18 days in Greece Itinerary

18 days in Greece Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Greece holiday planner

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Fly
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Heraklion, Crete
— 2 nights
Fly to Athens, Bus to Nafplio
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Nafplio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kardamili
— 1 night
Drive to Kalamata Airport, Fly to Thessaloniki
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Thessaloniki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Metsovo
— 1 night
Drive
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Kalambaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Athens
— 6 nights
Fly

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Heraklion, Crete

— 2 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.
When in Heraklion, make a side trip to see Snail Farm and Fun in Tylissos, approximately Tylissos away. And it doesn't end there: learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos, explore the historical opulence of Castello del Molo (Koules), and see the interesting displays at Kazantzakis Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Heraklion road trip planning tool.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Heraklion is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Abu Dhabi in January: high temperatures in Heraklion hover around 17°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nafplio.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:

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.
Nafplio is known for historic sites, beaches, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the waterfront at Nauplion Promenade, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Karonis Distillery, explore the historical opulence of Fortress Palamidi, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Nafplio trip itinerary builder website.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Heraklion to Nafplio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, train, and taxi. In January, Nafplio is slightly colder than Heraklion - with highs of 11°C and lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kardamili.

Things to do in Nafplio

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Spas
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 19:

Kardamili

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Agia Sophia, then get outside with Vyros Gorge, and then look for gifts at The Bead Shop Kardamyli.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kardamili online tour planner.

Getting from Nafplio to Kardamili by car takes about 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Nafplio in January, with highs in Kardamili at 17°C and lows at 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Kardamili

Shopping · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 20:

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Osios David (The Latomou Monastery), don't miss a visit to Aristotelous Square, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Agios Nikolaos Orphanos, and finally see the interesting displays at Hellenic Pharmaceutical Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St.Sophia, appreciate the history behind Arch of Galerius, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hagios Demetrios, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rotunda, then take in panoramic vistas at White Tower of Thessaloniki, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Thessaloniki online trip maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kardamili to Thessaloniki. In January, Thessaloniki is a bit cooler than Kardamili - with highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Metsovo.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 22:

Metsovo

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): explore the world behind art at Averoff Gallery of Modern Art, take an in-depth tour of Folk Art Museum Tossizza Mansion, and then stroll around Averofeios Garden.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Metsovo trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Thessaloniki to Metsovo takes 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Metsovo can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Metsovo

Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 23:

Kalambaka

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of the Great Meteoron, then don't miss a visit to Meteora, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada). On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Lithaios Central Bridge, see the interesting displays at Natural History Museum of Meteora and Mushroom Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Varlaam Monastery.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Kalambaka itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Metsovo to Kalambaka in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Metsovo in January, plan for little chillier days in Kalambaka, with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Athens.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:

Athens

— 6 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Lycabettus, explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, and appreciate the history behind Erechtheion.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Athens online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Kalambaka to Athens takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Kalambaka in January, with highs in Athens at 15°C and lows at 7°C. On the 31st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 31:

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
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.