10 days in Athens, Crete & Santorini Itinerary

10 days in Athens, Crete & Santorini Itinerary

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10 days in Athens, Crete & Santorini Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Athens
— 1 day
Fly + taxi:  4​h
2
Agios Nikolaos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Rethymnon
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
4
Fira
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  15​h
End: New York City

1
day
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 26th (Sun), explore and take pictures at Panathenaic Stadium, explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus, explore the ancient world of Erechtheion, then explore the ancient world of Ancient Agora of Athens, then delve into the distant past at Temple of Hephaestus, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Kapnikarea.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Athens tour itinerary website .

New York City, USA to Athens is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from New York City to Athens due to the time zone difference. In August, Athens is somewhat warmer than New York City - with highs of 92°F and lows of 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Agios Nikolaos.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites
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Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus
Erechtheion ©
Erechtheion
Temple of Olympian Zeus ©
Temple of Olympian Zeus

2
nights
Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): meet the residents at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Stalis Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Panagias Keras Church, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Voulismeni. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Havania Beach and then kick back and relax at Spinalonga Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Agios Nikolaos trip itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Athens to Agios Nikolaos in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Athens in August, with highs in Agios Nikolaos at 85°F and lows at 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Agios Nikolaos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Havania Beach, Spinalonga Beach, Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, Stalis Beach
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Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach
Lake Voulismeni ©
Lake Voulismeni
Spinalonga Beach ©
Spinalonga Beach

2
nights
Rethymnon

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 29th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop, then steep yourself in history at The Venetian Fortezza, then pause for some serene contemplation at Agia Irini, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sacred Monastery of Arkadi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Preveli Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church, and then explore the activities along Lake Kournas.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Rethymnon vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Agios Nikolaos to Rethymnon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Kournas, Preveli Beach, Agia Irini, St. Nicholas Church
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The Venetian Fortezza ©
The Venetian Fortezza
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi
Lake Kournas ©
Lake Kournas

4
nights
Fira

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Akrotiri LightHouse and Museum of Prehistoric Thera. Step out of the city life by going to Perivolos and Santorini Volcano. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Ancient Thera, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hiking Trail Fira - Oia, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and explore the striking landscape at Skaros Rock.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Fira planner .

Traveling by ferry from Rethymnon to Fira takes 2.5 hours. In August in Fira, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Santorini, Akrotiri LightHouse, Amoudi Bay, Skaros Rock, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
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Ancient Thera ©
Ancient Thera
Santo Winery ©
Santo Winery
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

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