18 days in Athens & Greek Isles Itinerary

18 days in Athens & Greek Isles Itinerary

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18 days in Athens & Greek Isles Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Athens
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Monolithos
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Kiotari
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Rhodes Town
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 30​min
5
Chania Town, Crete
— 3 nights
taxi + ferry:  3​h 30​min
6
Akrotiri, Santorini
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Naxos
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
8
Mykonos Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Manchester


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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 8th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum, admire all the interesting features of Panathenaic Stadium, then wander the streets of Plaka, and finally wander the streets of Ermou Street.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Athens trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Athens is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Time is 2 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in July; daily highs in Athens reach 38°C and lows reach 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Monolithos.

Things to do in Athens

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

1
day
Monolithos

Monolithos ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Fourni Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Agios Giorgios o Vardas, then explore the historical opulence of Monolithos Castle, and finally examine the collection at Ladomylos.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Monolithos trip planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Athens to Monolithos. While traveling from Athens, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Monolithos, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kiotari.

Things to do in Monolithos

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Ladomylos, Agios Giorgios o Vardas, Monolithos Castle
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Monolithos Castle ©
Monolithos Castle
Fourni Beach ©
Fourni Beach

2
nights
Kiotari

Kiotari ©
On the 11th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Village of Lindos. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Agios Pavlos Beach, kick back and relax at Lindos Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Church of the Panagia, and finally delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Lindos.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kiotari driving holiday planner .

Drive from Monolithos to Kiotari in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Kiotari

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Lindos
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Village of Lindos ©
Village of Lindos
Agios Pavlos Beach ©
Agios Pavlos Beach
The Church of the Panagia ©
The Church of the Panagia

2
nights
Rhodes Town

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): get your game on at Throne of Helios, step into the grandiose world of Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Medieval City. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ieros Naos Eyaggelismoy ths Theotokoy ( Church Annunciation), then don't miss a visit to Mandraki Harbour, then look and learn at Astronomy Cafe, and finally kick back and relax at Anthony Quinn Bay.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Rhodes Town travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kiotari to Rhodes Town in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Faliraki
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Mandraki Harbour ©
Mandraki Harbour
Astronomy Cafe ©
Astronomy Cafe
Anthony Quinn Bay ©
Anthony Quinn Bay

3
nights
Chania Town, Crete

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.
Get outdoors at Balos Lagoon and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get some cultural insight at St. Nicholas Church and Manousakis Winery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chania Town: To Kaniski (in Kissamos), Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa) and Winery Dourakis (in Alikampos). There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery, examine the collection at Minoan's World, make a trip to Firkas Fortress, and do a tasting at Karavitakis Emmanouil.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Chania Town itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Rhodes Town to Chania Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors Wineries Beaches

Side Trips

Platanias, Kissamos, St. Nicholas Church, Manousakis Winery, German War Cemetery
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Kastro Gramvoussas ©
Kastro Gramvoussas
Manousakis Winery ©
Manousakis Winery
St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church

2
nights
Akrotiri, Santorini

Akrotiri ©
Located on Santorini's southwestern coastline, the small village of Akrotiri sits just a short walk from one of Europe's most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites.
On the 18th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, then kick back and relax at Red Beach, then examine the collection at Tomato Industrial Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Vlichada Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Agios Nikolaos Church, learn about winemaking at Santo Winery, then do a tasting at Venetsanos Winery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Perissa Black Sand Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Akrotiri trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Chania Town to Akrotiri takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and ferry. July in Akrotiri sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Naxos.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Vlychada, Agios Nikolaos Church, Perissa Black Sand Beach, Santo Winery, Venetsanos Winery
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Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Vlychada Beach ©
Vlychada Beach
Santo Winery ©
Santo Winery

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Agios Prokopios Beach, see the interesting displays at Eggares Olive Press Museum, explore the ancient world of Portara, explore the ancient world of Temple of Apollo, then stop by Ta Axotica Gift Shop, and finally steep yourself in history at Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panagia Myrtidiotissa, stroll through Pyrgaki, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plaka Beach.

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Traveling by ferry from Akrotiri to Naxos takes 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Naxos

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Portara ©
Portara
Old Town ©
Old Town
Plaka Beach ©
Plaka Beach

3
nights
Mykonos Town

Mykonos Town ©
A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), wander the streets of Little Venice, and then kick back and relax at Ornos Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Paradise Beach, look for gifts at 100% Mykonos, go for a stroll along the water at Old Port, make a trip to Rarity Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Dio Horia, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Minima Gallery.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Mykonos Town online trip itinerary planner .

Mykonos Town is just a stone's throw from Naxos. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Minima Gallery, Ornos Beach, Paradise Beach, Elia Beach
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Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Elia Beach ©
Elia Beach
Ornos Beach ©
Ornos Beach

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