18 days in Greece Itinerary

18 days in Greece Itinerary

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18 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Beirut
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Thessaloniki
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Philippi
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h
3
Kalambaka
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Athens
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Corinth
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
7
Fira, Santorini
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h
8
Heraklion, Crete
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Beirut

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.
On the 2nd (Mon), shop like a local with Seikilo and then contemplate the long history of Hagios Demetrios. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, make a trip to White Tower of Thessaloniki, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture, and finally take a stroll through Ladadika District.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Thessaloniki tour itinerary planner.

Beirut, Lebanon to Thessaloniki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Beirut in September; daily highs in Thessaloniki reach 32°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Philippi.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Shopping Museums Outdoors
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Seikilo ©
Seikilo
Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture
Hagios Demetrios ©
Hagios Demetrios

2
nights
Philippi

Philippi ©
Philippi was a city in eastern Macedonia, in the Edonis region. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Lydia Baptistery, Philippi, delve into the lush surroundings at Frakto Virgin Forest, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Nestos River.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Philippi trip planner .

Traveling by car from Thessaloniki to Philippi takes 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Philippi can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 6th (Fri), you'll travel to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Philippi

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nestos River, Frakto Virgin Forest
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Nestos River ©
Nestos River
Lydia Baptistery, Philippi ©
Lydia Baptistery, Philippi

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Meteora. On the 17th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Agios Nikolaos Anapaphsas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), take in the spiritual surroundings of Agios Stefanos, then take in nature's colorful creations at Varlaam Monastery, and finally make a trip to Meteora. Here are some ideas for day two: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Meteora and Mushroom Museum, then take in the pleasant sights at Metsovo Central Square, and then do a tasting at Katogi Averoff Winery.

For photos and other tourist information, you can read our Kalambaka road trip planning app .

Getting from Heraklion to Kalambaka by combination of bus, flight, and train takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In September, Kalambaka is a bit cooler than Heraklion - with highs of 29°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Metsovo Central Square
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Meteora ©
Meteora
Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) ©
Varlaam Monastery ©
Varlaam Monastery

2
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 9th (Mon), take a stroll through Plaka, then stop by Dimos Jewelry, and then steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Glyfada Beach, then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and then shop like a local with Ermou Street.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Athens tour itinerary planning site .

Getting from Kalambaka to Athens by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kalambaka in September: high temperatures in Athens hover around 34°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Corinth.

Things to do in Athens

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Corinth

Corinth ©
History remains the main attraction in Corinth, a city built near the site of its fabled ancient counterpart.
On the 11th (Wed), kick back and relax at Loutraki Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Corinth Canal, and then steep yourself in history at Temple of Apollo. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then explore the striking landscape at Acrocorinth, then look for gifts at Kilix Ceramic Crafts, and finally get engrossed in the history at Archea Korinthos.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Corinth trip planner .

Take a train from Athens to Corinth in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Corinth

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Loutraki Beach
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Corinth Canal ©
Corinth Canal
Archea Korinthos ©
Archea Korinthos
Acrocorinth ©
Acrocorinth

3
nights
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.
Relax by the water at Panormos Beach and Ornos Beach. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Little Venice, kick back and relax at Platis Gialos Beach, don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli), and stroll through Super Paradise Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Mykonos Town holiday maker app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Corinth to Mykonos Town takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. When traveling from Corinth in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mykonos Town: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Paradise Beach, Ornos Beach, Platis Gialos Beach, Panormos Beach, Elia Beach
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Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

3
nights
Fira, Santorini

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): do a tasting at Artemis Karamolegos Winery, then take in the exciting artwork at MATI Art Gallery, then stop by Oneiro Jewelry, and finally indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. On the next day, kick back and relax at KAMARA BEACH and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Perissa Black Sand Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Fira travel route planner.

You can ride a ferry from Mykonos Town to Fira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In September, daytime highs in Fira are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Heraklion.

Things to do in Fira

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

KAMARA BEACH, Perissa Black Sand Beach
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KAMARA BEACH ©
KAMARA BEACH
Perissa Black Sand Beach ©
Perissa Black Sand Beach
Artemis Karamolegos Winery ©
Artemis Karamolegos Winery

1
night
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 18th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then stop by Nerium Oleander, and finally delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Heraklion trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Fira to Heraklion takes 2 hours. September in Heraklion sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Stalis Beach, The Palace of Knossos
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