9 days in Greece & Belgium Itinerary

9 days in Greece & Belgium Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe vacation planner

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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 22nd (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum and then steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Heraklion trip itinerary 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 difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Brussels in September, expect Heraklion to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): kick back and relax at Red Beach, delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kamari Beach.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Fira trip itinerary planning site.

You can ride a ferry from Heraklion to Fira in 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Fira

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Paraportiani Church, then don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli), and then take a stroll through Little Venice.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Mykonos Town travel route planning site.

Getting from Fira to Mykonos Town by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly. In September, daytime highs in Mykonos Town are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Athens.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 24:

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 25th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, then make a trip to Plateia Syntagmatos, and then wander the streets of Plaka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, and then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Athens attractions planner.

You can fly from Mykonos Town to Athens in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. In September in Athens, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can fly to Bruges.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, then don't miss a visit to The Markt, then contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation 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 take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bruges itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Athens to Bruges in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Athens in September; daily highs in Bruges reach 22°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): examine the collection at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, then steep yourself in history at Grand Place, then pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of 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 see the interesting displays at Atomium.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Brussels driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. September in Brussels sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to 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.