16 days in Greece Itinerary

16 days in Greece Itinerary

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16 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  19​h
1
Rethymnon, Crete
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hersonissos, Crete
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  4​h
3
Faliraki, Rhodes
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Athens
— 3 nights
subway + Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Naxos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Fira, Santorini
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

1
night
Rethymnon, Crete

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 9th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kournas, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Church, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally pause for some photo ops at Symbol of Rethymnon City. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Monastery of Arkadi, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then steep yourself in history at The Venetian Fortezza.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rethymnon trip builder .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Rethymnon is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in July, with highs in Rethymnon at 37°C and lows at 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

St. Nicholas Church, Lake Kournas
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi
St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church

2
nights
Hersonissos, Crete

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 11th (Thu), stop by Hatzis Leather, examine the collection at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Stalis Beach, and finally explore the activities along Lake Voulismeni. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, meet the residents at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, and finally delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hersonissos tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Rethymnon to Hersonissos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Rethymnon in July, you will find days in Hersonissos are a bit cooler (34°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Faliraki.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Stalis Beach, Lake Voulismeni, The Palace of Knossos, Church of Saint Titus
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Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos

2
nights
Faliraki, Rhodes

Faliraki ©
Famed for its sandy beaches, Faliraki serves as a major destination on the island of Rhodes.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take a stroll around Kallithea Springs, have fun and explore at Rodos Nature - Folklore Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lindos Beach, and finally stroll through Tsambika Beach. On the next day, cool off at Water Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Faliraki day trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Hersonissos to Faliraki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Hersonissos in July since evenings lows in Faliraki dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Faliraki

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kallithea Springs, Rodos Nature - Folklore Museum, Lindos Beach, Tsambika Beach
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Water Park ©
Water Park
Tsambika Beach ©
Tsambika Beach
Lindos Beach ©
Lindos Beach

3
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, wander the streets of Plaka, and take in nature's colorful creations at National Garden.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Athens online road trip planner .

Getting from Faliraki to Athens by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Naxos.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Food Tours

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Mikri Vigla Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Fish & Olive, examine the collection at Eggares Olive Press Museum, then delve into the distant past at Portara, and finally explore the ancient world of Temple of Apollo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Agios Prokopios Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Plaka Beach, and then wander the streets of Old Town.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Naxos online route planner .

You can do a combination of subway and flight from Athens to Naxos in 2.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight and ferry. When traveling from Athens in July, plan for slightly colder days in Naxos, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Naxos

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Mikri Vigla Beach ©
Mikri Vigla Beach
Plaka Beach ©
Plaka Beach
Old Town ©
Old Town

3
nights
Fira, Santorini

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Step off the beaten path and head to Amoudi Bay and Wine Tours & Tastings. Venture out of the city with trips to Oia (Sunset in Oia & Speed Boats Tours). There's lots more to do: stroll through Hiking Trail Fira - Oia, do a tasting at Santo Winery, take in the dramatic natural features at Skaros Rock, and shop like a local with Art Space.

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Traveling by ferry from Naxos to Fira takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July, daily temperatures in Fira can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Oia, Santorini, Santo Winery, Skaros Rock
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Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail ©
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail
Wine Tours & Tastings
Speed Boats Tours

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