11 days in Athens, Crete & Santorini Itinerary

11 days in Athens, Crete & Santorini Itinerary

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11 days in Athens, Crete & Santorini Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  7​h
1
Athens
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Chania Town
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Rethymnon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Hersonissos
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h 15​min
5
Fira
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: London


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2
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum and then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Athens road trip app .

London, UK to Athens is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Time is 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in August: highs in Athens hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of Crete, enjoy the sea views from Chania Venetian Lighthouse, then examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum, then see the interesting displays at Minoan's World, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Agii Apostoli Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): do a tasting at Manousakis Winery, enjoy the sand and surf at Agia Marina Beach, then look for gifts at Diapiro, and finally get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Chania.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Chania Town tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Athens to Chania Town takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Athens in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Chania Town, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Manousakis Winery, Agia Marina Beach
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Agii Apostoli Beach ©
Agii Apostoli Beach
Manousakis Winery ©
Manousakis Winery
Greek National Football Museum ©
Greek National Football Museum

2
nights
Rethymnon

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Episkopi Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Church, and then contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, then kick back and relax at Skinaria Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Agia Irini.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rethymnon trip planner .

Traveling by car from Chania Town to Rethymnon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Rethymnon, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Episkopi Beach, Agia Irini, St. Nicholas Church, Skinaria Beach
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Skinaria Beach ©
Skinaria Beach
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church

1
night
Hersonissos

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
On the 19th (Mon), stop by Luxurious Furs, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, and then kick back and relax at Stalis Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hersonissos online tour itinerary maker .

Drive from Rethymnon to Hersonissos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In August in Hersonissos, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Stalis Beach
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Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach

3
nights
Fira

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Perivolos and Red Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Amoudi Bay and Spas & Wellness. The adventure continues: trek along Hiking Trail Fira - Oia, enjoy the sea views from Akrotiri LightHouse, learn about winemaking at Gaia Winery, and view the masterpieces at Thiras Art Gallery.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Fira trip itinerary planner .

You can ride a ferry from Hersonissos to Fira in 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Fira are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Santorini, Santo Winery, Amoudi Bay, Gaia Winery
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Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail ©
Perivolos ©
Perivolos
Santo Winery ©
Santo Winery

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