12 days in Greece Itinerary

12 days in Greece Itinerary

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12 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1​h 45​min
2
Fira, Santorini
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Ios
— 1 night
Ferry:  2​h 45​min
4
Heraklion, Crete
— 2 nights
Fly + Subway:  2​h 45​min
5
Athens
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Boston

2
nights
Mykonos Town, Mykonos

Mykonos Town ©
A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, wander the streets of Little Venice, then don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli), and finally see the interesting displays at Aegean Maritime Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Mykonos, enjoy the sand and surf at Elia Beach, then stop by Evelin Gallery, then don't miss a visit to Rarity Gallery, and finally stroll through Platis Gialos Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Mykonos Town tour itinerary maker site .

Boston, USA to Mykonos Town is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Boston to Mykonos Town, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Mykonos Town is a bit warmer than Boston - with highs of 73°F and lows of 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Elia Beach, Evelin Gallery, Platis Gialos Beach, Paradise Beach
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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
The Windmills (Kato Milli) ©
The Windmills (Kato Milli)

2
nights
Fira, Santorini

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, then trek along Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, then enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panagia Theoskepasti Chapel, and finally explore the activities along Amoudi Bay.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Fira route planning website .

You can ride a ferry from Mykonos Town to Fira in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In May in Fira, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ios.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Oia, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, Panagia Theoskepasti Chapel
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

1
night
Ios

Ios ©
Halfway between Naxos and Santorini lies tiny Ios, famous worldwide as one of the Aegean's liveliest nightlife hubs.
On the 30th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Mylopotas Beach, then kick back and relax at Kolitsani Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Manganari Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ios trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Fira to Ios takes 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Ios can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Heraklion.

Things to do in Ios

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Manganari Beach ©
Manganari Beach
Kolitsani Beach ©
Kolitsani Beach
Mylopotas Beach ©
Mylopotas Beach

2
nights
Heraklion, Crete

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 31st (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then stop by Nerium Oleander, then delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, then get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, and finally take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Heraklion travel app .

You can ride a ferry from Ios to Heraklion in 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos

4
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, and make a trip to Ancient Agora of Athens.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Athens using our trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Heraklion to Athens takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In June in Athens, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

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