8 days in Greece Itinerary

8 days in Greece Itinerary

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8 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
+2
Fly + taxi + ferry:  17​h 45​min
1
Naxos
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h 30​min
2
Fira, Santorini
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
3
Rethymnon, Crete
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Atlanta

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Agios Prokopios Beach, then explore the ancient world of Temple of Apollo, then delve into the distant past at Portara, and finally take a stroll through Old Town. On your second day here, stroll through Mikri Vigla Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Plaka Beach, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Roman Catholic Cathedral.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Naxos driving holiday planner .

Atlanta, USA to Naxos is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 7 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Naxos when traveling from Atlanta in October, with lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Naxos

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Mikri Vigla Beach ©
Mikri Vigla Beach
Plaka Beach ©
Plaka Beach
Agios Prokopios Beach ©
Agios Prokopios Beach

3
nights
Fira, Santorini

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Get some historical perspective at Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist and Akrotiri. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Perivolos and Cathedral Church Of Candlemas Of The Lord. There's much more to do: stroll through Hiking Trail Fira - Oia, visit a coastal fixture at Akrotiri LightHouse, explore the striking landscape at Skaros Rock, and explore the ancient world of Ancient Thera.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Fira trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by ferry from Naxos to Fira takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In October, daily temperatures in Fira can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Hiking Trail Fira - Oia, Skaros Rock, Perivolos, Ancient Thera
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Perivolos ©
Perivolos
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist ©

2
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 26th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Four Martyrs Church, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Church, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kournas, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Episkopi Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rethymnon journey planner .

You can ride a ferry from Fira to Rethymnon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in October, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

St. Nicholas Church, Episkopi Beach, Lake Kournas
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St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church
The Venetian Fortezza ©
The Venetian Fortezza
Four Martyrs Church ©
Four Martyrs Church

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