12 days in Greece Itinerary

12 days in Greece Itinerary

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Fly to Kalamata Airport, Drive to Kardamili
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Kardamili
— 1 day
Drive
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Nafplio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Athens
— 4 nights
Drive
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Delphi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kalambaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Thessaloniki
— 1 night
Fly

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Kardamili

Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): head outdoors with Vyros Gorge, then stop by The Bead Shop Kardamyli, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter Church.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kardamili trip itinerary builder.

Paris, France to Kardamili is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Paris in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kardamili: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nafplio.

Things to do in Kardamili

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

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Nafplio

Nafplio, a city famed for its narrow lanes and elegant architecture, provides a comfortable base for exploring the many surrounding ancient sites.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Archea Korinthos and then explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site Mycenae. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Panaghia, then look for gifts at T'Anapliotiko Bakaliko, and finally step into the grandiose world of Fortress Palamidi.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nafplio driving holiday planning website.

You can drive from Kardamili to Nafplio in 2.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Kardamili in December, with highs in Nafplio at 13°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Athens.

Things to do in Nafplio

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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Athens

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, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, take a stroll through Plaka, and explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Athens driving holiday planner.

Drive from Nafplio to Athens in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Nafplio in December; daily highs in Athens reach 17°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Delphi.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

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Delphi

Ancient Greeks revered Delphi as the center of their universe, building an impressive sanctuary to Apollo in order to mark this sacred spot.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Delphi Archaeological Museum, then catch a live event at Delphi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Apollo In Delphi, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Ieros Naos Agiou Georgiou. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at MoKa Honey, then brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum & Archaeological Collection of Galaxidi, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tholos.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Delphi sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Athens to Delphi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens in December, Delphi is slightly colder at night with lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Delphi

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Kalambaka

The gateway to one of the largest monastery complexes in Greece, the small town of Kalambaka nestles against a landscape of imposing rock formations rising 400 m (1,300 ft) into the air. Nearly leveled during World War II, the town rebuilt and reinvented itself in the post-war period, quickly becoming one of the region's major travel destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Varlaam Monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Great Meteoron, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meteora, and finally see the interesting displays at Digital Projection Centre of Meteora’s History and Culture. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Lithaios Central Bridge, make a trip to Matsopoulou Mill, then take in the views from Stone Bridge Gate, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Koursoum Mosque.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kalambaka travel route planning site.

Traveling by car from Delphi to Kalambaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Delphi in December, expect Kalambaka to be slightly colder, temps between 9°C and 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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Thessaloniki

Mother of Israel

A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture, don't miss a visit to White Tower of Thessaloniki, then make a trip to Aristotelous Square, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hagios Demetrios, and finally see the interesting displays at Hellenic Pharmaceutical Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Thessaloniki holiday maker.

Drive from Kalambaka to Thessaloniki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Kalambaka in January; daily highs in Thessaloniki reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Greece travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
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.