12 days in Greece Itinerary

12 days in Greece Itinerary

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12 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Athens
— 2 nights
2
Heraklion
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h
3
Vlychada
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Oia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Mykonos Town
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Minneapolis

2
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: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, wander the streets of Plaka, explore the world behind art at Museum of Cycladic Art, and pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To find out how to plan a trip to Athens, use our trip itinerary maker.

Minneapolis, USA to Athens is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Minneapolis in August: high temperatures in Athens hover around 92°F and lows are around 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Heraklion.

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

2
nights
Heraklion

Heraklion ©
Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Agios Mathaios Sinaites, and finally delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, then meet the residents at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, and finally meet the residents at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Heraklion online trip maker .

You can do a combination of subway and flight from Athens to Heraklion in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Athens in August: highs in Heraklion hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Vlychada.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, The Palace of Knossos, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos

1
night
Vlychada

Vlychada ©
On the 3rd (Tue), examine the collection at Tomato Industrial Museum, explore by horseback at Santo Horse Riding, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Beach, and finally explore the ancient world of Akrotiri.

Before you visit Vlychada, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Heraklion to Vlychada. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in September, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Oia.

Things to do in Vlychada

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Akrotiri
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Santo Horse Riding ©
Santo Horse Riding
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

3
nights
Oia

Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kamari (Ancient Thera & KAMARA BEACH) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in Fira). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay, look for gifts at Sand Lily Boutique, take in the exciting artwork at Thiras Art Gallery, and learn about winemaking at Vassaltis Vineyards.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Oia tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Vlychada to Oia takes an hour. In September, daytime highs in Oia are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Oia

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Kamari, Fira, Santorini, Sand Lily Boutique
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay
Santorini Sail Cruises ©
Santorini Sail Cruises

2
nights
Mykonos Town

Mykonos Town ©
A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
On the 7th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach, see the interesting displays at Aegean Maritime Museum, then take a stroll through Little Venice, and finally don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli). Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Rarity Gallery and then kick back and relax at Panormos Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Mykonos Town trip itinerary planning app .

You can ride a ferry from Oia to Mykonos Town in 3 hours. In September in Mykonos Town, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Paradise Beach, Panormos Beach
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Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
The Windmills (Kato Milli) ©
The Windmills (Kato Milli)

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