14 days in Athens & Northern Greece Itinerary

14 days in Athens & Northern Greece Itinerary

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14 days in Athens & Northern Greece Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Athens
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Parga
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Kalambaka
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Xanthi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Nikiti
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Thessaloniki
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Tel Aviv

5
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. For shopping fun, head to Ermou Street or Orlik Gallery. Take a break from Athens with a short trip to Archaeological Site Mycenae in Mycenae, about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Museum 'Atelier Spyros Vassiliou', get a taste of the local shopping with Pandora Art Gallery, and wander the streets of Plaka.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Athens online trip maker .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Athens is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Tel Aviv in September since evenings lows in Athens dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Parga.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Archaeological Site Mycenae
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National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

2
nights
Parga

Parga ©
Most visitors to Parga come because of the Ionian coastline's verdant landscape and traditional character.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): stop by Pargas Natural Beauties, look for all kinds of wild species at Valtos Kalodikiou, then stroll through Skala Tzavelena, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Alonaki Fanariou Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Ammoudia Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Kastrosykias Beach, and then stroll through Loutsa Beach.

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Getting from Athens to Parga by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Parga

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Loutsa Beach, Valtos Kalodikiou, Ammoudia Beach, Kastrosykias Beach, Skala Tzavelena
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Valtos Kalodikiou ©
Valtos Kalodikiou
Pargas Natural Beauties ©
Pargas Natural Beauties

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Varlaam Monastery, steep yourself in history at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), take in the spiritual surroundings of Roussanou Monastery, then stop by Meteora Sandals (Ekfrasi), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meteora.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kalambaka attractions planning site .

Drive from Parga to Kalambaka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Parga in September, with highs in Kalambaka at 29°C and lows at 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Xanthi.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Meteora ©
Meteora
Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) ©
Roussanou Monastery ©
Roussanou Monastery

1
night
Xanthi

Xanthi ©
Xanthi is a city in Thrace, northeastern Greece. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Municipal Art Gallery of Xanthi, get a taste of the local shopping with The House of Shadow, then take in the exciting artwork at Balkan Art Gallery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Holy Mary Archangeliotissa, and finally stroll through Maggana Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Xanthi trip planner.

You can drive from Kalambaka to Xanthi in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Xanthi can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nikiti.

Things to do in Xanthi

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Maggana Beach
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The House of Shadow ©
The House of Shadow
Balkan Art Gallery ©
Balkan Art Gallery

2
nights
Nikiti

Nikiti ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): kick back and relax at Spathies Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kalogria Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Koviou Beach. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Fava Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Nikiti trip planner.

Traveling by car from Xanthi to Nikiti takes 3 hours. In October in Nikiti, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Nikiti

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Nikitis, Fava Beach
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Kalogria Beach ©
Kalogria Beach
Koviou Beach ©
Koviou Beach
Spathies Beach ©
Spathies 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina), enjoy breathtaking views from White Tower of Thessaloniki, contemplate the long history of Arch of Galerius, then view the masterpieces at Seikilo, and finally steep yourself in history at Hagios Demetrios. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Rotunda, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of Byzantine Culture, then get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Agios Nikolaos Orphanos.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Thessaloniki travel route planning site .

Traveling by car from Nikiti to Thessaloniki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina)
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Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture
Hagios Demetrios ©
Hagios Demetrios

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