32 days in Greek Isles Itinerary

32 days in Greek Isles Itinerary

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32 days in Greek Isles Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  24​h
1
Corfu Town, Corfu
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Rhodes Town, Rhodes
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
3
Hersonissos, Crete
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Rethymnon, Crete
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
5
Fira, Santorini
— 6 nights
ferry:  1​h 30​min
6
Naxos
— 6 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney

5
nights
Corfu Town, Corfu

Corfu Town ©
Often called "Kastropolis" because of its majestic Venetian castle, Corfu Town once featured such extensive fortifications that a force of over 20,000 soldiers defended them.
Step off the beaten path and head to Speed Boats Tours and Mount Pantokrator. Get out of town with these interesting Corfu Town side-trips: Mavroudis Family Museum and Modern Olive Oil Press (in Vraganiotika), Corfu Beer (in Arillas) and La Grotta Beach (in Paleokastritsa). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paleokastritsa Monastery, steep yourself in history at Kassiopi, delve into the distant past at Old Fortress Corfu, and admire the striking features of Corfu Museum of Asian Art.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Corfu Town holiday planning website .

Sydney, Australia to Corfu Town is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in June, with highs in Corfu Town at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Corfu Town

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Corfu, Aqualand, Kaiser's Throne, Speed Boats Tours, Paralia Agios Georgios
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Mount Pantokrator ©
Mount Pantokrator
Speed Boats Tours
Paralia Agios Georgios ©
Paralia Agios Georgios

3
nights
Rhodes Town, Rhodes

Rhodes Town ©
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pefkos Beach and Agathi Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rhodes Town: Lindos (Village of Lindos & Acropolis of Lindos), Prasonisi Beach (in Kattavia) and Monastery Tsambika (in Kolimbia). The adventure continues: take a stroll around Kalithea Springs, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Rhodes (Hospital of the Knights), look for gifts at Marias House, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rhodes Town trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Corfu Town to Rhodes Town in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus and ferry. While traveling from Corfu Town, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Rhodes Town, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

#Outdoors, #Historic Sites, #Beaches

Side Trips

Lindos, Monastery Tsambika, Agathi Beach, Pefkos Beach, Marias House
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Village of Lindos ©
Village of Lindos
Pefkos Beach ©
Pefkos Beach
Kalithea Springs ©
Kalithea Springs

4
nights
Hersonissos, Crete

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Stalis Beach and Star Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Heraklion (The Palace of Knossos & Heraklion Archaeological Museum), Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos) and Elounda (Eklektos Bookshop & Fortress Spinalonga). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, take in the exciting artwork at Maria Sanoudaki Ceramic - Art Studio, and meet the residents at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hersonissos trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Rhodes Town to Hersonissos in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and taxi. Traveling from Rhodes Town in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Hersonissos, with lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Hersonissos

#Parks, #Theme Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Heraklion, Elounda, Lake Voulismeni, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Stalis Beach
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The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Matala beach and Chania Venetian Lighthouse. Change things up with these side-trips from Rethymnon: Kournas (Lake Kournas & Mandali), Goods of the Ground (in Matala) and Ancient City of Phaistos (in Sivas). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sacred Monastery of Arkadi, wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Church.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rethymnon online journey planner .

Getting from Hersonissos to Rethymnon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Rethymnon

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chania Town, Matala, Kournas, Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete, St. Nicholas Church
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Lake Kournas ©
Lake Kournas
Matala beach ©
Matala beach
Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete ©
Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete

6
nights
Fira, Santorini

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Perivolos. Step out of Fira with an excursion to Perissa Black Sand Beach in Perissa--about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Skaros Rock, and examine the collection at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Fira trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by ferry from Rethymnon to Fira takes 2.5 hours. July in Fira sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Naxos.

Things to do in Fira

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Santorini, Kamari, Akrotiri, Megalochori, Oia
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Alex Private Boat Rental ©
Alex Private Boat Rental
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Skaros Rock ©
Skaros Rock

6
nights
Naxos

Naxos ©
Zeus, the master of all gods from Greek mythology, allegedly grew up in a cave on Naxos, a small but fertile island in the South Aegean Sea.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Old Town and Super Paradise Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Naxos side-trips: Mykonos Town (Matoyianni Street & The Windmills (Kato Milli)), Elia Beach (in Elia) and Paradise Beach (in Paradise Beach). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Portara, take a stroll through Kastro, enjoy the sand and surf at Plaka Beach, and stroll through Agios Prokopios Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Naxos holiday planning app .

Traveling by ferry from Fira to Naxos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Naxos

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Mykonos Town, Paradise Beach, Elia Beach
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Elia Beach ©
Elia Beach
Old Town ©
Old Town
Agios Prokopios Beach ©
Agios Prokopios Beach

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