12 days in Greece Itinerary

12 days in Greece Itinerary

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12 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
+2
train + bus + Fly:  15​h
1
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Naxos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Ios
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
4
Oia, Santorini
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
5
Heraklion, Crete
— 1 night
Fly + subway:  2​h 45​min
6
Athens
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  14​h
End: Ottawa

1
night
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.
On the 18th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Platis Gialos Beach, and then kick back and relax at Ornos Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Elia Beach and then stroll through Super Paradise Beach.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mykonos Town day trip planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Mykonos Town is an approximately 15-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Ottawa to Mykonos Town. Traveling from Ottawa in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Mykonos Town, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Naxos.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Paradise Beach, Platis Gialos Beach, Elia Beach, Ornos Beach
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Platis Gialos Beach ©
Platis Gialos Beach
Elia Beach ©
Elia Beach
Super Paradise Beach ©
Super Paradise Beach

3
nights
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 20th (Sun), kick back and relax at Agios Prokopios Beach, delve into the distant past at Portara, wander the streets of Old Town, stop by Ta Axotica Gift Shop, then stop by Soocre Naxos®, and finally stop by Naxia Sweet Home. Keep things going the next day: stop by Melissinos Jewellery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mikri Vigla Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plaka Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Naxos day trip planning website .

Traveling by ferry from Mykonos Town to Naxos takes an hour. Alternatively, you can fly. In May, daily temperatures in Naxos can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Ios.

Things to do in Naxos

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Mikri Vigla Beach ©
Mikri Vigla Beach
Plaka Beach ©
Plaka Beach

few
hours
Ios

Ios ©
Halfway between Naxos and Santorini lies tiny Ios, famous worldwide as one of the Aegean's liveliest nightlife hubs.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Manganari Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Ios trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by ferry from Naxos to Ios takes 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Ios can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Oia.

Things to do in Ios

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Manganari Beach ©
Manganari Beach

3
nights
Oia, Santorini

Oia ©
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): do a tasting at Santo Winery, see the interesting displays at Museum of Prehistoric Thera, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Mnemossyne Gallery. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hiking Trail Fira - Oia, explore the activities along Amoudi Bay, and then look for gifts at Epilekton.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Oia trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Ios to Oia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Oia

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, Santo Winery, Museum of Prehistoric Thira
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Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail ©
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail
Santo Winery ©
Santo Winery
Museum of Prehistoric Thira ©
Museum of Prehistoric Thira

1
night
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.
On the 25th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum and then kick back and relax at Stalis Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Heraklion trip app .

You can ride a ferry from Oia to Heraklion in 2.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In May in Heraklion, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks Beaches Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Kurtes, Stalis Beach
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Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus, see the interesting displays at Acropolis Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Plaka and then admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Athens itinerary maker app .

Getting from Heraklion to Athens by combination of flight and subway takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

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

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