13 days in Athens, Crete & Santorini Itinerary

13 days in Athens, Crete & Santorini Itinerary

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13 days in Athens, Crete & Santorini Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Athens
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 30​min
2
Hersonissos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Rethymnon
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h 30​min
4
Fira
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Manila, Luzon


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4
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, take some stellar pictures from Mount Lycabettus, wander the streets of Plaka, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Athens online trip itinerary maker .

Manila, Philippines to Athens is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Philippines Time (PHT) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 6 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Manila in October: high temperatures in Athens hover around 28°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hersonissos.

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

3
nights
Hersonissos

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hersonissos: Heraklion (Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Nerium Oleander, & more), Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda) and Kazantzakis Museum (in Myrtia). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, do a tasting at Winery Stilianou, and examine the collection at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum.

Plan my Hersonissos trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Athens to Hersonissos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In October in Hersonissos, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Heraklion, Winery Stilianou, Fortress Spinalonga, The Palace of Knossos, Kazantzakis Museum
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga

1
night
Rethymnon

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.
On the 19th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Arkadi, then take in the exciting artwork at Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop, then get engrossed in the history at Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, and finally wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rethymnon online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Hersonissos to Rethymnon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In October in Rethymnon, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop ©
Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop

3
nights
Fira

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Fira is known for nightlife, museums, spas, historic sites, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, enjoy the sand and surf at KAMARA BEACH, pause for some serene contemplation at Panagia Theoskepasti Chapel, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Fira trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Rethymnon to Fira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. October in Fira sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Kamari, Oia, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, Panagia Theoskepasti Chapel
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

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