18 days in Northern Greece Itinerary

18 days in Northern Greece Itinerary

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18 days in Northern Greece Itinerary

Start: London
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
1
Parga
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Ioannina
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Kalambaka
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Volos
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Xanthi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Thessaloniki
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: London

3
nights
Parga

Parga ©
Most visitors to Parga come because of the Ionian coastline's verdant landscape and traditional character.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Sarakiniko Beach and Ammoudia Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Nicopolis Museum and Pargas Distillery - Amicos Cocktail Bar. When in Parga, make a side trip to see Agia Paraskevi Beach in Perdika, approximately 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Loutsa Beach, don't miss a visit to Aphrodite's Cave, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alonaki Fanariou Beach, and explore the ancient world of Ali Pasha Castle.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Parga visit planning app .

London, UK to Parga is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Parga due to the time zone difference. In May, Parga is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 27°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ioannina.

Things to do in Parga

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Agia Paraskevi Beach, Sarakiniko Beach, Ammoudia Beach, Nicopolis Museum, Loutsa Beach
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Pargas Distillery - Amicos Cocktail Bar ©
Sarakiniko Beach ©
Sarakiniko Beach
Ali Pasha Castle ©
Ali Pasha Castle

3
nights
Ioannina

Ioannina ©
Ioannina, often called Yannena within Greece, is the capital and largest city of Epirus, an administrative region in north-western Greece. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Silversmithing Museum and Ali Pasha Museum. Get some historical perspective at Convent of Agia Paraskevi and Iera Moni Agiou Nikolaou Filanthropinon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ioannina: Metsovo (Averoff Gallery, Folk Art Museum Tossizza Mansion, & more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Voidomatis River, look for gifts at Krypti, take an in-depth tour of Archeologiko Mousio Ioanninon, and explore the stunning scenery at Vikos Gorge.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ioannina trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Parga to Ioannina by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Ioannina can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Ioannina

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

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.
On the 20th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Koursoum Mosque, steep yourself in history at Old City of Trikala, take in the views from Lithaios Central Bridge, make a trip to Theopetra's Prehistoric Cave, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Byzantine Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hellenic Culture Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kalambaka itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Ioannina to Kalambaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Ioannina in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kalambaka, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Volos.

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
Volos

Volos ©
Volos is a coastal port city in Thessaly situated midway on the Greek mainland, about 330km north of Athens and 220km south of Thessaloniki. Visit Agion Taksiarchon Church and Panagia Portarea for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Mount Pelion and Athanasakeion Archaeological Museum of Volos. Venture out of the city with trips to Agioi Saranta (in Chorefto), Damouhari port (in Mouresi) and Second Ancient Theatre (in Larissa). It doesn't end there: trek along Centaurs' Path and see the interesting displays at The Rooftile and Brickworks Museum N. & S. Tsalapatas.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Volos travel planner.

Getting from Kalambaka to Volos by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Kalambaka in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Volos, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Xanthi.

Things to do in Volos

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Agioi Saranta, Damouhari port, Second Ancient Theatre, Mount Pelion, Agion Taksiarchon Church
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Paschalis Art House ©
Paschalis Art House
Centaurs' Path ©
Centaurs' Path
Mount Pelion ©
Mount Pelion

2
nights
Xanthi

Xanthi ©
Xanthi is a city in Thrace, northeastern Greece. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at The House of Shadow, take an in-depth tour of Folklore & Historical Museum of Xanthi, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Keramoti (Ammoglossa) Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Livaditis Waterfall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasaba Mosque, and then wander the streets of Old Town of Xanthi.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Xanthi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Volos to Xanthi takes 4.5 hours. In May in Xanthi, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Xanthi

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Keramoti (Ammoglossa) Beach, Kasaba Mosque
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The House of Shadow ©
The House of Shadow
Keramoti (Ammoglossa) Beach ©
Keramoti (Ammoglossa) Beach

5
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Archaeological Museum of Pella and Museum of the Macedonian Struggle. Popular historic sites such as Vlatadon Monastery and Ancient Stagira are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Thessaloniki side-trips: Monastery of St. Dionysios in Olympus (in Litochoro), Trani Ammouda Beach (in Ormos Panagias) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Paliouri). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Zeitenlik, learn about all things military at War Museum of Thessaloniki, explore the striking landscape of Kerkini Lake, and enjoy the sand and surf at Stomio Beach.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, you can read our Thessaloniki day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Xanthi to Thessaloniki takes 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ancient Stagira, Zeitenlik, Stomio Beach, Monastery of St. Dionysios in Olympus, Trani Ammouda Beach
Find places to stay May 25 — 30:
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Ancient Stagira ©
Ancient Stagira
Trani Ammouda Beach ©
Trani Ammouda Beach
Kerkini Lake ©
Kerkini Lake

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