8 days in Greece Itinerary

8 days in Greece Itinerary

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Heraklion, Crete
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The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, wander the streets of Plaka, and get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Athens trip planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Athens is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive. In December, Athens is a bit cooler than Cairo - with highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
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— 1 night
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 14th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of the Great Meteoron, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Meteora.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kalambaka tour itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Athens to Kalambaka in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Athens in December, with highs in Kalambaka at 9°C and lows at 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites
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— 1 night

Mother of Israel

A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Hagios Demetrios, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Byzantine Culture, then don't miss a visit to White Tower of Thessaloniki, then test your team's savvy at Locked escape rooms, and finally don't miss a visit to Aristotelous Square.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Thessaloniki trip maker.

Getting from Kalambaka to Thessaloniki by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kalambaka in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Thessaloniki: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Heraklion.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums · Fun & Games · Historic Sites
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Heraklion, Crete

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Crete, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): examine the collection at Kazantzakis Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at CRETAquarium, and then take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Heraklion trip planner.

You can fly from Thessaloniki to Heraklion in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Thessaloniki in December: high temperatures in Heraklion hover around 19°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Greece travel guide

Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.