36 days in Greece Itinerary

36 days in Greece Itinerary

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36 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Athens
— 7 nights
2
Lindos, Rhodes
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Heraklion, Crete
— 5 nights
shuttle:  1​h 15​min
4
Rethymnon, Crete
— 4 nights
5
Fira, Santorini
— 6 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
6
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Thessaloniki
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  15​h 45​min
End: New York City

7
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Step out of the city life by going to Glyfada Beach and Voula Beach. You'll explore and learn at Acropolis Museum and Benaki Museum. Step out of Athens to go to Vouliagmeni and see Vouliagmeni Beach, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, appreciate the history behind Erechtheion, contemplate the long history of Ancient Agora of Athens, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Monastiraki.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Athens trip website .

New York City, USA to Athens is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 7 hours. When traveling from New York City in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Athens: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Athens

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Glyfada Beach, Vouliagmeni Beach
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 22:
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National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

4
nights
Lindos, Rhodes

Lindos ©
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
Village of Lindos and Acropolis of Lindos are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Faliraki Beach and Agathi Beach. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Lindos Beach and stroll through Tsambika Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lindos trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Athens to Lindos takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Lindos

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Tsambika Beach, Faliraki Beach, Agathi Beach
Find places to stay Jun 22 — 26:
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Village of Lindos ©
Village of Lindos
Faliraki Beach ©
Faliraki Beach
Lindos Beach ©
Lindos Beach

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Fortress Spinalonga and Matala beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Heraklion Archaeological Museum and The Natural History Museum of Crete. Get out of town with these interesting Heraklion side-trips: Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos), Eklektos Bookshop (in Elounda) and Lychnostatis Open Air Museum (in Hersonissos). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, contemplate the long history of Venetian Walls and Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis, meet the residents at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Heraklion trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Lindos to Heraklion in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. June in Heraklion sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Hersonissos, Elounda, Matala, Monastery Savvathiana, Stalis Beach
Find places to stay Jun 26 — Jul 1:
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

4
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Reptisland and Frangokastello Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Ilingas and Preveli Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rethymnon: Athos Workshop (in Aggeliana), Ancient Aptera (in Souda) and Chania Town (Mitos Objects of Art & Captain Nick's Glass Bottom Boat Aphrodite). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, take an in-depth tour of Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, steep yourself in history at The Venetian Fortezza, and do a tasting at Winery Dourakis.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rethymnon trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Heraklion to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Rethymnon, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Chania Town, The Lion Fountain, Winery Dourakis, Reptisland, Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 5:
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town

6
nights
Fira, Santorini

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and KAMARA BEACH will get you outdoors. Do your shopping at Aquamarine Jewelry and Oneiro Jewelry. Get out of town with these interesting Fira side-trips: Perivolos (in Perivolos) and Perissa Black Sand Beach (in Perissa). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, view the masterpieces at Mnemossyne Gallery, stop by Eponymo, and stroll through Hiking Trail Fira - Oia.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Fira trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Rethymnon to Fira by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Fira can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Fira

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Oia, Akrotiri, Santorini, Alex Private Boat Rental, Kamari Beach
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 11:
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Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Kamari Beach ©
Kamari Beach

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Paraportiani Church and Archaeological Museum of Mykonos. We've included these beaches for you: Panormos Beach and Platis Gialos Beach. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Paradise Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Fokos Beach, and don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli).

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Mykonos Town journey tool .

Traveling by ferry from Fira to Mykonos Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mykonos, Paradise Beach, Agios Stefanos Beach, Ornos Beach, Panormos Beach
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 16:
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Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Agios Sostis Beach ©
Agios Sostis Beach

3
nights
Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki ©
A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum of Byzantine Culture and Gerovassilou Wine Museum. Get some cultural insight at Hagios Demetrios and Church of St.Sophia. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to White Tower of Thessaloniki, take in the spiritual surroundings of Osios David (The Latomou Monastery), look for gifts at Hellofrom Thessaloniki, and explore the stunning scenery at Baseline Canyoning.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Thessaloniki route planner.

Getting from Mykonos Town to Thessaloniki by combination of flight and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Mykonos Town in July, expect nights in Thessaloniki to be little chillier, around 68°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 90°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Gerovassilou Wine Museum
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 19:
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Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture
Hagios Demetrios ©
Hagios Demetrios
Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki ©

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