18 days in Greece, Marseille & Paris Itinerary

18 days in Greece, Marseille & Paris Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
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Naxos Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Ferry to Santorini, Taxi to Oia
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Oia, Greece
— 2 nights
Taxi
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Fira, Greece
— 1 night
Drive
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Akrotiri, Greece
— 1 night
Bus to Santorini, Fly to Marseille
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Marseille, France
— 3 nights
Train
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Athens, Greece — 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Temple of Olympian Zeus, Ancient Agora of Athens, Parthenon, and other attractions you added. Get a sense of the local culture at Acropolis of Athens and Acropolis Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Temple of Hephaestus and Citadel and Treasury of Atreus. Change things up with these side-trips from Athens: Mycenae (Archaeological Site Mycenae & Lion Gate). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Philopappos Hill, take a stroll through Plaka, explore the ancient world of Temple of Athena Nike, and pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Athens travel route builder app.

Newark, USA to Athens is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Athens is 7 hours. July in Athens sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 75°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Naxos Town.
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Naxos Town, Greece — 3 nights

Naxos Town tops the itinerary of most visitors exploring the Aegean islands, drawing their attention with taverns, shops, beaches, and ancient ruins.
To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Naxos Town trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Athens to Naxos Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. When traveling from Athens in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Naxos Town: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 73°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Oia.
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Oia, Greece — 2 nights

Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Koloumbos Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Agios Georgios Church, and then look for gifts at Eponymo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): awaken your taste buds at Meliton tours, view the masterpieces at Oria Art Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Mnemossyne Gallery, kick back and relax at Katharos Beach, then do a tasting at Domaine Sigalas, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Oia day trip tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Naxos Town to Oia takes 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Fira.
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Fira, Greece — 1 night

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, browse the exhibits of Eduart Gjopalaj Workshop, then take in the exciting artwork at Gabbiano Nero, then examine the collection at Cultural Village, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelli of Pyrgos.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Fira sightseeing planner.

Fira is very close to Oia. In July in Fira, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Akrotiri.
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Akrotiri, Greece — 1 night

Greek Pompeii

Located on Santorini's southwestern coastline, the small village of Akrotiri sits just a short walk from one of Europe's most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites.
On the 10th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, explore by horseback at Experience Horse Riding, then enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at Lost Atlantis Experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Venetsanos Winery and then do a tasting at Gavalas Winery.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Akrotiri day trip planner.

Akrotiri is just a short distance from Fira. In July, daytime highs in Akrotiri are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Marseille.
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Marseille, France — 3 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Site Memorial du Camp des Milles and Musee d’Archeologie Mediterraneenne. Step out of the city life by going to Route des Cretes and La Calanque de Figuerolles. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Scuba & Snorkeling (in La Ciotat), Museum of the Foreign Legion (in Aubagne) and Aix-en-Provence (Site Granet XXe, Collection Jean Planque & Cours Mirabeau). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Palais du Pharo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, and indulge your taste buds at Musee du Vin Brotte Degustation et Vente.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Akrotiri to Marseille takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, shuttle, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Akrotiri to Marseille. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Akrotiri in July since evenings lows in Marseille dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Paris.
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Paris, France — 2 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
On the 15th (Sat), head off the coast to Île de la Cité, admire the masterpieces at Petit Palais, explore the world behind art at Musee Marmottan Monet, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, then examine the collection at Musee du Parfum - Fragonard, and finally contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Paris Plage, step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis, take an in-depth tour of Memorial De La Shoah, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

You can fly from Marseille to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, Paris is slightly colder than Marseille - with highs of 79°F and lows of 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Greece travel guide

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Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.
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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.
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