12 days in Greece Itinerary

12 days in Greece Itinerary

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Rethymnon, Crete
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Heraklion
— 1 day
Shuttle
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Rethymnon, Crete
— 3 nights
Taxi to Heraklion, Ferry to Fira
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Fira, Santorini
— 2 nights
Fly
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Chania Town
— 2 nights
Drive
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Elafonissi
— 1 night
Drive
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Heraklion
— 1 night
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Rethymnon, Crete — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): look for gifts at Elements Handmade Jewels, then kick back and relax at Rethymno Beach, and then see Off-Road Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at War Museum Askifou, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Church, then take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Rethymno, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rethymnon online trip maker.

Yerevan, Armenia to Rethymnon is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Armenia Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Yerevan in July, you will find days in Rethymnon are slightly colder (37°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to take a shuttle to Heraklion.
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Heraklion — 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Castello del Molo (Koules), then take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Aegeo Spas.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Heraklion holiday planner.

Getting from Rethymnon to Heraklion by shuttle takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Rethymnon.
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Rethymnon, Crete — 3 nights

Your inner history buff will appreciate Monastery of Arkadi and The Holy Monastery of Preveli. Get outdoors at Lake Kournas and Preveli Beach. Go for a jaunt from Rethymnon to Margarites to see Kerameion Georgios Dalamvelas about 34 minutes away. See some other sides of Rethymnon: take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, explore the world behind art at Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop, get engrossed in the history at Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, and take in the exciting artwork at Terzisart.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rethymnon trip app.

You can take a shuttle from Heraklion to Rethymnon in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fira.
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Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks
Side Trips

Fira, Santorini — 2 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Naval Maritime Museum Oia Santorini, then view the masterpieces at Oria Art Gallery, then see the interesting displays at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, and finally surround yourself with nature on Santorini Sailing. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, then kick back and relax at Red Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kamari Beach, and finally browse the exhibits of Eduart Gjopalaj Workshop.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, go to the Fira trip maker app.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Rethymnon to Fira takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Chania Town.
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Chania Town — 2 nights

The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
On the 10th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Folklore Museum of Chania, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Agii Apostoli Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Chania Town trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Fira to Chania Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, daytime highs in Chania Town are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Elafonissi.
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Elafonissi — 1 night

Located just off Crete's southwestern corner, Elafonissi offers an alternative vacation idea for those looking to avoid the larger, more crowded Greek islands.
On the 11th (Mon), stop by Eva's Treasures, then pause for some serene contemplation at Agia Kiriaki Church, then stroll through Elafonissi Beach, and finally trek along Elafonisi Viewpoint. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Aspri Limni Beach and then see the interesting displays at Museum of platanias.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Elafonissi road trip site.

Traveling by car from Chania Town to Elafonissi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Elafonissi can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Heraklion.
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Heraklion — 1 night

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Heraklion route planner.

Drive from Elafonissi to Heraklion in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 13th (Wed), you're off to home.
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Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
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.
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Heraklion Prefecture travel guide

4.1
Ruins · Beaches · History Museums
Situated at the center of Crete, Heraklion prefecture remains best known for its eponymous capital city, the birthplace of artists El Greco and Nikos Kazantzakis. A crowded tourist mecca, the vibrant city serves as the starting point for day trips to the prefecture's main attraction, an ancient complex of Minoan palaces. This important archaeological site contains traces of Europe's oldest city, from which the mythical King Minos allegedly ruled the region. Venture farther away from the prefecture's big city and popular northern resorts to discover a less-trodden landscape of tiny villages, fertile green plains, and low mountain ranges.
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Chania Prefecture travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Marinas · National Parks
Covering Crete's western section, Chania prefecture features some of the island's least spoiled natural areas, as well as its only freshwater lake. Most tourists concentrate on the prefecture's namesake capital, overlooking the dramatic landscapes of the region's sprawling national park. Designated as one of UNESCO's biosphere reserves, the park contains a rugged gorge known for sheltering many endemic plant species and providing a much-needed refuge for the rare kri-kri goat. Test your best hiking shoes by exploring this nature lover's paradise on day trips from the town of Chania, or settle in one of the nearby villages and spend your vacation touring the island's less-frequented southwestern shore.
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