20 days in Greece Itinerary

20 days in Greece Itinerary

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Chania Town, Crete
— 4 nights
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Heraklion, Crete
— 3 nights
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Fira, Santorini
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Naxos Town, Naxos
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Paros
— 1 night
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Athens
— 3 nights
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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.
Greek National Football Museum and Archaeological Museum of Chania will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Lighthouse of Chania and St. Nicholas Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Marathi Beach (in Marathi), Lake Kournas (in Kournas) and Seitan Limania Beach (in Akrotiri). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of Crete, enjoy the sand and surf at Agii Apostoli Beach, and delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Chania Town day trip planning site.

Toronto, Canada to Chania Town is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Toronto to Chania Town. In July, Chania Town is somewhat warmer than Toronto - with highs of 37°C and lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can catch the shuttle to Heraklion.
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Matala Beach and Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Palace of Knossos and Castello del Molo (Koules). When in Heraklion, make a side trip to see Reptisland in Melidoni, approximately Melidoni away. The adventure continues: learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at CRETAquarium, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Heraklion vacation planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Chania Town to Heraklion takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Fira.
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Fira, Santorini — 5 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail and Santorini Volcano. Do some cultural sightseeing at Akrotiri and Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos. There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the dramatic natural features at Skaros Rock, kick back and relax at Perivolos, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Vlychada Beach.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Fira trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Heraklion to Fira takes 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Fira can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Naxos Town.
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Naxos Town, Naxos — 3 nights

Naxos Town tops the itinerary of most visitors exploring the Aegean islands, drawing their attention with taverns, shops, beaches, and ancient ruins.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Temple of Apollo – Portara and Old Town. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Agios Prokopios Beach and Agios Stefanos Beach. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with Blue Fin Divers Naxos Greece, enjoy the sand and surf at Plaka Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mikri Vigla Beach, and wander the streets of Kastro.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Naxos Town sightseeing planner.

Getting from Fira to Naxos Town by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly. In August, daytime highs in Naxos Town are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Paros.
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Paros — 1 night

Long ignored by tourists because of its reputation as a plain ferry hub, Paros today serves as one of the Aegean's major holiday destinations, luring travelers with its fashionable resort towns and quaint mountain villages.
On the 12th (Fri), head off the coast to Parikia Town, pause for some serene contemplation at Panagia Ekatondapiliani, then get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum Parou, then steep yourself in history at Lefkes, and finally Head underground at Marathi Marble Quarries.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Paros day trip site.

Getting from Naxos Town to Paros by ferry takes about an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Paros can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Athens.
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Athens — 3 nights

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Acropolis of Athens and Plaka. Museum-lovers will appreciate Acropolis Museum and National Archaeological Museum. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Cycladic Art, delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and contemplate the long history of Ancient Agora of Athens.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Athens holiday planning website.

Traveling by flight from Paros to Athens takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. When traveling from Paros in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Athens: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Greece travel guide

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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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