23 days in Greek Isles, Athens & Thessaloniki Itinerary

23 days in Greek Isles, Athens & Thessaloniki Itinerary

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23 days in Greek Isles, Athens & Thessaloniki Itinerary

Start: Santander
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 1 night
Fly + subway:  2​h 30​min
2
Athens
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Thessaloniki
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
4
Heraklion, Crete
— 2 nights
shuttle:  1​h
5
Rethymnon, Crete
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
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
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, get a taste of local nightlife at Little Venice, then get a taste of the local shopping with Tia handmade, then examine the collection at Aegean Maritime Museum, and finally stop by T-bar Mykonos. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Super Paradise Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elia Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mykonos Town holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Santander, Spain to Mykonos Town. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santander to Mykonos Town. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santander in June: high temperatures in Mykonos Town hover around 30°C and lows are around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

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Paradise Beach, Elia Beach
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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Elia Beach ©
Elia 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 27th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens, look for gifts at Gallery Demeter Athens, and then wander the streets of Plaka District. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum and then examine the collection at Acropolis Museum.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Athens trip itinerery planner.

You can do a combination of subway and flight from Mykonos Town to Athens in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and ferry. When traveling from Mykonos Town in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Athens: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to fly 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

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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 take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, and finally steep yourself in history at Hagios Demetrios. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Ladadika District, don't miss a visit to Aristotelous Square, take in panoramic vistas at White Tower of Thessaloniki, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St.Sophia, and finally steep yourself in history at Arch of Galerius.

To see maps and other tourist information, refer to the Thessaloniki vacation builder.

You can fly from Athens to Thessaloniki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Heraklion.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Peraia Beach
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Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Milatos Cave, delve into the distant past at Malia Ruins, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos, and finally explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, admire the local landmark of Morosini Fountain (Lion's Fountain), then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, then learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and finally get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum of Crete.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Heraklion itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Thessaloniki to Heraklion takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car ferry and train; or do a combination of car ferry and bus. Traveling from Thessaloniki in July, expect nights in Heraklion to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are slightly colder, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

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

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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.
Start off your visit 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 Folk Art Museum of Rethymnon, then ponder the design of Rimondi Fountain, and finally take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sacred Monastery of Arkadi and then look for gifts at Marianna's Workshop.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rethymnon holiday planner.

Traveling by taxi from Heraklion to Rethymnon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Rethymnon sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry 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

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nights
Fira, Santorini

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
On the 5th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Ancient Thera, then enjoy the sand and surf at KAMARA BEACH, and then look for gifts at Koukla Art. On the next day, look for gifts at Atlantis Books, then get great views at Sunset in Oia, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Prehistoric Thera, and finally learn about winemaking at Santo Winery.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Fira travel planner.

Traveling by ferry from Rethymnon to Fira takes 3 hours. In July in Fira, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Fira

Outdoors Beaches 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

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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.
Akrotiri and Boutari, J., & Son Wineries S.A. are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Bring the kids along to Red Beach and Eros Beach. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at The Good Heart, see the interesting displays at Cultural Village, do a tasting at Venetsanos Winery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Caldera Beach.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Akrotiri online itinerary creator.

Akrotiri is very close to Fira. In July in Akrotiri, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Outdoors Beaches 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

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nights
Lindos, Rhodes

Lindos ©
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Village of Lindos and Acropolis of Lindos. You'll get in some beach time at Lindos beach and St Pauls Bay. When in Lindos, make a side trip to see Prasonisi Beach in Kattavia, approximately 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Agathi Beach and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lindos tour planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and car ferry from Akrotiri to Lindos takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car ferry. In July, daytime highs in Lindos are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lindos

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

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