9 days in Greece Itinerary

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Matala — 1 day

A low-key tourist resort known for its ancient cliffside caves, Matala boasts a rich history that spans over 2,000 years.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): kick back and relax at Matala Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos), and then stop by Moozart Wood Art Shop.

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Thessaloniki to Matala is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. In December, Matala is a bit warmer than Thessaloniki - with highs of 19°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Gavdos.
Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping
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Gavdos — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Sarakiniko Beach, then visit Gavdos Boat Cruises, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Potamos Beach.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Matala to Gavdos. Traveling from Matala in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Gavdos, with lows of 3°C. On the 7th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Athens.
Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife
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Athens — 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, don't miss a visit to Plateia Syntagmatos, admire the natural beauty at National Garden, and take a stroll through Plaka.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Gavdos to Athens. Traveling from Gavdos in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Athens, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Nidri.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Nidri — 1 day

A major yachting destination in the Ionian Sea, Nidri serves as the gateway to Lefkada's satellite islets, reachable by regular boat tours.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take a memorable tour with Tours, snap pictures at Wooden Bridge, then sample the fine beverages at Frangoulis Distillery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ag. Pateres Monastery, and finally admire the sheer force of Nydri Waterfalls.

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Drive from Athens to Nidri in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ithaca.
Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites
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Ithaca — 2 nights

Ithaca or Ithaka is a Greek island located in the Ionian Sea, off the northeast coast of Kefalonia and to the west of continental Greece.Ithaca's main island has an area of 96km2 and had a population in 2011 of 3,231. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Paralia Mnimata, get engrossed in the history at Maritime – Folklore Museum of Ithaca, then kick back and relax at Paralia Schinos, then take a leisurely stroll along Kioni Harbour, and finally stop by Tehnima.

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You can travel from Nidri to Ithaca in 4.5 hours. Another option is to travel. In December in Ithaca, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Greece travel guide

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.

Lefkada travel guide

Beaches · Waterfalls · Nightlife
Connected to mainland Greece by a long causeway and floating bridge, Lefkada represents more than just an island paradise of modern seaside resorts and pristine Ionian beaches. Though it measures only 35 km (22 mi) from north to south, the island offers a mosaic of landscapes that include excellent mountain biking spots. Evade the big crowds of the southern coastline's popular beaches and soak up some local culture by visiting the small villages along Lefkada's eastern side, where you can explore traditional taverns known for serving local dishes to the tune of traditional live music.