42 days in Greece & Melbourne Itinerary

42 days in Greece & Melbourne Itinerary

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Melbourne, Australia
— 6 nights
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Fira, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly to Chania International Airport, Drive to Palaiochora
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Palaiochora, Greece
— 3 nights
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Chania Town, Greece
— 6 nights
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Plakias, Greece
— 6 nights
Drive
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Matala, Greece
— 3 nights
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Hersonissos, Greece
— 5 nights
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Kolimbia, Greece
— 4 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 1 night
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Melbourne, Australia

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get some cultural insight at Convent Gallery and Degraves Street. Bring the kids along to Eastern Beach Reserve and Southbank. Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to Ballarat Wildlife Park in Ballarat, about 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the engaging exhibits at Australian Centre for the Moving Image, stroll through St. Kilda Beach, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and take a stroll through Melbourne Central.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne travel itinerary planner.

Sydney to Melbourne is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In August, Melbourne is a bit cooler than Sydney - with highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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Fira, Greece

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Visiting Eros Beach and Perissa Black Sand Beach will get you outdoors. You'll explore and learn at Mnemossyne Gallery and Museum of Prehistoric Thira. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, delve into the distant past at Ancient Thera, get impressive views of Santorini Volcano, and do a tasting at Santo Winery.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Fira trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Melbourne to Fira by flight takes about 25 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Melbourne to Fira. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in August; daily highs in Fira reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Palaiochora.

Things to do in Fira

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wineries

Side Trips

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Palaiochora, Greece

Step off the beaten path and head to Gialiskari beach and Chalikia Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Grammeno and Krios Beach. Step out of Palaiochora with an excursion to Elafonissi Beach in Elafonissi--about 1h 10 min away.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Palaiochora day trip app.

Explore your travel options from Fira to Palaiochora with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Palaiochora

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

6
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Chania Town, Greece

The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Ancient Olive Tree and Maritime Museum of Crete. We've included these beaches for you: Seitan Limania Beach and Agii Apostoli Beach. Explore Chania Town's surroundings by going to Falassarna Beach (in Falassarna), Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos) and Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) (in Akrotiri). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Chrissi Akti Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Iguana Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Chania Town online day trip planner.

Drive from Palaiochora to Chania Town in 1.5 hours. August in Chania Town sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Plakias.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Plakias, Greece

Visiting Preveli Beach and Skinaria Beach will get you outdoors. Do your shopping at Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop and Creta Earth. Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Kournas (in Kournas), War Museum Askifou (in Askifou) and The Venetian Fortezza (in Rethymnon).

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Plakias tour itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Chania Town to Plakias in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In September in Plakias, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Matala.

Things to do in Plakias

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Matala, Greece

A low-key tourist resort known for its ancient cliffside caves, Matala boasts a rich history that spans over 2,000 years.
Bring the kids along to Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) and Varkotopos Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Komos Beach and Livadi Beach. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Palace of Faistos, look for gifts at Botano Cretan Mountain Herbs, kick back and relax at Matala beach, and browse the exhibits of Moozart Wood Art Shop.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Matala trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Plakias to Matala takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. September in Matala sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Matala

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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Hersonissos, Greece

Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Voulisma Beach and Stalis Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Milatos Cave and Lake Voulismeni. Venture out of the city with trips to Nostimon (in Kritsa), Church of Saint Titus (in Heraklion) and Eklektos Bookshop (in Elounda). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 12th (Tue) at Star Beach. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Crete, stop by Hantra, explore the ancient world of Malia Palace Archaeological Site, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre.

Make your Hersonissos itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Matala to Hersonissos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Matala in September since evenings lows in Hersonissos dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Kolimbia.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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Kolimbia, Greece

Best known for its award-winning beach, over the last few decades Kolimbia has managed to turn itself into a modern resort without losing its small-town look and feel.
Attractions like Afandou Beach and Traganou Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Get outdoors at Easyboat - Boat Rental and Tsambika Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kolimbia: Ancient Kamiros (in Kalavarda), Archaeological Museum of Rhodes (Hospital of the Knights) (in Rhodes Town) and Natura Rodos (in Theologos). There's lots more to do: stop by Artistic Village Contemporary Art - Art gallery & Museum of Ceramic Art, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kolimbia Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Anthony Quinn Bay.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kolimbia trip planner.

Getting from Hersonissos to Kolimbia by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Hersonissos in September since evenings lows in Kolimbia dip to 26°C. On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Kolimbia

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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Athens, Greece

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): wander the streets of Monastiraki, explore the ancient world of Temple of Hephaestus, and then explore the ancient world of Ancient Agora of Athens.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Athens road trip site.

Getting from Kolimbia to Athens by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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.

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.

Rhodes travel guide

3.9
Beaches · Ruins · Castles
Island of the Knights
An island of green hills, fertile valleys, and golden beaches, Rhodes blends cosmopolitan and traditional cultures, exemplified by its traditional taverns, upscale hotels, and archaeological sites. Nicknamed the "Island of Roses," this island offers visitors a chance to discover lively tourist resorts in the north and tranquil rural areas in the south. The island's slow pace seems utterly unaffected by the challenges of mass tourism, its permanent residents stubbornly clinging to their age-old traditions and relaxed lifestyle. As you explore the areas farther away from the busy coastline, take time to meet the garrulous locals in their natural environment, the village tavern.