16 days in Greece & Albania Itinerary

16 days in Greece & Albania Itinerary

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16 days in Greece & Albania Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly + bus:  29​h
1
Lindos, Greece
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Rethymnon, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Tirana, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Berat, Albania
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Thessaloniki, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia


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1
night
Lindos, Greece

Lindos ©
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
On the 13th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Village of Lindos. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Agathi Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Church of the Panagia, then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Lindos, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Lindos Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lindos route planner .

Sydney, Australia to Lindos is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Lindos due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in July: high temperatures in Lindos hover around 35°C and lows are around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Lindos

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Agathi Beach
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Village of Lindos ©
Village of Lindos
Lindos Beach ©
Lindos Beach
Acropolis of Lindos ©
Acropolis of Lindos

2
nights
Rethymnon, Greece

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rethymnon: Chania Town (Minoan's World, Greek National Football Museum, & more), Lake Kournas (in Kournas) and Souda Bay War Cemetery (in Souda). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, explore the fascinating underground world of Melidoni Cave, identify plant and animal life at Reptisland, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Arkadi.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rethymnon driving holiday tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Lindos to Rethymnon in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and car. July in Rethymnon sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Chania Town, Melidoni, Lake Kournas, Souda Bay War Cemetery
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor

4
nights
Athens, Greece

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, nightlife, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens, take some stellar pictures from Mount Lycabettus, take in nature's colorful creations at National Garden, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Athens day trip planning app .

Fly from Rethymnon to Athens in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Tirana.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

2
nights
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Dajti. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum in Kruje, examine the collection at Museum of Secret Surveillance, then don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square, and finally get engrossed in the history at National History Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tirana trip planner.

Fly from Athens to Tirana in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Tirana is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Tirana when traveling from Athens in July, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

National Ethnographic Museum in Kruje
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Mount Dajti ©
Mount Dajti
National History Museum ©
National History Museum
Skanderbeg Square ©
Skanderbeg Square

1
night
Berat, Albania

Berat ©
A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, admire the masterpieces at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, and then admire the striking features of Berat Fortress.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Berat trip planner .

You can drive from Tirana to Berat in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Berat

Museums
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National Ethnographic Museum Berat ©
National Ethnographic Museum Berat
Berat Fortress ©
Berat Fortress

1
night
Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki ©
A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Hagios Demetrios, take in panoramic vistas at White Tower of Thessaloniki, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Byzantine Culture, don't miss a visit to Aristotelous Square, then steep yourself in history at Church of St.Sophia, and finally explore the ancient world of The Greek Agora and Roman Forum. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Rotunda, steep yourself in history at Arch of Galerius, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Agios Nikolaos Orphanos, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Osios David (The Latomou Monastery).

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Thessaloniki trip planner .

Getting from Berat to Thessaloniki by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Berat to Thessaloniki. July in Thessaloniki sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Historic Sites Museums
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Arch of Galerius ©
Arch of Galerius
White Tower of Thessaloniki ©
White Tower of Thessaloniki
Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture

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