11 days in Northeast Aegean Islands Itinerary

11 days in Northeast Aegean Islands Itinerary

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Pythagorion
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Ikaria
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Chios Town
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Mytilene
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Lemnos
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Pythagorion

— 2 nights
Change things up with these side-trips from Pythagorion: Karlovasi (Mikro Seitani & Potami Waterfalls).

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Pythagorion trip planner.

Athens to Pythagorion is an approximately 17.5-hour car ride. In November, daily temperatures in Pythagorion can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Ikaria.

Things to do in Pythagorion

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ikaria

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take a spin around town with Island Ikaria Activity Tours and then kick back and relax at Seychelles Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): make a trip to Theoktistis Monastery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nas Beach, and then stop by Melia.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ikaria road trip planning app.

Travel from Pythagorion to Ikaria in 4.5 hours. November in Ikaria sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Chios Town.

Things to do in Ikaria

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Chios Town

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): stop by Citrus Aroma Mnimis, then take a stroll through Pyrgi, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mavra Volia, and finally see the interesting displays at The Chios Mastic Museum. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Chios Castle, don't miss a visit to Tris Mili, then cruise along Nea Moni Monastery, and finally don't miss a visit to Anavatos.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Chios Town visit planner.

You can travel from Ikaria to Chios Town in 7 hours. Traveling from Ikaria in November, Chios Town is little chillier at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mytilene.

Things to do in Chios Town

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Mytilene

— 2 nights
Founded in the 11th century BCE, Mytilene is the capital of the island of Lesbos.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Moni Agios Taxiarchis, make a trip to Moni Agios Taxiarchis, then see the interesting displays at The Museum of Industrial Olive-Oil Production of Lesvos, and finally explore the ancient world of The Roman Aqueduct. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Theophilos Museum of Folklore Art, explore the historical opulence of Mytilene Castle, don't miss a visit to Sarlitza Palace, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, and finally look for gifts at Olive Wood House.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mytilene trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by journey from Chios Town to Mytilene takes 3 hours. In November in Mytilene, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lemnos.

Things to do in Mytilene

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Lemnos

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): make a trip to Poliochni-Thymarelia (Livadochoriou-Agiou Dimitriou-Atsikis), explore the different monuments and memorials at East Moudros Military Cemetery, then stroll the grounds of Portianos Military Cemetery, then kick back and relax at Thanos Beach, and finally look for gifts at limnos CeramiX Workshop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Lemnos, view the masterpieces at Ochra Blue, then explore the historical opulence of Kastro van Myrina, and finally get interesting insight from Princess of Lemnos.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Lemnos itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mytilene to Lemnos. In November in Lemnos, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lemnos

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Northeast Aegean Islands travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Castles
Although many travelers use the Northeast Aegean Islands merely as a jumping-off point for the nearby coastline of Turkey, they provide an ideal destination for vacationers seeking an alternative experience in the Greek islands. The group includes five big and eight small islands, scattered across the northeastern part of the Aegean Sea. Not as well known to foreign travelers, these islands draw mostly domestic visitors and retain a strong Greek identity, marked by traditional village life and age-old religious festivals. If you don't want to spend your entire time on a single island, use well-connected Lesbos as a base, and split your time between the group's smaller members.

Chios travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Mastic Island
Rich history and scenic landscapes make Chios one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Aegean. Nicknamed the "Mastic Island" because it remains one of the world's major producers and exporters of mastic gum, Chios offers visitors a chance to explore medieval villages and age-old monasteries. Start at the ancient settlement serving as the island's center of shopping, dining, and entertainment. Alternatively, make the southwestern port of Mesta your base for touring a cluster of satellite islands reachable by boat or ferry. The island is nearer to the Turkish coastline than the Greek mainland, and as a result shares much of eastern Turkey's topography of rugged crags and fragrant citrus groves.

Lesbos travel guide

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Castles · Beaches · Landmarks
Emerald Isle
Still largely unaffected by commercial tourism, Lesbos maintains its leisurely pace of life and offers visitors a tranquil landscape of lush olive groves and age-old fishing settlements. The Ottomans called this island the "Garden of the Empire," valuing its pristine natural scenery and rich cultural heritage. Lesbos once drew philosophers like Aristotle and Epicurus, who ran a renowned philosophical academy on the island. Today Lesbos' coastline attracts hikers, cyclists, and beachgoers, while its unspoiled forested areas draw ardent birdwatchers. Begin your island adventure at Mytilene, a lively port town packed with museums, churches, and traditional taverns.