8 days in Greece Itinerary

8 days in Greece Itinerary

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8 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Athens
— 1 day
subway + Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Naxos
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Fira, Santorini
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
5
Rethymnon, Crete
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Newark

1
day
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 3rd (Tue): explore and take pictures at Panathenaic Stadium.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Athens trip itinerary maker .

Newark, USA to Athens is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Athens is 7 hours. Traveling from Newark in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 69°F in Athens. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Mykonos Town.
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Panathenaic Stadium ©
Panathenaic Stadium

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Matoyianni Street, enjoy the sand and surf at Kapari Beach, and then kick back and relax at Agios Stefanos Beach.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Mykonos Town tour planner.

Getting from Athens to Mykonos Town by combination of subway and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. When traveling from Athens in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Mykonos Town, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Naxos.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Agios Stefanos Beach, Kapari Beach
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Kapari Beach ©
Kapari Beach
Matoyianni Street ©
Matoyianni Street

1
night
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 5th (Thu), kick back and relax at Agios Prokopios Beach, then explore the ancient world of Portara, then take a stroll through Old Town, and finally take a stroll through Kastro.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Naxos holiday maker website .

You can ride a ferry from Mykonos Town to Naxos in an hour. Another option is to fly. In September, daytime highs in Naxos are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Naxos

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Portara ©
Portara
Kastro ©
Kastro

2
nights
Fira, Santorini

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
On the 6th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Skaros Rock, hike along Hiking Trail Fira - Oia, and then learn about winemaking at Santo Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Ancient Thera, then Head underground at Zoodochos Pigi Cave, then kick back and relax at Perivolos, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Akrotiri LightHouse.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Fira trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by ferry from Naxos to Fira takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In September, daily temperatures in Fira can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kamari, Hiking Trail Fira - Oia, Skaros Rock, Santo Winery, Perivolos
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Skaros Rock ©
Skaros Rock
Perivolos ©
Perivolos
Hiking Trail Fira - Oia ©
Hiking Trail Fira - Oia

2
nights
Rethymnon, Crete

Rethymnon ©
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Arkadi, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Four Martyrs Church, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Church, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kournas.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Rethymnon road trip app .

Traveling by ferry from Fira to Rethymnon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Lake Kournas, St. Nicholas Church
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Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi
Lake Kournas ©
Lake Kournas
St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church

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