19 days in Greece, Melbourne & Dubai Itinerary

19 days in Greece, Melbourne & Dubai Itinerary

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Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  7 h 45 min
1
Melbourne, Australia
— Few hours
Fly:  21 h 15 min
2
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 1 night
Fly:  9 h
3
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
4
Fira, Greece
— 6 nights
Ferry:  2 h
5
Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  1 h 15 min
6
Rethymnon, Greece
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
7
Chania Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  40 h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

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Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol and then take in the exciting artwork at Federation Square.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Melbourne is an approximately 7- hour flight. Traveling from Auckland to Melbourne, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Auckland in September, expect nights in Melbourne to be a bit cooler, around 7°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dubai.

Things to do in Melbourne

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
Federation Square ©
Federation Square

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): gain insight with Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Catholic Church, and then browse the different shops at The Dubai Mall.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Dubai day trip planning tool.

Fly from Melbourne to Dubai in 16 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Gulf Standard Time (GST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in September, with highs in Dubai at 46°C and lows at 36°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Dubai

Shopping Tours Historic Sites
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The Dubai Mall ©
The Dubai Mall
St. Mary's Catholic Church ©
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding ©

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Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 14th (Thu), admire the striking features of Parthenon and then look for gifts at Didw Athens. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Plaka, look for gifts at Gallery Demeter, look for gifts at Amazing Chocolate, stop by Kerannymi, then look for gifts at ChiliMenta, and finally stop by BR Foods, Greece..

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Athens visit app.

Getting from Dubai to Athens by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 2 hours. In September, Athens is slightly colder than Dubai - with highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Amazing Chocolate
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Gallery Demeter ©
Gallery Demeter
Amazing Chocolate ©
Amazing Chocolate
Melissinos Art -The Poet Sandal Maker ©
Melissinos Art -The Poet Sandal Maker

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Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Get a sense of the local culture at Museum of Prehistoric Thira and Eduart Gjopalaj Workshop. Akrotiri LightHouse and Ancient Thera will appeal to history buffs. Explore Fira's surroundings by going to Perivolos (in Perivolos) and Galatea Pottery (in Akrotiri). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, look for gifts at Koukla Art, explore the galleries of Tzamia - Krystalla Art Gallery Santorini, and view the masterpieces at Art Space.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Fira trip planner.

Fly from Athens to Fira in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. September in Fira sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can ride a ferry to Heraklion.

Things to do in Fira

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Oia, Santorini, Akrotiri, Kamari, Perivolos
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Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Akrotiri LightHouse ©
Akrotiri LightHouse
Museum of Prehistoric Thira ©
Museum of Prehistoric Thira

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Heraklion, Greece

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.
On the 22nd (Fri), get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): learn about winemaking at Lyrarakis Winery and then learn about winemaking at Domaine Paterianakis- Κτήμα Πατεριανάκη.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Heraklion vacation maker site.

You can ride a ferry from Fira to Heraklion in 2 hours. September in Heraklion sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can catch the shuttle to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Wineries Theme Parks

Side Trips

Hersonissos, Dinosauria Park
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The Natural History Museum of Crete ©
The Natural History Museum of Crete
Lyrarakis Winery ©
Lyrarakis Winery

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Rethymnon, Greece

Rethymnon ©
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): browse the exhibits of Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop, take an in-depth tour of Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, then take in the dramatic natural features at Imbros Gorge, and finally examine the collection at Wooden Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): stop by mariannas, then explore the world behind art at Folk Museum of Spili, and then kick back and relax at Skinaria Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rethymnon travel site.

Getting from Heraklion to Rethymnon by shuttle takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Rethymnon are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Imbros Gorge, Skinaria Beach, Wooden Museum, Folk Museum of Spili
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Skinaria Beach ©
Skinaria Beach
Wooden Museum ©
Wooden Museum
mariannas ©
mariannas

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Chania Town, Greece

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Crete, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Church, then explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Agii Apostoli Beach. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Chania, look for gifts at Mitos Objects of Art, see the interesting displays at Greek National Football Museum, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at German War Cemetery, and finally look for gifts at Fisika.

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You can take a bus from Rethymnon to Chania Town in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Souda, Manousakis Winery, St. Nicholas Church, Fisika, German War Cemetery
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St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church
Souda Bay War Cemetery ©
Souda Bay War Cemetery
Manousakis Winery ©
Manousakis Winery

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