15 days in Crete, Santorini & Mykonos Itinerary

15 days in Crete, Santorini & Mykonos Itinerary

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1
Chania Town
— 4 nights
2
Heraklion
— 2 nights
3
Fira
— 4 nights
4
Mykonos Town
— 4 nights

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.
Kids will enjoy Elafonissi Beach and Samaria Gorge National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa), Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos) and Ancient Olive Tree (in Vouves). Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kournas, explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery, and wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town.

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London, UK to Chania Town is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 2 hours. In August, Chania Town is a bit warmer than London - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to take a shuttle to Heraklion.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Samaria Gorge National Park, Souda Bay War Cemetery, Kastro Gramvoussas, Lake Kournas, 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, thenexplore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, thenstop by Nerium Oleander, and finally get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Reptisland, admire the local landmark of Bembo Fountain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, thenget engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, and finally learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete.

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Traveling by shuttle from Chania Town to Heraklion takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Heraklion, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °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, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Reptisland
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Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Reptisland ©
Reptisland

4
nights
Fira

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Family-friendly places like Kamari Beach and Akrotiri will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Beach, explore the striking landscape at Skaros Rock, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, and make a trip to Sunset in Oia.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Fira trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Heraklion to Fira takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °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, Santorini, Perissa Black Sand Beach, Skaros Rock
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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.
Kids will enjoy Little Venice and Elia Beach. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Panormos Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, and make a trip to Rarity Gallery.

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You can ride a ferry from Fira to Mykonos Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. August in Mykonos Town sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Paradise Beach, Mykonos, Elia Beach, Panormos Beach, Ornos Beach
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Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

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