12 days in Greece Itinerary

12 days in Greece Itinerary

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12 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  17​h
1
Heraklion, Crete
— 1 night
Fly + subway:  2​h 45​min
2
Athens
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Nafplio
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Delphi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Kalambaka
— 1 night
Drive + ferry:  4​h
6
Corfu Town, Corfu
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Chicago

1
night
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.
On the 28th (Fri), learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then stop by Nerium Oleander, and finally delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Winery Stilianou, examine the collection at Kazantzakis Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, then get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Heraklion day trip planner.

Chicago, USA to Heraklion is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 8 hours. Traveling from Chicago in August, Heraklion is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Winery Stilianou, The Palace of Knossos, Kazantzakis Museum, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
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The Natural History Museum of Crete ©
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

2
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, wander the streets of Plaka, and then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, explore the ancient world of Ancient Agora of Athens, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Cycladic Art, and finally delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Athens journey planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Heraklion to Athens takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Heraklion in August, you will find days in Athens are a bit warmer (92°F), and nights are about the same (77°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive to Nafplio.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

2
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.
On the 1st (Tue), take a leisurely stroll along Nauplion Promenade, delve into the distant past at Arkadiko Bridge, and then contemplate the long history of The Great Theatre of Epidaurus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Fortress Palamidi, get to know the fascinating history of Tiryns, and then delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site Mycenae.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nafplio travel route planner.

Drive from Athens to Nafplio in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Athens in August since evenings lows in Nafplio dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Delphi.

Things to do in Nafplio

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mycenae, The Great Theatre of Epidaurus
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The Great Theatre of Epidaurus ©
The Great Theatre of Epidaurus
Archaeological Site Mycenae ©
Archaeological Site Mycenae
Fortress Palamidi ©
Fortress Palamidi

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tholos, then delve into the distant past at Temple of Apollo, then delve into the distant past at Delphi, and finally get engrossed in the history at Delphi Archaeological Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Delphi trip tool .

Getting from Nafplio to Delphi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Nafplio in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Delphi, with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Delphi

Historic Sites Museums
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Delphi ©
Delphi
Temple of Apollo In Delphi ©
Temple of Apollo In Delphi
Delphi Archaeological Museum ©
Delphi Archaeological Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Meteora and Mushroom Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of the Great Meteoron, then contemplate the long history of Roussanou Monastery, and finally make a trip to Meteora.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kalambaka travel route builder app .

Getting from Delphi to Kalambaka by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Delphi in September, things will get a bit cooler in Kalambaka: highs are around 77°F and lows about 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites Museums
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Meteora ©
Meteora
Monastery of the Great Meteoron ©
Monastery of the Great Meteoron
Roussanou Monastery ©
Roussanou Monastery

2
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.
On the 5th (Sat), expand your understanding of the military at Old Fortress Corfu, then contemplate the long history of Achilleion Museum, then stop by Zea Delicatessen, and finally take a stroll through Corfu Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Mon Repos Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Spiridon, then admire the landmark architecture of Corfu Museum of Asian Art, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Ioannis the Precursor, and finally examine the collection at Casa Parlante.

Plan trip to Corfu Town with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Kalambaka to Corfu Town by combination of car and ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Kalambaka in September, Corfu Town is a bit warmer at night with lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Achilleion Museum
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Old Fortress Corfu ©
Old Fortress Corfu
Corfu Museum of Asian Art ©
Corfu Museum of Asian Art
Achilleion Museum ©
Achilleion Museum

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