14 days in Greece Itinerary

14 days in Greece Itinerary

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14 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Athens
— 1 night
Subway + Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Naxos Town
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Fira
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1​h 45​min
4
Heraklion
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Cape Town

1
night
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 18th (Fri), wander the streets of Plaka, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Athens road trip planning site .

Cape Town, South Africa to Athens is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in September; daily highs in Athens reach 34°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Naxos Town.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

6
nights
Naxos Town

Naxos Town ©
Naxos Town tops the itinerary of most visitors exploring the Aegean islands, drawing their attention with taverns, shops, beaches, and ancient ruins.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Panormos Beach and Paradise Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naxos Town: Super Paradise Beach (in Paradise Beach), Mykonos Town (Dio Horia, The Windmills (Kato Milli), & more) and Ornos Beach (in Ornos). There's much more to do: stroll through Elia Beach, stop by Naxia Gi, kick back and relax at Aeolis Aghios Georgios Beach, and delve into the distant past at Portara.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Naxos Town trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of subway and flight from Athens to Naxos Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September in Naxos Town, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Fira.

Things to do in Naxos Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mykonos Town, Paradise Beach, Elia Beach, Panormos Beach, Naxia Gi
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Elia Beach ©
Elia Beach
Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

3
nights
Fira

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Red Beach and Perissa Black Sand Beach. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, stop by the White, Santorini, make a trip to Sunset in Oia, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kamari Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Fira trip planner .

You can drive from Naxos Town to Fira in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Heraklion.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Oia, Akrotiri, Kamari Beach, Perissa Black Sand Beach
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Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Kamari Beach ©
Kamari Beach
Perissa Black Sand Beach ©
Perissa Black Sand Beach

2
nights
Heraklion

Heraklion ©
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 28th (Mon): observe the fascinating underwater world at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, then look for gifts at Nerium Oleander, and finally get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Reptisland, ponder the design of Bembo Fountain, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, then get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, and finally get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Heraklion online sightseeing planner .

You can ride a ferry from Fira to Heraklion in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, The Palace of Knossos, Reptisland
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos

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