18 days in Greece Itinerary

18 days in Greece Itinerary

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18 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Athens
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Delphi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Kalambaka
— 1 night
Drive + ferry:  4​h
4
Corfu Town, Corfu
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
5
Elafonisos
— 1 day
Fly:  7​h 30​min
6
Heraklion, Crete
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h
7
Akrotiri, Santorini
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h
8
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Acropolis Museum and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Get some historical perspective at Acropolis of Athens and Plaka. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, admire all the interesting features of Panathenaic Stadium, get great views at Mount Lycabettus, and don't miss a visit to Plateia Syntagmatos.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Athens trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Athens is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Eastern European Time is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in September, things will get much hotter in Athens: highs are around 34°C and lows about 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Delphi.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

1
night
Delphi

Delphi ©
Ancient Greeks revered Delphi as the center of their universe, building an impressive sanctuary to Apollo in order to mark this sacred spot.
On the 13th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Delphi Archaeological Museum, explore the ancient world of Temple of Apollo, then delve into the distant past at Delphi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tholos.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Delphi road trip planner .

Drive from Athens to Delphi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens in September, Delphi is a bit cooler at night with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Delphi

Historic Sites Museums
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Delphi ©
Delphi
Temple of Apollo ©
Temple of Apollo
Delphi Archaeological Museum ©
Delphi Archaeological 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Roussanou Monastery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of the Great Meteoron, then steep yourself in history at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), then steep yourself in history at Agios Nikolaos Anapaphsas, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meteora.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kalambaka road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Delphi to Kalambaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Delphi in September: high temperatures in Kalambaka hover around 29°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites
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Meteora ©
Meteora
Monastery of the Great Meteoron ©
Monastery of the Great Meteoron
Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) ©

2
nights
Corfu Town, Corfu

Corfu Town ©
Often called "Kastropolis" because of its majestic Venetian castle, Corfu Town once featured such extensive fortifications that a force of over 20,000 soldiers defended them.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Antivouniotissa Museum, examine the collection at Casa Parlante, then kick back and relax at Limni Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Paleokastritsa Monastery. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Corfu Museum of Asian Art, then explore the ancient world of Old Fortress Corfu, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Marathias Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Corfu Town tour planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Kalambaka to Corfu Town takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Kalambaka in September, Corfu Town is a bit warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Elafonisos.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Corfu, Marathias Beach, Limni Beach
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Old Fortress Corfu ©
Old Fortress Corfu
Corfu Museum of Asian Art ©
Corfu Museum of Asian Art
Paleokastritsa Monastery ©
Paleokastritsa Monastery

1
day
Elafonisos

Elafonisos
Elafonisos is a small Greek island between the Peloponnese and Kythira. On the 17th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Panagia Beach and then stroll through Megali Paralia.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Elafonisos route planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Corfu Town to Elafonisos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Elafonisos

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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1
night
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.
On the 18th (Wed), contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos, learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and then get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Karavostasi Beach, then ponder the design of Morosini Fountain (Lion's Fountain), then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, and finally get your game on at Lampogialo - Rage Room.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Heraklion trip itinerary site .

Explore your travel options from Elafonisos to Heraklion with the Route module. In September, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Karavostasi Beach, The Palace of Knossos
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
The Natural History Museum of Crete ©

2
nights
Akrotiri, Santorini

Akrotiri ©
Located on Santorini's southwestern coastline, the small village of Akrotiri sits just a short walk from one of Europe's most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites.
On the 20th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Tomato Industrial Museum, see the interesting displays at Monastery of Profitis Ilias, then enjoy the sea views from Akrotiri LightHouse, then kick back and relax at Red Beach, and finally delve into the distant past at Akrotiri. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Caldera Beach, explore the historical opulence of Castelli of Emporio, then ride a horse along Santo Horse Riding, and finally explore the historical opulence of Venetian Castle of Santorini.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Akrotiri route builder website .

You can ride a ferry from Heraklion to Akrotiri in 2 hours. In September in Akrotiri, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Monastery of Profitis Ilias, Castelli of Emporio, Tomato Industrial Museum
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Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Santo Horse Riding ©
Santo Horse Riding

4
nights
Mykonos Town, Mykonos

Mykonos Town ©
A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Panormos Beach and Kapari Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Paradise Beach and Elia Beach. Step out of Mykonos Town with an excursion to Archaeological Site of Delos in Delos--about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Platis Gialos Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Ornos Beach, take a stroll through Little Venice, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paraportiani Church.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Mykonos Town road trip planning app .

You can ride a ferry from Akrotiri to Mykonos Town in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Platis Gialos Beach, Panormos Beach, Kapari Beach, Paradise Beach, Elia Beach
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Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Elia Beach ©
Elia Beach

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