8 days in Greek Isles & Athens Itinerary

8 days in Greek Isles & Athens Itinerary

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8 days in Greek Isles & Athens Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Heraklion, Crete
— 1 night
Ferry:  1​h 45​min
2
Fira, Santorini
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Naxos
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— Few hours
Fly + Subway:  2​h 30​min
5
Athens
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Milan

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 27th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Heraklion online visit planner .

Milan, Italy to Heraklion is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. July in Heraklion sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Stalis Beach, Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach

3
nights
Fira, Santorini

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
On the 29th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Museum of Prehistoric Thera, do a tasting at Santo Winery, and then hike along Hiking Trail Fira - Oia. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Skaros Rock, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then make a trip to Akrotiri LightHouse.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Fira itinerary planner .

Ride a ferry from Heraklion to Fira in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Fira can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Naxos.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, Skaros Rock, Santo Winery, Akrotiri LightHouse
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Museum of Prehistoric Thira ©
Museum of Prehistoric Thira
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail ©
Santo Winery ©
Santo Winery

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): kick back and relax at Plaka Beach, see the interesting displays at Eggares Olive Press Museum, then explore the ancient world of Portara, and finally contemplate the long history of Old Town.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Naxos trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by ferry from Fira to Naxos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Naxos

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Plaka Beach ©
Plaka Beach
Old Town ©
Old Town
Portara ©
Portara

few
hours
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): kick back and relax at Paradise Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Paraga Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mykonos Town online journey planner .

Getting from Naxos to Mykonos Town by ferry takes about an hour. Other options: fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Paradise Beach, Paraga Beach
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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Paraga Beach ©
Paraga Beach

2
nights
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 2nd (Thu): appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, then examine the collection at Acropolis Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, and then take a stroll through Plaka District.

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

Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Mykonos Town to Athens takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Mykonos Town in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Athens: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time 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
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

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