18 days in Greece, New York City & Paris Itinerary

18 days in Greece, New York City & Paris Itinerary

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18 days in Greece, New York City & Paris Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
1
New York City, United States
— 5 nights
Bus + Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
3
Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly + Subway:  2 h 45 min
4
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
+2
Subway + Fly + Bus:  13 h 15 min
End: New York City, United States

5
nights
New York City, United States

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
On the 25th (Mon), plan a day focused around Central Park. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, go for a walk through The High Line, stroll through Bryant Park, and wander the streets of Times Square.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the New York City travel guide.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are La Guardia Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport, John F Kennedy International Airport and Stewart International Airport. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Paris.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©
Statue of Liberty National Monument

5
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Claude Monet's House and Gardens (in Giverny) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Musée d'Orsay, appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, admire the landmark architecture of Sacré-Cœur, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Paris travel guide.

Explore your travel options from New York City to Paris with the Route module. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in July, with highs in Paris at 77°F and lows at 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for the flight to Heraklion.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Fondation Claude Monet, Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
The Paris Catacombs ©
The Paris Catacombs
Île de la Cité ©
Île de la Cité

2
nights
Heraklion, Greece

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum of Crete, get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and then steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cool off at Watercity and then meet the residents at Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Heraklion travel guide.

Fly from Paris to Heraklion in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of car ferry and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Paris to Heraklion due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paris in August, things will get a bit warmer in Heraklion: highs are around 85°F and lows about 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can fly to Athens.

Things to do in Heraklion

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Watercity Waterpark Themed Park, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
Highlights from your plan
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, sightseeing, nightlife, and religious sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, admire the landmark architecture of Parthenon, examine the collection at Museum of Greek Popular Musical Instruments, and admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Athens travel guide.

You can fly from Heraklion to Athens in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. While traveling from Heraklion, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Athens, ranging from highs of 93°F to lows of 75°F.

Things to do in Athens

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

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