15 days in Crete, Santorini & Mykonos Itinerary

15 days in Crete, Santorini & Mykonos Itinerary

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15 days in Crete, Santorini & Mykonos Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Chania Town
— 4 nights
shuttle:  2​h
2
Heraklion
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h
3
Fira
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
4
Mykonos Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: London

4
nights
Chania Town

Chania Town ©
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Bring the kids along to Elafonissi Beach and Ancient Olive Tree. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chania Town: Lake Kournas (in Kournas), Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa) and Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos). There's still lots to do: stroll through Old Venetian Harbor, explore the different monuments and memorials at German War Cemetery, explore the striking landscape of Samaria Gorge National Park, and take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Chania Town online trip builder .

London, UK to Chania Town is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from London to Chania Town, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in August, things will get a bit warmer in Chania Town: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to catch the shuttle to Heraklion.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

German War Cemetery, Balos Lagoon, Elafonissi Beach, Ancient Olive Tree, Rethymnon Old Town
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Elafonissi  Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Samaria Gorge National Park ©
Samaria Gorge National Park

2
nights
Heraklion

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.
On the 6th (Thu), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, then look for gifts at Nerium Oleander, and finally take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Reptisland, ponder the design of Bembo Fountain, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, then take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, and finally get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Heraklion tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Chania Town to Heraklion by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August in Heraklion, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Reptisland, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos

4
nights
Fira

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Kids will enjoy Kamari Beach and Perissa Black Sand Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Perivolos (in Perivolos) and Santo Horse Riding (in Akrotiri). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Red Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay, and delve into the distant past at Akrotiri.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Fira trip itinerary website .

You can ride a ferry from Heraklion to Fira in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Oia, Perivolos, Skaros Rock, Perissa Black Sand Beach
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Sunset in Oia ©
Sunset in Oia
Kamari Beach ©
Kamari Beach
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

4
nights
Mykonos Town

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.
Bring the kids along to Panormos Beach and Elia Beach. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Little Venice, make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), kick back and relax at Platis Gialos Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kapari Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Mykonos Town online trip maker .

Traveling by ferry from Fira to Mykonos Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mykonos, Paradise Beach, Kalo Livadi Beach, Elia Beach, Panormos Beach
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Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

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