11 days in Milos, Santorini & Crete Itinerary

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Milos — 2 nights

Island of Colors

The result of thousands of years of volcanic activity, the island of Milos features a craggy coastline interspersed by shallow beaches.
On the 17th (Thu), catch all the local highlights with Oneiro Milos and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kleftiko Beach. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Venetian Castle of Milos, enjoy the sand and surf at Sarakiniko Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Firiplaka Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Paliochori Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Milos road trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Milos is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 8 hours. When traveling from Sydney in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Milos: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Fira.
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Fira — 4 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Fira is known for nightlife, wineries, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, do a tasting at Santo Winery, kick back and relax at Perissa Black Sand Beach, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Fira driving holiday planner.

You can ride a ferry from Milos to Fira in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, daily temperatures in Fira can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Heraklion.
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Heraklion — 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then stop by Inspira, then step into the grandiose world of Castello del Molo (Koules), and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Crete, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at CRETAquarium, then delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Heraklion trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Fira to Heraklion takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Santorini travel guide

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

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.