34 days in Greece Itinerary

34 days in Greece Itinerary

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Start: Johannesburg
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Corfu Town, Corfu
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Ioannina
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Kalambaka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Delphi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Olympia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Nafplio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
7
Corinth
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
8
Athens
— 6 nights
Ferry:  4 h
9
Rethymnon, Crete
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  1 h
10
Heraklion, Crete
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  15 min
11
Gournes, Crete
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  2 h 15 min
12
Oia, Santorini
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
13
Fira, Santorini
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  18 h 30 min
End: Johannesburg

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Schulenburg Statue, delve into the distant past at Old Fortress Corfu, then examine the collection at Casa Parlante, then make a trip to The Liston, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Spiridon. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Paleokastritsa Beach and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Ioannis the Precursor.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Corfu Town road trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Corfu Town is an approximately 17- hour combination of train and flight. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Johannesburg in December: highs in Corfu Town hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Ioannina.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Paleokastritsa Beach
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Old Fortress Corfu ©
Old Fortress Corfu
Paleokastritsa Beach ©
Paleokastritsa Beach
Church of Saint Spiridon ©
Church of Saint Spiridon

2
nights
Ioannina

Ioannina ©
Ioannina, often called Yannena within Greece, is the capital and largest city of Epirus, an administrative region in north-western Greece. Discover out-of-the-way places like Vrellis Greek History Museum and Silversmithing Museum. There's lots more to do: see Alpine Zone, steep yourself in history at Kehila Kedosha Yashan Synagogue, make a trip to Dodoni Sanctuary and Theatre, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iera Moni Agiou Nikolaou Filanthropinon.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Ioannina trip planning app.

Getting from Corfu Town to Ioannina by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Ioannina

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Vrellis Greek History Museum
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Alpine Zone ©
Alpine Zone
Vrellis Greek History Museum ©
Vrellis Greek History Museum
Ioannina Castle ©
Ioannina Castle

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): visit Old City of Trikala, admire the landmark architecture of Koursoum Mosque, then don't miss a visit to Matsopoulou Mill, then take in the views from Stone Bridge Gate, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Porta Panagia. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Hellenic Culture Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Byzantine Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, see the interesting displays at Digital Projection Centre of Meteora’s History and Culture, then stop by Meteora Sandals (Ekfrasi), then see the interesting displays at Geological Formation Museum of Meteora, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ieros Naos Kimiseos tis Theotokou.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kalambaka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ioannina to Kalambaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Ioannina in December, expect Kalambaka to be little chillier, temps between 9°C and 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Delphi.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Trikala, Porta Panagia
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Porta Panagia ©
Porta Panagia
Matsopoulou Mill ©
Matsopoulou Mill
Meteora ©
Meteora

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Delphi, explore the ancient world of Temple of Apollo In Delphi, and then take an in-depth tour of Delphi Archaeological Museum. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Metamorfoseos tou Sotiros Church, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Parnassus, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Ieros Naos Agiou Georgiou.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Delphi trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Kalambaka to Delphi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In December, Delphi is a bit warmer than Kalambaka - with highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Olympia.

Things to do in Delphi

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Ieros Naos Agiou Georgiou, Metamorfoseos tou Sotiros Church
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:
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Temple of Apollo In Delphi ©
Temple of Apollo In Delphi
Delphi ©
Delphi
Delphi Archaeological Museum ©
Delphi Archaeological Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Olympia, pause for some photo ops at Hermes by Praxiteles, then examine the collection at Legends Of Greek Mythology, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Agios Nicolaos Church. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Archimedes Museum, then see the interesting displays at Museum of the History of the Olympic Games of antiquity, and then experience rural life at Klio's Honey Farm.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Olympia online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Delphi to Olympia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nafplio.

Things to do in Olympia

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Agios Nicolaos Church, Legends Of Greek Mythology
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Archaeological Museum of Olympia ©
Archaeological Museum of Olympia
Hermes by Praxiteles
Hermes by Praxiteles

2
nights
Nafplio

Nafplio, a city famed for its narrow lanes and elegant architecture, provides a comfortable base for exploring the many surrounding ancient sites.
On the 22nd (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Lion of Bavaria, then pause for some photo ops at Kolokotroni Statue, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Nafplio National Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Panaghia, then look for gifts at TASTE3, then brush up on your military savvy at War Museum of Nafplio, and finally step into the grandiose world of Fortress Palamidi.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nafplio trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Olympia to Nafplio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December, Nafplio is little chillier than Olympia - with highs of 13°C and lows of 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Corinth.

Things to do in Nafplio

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Fortress Palamidi ©
Fortress Palamidi
Nafplio National Gallery ©
Nafplio National Gallery

2
nights
Corinth

Corinth ©
History remains the main attraction in Corinth, a city built near the site of its fabled ancient counterpart.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Corinth Canal, do a tasting at Ktima Palivou, do a tasting at DOMAINE SKOURAS / ΚΤΗΜΑ ΣΚΟΥΡΑ Ο.Α.Ε., then learn about winemaking at Domaine Bairaktaris, and finally look for gifts at Fereikos snails. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Environment Museum of Stymphalia, explore the ancient world of Akrokorinthos, and then take an in-depth tour of Archea Korinthos.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Corinth trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Nafplio to Corinth takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Corinth when traveling from Nafplio in December, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Athens.

Things to do in Corinth

Museums Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nemea, DOMAINE SKOURAS / ΚΤΗΜΑ ΣΚΟΥΡΑ Ο.Α.Ε.
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Archea Korinthos ©
Archea Korinthos
Akrokorinthos ©
Akrokorinthos
Corinth Canal ©
Corinth Canal

6
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre and Ancient Agora of Athens. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Acropolis Museum and National Garden. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, get to know the fascinating history of Philopappos Hill, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Hephaestus, and appreciate the history behind Temple of Athena Nike.

To plan Athens vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can take a bus from Corinth to Athens in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Flisvos Marina, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

2
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.
Attractions like Reptisland and Damoni Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Explore hidden gems such as Paralia Polyrizos and Contemporary Art Museum of Crete. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Monastery of Arkadi, visit Rethymnon Old Town, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and experience rural life at Paraschakis Olive Oil - Crete.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rethymnon holiday planner.

Getting from Athens to Rethymnon by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the shuttle to Heraklion.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Spas, Reptisland, Paralia Polyrizos
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi
Damoni Beach ©
Damoni Beach

2
nights
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 3rd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Moni Palianis, learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Agios Mathaios Sinaites, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Lampogialo - Rage Room. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, stop by Nerium Oleander, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, get your game on at VR Lab, then make a trip to Turkish Pumphouse, and finally explore the world behind art at Church and the Museum of St. Aikaterini.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Heraklion online road trip planner.

Take a shuttle from Rethymnon to Heraklion in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to take a shuttle to Gournes.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Moni Palianis
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The Natural History Museum of Crete ©
The Natural History Museum of Crete
Church of Saint Titus ©
Church of Saint Titus

2
nights
Gournes, Crete

Gournes ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take in breathtaking views at Kounaviano Gorge, examine the collection at Kazantzakis Museum, and then get outside with Neroulakia Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax in the rural setting at Kassakis Bros, then make a trip to Nikos Doxastakis Pottery, then get in on the family fun at Dinosauria Park, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos.

To find more things to do and tourist information, you can read our Gournes day trip planning site.

Gournes is very close to Heraklion. In January, daily temperatures in Gournes can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Oia.

Things to do in Gournes

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Myrtia, Neroulakia Farm, Kassakis Bros, Nikos Doxastakis Pottery
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Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
Dinosauria Park ©
Dinosauria Park
Neroulakia Farm ©
Neroulakia Farm

2
nights
Oia, Santorini

Oia ©
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Byzantine Castle Ruins, enjoy the sand and surf at Katharos Beach, then don't miss a visit to Wave, and finally view the masterpieces at Oria Gallery. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Baxedes Beach, then don't miss a visit to Nikolaou Nomikou, then view the masterpieces at Oia Treasures Art Gallery, and finally look for gifts at Eponymo.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Oia travel route planning site.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Gournes to Oia in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Fira.

Things to do in Oia

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Oia Treasures Art Gallery ©
Oia Treasures Art Gallery
Byzantine Castle Ruins ©
Byzantine Castle Ruins
Eponymo ©
Eponymo

4
nights
Fira, Santorini

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museum of Prehistoric Thira and Avantis Winery - Santorini. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, browse the exhibits of Tzamia - Krystalla Art Gallery Santorini, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Dominican Sisters, and make a trip to Three Bells of Fira.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Fira road trip planner.

Fira is very close to Oia. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in January, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fira

Museums Shopping Wineries

Side Trip

Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
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Museum of Prehistoric Thira ©
Museum of Prehistoric Thira
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist ©
Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist

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