53 days in Western Europe Itinerary

53 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Rhodes Town, Rhodes
— 6 nights
Fly
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Rethymnon, Crete
— 6 nights
Drive
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Chania Town, Crete
— 7 nights
Fly
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Fira
— 2 nights
Ferry to Piraeus, Drive to Olympia
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Olympia
— 6 nights
Drive
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Delphi
— 5 nights
Drive
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Khalkis, Euboea Region
— 4 nights
Drive
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Edipsos, Euboea Region
— 2 nights
Drive
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Afitos
— 6 nights
Drive
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Thessaloniki
— 7 nights
Drive
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Kalambaka
— 1 night
Train to Athens, Fly to Philadelphia

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Rhodes Town, Rhodes — 6 nights

A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes and Faliraki Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Rhodes Town: Epta Piges (in Kolimbia), Lindos (Acropolis of Lindos, Lindos Beach, &more) and Agathi Beach (in Haraki). There's still lots to do: admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Butterflies, look for all kinds of wild species at Triton Dive Center, make a splash at Water Park, and look for gifts at Tassos Samourakis Gold & Silver Jewelry.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rhodes Town travel itinerary planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Rhodes Town is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Rhodes Town, with lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Rethymnon.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Rethymnon, Crete — 6 nights

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.
Kids will enjoy The Palace of Knossos and Rethymnon Old Town. Get out of town with these interesting Rethymnon side-trips: Reptisland (in Melidoni), Piges Argiroupolis (in Argiroupoli) and Heraklion (Heraklion Archaeological Museum & Venetian Walls and Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Arkadi, observe the fascinating underwater world at CRETAquarium, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and take in the waterfront at Old Venetian Harbour of Rethymno.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rethymnon itinerary app.

You can fly from Rhodes Town to Rethymnon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Chania Town.
Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums
Side Trips

Chania Town, Crete — 7 nights

The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Attractions like Elafonissi Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chania Town: Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia), Falassarna Beach (in Falassarna) and Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos). There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, enjoy the sand and surf at Stavros Beach, stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery, and take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Chania.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Chania Town trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Rethymnon to Chania Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Fira.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Side Trips

Fira — 2 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
On the 28th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Perissa Black Sand Beach. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani and then surround yourself with nature on Santorini Sailing.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Fira road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Chania Town to Fira takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in June, and nighttime lows around 70°F. On the 29th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Olympia.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Olympia — 6 nights

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.
Bring the kids along to Klio's Honey Farm and Archaeological Museum of Olympia. Get out of town with these interesting Olympia side-trips: Ionian Dive Center (in Marathopoli), Neda Waterfalls (in Stomio) and Kakovatos Beach (in Kakovatos). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Voidokilia Beach, steep yourself in history at Archaeological Site of Olympia, do a tasting at Olympia Land Winery, and take in the dramatic scenery at Nemouta Waterfalls.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Olympia online day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Fira to Olympia takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and taxi. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Fira in June since evenings lows in Olympia dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Delphi.
Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors
Side Trips

Delphi — 5 nights

Ancient Greeks revered Delphi as the center of their universe, building an impressive sanctuary to Apollo in order to mark this sacred spot.
Kids will enjoy Delphi and Parnassus. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Delphi: Hosios Loukas (in Distomo) and Corycian Cave (in Arachova). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Apollo In Delphi, relax in the rural setting at MoKa Honey, brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum & Archaeological Collection of Galaxidi, and stroll through Itea Beach.

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Traveling by car from Olympia to Delphi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Khalkis.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Side Trips

Khalkis, Euboea Region — 4 nights

Chalcis or Chalkida is the chief town of the island of Euboea in Greece, situated on the Euripus Strait at its narrowest point. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Thapsa Beach and Kalamos Beach. Explore Khalkis' surroundings by going to Chiliadou Beach (in Paralia Chiliadou) and Archaeological Museum of Eretria (in Eretria). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the views from Bridge of Khalkis, step into the grandiose world of Karababa Castle, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Agia Paraskevi.

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Traveling by car from Delphi to Khalkis takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Edipsos.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Edipsos, Euboea Region — 2 nights

Aidipsos is a village and a former municipality in Euboea, Greece. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Lichadonisia and then discover the deep blue sea with Lihadonisia Diving Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Pefki Beach and then witness a stunning natural landmark at The Healing Thermal Springs of Edipsos.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Edipsos vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Khalkis to Edipsos takes 2.5 hours. July in Edipsos sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Afitos.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches
Side Trips
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Afitos — 6 nights

Afytos is a village in Chalkidiki, northern Greece. Attractions like Daysailing and Church Agios Dimitrios make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Afitos: Toroni Beach (in Toroni), Lagomandra beach (in Neos Marmaras) and Sarti (Kalamitsi Beach & Orange beach). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Kalogria Beach, look for gifts at Maria's - The Corner Shop, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nikiti Beach.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Afitos trip app.

You can drive from Edipsos to Afitos in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. In July, daily temperatures in Afitos can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Thessaloniki.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Side Trips

Thessaloniki — 7 nights

A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Family-friendly places like Museum of Byzantine Culture and Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thessaloniki: Bijou Box (in Veroia), Wax Museum Theodoros Kokkinidis (in Kipia) and Ammolofoi Beach (in Nea Peramos). The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at White Tower of Thessaloniki, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, make a trip to Aristotelous Square, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hagios Demetrios.

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

Traveling by car from Afitos to Thessaloniki takes 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kalambaka.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Side Trips

Kalambaka — 1 night

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 30th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada).

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kalambaka attractions website.

You can drive from Thessaloniki to Kalambaka in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Thessaloniki in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kalambaka, with lows around 63°F. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
Historic Sites

Santorini travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.

West Greece travel guide

4.5
Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums · Churches
In contrast to the country's island destinations, West Greece boasts a blend of trendy resorts and pristine natural areas. The region includes the western section of the Greek mainland and the northwestern corner of the Peloponnese, a major tourist destination in and of itself. Culturally and geographically distinct from the rest of the country, West Greece contains valleys and dense forests, sheltering wildlife and native plants. In between these unspoiled natural ecosystems, you'll find tiny traditional settlements, seemingly immune to mass tourism. The pace of life continues slowly here, allowing West Greece to remain one of the last truly "Greek" parts of the country.

Central Greece travel guide

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Ruins · History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Central Greece became a major travel destination thousands of years ago, known around the ancient world as the home of the famous oracle of Apollo. Today, the small town of Delphi and its eponymous archaeological site top the itinerary of most visitors to Central Greece. Sightseers visit this site by the thousands to admire the mastery of ancient Greek builders, who constructed a vast complex of buildings to mark what they thought of as the center of the universe. The rest of the region remains a less-trodden land of pristine mountains, rivers, forests, ravines, and caves. Central Greece also contains a long coastline and boasts some of the finest beaches in the Mediterranean.