15 days in Malta & Northern Greece Itinerary

15 days in Malta & Northern Greece Itinerary

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15 days in Malta & Northern Greece Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  28​h
1
Valletta, Malta
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Gharb, Malta
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
3
Litochoro, Greece
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Kalambaka, Greece
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Ioannina, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Thessaloniki, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

2
nights
Valletta, Malta

Valletta ©
Malta's capital city, Valletta preserves most of its medieval architecture, built in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Knights Hospitaller, once a powerful military order.
Valletta is known for historic sites, parks, museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Co-Cathedral, take in nature's colorful creations at Upper Barrakka Gardens, Head underground at Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja), and explore the ancient world of Hal Saflieni Hypogeum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Valletta itinerary planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Valletta is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Central European Time is minus 9 hours. In July, Valletta is much warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Gharb.

Things to do in Valletta

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja), San Anton Gardens, Palazzo Parisio & Gardens, Fort Rinella
Highlights from your plan
St. John's Co-Cathedral ©
St. John's Co-Cathedral
Upper Barrakka Gardens ©
Upper Barrakka Gardens
Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja) ©
Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja)

2
nights
Gharb, Malta

On the 21st (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Ta' Pinu National Shrine, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ggantija Megalithic Temples, and finally learn about winemaking at Tal-Massar Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Dwejra Bay, contemplate the long history of St. George's Basilica, then go for a stroll along the water at Gozo Ferry Port, and finally discover the riches below the earth's surface at Xwejni Salt Pans.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Gharb trip maker app .

You can drive from Valletta to Gharb in 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Gharb are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Litochoro.

Things to do in Gharb

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ggantija Megalithic Temples, Gozo Ferry Port, St. George's Basilica, Scuba & Snorkeling, Dwejra Bay
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ggantija Megalithic Temples ©
Ggantija Megalithic Temples
Ta' Pinu National Shrine ©
Ta' Pinu National Shrine

1
night
Litochoro, Greece

Litochoro ©
Litochoro is a town and a former municipality in the southern part of the Pieria regional unit, Greece. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): examine the collection at Geological History Museum Olympus and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Olympus. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Sotiri Rema, trek along Mountain Trail Litochoro - Prionia, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monastery of St. Dionysios in Olympus, and finally admire the sheer force of Orlias Waterfalls.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Litochoro itinerary builder app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gharb to Litochoro. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Gharb to Litochoro due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Gharb in July, Litochoro is slightly colder at night with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Litochoro

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mount Olympus, Sotiri Rema, Geological History Museum Olympus
Highlights from your plan
Mount Olympus ©
Mount Olympus
Monastery of St. Dionysios in Olympus ©
Geological History Museum Olympus ©
Geological History Museum Olympus

1
night
Kalambaka, Greece

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.
On the 25th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Varlaam Monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Great Meteoron, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), then see the interesting displays at Digital Projection Centre of Meteora’s History and Culture, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meteora.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kalambaka trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Litochoro to Kalambaka takes 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Kalambaka are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Ioannina.

Things to do in Kalambaka

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

2
nights
Ioannina, Greece

Ioannina ©
Ioannina, often called Yannena within Greece, is the capital and largest city of Epirus, an administrative region in north-western Greece. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Vikos – Aoos National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Vrellis Greek History Museum, then see the interesting displays at Silversmithing Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Ioannina Castle, and finally explore the activities along Voidomatis River.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ioannina online trip planner .

Drive from Kalambaka to Ioannina in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kalambaka in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 24°C in Ioannina. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Ioannina

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Voidomatis River, Vrellis Greek History Museum
Highlights from your plan
Vikos – Aoos National Park ©
Vikos – Aoos National Park
Voidomatis River ©
Voidomatis River
Silversmithing Museum ©
Silversmithing Museum

3
nights
Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki ©
A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Go for a jaunt from Thessaloniki to Vergina to see Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina) about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from White Tower of Thessaloniki, pause for some photo ops at Arch of Galerius, contemplate the long history of Hagios Demetrios, and get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Thessaloniki day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Ioannina to Thessaloniki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina)
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture
White Tower of Thessaloniki ©
White Tower of Thessaloniki
Aristotelous Square ©
Aristotelous Square

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