17 days in Cape Town, Athens & Milos Itinerary

17 days in Cape Town, Athens & Milos Itinerary

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 1 night
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Athens, Greece
— 6 nights
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Milos, Greece
— 4 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 1 day

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Cape Town, South Africa — 1 night

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
On the 19th (Fri), hunt for treasures at Greenmarket Square, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, and then go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Cape Point and then identify plant and animal life at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town travel route planner.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major aiport is Cape Town International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 6 nights

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Step out of the city life by going to Glyfada Beach and Karathona Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Athens side-trips: Nafplio (Fortress Palamidi, Nauplion Promenade, &more), Archaeological Site Mycenae (in Mycenae) and Seahorse Dive Center (in Vari). The adventure continues: visit Plaka, delve into the distant past at Theater of Dionysus, get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Athens tour itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Cape Town to Athens in 17.5 hours. In August, Athens is warmer than Cape Town - with highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can fly to Milos.
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Milos, Greece — 4 nights

The result of thousands of years of volcanic activity, the island of Milos features a craggy coastline interspersed by shallow beaches.
Take a break from the city and head to Horizon Yachts and Kleftiko Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Sarakiniko Beach and Firiplaka Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Paliochori Beach, stroll through Agia Kiriaki Beach, step into the grandiose world of Venetian Castle of Milos, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Ioanna massage.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Milos vacation planner.

Getting from Athens to Milos by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry. Traveling from Athens in August, you will find days in Milos are little chillier (34°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 3 nights

Get outdoors at Corinth Canal and Nature & Wildlife Tours. When in Athens, make a side trip to see Giannikos Winery in Corinth, approximately Corinth away. Explore Athens further: contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Cycladic Art, and explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Athens trip builder app.

Getting from Milos to Athens by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Milos in August: highs in Athens hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Cape Town.
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Cape Town, South Africa — 1 day

On the 4th (Sun), observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, kick back and relax at Camp's Bay Beach, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Signal Hill.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip tool.

Fly from Athens to Cape Town in 17.5 hours. Traveling from Athens in September, expect nights in Cape Town to be much colder, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel back home.
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