18 days in Greece Itinerary

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Chania Town, Crete
— 3 nights
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Heraklion, Crete
— 3 nights
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Fira, Santorini
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Naxos Town, Naxos
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Paros
— 1 night
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Athens
— 2 nights
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Chania Town, Crete — 3 nights

The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Lighthouse of Chania and Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera. Get some cultural insight at St. Nicholas Church and Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chania Town: Lake Kournas (in Kournas) and Seitan Limania Beach (in Akrotiri). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Agii Apostoli Beach, brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of Crete, examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum, and stroll the grounds of German Military Cemetery.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Chania Town sightseeing website.

Perth, Australia to Chania Town is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Perth to Chania Town, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in May, expect Chania Town to be somewhat warmer, temps between 29°C and 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to catch the shuttle to Heraklion.
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Heraklion, Crete — 3 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Matala Beach and Historical Museum of Crete. Get some historical perspective at The Palace of Knossos and Castello del Molo (Koules). When in Heraklion, make a side trip to see Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) in Matala, approximately Matala away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, admire the masterpieces at Kazantzakis Museum, learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Heraklion online trip itinerary planner.

Take a shuttle from Chania Town to Heraklion in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Heraklion sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Fira.
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Fira, Santorini — 4 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Museum of Prehistoric Thira and Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos will appeal to museum buffs. Akrotiri and Ancient Thera will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on Santorini Sailing, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, hike along Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, and kick back and relax at Vlychada Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Fira road trip planning website.

Ride a ferry from Heraklion to Fira in 2.5 hours. In May in Fira, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Naxos Town.
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Naxos Town, Naxos — 3 nights

Naxos Town tops the itinerary of most visitors exploring the Aegean islands, drawing their attention with taverns, shops, beaches, and ancient ruins.
Get some cultural insight at Old Town and Kastro. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mikri Vigla Beach and The Temple of Apollo – Portara. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with Blue Fin Divers Naxos Greece, kick back and relax at Agios Prokopios Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plaka Beach, and view the masterpieces at Fish & Olive.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Naxos Town trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Fira to Naxos Town in 2.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In May, daytime highs in Naxos Town are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Paros.
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Paros — 1 night

Poor Man's Mykonos

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 1st (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Parikia Town, pause for some serene contemplation at Panagia Ekatondapiliani, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum Parou, then contemplate the long history of Lefkes, and finally Head underground at Marathi Marble Quarries.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Paros tour itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Naxos Town to Paros in an hour. In May, daytime highs in Paros are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Athens.
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Athens — 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 2nd (Fri), explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, make a trip to Plateia Syntagmatos, and then stop by Plaka. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Athens online trip planner.

You can fly from Paros to Athens in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. June in Athens sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
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Greece travel guide

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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.
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