10 days in Athens, Santorini & Crete Itinerary

10 days in Athens, Santorini & Crete Itinerary

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10 days in Athens, Santorini & Crete Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Athens
— 2 nights
2
Akrotiri
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
3
Hersonissos
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  15​h
End: New York City

2
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Family-friendly places like Acropolis Museum and Plaka will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and take a stroll through Monastiraki.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Athens journey site .

Newark, USA to Athens is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Athens is 7 hours. In July in Athens, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

3
nights
Akrotiri

Akrotiri ©
Located on Santorini's southwestern coastline, the small village of Akrotiri sits just a short walk from one of Europe's most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites.
Kids will enjoy Red Beach and Caldera Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Alex Private Boat Rental in Megalochori (about 34 minutes away). There's much more to do: tour the water at your own pace with Captain George Santorini Yachting, explore by horseback at Santo Horse Riding, kick back and relax at Perissa Black Sand Beach, and delve into the distant past at Akrotiri.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Akrotiri vacation builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Athens to Akrotiri takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Athens in July: highs in Akrotiri hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Outdoors Tours Transportation

Side Trips

Megalochori, Perissa Black Sand Beach, Captain George Santorini Yachting
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Santo Horse Riding ©
Santo Horse Riding
Captain George Santorini Yachting ©
Captain George Santorini Yachting
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

3
nights
Hersonissos

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Kids will appreciate attractions like The Palace of Knossos and Fortress Spinalonga. Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos) and Heraklion (The Natural History Museum of Crete & Heraklion Archaeological Museum). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 27th (Sat) at Watercity Waterpark Themed Park. There's more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hersonissos route planner .

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Akrotiri to Hersonissos in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Akrotiri in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 69°F in Hersonissos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Heraklion, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Lake Voulismeni, The Palace of Knossos, Fortress Spinalonga
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos

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