17 days in Greece Itinerary

17 days in Greece Itinerary

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Athens — 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

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 Philopappos Hill. 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 Anafiotika, explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus, and appreciate the history behind Temple of Athena Nike.

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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.
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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 Delphi Archaeological Museum. 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), Hani of Gravia (in Gravia) and Apollo temple (in Tholos). It doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Byzantine Church of Agia Eleousa (Panagia Mavromantila) and stroll through Itea Beach.

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You can drive from Athens to Delphi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Delphi when traveling from Athens in October, with lows around 15°C. 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 Platia Ammos Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Meteora and Monastery of the Great Meteoron. When in Kalambaka, make a side trip to see Paralia Agioi Saranta in Zagora, approximately Zagora away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Agios Stefanos, take in the spiritual surroundings of Roussanou Monastery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Varlaam Monastery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Byzantine Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary.

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Traveling by car from Delphi to Kalambaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Delphi in October, with highs in Kalambaka at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Thessaloniki.
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Thessaloniki — 3 nights

Mother of Israel

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 cultural insight at Ladadika District and Rotunda. Discover out-of-the-way places like Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina) and Hagios Demetrios. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, test your problem-solving skills at Locked escape rooms, contemplate the long history of Church of St.Sophia, and kick back and relax at Nea Paralia.

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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.