15 days in Greece Itinerary

15 days in Greece Itinerary

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Athens
— 2 nights
Fly
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Chania Town
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Heraklion
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Fira
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Ios
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Mykonos Town
— 2 nights
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Athens — 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Shop till you drop at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre and Sandal Mania. Explore hidden gems such as Temple of Hephaestus and Temple of Athena Nike. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, make a trip to Erechtheion, steep yourself in history at Ancient Agora of Athens, and wander the streets of Plaka.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Athens road trip planner.

Austin, USA to Athens is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Austin to Athens due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Austin, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Athens, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Chania Town.
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Chania Town — 2 nights

The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kournas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church, then examine the collection at MINOAN'S WORLD, and finally do a tasting at Manousakis Winery. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at German Military Cemetery, look for gifts at Bonsai and Art, then enjoy the sand and surf at Falassarna Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Agia Marina Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Chania Town trip planner.

You can fly from Athens to Chania Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July in Chania Town, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the shuttle to Heraklion.
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Heraklion — 2 nights

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 12th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at Aegeo Spas, then get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then explore the historical opulence of Castello del Molo (Koules), and finally get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at CRETAquarium, then explore the world behind art at Kazantzakis Museum, then learn about winemaking at Domaine Paterianakis, and finally contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Heraklion day trip site.

Getting from Chania Town to Heraklion by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. July in Heraklion sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Fira.
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Fira — 3 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ernesto Workshop & Gallery and Eduart Gjopalaj Workshop. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Santo Winery and Wine Tours & Tastings. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see the interesting displays at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, explore the ancient world of Ancient Thera, and trek along Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Fira vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by ferry from Heraklion to Fira takes 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Fira are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ios.
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Ios — 2 nights

Halfway between Naxos and Santorini lies tiny Ios, famous worldwide as one of the Aegean's liveliest nightlife hubs.
On the 17th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Archeologiko Mousio Iou, enjoy the sand and surf at Manganari Beach, and then kick back and relax at Tris Klissies. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Mylopotas Beach, then see the interesting displays at Chora Museum, Ios, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gialos Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ios trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Fira to Ios by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Mykonos Town.
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Mykonos Town — 2 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.
On the 19th (Wed), take a stroll through Little Venice, then don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli), then look for gifts at Mytho, and finally kick back and relax at Agios Sostis Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Elia Beach, then sample the tasty concoctions at Mykonos Brewing Company, and then don't miss a visit to Rarity Gallery.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Mykonos Town route builder.

You can ride a ferry from Ios to Mykonos Town in 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Mykonos Town can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.
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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.
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Crete travel guide

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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.
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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.
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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.
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