20 days in Northern Greece Itinerary

20 days in Northern Greece Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northern Greece travel planner

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Ioannina
— 4 nights
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Papigko
— 1 night
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Loutraki
— 2 nights
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Kastoria
— 3 nights
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Kalambaka
— 3 nights
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Xanthi
— 2 nights
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Thessaloniki
— 4 nights
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Ioannina

— 4 nights
Ioannina, often called Yannena within Greece, is the capital and largest city of Epirus, an administrative region in north-western Greece. Get out of town with these interesting Ioannina side-trips: Stone Forest (in Monodendri) and Metsovo (Katogi Averoff Winery, Folk Art Museum Tossizza Mansion, &more). Spend the 3rd (Tue) exploring nature at Vikos – Aoos National Park. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Vrellis Greek History Museum, take an in-depth tour of Municipal Ethnographic Museum of Ioannina, step into the grandiose world of Ioannina Castle, and explore the activities along Lake Pamvotis.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ioannina trip planner.

London, UK to Ioannina is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Ioannina. Traveling from London in January, expect nights in Ioannina to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Papigko.

Things to do in Ioannina

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Adventure

Side Trips

Papigko

— 1 night
On the 6th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Papingo Rock Pools, explore the activities along Voidomatis River, then relax in the rural setting at Zinovia's Little Farm, then look for gifts at Rogovo Papigo, and finally head outdoors with White Pegasus Horse Ride and Treks Day Tours.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Papigko trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ioannina to Papigko takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Ioannina in January, expect Papigko to be slightly colder, temps between 11°C and 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Loutraki.

Things to do in Papigko

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Loutraki

— 2 nights
On the 7th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Edessa Waterfalls, then make a trip to Traditional Village of Agios Athanasios, and then fly down the slopes at Kaimaktsalan Ski Center - Voras. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Loutra Pozar, then head outdoors with Thermal Springs, then walk around Plateia Choriou Orma, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Paiko.

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Traveling by car from Papigko to Loutraki takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Papigko in January, you will find days in Loutraki are little chillier (7°C), and nights are about the same (-1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kastoria.

Things to do in Loutraki

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kastoria

— 3 nights
Kastoria is a city in northern Greece in the region of West Macedonia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kastoria: Kozani (Nikis Square & Agiou Nikolaou Clock Tower) and Ski Center Vigla - Pisoderi (in Pisoderi). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Panagia Mavriotissa Monastery, explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of Dragon (Spilia tou drakou), examine the collection at Byzantine Museum of Kastoria, and get great views at Prophet Elias.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kastoria planner.

Traveling by car from Loutraki to Kastoria takes 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Kastoria are 7°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Kastoria

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Kalambaka

— 3 nights
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.
Kalambaka is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Meteora, contemplate the long history of Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Meteora and Mushroom Museum, and stroll through Varlaam Monastery.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kalambaka trip planner.

Getting from Kastoria to Kalambaka by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Xanthi.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Xanthi

— 2 nights
Xanthi is a city in Thrace, northeastern Greece. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): wander the streets of Old Town of Xanthi, view the masterpieces at The House of Shadow, then get engrossed in the history at Folklore & Historical Museum of Xanthi, then contemplate the waterfront views at Strait of Nestos, and finally admire the striking features of Greek Urban School of Nestoros Tsanaklis. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Nestos Gorge Observatory, make a trip to Foundation of Thracian Art and Tradition, then contemplate the waterfront views at Nestos River, and finally admire the sheer force of Livaditis Waterfall.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Xanthi trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Kalambaka to Xanthi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Kalambaka in January, with highs in Xanthi at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Xanthi

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Thessaloniki

— 4 nights

Mother of Israel

A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thessaloniki: Ktima Gerovassiliou (in Epanomi), Cave of Alistrati (in Alistrati) and Drama (Piges Agias Varvaras & Koryvolos). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Hagios Demetrios, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, examine the collection at Hellenic Pharmaceutical Museum, and make a trip to White Tower of Thessaloniki.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Thessaloniki trip builder tool.

You can drive from Xanthi to Thessaloniki in 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Thessaloniki are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips