17 days in Athens, Ikaria & Cyclades Itinerary

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Athens
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Ikaria
— 3 nights
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Athens
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Naxos Town, Naxos
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Fira
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Milos
— 3 nights
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Paros
— 2 nights
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Athens
— 1 night
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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.
To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Athens trip itinerary planning app.

Los Angeles, USA to Athens is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Los Angeles to Athens, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. You'll set off for Ikaria on the 19th (Fri).
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Ikaria — 3 nights

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Ikaria trip builder app.

Getting from Athens to Ikaria by car takes about 17.5 hours. In May in Ikaria, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 63°F at night. On the 22nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Athens.
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Athens

The Birthplace of Democracy

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Athens trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Ikaria to Athens by car takes about 17.5 hours. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll travel to Naxos Town.
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Naxos Town, Naxos — 2 nights

Naxos Town tops the itinerary of most visitors exploring the Aegean islands, drawing their attention with taverns, shops, beaches, and ancient ruins.
On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Naxia Gi, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Saint George Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Naxos Town trip planner.

Getting from Athens to Naxos Town by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 62°F. On the 24th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can ride a ferry to Fira.
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Fira — 4 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Get outdoors at Kamari Beach and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Red Beach and Perissa Black Sand Beach. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, pause for some serene contemplation at Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Fira online visit planner.

You can ride a ferry from Naxos Town to Fira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 63°F. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Milos.
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Milos — 3 nights

Island of Colors

The result of thousands of years of volcanic activity, the island of Milos features a craggy coastline interspersed by shallow beaches.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): examine the collection at Sand Museum, then stroll through Sarakiniko Beach, and then get a tailor-made plan with Oneiro Milos.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Milos trip maker website.

You can ride a ferry from Fira to Milos in 3 hours. Another option is to fly. In May in Milos, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 62°F at night. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Paros.
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Paros — 2 nights

Poor Man's Mykonos

Long ignored by tourists because of its reputation as a plain ferry hub, Paros today serves as one of the Aegean's major holiday destinations, luring travelers with its fashionable resort towns and quaint mountain villages.
Relax by the water at Piso Aliki Beach and Kolymbithres Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Parikia Town and Marathi Marble Quarries. And it doesn't end there: soothe aching muscles at Aliki Yoga School, enjoy the sand and surf at Aliki Beach, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum Parou, and stroll through Golden Beach.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Paros trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Milos to Paros by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Athens.
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Athens — 1 night

The Birthplace of Democracy

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

Fly from Paros to Athens in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Cyclades travel guide

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Located southeast of the Greek mainland, the Cyclades island group constitutes part of an archipelago containing over 2,000 islands. Quintessentially Mediterranean, the islands feature varied landscapes that include sun-drenched beaches, bare mountains, olive groves, ancient ruins, lush vineyards, and whitewashed villages. Santorini and Mykonos remain the Cyclades' main tourist attractions, luring vacationers with golden sands and lively nightlife. You can easily avoid the big crowds by settling on less-frequented Antiparos or Anafi, small islands with quiet beaches and picturesque coastal walks. If you're not married to the idea of staying in one place, use one of the bigger islands as your base and spend time touring the remote islets, which provide plenty of privacy and tranquility.
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Santorini travel guide

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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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