15 days in Greek Isles Itinerary

15 days in Greek Isles Itinerary

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15 days in Greek Isles Itinerary

New York City
bus + Fly:  16​h
Heraklion, Crete
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 45​min
Fira, Santorini
— 6 nights
ferry:  1​h 45​min
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
New York City

2
days
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 22nd (Fri): contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos, take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum of Crete, then meet the residents at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Heraklion tour planner.

New York City, USA to Heraklion is an approximately 16-hour combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from New York City to Heraklion due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in December: high temperatures in Heraklion hover around 61°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos

7
days
Fira, Santorini

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fira: Perissa Black Sand Beach (in Perissa) and Faros Market (in Akrotiri). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at KAMARA BEACH, stroll through Red Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay, and do a tasting at Santo Winery.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Fira itinerary builder.

You can ride a ferry from Heraklion to Fira in 2 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in December, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Oia, Akrotiri, Kamari, Perissa Black Sand Beach, Santo Winery
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KAMARA BEACH ©
KAMARA BEACH
Perissa Black Sand Beach ©
Perissa Black Sand Beach
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

5
days
Mykonos Town, Mykonos

Mykonos Town ©
Mykonos Town is known for nightlife, beaches, historic sites, museums, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Panormos Beach, don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli), enjoy the sand and surf at Elia Beach, and examine the collection at Aegean Maritime Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mykonos Town custom trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Fira to Mykonos Town in 2 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in December, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Paradise Beach, Mykonos Vioma Organic Farm, Agios Sostis Beach, Elia Beach, Panormos Beach
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Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Platis Gialos Beach ©
Platis Gialos Beach
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

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