16 days in Greece Itinerary

16 days in Greece Itinerary

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16 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  25​h
1
Heraklion, Crete
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h
2
Akrotiri, Santorini
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 30​min
3
Paros
— 1 night
ferry + taxi:  1​h 15​min
4
Paradise Beach, Mykonos
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
5
Faliraki, Rhodes
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Athens
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, meet the residents at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, and then steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Kazantzakis Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, then take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, then learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and finally get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Heraklion trip planning app .

Sydney, Australia to Heraklion is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Heraklion. Traveling from Sydney in July, you will find days in Heraklion are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are warmer (26°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Heraklion

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, Kazantzakis Museum
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at KAMARA BEACH, then kick back and relax at Red Beach, and then explore the ancient world of Akrotiri. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay and then enjoy the sand and surf at Perissa Black Sand Beach.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Akrotiri road trip planner .

Getting from Heraklion to Akrotiri by ferry takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Paros.

Things to do in Akrotiri

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Amoudi Bay, KAMARA BEACH, Perissa Black Sand Beach
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KAMARA BEACH ©
KAMARA BEACH
Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Perissa Black Sand Beach ©
Perissa Black Sand Beach

1
night
Paros

Paros ©
Long ignored by tourists because of its reputation as a plain ferry hub, Paros today serves as one of the Aegean's major holiday destinations, luring travelers with its fashionable resort towns and quaint mountain villages.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Piso Aliki Beach, then head off the coast to Parikia Town, then take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Lefkes.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Paros travel planning site .

You can ride a ferry from Akrotiri to Paros in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Paros are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Paradise Beach.

Things to do in Paros

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Beaches
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Parikia Town ©
Parikia Town
Piso Aliki Beach ©
Piso Aliki Beach
Lefkes ©
Lefkes

2
nights
Paradise Beach, Mykonos

Paradise Beach ©
Sun-drenched Paradise Beach remains largely responsible for Mykonos' nickname, the "Ibiza of Greece." Considered one of the island's major attractions, the beach draws a young crowd of hedonists with its bars and clubs, serving cold drinks and a party atmosphere.
On the 29th (Mon), kick back and relax at Elia Beach, then kick back and relax at Platis Gialos Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Panormos Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Agios Sostis Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Paradise Beach trip builder .

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Paros to Paradise Beach in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Paradise Beach can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Faliraki.

Things to do in Paradise Beach

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Elia Beach, Agios Sostis Beach, Panormos Beach, Platis Gialos Beach
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Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Elia Beach ©
Elia Beach

2
nights
Faliraki, Rhodes

Faliraki ©
Famed for its sandy beaches, Faliraki serves as a major destination on the island of Rhodes.
Family-friendly places like Faliraki Beach and Valley of the Butterflies will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Faliraki: Lindos (Lindos Beach & Acropolis of Lindos) and Agathi Beach (in Haraki). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tsambika Beach and steep yourself in history at Ancient Kamiros.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Faliraki online journey planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Paradise Beach to Faliraki takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Faliraki

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Rhodes, Lindos, Agathi Beach, Valley of the Butterflies
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Faliraki Beach ©
Faliraki Beach
Lindos Beach ©
Lindos Beach
Agathi Beach ©
Agathi Beach

4
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Acropolis of Athens and Acropolis Museum. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Plaka, get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum, pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion, and take in nature's colorful creations at National Garden.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Athens planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Faliraki to Athens in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

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