18 days in Greece Itinerary

18 days in Greece Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Greece itinerary planner

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Fly
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Athens
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nafplio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Elafonisos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Corfu Town, Corfu
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Fira, Santorini
— 4 nights
Ferry to Heraklion, Fly to Port Elizabeth

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Athens

— 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Acropolis of Athens and Plaka. Get some historical perspective at Temple of Olympian Zeus and Erechtheion. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Agios Dionysios Areopagitis Church, wander the streets of Ermou Street, and take in the exciting artwork at Ioannidou Art Gallery.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Athens trip site.

Port Elizabeth, South Africa to Athens is an approximately 20-hour flight. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Port Elizabeth in December: high temperatures in Athens hover around 17°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nafplio.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Nafplio

— 2 nights
Nafplio, a city famed for its narrow lanes and elegant architecture, provides a comfortable base for exploring the many surrounding ancient sites.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): stop by Feelwood Concept Store and then contemplate the long history of The Great Theatre of Epidaurus. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Fortress Palamidi, then take in the exciting artwork at Agora art gallery, and then explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site Mycenae.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nafplio, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Athens to Nafplio by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Athens in December; daily highs in Nafplio reach 13°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Elafonisos.

Things to do in Nafplio

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Elafonisos

— 2 nights
Elafonisos is a small Greek island between the Peloponnese and Kythira. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): kick back and relax at Megali Paralia, kick back and relax at Simos Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lefki Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Panagia Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Elafonisos sightseeing planning site.

Getting from Nafplio to Elafonisos by car takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Elafonisos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Corfu Town, Corfu

— 2 nights
Often called "Kastropolis" because of its majestic Venetian castle, Corfu Town once featured such extensive fortifications that a force of over 20,000 soldiers defended them.
Head to Corfu Gallery and Tsami Ceramicsfor plenty of shopping. Visit Mon Repos Palace and New Fortress for their historical value. Step out of Corfu Town to go to Giannades and see Yali Beach, which is approximately 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Corfu Museum of Asian Art, examine the collection at Casa Parlante, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Icon Gallery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Ioannis the Precursor.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Corfu Town route maker tool.

Drive from Elafonisos to Corfu Town in 10 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Corfu Town can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Mykonos Town, Mykonos

— 2 nights

Chora Mykonos

A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): view the masterpieces at The Big White Gallery, wander the streets of Little Venice, and then look for gifts at Gioras Wood Medieval Mykonian Bakery. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at HOFA Gallery (House of Fine Art) Mykonos, then see the interesting displays at Aegean Maritime Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Minima Gallery.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mykonos Town driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Corfu Town to Mykonos Town in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Corfu Town in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 12°C in Mykonos Town. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trips

Fira, Santorini

— 4 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Popular historic sites such as Akrotiri and Ancient Thera are in your itinerary. For shopping fun, head to Eduart Gjopalaj Workshop or Tzamia - Krystalla Art Gallery Santorini. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, get a taste of the local shopping with Art Space, take in the exciting artwork at Oria Art Gallery, and gain insight at MATI Art Gallery.

Discover how to plan a Fira trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can ride a ferry from Mykonos Town to Fira in 2.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In December, daytime highs in Fira are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fira

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
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.