13 days in Greece & Ionian Islands Itinerary

13 days in Greece & Ionian Islands Itinerary

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Athens
— 3 nights
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Heraklion, Crete
— 1 night
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Fira, Santorini
— 2 nights
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Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 2 nights
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Corfu Town, Corfu
— 3 nights
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Athens

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
You've now added Nikos Limo Taxi Tours to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, make a trip to Plateia Syntagmatos, take a stroll through Plaka, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ieros Naos Agiou Dimitriou Loumpardiari.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Athens day trip planning tool.

San Diego, USA to Athens is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Athens is 10 hours. In September, daytime highs in Athens are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Athens

Transportation · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:

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Heraklion, Crete

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 13th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum of Crete, and then steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Heraklion trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Heraklion takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 12 — 13:

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Fira, Santorini

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): stop by the White, Santorini, explore the galleries of Eduart Gjopalaj Workshop, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Beach, then delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, and finally explore by horseback at Experience Horse Riding. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, take in the dramatic natural features at Skaros Rock, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Fira holiday planner.

Getting from Heraklion to Fira by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. September in Fira sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Fira

Tours · Parks · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:

2
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Mykonos Town, Mykonos

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): visit Little Venice, then make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), then examine the collection at Aegean Maritime Museum, and finally stroll through Paradise Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: sample the tasty concoctions at Mykonos Brewing Company, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Mykonos.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Mykonos Town trip planner.

Getting from Fira to Mykonos Town by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly. In September in Mykonos Town, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can fly to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:

3
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Corfu Town, Corfu

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.
Take a break from Corfu Town with a short trip to Paleokastritsa Beach in Paleokastritsa, about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: expand your understanding of the military at Old Fortress Corfu, step into the grandiose world of Mon Repos Palace, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Corfu, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Spiridon.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Corfu Town day trip planner.

You can fly from Mykonos Town to Corfu Town in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, daytime highs in Corfu Town are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:

Greece travel guide

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Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

Santorini travel guide

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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.

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.

Ionian Islands travel guide

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To see a greener and less-crowded version of Greece, place the Ionian Islands at the top of your itinerary. Stretching along the west coast of the Greek mainland, this chain of islands boasts villages, rural landscapes, and beaches washed by the crystalline waters of the Ionian Sea. The "Seven Islands," as the locals prefer to call them, often seem far removed from the rest of the country. Greatly influenced by past Venetian, British, and French rulers, the islands retain their distinct atmosphere and boast a rich cultural and architectural heritage. To experience some of that special Ionian culture, head to the smaller islands of Paxi and Ithaki, which offer wild terrain and outstanding local cuisine.