44 days in Northern Greece & West Greece Itinerary

44 days in Northern Greece & West Greece Itinerary

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Thessaloniki
— 6 nights
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Olympia
— 3 nights
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Parga
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ioannina
— 6 nights
Drive
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Kalambaka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Litochoro
— 4 nights
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Kavala
— 5 nights
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Ammouliani
— 2 nights
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Sarti
— 5 nights
Drive
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Afitos
— 5 nights
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Thessaloniki

— 6 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Kerkini Lake and Skra Waterfalls. Step off the beaten path and head to Peraia Beach and Church of St.Sophia. Venture out of the city with trips to Cave of Agios Georgios (in Kilkis) and Galazia Limni Skra (in Skra). The adventure continues: make a trip to White Tower of Thessaloniki, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rotunda, identify plant and animal life at Seaworld Scuba Diving Center, and pause for some photo ops at Arch of Galerius.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Thessaloniki travel planning website.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Thessaloniki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. In September, Thessaloniki is little chillier than Tel Aviv - with highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Olympia.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palouki beach and Paralia Agia Marina. Discover out-of-the-way places like Klio's Honey Farm and Nemouta Waterfalls. There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Hermes by Praxiteles, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Olympia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Archaeological Site of Olympia, and do a tasting at Olympia Land Winery.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Olympia trip itinerary planning app.

Fly from Thessaloniki to Olympia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Olympia can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Parga.

Things to do in Olympia

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trip

Parga

— 4 nights
Most visitors to Parga come because of the Ionian coastline's verdant landscape and traditional character.
Take a break from the city and head to Ammoudia Beach and Alonaki Fanariou Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Mega Ammos Beach and Agia Paraskevi Beach. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Piso Krioneri Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Loutsa Beach, take in the waterfront activity at Valtos Beach, and don't miss a visit to Aphrodite's Cave.

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You can drive from Olympia to Parga in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Parga are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ioannina.

Things to do in Parga

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Ioannina

— 6 nights
Ioannina, often called Yannena within Greece, is the capital and largest city of Epirus, an administrative region in north-western Greece. Take a break from the city and head to White Pegasus Horse Ride and Treks Day Tours and Papigo Adventure Center. Step off the beaten path and head to Ioannina Castle and Archeologiko Mousio Ioanninon. Explore Ioannina's surroundings by going to Balta di Stringa Waterfalls (in Iliochori) and Ziros Lake (in Pedopoli Zirou). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of kataraktes sto Iliohori, take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Ioannina Ch.Nikolaou, explore the activities along Lake Pamvotis, and admire the landmark architecture of Aslan Pasha Mosque.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ioannina planning tool.

Drive from Parga to Ioannina in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Ioannina, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Ioannina

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Natural History Museum of Meteora and Mushroom Museum and Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada). Visiting Meteora and Truffle Hunting will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of the Great Meteoron, see the interesting displays at Digital Projection Centre of Meteora’s History and Culture, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Byzantine Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, and don't miss a visit to Saint Nicholas Monastery.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kalambaka journey planner.

Drive from Ioannina to Kalambaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Ioannina in September, expect Kalambaka to be slightly colder, temps between 29°C and 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Litochoro.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Litochoro

— 4 nights
Litochoro is a town and a former municipality in the southern part of the Pieria regional unit, Greece. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mount Olympus and Mylos Beach Bar. We've included these beaches for you: Stomio Beach and Platia Ammos Beach. Step out of Litochoro with an excursion to Kolimpithra in Kokkino Nero--about 1h 10 min away. Spend the 25th (Sat) exploring nature at Olympus National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Agios Dionisios Church in Olympos and take in the spiritual surroundings of St.Dionysios Monastery.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Litochoro trip planner.

You can drive from Kalambaka to Litochoro in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Kalambaka in September, you will find days in Litochoro are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Kavala.

Things to do in Litochoro

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kavala

— 5 nights
Kavala is a city in northern Greece, the principal seaport of eastern Macedonia and the capital of Kavala regional unit. Visiting Ammolofoi Beach and Kalamitsa will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Castle of Kavala and Nea Iraklitsa Beach. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to The Aquaduct, brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Monument Apostle Paul - Church St. Nicholas, and examine the collection at Mohammed Ali's House.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kavala trip maker website.

Getting from Litochoro to Kavala by car takes about 3 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Litochoro in September: highs in Kavala hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Ammouliani.

Things to do in Kavala

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Ammouliani

— 2 nights
On the 3rd (Sun), stroll through Agios Georgios Beach and then stroll through Karagatsia Beach. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Megali Ammos Beach and then kick back and relax at Alykes beach.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ammouliani vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kavala to Ammouliani. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Sarti.

Things to do in Ammouliani

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Sarti

— 5 nights
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Orange beach and Koviou Beach. Visiting Sarti Beach and Goa Beach will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sarti: Athos Scuba Diving Center (in Ouranoupoli), Comitsa Beach (in Nea Roda) and Spathies Beach (in Nikitis).

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sarti online holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Ammouliani to Sarti with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Afitos.

Things to do in Sarti

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Afitos

— 5 nights
Afytos is a village in Chalkidiki, northern Greece. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Afytos Beach and Simantro Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Daysailing and Kriopigi Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Xenia Beach (in Paliouri) and Gerakini Beach (in Gerakini). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Afytos Central Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church Agios Dimitrios, kick back and relax at Kallitheas Beach, and get outside with Bubble Adventures Halkidiki.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Afitos trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Sarti to Afitos takes 2 hours. October in Afitos sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Afitos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

West Greece travel guide

4.4
Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums · Churches
In contrast to the country's island destinations, West Greece boasts a blend of trendy resorts and pristine natural areas. The region includes the western section of the Greek mainland and the northwestern corner of the Peloponnese, a major tourist destination in and of itself. Culturally and geographically distinct from the rest of the country, West Greece contains valleys and dense forests, sheltering wildlife and native plants. In between these unspoiled natural ecosystems, you'll find tiny traditional settlements, seemingly immune to mass tourism. The pace of life continues slowly here, allowing West Greece to remain one of the last truly "Greek" parts of the country.