22 days in Greece Itinerary

22 days in Greece Itinerary

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22 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Chania Town, Crete
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Rethymnon, Crete
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
3
Lindos, Rhodes
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Symi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Kos Town, Kos
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Lipsi
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h 15​min
7
Athens
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Calgary

3
nights
Chania Town, Crete

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.
Kids will enjoy Elafonissi Beach and Ancient Olive Tree. Step out of Chania Town with an excursion to Balos Lagoon in Kissamos--about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Samaria Gorge National Park, explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery, and examine the collection at MINOAN'S WORLD.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Chania Town tour builder .

Calgary, Canada to Chania Town is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Calgary to Chania Town due to the time zone difference. In September, Chania Town is much hotter than Calgary - with highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

German War Cemetery, Elafonissi Beach, Samaria Gorge National Park, Souda Bay War Cemetery, Ancient Olive Tree
Highlights from your plan
Elafonissi  Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Samaria Gorge National Park ©
Samaria Gorge National Park
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon

4
nights
Rethymnon, Crete

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.
Kids will enjoy The Palace of Knossos and The Natural History Museum of Crete. Venture out of the city with trips to Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos (in Gournes), Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre (in Hersonissos) and Heraklion (Church of Saint Titus, Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, & more). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, experience rural life at Paraschakis Olive Oil - Crete, explore the world behind art at Museum of El Greco, and stroll through Matala beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rethymnon trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Chania Town to Rethymnon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Heraklion, Matala beach, The Palace of Knossos, Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
Highlights from your plan
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos

3
nights
Lindos, Rhodes

Lindos ©
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Lindos Beach and Rhodes Toy Museum. When in Lindos, make a side trip to see Ancient Kamiros in Kalavarda, approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Village of Lindos, enjoy the sand and surf at Agathi Beach, stroll through Tsambika Beach, and don't miss a visit to Monastery Tsambika.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lindos trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Rethymnon to Lindos in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. September in Lindos sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Symi.

Things to do in Lindos

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Rhodes, Kolimbia, Ancient Kamiros, Agathi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Lindos Beach ©
Lindos Beach
Agathi Beach ©
Agathi Beach
Tsambika Beach ©
Tsambika Beach

2
nights
Symi

Symi ©
On the 26th (Sat), kick back and relax at Agios Georgios Dysalona Beach, then don't miss a visit to Kali Strata, then look for gifts at Takis Leather Fashion, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Toli Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nanou Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panormitis Monastery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Marathounda Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Symi planner .

Getting from Lindos to Symi by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kos Town.

Things to do in Symi

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Takis Leather Fashion ©
Takis Leather Fashion

2
nights
Kos Town, Kos

Kos Town ©
Situated on a tiny island big on history and culture, Kos Town sits in an area dotted with well-preserved ancient ruins.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Xerokambos (Exotic Beach), stroll through Agios Stefanos Beach, and then stop by Ira & Pia. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Asklepion Kos, then step into the grandiose world of Kos Town Castle, and then stroll through Therma Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kos Town trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Symi to Kos Town takes 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Lipsi.

Things to do in Kos Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kefalos, Therma Beach, Ira & Pia, Asklepion Kos
Highlights from your plan
Therma Beach ©
Therma Beach
Asklepion Kos ©
Asklepion Kos
Kos Town Castle ©
Kos Town Castle

1
night
Lipsi

Lipsi ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): stroll through Hohlakoura Beach and then kick back and relax at Platis Gialos Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Lipsi trip planner.

You can drive from Kos Town to Lipsi in 5.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Lipsi can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Lipsi

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Platis Gialos Beach ©
Platis Gialos Beach

4
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Acropolis of Athens and Mount Lycabettus. Change things up with these side-trips from Athens: Acrocorinth (in Corinth) and Nafplio (Fortress Palamidi & Nauplion Promenade). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus, explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, and wander the streets of Monastiraki.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Athens day trip planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lipsi to Athens. October in Athens sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nafplio, Akrokorinthos
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

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