18 days in Northern Greece Itinerary

18 days in Northern Greece Itinerary

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18 days in Northern Greece Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly + Drive:  8​h
1
Afitos
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Sarti
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Kavala
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Thessaloniki
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Parga
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Ioannina
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Kastoria
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Kalambaka
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
End: Tel Aviv

1
night
Afitos

Afitos ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): stop by Maria's - The Corner Shop.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Afitos route maker app .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Afitos is an approximately 8-hour flight. In April, Afitos is slightly colder than Tel Aviv - with highs of 23°C and lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sarti.

Things to do in Afitos

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Tzikas Vineyard, Kallitheas Beach, Saint Paul's Church
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Kallitheas Beach ©
Kallitheas Beach
Tzikas Vineyard ©
Tzikas Vineyard

3
nights
Sarti

Sarti ©
Step out of the city life by going to Kalogria Beach and Karydi. Step out of Sarti with an excursion to Sykia beach in Paralia Sikias--about 1h 05 min away.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sarti road trip planning website .

Drive from Afitos to Sarti in 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Sarti are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kavala.

Things to do in Sarti

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kalogria Beach, Karydi, Sykia beach
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Kalogria Beach ©
Kalogria Beach
Orange beach ©
Orange beach
Kalamitsi Beach ©
Kalamitsi Beach

1
night
Kavala

Kavala ©
Kavala is a city in northern Greece, the principal seaport of eastern Macedonia and the capital of Kavala regional unit. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): step into the grandiose world of The Castle of Kavala, enjoy the sand and surf at Nea Iraklitsa Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ammolofoi Beach.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kavala trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Sarti to Kavala in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Kavala can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Kavala

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Ammolofoi Beach, Nea Iraklitsa Beach
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The Castle of Kavala ©
The Castle of Kavala

3
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.
Thessaloniki is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, fun & games, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Ladadika District, pause for some serene contemplation at Hagios Demetrios, make a trip to Aristotelous Square, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Thessaloniki journey website .

Traveling by car from Kavala to Thessaloniki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Thessaloniki sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Parga.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Nightlife Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Ladadika District ©
Ladadika District
Nea Paralia ©
Nea Paralia
Battlenet 3D Aristotelous ©
Battlenet 3D Aristotelous

3
nights
Parga

Parga ©
Most visitors to Parga come because of the Ionian coastline's verdant landscape and traditional character.
Take a break from the city and head to Valtos Beach and Lichnos Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Parga: Into the wild Preveza (in Kanali) and Kastrosykias Beach (in Kastrosykia). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Pargas Distillery - Amicos Cocktail Bar, explore the historical opulence of Venetian Castle of Parga, kick back and relax at Loutsa Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Acheron.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Parga travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Thessaloniki to Parga takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Parga can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ioannina.

Things to do in Parga

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Loutsa Beach, Kastrosykias Beach, Into the wild Preveza
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Valtos Beach ©
Valtos Beach
Acheron ©
Acheron

2
nights
Ioannina

Ioannina, often called Yannena within Greece, is the capital and largest city of Epirus, an administrative region in north-western Greece. On the 10th (Fri), explore the activities along Voidomatis River and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pamvotis, examine the collection at Silversmithing Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Ioannina Castle, then examine the collection at Vrellis Greek History Museum, and finally do a tasting at Katogi Averoff Winery.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ioannina planner .

Traveling by car from Parga to Ioannina takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Ioannina can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kastoria.

Things to do in Ioannina

Adventure Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Vrellis Greek History Museum, Katogi Averoff Winery, Voidomatis River
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River Rafting & Tubing
Lake Pamvotis ©
Lake Pamvotis
Katogi Averoff Winery ©
Katogi Averoff Winery

1
night
Kastoria

Kastoria ©
Kastoria is a city in northern Greece in the region of West Macedonia. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): join in the after-dark buzz at Idees Art Cafe & Shop, explore the activities along Lake Orestiada, and then Head underground at Cave of Dragon (Spilia tou drakou).

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kastoria online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Ioannina to Kastoria takes 2 hours. Traveling from Ioannina in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Kastoria, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Kastoria

Nature Parks Nightlife
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Lake Orestiada ©
Lake Orestiada

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Kalambaka to Trikala to see Kliafa History and Culture Center about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Meteora, steep yourself in history at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), take in the views from Lithaios Central Bridge, and take in nature's colorful creations at Varlaam Monastery.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kalambaka trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Kastoria to Kalambaka in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Kalambaka can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Trikala
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Meteora ©
Meteora
Monastery of the Great Meteoron ©
Monastery of the Great Meteoron
Varlaam Monastery ©
Varlaam Monastery

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