18 days in Greece Itinerary

18 days in Greece Itinerary

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18 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Chania Town, Crete
— 1 night
shuttle:  2​h
2
Heraklion, Crete
— 2 nights
shuttle:  2​h
3
Chania Town, Crete
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Athens
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Delphi
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Athens
— 8 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  15​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Chania Adventures. On the 14th (Wed), see Chania Adventures.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Chania Town online visit planner .

Washington DC, USA to Chania Town is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, flight, and shuttle; or fly. Traveling from Washington DC to Chania Town, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. August in Chania Town sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can catch the shuttle to Heraklion.

Things to do in Chania Town

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Chania Adventures ©
Chania Adventures

2
nights
Heraklion, Crete

Heraklion ©
Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
On the 15th (Thu), stop by Irida Family Workshop, take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Venetian Walls and Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis, get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, then admire the local landmark of Morosini Fountain (Lion's Fountain), then get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Heraklion online trip planner .

Traveling by shuttle from Chania Town to Heraklion takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can catch the shuttle to Chania Town.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
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The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos

3
nights
Chania Town, Crete

Chania Town ©
You've now added Georgioupolis Beach to your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Elafonissi Beach (in Elafonissi) and Rethymnon (Rethymnon Old Town & The Venetian Fortezza). Explore Chania Town further: make a trip to Old Venetian Harbor.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Chania Town tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by shuttle from Heraklion to Chania Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Rethymnon, Elafonissi Beach, Georgioupolis Beach
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Elafonissi  Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor

2
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
You've added Cine Paris, Acropolis of Athens, Plaka, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Athens travel planning app .

You can fly from Chania Town to Athens in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or ride a ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 77°F. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Thu) before leaving for Delphi.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Fun & Games
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

1
day
Delphi

Delphi ©
Ancient Greeks revered Delphi as the center of their universe, building an impressive sanctuary to Apollo in order to mark this sacred spot.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tholos, then get engrossed in the history at Delphi Archaeological Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Apollo, and finally contemplate the long history of Delphi.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Delphi online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Athens to Delphi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Delphi, with lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Athens.

Things to do in Delphi

Historic Sites Museums
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Delphi ©
Delphi
Temple of Apollo In Delphi ©
Temple of Apollo In Delphi
Delphi Archaeological Museum ©
Delphi Archaeological Museum

8
nights
Athens

Athens ©
You've added National Garden, Kerameikos Cemetery, Mount Lycabettus, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Athens journey builder tool .

Traveling by car from Delphi to Athens takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Delphi in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Athens, with lows around 77°F. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Roman Agora ©
Roman Agora
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum
Temple of Olympian Zeus ©
Temple of Olympian Zeus

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