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
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pythagorion: Karlovasi (Mikro Seitani & Potami Waterfalls).

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Pythagorion trip planner.

Athens to Pythagorion is an approximately 17.5-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ikaria.

Things to do in Pythagorion

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ikaria

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): indulge your senses at Island Ikaria Activity Tours and then kick back and relax at Seychelles Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Theoktistis Monastery, enjoy the sand and surf at Nas Beach, and then look for gifts at Melia.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ikaria trip builder tool.

Traveling by journey from Pythagorion to Ikaria takes 4.5 hours. In October in Ikaria, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Chios Town.

Things to do in Ikaria

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wineries

Chios Town

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): look for gifts at Citrus Aroma Mnimis, wander the streets of Pyrgi, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mavra Volia, and finally see the interesting displays at The Chios Mastic Museum. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Chios Castle, then make a trip to Tris Mili, then take a memorable drive along Nea Moni Monastery, and finally make a trip to Anavatos.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Chios Town trip planning app.

Getting from Ikaria to Chios Town by journey takes about 7 hours. Traveling from Ikaria in October, plan for little chillier nights in Chios Town, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Mytilene.

Things to do in Chios Town

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Mytilene

— 2 nights
Founded in the 11th century BCE, Mytilene is the capital of the island of Lesbos.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of 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 delve into the distant past at The Roman Aqueduct. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Theophilos Museum of Folklore Art, step into the grandiose world of Mytilene Castle, don't miss a visit to Sarlitza Palace, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, and finally look for gifts at Olive Wood House.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Mytilene road trip planning app.

Getting from Chios Town to Mytilene by journey takes about 3 hours. November in Mytilene sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Lemnos.

Things to do in Mytilene

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Lemnos

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Poliochni-Thymarelia (Livadochoriou-Agiou Dimitriou-Atsikis), stroll the grounds of East Moudros Military Cemetery, explore the different monuments and memorials at Portianos Military Cemetery, then stroll through Thanos Beach, and finally stop by limnos CeramiX Workshop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Lemnos, view the masterpieces at Ochra Blue, then explore the historical opulence of Kastro van Myrina, and finally take a tour by water with Princess of Lemnos.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lemnos trip itinerary builder app.

Explore your travel options from Mytilene to Lemnos with the Route module. November in Lemnos sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lemnos

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Museums

Northeast Aegean Islands travel guide

4.1
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

3.8
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.