissos

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Room Escape Games and Lychnostatis Open Air Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hersonissos: Heraklion (Heraklion Archaeological Museum, The Natural History Museum of Crete, &more), Matala beach (in Matala) and Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, examine the collection at Kazantzakis Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Stalis Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hersonissos trip builder site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Fira to Hersonissos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Fira in March, plan for little chillier nights in Hersonissos, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Heraklion, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Matala beach, The Palace of Knossos, Kazantzakis Museum
Highlights from your plan
Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre ©
Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre
Room Escape Games
Lake Voulismeni ©
Lake Voulismeni

4
nights
Rethymnon

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Reptisland and Lake Kournas. Change things up with these side-trips from Rethymnon: Palace of Faistos (in Sivas), Folk Museum of Spili (in Spili) and St. Nicholas Church (in Georgioupolis). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Holy Monastery of Preveli, tour the pleasant surroundings at Frangokastello Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Arkadi, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Imbros Gorge.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rethymnon trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hersonissos to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in March, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Palace of Faistos, Lake Kournas, Frangokastello Beach, Folk Museum of Spili, Olive Wood Traditional Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Reptisland ©
Reptisland
St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church
Lake Kournas ©
Lake Kournas

5
nights
Chania Town

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Maritime Museum of Crete and Lighthouse. Get out of town with these interesting Chania Town side-trips: Akrotiri (Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) & Seitan Limania Beach), Falassarna Beach (in Falassarna) and Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete, enjoy the sand and surf at Elafonissi Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at German War Cemetery, and get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Chania.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Chania Town trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Rethymnon to Chania Town by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in March, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Falassarna Beach, Samaria Gorge National Park, Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete, German War Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Greek National Football Museum ©
Greek National Football Museum
Maritime Museum of Crete ©
Maritime Museum of Crete
Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete ©
Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete

9
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Temple of Hephaestus and Anafiotika. Go for a jaunt from Athens to Sounio to see Temple of Poseidon about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, take a stroll around Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, and stop by Plaka.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Athens trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Chania Town to Athens takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In March in Athens, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Temple of Poseidon, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, Flisvos Marina
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus

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