11 days in Greece Itinerary

11 days in Greece Itinerary

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11 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  16​h
1
Fira, Santorini
— 2 nights
Ferry + Taxi:  3​h
2
Rethymnon, Crete
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Chania Town, Crete
— 2 nights
+2
Shuttle + Fly + Bus:  6​h 45​min
4
Lindos, Rhodes
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  6​h
5
Athens
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Chicago

2
nights
Fira, Santorini

Fira ©
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 Museum of Prehistoric Thira. Get a sense of the local culture at Akrotiri and SYMPOSION by La Ponta. Take a break from Fira with a short trip to Perivolos in Perivolos, about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Akrotiri LightHouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, examine the collection at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, and learn about winemaking at Santo Winery.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Fira trip itinerary planner .

Chicago, USA to Fira is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Chicago to Fira. Traveling from Chicago in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Fira, with lows around 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Skaros Rock, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, Perivolos
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Akrotiri LightHouse ©
Akrotiri LightHouse
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail ©
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail

1
night
Rethymnon, Crete

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): see Off-Road Tours and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Arkadi.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rethymnon online day trip planner .

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Fira to Rethymnon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. June in Rethymnon sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Off-Road Tours
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi

2
nights
Chania Town, Crete

The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Agii Apostoli Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at German War Cemetery, then enjoy the sea views from Chania Venetian Lighthouse, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Church, and finally explore the activities along Lake Kournas.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Chania Town online day trip planner .

Getting from Rethymnon to Chania Town by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. June in Chania Town sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, Lake Kournas, St. Nicholas Church, German War Cemetery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Agii Apostoli Beach ©
Agii Apostoli Beach
St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church

2
nights
Lindos, Rhodes

Lindos ©
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Agathi Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Agios Pavlos Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lindos Beach. On the next day, kick back and relax at Stegna Beach, explore the ancient world of Ancient Kamiros, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tsambika Beach.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lindos holiday maker website .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Chania Town to Lindos in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In June in Lindos, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Lindos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Stegna Beach, Ancient Kamiros, Agathi Beach, Tsambika Beach
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Agathi Beach ©
Agathi Beach
Agios Pavlos Beach ©
Agios Pavlos Beach
Stegna Beach ©
Stegna Beach

2
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 19th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, wander the streets of Plaka, and then take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Erechtheion, explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, and then delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Lindos to Athens in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

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