12 days in Greece Itinerary

12 days in Greece Itinerary

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12 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  16​h 15​min
Athens
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Kalambaka
— 1 night
Drive + ferry:  7​h 30​min
Oia, Santorini
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
Heraklion, Crete
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Chicago

3
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Cycladic Art, steep yourself in history at Ancient Agora of Athens, and appreciate the history behind Erechtheion.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Athens trip planner.

Chicago, USA to Athens is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Chicago to Athens, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in July, expect Athens to be a bit warmer, temps between 91°F and 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Athens

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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Great Meteoron, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), and then grab your bike and head to Meteora.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kalambaka online tour itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and car from Athens to Kalambaka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Athens in July, plan for little chillier nights in Kalambaka, with lows around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Oia.

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Meteora ©
Meteora
Monastery of the Great Meteoron ©
Monastery of the Great Meteoron
Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) ©

2
nights
Oia, Santorini

Oia ©
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oia: Akrotiri (Akrotiri & Red Beach) and KAMARA BEACH (in Kamari). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Amoudi Bay, tour the water at your own pace with Alex Private Boat Rental, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Oia travel website .

Do a combination of car and flight from Kalambaka to Oia in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Kalambaka in July, Oia is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Oia

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Alex Private Boat Rental, Koukla Art, KAMARA BEACH, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Alex Private Boat Rental ©
Alex Private Boat Rental
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

3
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.
Explore Heraklion's surroundings by going to Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda), Lychnostatis Open Air Museum (in Hersonissos) and Malia Minoan Palace (in Malia). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, meet the residents at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, and get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete.

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Getting from Oia to Heraklion by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

Hersonissos, Malia Minoan Palace, Fortress Spinalonga, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
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The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga

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