8 days in Greece Itinerary

8 days in Greece Itinerary

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8 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
train + Fly:  2​h 30​min
1
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h
2
Akrotiri, Santorini
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h
3
Heraklion, Crete
— 1 night
Fly + subway:  2​h 45​min
4
Athens
— 3 nights
subway + Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Corfu Town, Corfu
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Istanbul

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 10th (Sat), don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli) and then wander the streets of Little Venice. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Mykonos, kick back and relax at Panormos Beach, and then kick back and relax at Paradise Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mykonos Town trip planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Mykonos Town is an approximately 2.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Istanbul to Mykonos Town, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August in Mykonos Town, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Paradise Beach, Panormos Beach
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Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
The Windmills (Kato Milli) ©
The Windmills (Kato Milli)

1
night
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.
On the 12th (Mon), do a tasting at Boutari, J., & Son Wineries S.A., then ride a horse along Santo Horse Riding, then kick back and relax at Red Beach, and finally delve into the distant past at Akrotiri.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Akrotiri vacation planner.

Traveling by ferry from Mykonos Town to Akrotiri takes 2 hours. In August in Akrotiri, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Heraklion.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Boutari, J., & Son Wineries S.A.
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Santo Horse Riding ©
Santo Horse Riding
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Heraklion trip planner .

Ride a ferry from Akrotiri to Heraklion in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, The Palace of Knossos
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The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos

3
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, take a stroll through Plaka, and steep yourself in history at Ancient Agora of Athens.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Athens day trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Heraklion to Athens takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. When traveling from Heraklion in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Athens: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

1
night
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.
On the 17th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Old Fortress Corfu, then admire the striking features of Corfu Museum of Asian Art, then make a trip to The Liston, and finally make a trip to Spianada Square.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Corfu Town vacation planner.

You can do a combination of subway and flight from Athens to Corfu Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Corfu Town, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites Museums
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Corfu Museum of Asian Art ©
Corfu Museum of Asian Art
Old Fortress Corfu ©
Old Fortress Corfu
Spianada Square ©
Spianada Square

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