17 days in Santorini, Ios & Crete Itinerary

17 days in Santorini, Ios & Crete Itinerary

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Fly
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Fira
— 5 nights
Ferry
2
Ios
— 4 nights
Ferry to Heraklion, Taxi to Hersonissos
3
Hersonissos
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Rethymnon
— 1 night
Drive
5
Chania Town
— 3 nights
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Fira — 5 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Skaros Rock and Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Akrotiri and Venetsanos Winery. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sea views from Akrotiri LightHouse, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Perivolos, and do a tasting at Santo Winery.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Fira trip maker tool.

Vancouver, Canada to Fira is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Vancouver to Fira, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Vancouver in September: high temperatures in Fira hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ios.
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Ios — 4 nights

Halfway between Naxos and Santorini lies tiny Ios, famous worldwide as one of the Aegean's liveliest nightlife hubs.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Manganari Beach and Koumbara Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Mylopotas Beach and Tris Klissies. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Ag. Theodoti Beach and stroll through Lorentzena Βeach.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ios online attractions planner.

Traveling by ferry from Fira to Ios takes 1.5 hours. In September in Ios, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hersonissos.
Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
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Hersonissos — 2 nights

Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos, contemplate the long history of Castello del Molo (Koules), then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, and finally take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, then kick back and relax at Stalis Beach, and then experience rural life at Cretan Olive Oil Farm.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hersonissos trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Ios to Hersonissos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Hersonissos when traveling from Ios in September, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rethymnon.
Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches
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Rethymnon — 1 night

Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): kick back and relax at Rethymno Beach, take in the waterfront at Old Venetian Harbour of Rethymno, then take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, and finally view the masterpieces at Cloclo's Art Handmade Creations.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rethymnon trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hersonissos to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Chania Town.
Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Chania Town — 3 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Agia Marina Beach and Agii Apostoli Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Lighthouse of Chania and Souda Bay War Cemetery. There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Manousakis Winery, delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, explore the different monuments and memorials at German Military Cemetery, and take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Chania.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Chania Town sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Chania Town takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Chania Town are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
Wineries · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
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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.

Crete travel guide

4.3
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.