8 days in Greece Itinerary

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

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, take a stroll through Monastiraki, and admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Athens online holiday planner.

Newark, USA to Athens is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Newark to Athens. In October, Athens is a bit warmer than Newark - with highs of 75°F and lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to fly to Fira.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Fira, Santorini — 2 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
On the 20th (Fri), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then stroll through Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Red Beach, delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Fira trip planner.

Fly from Athens to Fira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. October in Fira sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos, then get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Heraklion online holiday planner.

You can ride a ferry from Fira to Heraklion in 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can fly to Thessaloniki.
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Thessaloniki — 1 night

Mother of Israel

A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
On the 23rd (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture, then take in panoramic vistas at White Tower of Thessaloniki, then appreciate the history behind Arch of Galerius, and finally examine the collection at Hellenic Pharmaceutical Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Thessaloniki day trip app.

Getting from Heraklion to Thessaloniki by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Heraklion in October; daily highs in Thessaloniki reach 70°F and lows reach 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel 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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