18 days in Spain & Greece Itinerary

18 days in Spain & Greece Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe holiday planner

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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Taxi to Rafina, Ferry to Mykonos Town
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Mykonos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
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Fira, Greece
— 1 night
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Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Venture out of the city with trips to Toledo (Church of Santo Tomé & Catedral Primada). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid online itinerary builder.

Atlanta, USA to Madrid is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Atlanta in May: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 75°F and lows are around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 26 — 29:

Seville, Spain

— 3 nights

City of Towers

A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Seville is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, admire the striking features of Plaza de España, get to know the fascinating history of Barrio Santa Cruz, and catch a live event at Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Sevilla.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Seville online driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Madrid to Seville in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 58°F in Seville. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 1:

Barcelona, Spain

— 3 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for historic sites, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: walk around Parc Guell, get a taste of the local shopping with La Boqueria, appreciate the extensive heritage of Las Ramblas, and admire the striking features of Casa Batllo.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Seville to Barcelona takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Seville, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Barcelona, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Athens.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 4:

Athens, Greece

— 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Step out of Athens with an excursion to Archaeological Site Mycenae in Mycenae--about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, make a trip to Plateia Syntagmatos, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Kapnikarea, and pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Athens road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Athens takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Barcelona to Athens is 1 hour. Traveling from Barcelona in June, you will find days in Athens are somewhat warmer (86°F), and nights are about the same (70°F). On the 8th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 4 — 8:

Mykonos Town, Greece

— 2 nights

Chora Mykonos

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 8th (Wed), examine the collection at Aegean Maritime Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): wander the streets of Little Venice, then don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli), and then don't miss a visit to Rarity Gallery.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Mykonos Town trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Mykonos Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Athens in June: highs in Mykonos Town hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 8 — 10:

Fira, Greece

— 1 night
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
On the 11th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, then stroll through Red Beach, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Fira trip planner.

Getting from Mykonos Town to Fira by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in June, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Fira

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 10 — 11:

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
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.

Mykonos travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Landmarks · Nightlife
Island of the Winds
Local tradition claims that Mykonos, the trendiest of the Cyclades group of islands, came into existence from the petrified bodies of giants killed by the mythological hero Hercules. Named after the grandson of the god Apollo, this cosmopolitan "Ibiza of Greece" offers modern tourists a blend of glamour and simplicity. Be prepared for hip and loud dance clubs along the coastline and quieter areas farther from the water. Avoid cruise ship crowds thronging the narrow streets by exploring the small villages located in the center of the island. The easiest way to discover the island's golden beaches is by guided boat tour, private car, or motorcycle.

Santorini travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.