32 days in Athens, Crete & Santorini Itinerary

32 days in Athens, Crete & Santorini Itinerary

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Athens
— 8 nights
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Chania Town
— 6 nights
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Rethymnon
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hersonissos
— 4 nights
Taxi to Heraklion, Ferry to Fira
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Fira
— 8 nights
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8
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Acropolis of Athens and Philopappos Hill. Discover out-of-the-way places like Temple of Hephaestus and Citadel and Treasury of Atreus. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Athens: Lake Vouliagmeni (in Vouliagmeni), Lion Gate (in Mycenae) and Nafplio (Fortress Palamidi, Bourtzi, &more). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum, take a stroll around Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, and explore the ancient world of Ancient Bath.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Athens tour planner.

Chennai, India to Athens is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 3.5 hours. Traveling from Chennai in September, things will get slightly colder in Athens: highs are around 34°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

6
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Lighthouse and Kastro Gramvoussas. Explore hidden gems such as Balos Lagoon and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chania Town: Falassarna Beach (in Falassarna), Ancient Olive Tree (in Vouves) and Akrotiri (Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) & Seitan Limania Beach). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Manousakis Winery, examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at German Military Cemetery, and take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Chania.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Chania Town tour planner.

You can fly from Athens to Chania Town in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

5
nights
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.
Visit Plakias Beach and Finikas Beach (Palm Beach) for some beach relaxation. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Terzisart and Olive Wood Traditional Workshop. Get out of town with these interesting Rethymnon side-trips: Oriseum (in Asomatos), St. Nicholas Church (in Georgioupolis) and Lake Kournas (in Kournas). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Palace of Faistos, relax and rejuvenate at Agia Galini-Massage Wellness Services, wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rethymnon travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Chania Town to Rethymnon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Rethymnon can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

4
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Hersonissos

Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lychnostatis Open Air Museum and The Natural History Museum of Crete. Heraklion Archaeological Museum and Historical Museum of Crete will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Hersonissos' surroundings by going to Church of Saint Titus (in Heraklion), Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda) and Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos). There's still lots to do: see Safari Club Crete, contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos, tour the pleasant surroundings at Stalis Beach, and look for gifts at Assargiotakis Yannis Olive Oil S.M.P.C.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Hersonissos trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Hersonissos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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nights
Fira

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Explore hidden gems such as Santo Winery and Amoudi Bay. Your inner history buff will appreciate Akrotiri and Akrotiri LightHouse. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Skaros Rock, examine the collection at Museum of Prehistoric Thira, stroll through Red Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Fira vacation builder site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Hersonissos to Fira takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Hersonissos in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Fira, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fira

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.

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.