26 days in Greece Itinerary

26 days in Greece Itinerary

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Athens
— 3 nights
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Hydra
— 1 night
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Nafplio
— 1 night
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Monemvasia
— 1 night
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Kardamili
— 1 night
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Olympia
— 1 night
Taxi to Killini, Ferry to Tsilivi (Planos)
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Tsilivi (Planos)
— 2 nights
Ferry to Killini, Drive to Delphi
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Delphi
— 1 night
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Kalambaka
— 1 night
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Ioannina
— 1 night
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Thessaloniki
— 2 nights
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Heraklion, Crete
— 2 nights
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Paros
— 1 night
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Naxos Town
— 2 nights
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Amorgos
— 2 nights
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Athens

— 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): make a trip to Erechtheion. On the next day, wander the streets of Plaka, take in nature's colorful creations at National Garden, and then admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Athens journey website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Athens is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Athens. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in December: high temperatures in Athens hover around 17°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Hydra.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:

Hydra

— 1 night
Hydra is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece, located in the Aegean Sea between the Saronic Gulf and the Argolic Gulf. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore by horseback at Harriets Hydra Horses and then appreciate the history behind Andrea Miaoulis Monument.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hydra trip itinerary maker tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Athens to Hydra. In December in Hydra, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Nafplio.

Things to do in Hydra

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 8:

Nafplio

— 1 night
Nafplio, a city famed for its narrow lanes and elegant architecture, provides a comfortable base for exploring the many surrounding ancient sites.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Fortress Palamidi, make a trip to Syntagma Square, then contemplate the waterfront views at Corinth Canal, then delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site Mycenae, and finally take in the waterfront at Nauplion Promenade.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nafplio trip itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hydra to Nafplio. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Hydra in December; daily highs in Nafplio reach 13°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Monemvasia.

Things to do in Nafplio

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 9:

Monemvasia

— 1 night
Monemvasia is a town and a municipality in Laconia, Greece. You've now added Simos Beach to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Agia Sofia Church, step into the grandiose world of Monemvasia Fortress, and then kick back and relax at Simos Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Monemvasia trip maker.

You can drive from Nafplio to Monemvasia in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kardamili.

Things to do in Monemvasia

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 10:

Kardamili

— 1 night
Your day by day itinerary now includes Caves of Diros. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): Head underground at Caves of Diros, get outside with Vyros Gorge, then explore the historical opulence of Mourtzinos Castle, and finally delve into the distant past at Antigua Mesenia.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Kardamili travel route planner.

Getting from Monemvasia to Kardamili by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Olympia.

Things to do in Kardamili

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 11:
Highlights from your trip

Olympia

— 1 night
Inhabited since prehistoric times, Olympia remains best known as the site of the original Olympic Games, held there for the first time in 776 BCE. Inscribed on the World Heritage List, the remains of Olympia's sanctuary allow visitors to admire the timeless mastery of ancient Greek builders.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): indulge in some personalized pampering at Euphoria Spa, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Olympia, and then pause for some photo ops at Hermes by Praxiteles.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Olympia sightseeing app.

Drive from Kardamili to Olympia in 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Olympia are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Tsilivi (Planos).

Things to do in Olympia

Museums · Spas
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:

Tsilivi (Planos)

— 2 nights
A growing favorite with international vacationers, Tsilivi sits on the northern coast of Zakynthos.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Blue Caves as well as Sea Kayaking Zakynthos. On the 12th (Sun), take a tour by water with Sea Kayaking Zakynthos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Laganas Beach, kick back and relax at Banana Beach, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Caves.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tsilivi (Planos) trip itinerary builder app.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Olympia to Tsilivi (Planos) in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in December, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Delphi.

Things to do in Tsilivi (Planos)

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:

Delphi

— 1 night
Ancient Greeks revered Delphi as the center of their universe, building an impressive sanctuary to Apollo in order to mark this sacred spot.
You've now added Paragliding Fun to your itinerary. On the 14th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Delphi and then glide through the air with Paragliding Fun.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Delphi route planning tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Tsilivi (Planos) to Delphi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tsilivi (Planos) in December; daily highs in Delphi reach 15°C and lows reach 4°C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Delphi

Nature · Parks · Adventure · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 15:

Kalambaka

— 1 night
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 15th (Wed): snap pictures at Lithaios Central Bridge.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kalambaka trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Delphi to Kalambaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Delphi in December, things will get a bit cooler in Kalambaka: highs are around 9°C and lows about 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ioannina.
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 16:
Highlights from your trip

Ioannina

— 1 night
Ioannina, often called Yannena within Greece, is the capital and largest city of Epirus, an administrative region in north-western Greece. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Vrellis Greek History Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Ioannina Castle, and then explore the activities along Papingo Rock Pools.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ioannina trip planner.

Getting from Kalambaka to Ioannina by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kalambaka in December: high temperatures in Ioannina hover around 19°C and lows are around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Ioannina

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 17:

Thessaloniki

— 2 nights

Mother of Israel

A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Arch of Galerius, enjoy breathtaking views from White Tower of Thessaloniki, then see the interesting displays at Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina), and finally wander the streets of Ladadika District. On your second day here, pause for some photo ops at Monument of Alexander The Great, explore the ancient world of Rotunda, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, make a trip to Aristotelous Square, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of Byzantine Culture, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Thessaloniki travel route app.

You can drive from Ioannina to Thessaloniki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Ioannina in December, expect Thessaloniki to be a bit cooler, temps between 13°C and 2°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Sun) before leaving for Heraklion.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:

Heraklion, Crete

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): Head underground at Cave Of Zeus and then relax and rejuvenate at Aegeo Spas. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at CRETAquarium.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Heraklion trip planning site.

Fly from Thessaloniki to Heraklion in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Thessaloniki in December, things will get a bit warmer in Heraklion: highs are around 19°C and lows about 12°C. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can ride a ferry to Paros.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks · Spas · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:

Paros

— 1 night

Poor Man's Mykonos

Long ignored by tourists because of its reputation as a plain ferry hub, Paros today serves as one of the Aegean's major holiday destinations, luring travelers with its fashionable resort towns and quaint mountain villages.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): head off the coast to Parikia Town, pause for some serene contemplation at Panagia Ekatondapiliani, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum Parou, then explore the fascinating underground world of Marathi Marble Quarries, and finally steep yourself in history at Lefkes.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Paros trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by ferry from Heraklion to Paros takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In December in Paros, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Naxos Town.

Things to do in Paros

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:

Naxos Town

— 2 nights
Naxos Town tops the itinerary of most visitors exploring the Aegean islands, drawing their attention with taverns, shops, beaches, and ancient ruins.
On the 22nd (Wed), wander the streets of Kastro, enjoy breathtaking views from Bellonia Tower, then delve into the distant past at The Temple of Apollo – Portara, then wander the streets of Old Town, and finally look for gifts at Apodo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Agios Prokopios Beach, then view the masterpieces at Fish & Olive, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Naxos Town holiday planner.

Ride a ferry from Paros to Naxos Town in an hour. In December in Naxos Town, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Amorgos.

Things to do in Naxos Town

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

Amorgos

— 2 nights
One of the Aegean's treasures, Amorgos remains relatively undiscovered by foreign travelers, despite the fact that it boasts a high concentration of ancient ruins and offers some of the finest rock-climbing opportunities in Greece.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Hozoviotissa, then admire the landmark architecture of Panagia Epanochorianis, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Theologos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa, then wander the streets of Chora, and then examine the collection at Archeological Museum.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Amorgos trip planner.

Getting from Naxos Town to Amorgos by ferry takes about 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Amorgos are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Amorgos

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

Mykonos Town

— 3 nights

Chora Mykonos

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.
Mykonos Town is known for nightlife, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at Beautyworld Spa, make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Mykonos, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ornos Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Mykonos Town online travel planner.

You can ride a ferry from Amorgos to Mykonos Town in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in December, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

Greece travel guide

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Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

Zakynthos travel guide

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Beaches · Nightlife · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Flower of the East
Located just off the west coast of mainland Greece, Zakynthos enjoys a reputation as both a party destination and a family-friendly getaway. Packed with foreign tourists along its eastern and southeastern coastline, the island also features numerous tranquil pockets in its central region of forested mountains and rolling hills. Avoid the overcrowded east by discovering the island's less-explored northern sections, which contain a series of deep caves that feature sun reflecting on seawater and white stones, creating a striking shade of azure particular to this part of the world. The northern capes of the island also offer the calmest waters, which lap a string of developed beaches with plenty of modern facilities.

Naxos travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Zeus, the master of all gods from Greek mythology, allegedly grew up in a cave on Naxos, a small but fertile island in the South Aegean Sea. Renowned for its unspoiled beaches and advantageous winds, the island offers excellent conditions for windsurfing and other watersports. Most of the island's western coastline boasts one sandy beach splashed by blue waters rich in marine life--a big draw for amateur scuba divers. The mountainous interior provides a look at the quieter side of the island, featuring a patchwork of lush valleys, quaint villages, and ancient sites. For a change of pace and a bit of modern dining and shopping, visit Hora, the island's biggest city.

Mykonos travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Nightlife
Island of the Winds
Local tradition claims that Mykonos, the trendiest of the Cyclades group of islands, came into existence from the petrified bodies of giants killed by the mythological hero Hercules. Named after the grandson of the god Apollo, this cosmopolitan "Ibiza of Greece" offers modern tourists a blend of glamour and simplicity. Be prepared for hip and loud dance clubs along the coastline and quieter areas farther from the water. Avoid cruise ship crowds thronging the narrow streets by exploring the small villages located in the center of the island. The easiest way to discover the island's golden beaches is by guided boat tour, private car, or motorcycle.