8 days in Canary Islands & Santorini Itinerary

8 days in Canary Islands & Santorini Itinerary

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8 days in Canary Islands & Santorini Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Maspalomas, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
2
Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + foot + bus + train:  18​h 15​min
End: Washington DC, United States


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2
nights
Maspalomas, Spain

Maspalomas ©
Fondly referred to as “El Sur” by the locals, Maspalomas serves as a hub of entertainment and beach activity on Gran Canary Island.
Step out of Maspalomas to go to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and see Las Canteras Beach, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating landscape at Dunas de Maspalomas, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, walk around Palmitos Park, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Maspalomas tour itinerary builder .

Washington DC, USA to Maspalomas is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Washington DC to Maspalomas due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Washington DC in December, with highs in Maspalomas at 72°F and lows at 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Maspalomas

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Mirador del Guriete, Scuba & Snorkeling, Las Canteras Beach, Helicopter Tours
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Las Canteras Beach ©
Las Canteras Beach
Playa de Maspalomas ©
Playa de Maspalomas

3
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Fira is known for nightlife, museums, spas, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, look for gifts at Sand Lily Boutique, steep yourself in history at Ancient Thera, and brush up on your military savvy at Naval Maritime Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Fira trip itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Maspalomas to Fira in 11 hours. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Maspalomas in January, expect Fira to be slightly colder, temps between 58°F and 49°F. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fira

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Oia, Imerovigli, Akrotiri, Ancient Thera, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

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