12 days in Greece Itinerary

12 days in Greece Itinerary

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12 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  13​h
1
Corfu Town, Corfu
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h
3
Akrotiri, Santorini
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h
4
Heraklion, Crete
— 2 nights
Fly + subway:  2​h 45​min
5
Athens
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  13​h 15​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Corfu Town, Corfu

Corfu Town ©
Often called "Kastropolis" because of its majestic Venetian castle, Corfu Town once featured such extensive fortifications that a force of over 20,000 soldiers defended them.
Popular historic sites such as Corfu Museum of Asian Art and Achilleion Museum are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Fortress Corfu and Casa Parlante. Get out of town with these interesting Corfu Town side-trips: Yali Beach (in Giannades), St. Spyridon First Beach (in Agios Spyridonas) and Corfu Donkey Rescue (in Paleokastritsa). There's more to do: explore the historical opulence of Mon Repos Palace.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Corfu Town road trip planning site .

New York City, USA to Corfu Town is an approximately 13-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from New York City to Corfu Town. Traveling from New York City in August, you will find days in Corfu Town are somewhat warmer (92°F), and nights are about the same (71°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Achilleion Museum, Yali Beach, Corfu Donkey Rescue, St. Spyridon First Beach
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 26:
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Corfu Museum of Asian Art ©
Corfu Museum of Asian Art
Old Fortress Corfu ©
Old Fortress Corfu
St. Spyridon First Beach ©
St. Spyridon First Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take a stroll through Little Venice, then kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Platis Gialos Beach. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Elia Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Panormos Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Mykonos Town sightseeing site .

Getting from Corfu Town to Mykonos Town by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus and ferry. While traveling from Corfu Town, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Mykonos Town, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Elia Beach, Panormos Beach, Platis Gialos Beach, Paradise Beach
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Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Little Venice ©
Little Venice

2
nights
Akrotiri, Santorini

Akrotiri ©
Located on Santorini's southwestern coastline, the small village of Akrotiri sits just a short walk from one of Europe's most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): examine the collection at Monastery of Profitis Ilias, explore by horseback at Santo Horse Riding, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Beach, and finally delve into the distant past at Akrotiri. On the next day, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then kick back and relax at Caldera Beach, and then visit a coastal fixture at Akrotiri LightHouse.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Akrotiri online trip builder .

You can ride a ferry from Mykonos Town to Akrotiri in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Heraklion.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Monastery of Profitis Ilias
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Santo Horse Riding ©
Santo Horse Riding
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

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 31st (Sat): delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and then get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Reptisland, get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, then see the interesting displays at Kazantzakis Museum, and finally do a tasting at Winery Stilianou.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Heraklion road trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Akrotiri to Heraklion in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Heraklion are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Kazantzakis Museum, Winery Stilianou, Reptisland
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

2
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, then wander the streets of Plaka, and then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): explore the ancient world of Ancient Agora of Athens, then contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, then delve into the distant past at Erechtheion, and finally explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Athens travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Heraklion to Athens takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

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