12 days in Germany, Athens & Fira Itinerary

12 days in Germany, Athens & Fira Itinerary

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12 days in Germany, Athens & Fira Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt, Germany
1
Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Hohenschwangau, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Fira, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
End: Frankfurt, Germany


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Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Get out of town with these interesting Frankfurt side-trips: Deutsches Eck (German Corner) (in Koblenz) and Heidelberg (Altstadt (Old Town), Schloss Heidelberg, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Staedel Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Palmengarten, admire the striking features of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Liebfrauen - Ort der Stille.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Frankfurt journey builder tool .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Frankfurt am Main Airport, Frankfurt-Hahn Airport and Cologne Bonn Airport. In October, daily temperatures in Frankfurt can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Munich.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Heidelberg, Deutsches Eck (German Corner)
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Schloss Heidelberg ©
Schloss Heidelberg
Stadel Museum
Stadel Museum
Goethe House ©
Goethe House

1
night
Hohenschwangau, Germany

Hohenschwangau ©
A picturesque village nestled in a green valley on the shores of a lake, Hohenschwangau receives nearly two million visitors every year.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Schloss Neuschwanstein. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): snap pictures at Queen Mary's Bridge (Marienbrucke), explore the historical opulence of Schloss Neuschwanstein, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hohenschwangau, and finally explore the activities along Alpsee.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hohenschwangau day trip app .

You can drive from Frankfurt to Hohenschwangau in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or take a train. Traveling from Frankfurt in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 40°F in Hohenschwangau. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Hohenschwangau

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Bavaria, Schloss Neuschwanstein
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Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein
Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau
Alpsee ©
Alpsee

2
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Dachau Tour, Munich Tours and BMW Museum. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): gain interesting insight with Munich Tours, examine the collection at BMW Museum, gain interesting insight with The Dachau Tour, then explore the activities along English Garden, then admire the natural beauty at Nymphenburg Palace, and finally pause for some photo ops at Moriskentanzer. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Church, then engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, then see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, and finally admire the striking features of New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Munich holiday planner.

You can drive from Hohenschwangau to Munich in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Munich, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace

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nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
You've added Berliner Dom, Memorial of the Berlin Wall, Mike's SightRunning Berlin, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 18th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Charlottenburg Palace, make a trip to Brandenburg Gate, then pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, then don't miss a visit to Reichstag Building, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Berliner Dom. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall, then contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery, and then burn calories and see the sights with Mike's SightRunning Berlin.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Berlin travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Munich to Berlin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Olive Sea Travel, Panathenaic Stadium, Athens Insiders, and other attractions. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and don't miss a visit to Plateia Syntagmatos.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Athens day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Munich to Athens in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Munich to Athens due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Munich in October, things will get a bit warmer in Athens: highs are around 75°F and lows about 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Athens

Tours Historic Sites Museums
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Parthenon ©
Parthenon

1
night
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
On the 23rd (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at MATI Art Gallery, then delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Fira journey planning tool .

Fly from Athens to Fira in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 64°F. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Fira

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Sunset in Oia
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Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Sunset in Oia ©
Sunset in Oia

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