17 days in Greece & Paris Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
Paleokastritsa, Greece
— 2 nights
Chania Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Heraklion, Greece
— 1 night
Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
Hydra, Greece
— 1 night
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights


Paris, France — 4 nights

City of Light

Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee d'Orsay and Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac. Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Musee Marmottan Monet. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau of Vincennes, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, explore the world behind art at Musee De Cluny, and get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Paris itinerary maker.

Newark, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Newark in May; daily highs in Paris reach 64°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Paleokastritsa.
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Paleokastritsa, Greece — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): admire the striking features of Corfu Museum of Asian Art, then take a stroll through Corfu Old Town, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Ioannis the Precursor, and finally explore the striking landscape at Kaiser's Throne. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Monastery of Paleokastritsa, then identify plant and animal life at Corfu Donkey Rescue, then examine the collection at Casa Parlante, and finally explore the ancient world of Old Fortress Corfu.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Paleokastritsa trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Paleokastritsa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paris in May: high temperatures in Paleokastritsa hover around 76°F and lows are around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can fly to Chania Town.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
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Chania Town, Greece — 2 nights

On the 19th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kournas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church, then explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Agii Apostoli Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): stroll the grounds of German Military Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Lighthouse of Chania, then learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Crete, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Chania.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Chania Town vacation planning app.

Fly from Paleokastritsa to Chania Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. May in Chania Town sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can catch the shuttle to Heraklion.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
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Heraklion, Greece — 1 night

On the 21st (Sun), steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos, then get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello del Molo (Koules).

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Getting from Chania Town to Heraklion by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May in Heraklion, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Fira.
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Fira, Greece — 3 nights

Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail and Museum of Prehistoric Thira. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Akrotiri and Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos. There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on Santorini Sailing, explore the activities along Amoudi Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, and take in the dramatic natural features at Skaros Rock.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Fira travel site.

Ride a ferry from Heraklion to Fira in 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Fira can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Hydra.
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Hydra, Greece — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Mandraki Beach, take a pleasant ride with Harriets Hydra Horses, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mikro Kamini, and finally make a trip to Profitis Ilias Monastery Hydra.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hydra trip planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fira to Hydra. May in Hydra sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

Discover out-of-the-way places like Mount Lycabettus and Philopappos Hill. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Acropolis of Athens and Ancient Agora of Athens. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Temple of Hephaestus, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Agios Nikolaos, visit Anafiotika, and wander the streets of Plaka.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Athens trip builder website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hydra to Athens. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in May, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can fly back home.
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Greece travel guide

Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

Crete travel guide

Great Island
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete offers travelers more than just sun, sea, and sand. Famed for its warm hospitality, outstanding infrastructure, and contrasting landscapes, the island represents one of the world's richest areas in terms of history and culture. Crete burst onto the world scene over 4,000 years ago, when it served as the center of the Minoan civilization, one of Europe's earliest organized societies. Despite the island's wealth of developed beaches, the traces of the mysterious and enchanting Minoan empire remain Crete's top attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world. The island capital Heraklion provides an ideal base for exploring a renowned Minoan palace complex, the site of Europe's oldest city.

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.