18 days in Greece Itinerary

18 days in Greece Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe travel route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Athens
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Kalambaka
— 1 night
Drive
3
Ioannina
— 1 night
Drive to Sarandë, Ferry to Corfu Town
4
Corfu Town
— 5 nights
Drive
5
Lefkada Town
— 5 nights
Drive
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Athens
— 1 night
Fly

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Athens

— 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Herod Atticus Odeon, Parthenon and Acropolis of Athens. Kids will enjoy Plaka and National Archaeological Museum. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus, don't miss a visit to Plateia Syntagmatos, admire the natural beauty at National Garden, and admire the landmark architecture of Syntagma Station.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Athens day trip planning site.

Chicago, USA to Athens is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Chicago to Athens. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in September; daily highs in Athens reach 84°F and lows reach 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Kalambaka

— 1 night
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 20th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Meteora, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Great Meteoron, then make a trip to Theopetra's Prehistoric Cave, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Byzantine Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Kalambaka trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Athens to Kalambaka by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens in September, expect Kalambaka to be a bit cooler, temps between 77°F and 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ioannina.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites

Ioannina

— 1 night
Ioannina, often called Yannena within Greece, is the capital and largest city of Epirus, an administrative region in north-western Greece. For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ioannina driving holiday site.

You can drive from Kalambaka to Ioannina in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ioannina when traveling from Kalambaka in September, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Ioannina

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your trip

Corfu Town

— 5 nights
Often called "Kastropolis" because of its majestic Venetian castle, Corfu Town once featured such extensive fortifications that a force of over 20,000 soldiers defended them.
You've now added Blue Tours Corfu to your itinerary. Kids will appreciate attractions like Corfu Donkey Rescue and Canal D'Amour. Venture out of the city with trips to Paleokastritsa Beach (in Paleokastritsa) and Paralia Sidari (in Sidari). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Old Fortress Corfu, see the interesting displays at Achilleion Museum, wander the streets of Corfu Old Town, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Ioannis the Precursor.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Corfu Town trip builder website.

Take a bus from Ioannina to Corfu Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Corfu Town can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lefkada Town.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lefkada Town

— 5 nights
Family-friendly places like Kathisma Beach and Milos Beach will thrill your kids. Explore Lefkada Town's surroundings by going to Nidri (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Nydri Waterfalls).

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lefkada Town trip itinerary site.

Getting from Corfu Town to Lefkada Town by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. September in Lefkada Town sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Lefkada Town

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Spas

Side Trips

Athens

— 1 night

The Birthplace of Democracy

Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): explore the ancient world of Erechtheion.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Athens trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Lefkada Town to Athens in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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.

Corfu travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Specialty Museums · Bars & Clubs
Island of the Phaeacians
Designated as a World Heritage Site, Corfu retains many reminders of the island's Venetian, British, and French heritage.The northernmost of the Ionian Islands, the mild-weathered city made it into mythology as the idyllic place where Poseidon enjoyed marital bliss with the nymph Korkyra. Allegedly named after this mythical beauty, the island offers a blend of well-developed seaside areas and pristine mountain ranges, popular with both package tourists and casual backpackers. The island's top attraction remains the pleasant city of Corfu, an architectural gem made for sightseeing on foot. The island also serves as a convenient jumping-off point for tours of the Albanian and Italian coastlines.

Lefkada travel guide

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Beaches · Waterfalls · Parasailing & Paragliding
Connected to mainland Greece by a long causeway and floating bridge, Lefkada represents more than just an island paradise of modern seaside resorts and pristine Ionian beaches. Though it measures only 35 km (22 mi) from north to south, the island offers a mosaic of landscapes that include excellent mountain biking spots. Evade the big crowds of the southern coastline's popular beaches and soak up some local culture by visiting the small villages along Lefkada's eastern side, where you can explore traditional taverns known for serving local dishes to the tune of traditional live music.