11 days in Greece & Republic of North Macedonia Itinerary

11 days in Greece & Republic of North Macedonia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fly:  6 h 45 min
1
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  6 h
2
Lindos, Greece
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  5 h 45 min
3
Thessaloniki, Greece
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

4
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Change things up with a short trip to Archaeological Site Mycenae in Mycenae (about 1h 30 min away). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens, admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and explore the ancient world of Ancient Agora of Athens.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Athens trip itinerary planning tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Athens is an approximately 7- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Athens due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in July, expect Athens to be somewhat warmer, temps between 38°C and 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Archaeological Site Mycenae
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

2
nights
Lindos, Greece

Lindos ©
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
On the 1st (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Lindos Beach and then delve into the distant past at Village of Lindos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Ancient Kamiros, then kick back and relax at Agathi Beach, and then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Lindos.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Lindos trip maker website.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Athens to Lindos in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Athens in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Lindos: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Lindos

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Agathi Beach, Ancient Kamiros
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Village of Lindos ©
Village of Lindos
Lindos Beach ©
Lindos Beach
Ancient Kamiros ©
Ancient Kamiros

1
night
Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki ©
A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): make a trip to Aristotelous Square, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Byzantine Culture, take in panoramic vistas at White Tower of Thessaloniki, then pause for some photo ops at Arch of Galerius, and finally contemplate the long history of Hagios Demetrios.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Thessaloniki journey planning website.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Lindos to Thessaloniki takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from Lindos in August, plan for little chillier nights in Thessaloniki, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Skopje.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums Historic Sites
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Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture
White Tower of Thessaloniki ©
White Tower of Thessaloniki
Hagios Demetrios ©
Hagios Demetrios

1
night
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

Skopje ©
A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): snap pictures at The Stone Bridge, then take in the views from Skopje Eye Bridge, then explore the activities along Lake Matka, and finally take in the history at Memorial House of Mother Teresa.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Skopje day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Thessaloniki to Skopje takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Thessaloniki to Skopje due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Thessaloniki in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 18°C in Skopje. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ohrid.

Things to do in Skopje

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Lake Matka ©
Lake Matka
The Stone Bridge ©
The Stone Bridge
Memorial House of Mother Teresa ©
Memorial House of Mother Teresa

1
night
Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia

Ohrid ©
Located on Lake Ohrid, the town of Ohrid earned the nickname Jerusalem of the Balkans because it was once home to 365 churches.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Sophia, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Jovan Kaneo, and then explore the activities along Lake Ohrid.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ohrid tour app.

Traveling by car from Skopje to Ohrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Skopje in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ohrid: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ohrid

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lake Ohrid ©
Lake Ohrid
St. Jovan Kaneo ©
St. Jovan Kaneo
Saint Sophia ©
Saint Sophia

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