15 days in Greece Itinerary

15 days in Greece Itinerary

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Athens
— 4 nights
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Heraklion, Crete
— 3 nights
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Akrotiri, Santorini
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 3 nights
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Athens — 4 nights

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, and make a trip to Ancient Agora of Athens.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Athens travel route site.

Chicago, USA to Athens is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Athens is 8 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in May; daily highs in Athens reach 29°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Heraklion.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Heraklion, Crete — 3 nights

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 7th (Sat): explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Crete, and then take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at CRETAquarium, then examine the collection at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Heraklion trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Heraklion takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. In May in Heraklion, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Akrotiri.
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Akrotiri, Santorini — 3 nights

Located on Santorini's southwestern coastline, the small village of Akrotiri sits just a short walk from one of Europe's most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Akrotiri: Oia (Amoudi Bay, Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, &more), Ancient Thera (in Kamari) and Alex Private Boat Rental (in Megalochori). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, kick back and relax at Perissa Black Sand Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kamari Beach, and look for gifts at Faros Market.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Akrotiri trip builder tool.

You can ride a ferry from Heraklion to Akrotiri in 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Akrotiri can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.
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Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites
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Mykonos Town, Mykonos — 3 nights

A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Mykonos Town is known for sightseeing, nightlife, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Aegean Maritime Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paraportiani Church, kick back and relax at Kapari Beach, and stroll through Agios Sostis Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mykonos Town trip itinerary planner.

Ride a ferry from Akrotiri to Mykonos Town in 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Mykonos Town are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Greece travel guide

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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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