8 days in Athens & Santorini Itinerary

8 days in Athens & Santorini Itinerary

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Athens
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Fira
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Athens

— 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, don't miss a visit to Plateia Syntagmatos, and appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Athens driving holiday planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Athens is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 5 hours. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, things will get cooler in Athens: highs are around 15°C and lows about 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks
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Fira

— 3 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Oria Gallery, learn about all things military at Naval Maritime Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Anastasis Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Panagia Theoskepasti Chapel, then do a tasting at Avantis Winery Santorini, and finally look for gifts at the White, Santorini. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, then make a trip to Santorini Arts Factory, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panaghia Katefiani, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castelli of Emporio.

Before you visit Fira, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Fira takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in January, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fira

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Shopping

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Santorini travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.