10 days in Northern Greece Itinerary

10 days in Northern Greece Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sofia
Drive:  3 h 15 min
1
Thessaloniki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Nikiti
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Parga
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Ioannina
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Kalambaka
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
End: Sofia

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.
Take a break from Thessaloniki with a short trip to Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina) in Vergina, about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from White Tower of Thessaloniki, pause for some serene contemplation at Hagios Demetrios, appreciate the history behind Arch of Galerius, and delve into the distant past at The Greek Agora and Roman Forum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Thessaloniki road trip planner.

Sofia, Bulgaria to Thessaloniki is an approximately 3.5- hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Sofia in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 19°C in Thessaloniki. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nikiti.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hellenic Pharmaceutical Museum, Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina)
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White Tower of Thessaloniki ©
White Tower of Thessaloniki
Hagios Demetrios ©
Hagios Demetrios
Aristotelous Square ©
Aristotelous Square

1
night
Nikiti

Nikiti ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalogria Beach and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Nikiti trip site.

Traveling by car from Thessaloniki to Nikiti takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Nikiti, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Parga.

Things to do in Nikiti

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Kayaking & Canoeing
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Kalogria Beach ©
Kalogria Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

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nights
Parga

Parga ©
Most visitors to Parga come because of the Ionian coastline's verdant landscape and traditional character.
On the 5th (Sat), go for a stroll along the water at Valtos Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Chaos Woodcraft, then kick back and relax at Lichnos Beach, and finally make a trip to Aphrodite's Cave. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Piges Acheronta, then contemplate the waterfront views at Acheron, and then explore the historical opulence of Venetian Castle of Parga.

For photos and other tourist information, read Parga trip builder website.

You can drive from Nikiti to Parga in 5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Parga are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ioannina.

Things to do in Parga

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Piges Acheronta
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Venetian Castle of Parga ©
Venetian Castle of Parga
Aphrodite's Cave ©
Aphrodite's Cave
Chaos Woodcraft ©
Chaos Woodcraft

2
nights
Ioannina

Ioannina ©
Ioannina, often called Yannena within Greece, is the capital and largest city of Epirus, an administrative region in north-western Greece. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): examine the collection at Vrellis Greek History Museum, then fly down the slopes at Alpine Zone, and then see the interesting displays at Silversmithing Museum. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Ioannina Castle, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pamvotis, then admire the landmark architecture of Kehila Kedosha Yashan Synagogue, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iera Moni Agiou Nikolaou Filanthropinon, and finally explore the activities along Voidomatis River.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ioannina trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Parga to Ioannina takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Ioannina

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Vrellis Greek History Museum, Voidomatis River
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Alpine Zone ©
Alpine Zone
Voidomatis River ©
Voidomatis River
Vrellis Greek History Museum ©
Vrellis Greek History Museum

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nights
Kalambaka

Kalambaka ©
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 9th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Agios Stefanos, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), then learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Meteora and Mushroom Museum, and finally make a trip to Meteora. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Roussanou Monastery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of the Great Meteoron, and then admire the natural beauty at Varlaam Monastery.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Kalambaka route planning tool.

You can drive from Ioannina to Kalambaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Ioannina in September; daily highs in Kalambaka reach 29°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Meteora ©
Meteora
Monastery of the Great Meteoron ©
Monastery of the Great Meteoron
Varlaam Monastery ©
Varlaam Monastery

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