16 days in Greek Isles, Athens & Sparta Itinerary

16 days in Greek Isles, Athens & Sparta Itinerary

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Start: Philadelphia
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  15 h
1
Tsilivi, Zakynthos
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  6 h
2
Oia, Santorini
— 2 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  2 h 15 min
3
Heraklion, Crete
— 1 day
Fly + Bus:  4 h 30 min
4
Lindos, Rhodes
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  7 h 15 min
5
Mykonos Town, Mykonos
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
6
Athens
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
7
Sparta
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: Philadelphia

2
nights
Tsilivi, Zakynthos

A growing favorite with international vacationers, Tsilivi sits on the northern coast of Zakynthos.
Visiting Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach) and Kalamaki Beach will get you outdoors. Visit Agios Dionisios Church and Saint Nikolaos Molou for their historical value. Step out of Tsilivi to go to Keri Village and see Keri Lighthouse, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, kick back and relax at Bouka Beach, examine the collection at Aristeon Ecological Olive Press, and stroll through Tsilivi Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tsilivi holiday planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Tsilivi is an approximately 16- hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Oia.

Things to do in Tsilivi

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Laganas Beach, Keri Lighthouse, Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach), Ampelostrates Horse Vineyard, Saint Nikolaos Molou
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Speed Boats Tours
Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach) ©
Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach)
Kalamaki Beach ©
Kalamaki Beach

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nights
Oia, Santorini

Oia ©
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
On the 2nd (Tue), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to Sunset in Oia, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, then learn about winemaking at Domaine Sigalas, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Oia planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Tsilivi to Oia in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, car, and ferry; or do a combination of flight, ferry, and taxi. Traveling from Tsilivi in June, Oia is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Oia

Nature Parks Spas
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Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay
Ekklisia Panagia Platsani ©
Ekklisia Panagia Platsani
Sunset in Oia ©
Sunset in Oia

1
day
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 3rd (Wed), contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos, get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, stop by Nerium Oleander, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, then get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, and finally learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Heraklion online journey planner.

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Oia to Heraklion in 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

The Palace of Knossos
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos

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Lindos, Rhodes

Lindos ©
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
Visit Village of Lindos and Acropolis of Lindos for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ancient Kamiros and Rodos Nature - Folklore Museum. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Lindos Beach, stroll through Agios Pavlos Beach, and contemplate the long history of The Church of the Panagia.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lindos route builder.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Heraklion to Lindos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Lindos are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Lindos

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Rodos Nature - Folklore Museum, Ancient Kamiros, Tsambika Beach
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Village of Lindos ©
Village of Lindos
Lindos Beach ©
Lindos Beach
Ancient Kamiros ©
Ancient Kamiros

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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.
On the 7th (Sun), enjoy the sea views from Armenistis Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, wander the streets of Little Venice, don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli), then look for gifts at Mytho, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paraportiani Church.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mykonos Town visit planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Lindos to Mykonos Town in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in June, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Armenistis Lighthouse, Paradise Beach
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Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Paraportiani Church ©
Paraportiani Church

2
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Acropolis of Athens and Acropolis Museum. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Legrena Beach and Glyfada Beach. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, stop by Plaka, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and stroll through Areopagus.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mykonos Town to Athens takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. Traveling from Mykonos Town in June, you will find days in Athens are somewhat warmer (86°F), and nights are about the same (70°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Sparta.

Things to do in Athens

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Glyfada Beach, Legrena Beach
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Plaka ©
Plaka
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

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Sparta

Sparta ©
Sparta was a prominent city-state in ancient Greece. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Simos Beach - Σίμος Παραλία, then explore the ancient world of Archaeological site of Mystra, then steep yourself in history at Mystras, and finally examine the collection at Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Antigua Mesenia, pause for some photo ops at Leonidas Monument, contemplate the long history of The Menelaion, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum, then explore the ancient world of Archeologikos Xoros Sparti, and finally explore the ancient world of Acropolis and Ancient Theater.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sparta holiday planning app.

You can drive from Athens to Sparta in 3 hours. Traveling from Athens in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Sparta, with lows of 62°F. On the 13th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Sparta

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Archaeological site of Mystra, Antigua Mesenia, Simos Beach - Σίμος Παραλία
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Archaeological site of Mystra ©
Archaeological site of Mystra
Simos Beach - Σίμος Παραλία ©
Simos Beach - Σίμος Παραλία
Mystras ©
Mystras

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