12 days in Greece Itinerary

12 days in Greece Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Greece sightseeing planner
Make it your trip
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Athens
— 1 night
Drive
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Chalandri
— 1 night
Drive
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Nafplio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kalamata
— 2 nights
Bus
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Thessaloniki
— 5 nights
Fly

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Athens — 1 night

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): get great views at Mount Lycabettus, examine the collection at Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology, explore the striking landscape at Areopagus, explore the ancient world of Theater of Dionysus, then look for all kinds of wild species at ARCHELON Τhe Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden Diomedes, then Head underground at Perama Cave, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Kapnikarea.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Athens road trip planning tool.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Athens. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Chalandri.
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Chalandri — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): get active on the water at Amphibious Diving Center.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Chalandri trip itinerary app.

Chalandri is very close to Athens. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Athens in August since evenings lows in Chalandri dip to 25°C. You will leave for Nafplio on the 2nd (Tue).
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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.
On the 3rd (Wed), get in touch with nature with PanExpeditions, see some colorful creatures with Tech Diving Team Dive Center, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Panaghia, then stroll through Astros Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Moni Agiou Ioanni Prodromou, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Kapsia Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at T'Anapliotiko Bakaliko, brush up on your military savvy at War Museum Nafplio Branch, get engrossed in the history at Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, pause for some photo ops at Kolokotroni Statue, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Agios Spyridonas, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Karonis Distillery.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nafplio route planner.

You can drive from Chalandri to Nafplio in 2 hours. Traveling from Chalandri in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Nafplio, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kalamata.
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Kalamata — 2 nights

Kalamata is the second most populous city of the Peloponnese peninsula, after Patras, in southern Greece and the largest city of the homonymous administrative region. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with Dive Code, stroll through Paralia Almirou, admire the landmark architecture of The Church of Agioi Apostoloi, then savor the flavors at Kalamata Farmer's Market, then make a trip to Aristomenous Square, and finally explore the striking landscape at Vyros Gorge. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Castle of Kalamata, brush up on your military savvy at Military Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Ypapanti Church, then examine the collection at Victoria G. Karelias Collection of Greek Traditional Costumes, then have some family-friendly fun at Great Escape Kalamata, and finally walk around Kalamata Municipal Railway Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kalamata travel planner.

Getting from Nafplio to Kalamata by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Nafplio in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 22°C in Kalamata. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Thessaloniki.
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Thessaloniki — 5 nights

A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Olicatessen and Insectopia. Get in touch with nature at Bubble Adventures Halkidiki and Simantro Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Thessaloniki: Nikitis (Spathies Beach & Koviou Beach), Ekklisia Panagia Korifini (in Nea Moudania) and Fava Beach (in Vourvourou). There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Umbrellas Zongopoulos, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Panagia Dexia, step into the grandiose world of Heptapyrgion, and admire the landmark architecture of Church of Panagia Acheiropoietos.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Thessaloniki day trip planning site.

You can take a bus from Kalamata to Thessaloniki in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. August in Thessaloniki sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Greece travel guide

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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.
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