21 days in Greece Itinerary

21 days in Greece Itinerary

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21 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Rhodes Town, Rhodes
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 30​min
2
Hersonissos, Crete
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
3
Oia, Santorini
— 4 nights
ferry + Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Nafplio
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Delphi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Athens
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Des Moines

2
nights
Rhodes Town, Rhodes

Rhodes Town ©
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Throne of Helios and Tsambika Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Monastery Tsambika (in Kolimbia), Pefkos Beach (in Pefkos) and Lindos Beach (in Lindos). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Rhodes (Hospital of the Knights), stop by To Magazaki Handmade, and view the masterpieces at La Magia.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rhodes Town trip itinerary site .

Des Moines, USA to Rhodes Town is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 8 hours. When traveling from Des Moines in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Rhodes Town, with highs around 63°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Tsambika Beach, Pefkos Beach, To Magazaki Handmade, Lindos Beach, Monastery Tsambika
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Lindos Beach ©
Lindos Beach
Monastery Tsambika ©
Monastery Tsambika

2
nights
Hersonissos, Crete

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
On the 5th (Sat), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, and then steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Voulismeni, then see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, and then go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hersonissos itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Rhodes Town to Hersonissos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Rhodes Town in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Hersonissos, with lows of 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Oia.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Heraklion, The Palace of Knossos, Lake Voulismeni
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The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum ©
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

4
nights
Oia, Santorini

Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hiking Trail Fira - Oia and Wine Tours & Tastings. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oia: Ancient Thera (in Kamari) and Akrotiri (in Akrotiri). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Skaros Rock, do a tasting at Santo Winery, view the masterpieces at Mnemossyne Gallery, and explore the historical opulence of Byzantine Castle Ruins.

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Ride a ferry from Hersonissos to Oia in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Hersonissos in March, Oia is a bit warmer at night with lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Nafplio.

Things to do in Oia

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fira, Santo Winery, Skaros Rock, Ancient Thera, Hiking Trail Fira - Oia
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Hiking Trail Fira - Oia ©
Hiking Trail Fira - Oia
Skaros Rock ©
Skaros Rock

2
nights
Nafplio

Nafplio ©
Nafplio, a city famed for its narrow lanes and elegant architecture, provides a comfortable base for exploring the many surrounding ancient sites.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Archaeological Museum of Nauplion and Fortress Palamidi. Take a break from Nafplio with a short trip to Epidaurus Theater in Epidavros, about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Nauplion Promenade, explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site Mycenae, get engrossed in the history at Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, and steep yourself in history at Bourtzi.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nafplio visit planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Oia to Nafplio in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Oia in March: high temperatures in Nafplio hover around 57°F and lows are around 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Delphi.

Things to do in Nafplio

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

The Great Theatre of Epidaurus, Archaeological Site Mycenae
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Fortress Palamidi ©
Fortress Palamidi
Archaeological Museum of Nauplion ©
Archaeological Museum of Nauplion
The Great Theatre of Epidaurus ©
The Great Theatre of Epidaurus

2
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.
On the 14th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tholos, take an in-depth tour of Delphi Archaeological Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Delphi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Byzantine Church of Agia Eleousa (Panagia Mavromantila), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Parnassus, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ieros Naos Agiou Georgiou, and finally delve into the distant past at Temple of Apollo.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Delphi itinerary planner .

You can drive from Nafplio to Delphi in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in March, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Athens.

Things to do in Delphi

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Ieros Naos Agiou Georgiou
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Delphi ©
Delphi
Delphi Archaeological Museum ©
Delphi Archaeological Museum
Temple of Apollo ©
Temple of Apollo

5
nights
Athens

Athens ©
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 Food Tours and Mount Lycabettus. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and admire all the interesting features of Panathenaic Stadium.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Athens tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Delphi to Athens takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Delphi in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 50°F in Athens. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Food Tours

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