17 days in Greece Itinerary

17 days in Greece Itinerary

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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
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Rethymnon
— 3 nights
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.
Visit Kallitheas Beach and Afytos Beach for some beach relaxation. Hagios Demetrios and Arch of Galerius are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Thessaloniki's surroundings by going to Metamorfoseos Sotiros Moutsiani Church (in Veroia) and Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina) (in Vergina). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture, pause for some photo ops at Monument of Alexander The Great, explore the ancient world of The Greek Agora and Roman Forum, and don't miss a visit to Aristotelous Square.

To see reviews and other tourist information, you can read our Thessaloniki online travel planner.

St. Petersburg, Russia to Thessaloniki is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from St. Petersburg in August; daily highs in Thessaloniki reach 38°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Roussanou Monastery, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Great Meteoron, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meteora. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Geological Formation Museum of Meteora, admire the natural beauty at Varlaam Monastery, contemplate the long history of Agios Stefanos, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), and finally see the interesting displays at Hellenic Culture Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kalambaka trip planner.

You can drive from Thessaloniki to Kalambaka in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Thessaloniki in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kalambaka, with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car 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) ©
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): pause for some serene contemplation at Monastery of St. Dionysios in Olympus and then delve into the distant past at Dion Archaeological Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Litochoro trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Kalambaka to Litochoro in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Kalambaka in August, you will find days in Litochoro are a bit warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Litochoro

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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hours
Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Church of St.Sophia, thensteep yourself in history at Arch of Galerius, and then steep yourself in history at Hagios Demetrios.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Thessaloniki online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Litochoro to Thessaloniki in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can 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.
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: cool off at Acqua Plus Water Park, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Stalis Beach.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hersonissos trip planner.

Getting from Thessaloniki to Hersonissos by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Thessaloniki in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Hersonissos, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the shuttle to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Elafonissi Beach and then make a trip to Chryssoskalitissa Monastery. On the next day, head outdoors with Deliana Gorge, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Aspri Limni Beach, and then stroll through Elafonisi Viewpoint.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Elafonissi travel route planning website.

Traveling by shuttle from Hersonissos to Elafonissi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Elafonissi are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Crete, visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse, explore the world behind art at Folklore Museum of Chania, examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum, thenexamine the collection at MINOAN'S WORLD, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Chania, thenidentify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Chania Town road trip site.

Traveling by car from Elafonissi to Chania Town takes 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Chania Town are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Museums Tours Outdoors

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 ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Preveli Beach, thenget engrossed in the history at Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, and then take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Monastery of Arkadi, thenstop by Athos Workshop, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Reptisland, and finally relax in the rural setting at Paraschakis Olive Oil - Crete.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rethymnon trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Chania Town to Rethymnon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Preveli Beach, Reptisland, Athos Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi
Reptisland ©
Reptisland

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