12 days in Athens, Santorini & Lake Como Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fira, Greece
— 5 nights
Como, Italy
— 3 nights


Athens, Greece — 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

Discover out-of-the-way places like Temple of Hephaestus and Philopappos Hill. Your inner history buff will appreciate Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Athena Nike. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Anafiotika, explore the ancient world of Erechtheion, visit Plaka, and get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Athens trip app.

Atlanta, USA to Athens is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Atlanta to Athens, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In May in Athens, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can fly to Fira.
Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature
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Fira, Greece — 5 nights

You'll explore and learn at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos and Cultural Village. Get some historical perspective at Akrotiri and Venetian Castle of Santorini. Step out of Fira with an excursion to La Ponta in Akrotiri--about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Santo Winery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Eros Beach, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Fira holiday maker site.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Fira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Como.
Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Shopping
Side Trips
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Como, Italy — 3 nights

City of Silk

Popular historic sites such as Chiesa di San Giorgio and Chiesa di Sant’Orsola are in your itinerary. Civico Museo Archeologico Paolo Giovio and Museo Didattico della Seta will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Como: Riva Bianca Beach (in Lierna), Varenna (Il Giardino Botanico - Hotel Villa Cipressi & S. Giovanni Battista) and Basilica di San Giacomo (in Bellagio). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Fedele, take in the pleasant sights at Centro Storico, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Sant'Abbondio.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Como trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Fira to Como in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fira to Como. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Fira in May since evenings lows in Como dip to 52°F. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
Side Trips
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Santorini travel guide

Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.

Lake Como travel guide

A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."