12 days in Greece Itinerary

12 days in Greece Itinerary

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12 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Drive:  20​h 15​min
1
Sparta
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Delphi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Athens
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Hersonissos
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: San Francisco


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3
nights
Sparta

Sparta ©
Sparta was a prominent city-state in ancient Greece. We've included these beaches for you: Mavrovouni Beach and Sadova beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Archaeological site of Mystra and Our Lady of Hrisafittisa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sparta: Monemvasia Fortress (in Monemvasia) and Messini (Antigua Mesenia & Arcadian Gate). There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Mystras and appreciate the history behind Statue of Constantine Paleologos.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sparta trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Sparta is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Francisco to Sparta. Traveling from San Francisco in November, expect nights in Sparta to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Delphi.

Things to do in Sparta

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Messini, Mystras, Monemvasia, Sadova beach, Mavrovouni Beach
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Archaeological site of Mystra ©
Archaeological site of Mystra
Antigua Mesenia ©
Antigua Mesenia
Mavrovouni Beach ©
Mavrovouni Beach

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.
On the 29th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Ieros Naos Agiou Georgiou, take an in-depth tour of Delphi Archaeological Museum, then steep yourself in history at Delphi, and finally steep yourself in history at Temple of Apollo In Delphi.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Delphi trip planner .

You can drive from Sparta to Delphi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Sparta in November, expect nights in Delphi to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are slightly colder, around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Athens.

Things to do in Delphi

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Ieros Naos Agiou Georgiou
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Delphi ©
Delphi
Temple of Apollo In Delphi ©
Temple of Apollo In Delphi
Delphi Archaeological Museum ©
Delphi Archaeological Museum

3
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Acropolis Museum and National Archaeological Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Temple of Hephaestus and Erechtheion. Get out of town with these interesting Athens side-trips: Mycenae (Citadel and Treasury of Atreus & Lion Gate). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, stop by Melissokampos, and take a stroll around Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens online tour itinerary maker .

Getting from Delphi to Athens by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Delphi in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Athens, with lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Mycenae, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, Melissokampos
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Lion Gate ©
Lion Gate

3
nights
Hersonissos

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Stalis Beach and Lychnostatis Open Air Museum. Visit Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) and Matala beach for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hersonissos: Heraklion (Inspira & Heraklion Archaeological Museum). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hersonissos attractions planner.

You can fly from Athens to Hersonissos in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or ride a ferry. In December, daytime highs in Hersonissos are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Heraklion, Matala, The Palace of Knossos, Stalis Beach
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Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) ©
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos)
Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach
Matala beach ©
Matala beach

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