20 days in Greece Itinerary

20 days in Greece Itinerary

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Start: Dubai
Fly:  9 h
1
Athens
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Nafplio
— 3 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  4 h 30 min
3
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2 h
4
Akrotiri, Santorini
— 3 nights
Ferry:  2 h
5
Heraklion, Crete
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Thessaloniki
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  6 h
7
Lindos, Rhodes
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Dubai

2
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Acropolis of Athens and Parthenon will appeal to history buffs. Acropolis Museum and National Archaeological Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Plaka, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, kick back and relax at Glyfada Beach, and explore the engaging exhibits at Hellenic Children's Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Athens trip itinerary maker.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Athens is an approximately 9- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dubai to Athens due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in December, expect nights in Athens to be little chillier, around 9°C, while days are much colder, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nafplio.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Glyfada Beach
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

3
nights
Nafplio

Nafplio ©
Nafplio, a city famed for its narrow lanes and elegant architecture, provides a comfortable base for exploring the many surrounding ancient sites.
Fortress Palamidi and Nauplion Promenade are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as The Great Theatre of Epidaurus and Bourtzi are in your itinerary. When in Nafplio, make a side trip to see Lake Doxa in Feneos, approximately Feneos away. There's more to do: savor the flavors at Karonis Distillery and stop by TASTE3.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nafplio itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Athens to Nafplio takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens in December, expect Nafplio to be a bit cooler, temps between 13°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Nafplio

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

The Great Theatre of Epidaurus, Lake Doxa
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The Great Theatre of Epidaurus ©
The Great Theatre of Epidaurus
Fortress Palamidi ©
Fortress Palamidi
Nauplion Promenade
Nauplion Promenade

2
nights
Mykonos Town, Mykonos

Mykonos Town ©
A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli), examine the collection at Aegean Maritime Museum, then stop by Little Venice, then make a trip to Rarity Gallery, and finally stop by T-bar Mykonos. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Mykonos and then kick back and relax at Panormos Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Mykonos Town day trip app.

Getting from Nafplio to Mykonos Town by combination of taxi and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Nafplio in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Mykonos Town, with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Panormos Beach
Highlights from your plan
Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Rarity Gallery ©
Rarity Gallery

3
nights
Akrotiri, Santorini

Akrotiri ©
Located on Santorini's southwestern coastline, the small village of Akrotiri sits just a short walk from one of Europe's most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites.
Take a break from the city and head to Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail and Amoudi Bay. Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist and Ernesto Workshop & Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Akrotiri, make a side trip to see Sunset in Oia in Oia, approximately Oia away. There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Santo Winery, stop by Oneiro Jewelry, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Church Of Candlemas Of The Lord, and kick back and relax at Perissa Black Sand Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Akrotiri trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Mykonos Town to Akrotiri in 2 hours. December in Akrotiri sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Heraklion.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fira, Oia, Perissa Black Sand Beach, Santo Winery, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail
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Perissa Black Sand Beach ©
Perissa Black Sand Beach
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail ©
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail
Santo Winery ©
Santo Winery

3
nights
Heraklion, Crete

Heraklion ©
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete and Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Palace of Knossos and Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda), Stalis Beach (in Stalis) and Rethymnon (Rethymnon Old Town & Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Winery Stilianou.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Heraklion itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Akrotiri to Heraklion takes 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Rethymnon, Winery Stilianou, Fortress Spinalonga, Stalis Beach, The Palace of Knossos
Highlights from your plan
Winery Stilianou ©
Winery Stilianou
Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): make a trip to Aristotelous Square, take in panoramic vistas at White Tower of Thessaloniki, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of Byzantine Culture, and finally take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Thessaloniki trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Heraklion to Thessaloniki in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Heraklion in December, things will get little chillier in Thessaloniki: highs are around 13°C and lows about 2°C. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture
Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki ©
Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki
Hagios Demetrios ©
Hagios Demetrios

3
nights
Lindos, Rhodes

Lindos ©
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
Tsambika Byzantine Museum and Folklore Museum of Lardos Village will appeal to museum buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ancient Kamiros and Lindos Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Lindos side-trips: Artistic Village Contemporary Art - Art gallery & Museum of Ceramic Art (in Kolimbia) and Medieval City (in Rhodes Town). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Church of the Panagia, enjoy the sand and surf at Stegna Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Glystra Beach, and have some family-friendly fun at Lardons Go-karts.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Lindos holiday website.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Thessaloniki to Lindos in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Thessaloniki in December, expect Lindos to be somewhat warmer, temps between 19°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lindos

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Lardos, Plakia Beach, Artistic Village Contemporary Art - Art gallery & Museum of Ceramic Art, Ancient Kamiros, Medieval City
Highlights from your plan
Plakia Beach ©
Plakia Beach
Stegna Beach ©
Stegna Beach
The Church of the Panagia ©
The Church of the Panagia

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