13 days in Greece Itinerary

13 days in Greece Itinerary

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13 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh, Scotland
Fly + Taxi:  7 h 15 min
1
Naxos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Fira, Santorini
— 3 nights
Ferry + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
3
Elounda, Crete
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Rethymnon, Crete
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h 45 min
5
Rhodes Town, Rhodes
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: Edinburgh, Scotland

3
nights
Naxos

Naxos ©
Zeus, the master of all gods from Greek mythology, allegedly grew up in a cave on Naxos, a small but fertile island in the South Aegean Sea.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Plaka Beach and Eggares Olive Press Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Mykonos Town (Matoyianni Street & Little Venice). There's still lots to do: stroll through Agios Prokopios Beach, look for gifts at Ta Axotica Gift Shop, wander the streets of Old Town, and delve into the distant past at Portara.

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

Edinburgh, UK to Naxos is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Edinburgh to Naxos due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Edinburgh in July, expect nights in Naxos to be much warmer, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Naxos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Mykonos Town
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Plaka Beach ©
Plaka Beach
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Matoyianni Street ©
Matoyianni Street

3
nights
Fira, Santorini

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Explore hidden gems such as Spas & Wellness and Skaros Rock. Step out of Fira with an excursion to Perivolos in Perivolos--about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, stop by the White, Santorini, view the masterpieces at MATI Art Gallery, and enjoy the sea views from Akrotiri LightHouse.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Fira vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by ferry from Naxos to Fira takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Elounda.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Santo Winery, Perivolos, Skaros Rock, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail
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Perivolos ©
Perivolos
Skaros Rock ©
Skaros Rock
Akrotiri LightHouse ©
Akrotiri LightHouse

2
nights
Elounda, Crete

Elounda ©
Long a sleepy fishing settlement on Crete's northern coastline, Elounda today serves as a major travel destination, drawing vacationers with a blend of unspoiled natural scenery and luxury resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): look for gifts at Eklektos Bookshop, then enjoy the sand and surf at Voulisma Beach, and then explore the activities along Lake Voulismeni. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Agrilos Beach and then step off the mainland to explore Fortress Spinalonga.

For photos and other tourist information, read our Elounda tour site .

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Fira to Elounda in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Fira in July: highs in Elounda hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Elounda

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Agios Nikolaos, Agrilos Beach
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Voulisma Beach ©
Voulisma Beach
Eklektos Bookshop ©
Eklektos Bookshop

2
nights
Rethymnon, Crete

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 31st (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Monastery of Arkadi, contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza, and then take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Holy Monastery of Preveli, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kournas.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rethymnon trip planner .

Traveling by car from Elounda to Rethymnon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Elounda in July: highs in Rethymnon hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lake Kournas, St. Nicholas Church
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St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi

2
nights
Rhodes Town, Rhodes

Rhodes Town ©
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): make a trip to Monastery Tsambika, kick back and relax at Tsambika Beach, and then get into the urban bustle at Kallithea Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lindos Beach, get your game on at Throne of Helios, and then get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Rhodes (Hospital of the Knights).

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rhodes Town itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Rethymnon to Rhodes Town takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In August in Rhodes Town, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kallithea Springs, Lindos Beach, Tsambika Beach, Monastery Tsambika
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Monastery Tsambika ©
Monastery Tsambika
Lindos Beach ©
Lindos Beach
Tsambika Beach ©
Tsambika Beach

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