12 days in Greece Itinerary

12 days in Greece Itinerary

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12 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  17​h
1
Fira, Santorini
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Milos
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Corfu Town, Corfu
— 1 night
ferry + Drive:  4​h
4
Kalambaka
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
5
Olympia
— 1 night
6
Athens
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h
7
Paros
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Naxos
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Minneapolis

1
night
Fira, Santorini

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): kick back and relax at Perivolos, then explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, then visit a coastal fixture at Akrotiri LightHouse, and finally do a tasting at Santo Winery. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, explore the ancient world of Ancient Thera, see the interesting displays at Museum of Prehistoric Thira, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hiking Trail Fira - Oia, and finally explore the striking landscape at Skaros Rock.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Fira itinerary planner.

Minneapolis, USA to Fira is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Minneapolis to Fira, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Minneapolis in September, with highs in Fira at 82°F and lows at 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Milos.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Hiking Trail Fira - Oia, Ancient Thera, Santo Winery, Perivolos
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Perivolos ©
Perivolos
Hiking Trail Fira - Oia ©
Hiking Trail Fira - Oia
Skaros Rock ©
Skaros Rock

1
night
Milos

Milos ©
The result of thousands of years of volcanic activity, the island of Milos features a craggy coastline interspersed by shallow beaches.
On the 27th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Venetian Castle of Milos, then kick back and relax at Kleftiko Beach, then explore the ancient world of Ancient Roman Theatre - Milos, and finally kick back and relax at Paliochori Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Milos trip maker app .

You can drive from Fira to Milos in 4.5 hours. In September in Milos, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Milos

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Kleftiko Beach ©
Kleftiko Beach
Paliochori Beach ©
Paliochori Beach
Venetian Castle of Milos ©
Venetian Castle of Milos

1
night
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 28th (Sat): take a stroll through Corfu Old Town, deepen your knowledge of military history at Old Fortress Corfu, then explore the galleries of Achilleion Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Mon Repos Palace, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Spiridon.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Corfu Town trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Milos to Corfu Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect little chillier evenings in Corfu Town when traveling from Milos in September, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Achilleion Museum
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Corfu Old Town ©
Corfu Old Town
Achilleion Museum ©
Achilleion Museum
Church of Saint Spiridon ©
Church of Saint Spiridon

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meteora, take in the spiritual surroundings of Roussanou Monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Great Meteoron, tour the pleasant surroundings at Varlaam Monastery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Agios Stefanos, and finally steep yourself in history at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada).

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kalambaka trip builder app .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Corfu Town to Kalambaka in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Corfu Town in September: high temperatures in Kalambaka hover around 77°F and lows are around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Olympia.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites Parks
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Meteora ©
Meteora
Monastery of the Great Meteoron ©
Monastery of the Great Meteoron
Roussanou Monastery ©
Roussanou Monastery

1
night
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 30th (Mon): examine the collection at Archimedes Museum, do a tasting at Olympia Land Winery, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the History of the Olympic Games of antiquity, then don't miss a visit to Archaeological Site of Olympia, then take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Olympia, and finally admire all the interesting features of Klio's Honey Farm.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Olympia travel route planning site .

Drive from Kalambaka to Olympia in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, Olympia is a bit warmer than Kalambaka - with highs of 83°F and lows of 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Athens.

Things to do in Olympia

Museums Historic Sites Wineries
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Archaeological Site of Olympia ©
Archaeological Site of Olympia
Archaeological Museum of Olympia ©
Archaeological Museum of Olympia
Olympia Land Winery ©
Olympia Land Winery

2
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 1st (Tue), delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus, take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, delve into the distant past at Temple of Hephaestus, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Athena Nike, then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, and finally explore the ancient world of Erechtheion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at National History Museum (Old Parliament), delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens, then admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Cycladic Art, and finally admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Athens trip tool .

Traveling by car from Olympia to Athens takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Olympia in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 69°F in Athens. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Paros.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus

1
night
Paros

Paros ©
Long ignored by tourists because of its reputation as a plain ferry hub, Paros today serves as one of the Aegean's major holiday destinations, luring travelers with its fashionable resort towns and quaint mountain villages.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum Parou, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panayia Ekatondapiliani Cathedral, then step off the mainland to explore Parikia Town, then steep yourself in history at Lefkes, and finally go for a stroll along the water at Old Port of Naoussa.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Paros itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Athens to Paros in 4 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. In October, daytime highs in Paros are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Naxos.

Things to do in Paros

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Panayia Ekatondapiliani Cathedral ©
Panayia Ekatondapiliani Cathedral
Parikia Town ©
Parikia Town
Lefkes ©
Lefkes

2
nights
Naxos

Naxos ©
Zeus, the master of all gods from Greek mythology, allegedly grew up in a cave on Naxos, a small but fertile island in the South Aegean Sea.
On the 4th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Mikri Vigla Beach, kick back and relax at Agios Prokopios Beach, delve into the distant past at Temple of Apollo, then explore the ancient world of Portara, and finally take a stroll through Old Town. On the next day, stroll through Plaka Beach and then steep yourself in history at Kastro.

Plan my day in Naxos using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Paros to Naxos takes 2 hours. In October in Naxos, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Naxos

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Mikri Vigla Beach ©
Mikri Vigla Beach
Old Town ©
Old Town
Plaka Beach ©
Plaka Beach

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