16 days in Crete, Santorini & Naxos Itinerary

16 days in Crete, Santorini & Naxos Itinerary

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16 days in Crete, Santorini & Naxos Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  18 h 45 min
1
Heraklion
— 7 nights
Ferry:  1 h 45 min
2
Fira
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
3
Naxos Town
— 4 nights
+2
Ferry + Bus + Fly:  20 h 15 min
End: Cape Town

7
nights
Heraklion

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.
Bring the kids along to The Palace of Knossos and Matala beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Wooden Museum (in Axos), Karavostasi Beach (in Bali) and Reptisland (in Melidoni). The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, do a tasting at Lyrarakis Winery, see the interesting displays at Kazantzakis Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Heraklion trip planning website .

Cape Town, South Africa to Heraklion is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in September; daily highs in Heraklion reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Fodele, Agia Pelagia, Gournes, Matala, Snail Farm and Fun
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 23:
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos

2
nights
Fira

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then kick back and relax at Red Beach, and then explore the ancient world of Akrotiri. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kamari Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Perissa Black Sand Beach.

Make your Fira itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Heraklion to Fira by ferry takes about 2 hours. In September in Fira, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Naxos Town.

Things to do in Fira

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Perissa Black Sand Beach, Kamari Beach, Ekklisia Panagia Platsani
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:
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Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Kamari Beach ©
Kamari Beach
Perissa Black Sand Beach ©
Perissa Black Sand Beach

4
nights
Naxos Town

Naxos Town ©
Naxos Town tops the itinerary of most visitors exploring the Aegean islands, drawing their attention with taverns, shops, beaches, and ancient ruins.
Kids will enjoy Panormos Beach and Agios Prokopios Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Naxos Town: Paradise Beach (in Paradise Beach), Platis Gialos Beach (in Platys Gialos) and Mykonos Town (The Windmills (Kato Milli), Rarity Gallery, & more). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Elia Beach, delve into the distant past at Portara, examine the collection at Theatrical Museum Iakovos Kampanellis, and take a stroll through Kastro.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Naxos Town trip planner .

You can drive from Fira to Naxos Town in 5 hours. September in Naxos Town sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Naxos Town

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mykonos Town, Paradise Beach, Panormos Beach, Agios Prokopios Beach, Elia Beach
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 29:
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Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

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