42 days in Greece Itinerary

42 days in Greece Itinerary

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Fira, Santorini
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Heraklion, Crete
— 4 nights
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Matala, Crete
— 4 nights
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Athens
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nafplio
— 3 nights
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Olympia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Delphi
— 4 nights
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Kalambaka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ioannina
— 2 nights
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Corfu Town, Corfu
— 2 nights
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Thessaloniki
— 2 nights
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— 5 nights
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Fira, Santorini

— 2 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Oria Art Gallery and then view the masterpieces at Mnemossyne Gallery.

To find out how to plan a trip to Fira, use our trip itinerary maker.

Adelaide, Australia to Fira is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from Adelaide to Fira, you'll gain 7.5 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Adelaide in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Fira, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Heraklion.

Things to do in Fira

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Heraklion, Crete

— 4 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Historical Museum of Crete and The Natural History Museum of Crete. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of Ancient Eleutherna and Thirathen Museum of Musical Instruments. Venture out of the city with trips to Church of St. John The Baptist (in Margarites), Melidoni (Reptisland & Melidoni Cave) and Wooden Museum (in Axos). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, explore the historical opulence of Castello del Molo (Koules), cruise along EasyTaxi Crete - Professional Transfers, and see the interesting displays at Kazantzakis Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Heraklion day trip planning tool.

Traveling by ferry from Fira to Heraklion takes 2.5 hours. November in Heraklion sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Matala.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Parks

Side Trips

Matala, Crete

— 4 nights
A low-key tourist resort known for its ancient cliffside caves, Matala boasts a rich history that spans over 2,000 years.
Get some cultural insight at Palace of Faistos and Monastery Panagia Kaliviani. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) and Moni Odigitrias. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matala: Spili (Church of Spili & Folk Museum of Spili), Agiofarago beach (in Kaloi Limenes) and Agios Pavlos beach (in Agios Pavlos). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Matala beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Finikas Beach (Palm Beach), relax in the rural setting at Agia Marina Donkey Rescue Sanctuary, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Panagia.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Matala trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Heraklion to Matala by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Athens.

Things to do in Matala

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Athens

— 5 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Temple of Hephaestus and Temple of Poseidon. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Acropolis of Athens and Philopappos Hill. Step out of Athens to go to Lavrio and see Planet Blue Diving Center, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and pause for some photo ops at Temple of Athena Nike.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Athens online route builder.

Traveling by flight from Matala to Athens takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nafplio.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Nafplio

— 3 nights
Nafplio, a city famed for its narrow lanes and elegant architecture, provides a comfortable base for exploring the many surrounding ancient sites.
Get some cultural insight at Agia Fotini Mantineias Church and Archaeological Museum of Tegea. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kapsia Cave and Nafplio National Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nafplio: Tripoli (War Museum of Tripoli & Metropolitan Church of St. Basil) and Moni Agiou Ioanni Prodromou (in Stemnitsa). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Komboloi Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Ayios Georgios, pause for some serene contemplation at Ieros Naos Evaggelistria, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Karonis Distillery.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nafplio trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Athens to Nafplio in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Athens in December, things will get little chillier in Nafplio: highs are around 13°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Olympia.

Things to do in Nafplio

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Nature

Side Trips

Olympia

— 3 nights
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. Inscribed on the World Heritage List, the remains of Olympia's sanctuary allow visitors to admire the timeless mastery of ancient Greek builders.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Kremasti, Head underground at Vlychada Cave, then explore the engaging exhibits at Legends Of Greek Mythology, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum of Ancient Greek Musical Instruments. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Museum of the History of the Olympic Games of antiquity, see the interesting displays at Archimedes Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nemouta Waterfalls, and finally get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Olympia.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Olympia tour planner.

Traveling by car from Nafplio to Olympia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Nafplio in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Olympia: highs are around 18°C and lows about 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Delphi.

Things to do in Olympia

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Delphi

— 4 nights
Ancient Greeks revered Delphi as the center of their universe, building an impressive sanctuary to Apollo in order to mark this sacred spot.
Get some cultural insight at Delphi and Hani of Gravia. Delphi Archaeological Museum and Bread Museum of Amfiklia will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Delphi's surroundings by going to Vagonetto-Fokis Mining Park Tours (in Amfissa), Naupactus (Adelfotis Metamorfoseos Sotiros Nafpaktou & Nafpaktos Old Port) and Corycian Cave (in Arachova). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Temple of Apollo In Delphi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ieros Naos Agiou Georgiou, get engrossed in the history at Amfissa Archaeological Museum, and brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum & Archaeological Collection of Galaxidi.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Delphi route planner.

You can drive from Olympia to Delphi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Olympia in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Delphi, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Delphi

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

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.
Visit Meteora and Porta Panagia for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Monastery of the Great Meteoron and Natural History Museum of Meteora and Mushroom Museum. Step out of Kalambaka to go to Trikala and see Stone Bridge Gate, which is approximately 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Hellenic Culture Museum, see the interesting displays at Tsitsani Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ieros Naos Kimiseos tis Theotokou, and surround yourself with nature on Truffle Hunting.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kalambaka trip site.

Traveling by car from Delphi to Kalambaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In December, Kalambaka is a bit cooler than Delphi - with highs of 9°C and lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ioannina.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Ioannina

— 2 nights
Ioannina, often called Yannena within Greece, is the capital and largest city of Epirus, an administrative region in north-western Greece. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): admire the striking features of Aslan Pasha Mosque, see the interesting displays at Municipal Ethnographic Museum of Ioannina, then take an in-depth tour of Archeologiko Mousio Ioanninon, then get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum of Ioannina Ch.Nikolaou, and finally explore the historical opulence of Ioannina Castle. Keep things going the next day: stop by Moschos Silverfamily, admire the landmark architecture of Kehila Kedosha Yashan Synagogue, pause for some serene contemplation at Iera Moni Agiou Nikolaou Filanthropinon, examine the collection at Vrellis Greek History Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Theodoros Papagiannis Musem of Contemporary Art, and finally examine the collection at Monastery of Agiou Nikolaou, Metsovo.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ioannina trip maker.

Drive from Kalambaka to Ioannina in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, Ioannina is a bit warmer than Kalambaka - with highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Ioannina

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

Corfu Town, Corfu

— 2 nights
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.
On the 24th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Corfu, admire the masterpieces at Corfuterra Gallery, admire the landmark architecture of Corfu Museum of Asian Art, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Spiridon, and finally see the interesting displays at Casa Parlante. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Corfu Reptilla Roda, explore the world behind art at Folklore Museum of Acharavi, identify plant and animal life at Corfu Donkey Rescue, explore the striking landscape at Kaiser's Throne, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Ioannis the Precursor, and finally view the masterpieces at Corfu Gallery.

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Take a bus from Ioannina to Corfu Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. December in Corfu Town sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Thessaloniki

— 2 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.
On the 26th (Sun), brush up on your military savvy at Balkan Wars Museum, then do a tasting at Ktima Gerovassiliou, then examine the collection at Hellenic Pharmaceutical Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at MOMus - Thessaloniki Museum of Photography. On your second day here, have fun and explore at Children's Museum Thessaloniki, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Byzantine Culture, explore the historical opulence of Heptapyrgion, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Osios David (The Latomou Monastery), then explore the galleries of Seikilo, and finally stroll the grounds of Zeitenlik.

To find out how to plan a trip to Thessaloniki, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Corfu Town to Thessaloniki in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Corfu Town in December, things will get slightly colder in Thessaloniki: highs are around 13°C and lows about 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Rhodes Town, Rhodes

— 5 nights
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Escape the urban bustle at Afandu Golf Course and Paralia Elli. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Church of Our Lady of Filerimos and The Church of the Panagia. Venture out of the city with trips to Agios Nikolaos Fountoukli (in Eleousa), Valley of the Butterflies (in Petaloudes) and Ancient Kamiros (in Kalavarda). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Street of the Knights, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Rhodes (Hospital of the Knights), explore the historical opulence of Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, and appreciate the history behind Ancient Olympic Stadium - Rhodes.

To find photos and tourist information, you can read our Rhodes Town road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Thessaloniki to Rhodes Town takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Thessaloniki in December; daily highs in Rhodes Town reach 19°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Greece travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.