13 days in Greece Itinerary

13 days in Greece Itinerary

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13 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Nashville
Fly:  18 h 45 min
1
Heraklion, Crete
— 2 nights
Fly + Subway:  2 h 45 min
2
Athens
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Delphi
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
4
Kalambaka
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Thessaloniki
— 2 nights
Fly:  19 h
End: Nashville

2
nights
Heraklion, Crete

Heraklion ©
Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
Step off the beaten path and head to Winery Stilianou and Douloufakis Winery. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, make a trip to 25th of August Street, get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and learn about winemaking at Domaine Paterianakis- Κτήμα Πατεριανάκη.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Heraklion trip maker.

Nashville, USA to Heraklion is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Nashville to Heraklion, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Nashville in May, you will find days in Heraklion are little chillier (75°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Heraklion

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Winery Stilianou
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Winery Stilianou ©
Winery Stilianou
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Lyrarakis Winery ©
Lyrarakis Winery

3
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Visit Acropolis of Athens and Erechtheion for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Temple of Hephaestus and Anafiotika. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Plaka, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll around Philopappos Hill, and visit Monastiraki.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Athens trip builder site.

Getting from Heraklion to Athens by combination of flight and subway takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Athens are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Delphi.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Spas
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Plaka ©
Plaka
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Temple of Apollo In Delphi, explore the ancient world of Delphi, and then relax in the rural setting at MoKa Honey.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Delphi itinerary planner.

Drive from Athens to Delphi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Delphi when traveling from Athens in May, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Delphi

Historic Sites

Side Trip

MoKa Honey
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Delphi ©
Delphi
Temple of Apollo In Delphi ©
Temple of Apollo In Delphi
MoKa Honey ©
MoKa Honey

1
night
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 8th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Koursoum Mosque, stop by Old City of Trikala, take in the spiritual surroundings of Meteora, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ieros Naos Kimiseos tis Theotokou, then examine the collection at Digital Projection Centre of Meteora’s History and Culture, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Byzantine Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kalambaka day trip planner.

Getting from Delphi to Kalambaka by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In May, Kalambaka is slightly colder than Delphi - with highs of 72°F and lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Trikala
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Meteora ©
Meteora
Old City of Trikala ©
Old City of Trikala
Koursoum Mosque ©
Koursoum Mosque

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Hagios Demetrios, delve into the distant past at Rotunda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Osios David (The Latomou Monastery), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolis Cathedral of Agios Gregorios Palamas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Panagia Dexia, and finally pause for some photo ops at Arch of Galerius.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Thessaloniki trip site.

You can drive from Kalambaka to Thessaloniki in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kalambaka in May: high temperatures in Thessaloniki hover around 78°F and lows are around 56°F. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Zeitenlik
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Zeitenlik ©
Zeitenlik
Hagios Demetrios ©
Hagios Demetrios
Rotunda ©
Rotunda

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