17 days in Greek Isles & Athens Itinerary

17 days in Greek Isles & Athens Itinerary

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Fly to Irakleion, Bus to Heraklion
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Heraklion, Crete
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Fira, Santorini
— 3 nights
Drive
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Naxos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Athens
— 4 nights
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Heraklion, Crete — 4 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.
You've added Swing Thing, Matala Beach, Komos Beach, and other attractions to your itinerary. Step out of Heraklion with an excursion to Palace of Faistos in Sivas--about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, and take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

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Houston, USA to Heraklion is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 8 hours. Traveling from Houston in May, things will get slightly colder in Heraklion: highs are around 75°F and lows about 60°F. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Wed) before leaving for Fira.
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Fira, Santorini — 3 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Your list of things to see and do now includes PK Cocktail Bar, The White Door Theatro, Perissa Black Sand Beach, and other attractions. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, steep yourself in history at Ancient Thera, contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay, and hike along Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Fira holiday planner.

Getting from Heraklion to Fira by ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. May in Fira sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 63°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Sat) before leaving for Naxos.
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Naxos — 2 nights

Zeus, the master of all gods from Greek mythology, allegedly grew up in a cave on Naxos, a small but fertile island in the South Aegean Sea.
Your list of things to see and do now includes The Rum Bar Cocktail & Spirits, Saint George Beach, Agios Prokopios Beach, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): wander the streets of Old Town, stop by Kastro, enjoy the sand and surf at Saint George Beach, then explore the ancient world of The Temple of Apollo – Portara, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at The Rum Bar Cocktail & Spirits. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Temple of Demeter, see the interesting displays at Distillery M. G. Vallindras Eirini Frangoudaki, kick back and relax at Plaka Beach, stroll through Agios Prokopios Beach, then get a taste of local nightlife at Like Home Bar - Naxos, and finally watch a film at Cine Naxos.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Naxos trip planner.

You can drive from Fira to Naxos in 5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In May in Naxos, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 62°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Mon) before leaving for Mykonos Town.
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Mykonos Town, Mykonos — 2 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Old Port, Mykonos On Board Cataraman & Yacht Tours, Gioras Wood Medieval Mykonian Bakery, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Matoyianni Street, make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paraportiani Church, then get a taste of local nightlife at Montparnasse - The Piano Bar, and finally enjoy the dining and entertainment at Cine Manto Mykonos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): choose your vessel at Mykonos On Board Cataraman & Yacht Tours, then go for a stroll along the water at Old Port, then take a stroll through Little Venice, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Lola Mykonos.

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Getting from Naxos to Mykonos Town by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In May in Mykonos Town, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Athens.
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Athens — 4 nights

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
You've added Plaka, Wine O'Clock, Mount Lycabettus, and other attractions to your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens planner.

Traveling by ferry from Mykonos Town to Athens takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and taxi. In May in Athens, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 64°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Sun) before leaving for home.
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