10 days in Athens, Crete & Santorini Itinerary

10 days in Athens, Crete & Santorini Itinerary

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Athens
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Agios Nikolaos
— 2 nights
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Rethymnon
— 2 nights
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Fira
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Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): catch a live event at Panathenaic Stadium, explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus, delve into the distant past at 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 see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Athens online travel planner.

New York City, USA to Athens is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Athens is 7 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in August; daily highs in Athens reach 92°F and lows reach 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Agios Nikolaos.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites
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Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus
Church of Kapnikarea ©
Church of Kapnikarea
Erechtheion ©
Erechtheion

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Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos
A tour of Agios Nikolaos leads visitors through charming neighborhoods with white washed houses, squares with taverns, steep pedestrian streets, and sea as a backdrop, ideal for exploration on foot.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Stalis Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panagias Keras Church, and finally explore the activities along Lake Voulismeni. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Havania Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Spinalonga Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Agios Nikolaos sightseeing planning site.

Getting from Athens to Agios Nikolaos by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder 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 · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Spinalonga Beach, Stalis Beach, Havania Beach, Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre
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Havania Beach
Havania Beach
Panagias Keras Church ©
Panagias Keras Church
Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach

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

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rethymnon route builder.

Getting from Agios Nikolaos to Rethymnon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. August in Rethymnon sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 72°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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

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Fira

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Akrotiri LightHouse and Ancient Thera. Get some cultural insight at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos and Museum of Prehistoric Thira. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Perivolos, explore the striking landscape at Skaros Rock, learn about winemaking at Santo Winery, and hike along Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Fira trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Rethymnon to Fira by combination of taxi and ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or fly. In August in Fira, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 75°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fira

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Santorini, Ancient Thera, Skaros Rock, Amoudi Bay, Santo Winery
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Perivolos ©
Perivolos
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Museum of Prehistoric Thira ©
Museum of Prehistoric Thira

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