9 days in Northern Greece Itinerary

9 days in Northern Greece Itinerary

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9 days in Northern Greece Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  11​h
1
Parga
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Monodendri
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Metsovo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Kalambaka
— 1 night
5
Thessaloniki
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Lisbon

2
nights
Parga

Parga ©
Most visitors to Parga come because of the Ionian coastline's verdant landscape and traditional character.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pargas Distillery - Amicos Cocktail Bar and Nicopolis Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Loutsa Beach and Alonaki Fanariou Beach. Take a break from Parga with a short trip to Piges Acheronta in Glyki, about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Ali Pasha Castle, explore the activities along Acheron, step into the grandiose world of Venetian Castle of Parga, and take in the exciting artwork at Chaos Woodcraft.

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

Lisbon, Portugal to Parga is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Lisbon in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Parga, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Monodendri.

Things to do in Parga

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Loutsa Beach, Nicopolis Museum, Nekromanteion Acheron, Piges Acheronta
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Loutsa Beach ©
Loutsa Beach
Ali Pasha Castle ©
Ali Pasha Castle
Pargas Distillery - Amicos Cocktail Bar ©

1
night
Monodendri

Monodendri ©
On the 16th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Agia Paraskevi, then stroll through Vikos Gorge, then take in breathtaking views at Vikos Gorge, and finally explore the striking landscape at Stone Forest.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Monodendri trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Parga to Monodendri takes 2 hours. Traveling from Parga in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Monodendri, with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Metsovo.

Things to do in Monodendri

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vikos Gorge
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Convent of Agia Paraskevi ©
Convent of Agia Paraskevi
Vikos Gorge ©
Vikos Gorge
Stone Forest ©
Stone Forest

1
night
Metsovo

Metsovo ©
On the 17th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Monastery of Agiou Nikolaou, Metsovo, admire the masterpieces at Averoff Gallery, learn about winemaking at Katogi Averoff Winery, then contemplate the waterfront views at Aoos Springs Lake, and finally get engrossed in the history at Folk Art Museum Tossizza Mansion.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Metsovo trip maker .

Traveling by car from Monodendri to Metsovo takes 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Metsovo are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Metsovo

Museums Wineries Parks
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Averoff  Gallery ©
Averoff Gallery
Katogi Averoff Winery ©
Katogi Averoff Winery

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 18th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Meteora, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Great Meteoron, steep yourself in history at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), then learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Meteora and Mushroom Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Agios Nikolaos Anapaphsas.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kalambaka online route maker .

You can drive from Metsovo to Kalambaka in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Kalambaka can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites Museums
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Meteora ©
Meteora
Agios Nikolaos Anapaphsas ©
Agios Nikolaos Anapaphsas
Monastery of the Great Meteoron ©
Monastery of the Great Meteoron

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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.
On the 19th (Fri), examine the collection at Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture, then learn about all things military at War Museum of Thessaloniki, then steep yourself in history at Church of Agios Nikolaos Orphanos, and finally contemplate the long history of Hagios Demetrios. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Eptapyrgio Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vlatadon Monastery, then contemplate the long history of Osios David (The Latomou Monastery), and finally get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Thessaloniki travel route website .

Getting from Kalambaka to Thessaloniki by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums Historic Sites
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War Museum of Thessaloniki ©
War Museum of Thessaloniki
Church of Agios Nikolaos Orphanos ©
Church of Agios Nikolaos Orphanos
Vlatadon Monastery ©
Vlatadon Monastery

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