17 days in Greek Isles & Athens Itinerary

17 days in Greek Isles & Athens Itinerary

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17 days in Greek Isles & Athens Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + bus:  17​h 30​min
1
Heraklion, Crete
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
2
Fira, Santorini
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Naxos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
5
Athens
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Houston

4
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Swing Thing, Matala beach, Komos Beach, and other attractions. Step out of Heraklion with an excursion to Palace of Faistos in Sivas--about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, and get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Heraklion journey planner.

Houston, USA to Heraklion is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Houston to Heraklion due to the time zone difference. In May, Heraklion is little chillier than Houston - with highs of 75°F and lows of 60°F. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Fira.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Palace of Faistos, Matala beach, Komos Beach
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Matala beach ©
Matala beach
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

3
nights
Fira, Santorini

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Your list of things to see and do now includes PK Cocktail Bar, The White Door Theatro, Perissa Black Sand Beach, and other attractions. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, don't miss a visit to Sunset in Oia, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, and explore the activities along Amoudi Bay.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Fira trip planning site .

Getting from Heraklion to Fira by ferry takes about 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Fira are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Sat) before leaving for Naxos.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Nightlife

Side Trips

Oia, Santorini, Akrotiri, Perissa Black Sand Beach, Ancient Thera
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Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Ancient Thera ©
Ancient Thera

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Cine Naxos, Like Home Bar - Naxos, Tower of Zevgolis, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): wander the streets of Kastro, delve into the distant past at Portara, then wander the streets of Old Town, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at The Rum Bar Cocktail & Spirits. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Distillery M. G. Vallindras Eirini Frangoudaki, explore the historical opulence of Tower of Zevgolis, explore the ancient world of Temple of Demeter, enjoy the sand and surf at Plaka Beach, then catch a movie at Cine Naxos, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Like Home Bar - Naxos.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Naxos trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Fira to Naxos by car takes about 5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Naxos can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Naxos

Nightlife Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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The Rum Bar Cocktail & Spirits ©
The Rum Bar Cocktail & Spirits
Portara ©
Portara
Kastro ©
Kastro

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.
You've added Gioras Wood Medieval Mykonian Bakery, Cine Manto Mykonos, Montparnasse - The Piano Bar, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Matoyianni Street, make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paraportiani Church, then catch a show at Montparnasse - The Piano Bar, and finally enjoy the dining and entertainment at Cine Manto Mykonos. On your second day here, get the adrenaline pumping with Mykonos On Board Sailing Trips, then take a stroll through Little Venice, and then join in the after-dark buzz at Lola Bar-Cafe.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Mykonos Town trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Naxos to Mykonos Town in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Mykonos Town can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. On the 27th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Tours Transportation Outdoors
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Mykonos On Board Sailing Trips ©
Mykonos On Board Sailing Trips
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
The Windmills (Kato Milli) ©
The Windmills (Kato Milli)

4
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Delphi day tour, Mount Lycabettus, Wine O'Clock, and other attractions you added. When in Athens, make a side trip to see Archaeological Site Mycenae in Mycenae, approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens trip itinerary maker tool .

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. In May, daytime highs in Athens are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Athens

Tours Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Delphi day tour, Archaeological Site Mycenae
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

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