12 days in Greek Isles Itinerary

12 days in Greek Isles Itinerary

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12 days in Greek Isles Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
1
Heraklion, Crete
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h
2
Fira, Santorini
— 5 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
3
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Cape Town

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 20th (Sun), meet the residents at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos, and then explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Kazantzakis Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, then get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum of Crete, and finally explore the world behind art at Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Heraklion tour planner.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major airports are Heraklion International Nikos Kazantzakis Airport and Chania International Airport. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, Kazantzakis Museum, The Palace of Knossos, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
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5
nights
Fira, Santorini

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fira: Aquamarine Jewelry (in Oia), Santorini Yachting (in Vlychada) and Caldera Beach (in Akrotiri). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, do a tasting at Boutari, J., & Son Wineries S.A., and contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Fira travel planner.

Traveling by car ferry from Heraklion to Fira takes 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Fira

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Oia, Akrotiri, Megalochori, Kamari, Hiking Trail Fira - Oia
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KAMARA BEACH ©
KAMARA BEACH
Perissa Black Sand Beach ©
Perissa Black Sand Beach
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

3
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.
Mykonos Town is known for historic sites, sightseeing, nightlife, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: join in the after-dark buzz at Little Venice, see the interesting displays at Aegean Maritime Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Kapari Beach, and don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli).

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mykonos Town trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Fira to Mykonos Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. August in Mykonos Town sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 27°C at night.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Elia Beach, Panormos Beach, Agios Sostis Beach, Paradise Beach, Kapari Beach
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Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

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