19 days in Greece Itinerary

19 days in Greece Itinerary

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19 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  26​h
1
Hydra
— Few hours
Travel:  5​h
2
Nafplio
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Athens
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Oia, Santorini
— 5 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
5
Heraklion, Crete
— 1 night
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  22​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

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hours
Hydra

Hydra ©
Hydra is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece, located in the Aegean Sea between the Saronic Gulf and the Argolic Gulf. To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hydra vacation builder.

Washington DC, USA to Hydra is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Hydra, with lows of 44°F. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nafplio.

Things to do in Hydra

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Harriets Hydra Horses ©
Harriets Hydra Horses

4
nights
Nafplio

Nafplio ©
Nafplio, a city famed for its narrow lanes and elegant architecture, provides a comfortable base for exploring the many surrounding ancient sites.
Get some historical perspective at Epidaurus Theater and Ancient Mycenae. Get some cultural insight at Palamidi Castle and Nauplion Promenade. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Bourtzi, take an in-depth tour of Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Tiryns, and look for gifts at Metallagi Jewelry.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nafplio trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hydra to Nafplio. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Athens.

Things to do in Nafplio

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

The Great Theatre of Epidaurus, Archaeological Site Mycenae
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The Great Theatre of Epidaurus ©
The Great Theatre of Epidaurus
Archaeological Site Mycenae ©
Archaeological Site Mycenae
Fortress Palamidi ©
Fortress Palamidi

6
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Do your shopping at Monastiraki and Gallery Demeter Athens. Your inner history buff will appreciate Plaka District and Ancient Agora of Athens. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Acropolis Museum, stop by Dido, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Glyfada Beach.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Athens holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Nafplio to Athens takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Athens, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Oia.

Things to do in Athens

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

River West Shopping Center, Glyfada Beach
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

5
nights
Oia, Santorini

Oia ©
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Akrotiri and Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Bring the kids along to Perissa Black Sand Beach and Red Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Oia: Akrotiri (The Good Heart, Faros Market, & more). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Stardust, take in the exciting artwork at Ernesto Workshop & Gallery, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sunset in Oia, and pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Oia vacation trip planner.

Do a combination of subway and flight from Athens to Oia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Athens in March since evenings lows in Oia dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Oia

Shopping Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Fira, Akrotiri, Perissa Black Sand Beach
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Stardust ©
Stardust
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and then take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Crete. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): meet the residents at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, meet the residents at Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos, and then admire the masterpieces at Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Heraklion travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Oia to Heraklion takes 2.5 hours. April in Heraklion sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, The Palace of Knossos
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos

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