18 days in Greece Itinerary

18 days in Greece Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Greece travel route planner

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Chania Town, Crete
— 3 nights
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Fira, Santorini
— 2 nights
Fly
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Athens
— 4 nights
Drive
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Delphi
— 1 night
Drive
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Kalambaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kastoria
— 1 night
Drive
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Papigko
— 1 night
Drive
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Ioannina
— 2 nights
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Vasilikos, Zakynthos
— 1 night
Drive to Zakynthos International Airport "Dionysios Solomos", Fly to Milan

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Chania Town, Crete

— 3 nights
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Escape the urban bustle at Reptisland and Damoni Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Agii Apostoli Beach and Nea Chora Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chania Town: Melidoni Cave (in Melidoni), Winery Dourakis (in Alikampos) and Damnoni Beach (in Plakias). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum, do sightseeing your way with Private Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Georgioupolis Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Eisodion tis Theotokou.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Chania Town trip planner.

Milan, Italy to Chania Town is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Milan to Chania Town. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Milan in December: high temperatures in Chania Town hover around 17°C and lows are around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can fly to Fira.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

Fira, Santorini

— 2 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): awaken your taste buds at Santorini's Best Driver, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, and finally don't miss a visit to Three Bells of Fira. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ride a horse along Experience Horse Riding, then see the interesting displays at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, and then do a tasting at Artemis Karamolegos Winery.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Fira road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Chania Town to Fira takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. December in Fira sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Athens.

Things to do in Fira

Tours · Wineries · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

Athens

— 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Step off the beaten path and head to Archaeological Museum of Nauplion and Psirri. Do some cultural sightseeing at Lion Gate and Hellenic Motor Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Athens: Domaine Skouras Winery (in Argos) and Lion of Bavaria (in Nafplio). Next up on the itinerary: get into the urban bustle at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, see the interesting displays at Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Kapnikarea, and explore the striking landscape at Areopagus.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Athens online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Fira to Athens by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Fira in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Athens, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Delphi.

Things to do in Athens

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:

Delphi

— 1 night
Ancient Greeks revered Delphi as the center of their universe, building an impressive sanctuary to Apollo in order to mark this sacred spot.
For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Delphi holiday planner.

Getting from Athens to Delphi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 2°C in Delphi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Delphi

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:

Kalambaka

— 2 nights
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Truffle Hunting, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Meteora and Mushroom Museum, then see the interesting displays at Digital Projection Centre of Meteora’s History and Culture, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Ethereal.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kalambaka road trip site.

Getting from Delphi to Kalambaka by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Delphi in January, expect Kalambaka to be a bit cooler, temps between 7°C and -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Kastoria.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Museums · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:

Kastoria

— 1 night
Kastoria is a city in northern Greece in the region of West Macedonia. To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kastoria planning site.

Traveling by car from Kalambaka to Kastoria takes 2 hours. In January in Kastoria, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and -2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Papigko.

Things to do in Kastoria

Museums
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:

Papigko

— 1 night
To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Papigko trip planner.

Getting from Kastoria to Papigko by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ioannina.

Things to do in Papigko

Tours · Outdoors · Trails · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:

Ioannina

— 2 nights
Ioannina, often called Yannena within Greece, is the capital and largest city of Epirus, an administrative region in north-western Greece. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Kehila Kedosha Yashan Synagogue, indulge in some personalized pampering at Primoula's Wellness Terrace, and then trek along Zagori Outdoor Activities.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Ioannina trip simple and quick.

Drive from Papigko to Ioannina in 1.5 hours. In January, Ioannina is a bit warmer than Papigko - with highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Vasilikos.

Things to do in Ioannina

Museums · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

Vasilikos, Zakynthos

— 1 night
Home to just a few hundred year-round residents, Vasilikos draws thousands of daily visitors with its beaches and restaurants during peak tourist season.
On the 9th (Sun), kick back and relax at Daphni Nesting Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Porto Roma Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Vasilikos online journey planner.

You can fly from Ioannina to Vasilikos in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in January, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Vasilikos

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:

Greece travel guide

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Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.