9 days in Greece Itinerary

9 days in Greece Itinerary

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9 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Akrotiri, Santorini
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h
2
Heraklion, Crete
— 1 night
Fly + subway:  2​h 45​min
3
Athens
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Delphi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Kalambaka
— 1 night
Drive + ferry:  4​h
6
Corfu Town, Corfu
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Lisbon

1
night
Akrotiri, Santorini

Akrotiri ©
Located on Santorini's southwestern coastline, the small village of Akrotiri sits just a short walk from one of Europe's most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites.
On the 24th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Monastery of Profitis Ilias, explore by horseback at Santo Horse Riding, then enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, and finally delve into the distant past at Akrotiri.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Akrotiri day trip planning site .

Lisbon, Portugal to Akrotiri is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time to Eastern European Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Lisbon in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 24°C in Akrotiri. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Heraklion.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Monastery of Profitis Ilias
Highlights from your plan
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Santo Horse Riding ©
Santo Horse Riding
Monastery of Profitis Ilias ©
Monastery of Profitis Ilias

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos, then get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and then take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Heraklion holiday builder website .

You can ride a ferry from Akrotiri 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 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Palace of Knossos
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
The Natural History Museum of Crete ©

2
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take a stroll through Plaka, take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum, admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, then appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, and finally explore the ancient world of Erechtheion.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Athens itinerary app .

Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Heraklion to Athens takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Delphi.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Delphi Archaeological Museum, then contemplate the long history of Delphi, then explore the ancient world of Temple of Apollo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tholos.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Delphi online holiday planner .

You can drive from Athens to Delphi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 19°C in Delphi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Delphi

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Delphi ©
Delphi
Temple of Apollo In Delphi ©
Temple of Apollo In Delphi
Delphi Archaeological Museum ©
Delphi Archaeological Museum

1
night
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.
On the 29th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meteora, then contemplate the long history of Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of the Great Meteoron, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Varlaam Monastery.

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You can drive from Delphi to Kalambaka in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Delphi in September, with highs in Kalambaka at 29°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Meteora ©
Meteora
Monastery of the Great Meteoron ©
Monastery of the Great Meteoron
Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) ©

2
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.
On the 30th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Old Fortress Corfu, explore the historical opulence of Mon Repos Palace, then contemplate the long history of Achilleion Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Agia Paraskevi Monastery. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Corfu Museum of Asian Art, step into the grandiose world of New Fortress, then look for all kinds of wild species at Corfu Donkey Rescue, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at St. Spyridon First Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Corfu Town trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Kalambaka to Corfu Town in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Kalambaka in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Corfu Town, with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Corfu Donkey Rescue, Agia Paraskevi Monastery, St. Spyridon First Beach, Achilleion Museum
Highlights from your plan
Corfu Museum of Asian Art ©
Corfu Museum of Asian Art
Old Fortress Corfu ©
Old Fortress Corfu
Achilleion Museum ©
Achilleion Museum

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