9 days in Greece Itinerary

9 days in Greece Itinerary

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9 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Shuttle:  19 h 15 min
1
Rethymnon, Crete
— 1 night
Taxi + Ferry:  2 h 30 min
2
Fira, Santorini
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Naxos
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  19 h
End: San Francisco

1
night
Rethymnon, Crete

Rethymnon ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town and then contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rethymnon tour itinerary builder .

San Francisco, USA to Rethymnon is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or do a combination of subway and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 10 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in June; daily highs in Rethymnon reach 84°F and lows reach 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

St. Nicholas Church, Episkopi Beach, Lake Kournas
Highlights from your plan
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church
The Venetian Fortezza ©
The Venetian Fortezza

3
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 Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos and Akrotiri. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas & Wellness and MATI Art Gallery. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, take in the dramatic natural features at Skaros Rock, and examine the collection at Museum of Prehistoric Thera.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Fira travel route planner.

Traveling by ferry from Rethymnon to Fira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Naxos.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, Skaros Rock, Santo Winery, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Highlights from your plan
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos

3
nights
Naxos

Naxos ©
Zeus, the master of all gods from Greek mythology, allegedly grew up in a cave on Naxos, a small but fertile island in the South Aegean Sea.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Maragas Beach and Agios Prokopios Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kastro and Old Town. There's lots more to do: stroll through Plaka Beach, kick back and relax at Mikri Vigla Beach, and explore the ancient world of Portara.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Naxos day trip site .

Traveling by ferry from Fira to Naxos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. In June, daytime highs in Naxos are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Naxos

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Plaka Beach ©
Plaka Beach
Mikri Vigla Beach ©
Mikri Vigla Beach
Kastro ©
Kastro

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