8 days in Greece Itinerary

8 days in Greece Itinerary

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Start: Cairo
Fly:  5 h 45 min
1
Athens
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Kalambaka
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Thessaloniki
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Heraklion, Crete
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Cairo

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, and nightlife. Your plan 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 6-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
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hagios Demetrios, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Byzantine Culture, thendon't miss a visit to White Tower of Thessaloniki, thentest 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 travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites
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Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture
White Tower of Thessaloniki ©
White Tower of Thessaloniki
Aristotelous Square ©
Aristotelous Square

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.
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, thentake 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. 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 - Thalassocosmos, 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 3.5 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 travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Kazantzakis Museum, The Palace of Knossos
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Church of Saint Titus ©
Church of Saint Titus

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