15 days in Paris, Crete & Athens Itinerary

15 days in Paris, Crete & Athens Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Heraklion, Greece
— 1 night
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Elounda, Greece
— 1 night
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Sitia, Greece
— 2 nights
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Kissamos, Greece
— 1 night
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Elafonissi, Greece
— 1 night
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
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Paris, France — 5 nights

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Kids will enjoy Champs-Elysees and Le Marais. Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary maker.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Paris is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Riyadh to Paris. Traveling from Riyadh in July, things will get much colder in Paris: highs are around 30°C and lows about 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Heraklion.
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Heraklion, Greece — 1 night

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.
On the 16th (Sat), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at CRETAquarium and then contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then explore the historical opulence of Castello del Molo (Koules), and finally kick back and relax at Agia Pelagia Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Heraklion trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Heraklion takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to Heraklion is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in July; daily highs in Heraklion reach 34°C and lows reach 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Elounda.
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Elounda, Greece — 1 night

Long a sleepy fishing settlement on Crete's northern coastline, Elounda today serves as a major travel destination, drawing vacationers with a blend of unspoiled natural scenery and luxury resorts.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Spinalonga (Kalydon), stop by Eklektos Bookshop, and then stroll through Elounda Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Elounda online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Heraklion to Elounda in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Elounda, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Sitia.
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Sitia, Greece — 2 nights

Sitia is a port town and a municipality in Lasithi, Crete, Greece. Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): look for gifts at Kyveli Jewellery, enjoy the sand and surf at Mazida Ammos Beach, and then take an in-depth tour of Cretan Folklore Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Moni Toplou, kick back and relax at Vai Beach, and then kick back and relax at Erimoupolis Beach.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sitia vacation maker site.

Traveling by car from Elounda to Sitia takes 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kissamos.
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Kissamos, Greece — 1 night

A quiet port town situated on Crete's western tip, Kissamos attracts mostly domestic tourists and possesses more of the quintessential Greek feel than livelier resorts strung along the island's coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Balos Lagoon, then make a trip to Kastelli Kissamos Old Port, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Falassarna Beach, and finally look for gifts at Sklopa.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kissamos trip site.

Getting from Sitia to Kissamos by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Elafonissi.
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Elafonissi, Greece — 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 22nd (Fri), stroll through Elafonisi Viewpoint, tour the pleasant surroundings at Elafonissi Beach, and then kick back and relax at Aspri Limni Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Elafonissi tour itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Kissamos to Elafonissi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 3 nights

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Head to The Loom and Pandora Art Galleryfor some retail therapy. Kids will enjoy Acropolis of Athens and Acropolis Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Plaka, kick back and relax at Glyfada Beach, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, and delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, use the Athens tour itinerary tool.

You can fly from Elafonissi to Athens in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Crete travel guide

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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.
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