9 days in Athens, Santorini & Crete Itinerary

9 days in Athens, Santorini & Crete Itinerary

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Athens
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Fira
— 3 nights
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Hersonissos
— 2 nights
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Elafonissi
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Athens

Athens ©

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Attractions like Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Olympian Zeus make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, explore the engaging exhibits at Hellenic Children's Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Lycabettus, and admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Athens trip maker site.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Athens. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

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Fira

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Bring the kids along to Akrotiri and Red Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Kamari Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Zoodochos Pigi Cave, tour the pleasant surroundings at Perissa Black Sand Beach, and learn about winemaking at Boutari Winery.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Fira journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Fira takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. While traveling from Athens, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fira, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Fira

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Experience Horse Riding ©
Experience Horse Riding
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

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Hersonissos

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, then look for gifts at Irida Family Workshop, and finally delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Voulismeni, and finally head off the coast to Fortress Spinalonga.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hersonissos trip itinerary planning website.

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 August, Hersonissos is little chillier at night with lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga

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Elafonissi

Elafonissi ©
Located just off Crete's southwestern corner, Elafonissi offers an alternative vacation idea for those looking to avoid the larger, more crowded Greek islands.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): kick back and relax at Aspri Limni Beach, then trek along Elafonisi Viewpoint, and then stroll through Elafonissi Beach.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Elafonissi trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and taxi from Hersonissos to Elafonissi in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and taxi. August in Elafonissi sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Aspri Limni Beach ©
Aspri Limni Beach

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