8 days in Greece Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Greece holiday planner
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— 3 nights
Fira, Santorini
— 2 nights
Heraklion, Crete
— 1 night
— 1 night


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: contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus, stop by Plaka, and take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum.

For reviews and more tourist information, use the Athens tour builder app.

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 somewhat warmer than Newark - with highs of 75°F and lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can fly to Fira.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Fira, Santorini — 2 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, 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 21st (Sat): stroll through Red Beach, then delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Fira road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Fira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Heraklion.
Tours · Outdoors · Wineries · Parks
Side Trips
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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, 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 pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Heraklion trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Fira to Heraklion by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Heraklion are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Thessaloniki.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture, enjoy breathtaking views from White Tower of Thessaloniki, then pause for some photo ops at Arch of Galerius, and finally see the interesting displays at Hellenic Pharmaceutical Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Thessaloniki travel planner.

Fly from Heraklion to Thessaloniki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Heraklion in October, with highs in Thessaloniki at 70°F and lows at 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.
Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trip
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Greece travel guide

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.