11 days in Greece Itinerary

11 days in Greece Itinerary

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11 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  18​h
1
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Naxos
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Fira, Santorini
— 4 nights
ferry:  1​h 45​min
4
Heraklion, Crete
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Mykonos Town, Mykonos

Mykonos Town ©
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 4th (Thu): make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli) and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ornos Beach. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, then kick back and relax at Paraga Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Platis Gialos Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mykonos Town road trip planning site .

San Francisco, USA to Mykonos Town is an approximately 18-hour combination of subway and flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. Traveling from San Francisco to Mykonos Town, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Francisco in October since evenings lows in Mykonos Town dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Naxos.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Paradise Beach, Ornos Beach, Paraga Beach, Platis Gialos Beach
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Ornos Beach ©
Ornos Beach
Paraga Beach ©
Paraga Beach
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

1
night
Naxos

Naxos ©
Zeus, the master of all gods from Greek mythology, allegedly grew up in a cave on Naxos, a small but fertile island in the South Aegean Sea.
On the 6th (Sat), kick back and relax at Agios Prokopios Beach, explore the ancient world of Portara, then explore the ancient world of Temple of Apollo, and finally wander the streets of Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Mikri Vigla Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plaka Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Naxos trip maker tool .

Getting from Mykonos Town to Naxos by ferry takes about an hour. Other options: fly. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in October, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Naxos

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Temple of Apollo ©
Temple of Apollo
Mikri Vigla Beach ©
Mikri Vigla Beach
Plaka Beach ©
Plaka Beach

4
nights
Fira, Santorini

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos and Santo Winery. Explore hidden gems such as Akrotiri LightHouse and Skaros Rock. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, contemplate the geological forces at Santorini Volcano, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, and explore the activities along Amoudi Bay.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Fira trip maker website .

You can ride a ferry from Naxos to Fira in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Fira can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Heraklion.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oia, Santorini, Akrotiri, Skaros Rock, Santo Winery
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Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Ekklisia Panagia Platsani ©
Ekklisia Panagia Platsani

2
nights
Heraklion, Crete

Heraklion ©
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 11th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Stalis Beach. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at Listis Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Heraklion day trip planning site .

Traveling by ferry from Fira to Heraklion takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. In October, daytime highs in Heraklion are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, Kazantzakis Museum, The Palace of Knossos, Listis Beach, Stalis Beach
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Church of Saint Titus ©
Church of Saint Titus

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