20 days in Greece Itinerary

20 days in Greece Itinerary

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20 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  7​h
1
Athens
— 3 nights
2
Kalambaka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Delphi
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Kardamili
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Heraklion
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Matala
— 2 nights
7
Kissamos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Elafonissi
— 3 nights
End: Athens


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3
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Visiting Glyfada Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Acropolis of Athens and Areopagus are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Plaka, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hymettus, explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus, and get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Athens day trip tool .

London, UK to Athens is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Athens. Traveling from London in October, expect Athens to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Athens

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Glyfada Beach
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Temple of Olympian Zeus ©
Temple of Olympian Zeus
Plaka ©
Plaka

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.
You've now added Meteora Thrones - Travel & Tourism Center to your itinerary. On the 17th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meteora, steep yourself in history at Roussanou Monastery, and then get in touch with nature with Meteora Thrones - Travel & Tourism Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Agios Nikolaos Anapaphsas, then steep yourself in history at Agios Stefanos, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of the Great Meteoron.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kalambaka trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Athens to Kalambaka in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Athens in October, with highs in Kalambaka at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Delphi.

Things to do in Kalambaka

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

3
nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at Delphi and Temple of Apollo. Escape the urban bustle at Parnassus and Itea Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Delphi: Thermopylae (Leonidas Monument & Battlefield of Thermopylae) and Hosios Loukas (in Distomo). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Delphi Archaeological Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Trinity, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tholos.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Delphi route maker .

You can drive from Kalambaka to Delphi in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Kalambaka in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Delphi: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Kardamili.

Things to do in Delphi

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Thermopylae, Itea Beach, Hosios Loukas, Church of the Holy Trinity
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Temple of Apollo ©
Temple of Apollo
Delphi ©
Delphi
Hosios Loukas ©
Hosios Loukas

1
night
Kardamili

Kardamili ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Mystras, explore the ancient world of Archaeological site of Mystra, then contemplate the long history of Archaeological site Keadas, and finally look for gifts at The Bead Shop Kardamyli.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kardamili trip builder site .

Drive from Delphi to Kardamili in 5 hours. October in Kardamili sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Kardamili

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Archaeological site of Mystra, Mystras, Kalogrias Beach, Archaeological site Keadas
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Mystras ©
Mystras
Archaeological site of Mystra ©
Archaeological site of Mystra
The Bead Shop Kardamyli ©
The Bead Shop Kardamyli

2
nights
Heraklion

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 24th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Agia Pelagia Beach, ponder the design of Morosini Fountain (Lion's Fountain), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Minas, and finally delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then stroll through Ligaria Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Heraklion trip itinerary site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kardamili to Heraklion. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kardamili in October since evenings lows in Heraklion dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Matala.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Agia Pelagia, The Palace of Knossos
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The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
The Natural History Museum of Crete ©
Church of Saint Titus ©
Church of Saint Titus

2
nights
Matala

Matala ©
A low-key tourist resort known for its ancient cliffside caves, Matala boasts a rich history that spans over 2,000 years.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): make a trip to Agia Galini Beach, then contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Phaistos, then explore and take pictures at Agia Marina Donkey Rescue Sanctuary, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Komos Beach. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Matala beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Panagia, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos).

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Matala trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Heraklion to Matala by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. October in Matala sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kissamos.

Things to do in Matala

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Agia Marina Donkey Rescue Sanctuary, Palace of Faistos, Agia Galini Beach, Komos Beach
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Matala beach ©
Matala beach
Komos Beach ©
Komos Beach
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) ©
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos)

2
nights
Kissamos

Kissamos ©
A quiet port town situated on Crete's western tip, Kissamos attracts mostly domestic tourists and possesses more of the quintessential Greek feel than livelier resorts strung along the island's coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at German War Cemetery, then stop by Sklopa, then kick back and relax at Balos Lagoon, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kastro Gramvoussas. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Platania Beach, make a trip to War Shelter of Platanias, do a tasting at Manousakis Winery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Agia Marina Beach, and finally examine the collection at Ancient Olive Tree.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kissamos day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Matala to Kissamos in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. October in Kissamos sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Kissamos

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Platanias, Manousakis Winery, Kastro Gramvoussas, Agia Marina Beach, German War Cemetery
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Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Manousakis Winery ©
Manousakis Winery
Kastro Gramvoussas ©
Kastro Gramvoussas

3
nights
Elafonissi

Elafonissi ©
Located just off Crete's southwestern corner, Elafonissi offers an alternative vacation idea for those looking to avoid the larger, more crowded Greek islands.
On the 30th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Aspri Limni Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Elafonissi Beach, and then trek along Elafonisi Viewpoint. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Thu): make a trip to Chryssoskalitissa Monastery and then head outdoors with Deliana Gorge.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Elafonissi trip planner .

You can take a bus from Kissamos to Elafonissi in 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Elafonissi can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. You will leave for home on the 1st (Fri).

Things to do in Elafonissi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Deliana Gorge, Chryssoskalitissa Monastery
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Elafonissi  Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Aspri Limni Beach ©
Aspri Limni Beach

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