8 days in Northern Greece Itinerary

8 days in Northern Greece Itinerary

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8 days in Northern Greece Itinerary

Start: Sacramento
Drive + Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Thessaloniki
— 3 nights
2
Kalambaka
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Nikiti
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  21​h
End: Sacramento

3
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Museum of Byzantine Culture and Noesis - Science Center and Technology Museum. Go for a jaunt from Thessaloniki to Vergina to see Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina) about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to White Tower of Thessaloniki, appreciate the history behind Monument of Alexander The Great, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St.Sophia, and contemplate the long history of Arch of Galerius.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Thessaloniki trip itinerary builder tool .

Sacramento, USA to Thessaloniki is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sacramento to Thessaloniki is 10 hours. Traveling from Sacramento in December, you will find days in Thessaloniki are little chillier (53°F), and nights are about the same (36°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina)
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Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture
White Tower of Thessaloniki ©
White Tower of Thessaloniki
Aristotelous Square ©
Aristotelous Square

1
night
Kalambaka

Kalambaka ©
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.
On the 3rd (Fri), make a trip to Matsopoulou Mill, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of the Great Meteoron, then admire the natural beauty at Varlaam Monastery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Meteora.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kalambaka road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Thessaloniki to Kalambaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Thessaloniki in January: high temperatures in Kalambaka hover around 43°F and lows are around 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Nikiti.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Matsopoulou Mill
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Meteora ©
Meteora
Matsopoulou Mill ©
Matsopoulou Mill
Monastery of the Great Meteoron ©
Monastery of the Great Meteoron

2
nights
Nikiti

Nikiti ©
On the 4th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Kalogria Beach and then kick back and relax at Orange beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nikiti trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kalambaka to Nikiti takes 4 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Nikiti can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nikiti

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Spathies Beach, Orange beach
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Kalogria Beach ©
Kalogria Beach
Orange beach ©
Orange beach
Spathies Beach ©
Spathies Beach

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