13 days in Greece Itinerary

13 days in Greece Itinerary

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13 days in Greece Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
+2
train + bus + Fly:  14​h
1
Athens
— 3 nights
subway + Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Heraklion, Crete
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Thessaloniki
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Corfu Town, Corfu
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Ottawa

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, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens, take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens day trip planning website .

Ottawa, Canada to Athens is an approximately 14-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 7 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Ottawa in December; daily highs in Athens reach 17°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Kazantzakis Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, then get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, and finally get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Heraklion vacation planning tool .

Traveling by combination of subway and flight from Athens to Heraklion takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Mykonos Brewing Company, wander the streets of Little Venice, then don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli), then see the interesting displays at Aegean Maritime Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Kapopoulos Fine Arts. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at White, take in the exciting artwork at Dio Horia, then appreciate the history behind Manto Mavrogenous Square, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally take in the exciting artwork at The House of Fine Art Mykonos.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Mykonos Town trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Heraklion to Mykonos Town in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Mykonos Town can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Mykonos
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White ©
White
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Aegean Maritime Museum ©
Aegean Maritime Museum

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.
On the 30th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Aristotelous Square, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture, don't miss a visit to White Tower of Thessaloniki, pause for some photo ops at Arch of Galerius, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Osios David (The Latomou Monastery), and finally contemplate the long history of Hagios Demetrios.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Thessaloniki trip itinerary planning app .

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. Expect little chillier evenings in Thessaloniki when traveling from Mykonos Town in December, with lows around 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Historic Sites Museums
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Hagios Demetrios ©
Hagios Demetrios
White Tower of Thessaloniki ©
White Tower of Thessaloniki
Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture

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.
Step out of Corfu Town with an excursion to St. Spyridon First Beach in Agios Spyridonas--about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Corfu Museum of Asian Art, step into the grandiose world of New Fortress, explore the ancient world of Old Fortress Corfu, and don't miss a visit to Spianada Square.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Corfu Town trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Thessaloniki to Corfu Town in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In December, Corfu Town is a bit warmer than Thessaloniki - with highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Corfu, Capodistrias Museum, St. Spyridon First Beach
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Corfu Museum of Asian Art ©
Corfu Museum of Asian Art
Old Fortress Corfu ©
Old Fortress Corfu
Spianada Square ©
Spianada Square

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