16 days in Greek Isles, Athens & Sparta Itinerary

16 days in Greek Isles, Athens & Sparta Itinerary

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16 days in Greek Isles, Athens & Sparta Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  15​h
1
Tsilivi, Zakynthos
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Oia, Santorini
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
3
Heraklion, Crete
— 1 day
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
4
Lindos, Rhodes
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
5
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 2 nights
Fly + subway:  2​h 30​min
6
Athens
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Sparta
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia

2
nights
Tsilivi, Zakynthos

A growing favorite with international vacationers, Tsilivi sits on the northern coast of Zakynthos.
Get some historical perspective at Agios Dionisios Church and Saint Nikolaos Molou. Get a sense of the local culture at Ampelostrates Horse Vineyard and Aristeon Ecological Olive Press. Get out of town with these interesting Tsilivi side-trips: Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach) (in Anafonitria) and Keri Lighthouse (in Keri Village). There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Bouka Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Laganas Beach.

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Philadelphia, USA to Tsilivi is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Tsilivi. In May, daytime highs in Tsilivi are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Oia.

Things to do in Tsilivi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Laganas Beach, Aristeon Ecological Olive Press, Saint Nikolaos Molou, Keri Lighthouse, Kalamaki Beach
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Speed Boats Tours
Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach) ©
Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach)
Kalamaki Beach ©
Kalamaki Beach

2
nights
Oia, Santorini

Oia ©
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get great views at Sunset in Oia, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, then learn about winemaking at Domaine Sigalas, and finally explore the activities along Amoudi Bay.

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Do a combination of bus and flight from Tsilivi to Oia in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Tsilivi in June since evenings lows in Oia dip to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Oia

Parks Nature Spas
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Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay
Ekklisia Panagia Platsani ©
Ekklisia Panagia Platsani
Sunset in Oia ©
Sunset in Oia

1
day
Heraklion, Crete

Heraklion ©
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.
On the 3rd (Wed), delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, stop by Nerium Oleander, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, then get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, and finally learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Heraklion trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by ferry from Oia to Heraklion takes 2.5 hours. June in Heraklion sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

The Palace of Knossos
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2
nights
Lindos, Rhodes

Lindos ©
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Lindos Beach and Tsambika Beach. Village of Lindos and Acropolis of Lindos will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lindos: Ancient Kamiros (in Kalavarda) and Rodos Nature - Folklore Museum (in Kolimbia). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Agios Pavlos Beach and take in the spiritual surroundings of The Church of the Panagia.

To find reviews and other tourist information, refer to the Lindos trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Heraklion to Lindos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Lindos can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Lindos

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Rodos Nature - Folklore Museum, Ancient Kamiros, Tsambika Beach
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Village of Lindos ©
Village of Lindos
Lindos Beach ©
Lindos Beach
Ancient Kamiros
Ancient Kamiros

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Mykonos Town, Mykonos

Mykonos Town ©
A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Armenistis Lighthouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach, wander the streets of Little Venice, then make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), then look for gifts at Mytho, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Paraportiani Church.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mykonos Town route planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Lindos to Mykonos Town in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, taxi, and ferry; or ride a ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Armenistis Lighthouse, Paradise Beach
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Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Paraportiani Church ©
Paraportiani Church

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nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Get a sense of the local culture at Temple of Olympian Zeus and Plaka. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Glyfada Beach. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, kick back and relax at Legrena Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Areopagus, and explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum.

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Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Mykonos Town to Athens takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. Traveling from Mykonos Town in June, expect nights in Athens to be about the same, around 70°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 86°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sparta.

Things to do in Athens

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Legrena Beach, Glyfada Beach
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Plaka ©
Plaka
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

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Sparta

Sparta ©
Sparta was a prominent city-state in ancient Greece. On the 11th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Simos Beach, then delve into the distant past at Archaeological site of Mystra, then steep yourself in history at Mystras, and finally examine the collection at Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Ancient Messene, pause for some photo ops at Leonidas Monument, contemplate the long history of The Menelaion, then get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum, then make a trip to Archeologikos Xoros Sparti, and finally explore the ancient world of Acropolis and Ancient Theater.

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Drive from Athens to Sparta in 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Sparta when traveling from Athens in June, with lows around 62°F. On the 13th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Sparta

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Antigua Mesenia, Simos Beach - Σίμος Παραλία, Archaeological site of Mystra
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Archaeological site of Mystra ©
Archaeological site of Mystra
Mystras ©
Mystras

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