12 days in Athens & Santorini Itinerary

12 days in Athens & Santorini Itinerary

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12 days in Athens & Santorini Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  14​h
1
Athens
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Vlychada
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Pyrgos
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
4
Oia
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Toronto

3
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Hephaestus, wander the streets of Monastiraki, and take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Athens tour itinerary builder app .

Toronto, Canada to Athens is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Toronto to Athens, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Toronto in December, plan for much hotter days in Athens, with highs around 17°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Vlychada.

Things to do in Athens

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

2
nights
Vlychada

Vlychada ©
On the 27th (Thu), examine the collection at Tomato Industrial Museum and then tour the water at your own pace with Captain George Santorini Yachting. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Vlichada Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Vlychada Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Santorini Arts Factory.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Vlychada trip maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Athens to Vlychada. December in Vlychada sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Pyrgos.

Things to do in Vlychada

Outdoors Transportation Tours

Side Trip

Santorini Arts Factory
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Captain George Santorini Yachting ©
Captain George Santorini Yachting
Santorini Arts Factory ©
Santorini Arts Factory
Vlychada Beach ©
Vlychada Beach

2
nights
Pyrgos

Pyrgos ©
Pyrgos provides one of the finest examples of Cycladic architecture in Greece, exemplified by the town's labyrinthine streets and whitewashed stone buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): visit a coastal fixture at Akrotiri LightHouse, learn about winemaking at Santo Winery, then examine the collection at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, and finally examine the collection at Cultural Village. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Venetsanos Winery, choose your vessel at Alex Private Boat Rental, then do a tasting at Avantis Estate - Santorini, and finally examine the collection at Monastery of Profitis Ilias.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Pyrgos trip planner .

Pyrgos is just a stone's throw from Vlychada. In December in Pyrgos, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Oia.

Things to do in Pyrgos

Museums Wineries Transportation

Side Trips

Megalochori, Monastery of Profitis Ilias, Akrotiri LightHouse, Avantis Estate Santorini, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
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Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Alex Private Boat Rental ©
Alex Private Boat Rental
Avantis Estate Santorini ©
Avantis Estate Santorini

3
nights
Oia

Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Oia is known for nature, historic sites, shopping, wineries, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Amoudi Bay, look for gifts at Aquamarine Jewelry, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, and make a trip to Oia's Main Street.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Oia vacation planner .

Oia is just a short distance from Pyrgos. December in Oia sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 2nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Oia

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Oia's Main Street, Sand Lily Boutique, Museum of Prehistoric Thira
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Speed Boats Tours
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay
Ekklisia Panagia Platsani ©
Ekklisia Panagia Platsani

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