8 days in Greece Itinerary

8 days in Greece Itinerary

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8 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Ulaanbaatar
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Heraklion, Crete
— 2 nights
Fly + subway:  2​h 45​min
2
Athens
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Ulaanbaatar

2
nights
Heraklion, Crete

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.
On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: observe the fascinating underwater world at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, and then take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Heraklion travel route site .

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to Heraklion is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Ulaanbaatar Time (ULAT) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from Ulaanbaatar in December, expect Heraklion to be much warmer, temps between 19°C and 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Kazantzakis Museum, The Palace of Knossos, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
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Room Escape Games
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos

5
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Bring the kids along to Acropolis of Athens and Acropolis Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Athens side-trips: Fortress Palamidi (in Nafplio) and Akrokorinthos (in Corinth). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Plaka, pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Lycabettus, and delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Athens trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and subway from Heraklion to Athens in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In December in Athens, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Fortress Palamidi, Akrokorinthos
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

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