18 days in Greece Itinerary

18 days in Greece Itinerary

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18 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Milos
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 45​min
2
Oia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Vlychada
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Athens
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
5
Rethymnon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Kissamos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Heraklion
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + tram:  18​h 30​min
End: Dallas

2
nights
Milos

Milos ©
The result of thousands of years of volcanic activity, the island of Milos features a craggy coastline interspersed by shallow beaches.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Agios Haralambos, make a trip to Adamas World War Two Bomb Shelter, then enjoy the sand and surf at Alogomandra Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Old Sulfur Mines at Paliorema. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): kick back and relax at Sikia Beach and then kick back and relax at Kleftiko Beach.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Milos online holiday planner .

Dallas, USA to Milos is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Milos is 8 hours. When traveling from Dallas in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Milos: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Oia.

Things to do in Milos

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Kleftiko Beach ©
Kleftiko Beach
Alogomandra Beach ©
Alogomandra Beach
Church of Agios Haralambos ©
Church of Agios Haralambos

2
nights
Oia

Oia ©
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Amoudi Bay and Skaros Rock. Venture out of the city with trips to Fira (Wine Tours & Tastings, Oneiro Jewelry, & more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museum of Prehistoric Thera, tour the water at your own pace with Alex Private Boat Rental, get great views at Sunset in Oia, and pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Oia trip itinerary planning tool .

You can ride a ferry from Milos to Oia in 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Oia are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Vlychada.

Things to do in Oia

#Tours, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Fira, Skaros Rock, Alex Private Boat Rental
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Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay
Wine Tours & Tastings
Museum of Prehistoric Thera ©
Museum of Prehistoric Thera

2
nights
Vlychada

Vlychada ©
On the 31st (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Castelli of Emporio, do a tasting at Boutari, J., & Son Wineries S.A., examine the collection at Tomato Industrial Museum, then make a trip to Santorini Arts Factory, and finally kick back and relax at Vlychada Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Monastery of Profitis Ilias, learn about winemaking at Avantis Estate - Santorini, then learn about winemaking at Venetsanos Winery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Vlychada Beach.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Vlychada tour planning app .

You can drive from Oia to Vlychada in an hour. May in Vlychada sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hydra.

Things to do in Vlychada

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Santorini, Megalochori, Monastery of Profitis Ilias, Avantis Estate - Santorini, Castelli of Emporio
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Vlychada Beach ©
Vlychada Beach
Venetsanos Winery ©
Venetsanos Winery
Santorini Arts Factory ©
Santorini Arts Factory

3
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Step off the beaten path and head to Temple of Poseidon and Panathenaic Stadium. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum, see the interesting displays at Acropolis Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Hephaestus.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Athens attractions tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Vlychada to Athens. June in Athens sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 70°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Athens

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Temple of Poseidon
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

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.
On the 5th (Wed), take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, steep yourself in history at The Venetian Fortezza, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sacred Monastery of Arkadi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then identify plant and animal life at Kourtaliotiko Gorge.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Rethymnon tour itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Athens to Rethymnon in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kissamos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

#Wildlife, #Historic Sites, #Parks

Side Trip

Plakias
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Kourtaliotiko Gorge ©
Kourtaliotiko Gorge
Sacred Monastery of Arkadi ©
Sacred Monastery of Arkadi
The Venetian Fortezza ©
The Venetian Fortezza

2
nights
Kissamos

Kissamos ©
A quiet port town situated on Crete's western tip, Kissamos attracts mostly domestic tourists and possesses more of the quintessential Greek feel than livelier resorts strung along the island's coastline.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Kissamos, then do a tasting at Karavitakis Emmanouil, and then explore the striking landscape at Agia Irini Gorge. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to War Shelter of Platanias, enjoy the sand and surf at Agia Marina Beach, see the interesting displays at Ancient Olive Tree, then look for gifts at To Kaniski, and finally look for gifts at Sklopa.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kissamos journey website .

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Kissamos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Kissamos are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Heraklion.

Things to do in Kissamos

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Agia Irini Gorge, Karavitakis Emmanouil, Ancient Olive Tree, War Shelter of Platanias, Agia Marina Beach
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Agia Irini Gorge ©
Agia Irini Gorge
Agia Marina Beach ©
Agia Marina Beach
Sklopa ©
Sklopa

3
nights
Heraklion

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 9th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Venetian Walls and Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Panagias Keras Church, then look for gifts at Eklektos Bookshop, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Voulismeni, and finally delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Heraklion day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kissamos to Heraklion takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June in Heraklion, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 67°F at night. On the 11th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

#Historic Sites, #Wildlife, #Adventure

Side Trips

Agios Nikolaos, Eklektos Bookshop, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
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The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

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