8 days in Greece Itinerary

8 days in Greece Itinerary

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8 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati
1
Athens
— 2 nights
2
Heraklion, Crete
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h
3
Akrotiri, Santorini
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h
4
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 2 nights
End: Cincinnati

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: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, don't miss a visit to Plateia Syntagmatos, get great views at Mount Lycabettus, and take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Athens trip planner .

Cincinnati, USA to Athens is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Cincinnati to Athens due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cincinnati in May, Athens is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Athens

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

1
night
Heraklion, Crete

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Heraklion vacation website .

You can do a combination of subway and flight from Athens to Heraklion in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Heraklion are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
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The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos

1
night
Akrotiri, Santorini

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): trot along with Santo Horse Riding, then learn about winemaking at Boutari, J., & Son Wineries S.A., then stroll through Red Beach, and finally delve into the distant past at Akrotiri.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Akrotiri itinerary planning tool .

You can ride a ferry from Heraklion to Akrotiri in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Boutari, J., & Son Wineries S.A.
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Santo Horse Riding ©
Santo Horse Riding
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

2
nights
Mykonos Town, Mykonos

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 21st (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Mykonos, wander the streets of Little Venice, then don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paraportiani Church.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Mykonos Town day trip planning tool .

Traveling by ferry from Akrotiri to Mykonos Town takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 63°F. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Neighborhoods Museums Parks

Side Trip

Paradise Beach
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Little Venice ©
Little Venice
The Windmills (Kato Milli) ©
The Windmills (Kato Milli)
Archaeological Museum of Mykonos ©
Archaeological Museum of Mykonos

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