19 days in Greek Isles Itinerary

19 days in Greek Isles Itinerary

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19 days in Greek Isles Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
1
Heraklion, Crete
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h
2
Fira, Santorini
— 5 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
3
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
4
Lindos, Rhodes
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Calgary

2
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Heraklion Archaeological Museum and Historical Museum of Crete. The Natural History Museum of Crete and Kazantzakis Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Heraklion side-trips: Malia Ruins (in Malia), Matala beach (in Matala), Stalis Beach (in Stalis), Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos) and Spinalonga (Kalydon) (in Elounda). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, look for gifts at Eli's Ceramic Art, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Heraklion holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Calgary, Canada to Heraklion. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Calgary to Heraklion due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Calgary in December, with highs in Heraklion at 19°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Voulismeni, The Palace of Knossos, Kazantzakis Museum, Stalis Beach, Fortress Spinalonga
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga

5
nights
Fira, Santorini

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
You'll explore and learn at Naval Maritime Museum and Museum of Prehistoric Thera. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Akrotiri and Mnemossyne Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Santorini Yachting (in Vlychada), Eduart Gopalaj Wood Gallery (in Kamari) and Oria Gallery (in Oia). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Amoudi Bay, view the masterpieces at S.M.A.G Spira Marble Art Gallery, trek along Hiking Trail Fira - Oia, and kick back and relax at Perissa Black Sand Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Fira trip builder.

Traveling by car ferry from Heraklion to Fira takes 2 hours. December in Fira sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Fira

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Oia, Kamari, Akrotiri, Santorini, Pyrgos
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KAMARA BEACH ©
KAMARA BEACH
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Perissa Black Sand Beach ©
Perissa Black Sand Beach

5
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Panormos Beach and Elia Beach. Popular historic sites such as Little Venice and Portara are in your itinerary.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Mykonos Town online itinerary creator.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Fira to Mykonos Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mykonos, Paradise Beach, Portara, Agios Sostis Beach, Elia Beach
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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Elia Beach ©
Elia Beach

4
nights
Lindos, Rhodes

Lindos ©
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
Relax by the water at Lindos beach and Tsambika Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Agathi Beach and Valley of the Butterflies (Peta Loudhes). Get out of town with these interesting Lindos side-trips: Church of Our Lady of Filerimos (in Filerimos), Artistic Village Contemporary Art - Art gallery & Museum of Ceramic Art (in Kolimbia) and Ladomylos (in Siana). Spend the 30th (Fri) exploring ancient history at Village of Lindos. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Ancient Kamiros, get to know the fascinating history of Medieval City, step into the grandiose world of Monolithos Castle, and don't miss a visit to Monastery Tsambika.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lindos sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Mykonos Town to Lindos in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, car ferry, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lindos

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Rhodes Town, Kolimbia, Rhodes, Church of Our Lady of Filerimos, Ladomylos
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Village of Lindos ©
Village of Lindos
Acropolis of Lindos ©
Acropolis of Lindos
Lindos Beach ©
Lindos Beach

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