16 days in Greece Itinerary

16 days in Greece Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Bus:  20 h 30 min
1
Lindos, Rhodes
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6 h 45 min
2
Sitia, Crete
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Rethymnon, Crete
— 2 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  2 h 30 min
4
Fira, Santorini
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Naxos
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 30 min
6
Athens
— 3 nights
Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Lindos, Rhodes

Lindos ©
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Lindos Beach. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Agathi Beach, explore the galleries of Art Park Rhodes, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tsambika Beach.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lindos trip maker app.

San Francisco, USA to Lindos is an approximately 21.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of subway, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Francisco in May since evenings lows in Lindos dip to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Sitia.

Things to do in Lindos

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Rhodes, Dormition of Theotokos Church, Agathi Beach, Agios Giorgios o Vardas, Ostria Beach Bar
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Lindos Beach ©
Lindos Beach
Agathi Beach ©
Agathi Beach
Castle of Monolithos ©
Castle of Monolithos

1
night
Sitia, Crete

Sitia ©
Sitia is a port town and a municipality in Lasithi, Crete, Greece. On the 7th (Tue), kick back and relax at Kouremenos Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Itanos Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Erimoupolis Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Terra Zakros Shop, enjoy the sand and surf at Goudouras Beach, and then stroll through Karoumes Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sitia trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lindos to Sitia. In May, daily temperatures in Sitia can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Sitia

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Itanos Beach, Terra Zakros Shop, Goudouras Beach
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Goudouras Beach ©
Goudouras Beach
Itanos Beach ©
Itanos Beach
Karoumes Beach ©
Karoumes Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Monastery Arsaniou, then view the masterpieces at Ilys ceramics, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Arkadi. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop, stroll through Episkopi Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kournas, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church.

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

Drive from Sitia to Rethymnon in 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Rethymnon can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Episkopi Beach, The Monastery Arsaniou, St. Nicholas Church, Ilys ceramics, Lake Kournas
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Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi
St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church
The Monastery Arsaniou ©
The Monastery Arsaniou

3
nights
Fira, Santorini

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Head to MATI Art Gallery and the White, Santorinifor plenty of shopping. Akrotiri and Santo Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Fira with an excursion to Perivolos in Perivolos--about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Ancient Thera, hike along Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, don't miss a visit to Akrotiri LightHouse, and see the interesting displays at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Fira online attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Rethymnon to Fira takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Naxos.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Amoudi Bay, Santo Winery, Ancient Thera, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail
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Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Perivolos ©
Perivolos
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail ©
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): kick back and relax at Mikri Vigla Beach, view the masterpieces at Fish & Olive, then delve into the distant past at Tower of Zevgolis, then examine the collection at Eggares Olive Press Museum, and finally delve into the distant past at Portara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Agios Prokopios Beach, then kick back and relax at Plaka Beach, and then wander the streets of Old Town.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Naxos road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Fira to Naxos takes 5 hours. May in Naxos sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Naxos

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Mikri Vigla Beach ©
Mikri Vigla Beach
Old Town ©
Old Town
Portara ©
Portara

3
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Hephaestus. Appreciate the collections at Acropolis Museum and National Archaeological Museum. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Plaka, visit Monastiraki, pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion, and admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Athens trip builder app.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Naxos to Athens in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

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

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