10 days in Athens, Heraklion & Mykonos Town Itinerary

10 days in Athens, Heraklion & Mykonos Town Itinerary

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Athens
— 3 nights
Taxi to Piraeus, Ferry to Heraklion
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Heraklion
— 1 night
Ferry
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Mykonos Town
— 4 nights

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Athens

— 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Change things up with these side-trips from Athens: Archaeological Site Mycenae (in Mycenae) and Fortress Palamidi (in Nafplio). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, wander the streets of Monastiraki, don't miss a visit to Erechtheion, and appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Athens route builder site.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, Skiathos Island National Airport and Mikonos Airport. In July in Athens, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Heraklion.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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Heraklion

— 1 night
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 11th (Sun): steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium, then get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and finally look for gifts at Nerium Oleander. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Crete, get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, then step into the grandiose world of Castello del Molo (Koules), and finally work off some steam at Thalasso by Aegeo Spas.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Heraklion trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Heraklion takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. When traveling from Athens in July, plan for slightly colder days in Heraklion, with highs around 85°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to fly to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

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Mykonos Town

— 4 nights

Chora Mykonos

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.
Mykonos Town is known for nightlife, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Little Venice, enjoy the sand and surf at Elia Beach, make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), and stroll through Panormos Beach.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mykonos Town day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Heraklion to Mykonos Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, daytime highs in Mykonos Town are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Neighborhoods

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Crete travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Islands
Great Island
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete offers travelers more than just sun, sea, and sand. Famed for its warm hospitality, outstanding infrastructure, and contrasting landscapes, the island represents one of the world's richest areas in terms of history and culture. Crete burst onto the world scene over 4,000 years ago, when it served as the center of the Minoan civilization, one of Europe's earliest organized societies. Despite the island's wealth of developed beaches, the traces of the mysterious and enchanting Minoan empire remain Crete's top attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world. The island capital Heraklion provides an ideal base for exploring a renowned Minoan palace complex, the site of Europe's oldest city.

Mykonos travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Nightlife
Island of the Winds
Local tradition claims that Mykonos, the trendiest of the Cyclades group of islands, came into existence from the petrified bodies of giants killed by the mythological hero Hercules. Named after the grandson of the god Apollo, this cosmopolitan "Ibiza of Greece" offers modern tourists a blend of glamour and simplicity. Be prepared for hip and loud dance clubs along the coastline and quieter areas farther from the water. Avoid cruise ship crowds thronging the narrow streets by exploring the small villages located in the center of the island. The easiest way to discover the island's golden beaches is by guided boat tour, private car, or motorcycle.