8 days in Greece Itinerary

8 days in Greece Itinerary

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8 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Athens
— 2 nights
subway + Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Heraklion, Crete
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 45​min
3
Akrotiri, Santorini
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h 45​min
4
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 15​min
5
Corfu Town, Corfu
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Lisbon

2
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 4th (Mon), explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, take a stroll through Plaka, and then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): wander the streets of Monastiraki, contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, then pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion, and finally appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Athens trip itinerary builder site .

Lisbon, Portugal to Athens is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time to Eastern European Time is 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Athens when traveling from Lisbon in May, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Heraklion.

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, learn about winemaking at Winery Stilianou, then delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find out how to plan a trip to Heraklion, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of subway and flight from Athens to Heraklion in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In May in Heraklion, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

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

1
night
Akrotiri, Santorini

Akrotiri ©
Located on Santorini's southwestern coastline, the small village of Akrotiri sits just a short walk from one of Europe's most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites.
On the 8th (Fri), do a tasting at Boutari, J., & Son Wineries S.A., ride a horse along Santo Horse Riding, then kick back and relax at Red Beach, and finally delve into the distant past at Akrotiri.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Akrotiri trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Heraklion to Akrotiri in 2 hours. In May in Akrotiri, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Boutari Winery
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Santo Horse Riding ©
Santo Horse Riding
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red 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 9th (Sat), wander the streets of Little Venice, don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli), then examine the collection at Aegean Maritime Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mykonos Town online tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by ferry from Akrotiri to Mykonos Town takes 2 hours. May in Mykonos Town sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can fly to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Neighborhoods Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Paradise Beach
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Little Venice ©
Little Venice
The Windmills (Kato Milli) ©
The Windmills (Kato Milli)
Aegean Maritime Museum ©
Aegean Maritime Museum

1
night
Corfu Town, Corfu

Corfu Town ©
Often called "Kastropolis" because of its majestic Venetian castle, Corfu Town once featured such extensive fortifications that a force of over 20,000 soldiers defended them.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Old Fortress Corfu, make a trip to Spianada Square, and then admire the landmark architecture of Corfu Museum of Asian Art.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Corfu Town trip planning site .

Fly from Mykonos Town to Corfu Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Mykonos Town in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Corfu Town. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites Museums
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Corfu Museum of Asian Art ©
Corfu Museum of Asian Art
Old Fortress Corfu ©
Old Fortress Corfu
Spianada Square ©
Spianada Square

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