9 days in Greece Itinerary

9 days in Greece Itinerary

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Fira, Santorini
— 3 nights
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Heraklion, Crete
— 1 night
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Athens
— 3 nights
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Fira, Santorini — 3 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Escape the urban bustle at Red Beach and Kamari Beach. Get some historical perspective at Akrotiri and Ancient Thera. Step out of Fira with an excursion to Experience Horse Riding in Akrotiri--about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: trek along Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, take in the exciting artwork at Ernesto Workshop & Gallery, and get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Fira trip planner.

Sacramento, USA to Fira is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Sacramento to Fira due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sacramento in October, you will find days in Fira are slightly colder (74°F), and nights are a bit warmer (64°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Heraklion.
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Heraklion, Crete — 1 night

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.
On the 6th (Thu), steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos, get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and finally look for gifts at Nerium Oleander.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Heraklion trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Fira to Heraklion takes 2.5 hours. October in Heraklion sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to fly to Athens.
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Athens — 3 nights

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Visit Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Olympian Zeus for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Acropolis Museum and Ancient Agora of Athens. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, wander the streets of Plaka, and stop by Monastiraki.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Athens trip builder app.

You can fly from Heraklion to Athens in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. October in Athens sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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Greece travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.
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