11 days in Crete, Santorini & Athens Itinerary

11 days in Crete, Santorini & Athens Itinerary

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— 3 nights
Taxi to Heraklion, Ferry to Fira
— 3 nights
— 4 nights


Hersonissos — 3 nights

Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Explore Hersonissos' surroundings by going to Spinalonga (Kalydon) (in Elounda), Heraklion (Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Nerium Oleander, &more) and Snail Farm and Fun (in Tylissos). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Crete, examine the collection at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at CRETAquarium.

Before you visit Hersonissos, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Washington DC, USA to Hersonissos is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Hersonissos, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In April in Hersonissos, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Fira.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Side Trips
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Fira — 3 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Fira is known for nightlife, wineries, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, explore the activities along Amoudi Bay, and pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Fira trip itinerary maker app.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Hersonissos to Fira in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Hersonissos in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Fira, with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Athens.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Side Trips
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Athens — 4 nights

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for museums, historic sites, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, take a stroll through Plaka, and take in nature's colorful creations at National Garden.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Fira to Athens by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in April, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Crete travel guide

Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Great Island
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete offers travelers more than just sun, sea, and sand. Famed for its warm hospitality, outstanding infrastructure, and contrasting landscapes, the island represents one of the world's richest areas in terms of history and culture. Crete burst onto the world scene over 4,000 years ago, when it served as the center of the Minoan civilization, one of Europe's earliest organized societies. Despite the island's wealth of developed beaches, the traces of the mysterious and enchanting Minoan empire remain Crete's top attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world. The island capital Heraklion provides an ideal base for exploring a renowned Minoan palace complex, the site of Europe's oldest city.

Santorini travel guide

Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.