8 days in Canary Islands & Santorini Itinerary

8 days in Canary Islands & Santorini Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mirador del Guriete (in Santa Lucia) and Las Canteras Beach (in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria). There's much more to do: stroll through Playa de Maspalomas, experience the excitement of Motos Tivoli Gran Canaria, observe the fascinating underwater world at Palmitos Park, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Maspalomas trip itinerary planner.

Washington DC, USA to Maspalomas is an approximately 16- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of subway and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in December, things will get much warmer in Maspalomas: highs are around 72°F and lows about 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

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

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, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, look for gifts at Sand Lily Boutique, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Dominican Sisters.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Fira online visit planner.

Getting from Maspalomas to Fira by flight takes about 13 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Maspalomas to Fira. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Maspalomas in January; daily highs in Fira reach 58°F and lows reach 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Fira

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Imerovigli, Oia, Ancient Thera, Akrotiri, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Anastasis Church ©
Anastasis Church

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