8 days in Greece Itinerary

8 days in Greece Itinerary

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8 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Colombo
+3
bus + foot + Fly + taxi:  13​h 15​min
1
Akrotiri, Santorini
— 1 day
ferry:  2​h
2
Heraklion, Crete
— 1 night
Fly + subway:  2​h 45​min
3
Athens
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Thessaloniki
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  16​h
End: Colombo

1
day
Akrotiri, Santorini

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, and then delve into the distant past at Akrotiri.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Akrotiri road trip planning site .

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Akrotiri is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Colombo to Akrotiri. Traveling from Colombo in November, you will find days in Akrotiri are cooler (22°C), and nights are little chillier (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Heraklion.

Things to do in Akrotiri

#Tours, #Historic Sites, #Beaches

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

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.
On the 18th (Sun), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, then delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, and then get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Heraklion itinerary builder app .

You can ride a ferry from Akrotiri to Heraklion in 2 hours. In November in Heraklion, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Heraklion

#Historic Sites, #Zoos & Aquariums, #Museums

Side Trip

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

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, shopping, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, take a stroll through Plaka, see the interesting displays at Acropolis Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Athens online route maker .

Getting from Heraklion to Athens by combination of flight and subway takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. In November, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Thessaloniki.

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

1
night
Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki ©
A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Hagios Demetrios, contemplate the long history of Arch of Galerius, then take in panoramic vistas at White Tower of Thessaloniki, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture, and finally don't miss a visit to Aristotelous Square.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Thessaloniki trip itinerary tool .

You can fly from Athens to Thessaloniki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Athens in November, things will get a bit cooler in Thessaloniki: highs are around 19°C and lows about 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

#Museums, #Historic Sites
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Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture
White Tower of Thessaloniki ©
White Tower of Thessaloniki
Aristotelous Square ©
Aristotelous Square

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