12 days in Greece Itinerary

12 days in Greece Itinerary

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12 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Drive:  20​h 15​min
1
Sparta
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Delphi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Athens
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Hersonissos
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: San Francisco


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3
nights
Sparta

Sparta ©
Sparta was a prominent city-state in ancient Greece. Popular historic sites such as Archaeological site of Mystra and Monemvasia Fortress are in your itinerary. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Mavrovouni Beach and Sadova beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sparta: Our Lady of Hrisafittisa (in Monemvasia) and Messini (Antigua Mesenia & Arcadian Gate). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Mystras and pause for some photo ops at Statue of Constantine Paleologos.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sparta tour planner .

San Francisco, USA to Sparta is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Sparta is 10 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sparta, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Delphi.

Things to do in Sparta

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Messini, Monemvasia, Mystras, Sadova beach, Mavrovouni Beach
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Archaeological site of Mystra ©
Archaeological site of Mystra
Antigua Mesenia ©
Antigua Mesenia
Mavrovouni Beach ©
Mavrovouni Beach

1
night
Delphi

Delphi ©
Ancient Greeks revered Delphi as the center of their universe, building an impressive sanctuary to Apollo in order to mark this sacred spot.
On the 28th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Ieros Naos Agiou Georgiou, then get engrossed in the history at Delphi Archaeological Museum, then make a trip to Delphi, and finally delve into the distant past at Temple of Apollo In Delphi.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Delphi road trip planning tool .

Getting from Sparta to Delphi by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Sparta in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Delphi: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Athens.

Things to do in Delphi

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Ieros Naos Agiou Georgiou
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Delphi ©
Delphi
Temple of Apollo In Delphi ©
Temple of Apollo In Delphi
Delphi Archaeological Museum ©
Delphi Archaeological Museum

3
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
You'll explore and learn at Acropolis Museum and National Archaeological Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Temple of Hephaestus and Erechtheion. Change things up with these side-trips from Athens: Mycenae (Citadel and Treasury of Atreus & Lion Gate). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, stop by Melissokampos, and get into the urban bustle at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Athens trip builder .

Drive from Delphi to Athens in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Athens when traveling from Delphi in November, with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Mycenae, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, Melissokampos
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Lion Gate ©
Lion Gate

3
nights
Hersonissos

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Let the collections at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum and Heraklion Archaeological Museum capture your imagination. Explore hidden gems such as Stalis Beach and Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from Hersonissos: Matala (Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) & Matala beach) and Inspira (in Heraklion). There's more to do: delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hersonissos route planner .

Traveling by flight from Athens to Hersonissos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or ride a ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Hersonissos can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Matala, Heraklion, The Palace of Knossos, Stalis Beach
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Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) ©
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos)
Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach
Matala beach ©
Matala beach

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