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3 week road trip through Greece

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My husband and I are doing a 3 week Greek road trip this summer (last week of may-early June). We’re in our mid to late 20’s. We like the fact that we won’t stick out as much by not hauling backpacks around and that our destinations are not dictated by public transportation so we can pull over when something looks interesting. I was hoping those of you with experience can comment on our itinerary (rough draft) and voice any concerns, tips, ideas, or suggestions.

We are both explorers at heart and would rather camp out than stay in a hostel. We plan to stay at Greece’s awesome campsites, couchsurf a few nights to hang out with locals, stay at affordable villas, or rent privately owned rooms/apartments. We don’t plan on sitting around in a hotel all day. I want to see sites that but I’m not afraid to go off the beaten path to experience the culture. We’re also bringing a small grill so we can go grocery shopping and make delicious meals when we feel like it.

Our interests include food/hobbies local to the particular areas, festivals, markets, old books, ceramics/clay throwing (workshops, etc.), and photography. I also find orchards/fruit trees beautiful and incredibly romantic. We prefer small charming towns instead of big cities but there are things we want to see at these bigger cities. When we’re not at some site we’d love to lose ourselves in the nooks and city culture.

I thought about flying into Thessaloniki and flying out of Athens (or vise versa) but multi-city flights I’ve seen are significantly more expensive and I would also pay at least $150 more to return my rental car at a different location. We don’t mind driving and like the fact that we get to drive through 2 sides of the country.

Car rental car recommendations, map recommendations anyone?


Day 0
Arrive Thessaloniki/Jetlag/etc.
Buy some supplies.

Day 1
drive ->1.75 hrs
A. Philippi
drive->25 min.
B. Kavala
Overnight at:

Day 2
-> 2.5 hrs
A. Edessa
I. Edessa Falls
Overnight at:

Day 3
drive ->45 min.
A. Veroia
I. Paul's Steps
drive -> 2 hrs
B. Kalambaka/Kastraki
Overnight at: Villa

Day 4
head out @ 5:00 am for sunrise
A. Meteora
I. Monasteries
Overnight at: Villa

Day 5
depart @ 9am
drive->4 hrs
Patras
Overnight at:

Day 6
depart @ 10am
drive -> 1.6 hrs
A. Archea Olimpia
Overnight at:

Day 7
drive -> 2.25 hrs
A. Ancient Corinth
drive -> 20 mins.
Overnight at: Camping Isthmia Beach

Day 8
seaside walk -> 1.6 miles
A. Kechries
B. Explore Korinthos
Overnight at: Camping Isthmia Beach

Day 9
drive -> 1 hr
A. Athens
Overnight at:

Day 10
A. Athens
I. Acropolis, Agora, Mars Hill
Overnight at:

Day 11
Peraus ferry ->
Patmos
Overnight at:

Day 12
Patmos
Overnight at:

Day 13
Patmos
Overnight at:

Day 14
Patmos ferry -> Peraus
Overnight at:

Day 15
A. Athens
drive ->2.5 hrs
B. Delphi
Overnight at: Chrissa Camping

Day 16
drive ->3 hrs
A. Platamon
drive -> 15 mins.
B. Panteleimon
drive -> 20 mins.
C. Leptokarya
Overnight at: Leptokarya Campsite


Day 17
drive ->25 mins
A. Litochoro
I. Mount Olympus [hike, water fall]
6 am park @ Prioria then hike-> Refuge A/Zolotas/Spilios Agapitos (3-4 hours)
3 hours--> Kaki Skala scree staircase
-> minutes to Skolio (on left)
Trek back
Overnight at: Refuge A

Day 18
A. Trek down to Pioria -> 3-4 hrs
B. Explore Litochoro
drive ->20 mins
B. ? Pit stop Dion
drive -> 1.25 hrs
C. Thessaloniki
Overnight at:

Day 19
A.Thessaloniki
Overnight at:

Day 20
A. Thessaloniki
Overnight at:

Day 21
Thessaloniki
Overnight at:

Day 22
Depart

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