16 days in Greece & Cairo

16 days in Greece & Cairo

Tatiana Hernandez
Make it your trip
Air Canada AC 8964 + Air Canada AC 74
View details ›
1
Cairo, Egypt
— 4 nights
Egyptair MS 749 + Egyptair MS 749
View details ›
2
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Aegean Airlines A3 354
View details ›
3
Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry
4
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Aegean Airlines A3 381
View details ›
5
Athens, Greece
— 1 night
Fly

S M T W T F S
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27

Cairo, Egypt — 4 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

More than 20 million people call Cairo their home and, as soon as you set foot in the sprawling metropolis, it's evident they make it crowded and chaotic, but also exuberant and charming.
Popular historic sites such as Pyramids of Giza and Mosque of Muhammad Ali are in your itinerary. The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and Great Sphinx are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Pyramid of Teti in Saqqara (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Coptic Cairo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay, admire the striking features of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary), and contemplate the long history of Aisha Fahmi Palace.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Cairo trip itinerary planning tool.

Chicago, USA to Cairo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in August: high temperatures in Cairo hover around 96°F and lows are around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Athens.
more
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 11:

Athens, Greece — 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mount Lycabettus as well as The Great Theatre of Epidaurus. Get some cultural insight at Acropolis of Athens and Acropolis Museum. There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, stroll through Glyfada Beach, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Cycladic Art.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Athens day trip planning website.

You can fly from Cairo to Athens in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. In August, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 92°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Fira.
more
Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 15:

Fira, Greece — 2 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Museum of Prehistoric Thira, kick back and relax at Red Beach, and then do a tasting at Santo Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Eduart Gjopalaj Workshop, stroll through Kamari Beach, examine the collection at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally view the masterpieces at Nikola's Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Fira route builder tool.

You can fly from Athens to Fira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Athens in August, expect nights in Fira to be about the same, around 75°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 87°F. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Mykonos Town.
more
Outdoors · Museums · Beaches · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 17:

Mykonos Town, Greece — 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.
Relax by the water at Agios Stefanos Beach and Ornos Beach. Little Venice and Archaeological Museum of Mykonos are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mykonos Town: Fish & Olive (in Chalkio) and Naxos Town (The Temple of Apollo – Portara & Old Town). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Platis Gialos Beach, don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli), and steep yourself in history at Bellonia Tower.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Mykonos Town trip itinerary builder website.

You can ride a ferry from Fira to Mykonos Town in 2.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In August, daytime highs in Mykonos Town are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Athens.
more
Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Neighborhoods
Side Trips
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 20:

Athens, Greece — 1 night

The Birthplace of Democracy

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Athens journey planning site.

Getting from Mykonos Town to Athens by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi. When traveling from Mykonos Town in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Athens, with highs around 92°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 77°F. You'll set off for home on the 21st (Sun).
more
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 21:

Greece travel guide

4.2
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.
more

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.
more

Mykonos travel guide

4.2
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.
more