23 days in Greek Isles, Athens & Thessaloniki Itinerary

23 days in Greek Isles, Athens & Thessaloniki Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Santander
Bus + Fly:  9 h
1
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 1 night
Fly + Subway:  2 h 30 min
2
Athens
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Thessaloniki
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Heraklion, Crete
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  1 h
5
Rethymnon, Crete
— 2 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  3 h
6
Fira, Santorini
— 2 nights
Bus:  30 min
7
Akrotiri, Santorini
— 6 nights
+4
Ferry + Foot + Bus + Fly + Bus:  7 h 45 min
8
Lindos, Rhodes
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Santander

1
night
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.
On the 25th (Sun), kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, take a stroll through Little Venice, get maximum retail therapy with Tia handmade, then examine the collection at Aegean Maritime Museum, and finally look for gifts at T-bar Mykonos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Super Paradise Beach and then stroll through Elia Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Mykonos Town planning site.

Santander, Spain to Mykonos Town is an approximately 9- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santander in June: high temperatures in Mykonos Town hover around 31°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Paradise Beach, Elia Beach
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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Aegean Maritime Museum ©
Aegean Maritime Museum

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 27th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, look for gifts at Gallery Demeter, and then wander the streets of Plaka. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum and then get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Athens holiday maker app.

Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Mykonos Town to Athens takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. Traveling from Mykonos Town in June, you will find days in Athens are a bit warmer (35°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

2
nights
Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki ©
A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): stroll through Peraia Beach, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture, then get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, and finally steep yourself in history at Hagios Demetrios. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): wander the streets of Ladadika District, don't miss a visit to Aristotelous Square, take in panoramic vistas at White Tower of Thessaloniki, then steep yourself in history at Church of St.Sophia, and finally pause for some photo ops at Arch of Galerius.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Thessaloniki tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Thessaloniki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Athens in June, Thessaloniki is a bit cooler at night with lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Peraia Beach
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Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture
Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki ©
Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki
Hagios Demetrios ©
Hagios Demetrios

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.
On the 1st (Sat), explore the fascinating underground world of Milatos Cave, then delve into the distant past at Malia Minoan Palace, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, and finally contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, admire the local landmark of Morosini Fountain (Lion's Fountain), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, then learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and finally take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Heraklion online travel route planner.

Getting from Thessaloniki to Heraklion by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of car and ferry. While traveling from Thessaloniki, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Heraklion, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Milatos Cave, Malia Minoan Palace, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, The Palace of Knossos
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
The Natural History Museum of Crete ©
The Natural History Museum of Crete

2
nights
Rethymnon, Crete

Rethymnon ©
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
On the 3rd (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kournas, steep yourself in history at The Venetian Fortezza, take an in-depth tour of Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, then make a trip to Rimondi Fountain, and finally visit Rethymnon Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Arkadi and then stop by mariannas.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rethymnon trip planner.

You can take a shuttle from Heraklion to Rethymnon in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Lake Kournas
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The Venetian Fortezza ©
The Venetian Fortezza
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi

2
nights
Fira, Santorini

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Ancient Thera, then stroll through Kamari Beach, and then stop by Koukla Art. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Atlantis Books E.E., don't miss a visit to Sunset in Oia, then examine the collection at Museum of Prehistoric Thira, and finally do a tasting at Santo Winery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Fira trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Rethymnon to Fira in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In July in Fira, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Fira

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Oia, Kamari, Santo Winery
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Kamari Beach ©
Kamari Beach
Ancient Thera ©
Ancient Thera
Museum of Prehistoric Thira ©
Museum of Prehistoric Thira

6
nights
Akrotiri, Santorini

Akrotiri ©
Located on Santorini's southwestern coastline, the small village of Akrotiri sits just a short walk from one of Europe's most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Art Space and Monastery of Profitis Ilias. For shopping fun, head to Faros Market or Galatea Pottery. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Red Beach, examine the collection at Tomato Industrial Museum, do a tasting at Boutari Winery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Caldera Beach.

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Akrotiri is just a stone's throw from Fira. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Megalochori, Perivolos, Santorini, Vlychada, Cultural Village
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Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Monastery of Profitis Ilias ©
Monastery of Profitis Ilias

3
nights
Lindos, Rhodes

Lindos ©
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
Visit Lindos Beach and Prasonisi Beach for some beach relaxation. Village of Lindos and Acropolis of Lindos are good opportunities to explore the local culture. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Agathi Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Agios Pavlos Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lindos trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Akrotiri to Lindos by combination of ferry, flight, and bus takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or ride a ferry. July in Lindos sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lindos

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Agathi Beach, Prasonisi Beach
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Lindos Beach ©
Lindos Beach
Village of Lindos ©
Village of Lindos
Agathi Beach ©
Agathi Beach

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