18 days in Greece Itinerary

18 days in Greece Itinerary

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Fly
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Athens
Fly
2
Chania Town, Crete
— 4 nights
Shuttle
3
Heraklion, Crete
— 2 nights
Ferry
4
Fira, Santorini
— 3 nights
Ferry
5
Naxos Town, Naxos
— 4 nights
Ferry to Piraeus, Taxi to Athens
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Athens
— 3 nights
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Athens

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Athens online tour planner.

Dallas, USA to Athens is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Dallas to Athens. Traveling from Dallas in September, expect nights in Athens to be about the same, around 69°F, while days are slightly colder, around 84°F. On the 19th (Mon), you're off to Chania Town.
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Chania Town, Crete — 4 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.
Go for a jaunt from Chania Town to Elafonissi to see Elafonissi Beach about 1h 35 min away. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Old Venetian Harbor.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Chania Town day trip tool.

You can fly from Athens to Chania Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, daytime highs in Chania Town are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Heraklion.
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Heraklion, Crete — 2 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 now added Spinalonga (Kalydon) to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos and then steep yourself in history at Spinalonga (Kalydon).

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Heraklion trip itinerary planner.

You can take a shuttle from Chania Town to Heraklion in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Heraklion, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 69°F at night. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to 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 day by day itinerary now includes Akrotiri, Amoudi Bay and Museum of Prehistoric Thira. Visit Perissa Black Sand Beach and Red Beach for some beach relaxation. There's more to do: take a tour by water with Santorini Sailing and delve into the distant past at Ancient Thera.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Fira trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Heraklion to Fira in 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Naxos Town.
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Naxos Town, Naxos — 4 nights

Naxos Town tops the itinerary of most visitors exploring the Aegean islands, drawing their attention with taverns, shops, beaches, and ancient ruins.
Get some cultural insight at Kastro and Bellonia Tower. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Agios Prokopios Beach and Plaka Beach. It doesn't end there: visit Old Town.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Naxos Town tour planning website.

You can ride a ferry from Fira to Naxos Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 70°F. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Athens.
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Athens — 3 nights

Your day by day itinerary now includes Philopappos Hill, Athens by Bike and Acropolis Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Acropolis of Athens and National Archaeological Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Athens travel planner.

Fly from Naxos Town to Athens in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. On the 5th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly 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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Santorini travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.
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Naxos travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
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. Renowned for its unspoiled beaches and advantageous winds, the island offers excellent conditions for windsurfing and other watersports. Most of the island's western coastline boasts one sandy beach splashed by blue waters rich in marine life--a big draw for amateur scuba divers. The mountainous interior provides a look at the quieter side of the island, featuring a patchwork of lush valleys, quaint villages, and ancient sites. For a change of pace and a bit of modern dining and shopping, visit Hora, the island's biggest city.
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