16 days in Greece & Barcelona Itinerary

16 days in Greece & Barcelona Itinerary

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Heraklion, Greece
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Rethymnon, Greece
— 1 day
Drive
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Chania Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Heraklion, Greece
Ferry
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Piraeus, Greece
Drive
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Nafplio, Greece
— 1 day
Drive
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Monemvasia, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gytheio, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pylos, Greece
— 1 day
Drive
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly
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Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
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Heraklion, Greece

— 3 nights
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.
On the 2nd (Fri), steep yourself in history at Castello del Molo (Koules) and then ponder the world of politics at Loggia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Castello del Molo (Koules), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, admire the masterpieces at Church and the Museum of St. Aikaterini, then steep yourself in history at Church of Agios Mathaios Sinaites, and finally explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Heraklion attractions planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Heraklion is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Heraklion when traveling from Lisbon in July, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Rethymnon, Greece

— 1 day
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.
Monastery of Arkadi has been added to your itinerary. On the 5th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Arkadi, don't miss a visit to Symbol of Rethymnon City, pause for some serene contemplation at Four Martyrs Church, then steep yourself in history at The Venetian Fortezza, and finally wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rethymnon holiday planner.

Getting from Heraklion to Rethymnon by shuttle takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Chania Town, Greece

— 3 nights
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Seitan Limania Beach, St. Nicholas Church, Elafonissi Beach, and other attractions you added. Step off the beaten path and head to Lighthouse of Chania and Lake Kournas. Your inner history buff will appreciate World War Two German Bunkers and Cathedral of Eisodion tis Theotokou. Venture out of the city with trips to Akrotiri (Katholiko Monastiri & Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada)). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Firkas Fortress and examine the collection at Museum-Residence of Eleftherios Venizelos.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Chania Town travel planner.

Getting from Rethymnon to Chania Town by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to take a shuttle to Heraklion.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Heraklion, Greece

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Heraklion road trip planning website.

Traveling by shuttle from Chania Town to Heraklion takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 8th (Thu), you'll travel to Piraeus.

Things to do in Heraklion

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Shopping

Piraeus, Greece

Piraeus is a port city in the region of Attica, Greece. To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Piraeus road trip planning website.

Getting from Heraklion to Piraeus by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a bus. While traveling from Heraklion, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Piraeus, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 28°C. On the 9th (Fri), you'll travel to Nafplio.

Things to do in Piraeus

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Nafplio, Greece

— 1 day
Nafplio, a city famed for its narrow lanes and elegant architecture, provides a comfortable base for exploring the many surrounding ancient sites.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Archea Korinthos, then delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site Mycenae, and then step into the grandiose world of Fortress Palamidi.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nafplio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Piraeus to Nafplio takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Piraeus in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 17°C in Nafplio. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monemvasia.

Things to do in Nafplio

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Monemvasia, Greece

— 2 nights
Monemvasia is a town and a municipality in Laconia, Greece. Your day by day itinerary now includes Pounta Beach. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): look for gifts at To Kelari - Kastro Monemvasias, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Christ in Chains (Christos Elkomenos), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Agia Sofia Church, explore the historical opulence of Monemvasia Fortress, then pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Hrisafittisa, and finally kick back and relax at Pounta Beach. Keep things going the next day: take a tour of Shipwreck Dimitrios, enjoy breathtaking views from Lighthouse of Gythio, and then kick back and relax at Mavrovouni Beach.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Monemvasia online travel planner.

You can drive from Nafplio to Monemvasia in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Gytheio.

Things to do in Monemvasia

Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Gytheio, Greece

— 2 nights
Gytheio, the ancient Gythium or Gytheion, is a town and a former municipality in Laconia, Peloponnese, Greece. You've now added Foneas Beach to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Foneas Beach and then see Mani Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Gytheio road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monemvasia to Gytheio takes 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Pylos.

Things to do in Gytheio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Beaches

Side Trips

Pylos, Greece

— 1 day
Pylos, historically also known under its Italian name Navarino, is a town and a former municipality in Messenia, Peloponnese, Greece. On the 13th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Castle of Pylos, take an in-depth tour of Tsiklitira's House, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Voidokilia Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Pylos trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Gytheio to Pylos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Pylos

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

Athens, Greece

— 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Acropolis of Athens and Erechtheion will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Temple of Hephaestus and Philopappos Hill. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Kapnikarea, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Athena Nike, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Lycabettus.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Athens trip planner.

You can drive from Pylos to Athens in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Pylos in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Athens, with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Barcelona, Spain

— 1 night

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona route builder.

You can fly from Athens to Barcelona in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Athens, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Barcelona, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 25°C. On the 17th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Nightlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

Peloponnese travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Castles · Ruins
Scenic landscapes and a high concentration of ancient sites make the Peloponnese one of the most desirable sightseeing destinations in Greece. Separated from the Greek mainland by a narrow gulf, the region contains well-preserved archaeological reminders of the country's eventful history. The Peloponnese also boasts impeccable beaches, local cuisine, and a slew of tiny mountain villages. This region remains relatively uncrowded and lets you discover a quieter and greener corner of Greece, one ruled by traditional hospitality and the simple pleasures of life.