26 days in Greece Itinerary

26 days in Greece Itinerary

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26 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Athens
— 2 nights
ferry:  5​h 15​min
2
Fira, Santorini
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h
3
Heraklion, Crete
— 3 nights
ferry:  4​h 45​min
4
Milos
— 2 nights
ferry:  3​h 15​min
5
Athens
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Nafplio
— 3 nights
bus:  7​h
7
Olympia
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  6​h 15​min
8
Corfu Town, Corfu
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
9
Thessaloniki
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Rome


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2
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ancient Agora of Athens and Sea Turtle Rescue Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Athens side-trips: Archaeological Museum of Eretria (in Eretria) and Saints Constantine and Helen Orthodox Metropolitan Church (in Glyfada). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Piraeus, stop by Olive Tree - Ελιά Olive Wood Products, and explore the striking landscape at Areopagus.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Athens trip itinerary planning app .

Dublin, Ireland to Athens is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Dublin to Athens due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Dublin in August: high temperatures in Athens hover around 39°C and lows are around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Glyfada, Archaeological Museum of Eretria, Archaeological Museum of Piraeus
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Theater of Dionysus ©
Theater of Dionysus
Athens Wine Tasting ©
Athens Wine Tasting

2
nights
Fira, Santorini

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step out of Fira with an excursion to SYMPOSION by La Ponta in Akrotiri--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, gain insight at MATI Art Gallery, and don't miss a visit to Megalochori - Traditional Village.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Fira trip planner .

Fly from Athens to Fira in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Fira are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Heraklion.

Things to do in Fira

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, Megalochori - Traditional Village
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Spas
Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist ©

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Natural History Museum of Crete and Winery Stilianou. Step out of Heraklion with an excursion to Agio Farago (Gorge of Saints) in Matala--about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, stop by Nerium Oleander, take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Heraklion sightseeing site .

You can ride a ferry from Fira to Heraklion in 2 hours. In September in Heraklion, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Milos.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Winery Stilianou, The Palace of Knossos, Agio Farago (Gorge of Saints)
Highlights from your plan
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Natural History Museum of Crete ©
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos

2
nights
Milos

Milos ©
The result of thousands of years of volcanic activity, the island of Milos features a craggy coastline interspersed by shallow beaches.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Agia Paraskevi Church, then kick back and relax at Sikia Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kleftiko Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): stroll through Alogomandra Beach, see the interesting displays at Sand Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Venetian Castle of Milos, and finally kick back and relax at Kalogries Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Milos tour itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Heraklion to Milos in 4 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. September in Milos sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Milos

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Kleftiko Beach ©
Kleftiko Beach
Alogomandra Beach ©
Alogomandra Beach
Venetian Castle of Milos ©
Venetian Castle of Milos

3
nights
Athens

Athens ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Walking tours and Ancient Agora of Athens. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Athens: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Lagonisi) and Astir Beach (in Vouliagmeni). See some other sides of Athens: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Areopagus, wander the streets of Plaka, and admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Athens road trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and subway from Milos to Athens in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nafplio.

Things to do in Athens

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trips

Astir Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Fortress Palamidi and Church of Ayios Georgios. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Nauplion Promenade, see the interesting displays at Komboloi Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Karonis Distillery, and get engrossed in the history at Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nafplio itinerary app .

You can drive from Athens to Nafplio in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Athens in September, Nafplio is a bit cooler at night with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Olympia.

Things to do in Nafplio

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation ©
Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation
Fortress Palamidi ©
Fortress Palamidi
Nauplion Promenade
Nauplion Promenade

2
nights
Olympia

Olympia ©
Inhabited since prehistoric times, Olympia remains best known as the site of the original Olympic Games, held there for the first time in 776 BCE.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): kick back and relax at Kakovatos Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Agios Nicolaos Church, then learn about winemaking at Olympia Land Winery, and finally delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Olympia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Klio's Honey Farm, then get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Olympia, and then appreciate the history behind Hermes by Praxiteles.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Olympia travel planning tool .

Drive from Nafplio to Olympia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Nafplio in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Olympia, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Olympia

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Agios Nicolaos Church, Kakovatos Beach
Highlights from your plan
Klio's Honey Farm ©
Klio's Honey Farm
Archaeological Site of Olympia ©
Archaeological Site of Olympia
Archaeological Museum of Olympia ©
Archaeological Museum of Olympia

4
nights
Corfu Town, Corfu

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Corfu Old Town and Kaiser's Throne. Venture out of the city with trips to Corfu Donkey Rescue (in Paleokastritsa) and Porto Timoni Beach (in Afionas). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Spiridon, admire the striking features of Corfu Museum of Asian Art, pause for some photo ops at Holocaust Memorial of Corfu, and don't miss a visit to Spianada Square.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Corfu Town holiday app .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Olympia to Corfu Town in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. September in Corfu Town sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Porto Timoni Beach, Kaiser's Throne, Corfu Donkey Rescue, Angelokastro
Highlights from your plan
Corfu Donkey Rescue ©
Corfu Donkey Rescue
Corfu Old Town ©
Corfu Old Town
Kaiser's Throne ©
Kaiser's Throne

2
nights
Thessaloniki

A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Crypt of Saint Demetrius Κρύπτη Αγίου Δημητρίου, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Macedonian Struggle, then don't miss a visit to Aristotelous Square, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Thessaloniki online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Corfu Town to Thessaloniki by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or take a bus. In September in Thessaloniki, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hellenic Pharmaceutical Museum
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
White Tower of Thessaloniki ©
White Tower of Thessaloniki
Aristotelous Square ©
Aristotelous Square

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