9 days in Santorini & Athens Itinerary

9 days in Santorini & Athens Itinerary

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9 days in Santorini & Athens Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Oia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Perivolos
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h
3
Athens
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Chicago

2
nights
Oia

Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Step out of the city life by going to Skaros Rock and Hiking Trail Fira - Oia. Get a sense of the local culture at Museum of Prehistoric Thera and Eduart Gjopalaj. Change things up with these side-trips from Oia: Fira (Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral & MATI Art Gallery). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay, learn about winemaking at Santo Winery, view the masterpieces at Mnemossyne Gallery, and stop by Atlantis Books.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Oia day trip planning app .

Chicago, USA to Oia is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Chicago to Oia, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Oia, with lows of 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Perivolos.

Things to do in Oia

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Fira, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, Eduart Gjopalaj Workshop, Skaros Rock, Santo Winery
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail ©
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail
Santo Winery ©
Santo Winery

3
nights
Perivolos

Perivolos ©
Head to Art Space and Faros Marketfor some retail therapy. Visit Akrotiri LightHouse and Akrotiri for their historical value.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Perivolos route planner .

You can drive from Oia to Perivolos in an hour. In September in Perivolos, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Perivolos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Art Space, Castelli of Pyrgos, Vlychada Beach, Venetsanos Winery
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Akrotiri LightHouse ©
Akrotiri LightHouse
Perivolos ©
Perivolos
Vlychada Beach ©
Vlychada Beach

2
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus, then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, shop like a local with Technohoros Art Gallery, and then wander the streets of Plaka.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Athens driving holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Perivolos to Athens. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in September, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

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

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