12 days in Greece Itinerary

12 days in Greece Itinerary

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12 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  10​h
1
Athens
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Fira
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Paros
— 3 nights
Travel:  7​h 30​min
4
Hydra
— 2 nights
Travel:  5​h
5
Athens
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: New York City


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1
night
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Athens Wine Tasting, steep yourself in history at Stoa of Attalos, don't miss a visit to Ancient Agora of Athens, take an in-depth tour of Ancient Agora of Athens, then wander the streets of Monastiraki, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Areopagus.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Athens road trip planning website .

New York City, USA to Athens is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from New York City to Athens, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in August; daily highs in Athens reach 92°F and lows reach 77°F. You'll set off for Fira on the 10th (Sat).

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Wineries Nature

Side Trip

Kessarianí Monastery (Moni Kessarianis)
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Stoa of Attalos ©
Stoa of Attalos
Ancient Agora of Athens ©
Ancient Agora of Athens
Temple of Olympian Zeus ©
Temple of Olympian Zeus

3
nights
Fira

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Step out of the city life by going to Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Museum of Prehistoric Thira and Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fira: Akrotiri (White Beach, Santo Horse Riding, & more). The adventure continues: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, do a tasting at Venetsanos Winery, and delve into the distant past at Akrotiri.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Fira road trip app .

Fly from Athens to Fira in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. Traveling from Athens in August, you will find days in Fira are slightly colder (87°F), and nights are about the same (75°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Paros.

Things to do in Fira

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Oia, Pyrgos, Perissa, Santorini
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail ©

3
nights
Paros

Paros ©
Long ignored by tourists because of its reputation as a plain ferry hub, Paros today serves as one of the Aegean's major holiday destinations, luring travelers with its fashionable resort towns and quaint mountain villages.
Appreciate the collections at Folklore Art Museum Of Cycladic Civilization and Archaeological Museum Parou. Get some cultural insight at Parikia Town and Panayia Ekatondapiliani Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paros: Cave of Zeus (in Filoti), Finikas Beach (in Koufonissi) and Agiassos Beach (in Agiassos). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Lefkes, look for all kinds of wild species at Alyko Beach, stroll through Pountas Beach, and kick back and relax at Martselo beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Paros trip site .

Drive from Fira to Paros in 6.5 hours. August in Paros sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hydra.

Things to do in Paros

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cave of Zeus, Alyko Dimou Naxou, Agiassos Beach, Finikas Beach, Alyko Beach
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Parikia Town ©
Parikia Town
Panagia Ekatondapiliani ©
Panagia Ekatondapiliani
Lefkes ©
Lefkes

2
nights
Hydra

Hydra ©
Hydra is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece, located in the Aegean Sea between the Saronic Gulf and the Argolic Gulf. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Komiseos Theotokou Monastery, ride a horse along Harriets Hydra Horses, admire the masterpieces at Historical Archive - Museum of Hydra, get engrossed in the history at Lazaros Koundouriotis Mansion (National Historical Museum), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Agios Matronas, and finally kick back and relax at Mikro Kamini. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Mandraki Resort Beach, appreciate the history behind Andrea Miaoulis Monument, then enjoy the sand and surf at Avlaki Beach, then make a trip to Profitis Ilias Monastery Hydra, and finally don't miss a visit to Mount Eros Hydra.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hydra road trip tool .

Explore your travel options from Paros to Hydra with the Route module. Traveling from Paros in August, you will find days in Hydra are a bit warmer (92°F), and nights are about the same (77°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Athens.

Things to do in Hydra

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Harriets Hydra Horses ©
Harriets Hydra Horses
Mandraki Resort Beach ©
Mandraki Resort Beach
Historical Archive - Museum of Hydra ©

1
night
Athens

Athens ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Athens trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Hydra to Athens with the Route module. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Athens

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

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