12 days in Athens, Naxos & Santorini Itinerary

12 days in Athens, Naxos & Santorini Itinerary

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12 days in Athens, Naxos & Santorini Itinerary

Start: Tunis
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Athens
— 3 nights
ferry:  5​h
2
Naxos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Pyrgos
— 3 nights
4
Athens
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
End: Tunis

3
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
National Archaeological Museum and Acropolis Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Erechtheion and Church of Kapnikarea. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Plaka, contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Voula Beach, and kick back and relax at Schinias Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Athens road trip planning app .

Tunis, Tunisia to Athens is an approximately 9-hour combination of car and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tunis to Athens due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Naxos.

Things to do in Athens

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Schinias Beach, Glyfada Beach
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

3
nights
Naxos

Naxos ©
Zeus, the master of all gods from Greek mythology, allegedly grew up in a cave on Naxos, a small but fertile island in the South Aegean Sea.
Appreciate the collections at Distillery M. G. Vallindras Eirini Frangoudaki and Theatrical Museum Iakovos Kampanellis. Get some cultural insight at Kastro and Old Town. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Portara, pause for some serene contemplation at Panagia Drossiani Church, view the masterpieces at Fish & Olive, and enjoy the sand and surf at Agios Prokopios Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Naxos trip itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of subway and flight from Athens to Naxos in 2.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight and ferry. When traveling from Athens in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Naxos, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Pyrgos.

Things to do in Naxos

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Portara ©
Portara
Old Town ©
Old Town
Kastro ©
Kastro

3
nights
Pyrgos

Pyrgos ©
Pyrgos provides one of the finest examples of Cycladic architecture in Greece, exemplified by the town's labyrinthine streets and whitewashed stone buildings.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Megalochori - Traditional Village and Vlychada Beach. Appreciate the collections at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos and Art Space. The adventure continues: do a tasting at Santo Winery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Agios Nikolaos Church, and see the interesting displays at Cultural Village.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Pyrgos trip tool .

You can drive from Naxos to Pyrgos in 5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Pyrgos can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Pyrgos

Wineries Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Megalochori, Santorini, Vlychada, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, Monastery of Profitis Ilias
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Venetsanos Winery ©
Venetsanos Winery
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Santo Winery ©
Santo Winery

1
night
Athens

Athens ©
For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Athens travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Pyrgos to Athens in 4.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Athens

Shopping

Side Trip

Melissokampos
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Melissokampos ©
Melissokampos

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