17 days in Greece Itinerary

17 days in Greece Itinerary

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Athens — 4 nights

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Acropolis of Athens and Ancient Agora of Athens. Explore hidden gems such as Temple of Hephaestus and Erechtheion. Take a break from Athens with a short trip to Temple of Poseidon in Sounio, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, wander the streets of Plaka, explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus, and visit Anafiotika.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Athens sightseeing planning site.

Brisbane, Australia to Athens is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Athens, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In October in Athens, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Delphi.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
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Delphi — 3 nights

Ancient Greeks revered Delphi as the center of their universe, building an impressive sanctuary to Apollo in order to mark this sacred spot.
Get a sense of the local culture at Delphi and Hani of Gravia. Temple of Apollo In Delphi and The Tholos of Delphi will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Delphi: Hosios Loukas (in Distomo) and Apollo temple (in Tholos). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Delphi Archaeological Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Byzantine Church of Agia Eleousa (Panagia Mavromantila), and stroll through Itea Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Delphi driving holiday tool.

Getting from Athens to Delphi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Delphi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kalambaka.
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Kalambaka — 4 nights

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Koutsoupia Beach and Paralia Agioi Saranta. Do some cultural sightseeing at Meteora and Roussanou Monastery. When in Kalambaka, make a side trip to see Platia Ammos Beach in Platia Ammos, approximately Platia Ammos away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Great Meteoron, contemplate the long history of Agios Nikolaos Anapaphsas, take in nature's colorful creations at Varlaam Monastery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Byzantine Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary.

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Drive from Delphi to Kalambaka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Delphi in October; daily highs in Kalambaka reach 22°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Thessaloniki.
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Thessaloniki — 3 nights

A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ladadika District and Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki. Visit Hagios Demetrios and Church of St.Sophia for their historical value. Take a break from Thessaloniki with a short trip to Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina) in Vergina, about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Rotunda, experience the excitement of Locked escape rooms, take in panoramic vistas at White Tower of Thessaloniki, and don't miss a visit to Aristotelous Square.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Thessaloniki road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kalambaka to Thessaloniki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Thessaloniki are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Greece travel guide

Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.