21 days in Greece & Peru Itinerary

21 days in Greece & Peru Itinerary

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21 days in Greece & Peru Itinerary

Athens, Greece
subway + Fly:  2​h 45​min
Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
Oia, Greece
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 45​min
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly + subway:  2​h 30​min
Athens, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi + train:  26​h
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
Athens, Greece

2
days
Heraklion, Greece

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.
On the 10th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum and then explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, then get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos, and finally meet the residents at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Heraklion tour planner .

Athens to Heraklion is an approximately 3-hour combination of subway and flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Oia.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos, Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre
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The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

3
days
Oia, Greece

Oia ©
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Explore Oia's surroundings by going to Kamari (Ancient Thera & KAMARA BEACH) and Akrotiri (in Akrotiri). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay, view the masterpieces at Mnemossyne Gallery, look for gifts at Oneiro Jewelry, and get to know the fascinating history of Sunset in Oia.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Oia trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Heraklion to Oia in 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Oia are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Oia

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kamari, Oneiro Jewelry, Akrotiri, Alex Private Boat Rental, Skaros Rock
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Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
KAMARA BEACH ©
KAMARA BEACH

4
days
Mykonos Town, Greece

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.
Mykonos Town is known for nightlife, beaches, historic sites, museums, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Panormos Beach, stroll through Agios Sostis Beach, examine the collection at Aegean Maritime Museum, and don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli).

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Mykonos Town sightseeing planner.

Traveling by ferry from Oia to Mykonos Town takes 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Mykonos Town can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mykonos, Mykonos Vioma Organic Farm, Paradise Beach, Agios Sostis Beach, Platis Gialos Beach
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Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
The Windmills (Kato Milli) ©
The Windmills (Kato Milli)
Fokos Beach ©
Fokos Beach

5
days
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, explore the world behind art at Museum of Cycladic Art, and contemplate the long history of Ancient Agora of Athens.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Athens tour itinerary planning site .

Getting from Mykonos Town to Athens by combination of flight and subway takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka District ©
Plaka District

3
days
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Machu Picchu is known for historic sites, nature, parks, spas, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu, look for all kinds of wild species at Los Jardines de Mandor, and look for gifts at Artesanias.

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You can do a combination of flight and train from Athens to Machu Picchu in 26 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Peru Time (PET), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Banos Termales de Cocalmayo
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

2
days
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take a stroll through San Blas, then explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, and then examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Art Museum. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Catedral del Cuzco o Catedral Basilica de la Virgen de la Asuncion, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, then delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Company of Jesus Church.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cusco trip itinerary planning site .

You can take a train from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Cusco are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

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