12 days in Northern Greece Itinerary

12 days in Northern Greece Itinerary

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12 days in Northern Greece Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  20​h 45​min
1
Parga
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Kalambaka
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Sarti
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Thessaloniki
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

3
nights
Parga

Parga ©
Most visitors to Parga come because of the Ionian coastline's verdant landscape and traditional character.
You'll get in some beach time at Valtos Beach and Lichnos Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Parga: Bella Vraka Beach (in Syvota) and Kastrosykias Beach (in Kastrosykia). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Acheron, stroll through Sarakiniko Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Valtos Kalodikiou, and enjoy the sand and surf at Loutsa Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Parga trip site .

San Francisco, USA to Parga is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from San Francisco to Parga, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect Parga to be a bit warmer, temps between 82°F and 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Parga

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kastrosykias Beach, Valtos Kalodikiou, Bella Vraka Beach, Sarakiniko Beach, Loutsa Beach
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Valtos Beach ©
Valtos Beach
Sarakiniko Beach ©
Sarakiniko Beach
Acheron ©
Acheron

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 18th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Agios Stefanos, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Varlaam Monastery, then contemplate the long history of Roussanou Monastery, and finally don't miss a visit to Meteora. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Agios Nikolaos Anapaphsas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of the Great Meteoron, then examine the collection at Digital Projection Centre of Meteora’s History and Culture, then learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Meteora and Mushroom Museum, and finally snap pictures at Palaiokarya’s Stone Bridge.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Kalambaka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Parga to Kalambaka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Parga in September, with highs in Kalambaka at 77°F and lows at 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sarti.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palaiokarya’s Stone Bridge
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Meteora ©
Meteora
Monastery of the Great Meteoron ©
Monastery of the Great Meteoron
Varlaam Monastery ©
Varlaam Monastery

2
nights
Sarti

Sarti ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): kick back and relax at Orange beach and then kick back and relax at Kalogria Beach. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Karydi and then kick back and relax at Kalamitsi Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sarti trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Kalambaka to Sarti takes 5 hours. Traveling from Kalambaka in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 62°F in Sarti. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Sarti

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Karydi, Kalogria Beach
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Kalogria Beach ©
Kalogria Beach
Orange beach ©
Orange beach
Kalamitsi Beach ©
Kalamitsi Beach

3
nights
Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki ©
A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ekklisia Panagia Korifini (in Nea Moudania), Kallitheas Beach (in Kallithea) and Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina) (in Vergina). The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at White Tower of Thessaloniki, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture, don't miss a visit to Aristotelous Square, and delve into the distant past at Rotunda.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Thessaloniki trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Sarti to Thessaloniki in 2 hours. In September in Thessaloniki, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Ekklisia Panagia Korifini, Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina), Kallitheas Beach
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White Tower of Thessaloniki ©
White Tower of Thessaloniki
Kallitheas Beach ©
Kallitheas Beach
Aristotelous Square ©
Aristotelous Square

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