19 days in Greece, Melbourne & Dubai Itinerary

19 days in Greece, Melbourne & Dubai Itinerary

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19 days in Greece, Melbourne & Dubai Itinerary

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
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): contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol and then see the interesting displays at Federation Square.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne sightseeing planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Melbourne is an approximately 8-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Auckland to Melbourne, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Auckland in September, you will find days in Melbourne are somewhat warmer (20°C), and nights are little chillier (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time 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.
On the 13th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Church, and then browse the different shops at The Dubai Mall.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Dubai trip builder.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Melbourne to Dubai takes 21.5 hours. Traveling from Melbourne to Dubai, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in September, with highs in Dubai at 46°C and lows at 35°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

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nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Parthenon and then look for gifts at Dido. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Plaka District, stop by Gallery Demeter Athens, look for gifts at Amazing Chocolate, then stop by Kerannymi Greek Traditional Products, then look for gifts at ChiliMenta, and finally look for gifts at BR Foods.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Athens itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Dubai to Athens takes 9 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Athens is minus 2 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Dubai in September, with highs in Athens at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Amazing Chocolate
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Gallery Demeter ©
Gallery Demeter
Amazing Chocolate ©
Amazing Chocolate
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.
Ancient Thera and Akrotiri LightHouse will appeal to history buffs. Do your shopping at Tzamia - Krystalla Art Gallery Santorini and Aquamarine Jewelry. Explore Fira's surroundings by going to Akrotiri (The Good Heart & Galatea Pottery) and Eduart Gjopalaj (in Kamari). And it doesn't end there: stop by Oneiro Jewelry, examine the collection at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, learn about winemaking at Santo Winery, and take in the exciting artwork at Art Space.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Fira trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of subway, flight, and bus from Athens to Fira in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to 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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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus. Keep things going the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, do a tasting at Lyrarakis Winery, and then learn about winemaking at Domaine Paterianakis Cretan Winery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Heraklion itinerary builder.

You can ride a ferry from Fira to Heraklion in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Wineries Theme Parks

Side Trips

Hersonissos, Dinosauria Park
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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Cretan Lyra Workshop - Museum Stagakis, then get engrossed in the history at Historical and Folk Art Museum of Rethymnon, then explore the striking landscape at Imbros Gorge, and finally examine the collection at Museum of Wooden Sculptures. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Marianna's Workshop, explore the world behind art at Folk Museum of Spili, and then stroll through Skinaria Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rethymnon trip planner.

Drive from Heraklion to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Rethymnon, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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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 Agios Nikolaos Church, then explore the ancient world of Ancient Aptera, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Agii Apostoli Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Chania Archaeological Museum, look for gifts at Mitos Objects of Art, examine the collection 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 stop by Fisika.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Chania Town travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Chania Town takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Chania Town are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Souda, Fisika, Manousakis Winery, St. Nicholas Church, 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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