8 days in Athens, Crete & Santorini Itinerary

8 days in Athens, Crete & Santorini Itinerary

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Athens
— 2 nights
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Rethymnon
— 1 night
Ferry to Santorini, Taxi to Perissa
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Perissa
— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, then explore the world behind art at Museum 'Atelier Spyros Vassiliou', then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, and finally browse the exhibits of Pandora Art Gallery. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, wander the streets of Plaka, and then take a stroll through Ermou Street.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Athens attractions planner.

Dhaka City, Bangladesh to Athens is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 3.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

Rethymnon

— 1 night
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 11th (Fri): look for gifts at Maxis Traditional cafe and Handmade Ceramic Shop, explore the galleries of Artifacts by Omodamos, then wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, then view the masterpieces at Terzisart, and finally take an in-depth tour of Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rethymnon sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Athens to Rethymnon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Perissa.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Perissa

— 4 nights
One of Santorini's seaside treasures, Perissa provides travelers with a lively restaurant scene and easy access to several archaeological sites.
We've included these beaches for you: Kamari Beach and Red Beach. Head to Eduart Gjopalaj Workshop and MATI Art Galleryfor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Perissa: Skaros Rock (in Imerovigli), Wine Tours & Tastings (in Fira) and Santorini Sailing (in Firostefani). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, look for gifts at Sand Lily Boutique, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Perissa Black Sand Beach.

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

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Rethymnon to Perissa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or fly. In September in Perissa, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Perissa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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.