26 days in Greece Itinerary

26 days in Greece Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Greece route planner

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Fly
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Rhodes Town, Rhodes
— 3 nights
Fly
2
Rethymnon, Crete
— 3 nights
Taxi to Heraklion, Ferry to Fira
3
Fira, Santorini
— 5 nights
Ferry
4
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 4 nights
Ferry
5
Paros
— 1 night
Ferry to Piraeus, Drive to Olympia
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Olympia
— 1 night
Drive
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Delphi
— 1 night
Drive
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Athens
— 4 nights
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Rhodes Town, Rhodes

— 3 nights
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Archaeological Museum of Rhodes (Hospital of the Knights) and Monastery Tsambika. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Agios Pavlos Beach and Mandraki Harbour. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rhodes Town: Dormition of Theotokos Church (in Asklipiio), Lindos Beach (in Lindos) and Ancient Kamiros (in Kalavarda). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Street of the Knights, enjoy the sand and surf at Tsambika Beach, step into the grandiose world of Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, and make a trip to Kallithea Springs.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rhodes Town trip itinerary planner.

Calgary, Canada to Rhodes Town is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Calgary to Rhodes Town. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Calgary in October: high temperatures in Rhodes Town hover around 28°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can fly to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Rethymnon, Crete

— 3 nights
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
The Palace of Knossos and Lighthouse of Chania are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Monastery of Arkadi and St. Nicholas Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Souda (Souda Bay War Cemetery & Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera), Lake Kournas (in Kournas) and German Military Cemetery (in Maleme). It doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Old Venetian Harbour of Rethymno and stop by Rethymnon Old Town.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rethymnon tour planning website.

Getting from Rhodes Town to Rethymnon by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Rhodes Town in October, Rethymnon is little chillier at night with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Fira.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 9:

Fira, Santorini

— 5 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Popular historic sites such as Akrotiri and Akrotiri LightHouse are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Santo Winery and Museum of Prehistoric Thira. There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the striking landscape at Skaros Rock, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Fira sightseeing tool.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Rethymnon to Fira in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Fira

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 14:

Mykonos Town, Mykonos

— 4 nights

Chora Mykonos

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Town and Paraportiani Church. Visit Archaeological Site of Delos and House of Dionysus for their historical value. Explore Mykonos Town's surroundings by going to Naxos Town (Kastro & The Temple of Apollo – Portara). There's much more to do: make a trip to Matoyianni Street, wander the streets of Little Venice, see the interesting displays at Aegean Maritime Museum, and kick back and relax at Platis Gialos Beach.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Mykonos Town day trip planning site.

You can ride a ferry from Fira to Mykonos Town in 2.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Paros.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 18:

Paros

— 1 night

Poor Man's Mykonos

Long ignored by tourists because of its reputation as a plain ferry hub, Paros today serves as one of the Aegean's major holiday destinations, luring travelers with its fashionable resort towns and quaint mountain villages.
On the 19th (Wed), head off the coast to Parikia Town, pause for some serene contemplation at Panagia Ekatondapiliani, then get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum Parou, then contemplate the long history of Lefkes, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Marathi Marble Quarries.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Paros trip planning tool.

Traveling by ferry from Mykonos Town to Paros takes 2 hours. In October in Paros, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Olympia.

Things to do in Paros

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 19:

Olympia

— 1 night
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. Inscribed on the World Heritage List, the remains of Olympia's sanctuary allow visitors to admire the timeless mastery of ancient Greek builders.
On the 20th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Museum of the History of the Olympic Games of antiquity, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Archaeological Site of Olympia, and then take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Olympia. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Olympia Land Winery, examine the collection at Legends Of Greek Mythology, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Kremasti.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Olympia online attractions planner.

Do a combination of ferry and car from Paros to Olympia in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Paros in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Olympia, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Delphi.

Things to do in Olympia

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:

Delphi

— 1 night
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 22nd (Sat): experience rural life at MoKa Honey, brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum & Archaeological Collection of Galaxidi, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tholos. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Delphi and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Apollo In Delphi.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Delphi trip builder.

Traveling by car from Olympia to Delphi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Athens.

Things to do in Delphi

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 23:

Athens

— 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Acropolis of Athens and Ancient Agora of Athens are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Temple of Hephaestus and Theater of Dionysus. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, take a stroll through Plaka, explore the world behind art at Museum of Cycladic Art, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Kapnikarea.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Athens trip builder.

Getting from Delphi to Athens by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 27:

Greece travel guide

4.2
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.