17 days in Greece Itinerary

17 days in Greece Itinerary

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17 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  4 h 15 min
1
Thessaloniki
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  4 h
2
Rethymnon
— 3 nights
Shuttle:  1 h 15 min
3
Heraklion
— 3 nights
Fly + Subway:  2 h 45 min
4
Athens
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h 45 min
5
Lindos
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: London

2
nights
Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki ©
A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
On the 17th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hagios Demetrios, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, then don't miss a visit to Aristotelous Square, and finally steep yourself in history at Arch of Galerius. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then enjoy breathtaking views from White Tower of Thessaloniki, and then explore the stunning scenery at Baseline Canyoning.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Thessaloniki trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Thessaloniki is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Thessaloniki is 2 hours. When traveling from London in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Thessaloniki, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture
White Tower of Thessaloniki ©
White Tower of Thessaloniki
Hagios Demetrios ©
Hagios Demetrios

3
nights
Rethymnon

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rethymnon: Spili (The Lion Fountain & Folk Museum of Spili), Lake Kournas (in Kournas) and Old Venetian Harbor (in Chania Town). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, get engrossed in the history at Historical and Folk Art Museum of Rethymnon, stop by Feel Silver Jewelry stores, and steep yourself in history at The Venetian Fortezza.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rethymnon vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Thessaloniki to Rethymnon takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rethymnon when traveling from Thessaloniki in March, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Heraklion.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Chania Town, Spili, Lake Kournas
Highlights from your plan
The Venetian Fortezza ©
The Venetian Fortezza
Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town

3
nights
Heraklion

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.
Go for a jaunt from Heraklion to Elounda to see Spinalonga (Kalydon) about 1:30 hours away. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, explore the world behind art at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Crete, and get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Heraklion trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rethymnon to Heraklion in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Heraklion, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, The Palace of Knossos, Fortress Spinalonga
Highlights from your plan
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga

5
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, sightseeing, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, wander the streets of Plaka District, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Lycabettus.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Athens itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and subway from Heraklion to Athens in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Glyfada Beach
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

3
nights
Lindos

Lindos ©
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
Change things up with a short trip to Emery Winery in Ebonas (about 38 minutes away). Spend the 30th (Thu) exploring ancient history at Village of Lindos. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Lindos, contemplate the long history of Medieval City, cool off at Pefkos Beach, and kick back and relax at Agios Pavlos Beach (Saint Paul).

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lindos holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Athens to Lindos takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Athens in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 13°C in Lindos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lindos

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Rhodes Town, Emery Winery, Ancient Kamiros, Pefkos Beach, Tsambika Beach
Highlights from your plan
Lindos Beach ©
Lindos Beach
Village of Lindos ©
Village of Lindos
Acropolis of Lindos ©
Acropolis of Lindos

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