12 days in Greece Itinerary

12 days in Greece Itinerary

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12 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Palm Springs
Fly:  22​h
1
Rhodes Town, Rhodes
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 30​min
2
Chania Town, Crete
— 1 night
taxi + ferry:  3​h 30​min
3
Fira, Santorini
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Naxos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 1 night
Fly + subway:  2​h 30​min
6
Athens
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Palm Springs

1
night
Rhodes Town, Rhodes

Rhodes Town ©
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): have some family-friendly fun at Throne of Helios.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rhodes Town trip planner .

Palm Springs, USA to Rhodes Town is an approximately 22-hour flight. Traveling from Palm Springs to Rhodes Town, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Palm Springs in June: highs in Rhodes Town hover around 82°F, while lows dip to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lindos Beach, Tsambika Beach
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Lindos Beach ©
Lindos Beach
Tsambika Beach ©
Tsambika Beach
Throne of Helios ©
Throne of Helios

1
night
Chania Town, Crete

Chania Town ©
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 25th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Ancient Aptera, stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery, then make a trip to Chania Venetian Lighthouse, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Agia Marina Beach.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Chania Town travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Rhodes Town to Chania Town by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of ferry and car. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Souda, Agia Marina Beach
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Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera ©
Chania Venetian Lighthouse ©
Chania Venetian Lighthouse
Souda Bay War Cemetery ©
Souda Bay War Cemetery

2
nights
Fira, Santorini

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
On the 26th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Ancient Thera, then learn about winemaking at Santo Winery, and then explore the ancient world of Akrotiri. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): enjoy the sea views from Akrotiri LightHouse, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Prehistoric Thera, and then trek along Hiking Trail Fira - Oia.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Fira online travel planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Chania Town to Fira takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In June, daytime highs in Fira are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Naxos.

Things to do in Fira

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Ancient Thera, Santo Winery, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail
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Ancient Thera ©
Ancient Thera
Santo Winery ©
Santo Winery
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri

2
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.
On the 28th (Fri), stroll through Agios Prokopios Beach, then delve into the distant past at Temple of Apollo, then delve into the distant past at Portara, and finally wander the streets of Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): wander the streets of Kastro, see the interesting displays at Eggares Olive Press Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plaka Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Naxos itinerary maker .

Traveling by ferry from Fira to Naxos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Naxos

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Portara ©
Portara
Old Town ©
Old Town
Plaka Beach ©
Plaka Beach

1
night
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.
On the 30th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Matoyianni Street, then take a stroll through Little Venice, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paraportiani Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Agios Nikolakis Church.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Mykonos Town route planner .

Traveling by ferry from Naxos to Mykonos Town takes an hour. Alternatively, you can fly. In June in Mykonos Town, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Paraportiani Church ©
Paraportiani Church
Agios Nikolakis Church ©
Agios Nikolakis Church

3
nights
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 1st (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum and then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, take a stroll through Plaka, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Kapnikarea.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Athens journey builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and subway from Mykonos Town to Athens in 2.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. Traveling from Mykonos Town in June, expect nights in Athens to be about the same, around 70°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 86°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) 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
Plaka ©
Plaka

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