8 days in Greece Itinerary

8 days in Greece Itinerary

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Fly to Heraklion International Nikos Kazantzakis Airport, Drive to Heraklion
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Heraklion, Crete
— 1 night
Ferry
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Fira, Santorini
— 2 nights
Fly
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Athens
— 4 nights
Fly

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Heraklion, Crete

— 1 night
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 5th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then observe the fascinating underwater world at CRETAquarium, and then explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Heraklion journey planning app.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Heraklion is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dammam to Heraklion due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Dammam in July, plan for colder days in Heraklion, with highs around 34°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Fira, Santorini

— 2 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, then kick back and relax at Red Beach, and then kick back and relax at Perissa Black Sand Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Ancient Thera, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kamari Beach, and then surround yourself with nature on Santorini Sailing.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Fira online trip builder.

Getting from Heraklion to Fira by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Athens.

Things to do in Fira

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Athens

— 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kids will enjoy Acropolis of Athens and Plaka. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, admire the natural beauty at National Garden, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Athens route planner.

Getting from Fira to Athens by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. July in Athens sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours
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Greece travel guide

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Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.