20 days in Greece Itinerary

20 days in Greece Itinerary

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20 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Tehran
subway + Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Heraklion, Crete
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
2
Oia, Santorini
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Athens
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Nafplio
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Olympia
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
6
Kalambaka
— 1 night
Drive + ferry:  4​h
7
Corfu Town, Corfu
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
8
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h 15​min
End: Tehran

2
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.
On the 31st (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and then explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, observe the fascinating underwater world at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, then examine the collection at Kazantzakis Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Reptisland.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Heraklion trip planner.

Tehran, Iran to Heraklion is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tehran to Heraklion due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Heraklion when traveling from Tehran in October, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Oia.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Reptisland, Kazantzakis Museum, The Palace of Knossos, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

3
nights
Oia, Santorini

Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Change things up with these side-trips from Oia: Ancient Thera (in Kamari) and Akrotiri (Akrotiri & Red Beach). And it doesn't end there: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, take some stellar pictures from Sunset in Oia, and contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay.

To see reviews and tourist information, read Oia trip planner .

Getting from Heraklion to Oia by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Oia can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Oia

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Santorini, Ancient Thera, Wine Tours & Tastings
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

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: contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and wander the streets of Monastiraki.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Athens trip planning site .

You can fly from Oia to Athens in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and flight; or ride a ferry. In November, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nafplio.

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

3
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.
Explore Nafplio's surroundings by going to Corinth (Acrocorinth & Archea Korinthos), The Great Theatre of Epidaurus (in Epidavros) and Arkadiko Bridge (in Mycenae). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site Mycenae, appreciate the extensive heritage of Tiryns, get engrossed in the history at Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, and explore the historical opulence of Fortress Palamidi.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nafplio driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Athens to Nafplio takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Athens in November; daily highs in Nafplio reach 19°C and lows reach 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Olympia.

Things to do in Nafplio

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

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

1
night
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.
On the 11th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Archaeological Site of Olympia, then learn about winemaking at Olympia Land Winery, then relax in the rural setting at Klio's Honey Farm, and finally pause for some photo ops at Hermes by Praxiteles.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Olympia road trip app .

Traveling by car from Nafplio to Olympia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In November, Olympia is a bit warmer than Nafplio - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Olympia

Wineries 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

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 12th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Varlaam Monastery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Roussanou Monastery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Meteora.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kalambaka trip maker site .

You can drive from Olympia to Kalambaka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Olympia in November: high temperatures in Kalambaka hover around 15°C and lows are around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites Parks
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Meteora ©
Meteora
Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) ©
Varlaam Monastery ©
Varlaam Monastery

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Corfu Town: Sakis Water Sports (in Kalami), St. Spyridon First Beach (in Agios Spyridonas) and Corfu Donkey Rescue (in Paleokastritsa). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Corfu Museum of Asian Art, step into the grandiose world of New Fortress, make a trip to Spianada Square, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Panayia Kassopitra.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Corfu Town trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Kalambaka to Corfu Town takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and flight. In November, Corfu Town is a bit warmer than Kalambaka - with highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Sakis Water Sports, St. Spyridon First Beach, Aqualand Corfu Water Park, Church of the Panayia Kassopitra, Corfu Donkey Rescue
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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

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Paraportiani Church, don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli), then take a stroll through Little Venice, and finally take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Mykonos. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panormos Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, then examine the collection at Aegean Maritime Museum, and finally make a trip to Kapopoulos Fine Arts.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Mykonos Town day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Corfu Town to Mykonos Town takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Corfu Town in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Mykonos Town, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Panormos Beach, Paradise Beach, Mykonos Vioma Organic Farm
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Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
The Windmills (Kato Milli) ©
The Windmills (Kato Milli)

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