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Visit Greece on this 2-week road trip

Greece is always a popular destination for travellers. This could be due to its stunning coastline, multiple islands, and incredible weather. It could also be due to the impressive history and the structures that still remain from it.

Doing a road trip in Greece is a bit difficult because of the islands, so the car won’t go all the way. However, two weeks traveling in Greece is a great experience. Here’s what travelers should expect.

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Day 1-2: Athens

To begin this journey, travelers will land and begin their adventure in Athens. Travelers have more options than is really possible to visit in a day and a half in Athens. These options are the Acropolis, the Ancient Agora, Plaka and Monastiraki districts, and Mount Lycabettus among many others.

Day 3: Peloponnese (Mycenae, Epidaurus and one night in Nafplion)

On the travelers’ first day out of Athens, they will take a trip to visit Mycenae and Epidaurus while spending their night in Nafplion. Mycenae was an important city in the second millennium BC with a population of over 30,000. Epidaurus is another ancient Greek city located on the Argolis peninsula in the Saronic Gulf. Finally, travelers will spend the night in Nafplion along the coast. It is a popular tourist destination with a lot to offer visitors.

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Day 4: Peloponnese (The Palamidi fortress above Nafplio, Monemvasia and a night in Mystras)

When travelers wake up, the first thing to do is to climb the Palamidi fortress which overlooks Nafplion. Then they can visit Monemvasia located on a small island off the eastern coast of Peloponnese. Finally, travelers will spend the night in Mystras, a fortified town and ancient municipality in Laconia, Peloponnese.

Day 5: Peloponnese (the ancient city of Mystras and visit to the archaeological site of Olympia)

After waking up in the ancient city of Mystras, travelers will have a lot to discover. Mystras is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city was once a destination that attracted many great artists, it is now a great place for visitors to discover. After finishing in Mystras, travelers will make the journey to the archaeological site of Olympia. Here, travelers can take an even deeper look into the past.


Day 6: Delphi

Delphi is perhaps one of the most important names travelers will remember when thinking of ancient Greece. The site is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a museum that will immerse travelers in the significance of this place. It takes a bit of a drive to reach Delphi, so travelers should try to leave early.

Day 7: Meteora

The day after Delphi, travelers will make the journey to Meteora to admire the incredible monastery built from huge rocks. These impressive complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries are second only to Mount Athos. There are six monasteries in total. They are built on huge natural pillars and rounded rocks resembling hills. They dominate their environment.


Day 8: Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is a Greek port city located on the Thermaic Gulf of the Aegean Sea. It is full of evidence and history left over from its history with Rome, the Byzantine Empire and the Ottomans. However, today is mainly a travel day, with the objective being Santorini. Travelers should try to enjoy Thessaloniki as much as possible before returning their rental car and catching a flight to Santorini. It is possible to take the ferry, but it is an inconvenient trip of more than 10 hours.

Day 9: Santorini (Fira)

Fira is the capital of Santorini and is one of the best places on the island to hang out. During their stay, travelers will have the opportunity to discover famous places like the white houses, the chic boutiques, the luxury hotels, the swimming pools and even the narrow alleys of the city. Travelers can even find aesthetic views from the caldera.


Day 10: Santorini (Oia)

After a day in Fira, travelers can venture to Oia, one of Santorini’s top tourist spots. The blue-domed houses and churches here are magnificent. With plenty of bars and venues offering fantastic views, travelers should try to find a great spot to watch the sunset that Oia is famous for.

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Day 11: Amorgos

Amorgos is a hiker’s dream with so much to discover. There are many things hidden in the landscape of this island. Here are five hikes travelers should consider when in Amorgos

  • Getting to Amorgos – Ferry

Egiali Bay

Not too difficult, this loop around Egiali Bay should take just under three hours. Travelers doing this hike should expect views of local bird life.

  • Difficulty – Moderate
  • Length – 9.3 km, 2 hours 52 minutes
  • Elevation gain – 351 meters
  • Route type – Loop
  • Trail map

Chora to Aegiali

It’s a longer route, taking just over four hours, but it’s usually quite straightforward. This is a great hike to cover some distance without dealing with overly difficult terrain.

  • Difficulty – Easy
  • Length – 12.9km, 4 hours 17 minutes
  • Elevation gain – 452 meters
  • Route type – Dot to dot
  • Trail map

Chora of Amorgos – Katapola

It is a shorter route but considered moderately difficult. It should only take travelers a little over an hour to complete. It offers a bit of solitude and stunning views.

  • Difficulty – Moderate
  • Length – 4.0 km, 1 hour 14 minutes
  • Elevation gain – 10 foot
  • Route type – Dot to dot
  • Trail map

Day 12: Naxos

With its long beaches under the mountainous villages, the trip to Naxos should be a beach day for travelers. It is an excellent destination to relax a little before continuing the journey. After the beach, travelers can venture into the city to also enjoy its delicious cuisine.

  • Getting to Naxos – Ferry
  • Beaches

Day 13: Paros

The next destination for travelers is Paros, another Greek island in the Aegean Sea. It is best known for its beaches and traditional villages. Its capital by the bay is Parikia. It also houses the Panagia Ekatontapiliani. This is a historic Byzantine church from the 4th century AD The Kolimbithres on the north coast are full of swimming holes formed by naturally sculpted rocks.

Day 14: Return to Athens

With the trip coming to an end, it’s time to head back to Athens. This can be done much faster by plane but it is also possible by ferry. There probably won’t be much time in Athens for more touristy activities, but that depends on when travelers are flying.