42 days in Greece Itinerary

42 days in Greece Itinerary

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42 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + taxi:  23​h 15​min
1
Naxos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Fira, Santorini
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
3
Hersonissos, Crete
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Chania Town, Crete
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Rhodes Town, Rhodes
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Karpathos
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + train + bus:  11​h 15​min
7
Argostolion, Cephalonia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Nidri, Lefkada
— 4 nights
Drive + ferry:  3​h 30​min
9
Corfu Town, Corfu
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
10
Milos
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Melbourne

3
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.
You'll explore and learn at Eggares Olive Press Museum and Folklore Museum Florios Chorianopoulos. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mikri Vigla Beach and Agios Prokopios Beach. Step out of Naxos with an excursion to Parikia Town in Parikia--about 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Old Town, stop by Ta Axotica Gift Shop, delve into the lush surroundings at Alyko Dimou Naxou, and delve into the distant past at Portara.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Naxos journey planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Naxos is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Melbourne to Naxos. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in September: highs in Naxos hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Naxos

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Parikia Town
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Mikri Vigla Beach ©
Mikri Vigla Beach
Plaka Beach ©
Plaka Beach
Eggares Olive Press Museum ©
Eggares Olive Press Museum

4
nights
Fira, Santorini

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
You'll explore and learn at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos and Tzamia - Krystalla Art Gallery Santorini. Get outdoors at Perivolos and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Change things up with a short trip to Speed Boats Tours in Oia (about 58 minutes away). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museum of Prehistoric Thera, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, take in the dramatic natural features at Skaros Rock, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hiking Trail Fira - Oia.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Fira trip builder app .

You can ride a ferry from Naxos to Fira in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Oia, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, Skaros Rock, Perivolos
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Skaros Rock ©
Skaros Rock
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Perivolos ©
Perivolos

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Voulisma Beach and Lake Voulismeni. Escape the urban bustle at Stalis Beach and Listis Beach. Go for a jaunt from Hersonissos to Myrtia to see Kazantzakis Museum about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Afendis Christos, meet the residents at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, and look for gifts at Hatzis Leather.

To find reviews and tourist information, read Hersonissos tour app .

Getting from Fira to Hersonissos by combination of ferry and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Fira in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 20°C in Hersonissos. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Chania Town.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Agios Nikolaos, Listis Beach, Kazantzakis Museum, Stalis Beach, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
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Lychnostatis Open Air Museum ©
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum
Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach
Voulisma Beach ©
Voulisma Beach

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at Maritime Museum of Crete and Ancient Olive Tree. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Agia Marina Beach and Chania Venetian Lighthouse. Venture out of the city with trips to Sklopa (in Kissamos), Falassarna Beach (in Falassarna) and Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia). And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the activities along Lake Kournas, contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza, and stroll the grounds of German War Cemetery.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Chania Town journey site .

Drive from Hersonissos to Chania Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Samaria Gorge National Park, Falassarna Beach, The Venetian Fortezza, Sklopa, German War Cemetery
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Maritime Museum of Crete ©
Maritime Museum of Crete
Ancient Olive Tree ©
Ancient Olive Tree
Falassarna Beach ©
Falassarna Beach

4
nights
Rhodes Town, Rhodes

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Archaeological Museum of Rhodes (Hospital of the Knights) and Art Park Rhodes. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pefkos Beach and Agathi Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Rhodes Town: Prasonisi Beach (in Kattavia), Kolimbia (Monastery Tsambika & Rodos Nature - Folklore Museum) and Savvas Keramik (in Kalathos). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll around Kallithea Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tsambika Beach, kick back and relax at Lindos Beach, and get your game on at Throne of Helios.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rhodes Town trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Chania Town to Rhodes Town by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Karpathos.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Kolimbia, Easyboat - Boat Rental, Art Park Rhodes, Lindos Beach, Tsambika Beach
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Agathi Beach ©
Agathi Beach
Easyboat - Boat Rental ©
Easyboat - Boat Rental
Pefkos Beach ©
Pefkos Beach

4
nights
Karpathos

Karpathos ©
Known largely for its secluded coves and untamed mountains, rugged Karpathos reputedly remains one of the last truly authentic Greek islands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Amoopi Beach and Diakoftis Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Folk Art Museum and Archaeological Museum Karpathos. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Apella Beach, stroll through Chicken Bay, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Zoodochos Pigi.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Karpathos trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Rhodes Town to Karpathos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Karpathos can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Argostolion.

Things to do in Karpathos

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Diakoftis Beach ©
Diakoftis Beach
Archaeological Museum Karpathos ©
Archaeological Museum Karpathos
Church of Zoodochos Pigi ©
Church of Zoodochos Pigi

3
nights
Argostolion, Cephalonia

Argostolion ©
A modern town with a traditional character, Argostolion draws visitors with museums, gardens, squares, pedestrianized shopping streets, and a cobbled seaside promenade.
Take a break from the city and head to Kaminia Beach and Skala Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Makris Gialos Beach and Fteri Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Argostolion: Agia Eleni Beach (in Agia Thekli) and Petani Beach (in Lixouri). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Myrtos Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Spiridon Church, get engrossed in the history at Corgialenios Istoriko kai Laografiko Mouseio, and get a new perspective on things with Argostoli Lagoon Activities.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Argostolion tour planner .

You can do a combination of flight, train, and bus from Karpathos to Argostolion in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Karpathos in October since evenings lows in Argostolion dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nidri.

Things to do in Argostolion

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Petani Beach, Skala Beach, Kaminia Beach, Makris Gialos Beach, Agia Eleni Beach
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Makris Gialos Beach ©
Makris Gialos Beach
Petani Beach ©
Petani Beach
Skala Beach ©
Skala Beach

4
nights
Nidri, Lefkada

Nidri ©
A major yachting destination in the Ionian Sea, Nidri serves as the gateway to Lefkada's satellite islets, reachable by regular boat tours.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Milos Beach and Egremni Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Kathisma Beach and Ammoussa Beach. When in Nidri, make a side trip to see Avali Beach in Kalamitsi, approximately 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, get engrossed in the history at Folklore Museum Karia, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and learn about winemaking at Lefkas Earth Winery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Nidri trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Argostolion to Nidri in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Nidri can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Nidri

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Lefkada, Agios Nikitas, Folklore Museum Karia, Ammoussa Beach, Avali Beach
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Milos Beach ©
Milos Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Egremni Beach ©
Egremni Beach

4
nights
Corfu Town, Corfu

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Paralia Agios Georgios and Yali Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Speed Boats Tours and Marathias Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Waterskiing & Jetskiing (in Sidari), Barbati Beach (in Barbati) and Krocan Delicatessen (in Kassiopi). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kassiopi, take a stroll through Corfu Old Town, explore the ancient world of Old Fortress Corfu, and shop like a local with Tsami Ceramics.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Corfu Town day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Nidri to Corfu Town takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to fly to Milos.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Speed Boats Tours, Tsami Ceramics, Yali Beach, Marathias Beach, Krocan Delicatessen
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 25:
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Speed Boats Tours
Paralia Agios Georgios ©
Paralia Agios Georgios
Tsami Ceramics ©
Tsami Ceramics

5
nights
Milos

Milos ©
The result of thousands of years of volcanic activity, the island of Milos features a craggy coastline interspersed by shallow beaches.
Take a break from the city and head to Firiplaka Beach and Paliochori Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Kleftiko Beach and Sikia Beach. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Sarakiniko Beach, stop by Vanilla, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ammoudaraki Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Agios Haralambos.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Milos trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Corfu Town to Milos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Milos

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Kleftiko Beach ©
Kleftiko Beach
Firiplaka Beach ©
Firiplaka Beach
Paliochori Beach ©
Paliochori Beach

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