7 days in Greek Isles Itinerary

7 days in Greek Isles Itinerary

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7 days in Greek Isles Itinerary

Start: Athens
Fly + Shuttle:  4​h 15​min
1
Kissamos
— 1 night
Shuttle:  2​h 30​min
2
Heraklion
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2​h
3
Fira, Santorini
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Athens

1
night
Kissamos

Kissamos ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Sfinari Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Balos Lagoon, and then explore the historical opulence of Kastro Gramvoussas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): stop by To Pantopolion, kick back and relax at Kedrodasos Beach, then kick back and relax at Agia Marina Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Platania Beach.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kissamos trip planning website .

Athens to Kissamos is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also ride a ferry; or take a bus. In July in Kissamos, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to take a shuttle to Heraklion.

Things to do in Kissamos

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Kastro Gramvoussas, Platania Beach, Agia Marina Beach
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Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Kedrodasos Beach ©
Kedrodasos Beach
Sfinari Beach ©
Sfinari Beach

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 (Wed): learn about winemaking at Winery Stilianou, then delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, then stop by Nerium Oleander, and finally get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, admire the local landmark of Morosini Fountain (Lion's Fountain), then take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, and finally get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Heraklion trip planner .

You can take a shuttle from Kissamos to Heraklion in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Heraklion are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Winery Stilianou
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Winery Stilianou ©
Winery Stilianou
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos

3
nights
Fira, Santorini

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
On the 10th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, then enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kamari Beach. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Perissa Black Sand Beach, do a tasting at Artemis Karamolegos Winery, then look for gifts at Oneiro Jewelry, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Fira trip site .

Traveling by ferry from Heraklion to Fira takes 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Fira can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fira

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Kamari Beach, Perissa Black Sand Beach, Perivolos
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Perissa Black Sand Beach ©
Perissa Black Sand Beach
Kamari Beach ©
Kamari Beach
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

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