9 days in Cyclades, Crete & Athens Itinerary

9 days in Cyclades, Crete & Athens Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  15 h
1
Fira, Santorini
— 2 nights
Ferry + Taxi:  3 h 30 min
2
Chania Town
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Athens
— 3 nights
+2
Subway + Fly + Bus:  13 h 15 min
End: New York City

2
nights
Fira, Santorini

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Akrotiri and Santo Winery. Visiting Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail and Skaros Rock will get you outdoors. Step out of Fira to go to Perivolos and see Perivolos, which is approximately 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museum of Prehistoric Thira, stop by the White, Santorini, and delve into the distant past at Ancient Thera.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Fira attractions planning tool.

New York City, USA to Fira is an approximately 15- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Fira is 7 hours. In September, daytime highs in Fira are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Skaros Rock, Akrotiri, Perivolos, Ancient Thera, Santo Winery
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Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Perivolos ©
Perivolos
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos

2
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.
On the 23rd (Wed), explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church, then don't miss a visit to Lighthouse, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): stroll through Agii Apostoli Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Seitan Limania Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada).

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Chania Town trip planning site.

Getting from Fira to Chania Town by combination of ferry and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September in Chania Town, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, St. Nicholas Church
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Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera ©
Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera
Agii Apostoli Beach ©
Agii Apostoli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Explore hidden gems such as Temple of Hephaestus and Church of Kapnikarea. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Acropolis of Athens and Erechtheion. Change things up with a short trip to Temple of Poseidon in Sounio (about 1h 15 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, and explore the ancient world of Temple of Athena Nike.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Athens trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Chania Town to Athens takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or ride a ferry. In September, daytime highs in Athens are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Temple of Poseidon
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Plaka ©
Plaka
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

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