10 days in Athens, Santorini & Crete Itinerary

10 days in Athens, Santorini & Crete Itinerary

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Start: New York City
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Bus + Fly + Subway:  13 h 15 min
1
Athens
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 30 min
2
Akrotiri
— 3 nights
Ferry:  2 h 15 min
3
Hersonissos
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  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.
Kids will enjoy Acropolis of Athens and Acropolis Museum. The adventure continues: stop by Plaka, admire the natural beauty at National Garden, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Lycabettus.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Athens trip itinerary maker tool.

New York City, USA to Athens is an approximately 13.5- hour combination of bus, flight, and subway. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of train, flight, and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Athens is 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 75°F. 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 of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
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.
Attractions like Red Beach and Perissa Black Sand Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from Akrotiri with a short trip to Alex Private Boat Rental in Megalochori, about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: gain insight with Captain George Santorini Yachting, kick back and relax at Caldera Beach, explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, and explore by horseback at Experience Horse Riding.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Akrotiri travel planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Athens to Akrotiri in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. When traveling from Athens in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Akrotiri, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

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

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Hersonissos

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like The Palace of Knossos and Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre. Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos), Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda) and Heraklion (The Natural History Museum of Crete & Heraklion Archaeological Museum). categoryPhrases.sentence.Plan_for_a_day_of_cool_family_friendly_fun_on_the_day_at Watercity Waterpark Themed Park. There's more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hersonissos trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by ferry from Akrotiri to Hersonissos takes 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Hersonissos when traveling from Akrotiri in July, with lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

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

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