34 days in Greece, San Sebastian - Donostia & Barcelona Itinerary

34 days in Greece, San Sebastian - Donostia & Barcelona Itinerary

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34 days in Greece, San Sebastian - Donostia & Barcelona Itinerary

Start: Athens, Greece
1
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Nafplio, Greece
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Kalamata, Greece
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Patras, Greece
— 1 night
car:  15​h
5
Lefkada Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Ioannina, Greece
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
7
Florina, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
8
Thessaloniki, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Rhodes Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 30​min
10
Chania Town, Greece
— 4 nights
taxi + ferry:  3​h 30​min
11
Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
12
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
13
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Athens, Greece

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Athens, Greece

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Food Tours and Erechtheion. Go for a jaunt from Athens to Sounio to see Temple of Poseidon about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, take a stroll through Plaka, take some stellar pictures from Mount Lycabettus, and contemplate the long history of Ancient Agora of Athens.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Athens online trip planner .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport. In July, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nafplio.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Temple of Poseidon
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Food Tours
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

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Nafplio, Greece

Nafplio, a city famed for its narrow lanes and elegant architecture, provides a comfortable base for exploring the many surrounding ancient sites.
On the 6th (Sat), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then explore the historical opulence of Fortress Palamidi, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Ayios Georgios.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nafplio trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Athens to Nafplio in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Nafplio when traveling from Athens in July, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kalamata.

Things to do in Nafplio

Tours Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Fortress Palamidi ©
Fortress Palamidi
Church of Ayios Georgios ©
Church of Ayios Georgios

1
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Kalamata, Greece

Kalamata ©
Kalamata is the second most populous city of the Peloponnese peninsula, after Patras, in southern Greece and the largest city of the homonymous administrative region. On the 7th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalamata Beach, then explore the ancient world of Ancient Messene, and then take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Messenia.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Kalamata vacation builder .

Traveling by car from Nafplio to Kalamata takes 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Nafplio in July since evenings lows in Kalamata dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Patras.

Things to do in Kalamata

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Ancient Messene
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Ancient Messene ©
Ancient Messene

1
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Patras, Greece

Patras
Patras is Greece's third-largest city and the regional capital of Western Greece, in the northern Peloponnese, 215km west of Athens. For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Patras trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kalamata to Patras takes 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Patras are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. On the 8th (Mon), you'll travel to Lefkada Town.

Things to do in Patras

Nightlife Outdoors Parks
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Lefkada Town, Greece

Lefkada Town ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): kick back and relax at Kathisma Beach, then stroll through Milos Beach, and then take in the views from Wooden Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): make a trip to Castle of Agia Maura, then get engrossed in the history at Folklore Museum Karia, then admire the sheer force of Nydri Waterfalls, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kavalikefta Beach.

Plan a trip to Lefkada Town easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Patras to Lefkada Town. In July, daytime highs in Lefkada Town are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ioannina.

Things to do in Lefkada Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Agios Nikitas, Kavalikefta Beach, Nydri Waterfalls, Folklore Museum Karia
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Nydri Waterfalls ©
Nydri Waterfalls
Wooden Bridge ©
Wooden Bridge
Folklore Museum Karia ©
Folklore Museum Karia

1
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Ioannina, Greece

Ioannina, often called Yannena within Greece, is the capital and largest city of Epirus, an administrative region in north-western Greece. On the 11th (Thu), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ioannina route planner.

Traveling by car from Lefkada Town to Ioannina takes 2 hours. July in Ioannina sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Florina.

Things to do in Ioannina

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Ioannina Castle ©
Ioannina Castle
Room Escape Games

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Florina, Greece

Florina ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): make a trip to Panagia Mavriotissa Monastery, explore the activities along Limni Zazari, and then steep yourself in history at Hill of St. Panteleimon Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Endymatologiko Mouseio and then get outside with Lake Vegoritida.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Florina tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Ioannina to Florina in 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Florina when traveling from Ioannina in July, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Florina

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Kastoria, Lake Vegoritida
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Limni Zazari ©
Limni Zazari
Prophet Elias ©
Prophet Elias

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Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki ©
A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Aristotelous Square, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture, enjoy breathtaking views from White Tower of Thessaloniki, then steep yourself in history at Church of Agios Nikolaos Orphanos, and finally don't miss a visit to Crypt of Saint Demetrius Κρύπτη Αγίου Δημητρίου. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Pella, then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and then steep yourself in history at Hagios Demetrios.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Thessaloniki route maker .

Drive from Florina to Thessaloniki in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Florina in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Thessaloniki, with lows around 23°C. On the 18th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Archaeological Museum of Pella
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Museum of the Macedonian Struggle ©
Museum of the Macedonian Struggle
White Tower of Thessaloniki ©
White Tower of Thessaloniki
Aristotelous Square ©
Aristotelous Square

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Rhodes Town, Greece

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Street of the Knights and Room Escape Games. Explore Rhodes Town's surroundings by going to Village of Lindos (in Lindos) and Agathi Beach (in Haraki). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Mandraki Harbour, ponder the world of politics at Rhodes' Town Hall, don't miss a visit to Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kahal Kadosh Shalom Synagogue.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rhodes Town travel route site .

You can fly from Thessaloniki to Rhodes Town in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Thessaloniki in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 28°C in Rhodes Town. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Agathi Beach, Village of Lindos
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Mandraki Harbour ©
Mandraki Harbour
Street of the Knights ©
Street of the Knights
Agathi Beach ©
Agathi Beach

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Chania Town, Greece

Chania Town ©
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Explore hidden gems such as Greek National Football Museum and Skinaria Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chania Town: Astrikas Estate Biolea (in Astrikas), Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia) and Reptisland (in Melidoni). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at MINOAN'S WORLD, take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, stroll the grounds of German War Cemetery, and wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Chania Town online itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Rhodes Town to Chania Town in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of ferry and car. In July in Chania Town, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Fira.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

German War Cemetery, Skinaria Beach, Rethymnon Old Town, Astrikas Estate Biolea, Reptisland
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Greek National Football Museum ©
Greek National Football Museum
Samaria Gorge National Park ©
Samaria Gorge National Park
Astrikas Estate Biolea ©
Astrikas Estate Biolea

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Fira, Greece

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
On the 26th (Fri), take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Church Of Candlemas Of The Lord. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then learn about winemaking at Artemis Karamolegos Winery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Fira online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Chania Town to Fira in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and ferry. July in Fira sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Fira

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, Akrotiri, Waterskiing & Jetskiing
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Helicopter Tours
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos

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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

San Sebastian - Donostia ©
As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Museo del Ferrocarril, don't miss a visit to Santuario de Loyola, and then get outside with Via Verde del Plazaola. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Jauregia de Irurita and then don't miss a visit to Senorio de Bertiz"s Natural Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Sebastian - Donostia online itinerary planner .

Getting from Fira to San Sebastian - Donostia by flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Fira in July, with highs in San Sebastian - Donostia at 29°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Azpeitia, Senorio de Bertiz"s Natural Park, Via Verde del Plazaola, Palacio Jauregia de Irurita
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Palacio Jauregia de Irurita ©
Palacio Jauregia de Irurita
Santuario de Loyola ©
Santuario de Loyola

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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Explore hidden gems such as Llevant Beach and Anfiteatro de Tarragona. Get out of town with these interesting Barcelona side-trips: Salou (Avenida Jaume I & Illuminated Fountain), Tarragona (Circ Roma, Pont del Diable, & more) and Arco de Triunfo de Bara (in Roda de Bara). And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Camp Nou, don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas, get a sense of history and politics at Castillo de Torredembarra, and wander the streets of Ciutat Vella.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from San Sebastian - Donostia to Barcelona takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in July; daily highs in Barcelona reach 34°C and lows reach 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Tarragona, Salou, Arco de Triunfo de Bara, Playa de la Pineda, Castillo de Torredembarra
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Camp Nou ©
Camp Nou
Llevant Beach ©
Llevant Beach
Las Ramblas ©
Las Ramblas

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