15 days in Northern Greece Itinerary

15 days in Northern Greece Itinerary

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15 days in Northern Greece Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  30​h
1
Thessaloniki
— 4 nights
2
Ioannina
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Parga
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Kalambaka
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Vourvourou
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  31​h
End: Auckland

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at War Museum of Thessaloniki and Monastery of St. Dionysios in Olympus. Museum-lovers will get to explore Archaeological Museum of Pella and Gerovassilou Wine Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Thessaloniki: St. Paraskevi Church (in Paralia Katerinis), Ancient Stagira (in Olympiada) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Paliouri). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Vlatadon Monastery, steep yourself in history at Osios David (The Latomou Monastery), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Korifini, and see the interesting displays at Hellenic Pharmaceutical Museum.

To find maps and other tourist information, go to the Thessaloniki route builder .

Auckland, New Zealand to Thessaloniki is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -10 hour difference. When traveling from Auckland in September, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Thessaloniki: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ioannina.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Ekklisia Panagia Korifini, Sani Marina, Hellenic Pharmaceutical Museum, Gerovassilou Wine Museum, Monastery of St. Dionysios in Olympus
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Church of Agios Nikolaos Orphanos ©
Archaeological Museum of Pella ©
Archaeological Museum of Pella
Ancient Stagira ©
Ancient Stagira

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. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Averoff Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Folk Art Museum Tossizza Mansion, stop by Moschos Silverfamily, then get engrossed in the history at Ali Pasha Museum, and finally examine the collection at Silversmithing Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Archeologiko Mousio Ioanninon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Agia Paraskevi, and then take in breathtaking views at Vikos Gorge.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ioannina attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Thessaloniki to Ioannina takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Ioannina can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Parga.

Things to do in Ioannina

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Metsovo, Convent of Agia Paraskevi, Vikos Gorge
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Averoff  Gallery ©
Averoff Gallery
Silversmithing Museum ©
Silversmithing Museum
Convent of Agia Paraskevi ©
Convent of Agia Paraskevi

2
nights
Parga

Parga ©
Most visitors to Parga come because of the Ionian coastline's verdant landscape and traditional character.
On the 9th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Ali Pasha Castle, then have a few drinks at Pargas Distillery - Amicos Cocktail Bar, then examine the collection at Nicopolis Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Loutsa Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Agia Paraskevi Beach and then explore the activities along Piges Acheronta.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Parga road trip planning website .

Drive from Ioannina to Parga in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Parga, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Parga

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nicopolis Museum, Agia Paraskevi Beach, Piges Acheronta, Loutsa Beach
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Ali Pasha Castle ©
Ali Pasha Castle
Nicopolis Museum ©
Nicopolis Museum

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 11th (Fri): snap pictures at Lithaios Central Bridge, take a stroll through Old City of Trikala, don't miss a visit to Koursoum Mosque, then examine the collection at Hellenic Culture Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Byzantine Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Meteora and Mushroom Museum.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kalambaka planning tool .

Drive from Parga to Kalambaka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Parga in September, things will get slightly colder in Kalambaka: highs are around 29°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Vourvourou.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Trikala
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Agios Nikolaos Anapaphsas ©
Agios Nikolaos Anapaphsas
Koursoum Mosque ©
Koursoum Mosque

3
nights
Vourvourou

Vourvourou ©
Vourvourou is village near Agios Nikolaos, in the Chalkidiki peninsula of northern Greece. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Trani Ammouda Beach and then stroll through Sarti Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): kick back and relax at Platanitsi Beach and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Vourvourou driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Kalambaka to Vourvourou in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Kalambaka in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Vourvourou, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vourvourou

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Sarti, Trani Ammouda Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Sarti Beach ©
Sarti Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trani Ammouda Beach ©
Trani Ammouda Beach

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