16 days in Greece Itinerary

16 days in Greece Itinerary

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16 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Tampa
1
Heraklion, Crete
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h
2
Akrotiri, Santorini
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h
3
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 2 nights
Fly + subway:  2​h 30​min
4
Athens
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Nafplio
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Delphi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Kalambaka
— 1 night
8
Thessaloniki
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Tampa

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 16th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus and then steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, then take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, then get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and finally take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Heraklion trip itinerary planner .

Tampa, USA to Heraklion is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Tampa to Heraklion, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tampa in April: high temperatures in Heraklion hover around 70°F and lows are around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
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1
night
Akrotiri, Santorini

Akrotiri ©
Located on Santorini's southwestern coastline, the small village of Akrotiri sits just a short walk from one of Europe's most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Boutari, J., & Son Wineries S.A., explore by horseback at Santo Horse Riding, then enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, and finally delve into the distant past at Akrotiri.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Akrotiri tour planner .

You can ride a ferry from Heraklion to Akrotiri in 2 hours. In April in Akrotiri, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Boutari, J., & Son Wineries S.A.
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Santo Horse Riding ©
Santo Horse Riding
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

2
nights
Mykonos Town, Mykonos

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 19th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Aegean Maritime Museum, then make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), then take a stroll through Little Venice, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Paraportiani Church. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Mykonos, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Mykonos Town visit planner.

You can ride a ferry from Akrotiri to Mykonos Town in 2 hours. In April in Mykonos Town, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Tours Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Speed Boats Tours
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Speed Boats Tours
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Aegean Maritime Museum ©
Aegean Maritime Museum

3
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, get great views at Mount Lycabettus, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Athens attractions planner.

Getting from Mykonos Town to Athens by combination of flight and subway takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in April, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Nafplio.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

3
nights
Nafplio

Nafplio ©
Nafplio, a city famed for its narrow lanes and elegant architecture, provides a comfortable base for exploring the many surrounding ancient sites.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nafplio: Corinth (Acrocorinth & Archea Korinthos), Arkadiko Bridge (in Mycenae) and The Great Theatre of Epidaurus (in Epidavros). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site Mycenae, get engrossed in the history at Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, explore the historical opulence of Fortress Palamidi, and contemplate the long history of Bourtzi.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Nafplio trip planner .

You can drive from Athens to Nafplio in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Athens in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 40°F in Nafplio. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Delphi.

Things to do in Nafplio

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Mycenae, Corinth, The Great Theatre of Epidaurus
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Archaeological Site Mycenae ©
Archaeological Site Mycenae
The Great Theatre of Epidaurus ©
The Great Theatre of Epidaurus
Fortress Palamidi ©
Fortress Palamidi

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Delphi Archaeological Museum, steep yourself in history at Delphi, then explore the ancient world of Temple of Apollo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tholos.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Delphi day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Nafplio to Delphi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Nafplio in April, Delphi is a bit warmer at night with lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Delphi

Historic Sites Museums
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Delphi ©
Delphi
Delphi Archaeological Museum ©
Delphi Archaeological Museum
Temple of Apollo ©
Temple of Apollo

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Varlaam Monastery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Roussanou Monastery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meteora.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kalambaka trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Delphi to Kalambaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Delphi in April, plan for slightly colder days in Kalambaka, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Kalambaka

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Hagios Demetrios, appreciate the history behind Arch of Galerius, take in panoramic vistas at White Tower of Thessaloniki, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of Byzantine Culture, then make a trip to Aristotelous Square, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Osios David (The Latomou Monastery).

To find reviews and more tourist information, go to the Thessaloniki travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Kalambaka to Thessaloniki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Thessaloniki are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums Historic Sites
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Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture
White Tower of Thessaloniki ©
White Tower of Thessaloniki
Hagios Demetrios ©
Hagios Demetrios

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