12 days in Athens, Mykonos & Santorini Itinerary

12 days in Athens, Mykonos & Santorini Itinerary

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Athens
— 4 nights
Taxi to Rafina, Ferry to Mykonos Town
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Mykonos Town
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Fira
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Mykonos Town
Ferry to Rafina, Taxi to Athens
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Athens
— 1 night
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Athens

— 4 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: Nafplio (Church of Agios Spyridonas & Nauplion Promenade) and Archaeological Site Mycenae (in Mycenae). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, make a trip to Plateia Syntagmatos, and take a stroll through Monastiraki.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Athens trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Athens is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Amsterdam to Athens, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, Athens is somewhat warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can fly to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 29:

Mykonos Town

— 3 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: visit Little Venice, kick back and relax at Super Paradise Beach, stroll through Paradise Beach, and don't miss a visit to Rarity Gallery.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Mykonos Town online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Mykonos Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. Traveling from Athens in July, expect nights in Mykonos Town to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 1:

Fira

— 3 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Fira is known for wineries, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Fira trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Mykonos Town to Fira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August in Fira, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Fira

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 4:

Mykonos Town

Chora Mykonos

Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Manto Mavrogenous Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paraportiani Church, then make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), and finally look for gifts at Mytho.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mykonos Town tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by ferry from Fira to Mykonos Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can fly to Athens.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 5:

Athens

— 1 night

The Birthplace of Democracy

Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus, then look for gifts at Electra Raikos Exact Museum Copies, then wander the streets of Plaka, and finally delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Athens road trip planning site.

You can fly from Mykonos Town to Athens in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and taxi. Traveling from Mykonos Town in August, expect nights in Athens to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Athens

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 5:

Mykonos travel guide

4.1
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.

Santorini travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.