8 days in Greece & Switzerland Itinerary

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Heraklion, Greece
— 1 night
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Fira, Greece
— 1 night
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Mykonos Town, Greece
— 1 night
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Heraklion, Greece — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, then learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and finally delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Heraklion online trip maker.

Boston, USA to Heraklion is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Heraklion is 7 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Boston in September: high temperatures in Heraklion hover around 82°F and lows are around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Fira.
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Fira, Greece — 1 night

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Beach, then delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, then stroll through Kamari Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Fira vacation tool.

Getting from Heraklion to Fira by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Mykonos Town.
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Mykonos Town, Greece — 1 night

Chora Mykonos

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 3rd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Paraportiani Church, then make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), then take a stroll through Little Venice, and finally don't miss a visit to Rarity Gallery.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mykonos Town trip maker app.

Getting from Fira to Mykonos Town by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly. In October in Mykonos Town, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to fly to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 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 4th (Wed), pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion, then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Ancient Agora of Athens, stop by Plaka, then don't miss a visit to Plateia Syntagmatos, and finally admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Athens travel planner.

Fly from Mykonos Town to Athens in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in October, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 6th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Museum Rietberg, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Old Town, then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich online visit planner.

Getting from Athens to Zurich by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In October, Zurich is slightly colder than Athens - with highs of 58°F and lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time 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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Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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