9 days in Greece & Belgium Itinerary

9 days in Greece & Belgium Itinerary

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Heraklion, Greece
— 1 day
Ferry
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Fira, Greece
— 1 night
Ferry
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Mykonos Town, Greece
— 1 night
Fly
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights

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Heraklion, Greece

— 1 day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum and then explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Heraklion trip itinerary planning site.

Brussels, Belgium to Heraklion is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Brussels in October, things will get a bit warmer in Heraklion: highs are around 28°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Fira, Greece

— 1 night
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): kick back and relax at Red Beach, then explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kamari Beach.

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

Ride a ferry from Heraklion to Fira in 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Fira can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Fira

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Mykonos Town, Greece

— 1 night

Chora Mykonos

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.
On the 20th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Paraportiani Church, then make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), and then take a stroll through Little Venice.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mykonos Town day trip planning app.

You can ride a ferry from Fira to Mykonos Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Athens.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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Athens, Greece

— 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 21st (Thu), contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, then don't miss a visit to Plateia Syntagmatos, and then take a stroll through Plaka. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, and then get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Athens trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Mykonos Town to Athens takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. In October in Athens, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Bruges.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Bruges, Belgium

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
On the 23rd (Sat), examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, then don't miss a visit to The Markt, then explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Bruges, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, admire the landmark architecture of Stadhuis, then get engrossed in the history at Groeningemuseum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Bruges sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Bruges takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Athens to Bruges, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Athens in October, things will get a bit cooler in Bruges: highs are around 18°C and lows about 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Brussels, Belgium

— 2 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
On the 25th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, contemplate the long history of Grand Place, then appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), and finally don't miss a visit to Atomium.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Brussels trip planner.

Getting from Bruges to Brussels by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brussels

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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.

Belgium travel guide

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A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.