9 days in Northern Greece Itinerary

9 days in Northern Greece Itinerary

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9 days in Northern Greece Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  16​h
1
Parga
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Ioannina
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Kalambaka
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Thessaloniki
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Riyadh

1
day
Parga

Parga ©
Most visitors to Parga come because of the Ionian coastline's verdant landscape and traditional character.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Acheron, then step into the grandiose world of Venetian Castle of Parga, then kick back and relax at Valtos Beach, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Chaos Woodcraft.

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

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Parga is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Riyadh to Parga is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Riyadh in December, expect Parga to be a bit cooler, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Ioannina.

Things to do in Parga

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Acheron ©
Acheron
Venetian Castle of Parga ©
Venetian Castle of Parga
Chaos Woodcraft ©
Chaos Woodcraft

2
nights
Ioannina

Ioannina ©
Ioannina, often called Yannena within Greece, is the capital and largest city of Epirus, an administrative region in north-western Greece. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): examine the collection at Vrellis Greek History Museum, take an in-depth tour of Folk Art Museum Tossizza Mansion, then explore the activities along Voidomatis River, and finally step into the grandiose world of Ioannina Castle. Keep things going the next day: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the striking features of Kehila Kedosha Yashan Synagogue, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pamvotis, and finally see the interesting displays at Silversmithing Museum.

Make your Ioannina itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Parga to Ioannina takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Ioannina

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Voidomatis River, Vrellis Greek History Museum, Folk Art Museum Tossizza Mansion
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Silversmithing Museum ©
Silversmithing Museum
Ioannina Castle ©
Ioannina Castle
Vrellis Greek History Museum ©
Vrellis Greek History Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meteora, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Great Meteoron, take in nature's colorful creations at Varlaam Monastery, then contemplate the long history of Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Agios Nikolaos Anapaphsas.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kalambaka trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Ioannina to Kalambaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Ioannina in December, things will get little chillier in Kalambaka: highs are around 9°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites Parks
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Meteora ©
Meteora
Monastery of the Great Meteoron ©
Monastery of the Great Meteoron
Varlaam Monastery ©
Varlaam Monastery

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.
Thessaloniki is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, fun & games, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at White Tower of Thessaloniki, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture, pause for some serene contemplation at Hagios Demetrios, and experience the excitement of Locked - The Escape Game.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Thessaloniki trip itinerary site .

Drive from Kalambaka to Thessaloniki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Kalambaka in December, you will find days in Thessaloniki are somewhat warmer (13°C), and nights are about the same (2°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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White Tower of Thessaloniki ©
White Tower of Thessaloniki
Aristotelous Square ©
Aristotelous Square
Hagios Demetrios ©
Hagios Demetrios

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