8 days in Greece & United Arab Emirates Itinerary

8 days in Greece & United Arab Emirates Itinerary

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8 days in Greece & United Arab Emirates Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
subway + Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h
3
Akrotiri, Greece
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h
4
Heraklion, Greece
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
5
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at National Garden. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, then wander the streets of Plaka, and then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Athens day trip planning app .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Athens is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Eastern European Time is minus 2 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Abu Dhabi in July: high temperatures in Athens hover around 38°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mykonos Town.

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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take a stroll through Little Venice and then enjoy the sand and surf at Panormos Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Mykonos Town tour planner.

You can do a combination of subway and flight from Athens to Mykonos Town in 2.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. When traveling from Athens in July, plan for slightly colder days in Mykonos Town, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Panormos Beach
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Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Little Venice ©
Little Venice

1
night
Akrotiri, Greece

Akrotiri ©
Located on Santorini's southwestern coastline, the small village of Akrotiri sits just a short walk from one of Europe's most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites.
On the 14th (Sun), kick back and relax at Caldera Beach, then do a tasting at Boutari, J., & Son Wineries S.A., then kick back and relax at Red Beach, and finally delve into the distant past at Akrotiri.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Akrotiri travel planning site .

You can ride a ferry from Mykonos Town to Akrotiri in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Heraklion.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Boutari, J., & Son Wineries S.A.
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Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri

1
night
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 15th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Heraklion day trip tool .

Ride a ferry from Akrotiri to Heraklion in 2 hours. July in Heraklion sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Dubai.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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

1
night
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): make a trip to Jumeirah Mosque, then get engrossed in the history at Al Fahidi Fort, and then cool off at Wild Wadi Waterpark. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the different shops at The Dubai Mall and then take in panoramic vistas at Burj Khalifa.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Dubai day trip planning tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Heraklion to Dubai in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Heraklion to Dubai is 2 hours. Traveling from Heraklion in July, you will find days in Dubai are much hotter (49°C), and nights are a bit warmer (39°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Dubai

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Burj Khalifa ©
Burj Khalifa
Wild Wadi Waterpark ©
Wild Wadi Waterpark
The Dubai Mall ©
The Dubai Mall

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