21 days in Greece Itinerary

21 days in Greece Itinerary

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21 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Naxos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Paros
— 2 nights
+4
ferry + foot + bus + Fly + bus:  5​h
3
Lindos, Rhodes
— 4 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
4
Heraklion, Crete
— 4 nights
shuttle:  1​h 15​min
5
Rethymnon, Crete
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h 15​min
6
Fira, Santorini
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Toronto

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.
Visiting Mikri Vigla Beach and Maragas Beach will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Portara and Old Town. There's lots more to do: stroll through Agios Prokopios Beach, kick back and relax at Alyko Beach, wander the streets of Kastro, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Roman Catholic Cathedral.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Naxos travel route builder website .

Toronto, Canada to Naxos is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 7 hours. Traveling from Toronto in August, things will get a bit warmer in Naxos: highs are around 34°C and lows about 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Paros.

Things to do in Naxos

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Kastro ©
Kastro
Mikri Vigla Beach ©
Mikri Vigla Beach
Plaka Beach ©
Plaka Beach

2
nights
Paros

Paros ©
Long ignored by tourists because of its reputation as a plain ferry hub, Paros today serves as one of the Aegean's major holiday destinations, luring travelers with its fashionable resort towns and quaint mountain villages.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Lefkes, go for a walk through Kolymbithres Beach, then contemplate the long history of Panayia Ekatondapiliani Cathedral, and finally step off the mainland to explore Parikia Town. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at ONEIPA Concept Store, enjoy the sand and surf at Kalogeros Beach, and then kick back and relax at Chrisis Aktis Beach.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Paros road trip website .

Ride a ferry from Naxos to Paros in an hour. In August, daytime highs in Paros are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Paros

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Lefkes ©
Lefkes
Panayia Ekatondapiliani Cathedral ©
Chrisis Aktis Beach ©
Chrisis Aktis Beach

4
nights
Lindos, Rhodes

Lindos ©
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Pefkos Beach and Ostria Beach Bar. Take a break from the city and head to Lindos Beach and Tsambika Beach. Spend the 13th (Mon) exploring ancient history at Village of Lindos. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Monolithos Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Church of the Panagia, and steep yourself in history at Ancient Kamiros.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lindos driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Paros to Lindos in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Lindos can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Lindos

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Rhodes, Ostria Beach Bar, Ancient Kamiros, Pefkos Beach
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The Church of the Panagia ©
The Church of the Panagia
Village of Lindos ©
Village of Lindos
Ancient Kamiros ©
Ancient Kamiros

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Ancient City of Phaistos and The Palace of Knossos. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Stalis Beach and Matala beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Heraklion: Kalamaki Beach (in Kalamaki), Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos) and Botano Cretan Mountain Herbs (in Kouses). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, learn about winemaking at Domaine Paterianakis- Κτήμα Πατεριανάκη, and don't miss a visit to Moni Palianis.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Heraklion trip app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Lindos to Heraklion takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Stalis Beach, Lake Voulismeni, Matala beach, The Palace of Knossos, Moni Palianis
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Palace of Faistos ©
Palace of Faistos
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Church of Saint Titus ©
Church of Saint Titus

1
night
Rethymnon, Crete

Rethymnon ©
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sacred Monastery of Arkadi, then look for gifts at Marianna's Workshop, and then take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Church, and then explore the activities along Lake Kournas.

For more things to do and other tourist information, use the Rethymnon attractions planner.

Getting from Heraklion to Rethymnon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

St. Nicholas Church, Lake Kournas
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St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi

5
nights
Fira, Santorini

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Perivolos and Museum of Prehistoric Thera. Get some cultural insight at Akrotiri and Santo Winery. Go for a jaunt from Fira to Perissa to see Perissa Black Sand Beach about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, explore the striking landscape at Skaros Rock, trek along Hiking Trail Fira - Oia, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Fira online travel planner .

Traveling by ferry from Rethymnon to Fira takes 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Fira can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santorini, Akrotiri, Oia, Perissa Black Sand Beach, Perivolos
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Perissa Black Sand Beach ©
Perissa Black Sand Beach
Perivolos ©
Perivolos
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri

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