8 days in Greece Itinerary

8 days in Greece Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Greece route planner
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Fly
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Fira
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Heraklion
— 1 night
Fly
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Athens
— 1 night
Drive
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Sparta
— 1 night
Drive to Kalamata Airport, Fly to Thessaloniki
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Thessaloniki
— 1 night
Fly

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Fira — 2 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Let the collections at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos and Museum of Prehistoric Thira capture your imagination. Visit Akrotiri and Ancient Thera for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on Santorini Sailing, do a tasting at Santo Winery, enjoy the sand and surf at Perivolos, and enjoy the sea views from Akrotiri LightHouse.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Fira day trip app.

Las Vegas, USA to Fira is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Fira is 10 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in July, with highs in Fira at 86°F and lows at 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Heraklion.
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Heraklion — 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), explore the world behind art at Kazantzakis Museum, delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, then explore the historical opulence of Castello del Molo (Koules), then learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and finally take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Heraklion road trip planning app.

You can ride a ferry from Fira to Heraklion in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Athens.
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Athens — 1 night

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 17th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Kapnikarea, then explore the ancient world of Temple of Hephaestus, then contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, and finally get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Athens online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Heraklion to Athens takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. While traveling from Heraklion, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Athens, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Sparta.
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Historic Sites · Museums

Sparta — 1 night

Sparta was a prominent city-state in ancient Greece. On the 18th (Mon), examine the collection at The Camera Museum – Takis Aivalis, appreciate the extensive heritage of Archaeological site of Mystra, and then steep yourself in history at Mystras.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Sparta trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Athens to Sparta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Athens in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 66°F in Sparta. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Thessaloniki.
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Thessaloniki — 1 night

A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, wander the streets of Ladadika District, and then steep yourself in history at Hagios Demetrios.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Thessaloniki journey planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sparta to Thessaloniki. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Greece travel guide

4.2
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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Crete travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
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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Laconia Region travel guide

3.8
Beaches · Caves · Historic Sites