16 days in Greece Itinerary

16 days in Greece Itinerary

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16 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: St. Petersburg
Fly + Drive:  8 h 45 min
1
Litochoro
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
2
Kalambaka
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6 h
3
Assos, Cephalonia
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8 h
4
Rethymnon, Crete
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  1 h
5
Heraklion, Crete
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 45 min
6
Lindos, Rhodes
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h
7
Athens
— 4 nights
Subway + Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: St. Petersburg

1
night
Litochoro

Litochoro ©
Litochoro is a town and a former municipality in the southern part of the Pieria regional unit, Greece. On the 7th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Agios Nikolaos Church, admire the sheer force of Orlias Waterfalls, then pause for some serene contemplation at Monastery of St. Dionysios in Olympus, and finally trek along Mountain Trail Litochoro - Prionia.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Litochoro trip itinerary planner.

St. Petersburg, Russia to Litochoro is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time to Eastern European Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from St. Petersburg in August, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Litochoro: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Litochoro

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Monastery of St. Dionysios in Olympus ©
Agios Nikolaos Church ©
Agios Nikolaos Church

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 8th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Meteora, don't miss a visit to Theopetra's Prehistoric Cave, contemplate the long history of Agios Stefanos, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), then take an in-depth tour of Hellenic Culture Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Byzantine Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Roussanou Monastery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Great Meteoron, then admire the natural beauty at Varlaam Monastery, and finally examine the collection at Digital Projection Centre of Meteora’s History and Culture.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kalambaka visit planner.

Traveling by car from Litochoro to Kalambaka takes 2 hours. Traveling from Litochoro in August, expect nights in Kalambaka to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are little chillier, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Assos.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Meteora ©
Meteora
Monastery of the Great Meteoron ©
Monastery of the Great Meteoron
Varlaam Monastery ©
Varlaam Monastery

2
nights
Assos, Cephalonia

Assos ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Assos, then look for gifts at Myrtillo, then kick back and relax at Myrtos Beach, and finally Head underground at Myrtos Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic church of St Nicolai, then take in the pleasant sights at Drapano Bridge (De Bosset), and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Makris Gialos Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Assos online holiday planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kalambaka to Assos. Traveling from Kalambaka in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Assos, with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Assos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cephalonia, Argostolion, Makris Gialos Beach, Myrtillo
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Assos ©
Assos
Myrtos Beach ©
Myrtos Beach
Makris Gialos Beach ©
Makris Gialos Beach

2
nights
Rethymnon, Crete

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.
On the 12th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Arkadi, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then visit Rethymnon Old Town, and finally pause for some photo ops at Symbol of Rethymnon City. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Damoni Beach, then explore the stunning scenery at Kotsifou Canyon, then stroll the grounds of Minoiko Nekrotafeio Armenon, and finally contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rethymnon holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Assos to Rethymnon. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can take a shuttle to Heraklion.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Parks Spas

Side Trip

Minoiko Nekrotafeio Armenon
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Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Damoni Beach ©
Damoni Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, relax in the rural setting at Snail Farm and Fun, and then delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, get engrossed in the history at Folklore Museum of Gouves, then learn about winemaking at Lyrarakis Winery, then learn about winemaking at Winery Stilianou, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Heraklion trip maker website .

Traveling by shuttle from Rethymnon to Heraklion takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Heraklion are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Snail Farm and Fun, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, The Palace of Knossos, Folklore Museum of Gouves, Winery Stilianou
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Snail Farm and Fun ©
Snail Farm and Fun
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

2
nights
Lindos, Rhodes

Lindos ©
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Lindos Beach, then contemplate the long history of The Church of the Panagia, then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Lindos, and finally look for gifts at Kori Lindos. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Village of Lindos and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Agios Pavlos Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lindos online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Heraklion to Lindos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Lindos

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Agios Pavlos Beach ©
Agios Pavlos Beach
The Church of the Panagia ©
The Church of the Panagia
Lindos Beach ©
Lindos Beach

4
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Temple of Hephaestus and Temple of Athena Nike. Get out of town with these interesting Athens side-trips: Mycenae (Citadel and Treasury of Atreus & Lion Gate) and Nauplion Promenade (in Nafplio). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, steep yourself in history at Ancient Agora of Athens, stop by Anafiotika, and pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Athens trip planning website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Lindos to Athens in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August in Athens, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Mycenae, Nauplion Promenade
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus

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