36 days in Greece Itinerary

36 days in Greece Itinerary

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36 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: St. Petersburg
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Thessaloniki
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Kalambaka
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Delphi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Olympia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Nafplio
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Athens
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Oia, Santorini
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
8
Heraklion, Crete
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
10
Corfu Town, Corfu
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: St. Petersburg

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thessaloniki: Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina) (in Vergina), Kalogria Beach (in Nikiti) and Mountain Trail Litochoro - Prionia (in Litochoro). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from White Tower of Thessaloniki, take in the spiritual surroundings of Osios David (The Latomou Monastery), catch some excitement at Locked escape rooms, and take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Thessaloniki online day trip planner .

St. Petersburg, Russia to Thessaloniki is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from St. Petersburg to Thessaloniki. When traveling from St. Petersburg in November, plan for warmer days in Thessaloniki, with highs around 19°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hellenic Pharmaceutical Museum, Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina), Mountain Trail Litochoro - Prionia, Kalogria Beach
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 17:
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Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture
White Tower of Thessaloniki ©
White Tower of Thessaloniki
Hagios Demetrios ©
Hagios Demetrios

1
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.
On the 18th (Mon), make a trip to Meteora, then steep yourself in history at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Great Meteoron, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Varlaam Monastery.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kalambaka travel route website .

Traveling by car from Thessaloniki to Kalambaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Thessaloniki in November; daily highs in Kalambaka reach 15°C and lows reach 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Delphi.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites Parks
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Meteora ©
Meteora
Monastery of the Great Meteoron ©
Monastery of the Great Meteoron
Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) ©

2
nights
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 19th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Temple of Apollo In Delphi, steep yourself in history at Delphi, then take an in-depth tour of Delphi Archaeological Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Ieros Naos Agiou Georgiou. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tholos and then take in the awesome beauty at Parnassus.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Delphi holiday builder .

Drive from Kalambaka to Delphi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Kalambaka in November; daily highs in Delphi reach 20°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Olympia.

Things to do in Delphi

Historic Sites Museums Parks

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

2
nights
Olympia

Olympia ©
Inhabited since prehistoric times, Olympia remains best known as the site of the original Olympic Games, held there for the first time in 776 BCE.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): see the interesting displays at Archimedes Museum, do a tasting at Olympia Land Winery, then pause for some photo ops at Hermes by Praxiteles, and finally relax in the rural setting at Klio's Honey Farm. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Museum of the History of the Olympic Games of antiquity, explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site of Olympia, and then do sightseeing your way with Private Tours.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Olympia itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Delphi to Olympia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Olympia, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nafplio.

Things to do in Olympia

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Olympia Land Winery ©
Olympia Land Winery
Klio's Honey Farm ©
Klio's Honey Farm
Archaeological Site of Olympia ©
Archaeological Site of Olympia

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nafplio side-trips: Metropolitan Church of St. Basil (in Tripoli), The Great Theatre of Epidaurus (in Epidavros) and Arkadiko Bridge (in Mycenae). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site Mycenae, enjoy breathtaking views from Moni Osiou Patapiou, explore the activities along Corinth Canal, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Luke Archibishop.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Nafplio travel planner .

Drive from Olympia to Nafplio in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Olympia in November; daily highs in Nafplio reach 19°C and lows reach 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Athens.

Things to do in Nafplio

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Corinth, Mycenae, Mystras, The Great Theatre of Epidaurus, Moni Osiou Patapiou
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 26:
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Archaeological Site Mycenae ©
Archaeological Site Mycenae
The Great Theatre of Epidaurus ©
The Great Theatre of Epidaurus
Mystras ©
Mystras

6
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, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens, admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, wander the streets of Monastiraki, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Lycabettus.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Athens trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nafplio to Athens takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Nafplio in November, with highs in Athens at 22°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Oia.

Things to do in Athens

Tours Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 26 — Dec 2:
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

4
nights
Oia, Santorini

Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oia: Akrotiri (Akrotiri, Red Beach, & more) and Ancient Thera (in Kamari). The adventure continues: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay, and take in the dramatic natural features at Skaros Rock.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Oia online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Athens to Oia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, car, and ferry; or ride a ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Oia can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Oia

Parks Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Fira, Akrotiri, Imerovigli, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, Ancient Thera
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

3
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Heraklion side-trips: Kazantzakis Museum (in Myrtia), Reptisland (in Melidoni) and Snail Farm and Fun (in Tylissos). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and learn about winemaking at Winery Stilianou.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Heraklion sightseeing planner.

Traveling by ferry from Oia to Heraklion takes 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Snail Farm and Fun, Reptisland, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Kazantzakis Museum
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Snail Farm and Fun ©
Snail Farm and Fun
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

5
nights
Mykonos Town, Mykonos

Mykonos Town ©
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.
Take a break from Mykonos Town with a short trip to Mount Kynthos in Delos, about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Little Venice, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Mykonos Town online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Heraklion to Mykonos Town takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. December in Mykonos Town sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Mykonos, Speed Boats Tours, Paradise Beach, Monastery of Panayia Tourliani, Panormos Beach
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 14:
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Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
The Windmills (Kato Milli) ©
The Windmills (Kato Milli)

4
nights
Corfu Town, Corfu

Corfu Town ©
Often called "Kastropolis" because of its majestic Venetian castle, Corfu Town once featured such extensive fortifications that a force of over 20,000 soldiers defended them.
Step out of Corfu Town to go to Agios Spyridonas and see St. Spyridon First Beach, which is approximately 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Corfu Museum of Asian Art, expand your understanding of the military at Old Fortress Corfu, look for all kinds of wild species at Corfu Donkey Rescue, and step into the grandiose world of New Fortress.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Corfu Town trip planning app .

You can fly from Mykonos Town to Corfu Town in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Mykonos Town in December since evenings lows in Corfu Town dip to 7°C. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Aqualand Corfu Water Park, Corfu Donkey Rescue, St. Spyridon First Beach
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:
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Corfu Museum of Asian Art ©
Corfu Museum of Asian Art
Old Fortress Corfu ©
Old Fortress Corfu
St. Spyridon First Beach ©
St. Spyridon First Beach

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