17 days in Greece Itinerary

17 days in Greece Itinerary

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17 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  17​h
1
Athens
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Delphi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Ioannina
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Corfu Town, Corfu
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Rethymnon, Crete
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Vothonas
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Athens
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Johannesburg


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2
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 19th (Thu), admire all the interesting features of Panathenaic Stadium. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Agios Nikolaos Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saints Constantine and Helen Orthodox Metropolitan Church, and then delve into the distant past at Temple of Poseidon.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Athens day trip planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Athens is an approximately 17-hour flight. When traveling from Johannesburg in December, plan for cooler days and little chillier nights in Athens: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Delphi.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vravrona, Agios Nikolaos Church, Saints Constantine and Helen Orthodox Metropolitan Church, Eleftherios Venizelos Permanent Exhibition, Temple of Poseidon
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:
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Temple of Poseidon ©
Temple of Poseidon
Archaeological Museum of Vravrona ©
Archaeological Museum of Vravrona

1
night
Delphi

Delphi ©
Ancient Greeks revered Delphi as the center of their universe, building an impressive sanctuary to Apollo in order to mark this sacred spot.
On the 22nd (Sun), explore the ancient world of Delphi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tholos, then take an in-depth tour of Delphi Archaeological Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Trinity.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Delphi route planner .

You can drive from Athens to Delphi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Athens in December since evenings lows in Delphi dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ioannina.

Things to do in Delphi

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Church of the Holy Trinity
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
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Delphi ©
Delphi
Delphi Archaeological Museum ©
Delphi Archaeological Museum
Tholos ©
Tholos

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. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iera Moni Agiou Nikolaou Filanthropinon, take an in-depth tour of Archeologiko Mousio Ioanninon, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fethiye Mosque, then get engrossed in the history at Municipal Ethnographic Museum of Ioannina, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Kehila Kedosha Yashan Synagogue, explore the world behind art at Theodoros Papagiannis Musem of Contemporary Art, see the interesting displays at Monastery of Agiou Nikolaou, Metsovo, then do a tasting at Katogi Averoff Winery, and finally don't miss a visit to Katara Pass.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ioannina vacation app .

Getting from Delphi to Ioannina by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Delphi in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Ioannina: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Ioannina

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Metsovo, Theodoros Papagiannis Musem of Contemporary Art
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
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Archeologiko Mousio Ioanninon ©
Archeologiko Mousio Ioanninon
Fethiye Mosque ©
Fethiye Mosque

2
nights
Corfu Town, Corfu

Corfu Town ©
Often called "Kastropolis" because of its majestic Venetian castle, Corfu Town once featured such extensive fortifications that a force of over 20,000 soldiers defended them.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Ioannis the Precursor, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Spiridon, then explore the different monuments and memorials at British Cemetry, and finally explore the historical opulence of Angelokastro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church Agioi Deka Pantokratoras, then pause for some serene contemplation at Agia Paraskevi Monastery, and then steep yourself in history at Corfu Museum of Asian Art.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Corfu Town journey builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Ioannina to Corfu Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Church Agioi Deka Pantokratoras, Angelokastro, Agia Paraskevi Monastery
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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Church of Saint Spiridon ©
Church of Saint Spiridon
Church Agioi Deka Pantokratoras ©
Church Agioi Deka Pantokratoras
Agia Paraskevi Monastery ©
Agia Paraskevi Monastery

2
nights
Rethymnon, Crete

Rethymnon ©
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
On the 27th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Monastery Arsaniou, then identify plant and animal life at Reptisland, then learn about winemaking at Winery Dourakis, and finally delve into the distant past at Venetian Wells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): examine the collection at Chromonastiri Military Museum, contemplate the long history of Agia Irini Convent, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Agia Irini.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Rethymnon day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Corfu Town to Rethymnon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Vothonas.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Venetian Wells, Reptisland, Winery Dourakis, Agia Irini Convent, Chromonastiri Military Museum
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Agia Irini Convent ©
Agia Irini Convent
The Monastery Arsaniou ©
The Monastery Arsaniou
Venetian Wells ©
Venetian Wells

2
nights
Vothonas

Vothonas ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): make a trip to Panagia Episkopi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Panaghia Episcope, then do a tasting at Estate Argyros, and finally view the masterpieces at Art Space. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monolithos Beach and then see the interesting displays at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Vothonas sightseeing website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rethymnon to Vothonas. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Vothonas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santorini, Monolithos Beach
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Art Space ©
Art Space
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Panagia Episkopi ©
Panagia Episkopi

4
nights
Athens

Athens ©
Get a sense of the local culture at Temple of Poseidon and Church of Saint Nicholas. Step off the beaten path and head to Panathenaic Stadium and Agios Nikolaos Church. Get out of town with these interesting Athens side-trips: Agios Nikolas Chapel (in Rafina), Vravrona (Temple of Artemis & Archaeological Museum of Vravrona) and Saints Constantine and Helen Orthodox Metropolitan Church (in Glyfada). See even more of Athens: learn about winemaking at Papagiannakos Winery, explore the ancient world of Brauron Archaeological Site, admire the masterpieces at Vorres Museum, and see the interesting displays at Floating Naval Museum Battleship Averof.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Athens holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Vothonas to Athens. Traveling from Vothonas in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Athens, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Kallithea, Vravrona, Saints Constantine and Helen Orthodox Metropolitan Church, Papagiannakos Winery, Church of Saint Nicholas
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:
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Temple of Poseidon ©
Temple of Poseidon
Archaeological Museum of Vravrona ©

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