15 days in Greece Itinerary

15 days in Greece Itinerary

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15 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Thessaloniki
— 2 nights
3
Kalambaka
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Delphi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Athens
— 3 nights
subway + Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Heraklion, Crete
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h
7
Akrotiri, Santorini
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Cape Town

2
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.
Mykonos Town is known for nightlife, beaches, museums, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Little Venice, make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), see the interesting displays at Aegean Maritime Museum, and sample the tasty concoctions at Mykonos Brewing Company.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mykonos Town itinerary planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Mykonos Town is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Cape Town in December, expect nights in Mykonos Town to be little chillier, around 12°C, while days are much colder, around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mykonos, Panormos Beach
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Aegean Maritime Museum ©
Aegean Maritime Museum
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
The Windmills (Kato Milli) ©
The Windmills (Kato Milli)

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Aristotelous Square, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Byzantine Culture, make a trip to White Tower of Thessaloniki, then pause for some photo ops at Arch of Galerius, then steep yourself in history at Church of St.Sophia, and finally steep yourself in history at Hagios Demetrios. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina), then delve into the distant past at Rotunda, then get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Osios David (The Latomou Monastery).

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Thessaloniki driving holiday planning site .

You can fly from Mykonos Town to Thessaloniki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Mykonos Town in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Thessaloniki, with lows of 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina)
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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meteora, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of the Great Meteoron, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Varlaam Monastery.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kalambaka trip planner .

Drive from Thessaloniki to Kalambaka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Thessaloniki in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kalambaka: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car 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) ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Delphi Archaeological Museum, then contemplate the long history of Delphi, then explore the ancient world of Temple of Apollo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tholos.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Delphi trip planning tool .

You can drive from Kalambaka to Delphi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kalambaka in December, expect Delphi to be somewhat warmer, temps between 15°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Athens.

Things to do in Delphi

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

3
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, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, wander the streets of Plaka, and contemplate the long history of Ancient Agora of Athens.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Athens trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Delphi to Athens in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Delphi in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Athens, with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

2
nights
Heraklion, Crete

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and then delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, examine the collection at Kazantzakis Museum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Heraklion tour itinerary builder .

Getting from Athens to Heraklion by combination of subway and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Kazantzakis Museum, The Palace of Knossos
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Room Escape Games
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

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nights
Akrotiri, Santorini

Akrotiri ©
Located on Santorini's southwestern coastline, the small village of Akrotiri sits just a short walk from one of Europe's most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites.
On the 2nd (Thu), don't miss a visit to Santorini Arts Factory, then explore by horseback at Santo Horse Riding, then enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, and finally delve into the distant past at Akrotiri.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Akrotiri attractions planner .

You can ride a ferry from Heraklion to Akrotiri in 2 hours. In January in Akrotiri, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Santorini Arts Factory
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Santo Horse Riding ©
Santo Horse Riding
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

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