9 days in Athens, Santorini & Crete Itinerary

9 days in Athens, Santorini & Crete Itinerary

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9 days in Athens, Santorini & Crete Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Athens
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Pyrgos
— 3 nights
Ferry + Taxi:  3​h 15​min
3
Chania Town
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Newark

1
night
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus, then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, and then take a stroll through Plaka.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Athens trip planning website .

Newark, USA to Athens is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Newark to Athens due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Pyrgos.

Things to do in Athens

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

3
nights
Pyrgos

Pyrgos ©
Pyrgos provides one of the finest examples of Cycladic architecture in Greece, exemplified by the town's labyrinthine streets and whitewashed stone buildings.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Art Space and Tomato Industrial Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Akrotiri LightHouse and Agios Nikolaos Church. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, stroll through Vlichada Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, and learn about winemaking at Santo Winery.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Pyrgos trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Athens to Pyrgos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Athens in July, expect nights in Pyrgos to be about the same, around 74°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 86°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Pyrgos

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Santorini, Megalochori, Vlychada, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
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Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Santo Winery ©
Santo Winery

3
nights
Chania Town

The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Agii Apostoli Beach and Lake Kournas. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Nicholas Church and German War Cemetery. Change things up with a short trip to Ancient Olive Tree in Vouves (about 46 minutes away). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery, enjoy the sea views from Chania Venetian Lighthouse, and learn about winemaking at Manousakis Winery.

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Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Pyrgos to Chania Town takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. In July in Chania Town, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Souda, Ira Jewellery Platanias, Lake Kournas, Manousakis Winery, German War Cemetery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Agii Apostoli Beach ©
Agii Apostoli Beach
Manousakis Winery ©
Manousakis Winery

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