17 days in Greece Itinerary

17 days in Greece Itinerary

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17 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Quebec
Fly:  15​h
1
Heraklion, Crete
— 4 nights
Ferry:  2​h 15​min
2
Oia, Santorini
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
3
Paros
— 1 night
Travel:  2​h 30​min
4
Antiparos
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  15​h 15​min
5
Naxos Town
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
7
Hermoupolis
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Athens
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Montreal, Quebec

4
nights
Heraklion, Crete

Heraklion ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Agia Marina Donkey Rescue Sanctuary (in Mires), Palace of Faistos (in Sivas) and Matala beach (in Matala). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, admire the local landmark of Morosini Fountain (Lion's Fountain), and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Heraklion vacation planner.

Montreal, Canada to Heraklion is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Montreal to Heraklion due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Montreal in May; daily highs in Heraklion reach 28°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Oia.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Matala beach, Palace of Faistos, The Palace of Knossos, Agia Marina Donkey Rescue Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

3
nights
Oia, Santorini

Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Change things up with these side-trips from Oia: Kamari Beach (in Kamari), Akrotiri (Akrotiri & Red Beach) and Perissa Black Sand Beach (in Perissa). There's still lots to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, and Head underground at Zoodochos Pigi Cave.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Oia trip planning tool .

Ride a ferry from Heraklion to Oia in 2.5 hours. May in Oia sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Paros.

Things to do in Oia

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kamari, Akrotiri, Perissa Black Sand Beach, Panagia Theoskepasti Chapel, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

1
night
Paros

Paros
Long ignored by tourists because of its reputation as a plain ferry hub, Paros today serves as one of the Aegean's major holiday destinations, luring travelers with its fashionable resort towns and quaint mountain villages.
To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Paros trip planner.

Drive from Oia to Paros in 7 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Paros can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. You'll set off for Antiparos on the 23rd (Sat).

Things to do in Paros

Outdoors Tours Parks

1
day
Antiparos

Antiparos
Antiparos is a small island in the southern Aegean, at the heart of the Cyclades, which is less than one nautical mile (1.9 km) from Paros, the port to which it is connected with a local ferry. On the 23rd (Sat), kick back and relax at Saint George Beach and then explore the fascinating underground world of The Cave of Antiparos.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Antiparos trip website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Paros to Antiparos. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Naxos Town.

Things to do in Antiparos

Parks Nature Outdoors

2
nights
Naxos Town

Naxos Town ©
Naxos Town tops the itinerary of most visitors exploring the Aegean islands, drawing their attention with taverns, shops, beaches, and ancient ruins.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): stop by Kastro, then wander the streets of Old Town, then stop by Ta Axotica Gift Shop, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Agios Prokopios Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then kick back and relax at Mikri Vigla Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plaka Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Naxos Town trip itinerary planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Antiparos to Naxos Town with the Route module. May in Naxos Town sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Naxos Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Naxos, Mikri Vigla Beach, Agios Prokopios Beach
Highlights from your plan
Plaka Beach ©
Plaka Beach
Kastro ©
Kastro
Old Town ©
Old Town

1
day
Mykonos Town, Mykonos

Mykonos Town ©
A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
On the 26th (Tue), stop by Little Venice, then don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli), then examine the collection at Aegean Maritime Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Paradise Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Mykonos Town online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Naxos Town to Mykonos Town takes 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Mykonos Town are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hermoupolis.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Neighborhoods Museums Parks

Side Trip

Paradise Beach
Highlights from your plan
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
The Windmills (Kato Milli) ©
The Windmills (Kato Milli)
Aegean Maritime Museum ©
Aegean Maritime Museum

3
nights
Hermoupolis

Hermoupolis ©
Step out of Hermoupolis to go to Poseidonia and see Agathopes Beach, which is approximately 34 minutes away.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hermoupolis trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Mykonos Town to Hermoupolis takes 3 hours. May in Hermoupolis sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Hermoupolis

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kini, Vari Beach, Saint Pakou, Galissas Beach, Agathopes Beach
Highlights from your plan
Galissas Beach ©
Galissas Beach
Saint Pakou ©
Saint Pakou
Ermoupolis City Hall ©
Ermoupolis City Hall

2
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): wander the streets of Plaka, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Lycabettus and then get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum.

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

Traveling by car from Hermoupolis to Athens takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

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