40 days in Greece Itinerary

40 days in Greece Itinerary

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40 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Corfu Town
— 4 nights
Fly + Subway:  2 h 45 min
2
Athens
— 7 nights
Subway + Fly:  2 h 30 min
3
Mykonos Town
— 4 nights
Ferry:  2 h 15 min
4
Fira
— 8 nights
Ferry:  2 h
5
Heraklion
— 4 nights
Shuttle:  2 h
6
Chania Town
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  4 h 30 min
7
Rhodes Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
8
Athens
— 2 nights
Subway + Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: San Francisco

4
nights
Corfu Town

Corfu Town ©
Often called "Kastropolis" because of its majestic Venetian castle, Corfu Town once featured such extensive fortifications that a force of over 20,000 soldiers defended them.
Venture out of the city with trips to Speed Boats Tours (in Kavos) and Paleokastritsa Beach (in Paleokastritsa). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Corfu Museum of Asian Art, expand your understanding of the military at Old Fortress Corfu, make a splash at Aqualand Corfu Water Park, and step into the grandiose world of New Fortress.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Corfu Town trip maker.

San Francisco, USA to Corfu Town is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 10 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Corfu Town: highs are around 91°F and lows about 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Speed Boats Tours, Aqualand Corfu Water Park, Kaiser's Throne, Paleokastritsa Beach, Achilleion Museum
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Old Fortress Corfu ©
Old Fortress Corfu
Corfu Museum of Asian Art ©
Corfu Museum of Asian Art
Aqualand Corfu Water Park ©
Aqualand Corfu Water Park

7
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Change things up with these side-trips from Athens: Archaeological Site Mycenae (in Mycenae) and Fortress Palamidi (in Nafplio). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, take a stroll through Monastiraki, make a trip to Ancient Agora of Athens, and get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Athens trip planning website.

Getting from Corfu Town to Athens by combination of flight and subway takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or take a bus. In July in Athens, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Archaeological Site Mycenae, Fortress Palamidi
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mykonos Town: Naxos Town (Portara & Old Town). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Little Venice, enjoy the sand and surf at Panormos Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Platis Gialos Beach, and make a trip to Rarity Gallery.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mykonos Town trip planning site.

Getting from Athens to Mykonos Town by combination of subway and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. When traveling from Athens in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mykonos Town: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Paradise Beach, Naxos Town, Platis Gialos Beach, Ornos Beach, Panormos Beach
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Elia Beach ©
Elia Beach
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
The Windmills (Kato Milli) ©
The Windmills (Kato Milli)

8
nights
Fira

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Fira is known for nightlife, museums, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, steep yourself in history at Ancient Thera, make a trip to Sunset in Oia, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Fira travel planner.

Getting from Mykonos Town to Fira by ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Heraklion.

Things to do in Fira

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Oia, Akrotiri, Santorini, Kamari, Skaros Rock
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Reptisland (in Melidoni), Wooden Museum (in Axos) and Matala (Matala beach & Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos)). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, do a tasting at Domaine Paterianakis- Κτήμα Πατεριανάκη, take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, and take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Heraklion attractions planning app.

You can ride a ferry from Fira to Heraklion in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can catch the shuttle to Chania Town.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Chania Town

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chania Town: Ekklisia Ioannis Prodromes (in Kissamos), Rethymnon (The Venetian Fortezza, Rethymnon Old Town, &more) and Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia). Next up on the itinerary: go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, explore the different monuments and memorials at German War Cemetery, visit a coastal fixture at Chania Venetian Lighthouse, and kick back and relax at Falassarna Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Chania Town driving holiday planner.

Getting from Heraklion to Chania Town by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Chania Town can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Rethymnon, German War Cemetery, Samaria Gorge National Park, Ekklisia Ioannis Prodromes, Falassarna Beach
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Greek National Football Museum ©
Greek National Football Museum
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rhodes Town: Ancient Kamiros (in Kalavarda) and Lindos (Village of Lindos, Lindos Beach, &more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Faliraki Beach, stroll through Anthony Quinn Bay, explore the historical opulence of Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, and have some family-friendly fun at Throne of Helios.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rhodes Town trip planner.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Chania Town to Rhodes Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August in Rhodes Town, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Lindos, Faliraki, Tsambika Beach, Ancient Kamiros
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Village of Lindos ©
Village of Lindos
Faliraki Beach ©
Faliraki Beach

2
nights
Athens

Athens ©
Get out of town with these interesting Athens side-trips: Temple of Poseidon (in Sounio), Corinth (Kilix Ceramic Crafts, Archea Korinthos, &more) and Moni Osiou Patapiou (in Loutraki). Explore Athens further: take an in-depth tour of Byzantine and Christian Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get a sense of history and politics at Hellenic Parliament, and appreciate the history behind Temple of Athena Nike.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Athens using our trip planner.

You can fly from Rhodes Town to Athens in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trips

Corinth, Temple of Poseidon, Moni Osiou Patapiou
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Temple of Poseidon ©
Temple of Poseidon
Archea Korinthos ©
Archea Korinthos
Byzantine and Christian Museum ©
Byzantine and Christian Museum

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