18 days in Athens & Thessaloniki Itinerary

18 days in Athens & Thessaloniki Itinerary

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Athens — 6 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mount Lycabettus and Temple of Hephaestus. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Athens: Temple of Poseidon (in Sounio) and Vouliagmeni Beach (in Vouliagmeni). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Philopappos Hill, explore the ancient world of Temple of Athena Nike, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Cycladic Art, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Athens trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Athens is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Brisbane to Athens. In October, daytime highs in Athens are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to fly to Thessaloniki.
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Thessaloniki — 9 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina) and Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki. Explore Thessaloniki's surroundings by going to Nea Fokea (Cavalo riding resort, Saint Paul's Church, &more), Vima Apostolou Pavlou (in Veroia) and Edessa (Church of the Koimisis (14th cent.) & Edessa Waterfalls). There's lots more to do: make a trip to White Tower of Thessaloniki, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Byzantine Culture, see the interesting displays at Hellenic Pharmaceutical Museum, and contemplate the long history of Church of St.Sophia.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Thessaloniki online attractions planner.

Getting from Athens to Thessaloniki by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Athens in October, with highs in Thessaloniki at 24°C and lows at 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.
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