Want to travel from Barcelona to Athens? Here are 3 cool ways to do it

by Crissandra Ayroso
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See two captivating cities on one ticket. Fly into Gaudi’s playful Barcelona, and return home from legendary Athens, our Fare of the Month with Air Canada. What you do in between is totally up to you, but we have a few suggestions you’re going to love. One airfare, two iconic cities, three totally different itineraries. Which one would you do?

Boutique city stays and idyllic Greek island-hopping adventure

Barcelona, Athens, Mykonos & Santorini

woman looking out at ruins in athens, greece

Want all the highlights of Barcelona and Athens, plus a little Greek Island beach vacay on the side? This Better Beach Fare of the Month itinerary ticks all the boxes.

Stay in Barcelona for a few nights, and take your time exploring Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces like La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Mila and Casa Batllo. Fly to Athens and see the Acropolis. Then jet off to Mykonos for a complete change of scenery.

This customizable, unique vacation includes everything from all flights and island ferry transfers to hotel stays and admission to two iconic landmarks. This package is so unique it can only be booked with an Expert Traveller. Call, Live Chat, or visit us in-store.


∙ 3-night stay at a luxury boutique design hotel with a rooftop pool in Barcelona

∙ Sagrada Familia tour with tower access

∙ 3-night stay at a central hotel with stunning city views in Athens

∙ Walking tour of the city & the Acropolis with a knowledgeable guide

∙ 4-night stay at a peaceful & classic boutique hotel on the island of Mykonos

∙ 4-night stay at a luxurious cave-style hotel with sweeping caldera views in Santorini


∙ Airfare into Barcelona & out of Athens

∙ Private roundtrip transfers from Barcelona airport to the hotel

∙ One-way flight from Barcelona to Athens

∙ Ferry transfers between Athens, Mykonos, & Santorini

Planes, trains & automobiles

Barcelona, Athens… and everywhere in between

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You could fly direct, or you could take the scenic route. Fly, train, and drive from Barcelona to Athens, and see Europe, your way. The adventure is yours! Here’s a route we recommend with a few Expert Traveller-approved must-sees along the way.

Start in Barcelona 

  • See a flamenco show at the Palau de la Música Catalana. Built between 1905 and 1908 by modernist architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, the Palau is a quintessential Catalonian landmark and UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
  • Every. Tapas. Dish. Embrace the late and slow tempo of Spanish cuisine

Expert Traveller tip: For some of the best tapas in Barcelona, try the Orio Gastronomia Basca in Gothic Quarter. “The Pintxos (tapas) are delicious and reasonably priced considering the quality and the restaurant’s location. Go for the oily fish like mackerel, sardines, and anchovies, the specialties of the region.” Artos Low, Flight Centre Juliet in Victoria, BC

Train to Madrid & Valencia

Over 2,000 stations and destinations are available in Spain by train. Hop on a Renfe for the quintessential European experience.

  • Do a museum crawl in Madrid. The Reina Sofía, Marco Prado, Thyssen and CaixaForum Madrid are all within walking distance of each other, on the Paseo del Arte (the Art Walk). See artworks by masters like Picasso, Dalí, Rembrandt, and Monet.
  • Have paella in Valencia. Spain’s famous dish varies across the country, but the most authentic version traces back to Valencia

Road trip through the French Riviera

Fly from Valencia to Marseille and road trip to Monaco for an extravagant road trip through the French Riviera. Take your chances at the Monte Carlo Casino, browse the Cours Saleya Market in Nice, and take in the scenery along the Corniche de l’Esterel, a 30 km coastal drive near Cannes.

End in Athens

  • Fly from Nice to Athens. See Pláka, the oldest district in Athens. Stroll down winding cobbled streets lined with shops, cafes and restaurants.
  • Stop for loukoumades, deep-fried Greek donut-like puff pastries drizzled with honey and cinnamon.

Cruise the Greek Isles 

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Want the best view of Barcelona and Athens? Take a look from your balcony on a cruise ship. Norwegian Cruise Line, Viking Ocean Cruises, and Holland America Line have itineraries that start in Barcelona and end in Athens. See the French Riviera, the Adriatic Sea, and the Greek Isles, from the water, for some of the most extraordinary views you’ll have all to yourself.

The best thing about this option is how little you have to do. Fly into Barcelona, unpack once, see a multitude of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, landmarks, and villages, and then fly home from Athens.

Duration: 11 Nights

Ship: Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Cruise Line

Visit: Barcelona, Marseille, Cannes, Florence (Livorno), Rome (Civitavecchia), Naples, Taormina (Messina) (pictured above), Katakolon (Olympia), Santorini, Rhodes, Kusadasi, Mykonos, Athens (Piraeus).


With one airfare and three totally different itineraries, we’re just getting started. Ask an Expert Traveller about customizing your journey with a value-packed Tailor-Made Holiday and see Europe your way. Call us at 1-877-967-5302 or visit us in-store.