16 days in Greece Itinerary

16 days in Greece Itinerary

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Athens
— 2 nights
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Paros
— 3 nights
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Naxos Town
— 3 nights
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Fira
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Heraklion
— 3 nights
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Athens

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Parthenon has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, then wander the streets of Plaka, and then admire the landmark architecture of Parthenon. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, explore the ancient world of Erechtheion, then delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus, then make a trip to Plateia Syntagmatos, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at National Garden.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Athens tour planner.

Kansas City, USA to Athens is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kansas City to Athens is 8 hours. In December, Athens is a bit warmer than Kansas City - with highs of 59°F and lows of 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Paros.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

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Paros

Poor Man's Mykonos

Long ignored by tourists because of its reputation as a plain ferry hub, Paros today serves as one of the Aegean's major holiday destinations, luring travelers with its fashionable resort towns and quaint mountain villages.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Catamaran Emelia as well as Old Port of Naoussa. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Parikia Town, enjoy the sand and surf at Martselo beach, and steep yourself in history at Lefkes.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Paros trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Athens to Paros in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. In December, daytime highs in Paros are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Naxos Town.

Things to do in Paros

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

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Naxos Town

Naxos Town tops the itinerary of most visitors exploring the Aegean islands, drawing their attention with taverns, shops, beaches, and ancient ruins.
You've now added Naxos Sailing Tours to your itinerary. Step out of Naxos Town to go to Mykonos Town and see Matoyianni Street, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Old Town and explore the ancient world of Naos tou Apollona - Portara.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Naxos Town sightseeing tool.

You can ride a ferry from Paros to Naxos Town in an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Naxos Town can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Naxos Town

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Fira

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Pelagos Cruises Santorini as well as Skaros Rock. There's lots more to do: trek along Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, contemplate the geological forces at Santorini Volcano, contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay, and don't miss a visit to Sunset in Oia.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Fira road trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Naxos Town to Fira in 2.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In December, daily temperatures in Fira can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Heraklion.

Things to do in Fira

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Transportation

Side Trips

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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.
Heraklion is known for museums, historic sites, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, step into the grandiose world of Castello del Molo (Koules), ponder the design of Morosini Fountain (Lion's Fountain), and take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Heraklion holiday builder tool.

Traveling by ferry from Fira to Heraklion takes 2.5 hours. December in Heraklion sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 51°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

Naxos travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
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. Renowned for its unspoiled beaches and advantageous winds, the island offers excellent conditions for windsurfing and other watersports. Most of the island's western coastline boasts one sandy beach splashed by blue waters rich in marine life--a big draw for amateur scuba divers. The mountainous interior provides a look at the quieter side of the island, featuring a patchwork of lush valleys, quaint villages, and ancient sites. For a change of pace and a bit of modern dining and shopping, visit Hora, the island's biggest city.

Santorini travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.

Crete travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · Islands
Great Island
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete offers travelers more than just sun, sea, and sand. Famed for its warm hospitality, outstanding infrastructure, and contrasting landscapes, the island represents one of the world's richest areas in terms of history and culture. Crete burst onto the world scene over 4,000 years ago, when it served as the center of the Minoan civilization, one of Europe's earliest organized societies. Despite the island's wealth of developed beaches, the traces of the mysterious and enchanting Minoan empire remain Crete's top attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world. The island capital Heraklion provides an ideal base for exploring a renowned Minoan palace complex, the site of Europe's oldest city.