48 days in Greece Itinerary

48 days in Greece Itinerary

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48 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
Corfu Town, Corfu
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Thessaloniki
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 6 nights
Ferry:  2​h 15​min
4
Fira, Santorini
— 5 nights
Ferry:  2​h
5
Heraklion, Crete
— 4 nights
Fly + Subway:  2​h 45​min
6
Athens
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Nafplio
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
8
Zakynthos Town, Zakynthos
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Argostolion, Cephalonia
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Barcelona

5
nights
Corfu Town, Corfu

Corfu Town ©
Often called "Kastropolis" because of its majestic Venetian castle, Corfu Town once featured such extensive fortifications that a force of over 20,000 soldiers defended them.
Change things up with these side-trips from Corfu Town: Sakis Water Sports (in Kalami), St. Spyridon First Beach (in Agios Spyridonas) and Church of the Panayia Kassopitra (in Kassiopi). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Corfu Museum of Asian Art, make a trip to Monastery of Myrtiotisa, see the interesting displays at Capodistrias Museum, and cool off at Aqualand Corfu Water Park.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Corfu Town trip planner .

Barcelona, Spain to Corfu Town is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December, daytime highs in Corfu Town are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Corfu, Capodistrias Museum - Kapodistrias Museum, Agia Paraskevi Monastery, Sakis Water Sports, Church of the Panayia Kassopitra
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Corfu Museum of Asian Art ©
Corfu Museum of Asian Art
Old Fortress Corfu ©
Old Fortress Corfu
Spianada Square ©
Spianada Square

5
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.
Explore Thessaloniki's surroundings by going to Koryvolos (in Drama), Nikiti (Kalogria Beach & Saint Nikitas) and Cave of Alistrati (in Alistrati). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from White Tower of Thessaloniki, pause for some serene contemplation at Hagios Demetrios, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Agios Nikolaos Orphanos, and delve into the distant past at Rotunda.

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

Getting from Corfu Town to Thessaloniki by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or take a bus. In December, Thessaloniki is slightly colder than Corfu Town - with highs of 13°C and lows of 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Veroia, Nikiti, Koryvolos, Hellenic Pharmaceutical Museum, Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina)
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Cave of Alistrati ©
Cave of Alistrati
White Tower of Thessaloniki ©
White Tower of Thessaloniki
Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture

6
nights
Mykonos Town, Mykonos

Mykonos Town ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mykonos Town: Delos (Mount Kynthos, Temple of Isis, & more). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Little Venice, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Panormos Beach, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mykonos Town trip maker app .

You can fly from Thessaloniki to Mykonos Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Thessaloniki in December, Mykonos Town is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Delos, Mykonos, Paradise Beach, Panormos Beach, Speed Boats Tours
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 6:
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Paraportiani Church ©
Paraportiani Church
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Aegean Maritime Museum ©
Aegean Maritime Museum

5
nights
Fira, Santorini

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Step out of Fira to go to Akrotiri and see Santo Horse Riding, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, kick back and relax at Red Beach, and stroll through Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Fira online trip maker .

You can ride a ferry from Mykonos Town to Fira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Heraklion.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Oia, Imerovigli, Santorini, Akrotiri, Kamari
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

4
nights
Heraklion, Crete

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.
Explore Heraklion's surroundings by going to Reptisland (in Melidoni) and Matala beach (in Matala). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and learn about winemaking at Winery Stilianou.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Heraklion trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Fira to Heraklion in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in January, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Kazantzakis Museum, Reptisland, Archeologikos Choros Tilissos, The Palace of Knossos, Winery Stilianou
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

6
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, take a stroll through Plaka, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Athens trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Heraklion to Athens by combination of flight and subway takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a bus. In January in Athens, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nafplio.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 21:
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nafplio: Monastery of the Dormition Rock Nemea (in Nemea), Lake Doxa (in Feneos) and The Great Theatre of Epidaurus (in Epidavros). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site Mycenae, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the historical opulence of Fortress Palamidi, and learn about winemaking at DOMAINE SKOURAS / ΚΤΗΜΑ ΣΚΟΥΡΑ Ο.Α.Ε..

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nafplio trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Athens to Nafplio takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, Nafplio is little chillier than Athens - with highs of 11°C and lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Zakynthos Town.

Things to do in Nafplio

Historic Sites Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Corinth, Mainalo Ski Center, Kalogris Organic Winery, Archaeological Site Mycenae, Monastery of the Dormition Rock Nemea
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 27:
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Archaeological Site Mycenae ©
Archaeological Site Mycenae
The Great Theatre of Epidaurus ©
The Great Theatre of Epidaurus
Lake Doxa ©
Lake Doxa

5
nights
Zakynthos Town, Zakynthos

Zakynthos Town ©
The commercial center of the eponymous island, Zakynthos Town bustles with the energy as excited tourists and residents go about their daily business.
Zakynthos Town is known for historic sites, beaches, wildlife, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about winemaking at Solomos Wines, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Zoodochos Pigis Church, don't miss a visit to Monastery of Panagia Skopiotissa, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kalamaki Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Zakynthos Town travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nafplio to Zakynthos Town. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Nafplio in January, with highs in Zakynthos Town at 16°C and lows at 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Argostolion.

Things to do in Zakynthos Town

Historic Sites Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trips

Zakynthos, Argassi, Kalamaki, Bochali, Grampsas Winery
Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 1:
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Zakynthos Metropolis Church ©
Zakynthos Metropolis Church
Solomos Wines ©
Solomos Wines
Monastery of Panagia Skopiotissa ©
Monastery of Panagia Skopiotissa

5
nights
Argostolion, Cephalonia

Argostolion ©
A modern town with a traditional character, Argostolion draws visitors with museums, gardens, squares, pedestrianized shopping streets, and a cobbled seaside promenade.
Get out of town with these interesting Argostolion side-trips: Monastery of Panagia Eleousa (in Ithaca), Mycenaean Tholos Tomb (in Poros) and The Cypress Trail (in Fiscardo). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Vathy Bay, learn about winemaking at Gentilini Winery & Vineyards, appreciate the history behind Statue of Nikos Kavvadias, and experience rural life at Dias Beekeeping.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Argostolion trip planner .

Drive from Zakynthos Town to Argostolion in 4 hours. In February in Argostolion, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Argostolion

Wineries Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cephalonia, Ithaca, The Cypress Trail, Divino Wines and Vinegar, Monastery of Agios Andreas
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 6:
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Divino Wines and Vinegar ©
Divino Wines and Vinegar
Tennis Club Argostoli ©
Tennis Club Argostoli
Focas-Cosmetatos Foundation ©
Focas-Cosmetatos Foundation

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