17 days in Greece Itinerary

17 days in Greece Itinerary

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17 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: St. Petersburg
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Thessaloniki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Kalambaka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Litochoro
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Thessaloniki
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h
5
Hersonissos
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  2​h 45​min
6
Elafonissi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Chania Town
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Rethymnon
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: St. Petersburg


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3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Museum of Byzantine Culture and Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina). Visit Kallitheas Beach and Afytos Beach for some beach relaxation. When in Thessaloniki, make a side trip to see Metamorfoseos Sotiros Moutsiani Church in Veroia, approximately Veroia away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from White Tower of Thessaloniki, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, contemplate the long history of Church of St.Sophia, and make a trip to Monument of Alexander The Great.

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St. Petersburg, Russia to Thessaloniki is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from St. Petersburg in August: high temperatures in Thessaloniki hover around 38°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Metamorfoseos Sotiros Moutsiani Church, Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina), Afytos Beach, Kallitheas Beach
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Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture
Hagios Demetrios ©
Hagios Demetrios

2
nights
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 17th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Roussanou Monastery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Great Meteoron, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Meteora. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Geological Formation Museum of Meteora, take in nature's colorful creations at Varlaam Monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Agios Stefanos, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), and finally get engrossed in the history at Hellenic Culture Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kalambaka tour planning site .

Traveling by car from Thessaloniki to Kalambaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Thessaloniki in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Kalambaka, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Litochoro.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Meteora ©
Meteora
Monastery of the Great Meteoron ©
Monastery of the Great Meteoron
Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) ©

2
nights
Litochoro

Litochoro ©
Litochoro is a town and a former municipality in the southern part of the Pieria regional unit, Greece. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monastery of St. Dionysios in Olympus and then delve into the distant past at Dion Archaeological Park.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Litochoro trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Kalambaka to Litochoro in 2 hours. When traveling from Kalambaka in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Litochoro: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 22°C at night. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Litochoro

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Dion Archaeological Park, Panteleimon Beach
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Dion Archaeological Park ©
Dion Archaeological Park
Monastery of St. Dionysios in Olympus ©

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Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Church of St.Sophia, pause for some photo ops at Arch of Galerius, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Hagios Demetrios.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Thessaloniki trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Litochoro to Thessaloniki takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Historic Sites
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Hagios Demetrios ©
Hagios Demetrios
Arch of Galerius ©
Arch of Galerius
Church of St.Sophia ©
Church of St.Sophia

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum and then cool off at Star Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Acqua Plus Water Park, then meet the residents at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Stalis Beach.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hersonissos day trip planning website .

You can fly from Thessaloniki to Hersonissos in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Thessaloniki in August, expect nights in Hersonissos to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to catch the shuttle to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Theme Parks Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Stalis Beach
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Acqua Plus Water Park ©
Acqua Plus Water Park
Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum ©
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

2
nights
Elafonissi

Elafonissi ©
Located just off Crete's southwestern corner, Elafonissi offers an alternative vacation idea for those looking to avoid the larger, more crowded Greek islands.
On the 23rd (Sun), kick back and relax at Elafonissi Beach and then don't miss a visit to Chryssoskalitissa Monastery. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Deliana Gorge, stroll through Aspri Limni Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elafonisi Viewpoint.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Elafonissi travel route planner.

Getting from Hersonissos to Elafonissi by shuttle takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Deliana Gorge, Chryssoskalitissa Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Aspri Limni Beach ©
Aspri Limni Beach
Chryssoskalitissa Monastery ©
Chryssoskalitissa Monastery

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nights
Chania Town

Chania Town ©
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
On the 25th (Tue), learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Crete, visit a coastal fixture at Chania Venetian Lighthouse, explore the world behind art at Folklore Museum of Chania, then see the interesting displays at Greek National Football Museum, then examine the collection at MINOAN'S WORLD, and finally stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Chania, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Chania Town online travel planner .

You can drive from Elafonissi to Chania Town in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Chania Town can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Souda, German War Cemetery
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Greek National Football Museum ©
Greek National Football Museum
Souda Bay War Cemetery ©
Souda Bay War Cemetery
Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera ©

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nights
Rethymnon

Rethymnon ©
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): kick back and relax at Preveli Beach, then take an in-depth tour of Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, and then wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Arkadi, then look for gifts at Athos Workshop, then identify plant and animal life at Reptisland, and finally relax in the rural setting at Paraschakis Olive Oil - Crete.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rethymnon attractions planner.

Getting from Chania Town to Rethymnon by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In August in Rethymnon, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Preveli Beach, Reptisland, Athos Workshop
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi

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