21 days in Athens, Greek Isles & Hydra Itinerary

21 days in Athens, Greek Isles & Hydra Itinerary

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21 days in Athens, Greek Isles & Hydra Itinerary

Start: Hamilton, Bermuda
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Athens
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h
2
Lindos, Rhodes
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
3
Heraklion, Crete
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h
4
Fira, Santorini
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
5
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 30​min
6
Rethymnon, Crete
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
7
Hydra
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Hamilton, Bermuda

3
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus, take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, and then take a stroll through Plaka.

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

Hamilton, Bermuda to Athens is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Hamilton to Athens is 6 hours. While traveling from Hamilton, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Athens, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

1
night
Lindos, Rhodes

Lindos ©
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Village of Lindos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Lindos Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Church of the Panagia, then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Lindos, and finally stroll through Agios Pavlos Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lindos road trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Athens to Lindos takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Athens in August, you will find days in Lindos are slightly colder (36°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Lindos

Historic Sites Beaches Parks
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Village of Lindos ©
Village of Lindos
Acropolis of Lindos ©
Acropolis of Lindos
The Church of the Panagia ©
The Church of the Panagia

2
nights
Heraklion, Crete

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then stop by Irida Family Workshop, then explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, and finally meet the residents at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, then ponder the design of Morosini Fountain (Lion's Fountain), and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Heraklion road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Lindos to Heraklion in 4.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
The Natural History Museum of Crete ©

4
nights
Fira, Santorini

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Get a sense of the local culture at Akrotiri and Boutari, J., & Son Wineries S.A.. Step out of Fira with an excursion to Perissa Black Sand Beach in Perissa--about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Ancient Thera, explore the activities along Amoudi Bay, take some stellar pictures from Sunset in Oia, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panagia Theoskepasti Chapel.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Fira trip maker tool .

Traveling by ferry from Heraklion to Fira takes 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Oia, Kamari, Akrotiri, Santo Winery, Perissa Black Sand Beach
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KAMARA BEACH ©
KAMARA BEACH
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Ancient Thera ©
Ancient Thera

3
nights
Mykonos Town, Mykonos

Mykonos Town ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Little Venice and Archaeological Site of Delos. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Panormos Beach, stroll through Platis Gialos Beach, and make a trip to Rarity Gallery.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Mykonos Town trip itinerary builder site .

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 33°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Elia Beach, Archaeological Site of Delos, Paradise Beach, Platis Gialos Beach, Panormos Beach
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Elia Beach ©
Elia Beach
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Archaeological Site of Delos ©
Archaeological Site of Delos

3
nights
Rethymnon, Crete

Rethymnon ©
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 28th (Wed): wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, then contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza, then stop by Platanes Shopping, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Arkadi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Ancient Aptera, then examine the collection at Minoan's World, then examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum, and finally stroll through Old Venetian Harbor.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rethymnon journey planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Mykonos Town to Rethymnon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or ride a ferry. In August, daytime highs in Rethymnon are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 30th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Chania Town, Lake Kournas, Ancient Aptera
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Greek National Football Museum ©
Greek National Football Museum
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi

2
nights
Hydra

Hydra ©
Hydra is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece, located in the Aegean Sea between the Saronic Gulf and the Argolic Gulf. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): ride a horse along Harriets Hydra Horses, enjoy the sand and surf at Vlichos Beach, and then admire the masterpieces at Historical Archive - Museum of Hydra. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Lazaros Koundouriotis Mansion (National Historical Museum), tour the pleasant surroundings at Saint Nicholas Beach, and then make a trip to Mount Eros Hydra.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hydra itinerary builder website .

Explore your travel options from Rethymnon to Hydra with the Route module. In August, daily temperatures in Hydra can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. On the 2nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hydra

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Harriets Hydra Horses ©
Harriets Hydra Horses
Historical Archive - Museum of Hydra ©
Mount Eros Hydra ©
Mount Eros Hydra

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