12 Days of Greece Tour

It was hard for us to choose the destinations in Greece because of the limited number of days we had. While reviews of islands like Santorini and Crete were bewitching, the Unesco World Heritage sites of Greece were equally alluring. I succumbed to the captivating heritage sites most of which had crumbling ruins, almost fading away from the face of earth.

 The next problem was, there were 3 national holidays in the 12 days period, which meant the world heritage sites would be shut to tourists. So effectively we had just 9 days to tour the sites. Greece has 17 Unesco World Heritage sites, of which I could make it to 8 sites, couple of them I had to skip even though they were well within our travel range as they were closed. You can see the route map of my travel in the pic.

A total 1900kms was done in these 9 days.

We hired from Avis car rentals which gave a better deal than Hertz and Europcar. (They rent out snow chains too, but we trusted the weather forecast of light snow showers and didn’t take them. That saved a few Euros and thankfully the weather forecasts are quite accurate. )

The best I liked among these was Meteora. You cannot call it beautiful; it is out of the world kind of experience. If you are ever there, don’t rush through the 6 monasteries there, try and spend 2 days to soak it in completely, preferably under blue skies.

Thessaloniki is the northernmost city of Greece that we visited. I was a little disappointed here, not finding any proper route map to the various Byzantine monuments. The Hotel guy did the best he could. We visited Aigai (Vergina) from here. Sparti at south was again a sweet experience. Kids and I experienced snowfall for the first time in our lives in Delphi and Epidaurus. Thankfully it was just 2 to 3 cms snowfall. Without snow chains on wheels we managed to drive on at slow speed with no noteworthy incidents. Smaller cities and towns like Larissa, Lamia, Navplion, Korinthos and Sparti made great places to halt and interact with locals a bit, and also enabled us to taste authentic Greek dishes. Athens charmed us with its mix of modern and ancient structures. The taverns’ experiences here are unforgettable for me. Plaka here is a window shoppers’ paradise.

More elaborate blogposts on what was seen, eaten, and experienced soon.

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35 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    I am looking forward to your photos from your trip to Greece!! As, I think I told you, we spent time there when we lived in Europe and I love it!! One of my favorite places! Hope you've had a wonderful trip, Indrani!!

  2. George says:

    This sounds like a marvelous trip. I'm looking forward to your photos.

  3. Hilary says:

    Knowing how beautiful your photography always is, I can't wait to see how you've captured Greece.

  4. eileeninmd says:

    Indrani, sounds like an awesome trip. I am looking forward to seeing some of the post and photos.. Have a great week!

  5. Had an opportunity to go there earlier last year in April and must say, it is indeed a fabulous place… A lot to see, and not to miss, the islands are simply gorgeous.

  6. The Preamble sounds enticing..looking forward to the photos Indrani..
    What a way for you to start your blog-year-2015..!

  7. Eagerly waiting for more pics from you indrani…. 12days means loafs of knowledge and images for us πŸ™‚

  8. This is starting of your journey of Greece.Greece is most amazing country in the world , as it has a numerous scholars in its history book. Looking forward for your pics

  9. That sounds like a lovely Greek saga. Look forward to the detailed posts.

  10. magiceye says:

    Lovely intro!! Now for the meaty posts!

  11. Renuka says:

    Wow! I'm so excited to see posts on Greece! πŸ™‚

  12. The Brief given is quite impressive.. Awaiting to see the Tour Photographs!

  13. Waiting to read about those magnificent heritage sites Indrani

  14. Lucky, lucky. Visiting beautiful and historical Greece.

  15. Sounds like a very interesting trip.
    One of your favourites. πŸ™‚

  16. DeniseinVA says:

    What an amazing trip you had. Thank you for sharing this map and your route. When I was young, because of my great interest in Greek Mythology, I always wanted to visit Greece. I am not sure I will be able to now but I live in hope. I will certainly look forward to your photos

  17. Wow……waiting for the awesome pics!!

  18. Seems like you covered lot of distance. 1900 Km travel still a lot in a foreign land. For me, I always thought of Hertz being the best, but good to know Avis served better than Hertz & EuropeCar.
    Wasn't aware of 17 world heritage sites in Greece. Now since I got to know about it through your blog, I am waiting for your postings from this trip.

  19. Greece is indeed on my list of places to #MustVisit.

  20. That's great, looking forward to the shots Indrani.

  21. WOW, looking forward to read about your experience. I agree it's too less time to cover such a beautiful country.

  22. Definitely a place I would love to visit myself. Seeing it through you lens will do for now, though. Thanks for letting us tag along.

  23. Wow! Greece is so amazing. Was just looking through my friends' pics recently. Waiting for more pics πŸ™‚

  24. Fun60 says:

    That's quite a distance to travel especially with children in the car so well done. Look forward to seeing some of the pictures.

  25. Al says:

    That's a lot of driving but I'm looking forward to seeing the results. (I've driven around 1,800 km in one day on occasion.)

  26. I'm waiting for some great photos and information… πŸ™‚

  27. WOW distance, waiting for photos.

  28. Wow,lucky you..Waiting for the pics πŸ™‚

  29. This preview itself is so exciting. Waiting for the detailed posts with PHOTOS.

  30. Bibi says:

    Meteora is one of my favorite places and I've been there twice. Best time was in the dead of winter. We went up to St. Nikola monastery at night and looked at the stars. So close, it seemed, that you could almost touch then.

  31. ladyfi says:

    Looking forward to hearing more of your journey.

  32. Adding to my list of must-visit-before-I-die places πŸ™‚ Waiting for the photographs, Indrani.

  33. Mridula says:

    Waiting for the pictures from the trip!

  34. D.Nambiar says:

    Can't wait to read all about it.

  35. Just read the latest post πŸ™‚ Eager to read more πŸ™‚

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