60 days in Greece, Bodrum City & Demre (Kale) Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 6 nights
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Nafplio, Greece
— 5 nights
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Kalamata, Greece
— 1 night
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Kalambaka, Greece
— 7 nights
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Thessaloniki, Greece
— 8 nights
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Heraklion, Greece
— 4 nights
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Chania Town, Greece
— 5 nights
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Rhodes Town, Greece
— 6 nights
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Bodrum City, Turkey
— 7 nights
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Chios Town, Greece
— 3 nights
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Demre (Kale), Turkey
— 6 nights
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Athens, Greece — 6 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Athena Nike. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Temple of Hephaestus and Philopappos Hill. Get out of town with these interesting Athens side-trips: Archaeological Site of Thorikos (in Thoricus) and Temple of Poseidon (in Sounio). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, make a trip to Ancient Agora of Athens, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Kapnikarea.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Athens day trip planning website.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Athens is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July: high temperatures in Athens hover around 38°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nafplio.
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Nafplio, Greece — 5 nights

Nafplio, a city famed for its narrow lanes and elegant architecture, provides a comfortable base for exploring the many surrounding ancient sites.
Visit Fortress Palamidi and Archaeological Site Mycenae for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Akrokorinthos and Archea Korinthos. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nafplio: Arkadiko Bridge (in Mycenae) and Monastery of the Dormition Rock Nemea (in Nemea). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Nauplion, contemplate the long history of Church of Agios Spyridonas, pause for some serene contemplation at Agia Kyriaki Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Panaghia.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nafplio day trip app.

Getting from Athens to Nafplio by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Nafplio when traveling from Athens in July, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kalamata.
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Kalamata, Greece — 1 night

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. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Victoria G. Karelias Collection of Greek Traditional Costumes, delve into the distant past at Antigua Mesenia, and then discover the deep blue sea with Kalamata Dive Center.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kalamata trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nafplio to Kalamata in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Nafplio in July, Kalamata is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kalambaka.
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Kalambaka, Greece — 7 nights

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Meteora and Agios Stefanos. Museum-lovers will appreciate Vrellis Greek History Museum and Monastery of Agiou Nikolaou, Metsovo. Explore Kalambaka's surroundings by going to Averoff Gallery of Modern Art (in Metsovo), Larissa (Monastery of St. Paraskevas, Ieros Naos Agiou Achilliou, &more) and Porta Panagia (in Pyli). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Great Meteoron, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Agia Paraskevi - Tempi, steep yourself in history at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), and admire the natural beauty at Varlaam Monastery.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kalambaka road trip app.

Getting from Kalamata to Kalambaka by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July in Kalambaka, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Thessaloniki.
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Thessaloniki, Greece — 8 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.
The Castle of Kavala and Rotunda will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina) and The Archaeological Museum of Philippi. Get out of town with these interesting Thessaloniki side-trips: Holy Church of Saint Athanasius (in Kallithea), Veroia (Hellenic Culture Museum & Vima Apostolou Pavlou) and Kavala (Tobacco Museum & Imaret). And it doesn't end there: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hagios Demetrios, kick back and relax at Karydi, and steep yourself in history at Church of St.Sophia.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Thessaloniki trip planner.

Getting from Kalambaka to Thessaloniki by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. July in Thessaloniki sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to fly to Heraklion.
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Heraklion, Greece — 4 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.
Get some historical perspective at The Palace of Knossos and Church of Saint Titus. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Castello del Molo (Koules) and Cathedral of St. Minas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Heraklion: Matala (Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) & Matala Beach). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Lyrarakis Winery, learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at CRETAquarium, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Heraklion trip itinerary 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 July, expect nights in Heraklion to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to take a shuttle to Chania Town.
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Chania Town, Greece — 5 nights

The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Get a sense of the local culture at Monastery of Arkadi and Lighthouse of Chania. Discover out-of-the-way places like Falassarna Beach and Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chania Town: St. Nicholas Church (in Georgioupolis), Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa) and Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery, do a tasting at Manousakis Winery, and brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of Crete.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Chania Town planner.

You can take a shuttle from Heraklion to Chania Town in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. August in Chania Town sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Rhodes Town.
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Rhodes Town, Greece — 6 nights

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 discover tucked-away gems like Agios Pavlos Beach and Ancient Kamiros. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Village of Lindos and Church of Our Lady of Filerimos. Explore Rhodes Town's surroundings by going to Agios Nikolaos Fountoukli (in Eleousa), Monastery Tsambika (in Kolimbia) and Church of the Transfiguration (in Fanes). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Street of the Knights, explore the historical opulence of Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Rhodes (Hospital of the Knights), and don't miss a visit to Mandraki Harbour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rhodes Town itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Chania Town to Rhodes Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Bodrum City.
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Bodrum City, Turkey — 7 nights

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Castle of St. Peter and Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology. Do some cultural sightseeing at Temple of Apollo and Knidos Antik Kenti. Explore Bodrum City's surroundings by going to Miletus (in Didim), Sevket Sabanci Kultur ve Sanat Merkezi (in Turgutreis) and Kocamaar Ciftligi (in Datca). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the historical opulence of Osmanli Tersanesi Sanat Galerisi, delve into the distant past at Myndos, and admire the masterpieces at Zeki Muren Arts Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bodrum City trip site.

Traveling by ferry from Rhodes Town to Bodrum City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 1 hour. When traveling from Rhodes Town in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Bodrum City, with highs around 43°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Chios Town.
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Chios Town, Greece — 3 nights

Explore hidden gems such as The Chios Mastic Museum and Pyrgi. Get some historical perspective at Chios Castle and Bairakli Mosque.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Chios Town online journey planner.

You can drive from Bodrum City to Chios Town in 5.5 hours. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Bodrum City in August, plan for little chillier days in Chios Town, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Demre (Kale).
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Demre (Kale), Turkey — 6 nights

Popular historic sites such as Church of St. Nicholas and Arykanda Antik Kenti are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate Santa Claus Museum and Elmali Arkeoloji Muzesi. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Demre (Kale): Lymira (in Finike) and Sunken City Ruins of Simena (in Kekova).

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Demre (Kale) trip planner.

You can drive from Chios Town to Demre (Kale) in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chios Town to Demre (Kale). While traveling from Chios Town, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Demre (Kale), ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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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.
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Peloponnese travel guide

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Scenic landscapes and a high concentration of ancient sites make the Peloponnese one of the most desirable sightseeing destinations in Greece. Separated from the Greek mainland by a narrow gulf, the region contains well-preserved archaeological reminders of the country's eventful history. The Peloponnese also boasts impeccable beaches, local cuisine, and a slew of tiny mountain villages. This region remains relatively uncrowded and lets you discover a quieter and greener corner of Greece, one ruled by traditional hospitality and the simple pleasures of life.
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Crete travel guide

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Great Island
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete offers travelers more than just sun, sea, and sand. Famed for its warm hospitality, outstanding infrastructure, and contrasting landscapes, the island represents one of the world's richest areas in terms of history and culture. Crete burst onto the world scene over 4,000 years ago, when it served as the center of the Minoan civilization, one of Europe's earliest organized societies. Despite the island's wealth of developed beaches, the traces of the mysterious and enchanting Minoan empire remain Crete's top attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world. The island capital Heraklion provides an ideal base for exploring a renowned Minoan palace complex, the site of Europe's oldest city.
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Rhodes travel guide

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Island of the Knights
An island of green hills, fertile valleys, and golden beaches, Rhodes blends cosmopolitan and traditional cultures, exemplified by its traditional taverns, upscale hotels, and archaeological sites. Nicknamed the "Island of Roses," this island offers visitors a chance to discover lively tourist resorts in the north and tranquil rural areas in the south. The island's slow pace seems utterly unaffected by the challenges of mass tourism, its permanent residents stubbornly clinging to their age-old traditions and relaxed lifestyle. As you explore the areas farther away from the busy coastline, take time to meet the garrulous locals in their natural environment, the village tavern.
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Chios travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Mastic Island
Rich history and scenic landscapes make Chios one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Aegean. Nicknamed the "Mastic Island" because it remains one of the world's major producers and exporters of mastic gum, Chios offers visitors a chance to explore medieval villages and age-old monasteries. Start at the ancient settlement serving as the island's center of shopping, dining, and entertainment. Alternatively, make the southwestern port of Mesta your base for touring a cluster of satellite islands reachable by boat or ferry. The island is nearer to the Turkish coastline than the Greek mainland, and as a result shares much of eastern Turkey's topography of rugged crags and fragrant citrus groves.
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