10 days in Crete Itinerary

10 days in Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Rimini
+2
Shuttle + Fly + Shuttle:  10 h 30 min
1
Chania Town
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h
2
Rethymnon
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Matala
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Agios Nikolaos
— 1 night
+3
Shuttle + Fly + Bus + Train:  18 h
End: Rimini

3
nights
Chania Town

Chania Town ©
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Visit Elafonissi Beach and Falassarna Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Greek National Football Museum and Kalathas Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chania Town: Marathi Beach (in Marathi), Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa) and Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos). There's more to do: do a tasting at Manousakis Winery and explore the different monuments and memorials at German War Cemetery.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Chania Town trip planner.

Rimini, Italy to Chania Town is an approximately 8- hour combination of shuttle and flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Rimini to Chania Town, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

German War Cemetery, Marathi Beach, Falassarna Beach, Elafonissi Beach, Kastro Gramvoussas
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Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Manousakis Winery ©
Manousakis Winery

1
night
Rethymnon

Rethymnon ©
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
On the 29th (Thu), kick back and relax at Kalivaki Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Georgioupolis Beach, and then explore the activities along Lake Kournas. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Rethymnon Old Town and then enjoy the sand and surf at Damoni Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rethymnon trip tool.

Getting from Chania Town to Rethymnon by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Matala.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Kournas, Kalivaki Beach, Georgioupolis Beach
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Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Damoni Beach ©
Damoni Beach
Lake Kournas ©
Lake Kournas

2
nights
Matala

Matala ©
A low-key tourist resort known for its ancient cliffside caves, Matala boasts a rich history that spans over 2,000 years.
On the 31st (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos), stop by Goods of the Ground, then look for gifts at Moozart Wood Art Shop, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Matala beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Matala trip planner.

You can drive from Rethymnon to Matala in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Matala are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Agios Nikolaos.

Things to do in Matala

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) ©
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos)
Matala beach ©
Matala beach
Moozart Wood Art Shop ©
Moozart Wood Art Shop

1
night
Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos ©
A tour of Agios Nikolaos leads visitors through charming neighborhoods with white washed houses, squares with taverns, steep pedestrian streets, and sea as a backdrop, ideal for exploration on foot.
On the 1st (Sun), observe the fascinating underwater world at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, then see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, and then kick back and relax at Stalis Beach. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Municipal Beach Kitroplatia and then stop by Eklektos Bookshop.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Agios Nikolaos itinerary planner.

Getting from Matala to Agios Nikolaos by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Matala in September since evenings lows in Agios Nikolaos dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Agios Nikolaos

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Eklektos Bookshop, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Stalis Beach, Lychnostatis Open Air Museum
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Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum ©
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

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