8 days in Athens & Northern Greece Itinerary

8 days in Athens & Northern Greece Itinerary

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8 days in Athens & Northern Greece Itinerary

Start: Spokane
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Athens
— 3 nights
2
Kalambaka
— 1 night
3
Thessaloniki
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Spokane

3
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
When in Athens, make a side trip to see Akrokorinthos in Corinth, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens, explore the ancient world of Ancient Agora of Athens, admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, and appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Athens online itinerary planner .

Spokane, USA to Athens is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Spokane to Athens due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Spokane in December, things will get much hotter in Athens: highs are around 59°F and lows about 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Akrokorinthos
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
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 26th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Matsopoulou Mill, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Great Meteoron, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Meteora.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kalambaka travel route planner .

Getting from Athens to Kalambaka by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens in December, things will get a bit cooler in Kalambaka: highs are around 47°F and lows about 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Matsopoulou Mill
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Meteora ©
Meteora
Matsopoulou Mill ©
Matsopoulou Mill
Monastery of the Great Meteoron ©
Monastery of the Great Meteoron

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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Church of St.Sophia, don't miss a visit to Aristotelous Square, take in panoramic vistas at White Tower of Thessaloniki, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Byzantine Culture, then pause for some photo ops at Arch of Galerius, and finally contemplate the long history of Hagios Demetrios.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Thessaloniki trip builder .

You can drive from Kalambaka to Thessaloniki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Kalambaka in December, expect nights in Thessaloniki to be about the same, around 36°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

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

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