20 days in Greece, Saranda & Albanian Riviera Itinerary

20 days in Greece, Saranda & Albanian Riviera Itinerary

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20 days in Greece, Saranda & Albanian Riviera Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  14​h
1
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Pyrgos, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2​h 15​min
3
Rethymnon, Greece
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  1​h 15​min
4
Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h
5
Saranda, Albania
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Himare, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h
7
Corfu Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly + Subway:  2​h 45​min
8
Athens, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h
End: Toronto, Canada

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, see the interesting displays at Acropolis Museum, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, and wander the streets of Plaka.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Athens visit planner.

Toronto, Canada to Athens is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Athens is 7 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in April: high temperatures in Athens hover around 24°C and lows are around 15°C. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Pyrgos.

Things to do in Athens

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Glyfada Beach
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Glyfada Beach ©
Glyfada Beach
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

2
nights
Pyrgos, Greece

Pyrgos ©
Pyrgos provides one of the finest examples of Cycladic architecture in Greece, exemplified by the town's labyrinthine streets and whitewashed stone buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Beach. On your second day here, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, and then kick back and relax at Caldera Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Pyrgos trip maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Athens to Pyrgos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. In April in Pyrgos, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 15°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Pyrgos

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Akrotiri
Highlights from your plan
Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Galatea Pottery ©
Galatea Pottery

2
nights
Rethymnon, Greece

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): steep yourself in history at The Venetian Fortezza and then wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Agia Marina Beach and then go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rethymnon road trip planning app .

You can ride a ferry from Pyrgos to Rethymnon in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Heraklion.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Old Venetian Harbor, Preveli Beach, Agia Marina Beach
Highlights from your plan
Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor
Preveli Beach ©
Preveli Beach
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town

2
nights
Heraklion, Greece

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Stalis Beach. On your second day here, learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete and then delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Heraklion trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Rethymnon to Heraklion in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Heraklion are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Saranda.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, The Palace of Knossos, Stalis Beach
Highlights from your plan
Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos

3
nights
Saranda, Albania

Saranda ©
A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach and Monastery Beach. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Pulebardha Beach, steep yourself in history at Ksamil Village, contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Eye (Syri Kalter), and make a trip to Butrint.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Saranda online trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Heraklion to Saranda in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can take a shuttle to Himare.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Blue Eye
Highlights from your plan
Pulebardha Beach ©
Pulebardha Beach
Monastery Beach ©
Monastery Beach
Blue Eye ©
Blue Eye

2
nights
Himare, Albania

Himare ©
To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Himare itinerary planner .

Take a shuttle from Saranda to Himare in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Himare sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Himare

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Dhermi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dhermi Beach ©
Dhermi Beach
Jale Beach ©
Jale Beach

3
nights
Corfu Town, Greece

Corfu Town ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): stroll through Canal D'Amour and then kick back and relax at Paleokastritsa Beach. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Achilleion Museum, then delve into the distant past at Old Fortress Corfu, then pause for some photo ops at Schulenburg Statue, and finally admire the striking features of Corfu Museum of Asian Art.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Corfu Town trip builder website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Himare to Corfu Town. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Paleokastritsa Beach, Canal D'Amour, Achilleion Museum
Highlights from your plan
Old Fortress Corfu ©
Old Fortress Corfu
Paleokastritsa Beach ©
Paleokastritsa Beach
Canal D'Amour ©
Canal D'Amour

1
night
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Ancient Agora of Athens, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Voula Beach, and then explore and take pictures at Panathenaic Stadium.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Athens trip itinerary planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and subway from Corfu Town to Athens in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Corfu Town in May since evenings lows in Athens dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum
Voula Beach ©
Voula Beach
Ancient Agora of Athens ©
Ancient Agora of Athens

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