18 days in Greece Itinerary

18 days in Greece Itinerary

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18 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly + Drive:  18​h 15​min
1
Plaka
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h
2
Chania Town
— 1 day
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Rethymnon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Matala
— 1 night
taxi + ferry:  4​h 45​min
5
Paros
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h
6
Athens
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
7
Vouliagmeni
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Karpathos
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
9
Thessaloniki
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Detroit

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day
Plaka

Plaka ©
Your list of things to see and do now includes St. George, The Church of Panagia Parigoritissa, H Kokkinh Ekklhsia (The Red Church), and other attractions. On the 24th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of Panagia Parigoritissa, then take in the views from Arta's Bridge, then pause for some serene contemplation at H Kokkinh Ekklhsia (The Red Church), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. George.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Plaka tour planning tool .

Detroit, USA to Plaka is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Detroit in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Plaka, with lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Plaka

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Arta, Vourgareli
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H Kokkinh Ekklhsia (The Red Church) ©
The Church of Panagia Parigoritissa ©
Arta's Bridge ©
Arta's Bridge

1
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Chania Town

Chania Town ©
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, then kick back and relax at Agii Apostoli Beach, and then visit a coastal fixture at Chania Venetian Lighthouse.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Chania Town trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Plaka to Chania Town. In May in Chania Town, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera
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Agii Apostoli Beach ©
Agii Apostoli Beach
Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera ©
Chania Venetian Lighthouse ©
Chania Venetian Lighthouse

1
night
Rethymnon

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Holy Monastery of Preveli, don't miss a visit to Monastery of Arkadi, and then wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rethymnon travel route builder website .

You can drive from Chania Town to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Rethymnon are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Matala.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town

1
night
Matala

Matala ©
A low-key tourist resort known for its ancient cliffside caves, Matala boasts a rich history that spans over 2,000 years.
On the 27th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Moni Odigitrias, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos), and then enjoy the sand and surf at Matala beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Matala planner .

Getting from Rethymnon to Matala by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Matala can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Paros.

Things to do in Matala

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Moni Odigitrias
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Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) ©
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos)
Matala beach ©
Matala beach

3
nights
Paros

Paros ©
Long ignored by tourists because of its reputation as a plain ferry hub, Paros today serves as one of the Aegean's major holiday destinations, luring travelers with its fashionable resort towns and quaint mountain villages.
You'll get in some beach time at Panayia Ekatondapiliani Cathedral and Chrisis Aktis Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Parikia Town and Lefkes. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Livadia Beach, kick back and relax at Pountas Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monastery of Agios Antonios, and learn about winemaking at Moraitis Winery.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Paros trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Matala to Paros in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Paros

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Parikia Town ©
Parikia Town
Panagia Ekatondapiliani ©
Panagia Ekatondapiliani
Lefkes ©
Lefkes

3
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Explore hidden gems such as Temple of Hephaestus and Erechtheion. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Acropolis Museum and Ancient Agora of Athens. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, wander the streets of Anafiotika, admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Athens trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Paros to Athens in 4 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. In May in Athens, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Vouliagmeni.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus

1
night
Vouliagmeni

Vouliagmeni ©
Vouliagmeni is a seaside town and former municipality 20 km south of Athens, Greece. On the 3rd (Mon), kick back and relax at Megalo Kavouri, then enjoy the sand and surf at Vouliagmeni Beach, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panagia Faneromeni.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Vouliagmeni travel planner.

Drive from Athens to Vouliagmeni in an hour. In June, daily temperatures in Vouliagmeni can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Karpathos.

Things to do in Vouliagmeni

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Vouliagmeni Beach ©
Vouliagmeni Beach
Panagia Faneromeni ©
Panagia Faneromeni

3
nights
Karpathos

Karpathos ©
Known largely for its secluded coves and untamed mountains, rugged Karpathos reputedly remains one of the last truly authentic Greek islands.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Lefkos Beach and Amoopi Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Diakoftis Beach and Apella Beach. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Kira Panagia Beach, explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Arkasa, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Finiki Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Karpathos road trip planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Vouliagmeni to Karpathos. Traveling from Vouliagmeni in June, expect nights in Karpathos to be about the same, around 71°F, while days are little chillier, around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Karpathos

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Diakoftis Beach ©
Diakoftis Beach

2
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.
Get some historical perspective at Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina) and Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki. Relax by the water at Ladadika District and Museum of Byzantine Culture. Step out of Thessaloniki with an excursion to Peraia Beach in Peraia--about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Hagios Demetrios, explore the different monuments and memorials at Zeitenlik, don't miss a visit to Monument of Alexander The Great, and contemplate the long history of Church of St.Sophia.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Thessaloniki trip builder .

Getting from Karpathos to Thessaloniki by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect little chillier evenings in Thessaloniki when traveling from Karpathos in June, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Zeitenlik, Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina), Peraia Beach
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Ladadika District ©
Ladadika District
Hagios Demetrios ©
Hagios Demetrios

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