18 days in Greece Itinerary

18 days in Greece Itinerary

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Fly
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Athens
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Sounio
— 1 night
Drive
3
Nafplio
— 1 night
Drive
4
Mystras
— 1 night
Drive
5
Olympia
Drive
6
Patras
— 1 night
Drive
7
Delphi
— 1 night
Drive
8
Kalambaka
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Thermopylae
Drive
10
Athens
— 1 night
Fly to Santorini, Bus to Fira
11
Fira, Santorini
— 2 nights
Ferry
12
Heraklion, Crete
— 4 nights
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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.
Athens is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, take an in-depth tour of Byzantine and Christian Museum, admire the natural beauty at National Garden, and wander the streets of Plaka.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Athens travel route planning website.

London, UK to Athens is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Athens due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in September, expect Athens to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sounio.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Sounio

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Planet Blue Diving Center and then delve into the distant past at Temple of Poseidon.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sounio road trip planning site.

You can drive from Athens to Sounio in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Athens in September, Sounio is little chillier at night with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nafplio.

Things to do in Sounio

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Nafplio

— 1 night
Nafplio, a city famed for its narrow lanes and elegant architecture, provides a comfortable base for exploring the many surrounding ancient sites.
On the 17th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site Mycenae, get to know the fascinating history of Nauplion Promenade, and then step into the grandiose world of Fortress Palamidi.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nafplio trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Sounio to Nafplio in 3 hours. Traveling from Sounio in September, Nafplio is little chillier at night with lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mystras.

Things to do in Nafplio

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mystras

— 1 night
Mystras or Mistras, also known as Myzithras in the Chronicle of the Morea, is a fortified town and a former municipality in Laconia, Peloponnese, Greece. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Mystras and then get to know the fascinating history of Archaeological site of Mystra.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mystras trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Nafplio to Mystras in 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Nafplio in September since evenings lows in Mystras dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Olympia.

Things to do in Mystras

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Olympia

Inhabited since prehistoric times, Olympia remains best known as the site of the original Olympic Games, held there for the first time in 776 BCE. Inscribed on the World Heritage List, the remains of Olympia's sanctuary allow visitors to admire the timeless mastery of ancient Greek builders.
On the 19th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Archaeological Site of Olympia and then take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Olympia.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Olympia trip tool.

You can drive from Mystras to Olympia in 3 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Patras.

Things to do in Olympia

Museums · Historic Sites

Patras

— 1 night
Patras is Greece's third-largest city and the regional capital of Western Greece, in the northern Peloponnese, 215km west of Athens. For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Patras holiday planning app.

Getting from Olympia to Patras by car takes about 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Patras can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. You will leave for Delphi on the 20th (Mon).

Things to do in Patras

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Museums · Parks

Delphi

— 1 night
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 20th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Delphi, then get engrossed in the history at Delphi Archaeological Museum, and then experience rural life at MoKa Honey.

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Traveling by car from Patras to Delphi takes 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Delphi are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Delphi

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Kalambaka

— 2 nights
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 21st (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Varlaam Monastery and then steep yourself in history at Roussanou Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of the Great Meteoron, make a trip to Meteora, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada).

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Drive from Delphi to Kalambaka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In September, Kalambaka is a bit cooler than Delphi - with highs of 29°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Thermopylae.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites · Parks

Thermopylae

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Thermopylae trip builder website.

You can drive from Kalambaka to Thermopylae in 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Thermopylae when traveling from Kalambaka in September, with lows around 19°C. On the 23rd (Thu), you're off to Athens.

Things to do in Thermopylae

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Athens

— 1 night

The Birthplace of Democracy

Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the world behind art at Museum of Cycladic Art and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Athens online road trip planner.

You can drive from Thermopylae to Athens in 2.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Thermopylae in September since evenings lows in Athens dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can fly to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

Tours · Museums

Fira, Santorini

— 2 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kamari Beach, then explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Perissa Black Sand Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Santo Winery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Beach, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Fira trip planner.

Getting from Athens to Fira by combination of flight and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. In September in Fira, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Heraklion.

Things to do in Fira

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wineries

Side Trips

Heraklion, Crete

— 4 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Heraklion: Matala (Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) & Matala Beach). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos, see the interesting displays at Kazantzakis Museum, learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and observe the fascinating underwater world at CRETAquarium.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Heraklion trip website.

Getting from Fira to Heraklion by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Greece travel guide

4.2
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.