12 days in Greece Itinerary

12 days in Greece Itinerary

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12 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Valparaiso
Fly:  20​h
1
Fira, Santorini
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Naxos
— 3 nights
ferry:  4​h 15​min
3
Rethymnon, Crete
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Rhodes Town, Rhodes
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Valparaiso

2
nights
Fira, Santorini

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Get a sense of the local culture at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos and Museum of Prehistoric Thera. Escape the urban bustle at Perivolos and Skaros Rock. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sea views from Akrotiri LightHouse, contemplate the long history of Ancient Thera, learn about winemaking at Artemis Karamolegos Winery, and hike along Hiking Trail Fira - Oia.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Fira road trip tool .

Valparaiso, USA to Fira is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Valparaiso to Fira due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Valparaiso, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Fira, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Naxos.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Skaros Rock, Santo Winery, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, Perivolos, Akrotiri LightHouse
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Akrotiri LightHouse ©
Akrotiri LightHouse
Perivolos ©
Perivolos
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Alyko Beach and Mikri Vigla Beach. Visit Plaka Beach and Maragas Beach for some beach relaxation. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Agios Prokopios Beach, delve into the distant past at Ancient Sanctuary at Flerio Water Spring, take a stroll through Old Town, and stop by Soocre Naxos®.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Naxos trip itinerary planning website .

You can ride a ferry from Fira to Naxos in 1.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In June in Naxos, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Naxos

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Plaka Beach ©
Plaka Beach
Mikri Vigla Beach ©
Mikri Vigla Beach
Eggares Olive Press Museum ©
Eggares Olive Press Museum

2
nights
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 6th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Monastery Arsaniou, then pause for some serene contemplation at Monastery of Arkadi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church, and finally contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalyves Beach and then stroll through Episkopi Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Rethymnon trip itinerary maker tool .

You can ride a ferry from Naxos to Rethymnon in 4.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Episkopi Beach, The Monastery Arsaniou, St. Nicholas Church, Kalyves Beach
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St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church
Kalyves Beach ©
Kalyves Beach
The Monastery Arsaniou ©
The Monastery Arsaniou

2
nights
Rhodes Town, Rhodes

Rhodes Town ©
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
On the 8th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Rhodes (Hospital of the Knights), get a taste of the local shopping with Art Park Rhodes, then kick back and relax at Tsambika Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Kallithea Springs. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Mandraki Harbour, then delve into the distant past at Ancient Kamiros, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Agios Nikolaos Fountoukli, and finally stroll through Lindos Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rhodes Town online vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Rethymnon to Rhodes Town takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Rhodes Town can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tsambika Beach, Art Park Rhodes, Kallithea Springs, Agios Nikolaos Fountoukli, Lindos Beach
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Mandraki Harbour ©
Mandraki Harbour
Ancient Kamiros
Ancient Kamiros
Art Park Rhodes ©
Art Park Rhodes

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