36 days in Greece Itinerary

36 days in Greece Itinerary

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36 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Kelowna
Fly + Shuttle:  20​h
1
Rethymnon, Crete
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 4 nights
Fly + Subway:  2​h 30​min
3
Athens
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Nafplio
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Dimitsana
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Olympia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Delphi
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Kalambaka
— 3 nights
Drive + Ferry:  4​h
9
Corfu Town, Corfu
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Kelowna

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.
Visit The Palace of Knossos and Chania Venetian Lighthouse for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Monastery of Arkadi and Palace of Faistos. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rethymnon: Lychnostatis Open Air Museum (in Hersonissos), Koimiseos Theotokou Church (in Meronas) and Maritime Museum of Crete (in Chania Town). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Panagia Chalevi, stroll the grounds of German War Cemetery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rethymnon trip maker .

Kelowna, Canada to Rethymnon is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Kelowna to Rethymnon, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In February, daily temperatures in Rethymnon can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Chania Town, Souda, Palace of Faistos, Koimiseos Theotokou Church, St. Nicholas Church
Highlights from your plan
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Palace of Faistos ©
Palace of Faistos

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Archaeological Site of Delos and Paraportiani Church. Get a sense of the local culture at Old Town and Agios Nikolakis Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Naxos Town (Kastro & Portara) and Delos (House of Masks & House of Dionysus). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Virgin of St. Rosary, take a stroll through Little Venice, look for gifts at Antica Murrina, and step into the grandiose world of Castle Panigirakis.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Mykonos Town road trip planner.

Getting from Rethymnon to Mykonos Town by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or ride a ferry. In February in Mykonos Town, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Mykonos, Delos, Naxos Town
Highlights from your plan
Archaeological Site of Delos ©
Archaeological Site of Delos
Old Town ©
Old Town
Portara ©
Portara

5
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Temple of Hephaestus and Erechtheion. Do some cultural sightseeing at Acropolis of Athens and Plaka. Change things up with a short trip to Temple of Poseidon in Sounio (about 1h 15 min away). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and take a stroll through Monastiraki.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Athens itinerary planner .

Getting from Mykonos Town to Athens by combination of flight and subway takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. In February in Athens, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Nafplio.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Temple of Poseidon
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus
Temple of Poseidon ©
Temple of Poseidon

4
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 Lion Gate are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to The Great Theatre of Epidaurus and Archaeological Site Mycenae. Change things up with these side-trips from Nafplio: Moni Agiou Ioanni Prodromou (in Stemnitsa), Castle of Geraki (in Geraki) and Mystras (in Sparta). The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Nauplion Promenade, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Luke Archibishop, and make a trip to Zoodochou Pigis Church.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nafplio trip planner .

You can drive from Athens to Nafplio in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Athens in March, with highs in Nafplio at 16°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Dimitsana.

Things to do in Nafplio

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mycenae, The Great Theatre of Epidaurus, Zoodochou Pigis Church, Mystras, Moni Agiou Ioanni Prodromou
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Palamidi ©
Fortress Palamidi
The Great Theatre of Epidaurus ©
The Great Theatre of Epidaurus
Lion Gate ©
Lion Gate

2
nights
Dimitsana

Dimitsana ©
Dimitsana is a mountain village and a former municipality in Arcadia, Peloponnese, Greece. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Agios Demetrios, then see the interesting displays at Kolokotroni House, then see the interesting displays at Offshore Hydropower Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Aimyalon Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of The Holy Monastery of the Philosopher, delve into the distant past at Ancient Gortys, then explore the ancient world of Karytaina Castle, and finally explore the ancient world of Ancient Megalopolis.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Dimitsana day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Nafplio to Dimitsana takes 2 hours. In March in Dimitsana, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Olympia.

Things to do in Dimitsana

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Agios Demetrios, Karytaina Castle, Ancient Gortys, Ancient Megalopolis, Kolokotroni House
Highlights from your plan
Ancient Gortys ©
Ancient Gortys
Ancient Megalopolis ©
Ancient Megalopolis

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Archaeological Site of Olympia and Temple of Apollo Epikourios. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Archaeological Museum of Olympia and Arcadian Gate. Change things up with these side-trips from Olympia: Castle of Pylos (in Pilos), Tis Arkadias O Platanos (in Kyparissia) and Messini (Andromonastiro & Ancient Messini Stadium). And it doesn't end there: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, examine the collection at Archimedes Museum, learn about winemaking at Olympia Land Winery, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of the History of the Olympic Games of antiquity.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Olympia trip tool .

Getting from Dimitsana to Olympia by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Dimitsana in March, things will get a bit warmer in Olympia: highs are around 20°C and lows about 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Delphi.

Things to do in Olympia

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Messini, Temple of Apollo Epikourios, Castle of Pylos, Tis Arkadias O Platanos
Highlights from your plan
Olympia Land Winery ©
Olympia Land Winery
Archaeological Site of Olympia ©
Archaeological Site of Olympia
Archaeological Museum of Olympia ©
Archaeological Museum of Olympia

3
nights
Delphi

Delphi ©
Ancient Greeks revered Delphi as the center of their universe, building an impressive sanctuary to Apollo in order to mark this sacred spot.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Delphi and Hosios Loukas. Get some historical perspective at Temple of Apollo In Delphi and Tholos. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Delphi: Agios Nikolaos Church (in Galaxidi) and Hani of Gravia (in Gravia). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Delphi Archaeological Museum, see the interesting displays at The Angelos and Eva Sikelianos Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ieros Naos Agiou Georgiou.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Delphi itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Olympia to Delphi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Delphi, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Delphi

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Hani of Gravia, Ieros Naos Agiou Georgiou, Hosios Loukas
Highlights from your plan
Delphi ©
Delphi
Temple of Apollo In Delphi ©
Temple of Apollo In Delphi
Delphi Archaeological Museum ©
Delphi Archaeological Museum

3
nights
Kalambaka

Kalambaka ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Meteora and Varlaam Monastery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Monastery of the Great Meteoron and Agios Stefanos. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kalambaka: Metsovo (Monastery of Agiou Nikolaou, Metsovo, Folk Art Museum Tossizza Mansion, & more) and Porta Panagia (in Pyli). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Roussanou Monastery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Agios Nikolaos Anapaphsas, see the interesting displays at Geological Formation Museum of Meteora, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Byzantine Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kalambaka road trip planner.

You can drive from Delphi to Kalambaka in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Delphi in March: highs in Kalambaka hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Metsovo, Porta Panagia
Highlights from your plan
Meteora ©
Meteora
Monastery of the Great Meteoron ©
Monastery of the Great Meteoron
Varlaam Monastery ©
Varlaam Monastery

5
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.
Popular historic sites such as Church of Saint Spiridon and Church Agioi Deka Pantokratoras are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Old Fortress Corfu and Corfu Old Town. Take a break from Corfu Town with a short trip to Church of the Panayia Kassopitra in Kassiopi, about 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monastery of Paleokastritsa, admire the landmark architecture of Corfu Museum of Asian Art, delve into the distant past at Agios Iasonas Kai Sosipatros, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jewish Synagogue.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Corfu Town trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Kalambaka to Corfu Town takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kalambaka in March, expect Corfu Town to be somewhat warmer, temps between 20°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Corfu, Capodistrias Museum - Kapodistrias Museum, Agia Paraskevi Monastery, Church Agioi Deka Pantokratoras, Church of the Panayia Kassopitra
Highlights from your plan
Old Fortress Corfu ©
Old Fortress Corfu
Church of Saint Spiridon ©
Church of Saint Spiridon
Monastery of Paleokastritsa ©
Monastery of Paleokastritsa

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