9 days in Santorini, Mykonos & Crete Itinerary

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— 3 nights
Mykonos Town
— 3 nights
Chania Town
— 2 nights


Fira — 3 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Museum of Prehistoric Thira and Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Akrotiri and Santo Winery. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, stop by Atlantis Books E.E., do a tasting at Venetsanos Winery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Fira road trip tool.

Atlanta, USA to Fira is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Fira is 7 hours. In August, daytime highs in Fira are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.
Historic Sites · Wineries · Spas · Museums
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Mykonos Town — 3 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Matoyianni Street and Kalo Livadi Beach. Visit Elia Beach and Agios Stefanos Beach for some beach relaxation. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, don't miss a visit to Rarity Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paraportiani Church, and stroll through Paralia Kalafati.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Mykonos Town trip maker website.

Traveling by ferry from Fira to Mykonos Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, daily temperatures in Mykonos Town can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to fly to Chania Town.
Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Chania Town — 2 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.
On the 2nd (Sat), learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Crete, then don't miss a visit to Lighthouse of Chania, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Agii Apostoli Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Agia Marina Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera and then stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Chania Town trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mykonos Town to Chania Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, daytime highs in Chania Town are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can fly back home.
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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.

Mykonos travel guide

Beaches · Landmarks · Nightlife
Island of the Winds
Local tradition claims that Mykonos, the trendiest of the Cyclades group of islands, came into existence from the petrified bodies of giants killed by the mythological hero Hercules. Named after the grandson of the god Apollo, this cosmopolitan "Ibiza of Greece" offers modern tourists a blend of glamour and simplicity. Be prepared for hip and loud dance clubs along the coastline and quieter areas farther from the water. Avoid cruise ship crowds thronging the narrow streets by exploring the small villages located in the center of the island. The easiest way to discover the island's golden beaches is by guided boat tour, private car, or motorcycle.

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.