11 days in Athens, Santorini & Crete Itinerary

11 days in Athens, Santorini & Crete Itinerary

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Fly
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Athens
— 3 nights
Fly
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Fira
— 3 nights
Ferry to Heraklion, Taxi to Elounda
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Elounda
— 1 night
Drive
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Heraklion
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Rethymnon
— 1 night
Fly

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Athens

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Lycabettus, admire the natural beauty at National Garden, and explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Athens holiday planner.

New York City, USA to Athens is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Athens: highs are around 77°F and lows about 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
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3
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Fira

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Fira is known for wineries, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, take in the dramatic natural features at Skaros Rock, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Fira sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Fira takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. May in Fira sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Elounda.

Things to do in Fira

Parks · Wineries · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Elounda

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 (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at Aelia Healing Center, step off the mainland to explore Fortress Spinalonga, then look for gifts at Maria & Vangelis - Unique Handmade Creations, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Voulismeni.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Elounda trip maker website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Fira to Elounda takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Elounda can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Heraklion.

Things to do in Elounda

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

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2
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Heraklion

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 19th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, then explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, and finally do a tasting at Winery Stilianou. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then experience rural life at Snail Farm and Fun, then take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Crete, and finally take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

Start your trip to Heraklion by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Elounda to Heraklion by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Elounda in May, Heraklion is a bit cooler at night with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 18 — 20:

1
night
Rethymnon

Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, visit Rethymnon Old Town, and then take in the exciting artwork at Terzisart.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rethymnon online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Heraklion to Rethymnon by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 61°F. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Highlights from your trip

Santorini travel guide

4.1
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.

Crete travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · Islands
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.